Hi. WordPress tells me that I wrote all of four posts in 2016. Time to fix that, maybe. The past month or so I’ve been thinking through a lot of stuff in my life, and I’ve realized that I’m really bad at rest–I’m good at sitting around reading the Internet, which isn’t really the same as rest. […]

2016 book list

If you’ve been around a while, you know how this goes, but for any new people, this is my list of books completed this year. An asterisk means it’s a reread. Stats are at the end, along with a handful of other stuff. January 13: Robert Kirkman, Outcast, Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him January […]


“At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple…” (John 10:22-23) Tonight is Christmas Eve. Tonight, as occasionally happens, is also the first night of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication. The Jewish people celebrate the temple being rebuilt after the Maccabees defeated their […]

the living room recommends.

*dusts off the blog* United by Trillia Newbell and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Two books on race, from very different perspectives–Mr. Coates writes for the Atlantic and is an atheist; Mrs. Newbell works for the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Both are brief, very important reads for anyone who is working through the […]

Songs in ordinary time: Trinity Sunday.

All along the watchtowers of the walls around The city of man, the jokers and thieves shout The songs of their sacred temples And we all muse that there must be some way out of here And the Dancer still dances His threefold dance While we are only specks in the eye of the universe […]

Songs in ordinary time: Pentecost.

If I still have any readers after not posting for almost six months, I’m going to try something and write a poem every Sunday from now until the Sunday before Advent, the space the church calls ordinary time. Let’s see how this goes. “Take a deep breath,” he said, “and think the phrase ‘Jesus is Lord’ […]

2015 in review.

In the first ten weeks of the year, I started a new job, turned 30, totaled my car, moved to a new place, and bought a new car. Nothing major or anything. Stag’s Head, where I have celebrated more birthdays than I care to think about, closed its doors, and I am still kind of upset […]