Reflections on the trajectory of life, faith and culture.

An Introduction

Sustainable Traditions is an invitation to more deeply consider the trajectory of our life, faith and culture in these modern/post-modern times. In a time of great change such as our own, we must look long and hard at our assumptions, allegiances, and the patterns of belief and practice we are passing onto the next generations. Ideas have consequences and the good news of Jesus as messiah and divine sovereign calls for radical change in our lives. Because the kingdom of God has no boundaries – and because “the earth is the Lord’s” the message here encompasses a broad scope of topics: farming, society, human politics, food, community, prayer, poetic imagination, Creation, sabbath, economics, family, etc …

Also, to our liberal and our conservative readers: there is not one angle presented here – but a prism approach that is sure to lay flame to sacred cows and idols of all stripes and affiliations. Our longing is for Christian communities that look like Jesus, and a world that is being overtaken by mustard seeds of redemption. The revolution will not be televised.

I welcome you to join the conversation.
– Jason F., Sustainable Traditions co-founder

In Praise of the Family Milk Cow

She left as suddenly as she had come. Lucy, a fiery, red-headed Jersey milk cow had become an integral part of our life over the past seven years - and now she was gone - not dead and gone, but sold and taken to her new life on another local farm. The day she...

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Agriculture Practiced In Sin

“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...

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Stewardship Of The Land

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...

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Three Feet Ahead (poem)

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....

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In Praise of: Morning

'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...

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Stewards Of Earth Are We

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...

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I Am Not A Luddite

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...

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Do We Have Dominion Right?

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...

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The Wisdom Of Salatin – Part 2

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...

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PLEASE NOTE: We are currently in the midst of re-imagining this website and contemplating creating a podcast and other resources, focused on embodied Christian faith and intentional living. Check out our extensive archives and look for more developments in the coming days. 5/26/18

– Jason F., Sustainable Traditions co-founder

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