Welcome to bryanlilly.com — a blog on the intersection between life, culture, theology, & the Arts!
My name’s Bryan Lilly. I’ve been blogging since 2002—first on live journal, then xanga, then blogger, then wordpress, and then finally a self-hosted wordpress blog. Then I stopped blogging. And then I started again with a different self-hosted blog with a new URL. That would be the website you’re at right now.
I’m a 29 year old Christian, husband, and coffee drinker. Born and raised in beautiful southern West Virginia, I was heavily influenced by her appalachian-folk and recreational-outdoorsy cultures. I attended West Virginia University from 2002–2006, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. In 2007 I moved to Louisville, KY to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I graduated with a Master’s of Divinity in 2011.
I still live in Louisville with my wife, Samantha. We are members of, and serve at, Sojourn Community Church. I serve as a Community Group Coach and pastor-candidate, with a role of discipling and developing some of our community group leaders. My wife, Samantha, serves on the worship team, where she sings at the East Campus. My completely unbiased opinion is that she’s the best vocalist we got.
I have a lot of nerdy interests, including technology, art, and theology. Theologically, I’m interested in things like liturgy, spiritual formation, and embodiment. Find me on a good day, and I’m ready to talk about all three simultaneously and how they interact with each other.
Want to know what I believe so you can check me off on your orthodoxy list (or stop reading my blog because I’m a heretic)? Read a summery of my theological beliefs.
Bryan’s Favorite Books
The Bible, Suprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, The Reason for God by Tim Keller, Culture Making by Andy Crouch, Confessions by St. Augustine, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham, Where Mortals Dwell by Craig Bartholomew, Your Life in Rhythm by Bruce Miller, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Bryan’s Favorite Music
Sojourn Music, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Silversun Pickups, The Avett Brothers, Wye Oak, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Bill Mallonee, Sufjan Stevens, Wovenhand, Josh Garrels, The Oh Hellos, Forest Mountain Hymnal, Johnny Cash, Derek Webb
Bryan’s Favorite Movies
Dead Poets Society, Jurassic Park, Inception, The Lord of the Rings, Session 9, Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In, The Big Lebowski, Cloverfield, Vampyr, The Shining