• I related to the stories about being silenced and dehumanized by growing up in a patriarchal church system that subordinated women and kept them in their place. As bad as it was for me as a white woman, I was able to leave and find better treatment elsewhere. It is not that easy for my black and brown brothers and sisters because there are many…[Read more]

  • This was one of the best Zoom experiences I’ve had because I learned so much about how to use the program. As far as the book study and discussions, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more.

    Is there a way to view the comments we typed during the live session?  There was a book mentioned in the comments that I need to check ou…[Read more]

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  • Hi everyone. I’m from Hanson, Kentucky—about 2 hours north of Nashville, TN. I’ve read over half of the book so far and look forward to the rest. The message of love and forgiveness is just what I need right now in dealing with some difficult people, and I want to understand more about what it was and still is like for my black brothers and siste…[Read more]

  • Jonny Jimison is back with Rabbit Trails #24, wherein Sauron himself is brought low by an unstable internet connection.

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  • If you’re like me right about now, you’re looking for just about anything to give you a glimpse of joy and beauty in a world that feels like it’s burning to the ground. And if you’re a maker of beauty, you migh […]

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  • I’ve wanted to write for weeks, to speak something hopeful and life-giving into the world’s collective anxiety. But the words feel stuck, dried up. They come flickering in the middle of the night or while I was […]

    • Thank you so much for this! I was starting to feel like I was the only one who was missing out on some kind of world-wide vacation where inspiration and good feelings swirl everywhere. 🙂 If you ask me, COVID-19 has been romanticized far too much on the internet. Not everyone is sitting around at home with too much time on their hands. Personally, my commitments and tasks have spiked SO much due to quarantine that I’ve barely had any time or energy to create anything for myself. It’s comforting to be reminded that I don’t have to become Shakespeare during this pandemic. Any art in us that is meant to come out will come out eventually, quarantine or not. 🙂

    • I’ve been feeling this too. Thank you Jen, for sharing encouragement with those of us who feel like we’re failing to be creative during this time when the conditions are supposedly perfect for it.

    • This is so encouraging, thank you, Jen!! Sometimes I let the pressure to create paralyze me. It’s much better to be kind to myself, as you said, especially now.

    • Yes and Amen! Thank you, Jen.

  • I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a touchy-feely person. If you give me a 5 Love Languages test, physical affection just barely sneaks into the number three spot. I know I carry internalized messages for h […]

  • The much-beloved Jonny Jimison is back with his Rabbit Trails comic, just in time to celebrate Christmas.

    You can continue to be delighted by Jonny’s creative humor and whimsy by visiting his website.

  • When it comes to Christmas films, there are few moments more iconic than Linus’ recitation of the Nativity story in A Charlie Brown Christmas. It has become immortalized in the consciousness of our modern h […]

  • Last year, I did an in-depth interview with the trio behind one of my favorite musical discoveries, Through Juniper Vale (you can read the post here). But Through Juniper Vale’s producer, Vian Izak, is also a t […]

  • In the spirit of fall, here’s a “lost verse” from Douglas McKelvey’s liturgy of “Praise to the King of Creation.”

    You are the King of Autumn,You are the Master Painter of trees,You are the Progenitor of […]

    • I love this. While I haven’t yet seen the signs of autumn around me (I am too far south for it to be here yet), it reminds me to pay attention. There are untold “lost verses” that could be written if we just notice what is around us. Not all of us are poets, but sometimes others see things that we don’t. Someone from my church was once describing being on the beach with his kids and realizing the wonder of God. It wasn’t because of the beauty of the ocean…it was because God understands and knows the exact details of fluid dynamics and knows how far every wave will go, and how things washed up from one part will end up washing down to another. My friend can calculate some fluid dynamics problems, but the ocean completely overwhelmed his mind…and God understands it. That would not have occurred to me, but He is the founder of fluid dynamics, and so much more. Thanks for adding the seasonal verse.

