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A Call to A New Way of Life
We live in a time of great change. And yet the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached, lived, and invites us into today, is eternal and unchanging. Sustainable Traditions is an exploration of the eternal lifeways and wisdom that is found in a whole-life devotion to the resurrected Jesus and His here-now/coming-soon Kingdom. This is a broad conversation – because our faith touches on every aspect of our human life. This conversation includes both heaven and earth – the theological and the practical – because belief and action cannot be separated. We are journeying towards holy community and the outworking of God’s love that calls us all out of pride and self-absorbed living. Jesus calls us to a new life. What does the outworking of this new life look like – within the crumbling walls of modern faith – and in the streets and fields of the world?
The cloudless sky was a tranquil blue above the small town of Babylon, North Carolina. Locals went about their normal routines. The cafe on the corner was busy with the lunch crowd. The old post office had a steady stream of the usual foot traffic. A weathered...read more
Grace. The concept of unmerited favor. Those who claim to be born-again Christians should understand this definition. But, I wonder if too many of us limit the idea to the work of Christ death, burial, and resurrection. I believe grace abounds beyond the facts of...read more
I’ve done my fair share of industrial farmer bashing. But, I have come to believe that the planetary damage caused by agriculture is as much a product of consumerism as it is the evils of large farm operations. If that’s the case, should more of our energy be directed...read more
“Cain got it wrong just like us moderns.” A friend of mine sent that message to me recently when I encouraged him to conduct a word study of the English word “till” in the Old Testament. He had read my essays on the topic and knew what I was referring to. Yet, his...read more
I feel compelled to deal with mandates of the Bible toward man in relation to creation. This is key to our motivation and the decisions we make moment by moment. To deal with this mandate, I will draw attention to a key Hebrew verb in the creation account I feel is...read more
Humans are living on a planet with ground that is cursed as a result of sin. This planet we call Earth, where the Creator placed us, will one day be consumed by fire and a new Heaven and Earth will be established. Until that time, redeemed Christians, especially...read more
Three Feet Ahead The pace measured in steady footfalls Seems to me the more natural. With limbs that stretch only so far My step followed by step Affords a view of the world unblurred. This pace reveals the Creator’s love; A love expressed in provision of abundance....read more
(Note from the editor: The missional church conversation has been a great encouragement and signpost for me in a time of historic transition for American Christianity at large. No longer the dominant influence in the life of our nation, church communities are at a...read more
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus...read more
"After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself." - John 6:14-15 The political...read more
Four years ago, Jason Fowler, our host and editor of Sustainable Traditions, published a blog post he referred to as a lament. In 2012, he expressed some degree of remorse at the cultural changes that had taken place in this country and described some of them. Let’s...read more
"...seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. And in that it was commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to...read more