I’m Lyle Mook and this is my personal and professional blog where I share ruminations (that’s an ancient cow term for meditations and reflections) to help us “digest” and apply truth. In addition, this site is home to specific content related to some of my roles and passions.

My focus is living out a Christian worldview directed to:

  • Christian Humanism and Flourishing  
  • biblical theology and ethics
  • leadership and mentoring
  • integration of faith in all stations and stages of life as God’s image-bearers
  • beauty and the arts, especially ‘devotional’ poetry

My goal is to write relevant, helpful content to challenge and equip today’s followers of Jesus  who will join with God to bring true flourishing to the world.

I love what the poet, Mary Oliver, calls “instructions for living a life:”

  • Pay attention.
  • Be Astonished.
  • Tell about it.
    (“Sometimes,” in Red Bird)


I currently serve as Chaplain at South County Health, including  being a part of the Palliative Care Team and the Ethics Committee. This a a “re-deployment” after retiring as  Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in East Greenwich, RI.

I am also a part-time instructor in Philosophy/Religious Studies at the University of Rhode Island, I teach  the Biblical Thought course as well as Ethical Problems in Society and Medicine.  I hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. I’ve served in campus ministry with the Navigators, in hospital and hospice chaplaincy, and as director of the hospice program,  and in pastoral leadership in two churches.

I enjoy classical and Eastern Orthodox music (especially J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt),  poetry, sports, reading widely and writing. My wife, Mary, and I  have four wonderful children who, as young adults, are among my best friends – and teachers! Grandchildren are a new and wonderful source of joy.

My favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Frederica Mathewes-Green, and the Patristic writers of early Christianity. Among my favorite poets are George Herbert, Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, Scott Cairns, Czeslaw Milosz, and Mary Oliver.


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of South County Health, the University of Rhode Island, or Christ Church (re: posts during my pastorate.) The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to absolute accuracy of referenced material, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors or omissions, in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

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ruminations on biblical thought and human flourishing