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Blind Spots

I am not the artist I think I am. Neither are you. Not completely anyway. All of us live with blind spots—realities in our lives and art and thinking we cannot see. We have them even in the endeavors we are most passionate about.

Such is the nature of a blind spot—I can’t see it. There are so many bits of information, maturity, perspective, and wisdom I have yet to obtain. They simply aren’t yet mine.

A friend asked me recently what I thought was my greatest weakness as a writer. As I thought about it, I discovered I did not know the true answer—a fact which itself may be the best answer I have to offer. My greatest weakness is that I am in many ways oblivious to my weakness. I don’t know what I don’t know, which means sometimes my writing is the work of a blind-folded man with vertigo stumbling around a china shop.

Concert Window: Eric Peters / Andy Gullahorn Double-Feature

On March 31st, at 8:30pm EST, Eric Peters will travel from his living room to outer space and then descend upon the world once again, landing directly in your own living room. We’re not making this up. All you have to do is go to and watch the magic happen.

But wait, there’s more . . .

At 9:30pm EST Andy Gullahorn—and his special guest(s)—will swim through your living room like a live shark and try to catch anything you dangle in front of him. The best part? He’ll do it all without cracking a smile. He may also play music at some point, but that remains to be seen. Tune in to find out. The show starts at 8:30 EST (Eric Peters) and continues at 9:30 EST (Andy Gullahorn) on (Note that each concert is at a separate Concert Window link.)

Rabbit Room Retreat Special Guest: Ralph Wood

We’re headed into the Texas wilderness this week to convene the Rabbit Room Retreat @ Laity Lodge and we wish all of you could come with us. This year our guest speaker is Dr. Ralph Wood, author of The Gospel According to Tolkien, Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-haunted South, and Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God.

As you can tell from that remarkable list, Dr. Wood will be right at home in the Rabbit Room crowd. Dr. Wood has served as the Baylor University’s Professor of Theology and Literature since 1998 and comes to us bearing a lifetime of scholarship and wisdom. He’s an engaging speaker, a sage theologian, and a kind man. We look forward to introducing him to many of you this week at Laity Lodge.

For more information about the Rabbit Room Retreat at Laity Lodge, visit the website at Those not able to attend may want to join us in absentia by enjoying some of Dr. Wood’s work, which is now available in the Rabbit Room store.

Song of the Week: “Any Other Way”

Jill Phillips’ says her new album is filled with the stories of brokenness and redemption of family and friends around her. Those of you who are familiar with Jill’s music will know that her many albums are also filled with personal, vulnerable melodies penned from her own journey of faith. “Any Other Way”, our Song of the Week, comes from Jill’s album The Good Things (2008), speaks from a perspective of the trials shared with her husband, Andy Gullahorn. It’s the sort of substantive song we’ve come to expect from Jill.

“Any Other Way”
by Jill Phillips
from the album The Good Things

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Use coupon code “GOODTHINGS” this week in the store to get 20% off the album.

The Local Show w/ Andrew Osenga and Co.

Andrew Osenga is playing host for tomorrow night’s edition of the Local Show. That’s right, Leonard the Guitar-Wielding Astronaut himself is running the show, and he’s bringing with him a group of Nashville’s finest. Who’s that? We’re glad you asked.

First up, Derri Daugherty. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, it might be because you’re more familiar with his legendary band The Choir (with Steve Hindalong). The Choir’s music played a big part in the lives of a lot of folks around here and having Derri at the Local Show is an honor.

Next up, Christopher Williams. Chris is no stranger around town. He’s a hard-working and talented singer-songwriter with eight albums to his credit, and he’s a neighbor and friend to most of the Rabbit Room’s songwriter community. If you haven’t heard his music, you should come out tomorrow night and rectify that. His new album, The City Makes the Man, is now available in the Rabbit Room store.

And filling out the line-up, the inimitable Don Chaffer. Don hosted the first-ever Local Show and we’re always happy to have him back. Don and his wife Lori (aka Waterdeep) have been part of every single Hutchmoot, and together or apart they are a musical force to be reckoned with. When Don’s around, there’s no telling what might happen, but you can bet it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets for this edition of the Local Show are available here. $10 in advance. $15 at the door. $5 at the door for Rabbit Room members—just flash your membership card.

Announcing Hutchmoot 2015 Registration

On October 8-11, the Rabbit Room will convene Hutchmoot 2015 at Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, Tennessee. You’re invited to come and enjoy a weekend of live music, great food and conversation, and a series of discussions centered on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums. If you’re unfamiliar with Hutchmoot, we invite you to visit for more information.

This October, Hutchmoot will enter its 6th year. We’ve had so much fun since 2010 that it’s hard to believe we get to keep on doing this, but as long as you good folks keep coming, we’ll keep hosting. We’ve got some great stuff planned for this year and can’t wait to see how things develop. There will be a slew of Rabbit Room regulars on the roster. We’ll release more specifics as we confirm plans, but rest assured that it’ll be a weekend worth your time. We’ll see you in October.

We’re lining up another great program and will be announcing our full list of speakers and events as we draw closer to October. Click here to view the (preliminary) schedule.

Hutchmoot 2015 is capped at 140 attendees. We’re sorry that we can’t accommodate everyone who would like to come, but we are limited by the size of the venue and are dedicated to keeping the event comfortable and intimate for everyone involved.

Registration will begin at noon CST on March 31st. There will be 70 tickets available during this first registration window. Click here for the Hutchmoot registration page. Once registration opens, this page will link to iTickets, who is handling all ticketing for the event.

Another 70 tickets will go on sale at 4pm on April 14th. One those are gone, Hutchmoot is sold out and we’ll begin compiling a waiting list. Please do not ask to be added to the waiting list until the event sells out. We’ll provide more information about the waiting list once Hutchmoot registration closes.

Important: Hutchmoot registration is non-refundable! Please do NOT purchase a registration unless you are certain you will attend.

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