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Russ Ramsey

author, pastor, speaker

Russ Ramsey grew up in the fields of Indiana. He studied at Taylor University and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM) before becoming a pastor. He and his wife and four children live in Nashville Tennessee. Russ is the author of Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative (Rabbit Room Press, 2011) and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2015.)

The Rabbit Room Virtual Advent Wreath Podcast, Week Two: Number the Stars of Heaven

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Adam and Eve went on to have children, two brothers; Cain and Abel. Cain worked the […]

The Rabbit Room Virtual Advent Wreath Podcast, Week One: The True Tall Tale

One of the finest things about Christmas is packed into one word: anticipation. If I were a theologian I bet I could write a whole mess of pages about anticipation in Scripture, from abstinence before marriage to the Second Coming. Also, if I were a theologian I probably wouldn’t call it a “mess of pages”, […]

Matthew By Doriani–Two Volumes of Awesome

I’m no dummy. I know I run a certain risk in plugging a two volume commentary on the Gospel of Matthew here in the Rabbit Room.

It isn’t that we don’t like to think around here. Of course we do. And it isn’t that our regulars aren’t interested in what the Bible has to say. I […]

Oh, There You Are.

A big, global thanks to all of you who took a minute to reply to our recent “Hey! Where You At?” post. After a record 290 replies as of 7:00AM on November 1, I thought I’d take moment to compile some results.

First, as best as I can tell, for around 125 of you, this was your first time […]

The Last of a Generation, Part 3 – Departure

The Last of a Generation, Part 1 – Landing

The Last of a Generation, Part 2 – Ground Transportation


The cornerstone by the entrance to the church in Metuchen, New Jersey, where we’re holding Nana’s memorial service reads, “1717.”

Think about that.

“What am I,” I wonder as I cross the threshold, “the millionth person to enter this building?” […]

Hey! Where You At?

NORTH AMERICAN UPDATE: At close to 250 responses already, I’m wondering where the good people of Alaska, Connecticut, Deleware, Hawaii, Maryland, Montana, Neveda, both Dakotas Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming are.

And Canada, I know where you are, but… where are you? Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario have thrown out a wave, but what about the […]

The Last of a Generation, Part II- Ground Transportation

“The Last of a Generation- Part 1, Landing”

“The Last of a Generation- Part 3, Departure”


“You’re the boss, Boss,” Desmond the Concierge said when I asked if I could leave my bags with him at the hotel and pick them up later. Mom and I were headed into the city for the day and wouldn’t be […]

The Last of a Generation- Part I, Landing

“The Last of a Generation-Part 2, Ground Transportation”

“The Last of a Generation-Part 3, Departure”


The tires under the right wing touched the ground for a split second before a gust of wind thrust us back up into the turbulence.

Manhattan lay to my left, Newark to my right.

Another rush of pressure pushed us back down to the […]

Oak Hills Online

Hey, Rabbit Room.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but wanted to take a moment to highlight a new development in the cybersphere.  Earlier this year Andrew Peterson posted about ten of my sermons from an Easter series I was preaching, and I got a few questions asking if we had the rest […]

The Hurt Locker: Being More Than One Thing At A Time

Vincent van Gogh put the barrel of his pistol to his chest and pulled the trigger. Earnest Hemingway, three weeks shy of his 62nd birthday, used a shotgun and aimed about a foot higher.  Heroine and cocaine took Belushi and Farley.  It appears, at least in part, that small armies of sycophants with the power to prescribe […]

Leave It Like It Is

Back, back, back.  Back before the compact disc, back before the personal computer, back before the existence of the mini-van, there was a public library in Tipton, Indiana with a brand new laser disk player, complete with about seven film choices.

In my mesh football jersey and yellow swimming trunks, bike resting unlocked in the rack […]

For Moms About To Rock, I Salute You!

I grew up in rural Indiana, in a small town where the only kids around who had long hair usually had reputations as trouble-makers as well.  And there weren’t many of them.  Back in Jr. High I decided I wanted to play electric guitar, and found inspiration from the glam metal bands popular at the […]

Marking Time on Good Friday – A Lenten Reflection

My work as a pastor has me dealing a lot right now with the chronology and sequence of the last days and even hours of Jesus’ earthly ministry prior to His death.  I put the following image together based on my best analysis and synthesis of the four Gospel narratives’ treatment of Good Friday.  The information in this […]

With Friends Like Pontius Pilate—A Lenten Reflection

“Pontius Pilate sought to release Jesus.” —John 19:12 

Think about that for a second.It has been years since I observed a proper Lenten Season.  But the activities in New Orleans on the news are telling me Lent has begun.  Lent, this year, converges with a sermon series I’m working on dealing with the final week of Jesus’ life.  […]

A Valentine’s Song of the Day: Andy Gullahorn

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I thought Andy Gullahorn’s song “Give it Time” would be a fitting “Song of the Day.”  This song is wise, and I think rare, because it touches on the wonder and beauty of love that is tended to over time.  Songs about love bowling you over and filling you up […]