Culture During a Time of Quarantine: a Lecture for the Ancient Faith Speaker Series

Recently I had the pleasure of being one of the featured speakers for the Ancient Faith Speaker Series, offered by the St. Raphael School. It was going to be essentially the same lecture I gave at AFCon last year, but that changed as soon as the world went crazy. So although the bones of the lecture are similar to my lecture on How to Create Christian Culture, it became mostly all about…

Creating Culture Deliberately with the Sheehans

I was joyfully surprised to see my friends talk to each other about my favorite topic this past week. Now, as we slowly prepare to go back into the world ,now is the best time to think about how to consciously create culture and communities. And so, without further ado, the Sheehans speak with Jonathan Pageau about culture creation! Please share this post with as many people as possible! It’s time to…

Resilience in a Time of Pandemic

I’m sure you’ve heard the word much these days: resilience. A catch word, of sorts. But what does it mean, practically speaking? And how do we become better at it? Last week, I had a wonderful conversation with Fulbright Scholar and psychology student Liza Kotar (who also happens to be my cousin). She is currently in Moscow practicing resilience in very real ways. Our conversation was wide-ranging and I found it challenging…

Accepting the World: Leaving Room for Providence

Welcome to my last post in my not-quite-successfully-accomplished series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. When I started this series, I wanted to try to write something short but useful for thirty days straight. My initial idea was that I ‘d be able to write a post in around 20 minutes and share it by 30. But that was…

Day 15: Heroes, Especially for our Time

Welcome to Day Fifteen of my blog series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on earlier posts at this series’ dedicated page here. As I trusted, my personal hero’s journey at the WMG SF craft workshop happened, and then some. It’s been everything I could have hoped, and more. Mostly because of self-knowledge and a clear idea of how to improve as a writer, in terms of my craft. There…

Day 14: Dispatches from the Belly of the Beast

Welcome to day fourteen of my (now-no-longer) daily blog series on “accepting the world.” You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. Today is day four of the WMG Science Fiction Craft Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada. When sharing my initial thoughts before I left, I suggested that this workshop would be a hero’s journey for me. Turns out I was very, very right about…

Day 11: Please, no Censorship!

Welcome to day 11 of my “accepting the world” series. Catch up on the rest of the series on its dedicated page here. Last week, I was absolutely thrilled to receive a preliminary offer from a Russian publishing house concerning a possible translation of my novels. Naturally, I was through the roof. I had no idea that the experience would instead evoke memories of 19th century censorship. Ilyin’s Idea of Creative Freedom…

Day 10: The Best Laid Schemes o’ Mice and Men…

Welcome to day ten of my “accepting the world” series. If you have no idea what i’m talking about, or if you want to catch up on the rest of the series, you can do so on its dedicated page here. I admit, I had lofty goals for this series. I was inspired by Ross Gay’s experiment in seeing daily delights. But sometimes, “accepting the world” means accepting my own limitations. After…

Day 9: Going to Vegas… for Ascetic Reasons?

Welcome to day 9 of my blog series on accepting the world. You can catch up on the rest of the series at its dedicated page here. Reading that headline, you might think I’ve finally crossed a line, gone a little crazy, taken this whole “accepting the world” idea too far! No, I’m just being a little cheeky. And admit it, it got your attention! Why Vegas? In my “Call for a…

Day 8: Is the Science of Habit Formation Compatible with a Christian Life?

Welcome to day eight of my blog series on “accepting the world.” To catch up on the rest of the series, visit the dedicated page for the series here. When I began this series, I was just coming out of a long-ongoing and difficult professional situation that had a personal component to it. To be honest, even if there hadn’t been a personal component to it, I would have felt it on…