Season 3, Episode 13: Featuring Malcolm Guite

The poet Malcolm Guite wears waistcoats. He smokes a long-stemmed pipe and blows smoke rings. He often ambles about in the countryside. He’s not very tall. He loves breakfast. Draw your own conclusions. In this episode of The Hobbit Podcast, Malcolm Guite and Jonathan Rogers (who is not himself a hobbit, only hobbit-adjacent) discuss first breakfast, second breakfast, and elevensies.

Thanks to Drew Miller, the visionary for this podcast.

Season 3, Episode 12: Andrew Peterson and Friends on the Wingfeather Saga

Wingfeather Tales started out as a Kickstarter stretch goal for The Warden and the Wolf King, Book 4 of Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. Andrew recruited five of his friends to write stories (and a poem) set in Aerwiar, the world of the Wingfeathers. He also recruited some of his favorite illustrators to illustrate. That compilation has been re-released in hardcover by Waterbrook Press.

In this episode, five of the contributors—Andrew Peterson, Jennifer Trafton, Pete Peterson, Doug McKelvey, and Jonathan Rogers—discuss collaboration, community, and Wingfeather Tales.

Season 3, Episode 11: Winn Collier Talks About Eugene Peterson

Winn Collier is the Director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Seminary in Holland Michigan. He was friends with Eugene Peterson and was chosen by the Peterson family to write his authorized biography, A Burning in My Bones.

In this episode, Winn and I discuss friendship, “earthy spirituality,” and writing that goes beyond the informational and motivational.

 (The Eugene Peterson Center is currently taking applications for a Doctor of Ministry cohort focused on “The Sacred Art of Writing.”)

Season 3, Episode 10: Hannah Anderson on Gardening, Woods-Walking, and Writing

Author, gardener, and woods-walker Hannah Anderson wrote, “More than a metaphor, the natural world is a living, pulsating experience of truth that surrounds and enfolds us, teaching us deep realities without words.” She puts words to many of those wordless realities in her new book, The Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit.

In this episode, Hannah and I talk about observation, repetition, “gardening shame,” and cooperating with forces of a broken world.

Season 3, Episode 8: Poet Ben Myers Believes in Re-Incarnation

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I talk with Benjamin P. Myers, former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and author of A Poetics of Orthodoxy: Christian Truth as Aesthetic Foundationand Black Sunday.

In A Poetics of Orthodoxy, poet Ben Myers makes the case that Christian orthodoxy provides a “reality-based way of knowing what kinds of poetry, what poetic characteristics, most resonate with true human experience.” Poetry, he argues, is a kind of re-incarnation (not THAT kind of reincarnation), and so works against the disembodying tendencies of the digital age. 

In A Poetics of Orthodoxy, poet Ben Myers makes the case that Christian orthodoxy provides a “reality-based way of knowing what kinds of poetry, what poetic characteristics, most resonate with true human experience.” Poetry, he argues, is a kind of re-incarnation (not THAT kind of reincarnation), and so works against the disembodying tendencies of the digital age. 

Special Episode of The Habit Podcast: Writing Psalms of Lament

A couple of weeks ago, theologian, seminary professor, and author David O. Taylor proposed a special episode of The Habit Podcast devoted to the writing of psalms of lament.  He wrote,

I was thinking of ways that this year’s Lent might be experienced more deeply for folks in my own community in light of all the sorrow and loss that people have experienced over the past year… There’s something uniquely beneficial to crafting our own lament psalms in order to help us to become more vulnerably present to God.

I thought a more practical, hands-on episode of The Habit Podcast was a great idea. David has developed writing workshop for his students at Fuller Seminary and for church groups in which he walks participants through the process of writing psalms of lament.

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, David gives an overview of this workshop and challenges listeners to write their own psalms of lament and to share them with others.

I have made a page of resources that includes David Taylor’s worksheet to help walk you through the process, an excerpt on the Psalms of Lament from David’s latest book, Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, and a link to a guest sub-forum within the Habit forums whereby writers can share their psalms. I hope you’ll share yours.

S3: Ep6: Jen Pollock Michel on The Habit of Faith

It’s release day for Jen Pollock Michel‘s, new book, A Habit Called Faith: 40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus.

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, Jen and I discuss the inescapability of seeing what we expect to see, habits as way of creating your own momentum, the stifling posture of spectatorship, and the lessons to be learned from finishing well.

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