    • Chris,
      I love the alliteration and imagery in this short poem. There is something special about fall in New England that can’t help but make me move a little more slowly to take in all the wonders of God’s creation. He is the King, indeed!

    • Nice post

  • Click through to see what Marco himself has to say about The Dragon Lord Saga: Martin & Marco.

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  • The Dragon Lord Saga is a story that I’ve been working on for a long, long time. It’s a five-volume graphic novel series combining the fantasy adventure of The Lord of the Rings with the cartoon humor of Cal […]

  • The year was 2005. I was a junior in college, and it felt like the world was both beckoning me to a wide open future and coming apart at the seams.

    We millennials may joke about the “dumpster fire” of the […]

    • Blair, I’m so happy to hear that! Yes, I’ve been a fan for… oof… 20 years now, I guess? 🙂 Jon Foreman is one of my all time favorite songwriters… it’s amazing how these songs keep finding me wherever I am in life. Have you had a chance to dig into his solo albums yet? So much goodness in there. (You might enjoy this about the 25 in 24 documentary as well: https://rabbitroom.com/2018/04/jon-foremans-25-in-24/)

    • HOLY MOLEY. This article. Wow. I’m so thankful to revisit my fave Switchfoot album. Thank you, Jen.

    • I worked a table for them in college, when they were on their first tour for Legend of Chin. They were such nice kids then, and I fell in love with their optimism and how it came through in their songwriting. I think Jon is one of the finest lyricists of our time. Switchfoot remains, nearly 25 years later, my favorite band. I’m not ashamed to not place some “off the grid”, underground sleeper as my favorite instead. Switchfoot’s songs and lyrics full of hope and challenge have seen me through many different situations in life. They are the most positive rock band I can find, who actually make great music, and they manage to constantly remain relevant to current music trends, without sounding too much like current musicians. I’m not sure which album is my favorite though, and partially because I have most of their catalogue on my phone on shuffle, which are so great together. (minus “Chin”, “Human” and “Breathe”, which to me don’t have the same musical continuity that “Letdown” and after have.)

    • Jen, thanks for this. I’ve been singing “The Blues” all week, especially in the wake of last weekend. “Does justice never find you? Do the wicked never lose? Is there any honest song to sing besides these blues? And nothing is okay until the sky falls down, and the hungry and the poor and deserted are found…” I can barely type those lyrics without tears forming in my eyes. Potent as ever.

    • Drew, ahhh I wanted so badly to talk about The Blues, but I couldn’t figure out how/where to fit it in. So good I feel like any words I come up with would come short.

    • So good, Jen! I’d forgotten about this album, but it feels so prescient now. Just found my new (old) jam for the rest of the summer…

    • Thanks so much for this. I’ve listened to this album a few times now since I first read this. As someone else mentioned, “The Blues” is so so moving this week. I also was able to share it with a friend (and fellow Switchfoot fan) who has been going through a tough time, and had also forgotten about this album. We have both been listening and getting soothed by it all week. Beauty in the pain, and the hope that it will be (has been) redeemed!

    • Santosh & Shiny… I love this so much! I’ve definitely had the same thought as your kids: “It’s like they really believe what they’re singing!” That and there’s just so much joy and love for the audience radiating from what they do. I think that’s why I’ve stuck around as a fan for so long.

      I missed the Bangladesh video, but I’ll be sure to check it out. And… Vice Verses is probably my second favorite album so I could totally gush about it too, haha. I don’t know if you two will be at Hutchmoot again this year, but if you are, I would love to hear about your church. And geek out about Switchfoot with you. 🙂

  • Sometimes you find great music, and sometimes it finds you. One day, I got an Instagram message from someone I’d never met, asking for some thoughts on her husband’s new independent worship album. A few mes […]

  • These days, I tend to find myself bemoaning my own easy distractedness. I took a little bit of a social media fast in the opening weeks of the year, and I resolved at the end of that experience to be more […]

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