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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...

The Richest Man in Babylon

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...

Who Is Worthy Of Your Vote?

With all the reports of allegations and out-of-court settlements regarding politicians and their varied crimes, it's a wonder anyone can still find it within themselves to support these kinds of people with their vote. Motivations for voting for a candidate vary, but...

An Eternal Totality

Out of the mouth of babes. During the 2017 eclipse, an eight-year-old boy visiting our homestead grew more and more excited about what he was seeing and freely repeated words he learned about the eclipse from the adults around him. One thing about the eclipse this...

Hose Advice: Five Things To Avoid

I interrupt my three-part series to give you this special bulletin ... FLASH! Hose care is important for gardeners, homesteaders and farmers! Frustrated by the failure of a garden hose? Who isn’t? But, there’s quite a bit you can do to reduce your chances of bursts,...

Our Response To God – Part 1 of 3

This three-part series will outline what I refer to as the Stewardculture Triad. It's a simple way to organize thoughts about our relationship with God. These are foundational ideas for the notion of Stewardculture itself. The Stewardculture Triad is comprised of: Our...

The Consumer: Time To Wake The Sleeping Giant

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...

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...

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...

Stewardship and the Christian farmer

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...

Day-Old Chicks: Part Deux

One year ago we welcomed 26 day-old chicks to Hebron Acres (buff Orpingtons and barred Plymouth Rocks). We were excited because they represented the first livestock on our place. That day began with a phone call from the post office informing us that our chicks were...

Farm Auction Two-Step

You've read the advertisement in the paper. You went through the itemized list of things being sold at a large estate or consignment auction. You're counting down the last few days until the big dance. You even have your alarm set so you can get up early to get a good...

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....

Dabbling In Solar System Pays Dividends

Dabbling is something every homesteader or farmer I know does. Whether it’s blacksmithing or grafting, there’s something we don’t do on a large scale, but we … well … dabble! At Hebron Acres it’s no different. Lately, we’ve taken to dabbling in solar energy generation...

Evangelize no matter the neighbor

Rod Dreher recently wrote in his blog about the notion of how immigration might actually be a benefit for Christians who are battling in the marketplace of ideas because they would likely find strong allies among immigrants for similar values. It was a really...

Growth In Mysticism Is A Mars Hill Opportunity

Mysticism is being mainstreamed. I’m not talking the fantasy-world fiction of Narnia or the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m referring to those things that the Bible clearly warns us about that have been flowing anew into mainstream culture with barely a peep from...

Was It Really A Kind Of Sophie’s Choice?

An interesting blog post appeared over at Mere Orthodoxy regarding what I am referring to as The Great Evangelical Capitulation during the recent presidential election. It prompted me to respond here via my own blog. Blogger Jake Meador outlined several key points,...

The Cruciform Politics of Jesus

"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...

A Culture Of Distraction – Revisited

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...

If ‘Lord Of All’ Then The Gospel For All

Humans are created by God to have an innate response to true injustice. Some people have learned to suppress this reaction, but it’s there no matter how repressed. There’s no need to enumerate injustices that have taken place since the fall of man. We know them when...

Five Questions When Buying Land – Question Four

We’ve covered some really important questions so far. The next question you need to examine is “who will do it?” It’s less obvious than you may think. The risk for making wrong assumptions is very high. What this question really means is who is on board with your...

God’s Provision In A Chicken

I interrupt the buying land series momentarily to plop in a post about our chickens. My wife and I love our chickens. I’m not sure why. But, they just seem lovable. They are peculiar in their behaviors, which gives us no end of entertainment. We harvest about a dozen...

Five questions when buying land – Question Two

Our previous installment dealt with ensuring you have a clear understanding of what you want before buying land. Now, we will consider the “where” question. It’s a more complex question than you might imagine. To recap, here are the five questions: What do I want?...

Five questions when considering buying land

If you’re like me, you might have a tendency to dive into what you want to do and then learn from your mistakes. But, when thinking of land purchases for a homestead or even something bigger, you need to start off carefully and avoid costly mistakes. In this five-part...

