About

J. Randall Ory is a Contemplative, Carpenter, Husband, Father of 3 amazing children, and a student of Church history and culture.  He lives in East Tennessee with his family, where he and his wife run their small construction business.  He is also an artist, anthropologist, and church activist.  He is passionate about pursuing an intimate relationship with God, and encouraging others in the same pursuit.  He's also passionate about guiding the Church into a new season of renewal, and helping the Church return to the foundational identity first instituted by Jesus and Paul. 

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The Modern Contemplative was started by J. Randall Ory as a webpage with a blog, in an attempt to educate others on the practices of Christian meditation and prayer founded in the 3rd century by the Desert Fathers.  Today, we call that practice Contemplation.  But it eventually became a landing place for all his interests and outlets, including books, a podcast, and a YouTube channel.

Not long after starting the website and blog, J. Randall Ory launched into podcast mode.  At first, the podcast was called "The Modern Contemplative," the same as the website.  The first 27 podcasts were recorded under the MC label.  Then Ory happened on "The Construction Monk" out of a conversation with a friend.  Eventually, "The Construction Monk"  became Ory's singular podcast name.

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J. Randall Ory's latest venture is starting his own small, in-house media and publishing company, "Eremos Media & Publishing".  Eremos can out of an attempt to publish and print his own books at a low cost, and to retain full control of his content.  It will focus on small batch, hand-made books, starting with his first release, "Dying on the Vine."

"Let Talk Church" is a YouTube channel.  It incorporates J. Randall Ory's desire to foster conversations about the current state of church with a long-held fascination with film and video production.  New video's for "Let's Talk Church" are always in the works.  Keep checking back, and subscribe to stay up to date with the latest from J. Randall Ory.

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