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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?
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
Each morning as I lock my front door and begin walking to my car, I either see José getting into his vehicle, Vicky returning home, or Larry running past me with his dog. We smile, wave, and exchange brief pleasantries. I have heard stories about vibrant neighborhoods...read more
I'm not sure why it never occurred to me. As I've been preparing lessons to teach Luke's book of Acts, something recently came to mind. I was preparing myself for discussion and explanations about the topic of speaking in other languages and speaking in tongues. Which...read more
'In Praise of' is a new series and blog on the Sustainable Traditions website where we cultivate the practice of thankfulness and the practical outworking of the Apostle Paul's encouragement in his ancient letter to Christians in Philippi: "Finally, brethren, whatever...read more
The other morning I read about two commuter trains that collided head-on in the Italian countryside. For obvious reasons the cause is, so far, thought to be human error. But that initial failure of coordination, or navigation, or scheduling, had no immediate effect....read more
If we are satisfied that one of our roles as Christians is to steward the Earth – the place He created specifically for us – then the next logical question would be how. We can find our answer in many places in the Bible, but let us focus our attention to what Jesus...read more
In my efforts to point people to various methodologies of eco-agriculture I often encounter those who dispute these approaches. One of the frequent refrains I hear, “we can’t go back to those old ways, we must use technology to feed the world.” There is a massive...read more