Poet and Author

Where does courage for your calling come from? It comes from a place deeper than words. For deeper than words is the Word. Deeper than the abstract is the incarnate. And if language is to be good, it must be in covenant with the truth. And if the truth is to be good, it must offer us the choice to give ourselves freely to it. In a word, it must be beautiful.

And—as Solzhenitsyn said—if the proud arm of unbelief removes the trees called the True and the Good from the garden, chopping them to stumps, then the tree called Beauty, pushing up from the homely root of self-giving love, will stretch out her bows and do the work of all three.

Recent Articles

Honesty and the Risks We Take

Honesty is in conflict with our need to feel in control. This is because honesty empowers others to respond in ways we do not want them to. It also might reveal we are not enough of the thing others prefer us to be. But if we are to align with the next world and if we are to live in harmony with ourselves, we must risk honesty. The reward is worth it, the loss light and momentary in light of eternity.

Why You Should Write

We write in order to explore the truth, recover what we’ve forgotten, and discover lost things. This is why even simple, private journal entries are good for us — and those who come after us.

For Sam on His Graduation Day

In celebration of Samuel Benjamin Mahler’s graduation from high school, Friday, 14 May 2021. A blessing from his parents. Sam is the fifth and final child of Kurt and Karen Mahler, who are rich with three daughters, two sons, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. Sam is just as at home under the hood of a car as he is with a guitar. He is cool to little tikes and a comfort to the aged. We are proud of him as he contemplates a gap year after high school to invest in the nations.


Why are we here? Where are we going?
Ray Mayhew Articles Revised by Kurt

  • Choose Joy

    In a world whose troubles dwarf our own, is joy possible—even permissible?

  • Life-Giving Limitations

    Freedom and joy come by the acceptance of our limitations, by realizing that in fact these actually define who I am as a unique person.

  • The Genesis Trajectory

    The overall arc of human history is released in Genesis 1 & 2, is redeemed from missing its mark by the Lamb, and reaches its intended destination in Revelation 21 & 22. God transforms Chaos to Comos, and we transform the Cosmos into a global garden-city: the Cathedral where God dwells with Man.

  • The Gardener of Eden

    The Hebrew verbs communicate a distinct personality and tender ethos of the “LORD God” as he introduces himself to the reader.

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