Poet and Author

Deeper than words is the Word. Deeper than the abstract is the Incarnate. Deeper than prose is poetry. Therefore, 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 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

Pray Like Mr. Rogers

In the film Mr. Rogers, we watch him intercede for those he knows. How does he pray for them? He names their names. Slowly he savors the speaking of each name as if it were a summer pear ripe with prophetic promises, a gentle firstfruits proclamation of all that is to come. And that’s it. […]

Ode To the Moon

O moon you have moved me from before I Knew my right hand from my left, filling eyes With glow before I know a thought to think About what I behold before your light Transforming all things to another world Where all is clothed with living secrets viewed In silent air that carries them from […]

Description of a Larry Dyke Painting

An ekphrastic poem is one attempting to convert a work of art or artisanship into a vivid verbal description. This poem describes a scenic work by Friendswood artist Larry Dyke, “Majestic Vision I”, painted in 1995.

Wonder

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

  • The Bridge Called Beauty

    Innocent beauty welcomes us. It disarms our defenses and leads us to the borders of virtue,  justice, and the mystery of God. Why?

  • 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 Gardener of Eden

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

  • The Dialogue of the Gift

    We must realize that creation does not only say something about glory of God, but equally something about the value of mankind.

  • 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.

  • Man as Microcosm & Mediator

    Through us the world is transfigured from a mute wonder to a living, active offering back to the creator. We alone can do this because of our unique identity as both bodily creatures and spiritual beings.