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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?
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...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:...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
We’re excited to welcome the faith-based eco-agriculture publication, Stewardculture Magazine (soon to be in blog format), to the Sustainable Traditions website! I first heard about Stewardculture Magazine, from editor Dan Grubbs. I was thrilled to discover a...read more
Documentary delivers message: Needed change in food system is at hand. Despite having a compelling subject to shoot – Joel Salatin and the extended family of his farm – the filmmakers of Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices convey something more important. What I took...read more
God’s dominion mandate to Adam described in Genesis 1 cannot defensibly be used as an apologetic for extractive and exploitative use of Earth’s resources – or more conservatively stated as misusing creation for man’s benefit. Instead, I will illustrate that the...read more
The lament is a forgotten, but legitimate genre for literature of creative expression. I mention this because I see Laura Dunn’s new film, “The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” as a kind of lament. As such, it is a worthy film deserving of our attention and...read more
Here in this second installment of “The Wisdom of Salatin,” I continue to expand on Joel Salatin’s 10 common threads for success on the farm. Salatin, of the famous Polyface Farms, taught these at a presentation he gave at the Sustainable Agriculture Symposium last...read more
On Nov. 18, 2014, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms spoke at the Sustainable Agriculture Symposium sponsored by the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture. In his address, Salatin delighted the crowd with his usual wit and acerbic commentary along with 10 common...read more