Restless Winter Mind (poem)

Restless Winter Mind My mind is restless most in winter when the cold and sleet sting my skin like nettle. Nostalgia for autumn’s wonder is joined in my mind with spring’s promise of plant and project anxious for beginnings. Warm forced air blankets me as I stare out...

A Spring Storm (poem)

A Spring Storm The boil of the spring sky, now charcoal grey and laced with flashing threads of electric-blue, fulfills the prophesy of a red-sky morning. Rumbles roll in from the southwest while the leaves on the grandfather Osage orange freeze in terrible...

Spring Morning After Berry (poem)

Spring Morning After Berry As morning fog billows on the pasture hillside at the intersection of dawn and full light, the great boiling ball creates glistening diamond dew crowning brome, curly dock, red clover, and alfalfa. Accompanying is the caw of red-wing...

American Roots Of Agrarianism

Agrarianism posits that the practices associated with the agricultural life are particularly — and in some cases uniquely — well suited to yield important personal, social, and political goods. The precise character of these goods — and the respective roles of...

What Should Christians Tell The World?

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...

Do Our Farms Witness For Christ? (updated)

Not long ago after having read Noah Sanders’ book Born Again Dirt, I made up my mind to work hard to make my homestead productive but also a visually attractive place, too. Sanders wrote that we should be working toward the goal of making our landscapes as beautiful...

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...

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...

Dry Farming Trial Of Red Aztec Spinach

Have you ever heard of Red Aztec Spinach, Huauzontle, or Chenopodium nuttalliae? They’re all the same plant. It’s an eat-all green. It grows edible leaves through August’s scorching heat and then gives you a seed grain that is like quinoa but lacking the soapy...

Tool Review: Morakniv Basic 511

A high-performance utility knife that belies its budget price. My enthusiasm for the Morakinv Basic 511 utility knife cannot be overstated. If you want a utility knife to carry and use while you do chores around the homestead or farm, I cannot think of a better choice...

Integrating Crops And Livestock For Profit

Kansas farmer Gail Fuller, who farms near Emporia, experimented with no-till farming on and off during the 1980s. In the mid-1990s, frustrated by erosion and not getting the results he wanted, he attended a no-till conference where he learned about cover crops. When...

Is A Refractometer In Your Future

Have you considered use of an optical refractometer on your farm or homestead? As more holistic growers better understand the biochemistry of growing plants and soil, they are adopting use of this simple-to-use tool to help determine the health or nutritional value of...

Comfrey May Be Your New Best Friend

If you would like to use less chemical fertilizer for your fruit trees or are tired of weeding around them, there’s a solution. Does watering your fruit trees less often sound good? Yep, there’s an answer for you. The solution to all these things is the humble, yet...

What Is The Value Of Work?

Something I read the other day made me ponder about the nature of work. Or, more precisely, how many of us of Occidental cultures view work. I now know we have it wrong. In mankind’s rush from an agrarian society to an industrial one, increases in human productivity...

Raw Milk As Soil Input

Field trials show applying milk to pasture is increasing Brix values, reducing compaction and increasing tonnage. There’s much buzz surrounding raw milk, and it’s not flies or even the debate about selling raw milk for human consumption. The buzz is positive and...

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...

Five Lessons From A First-Time Beekeeper

So you haven’t even started keeping bees yet and you’ve already been stung. Stung with that lust for everything beekeeping promises to provide. Namely, an endless supply of golden sticky sweet stuff. Sure, we know the bees will help with pollination and, if we’re...

Book Review: Born Again Dirt

The number of speakers, consultants and authors in the world of sustainable farming and gardening has exploded. There’s restorative agriculture, permaculture and Farming God’s Way, to name just a few. And then there’s Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms teaching us to...

Is The Book Of Genesis Anti-GMO?

A provocative headline, to be sure. It might seem like a stretch to some people and there can be good argument to answer in the negative to the headline’s question. But, there may be a biblical case to be made against use of sterile seeds and GMOs. Now before you...

