Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

Christian ministry takes many forms.  Trinity Fellowship had a rich ministry in the 1990s before succumbing to some negative demographics.  The coffee-house ministry opened on a Good Friday.


For Jason Franklin and the Staff,

Corinthian Coffee House Ministries

An Evangelistic Outreach of Trinity Fellowship, Toccoa

Headlights through the lattice, shadows flicker,

Mix with smell of java, candle light;

Above the hum of conversation, laughter;

A string band playing on into the night.

The Cross still standing in its central perch

Is the only sign that we are in a church.


The chairs are not in rows, surround the tables;

The pulpit and the altar, moved aside,

Await their restoration Sunday morning;

Meanwhile the Bridegroom searches for His bride.

The shadows flicker, move toward the back

To find the Cross that stands there draped in black.


Good Friday evening stretches on toward Easter.

The church transformed into a coffee house

Breathes an atmosphere soft and romantic:

‘Tis thus the holy Bridegroom woos his spouse.

The Cross, amidst the circling lattice-lights,

By Sunday morning will be wearing white.

The Band at Corinthian Coffee House

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016) and “An Encouraging Thought”: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018)!  Order from the publisher or Amazon.

Donald T. Williams, PhD


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