15Questions: Darren Jones


Darren August Jones


Church of the Holy Spirit, Stephens City, Virginia

Position at church (if any)

Deacon, music leader (keyboard and vocals), catechist

Favorite liturgical color and season

Purple, Easter

If you could have dinner with 3 people dead or alive, whom would you choose?

C.S. Lewis, St. Athanasius, my wife

Name 3 of your favorite books

Lord of the Rings (it only counts as one, okay?), Beowulf (the Seamus Heaney translation, which has nothing to do with the execrable screen version of Beowulf that came out last year), and Patricia McKillip’s Riddle Master trilogy.

Name 3 of your favorite movies

Pride & Prejudice (the 6-hour long one, although I very much enjoyed both the Kiera Knightley version and Bride and Prejudice as well), Henry V (the Branagh version, which has a totally awesome version of Non Nobis Domine in it), and Ladyhawke (dashing knights, fair ladies, nasty villains, and 80s rock – what could be better??)

Name 3 of your favorite TV shows

We don’t have a TV. However, I like Law and Order and football.

What music are you listening to?

Here’s a sample of what I’ve listened to in the last couple days: Amy Grant’s Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song), Abbess Hildegard Bingen’s Feather on the Breath of God, the Adoremus Society’s chant of Gloria (the English version, not the Latin one), A Debtor to Mercy Alone as done by Bob Kauflin, There is a Higher Throne by Keith Getty, For the Beauty of the Earth from the John Rutter Collection, Garments of Praise by Robin Mark, Jesus King of Angels by Fernando Ortega, God Be Merciful to Me by Jars of Clay, One Faith by John Michael Talbot, Christe Eleison by Michelle Tumes, The Song of Benedict by Oremus, and Glorious One by Steve Fee. That’s a pretty representative sample of my taste.

Favorite websites and blogs:

thebookbeast.blogspot.com – my wife’s and my personal blog

merecomments.typepad.com/merecomments – the blog of Touchstone Magazine, a must-read

frmartinfox.blogspot.com – a Catholic priest in Ohio who’s a fun read

cechome.wordpress.com – obvious, since you’re here

cecworship.wordpress.com – good ideas on worship music

http://www.cardinalseansblog.com – weekly update from the cardinal archbishop of Boston

http://www.hatrack.com – website for Orson Scott Card, who wrote a terrific book (Ender’s Game)

johncwright.livejournal.com – atheist turned Christian science fiction writer

http://www.testosterhome.net – mom to five boys writes about life with males

http://www.worshipmatters.com – meditations on leading worship


http://www.dawneden.com/blogger.html – pro-life blogger extraordinaire – buy her book Thrill of the Chaste too!

http://www.snopes.com – debunker of urban legends. Everyone should be required to read this site daily before being allowed on the internet.

http://www.screenit.com/search_movies.html – how I find out what movies I want to see

http://www.baen.com – my favorite publishing company, with tons of free books to read online

Tell us a little more about yourself and your family

My wife Sara and I have been married for 7 years, and we’re still as happy as newlyweds (bonus points if you can tell me what movie that’s from). We’re both voracious readers, as are our 3 children (two girls and a boy). We like computer games, writing, going out to eat, and living a fairly quiet life. Sara is a homemaker who homeschools the two older ones, while I am a lawyer for a civil rights organization.

If you are in ministry, what are you involved in?

I was a Gideon until I was ordained. Now most of my ministry is either through the local church or by means of financially supporting others (a local crisis pregnancy center, several missionaries, and a Christian college).

Get prophetic

Where do you see God taking your ministry? I’m a behind-the-scenes type helper. I see myself helping Fr. Tim and Dn. Dave become more visible in the community, supporting them by preaching and teaching, and helping others through music to see what a big and loving God we serve.

For Sunday worship, do you use a hymnal, sheets of paper, or a computer?

Some of the songs are printed in a service booklet, while others are on paper bulletin inserts.

Share a word of wisdom with the readers:

Here are two quotes from great Englishmen:
1) Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak.

2) It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly temped to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously — no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner–no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat — the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.

——– C.S. Lewis, *The Weight of Glory*. (if any): Deacon, music leader (keyboard and vocals), catechist

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