Kansas Group Has Big Idea To Feed The World

From Salina, Kansas, The Land Institute offers a real solution to a growing problem If you follow agriculture, you likely have noticed more and more people who don’t believe the world can be fed by a chemical-intensive, genetically modified monoculture approach. In...

Soil Science Spelled It Out A Century Ago

guest writer Gene Logsdon An organic farm marketer brought me a strange book to read and I can’t get it out of my mind. It was written by Cyril Hopkins, an agronomist at the University of Illinois in 1911. Already a century ago, science had committed the wisdom of the...

Faith And Farming, Are They Connected?

If the headline causes speculation, then I think that’s good. I certainly believe I have an answer to the question, but not everyone agrees with me. Yet, if I truly believe my farming is connected to my faith, then I better be able to state why. People around the...

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...

The Wisdom Of Salatin – Part 1

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...

Lessons From A First-Time Hog Owner

Maybe you just cannot get your mind off of bacon. Trust me, I understand. Maybe you see hogs as versatile animals that help you till and maintain land while being powered by nothing other than the land itself and food scraps. Whatever your purpose, you have decided...

Creation Account Demonstrates God’s Intention

We should understand that God cares for, cares about, has purpose for and created the Earth according to a willful act. In Genesis, we have Moses giving the Hebrews an account of their history, their origins, but more importantly, their relationship with God. A...

Swales Can Play A Vital Role In Land Management

For water management, agroforestry and silvopasture, swales can be an important tool for the biodiverse farm. In agriculture, swales are not usually the topic in farming circles but they can be a valuable tool in the earthworks tool chest. A ditch-berm combination,...

Is Land Alive?

Does this question matter? I discovered a blog titled, Redeeming the Dirt. It’s a blog written by a born-again Christian farmer named Noah Sanders, author of the book Born Again Dirt. But, I want to share a question Sanders posed in his blog some time ago. At his...

Contemplating Berry’s ‘Two Economies’

In Wendell Berry’s essay “Two Economies,” he explains his thoughts on the important differences between a money economy or some “little” economy when compared to what he refers to as “The Great Economy.” This difference is vital to understand especially when humans...

Do We Find God In Our Chores?

The writings of one of my favorite authors, A.W. Tozer, challenge Christians to truly consider God. If done in honesty and with integrity, it will dramatically change one’s life. I have found Tozer’s words to be true. Though I love his works, they often reveal...

Organic Wesley (Book Review)

If John Wesley were alive today, he would no doubt be a passionate and energetic ally of the food movement. And from his teachings, writings and example, it is possible to discern and articulate a Wesleyan food ethic that can inform and benefit his spiritual descendants in today’s food movement…

Becoming a Rooted Church: Letter From Brazil

We are not creating a model or a program, but we do hope to inspire other churches and groups to experiment more: that is, not to live under the obligation of “doing good,” but to embrace contingency, caring for the neighbor you meet on the Jericho road, inspired by Jesus’ example of love and readiness to serve.

A Different Kind of Deliverance

There was a sense of joy and excitement as we traveled towards Jerusalem. We were all looking forward to the Passover feast but most of all…We were waiting for the moment when Yeshua would publicly reveal himself to all of Israel…

The Real War On Christmas

He asked me why I thought there was not more of an outcry from Christian leaders against Consumerism in Christmas. He pointed out that most of what he has heard about are Christians taking a stand against “the war on Christmas”…

Deep Roots and Wild Storms

I hope for days of peace but I have greater hope in seeing a people rise up who are set like anchors and shining beacons amidst the whirlwind. If we are willing GOD will use us to establish ‘villages’ and ‘cities’ of refuge for many in need of shelter…

Reclaiming Our Food (Book Review)

“Across America, the grassroots food movement seems to be arising from a common feeling that we have lost our center…This book tells the story of people who are seeking to find a new center, to create meaning and purpose in their lives, to restore harmony and balance in their relationships with the land, food and each other…”

Becoming People of a Place

Maybe we need to rethink the accomplishments of travel. Maybe the fewer the places someone has been, the more reason to celebrate. Maybe my mom’s lack of travel has blessed her with something that I cannot understand – a place to call her own…

