In “Dark in Here,” singer John Darnielle explores a bleak but enchanted world—all the way back to the biblical story of Jonah. “Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:12 In 2016, John Darnielle told Christianity Today his favorite book of the Bible was Jonah. Five years later, “Mobile,” the first single from the Mountain Goats’ latest album, Dark in Here, retells it. The Jonah story is one that seems to recur culturally—the metaphor of being engulfed by something unfathomably bigger than…

How shepherding others through messy situations brings our own sin and insufficiency to the surface. Over the past two decades, I’ve read a number of Christian books that make the case for walking alongside people in need and offer a framework for how to do it. Some have been written by prominent theologians, others by pastors, activists, missionaries, and organizational leaders. They’re all compelling and helpful. But I’ve always found the actual process messier, murkier, and more protracted than the tidy frameworks, guidelines, and stories of transformation would suggest. Seven years ago, when my husband and I agreed to serve…

Jesus spoke about the “outer darkness,” so what is the outer darkness? Is that hell or only a temporary state? Living in Darkness Do you remember the movie called, The Matrix? It was a world where… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]