White Gulls & Wild Birds: Essays on C.S. Lewis, Inklings and Friends & Thomas Merton (edited by Ron Dart, St Macrina Press, 2015)

– Joy Steem “Madeleine L’Engle’s Contemplative Vision”

– Matthew Steem “An Introvert’s Reflection on Merton’s Approach to Silence and Solitude”

Listening as Heroic Action in L’Engle’s A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Mythlore)


Verge Conference: Arts + Spirituality, 2017.

– Matthew Steem // Chesterton’s Idea of Divine Participation: Humility and Wonder in the Artistic Endeavour

– Joy Steem // The Most Reluctant Christian Artist: Madeleine L’Engle and Artmaking as Spiritual Practice

Verge Conference: Arts + The Inklings, 2016.

– Matthew Steem | G.K. Chesterton’s Defence of Leisure

– Joy Steem | A Call to Arts: George MacDonald’s Philosophy on Creativity



Christianity Today, Her.meneutics,

Finding a Feminine Theology in C.S Lewis’s Narnia: a conversational reflection on Monika Hilder’s  A Feminine Ethos in Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia



Is Christianity a Dangerous Religion: a reflection on Ian Provan’s Dangerous Religion

Rediscovering the Good Samaritan: a conversational reflection on Alan Fadling’s An Unhurried Life


Fathom Magazine

Living in the World: Lessons from a psychic

Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C. S. Lewis and Gender



Hermeneutics of Fatherhood

In Defence of Dirty: “She Has a Name” Film Review

Tenting at Walmart & 6 Life Lessons


Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice

Interview with Ron Dart

Coming to Oneself

Taking Hamlet to Prison

Review of Ron Dart’s The North American High Tory Tradition

Review of Ron Dart’s Thomas Merton & the Counterculture


Off the Page (a ministry of Our Daily Bread)

Killing Relationships One Need at a Time: “Dory” Film Review

The Problem of (Talking About) Pain

Sister Nature

Think Little: Wendell Berry and Sprouting

Sins of Omission

Hitchhiker Hospitality

On Questioning

Oxygen Masks and Justice

A Good Fear

The Dangers of Being Eternally-Minded

Assembly Required: a church critique

I Hugged a Monk and I Liked it

God’s Friend?

Empowering Meekness

Fighting for Social Justice: Lessons from William Wilberforce

Where the Finite and Infinite Mingle

Shame, Christianity, and Game of Thrones

Imagination and Jesus Supplements

Entertaining Jesus

Dear Pastor, What Is Authenticity (for an introvert)?

Interview with Josh Kelley, author of Radically Normal: you don’t have to live crazy to follow Jesus

Do We Have a Problem with “God”?

The Life of the Mind

What’s Success Got to Do With It?

Convenient Myths

What’s in a Name?

How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God

On Reflections

Radically Normal

The Moment the Chainsaw was Stilled


Relief Journal: Art and faith unbound

Odd Bedfellows: Bias and Belief

A Tale of Tweelie

The Woman Who Was Chesterton: Where Did the Spouses Go?

Wearing Narrative

An Odd Apprenticeship: A Belated Mother’s Day Reflection

T.S. Eliot: A Thought On Liberalism

The Grace of Graham Greene

Cut by Coleridge

Consequent Horribles of Hobbled Philosophy: Chesterton’s Cogitations

Cheez Whiz and The Inklings

Creativity Connects

Why Leisure Matters – Part 2 of 2

Why Leisure Matters – Part 1 of 2

The Chesterton I was Wrong About

An Expression of Character: The Letters of George MacDonald

Not Just for Dark and Stormy Nights

Hagar Shipley Helps Me See

Stubborn Patience in Paradise Lost

Food for Thought

Selfish Solitude & Charles Williams’ Descent into Hell

Guest: Limited Access. Leadership and listening

Christmas Gifts: Chesterton and thankfulness

Cat Dish Leadership: a conversational reflection on leadership

Don’t Worry, it’s Not Religious: a conversational reflection on Chesterton’s Everlasting Man

Jupiter Descends: a conversational reflection on heroism in Jupiter Ascending and Paradise Lost

Real Girls: What Amanda Palmer Taught Me About Vulnerability: a conversational reflection on Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking

The Motivation of Art: a conversational reflection on Chesterton’s Utopia of Userers, art and its motives

Power of Meditation: a conversational reflection on Daredevil and Thomas Merton

On the Longevity of Typewriters: A conversational reflection on Robert Grudin’s Time and the Art of Living

What’s Wrong with the World: Why Chesterton was Right: a conversational reflection on G.K Chesterton’s What’s Wrong with the World

Chesterton and the Latitudinarians: a conversational reflection on G.K Chesterton’s Orthodoxy

Space Making: a conversational reflection on Henri J.M Nouwen’s Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life

What is Festival: a conversational reflection on Josef Pieper’s Leisure the Basis of Culture

Ponderings… on Verbicide: a conversational reflection on C.S. Lewis’s Studies in Words

Transcending Reality: a conversational reflection on Transcendence

Ye are my…?: a conversational reflection on John Macmurray’s “Ye are My Friends”

Wordsworth and Learning through Nature: a conversational reflection on Wordsworth’s Lucy Poems

Lessons from a Lusty Toad: a conversational reflection on George Orwell’s “Thoughts on the Common Toad” and Wendell Berry’s “The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Love Letters of Cell 92: a conversational reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Love Letters from Cell 92

Of Beauteous Saints: a conversational reflection on George MacDonald’s Lilith and Gordon T. Smith’s Called to Be Saints: an invitation to Christian Maturity