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Advent Letter: Year 3, Letter #4

The boys, finally united in resolve, looked at each other a moment. They had no idea how to escape the Faerie castle. Matt shrugged, and walked to the door.

“It’s locked,” he said.

“Don’t worry,” said Brian. He grabbed his war hammer and stared down the door.

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Advent Letter: Year 3, Letter #3

Matt couldn’t decide if he was frightened or offended.

“What do you mean we’re in danger?” Matt asked. “Ansa and her father have been really friendly. And Ansa is the most beautiful and—”

“Yes, yes, at first,” said the swan. “But that’s not how it ends.”

More swans appeared, gathering in an ominous circle around Matt.

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Advent Letter: Year 3, Letter #2

The boys followed Ansa through a meandering woodland path. Brian tapped Matt on the shoulder and pointed to the map. They were headed away from the map’s arrow. Matt ignored him.

Shielding their eyes, the boys stepped into a sunny meadow teeming with poppies. On the far edge was a castle that seemed impossible: towers and turrets and bridges jutted out in extravagant excess, at angles that defied physics. Earth physics, at least.

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Advent Letter: Year 3, Letter #1

Greetings from the North Pole! And special greetings to the newest Mellema cousins: welcome, Henry and Holland! Of course, you both are two years behind in this story. But I trust your older cousins will dutifully explain the previous years’ events to you.

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The Importance of Formal Poetry | Episode 60 Table Notes

Welcome to Table Notes. In these posts, I share the latest “Believe to See” podcasts, along with links to extra resources, and maybe an observation or two. Enjoy! This Table Note is for Episode 60: “The Importance of Formal Poetry.” On this show, Anselm poet Jane Scharl joins the table[…]

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Why I’m Taking a Break from Evangelicals and Cynicism

You’re probably wondering why I haven’t posted anything in so long. At least, I’ve decided to tell myself you’re wondering. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the website and my writing projects. Picture me sitting by a fire with a pipe between my teeth, or perched on a[…]

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Advent Letter: Year 2, Letter #4

Note: This is this year’s final letter of my and my brother’s Advent Letters project.  We’ve really enjoyed creating these for our kids and for all of you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading. The story will continue next Advent. If you missed last week’s letter, read it here.  For[…]

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Advent Letters: Year 2, Letter #3

Note: This is part 7 of me and my brother’s Advent Letters project.  If you missed last week’s letter, read it here.  For an explanation of the project and to get caught up on last year’s letters, click here. _______________________ Erno hailed a raven and whispered something in its ear[…]

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Advent Letter: Year 2, Letter #2

Note: This is part 6 of me and my brother’s Advent Letters project.  If you missed last week’s letter, read it here.  For an explanation of the project and to get caught up on last year’s letters, click here. ______________________ Matt and Jer chased down the street after Brian. But[…]

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