I’m Lyle Mook and this is my personal blog where I share ruminations (that’s an ancient and bovine term for meditations and reflections) to help us “digest” and apply truth. In addition, this site is home to specific content related to my roles.
My focus is living out a Christian worldview directed to:
- current issues
- biblical theology and ethics
- leadership and mentoring
- flourishing in all stations and stages of life
- beauty and the arts, especially religious poetry
My goal is to write relevant, helpful content to challenge and equip today’s followers of Jesus to be “Everyday Disciples” who 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)
As Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy/Religious Studies at the University of Rhode Island, I teach the Biblical Thought course. A graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, I’ve served in campus ministry, healthcare chaplaincy, and director of a hospice program, as well as in pastoral leadership and teaching.
My passion is for the beauty of God’s truth and sharing it with people in all stages of their spiritual journey. I desire to be a servant leader who empowers others and helps mentor the next generation of leaders.
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.