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Welcome to the conversation.
What if wisdom lead a quieter life?
We’re inundated with words. We buy what sells. When books have a buzz we add them to our Amazon cart. We do this not just with books, but with churches, organizations, friendships. We move at the speed of the marketplace.
But what if wisdom lead a quieter life? What if more wasn’t always what’s better or best?
To that end, I’m hoping a new space here on Substack opens up new connections, new conversations, and provides you with a slower take than the hot takes.
I’m migrating my mailchimp list to Substack because I want a place that feels a bit more friendly, open to conversation, where we can all sit down at the table of beauty, truth and goodness.
I want a place to try out new ideas and see how they land without the pressure of the marketplace immediately eating them up for soundbytes (or my own propensity to make them into a consumable image).
I want a place we can consider things more slowly and more deeply in the life of faith. Where we can think about ideas and cultural trends, how good stories help us, and how we can all set the table for imagination. I hope that for you too.
You can expect a return to my Essential 3 — where I sent out 3 things I’d read or listened to that promote this slower way of seeing and being in the world. It’s great to have a great list from a trusted conversation partner, so I hope I’ll be that to you here.
You can expect the autobots to do their thing and remind you when a new episode of Finding Holy drops. If you’re new to the podcast, it’s my attempt to bridge the divide between what we know and who we are, so you’ll hear me asking my guests about their faith, the issues they see as glaring in current-day cultures, and about their laundry routines.
Beyond that, let’s play with words. Let’s think the big thoughts. Let’s dream and remember what it means to be human again — at a slower, more generous, limited, and yes, gorgeously alive pace.