Two Benedictions

In the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Joel and I just finished our mini Two Benedictions tour, and what a wonder two weeks it has been. We loved singing, sharing, and hoping with you all. It was such a delight for me to get to connect familiar names with unfamiliar faces. Thank you for listening, laughing, crying. We were honoured by your laughter and tears together. We hope your soul drank deep of hope and that you left strengthened in the battle for beauty.

If you want to connect, listen, or support, here are some ways you can do that.

  1. Keep up with us on social media!


When we’re not making music or writing our Phds, we like to keep up with people on the internet. Joel loves instagram best, I love Twitter best. Keep up with us!

2. Listen to our music

Joel and I have recorded two albums together, and we would be delighted if you wanted to download, stream, or buy our music. I’m attaching links to Amazon Music below (because it’s the easiest to link through my website host), but you can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere that sells music. However, the best place to purchase our music is on Joel’s Website. You can also find lots of Joel’s other wonderful music there, so check it out!

Sun of Man
Two Benedictions
Honest Songs
Two Benedictions


Get our album from Joel’s website at the link below

3. Support Joel on Patreon


Patreon is a way for you to support us through our Phd’s while, as a thank you, we invite you into our journies through Scotland and provide fun extras along the way.

Here’s what Joel says about his:

To make this possible, I need your help. Tuition costs for an American student studying abroad at a prestigious university like St Andrews are substantial. By supporting me here on Patreon, you are giving me the assistance I need to press forward in this exciting study, and to allow me to keep composing new music along the way. You are the link that helps me tie together this invaluable research, and the world of my own artistic expression which has drawn me to further understand the theology behind it.

Will you join me on this exciting journey and enter into my story?

As a thank you for your monthly support, I’ll provide new downloadable musical tracks on a monthly basis, as well as exclusive creative content, including music videos, nature photography of Scotland, and inspiring essays on life, theology, and art.

Check out Joel’s Patreon at the link below:

4. Support Me on Patreon


This week I’m celebrating my one year Patreon Anniversary!

Last year I was overwhelmed trying to support myself financially, finish my Phd, and produce my podcast. It felt like i had three full time jobs. So, I prayed about it, and then reached out to my listeners asking them to support me a little bit each month ($2 or $10) so I could continue producing the podcast and completing my Phd. You all went above and beyond my expectations, and I have so enjoyed getting to connect more deeply with a smaller community of people. Each month I put up secret podcasts, books lists, my monthly newsletter (The Joynal). I’m really thankful for the solid crew of supporters I already have, and as I enter into my final year of Phd, I’d be honored if you would join the crew.

You can check out my Patreon at the link below:

What’s next for Speaking with Joy?

I’ll be taking a short break, but my new season will air September 9th. But keep your eyes peeled in the meantime, because at some point I will post the live recording of our Colorado Event. Till then— be well, know you’re loved, and talk to you all soon!

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