The Common Good

Brandon Hook

Web and Multimedia Associate

“The poet is not a man who asks me to look at him; he is a man who says ‘look at that’ and points.” – C.S. Lewis

Brandon hopes to pay attention. He wants to be like Ricky Fitts in the film American Beauty, who marvels at a plastic bag dancing with the leaves in the breeze (as cliché as that may be). From what he knows, Brandon is not crazy. Rather, little things hopefully remind Brandon that God is present in a world littered with beauty—and Brandon simply wants to point and say, “Look at that.”  

Brandon hopes to see where God is speaking and working in all of life: in nature, movies, music, people—specifically what Jesus calls “the least of these” in Matthew 25—himself, and even politics, which he still has a lot to learn about. Brandon found this passion for the intersection between faith and culture at Azusa Pacific University, a small school in Southern California.

Brandon also cultivated a lifelong love for travel in college. He spent a semester studying the humanities at Azusa Pacific’s High Sierra campus near Yosemite, Calif. Brandon flew off to South Africa the next year, serving a local community called Haniville, living with locals near Cape Town, traveling the coast, and doing some studying in between. His last adventure before the “real world” sent him to study C.S. Lewis and poetry at Oxford University in England.  There he thoroughly enjoyed a Christmas party at C.S. Lewis’s house.

Brandon is not originally from the Golden State. He hails from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Among many other things, he loves his family, friends, photography, seasons, and nostalgic movies that try to pin down the elusive concept of home. 

Blog Posts by Brandon Hook

Posted by Brandon Hook 4 weeks 7 hours ago
Last night, Washington, D.C., residents young and old gathered in the Columbia Heights neighborhood to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, stand in solidarity with those on the front lines of...
Posted by Brandon Hook 17 weeks 1 day ago
The last time I listened to Nickel Creek was to analyze their adaptation of Robert Burns’ poem, “Sweet Afton,” in my English literature class in college three years ago. Indeed, the waters of Nickel...
Posted by Brandon Hook 17 weeks 2 days ago
I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is referred to as the millennial generation.It also, apparently, makes me a lazy, entitled, narcissist who still lives with my...
Posted by Brandon Hook 43 weeks 3 hours ago
How can we save 40,000 lives in under three minutes?That question served as the provocative title of Israeli medic Eli Beer's TEDMED talk. Beer is the founder and president of Israel-based...
Posted by Brandon Hook 46 weeks 1 day ago
It seems rare these days to find an album where each song is valuable both individually and as part of the collective whole that makes up the record. Musicians are always telling us that they “don’t...