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On the Table: Late to the Party

Remember parachute pants? Man, I hated those things and everyone that wore them irritated me–until the day I bought a pair and realized what I was missing out on and just how glorious it is to have thirty-seven pockets on a pair of pants that are too tight to bend over and tie your shoes [...]

The Square Peg Alliance at Work

Some of you may have heard of the community of singer/songwriters known as the Square Peg Alliance. Our newest inductee is Ben Shive, as you know from a few posts ago. Thanks to everyone who placed orders for Ben’s upcoming album. If you’re on the fence about ordering the record, maybe this little [...]

“Keep Your Eyes Open” – Finding God Where You Least Expect Him

My wife has a gift for spotting pheasants when we are driving. It’s a skill she learned from her dad and I’m always amazed at how she can spot these birds – so well concealed by their environment – as we speed by at 65 mph. “If you just keep your eyes open, [...]

The Ill-Tempered Klavier: The Genius of Ben Shive (Pre-order the new record now and get two free bonus tracks!)

I’m going to cast off all reserve and gush about the songwriting of one of my best friends. Ben Shive, the newest member of the Square Peg Alliance, wears a lot of hats. He’s a husband, a father of three (soon to be four) children, a prodigious musician, a record producer, a songwriter, [...]

Tag Team Corner: Matt and Curt Lament the Summer Blockbuster Season


The summer movie season. I can sum it in two words: endlessly mindless. Three months of raunchy comedies and flying stuntmen, formulaic romances and exploding aliens. And I can’t say I’m excited in the least.

My favorite time of year is Oscar season. I love a good story. I appreciate memorable acting performances far more than [...]

British Accents are, like, the Coolest

I just got a proof for the audiobook of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and posted the first few tracks at Peter Sandon, a bona fide British guy is the reader–they asked me to read it but I always imagined it being read with a British accent so I begged [...]

In the Studio with Michael Card: Jason Gray

From Jason:

I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Michael Card and Wayne Shepherd at Mole End, Mike’s studio in Tennessee, for his radio show. I had lost my voice the week prior and it was just barely coming back by the time I flew into Nashville, but maybe it was appropriate considering that [...]

Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories

I just stumbled on a copy of O’Connor’s complete short stories at a used bookstore here in Nashville and listed it in the Rabbit Room store. Years ago a friend bought me this same edition and I read it with a sense of creepy amazement; it was like nothing I’d ever read. I [...]

An Interview: On the Edge of the Dark Lake of Michigan

Hey, folks. Today I had a radio interview with Cindy Swanson of 101 QFL, a station in Rockford, Illinois. Here’s a link to her blog, where she reviewed On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, and here’s a link to download or listen to the interview.

I’ve been hiding out in the [...]

On the Table: A Common Thread

Question of the Week: “Can you identify a common thematic thread that runs through your work– something that separates you from other artists in your field? Or, in regard to work other than your own, what kinds of themes are you particularly drawn to?”

Electricity: Part Three – Flipping the Switch

In parts one and two we found our identity to not be “sin”; rather, when we sin it is no longer “I”. We found that human effort – making the flesh our strength, rather than Christ – is the very cause of sin. And that God, who is love, and the sole source of other-centered [...]

“I Just Want To Sing About Jesus”

I just returned home from a joyous, frustrating, exciting, confused, fun, boring week in Nashville. It’s properly called GMA Week and it stands for Gospel Music Association’s week-long event of seminars, interviews, luncheons, dinners, concerts, schmoozing and culminates in the Dove Awards (the Christian Grammy).

It’s an adjective-filled week (see above) for myself because I’m mostly [...]

Taming the Toad: A Piece of Fiction

Note: The following is fictional and any similarity to real persons, places, or horny toads is purely coincidental.

When I was fourteen, after Mom died and Dad had gone his way, my grandmother sent me to live at a group home in northern Florida. All told, I lived there only two years but, as I would [...]

The Weepies! Leif Enger!

Two new releases this week that make me happy and cost me money:

Leif Enger’s second book, So Brave, Young, and Handsome.

———-You may remember Enger as the author of Peace Like a River, one of the first books discussed here in the Rabbit Room. I haven’t read the new one yet, but it’s next on [...]

You Are Safe Here: A Swedish Horror Film

This week, GMA week, is notorious in Nashville and in the Christian music industry. Thousands of people, from record label employees to signed bands to bands that wish they were signed to songwriters to radio programmers to retailers, descend on this fine town and swarm the convention center and the downtown area wearing lanyards [...]