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 down to stumps, then (as Solzhenitsyn prophesied) 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

The Ivy of Tbilisi

Or, The Song of the City Ivy

A reflection while contemplating the ivy upon the buildings of Tbilisi, Georgia, April 2021

The Sculptor

An ode to renowned Lebanese sculptor Elias el-Melky, who passed on 26 April 21, age 98. A reflection on the man according to the photo of him featured courtesy of his daughter Noel Melky Helou.

Fairuz in the Morning

A tribute to the people of Lebanon.


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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