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Austin Grigg

Husband, father of two bright-eyed boys, dabbling theologian, web developer and app maker.

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Poetry, Sex and Marriage

Sorry to the devoted few who read my blog regularly (I think it makes 4 if you count my dog Kona), it has been a few weeks since I've posted. I've caught a few glimpses of the elusive muse the last week, so I'll share a few of our encounters.

Lauren and I went to a poetry reading at the FoxTale Book Shoppe this last Friday, which was really cool. An author named Jill Jennings read from her debut book of poetry, The Poetry Alarm Clock. Her poetry was accessible, simple, and overall witty and fairly entertaining. I, and two other poets, also got to read as part of their open mic and I got a good response from all three of my poems, but particularly from a recent poem I wrote for my grandfather. It is still a work in progress, as all poetry is, but I'm excited to have some energy behind my writing again. I also talked to one of the readers afterward and we may try to start a critique group. Culture in Canton, GA may not be totally dead after all!

Anyway, I thought I would share an awesome podcast series I've come across. Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church out in Seattle, is doing a series on the Song of Songs called The Peasant Princess. This is some of the best conversation I've heard around marriage, dating, sex, and an honest look at the provocative imagery of the Song of Songs. Mark is just very blunt and really funny. It has challenged me to think about how to really live out the oneness of marriage, starting with killing my selfishness. It makes me want to love my bride more deeply, to cherish wholly, and fight for her. I love that Mark is unabashed in the way he talks about intimacy in marriage and the raw way the Bible talks about sex. Hope you will laugh, cringe, and blush a little.

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Peace.
Austin

P.S. If you haven't checked out my friend Winn's book yet, Holy Curiosity, pick it up -- his friendly, wise voice is good to have around.

P.S.S. If you don't follow Justin Scott, take a look at his post, A Safe Place, you'll be rolling on the floor.
It's good to know that art culture can happen anywhere there is an artist...

(oh, and you can count me as 2 readers since sometimes Miyagi likes me to read our friends' blogs outloud to her...)

Sweet, a two for one deal! Thanks for your support Juli.

Thanks for the plug!

I read your blog, but my only pet is a cat and she thinks blogs are beneath her.

I just downloaded all of the Peasant Princess series; I can't wait to hear them all!


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