Church As Sharing Community

His remark caught me by surprise, “if the Church would do that, we wouldn’t need the rest of this.” It was a statement that has stayed with me even to now. The idea that simply by practicing a culture of sharing, recognizing God’s role in our provision for ourselves and others, the Church could change the world. That initially sounds a bit naive. But didn’t it already happen once?…

The Way (Movie Review)

The Way was a profound and entertaining film – touching on topics of spirituality and religion (or the lack of), pilgrimage and personal redemption, death, life, loss and and in turn healing, renewed hope and our need for community…

Health For Godly Generations (Book Excerpt)

In her book Health for Godly Generations, the author Renee DeGroot has compiled a deeply thoughtful and provoking conversation…I consider this book to be a solid entry into the growing Christian conversation on health, food and the multi-faceted issues that surround this element of our lives.

Mom’s “New” Singer Sewing Machine

She inspected it from top to bottom, opening the drawers, admiring the ornate designs of this particular model…Mom’s “new” treadle sewing machine was made in September of 1917…This got me thinking: How many iPods are going to be in good working condition in the year 2105?

Occupy Babylon

We do not want a replacement for the current system of global capitalism, we want something altogether different, something that is hard to imagine in the midst of Empire…

A Thankful Heart

It is easy to forget the LORD’s goodness sometimes and I far too often find fault even in the good gifts GOD gives us – but what a transformation that can take place when we commit our hearts to the practice of gratitude…

Anchors In The Storm

The mythology of an economic recovery has only served to blind us – to deceive us into maintaining business as usual. But we can no longer live with a blind eye toward the horizon…Will we be people of love and peace and mercy- will we be anchors in the storm?- or will we be swept away in fear and self-seeking because we find our hearts did not truly trust the LORD?…

Backyard Chicken Class at Bedford Library | Aug 2

Raising chickens, like gardening, is catching on like wildfire all over the nation. We recently joined the ranks and if you’re local to the Lynchburg/Bedford, Virginia area – now you can too! Our good friend Ben Coleman from Mountain Run Farm is teaching a class on everything you need to know about raising chickens…

Year of Plenty (book review)

Year of Plenty is an insightful, profound yet humorous narrative that provides a refreshing perspective on the intersection between Christian faith and issues of economy, environment, community, consumption, justice and sustainability…

Jesus Died For This? (Book Review)

This book is wonderfully offensive…There is a bit of a gut-punch in their for all of us. And if we’re willing to leave our pseudo-piety behind we will discover that there is indeed a promised land for those of us who are willing to laugh at ourselves and strike out on a soul-searching journey towards the risen Jesus…

Learning From the Birds and Their Song In the Dark

Maybe these birds are the greatest of theologians- the most radical of saints – they know the secret of trusting in GOD’s faithfulness. If these birds can sing for joy between the envelope of night and day – can we not learn from them to sing in that in-between place when all seems dark but the clock says day has begun…

Searching For A New Normal

We made the difficult decision of temporarily moving off of the farm we live on to seek needed support…We plan on going back sometime after Elias’ surgery but as the weather turns warm and Winter gives way to Spring we won’t be doing our typical large garden plot…

Alan Hirsch: DNA of Gospel Movements [VERGE Videos]

This is a powerful series of short videos featuring Alan Hirsch, missiologist, a key figure in the missional church movement and author of Untamed: Reactivating A Missional Form of Discipleship, The Forgotten Ways and other books. Be warned- you may start asking dangerous questions after watching these…

Reframing the Liturgical Year

We do better to simply cry out for God’s coming than to make peace with God’s absence by fixating on our celebrations, with all their traditions and trappings…It has always been meant to be something we simply look through, are helped along by, not something we look at, something we assign divine agency to, or hope in…

Birth of the Rebel Jesus

So let us listen to those who challenge our collective imagination, like Jackson Browne who sings of the ‘Rebel Jesus’ and reminds us we must also live in-step with the ‘upside-down’ kingdom of the King who became a servant to us all….

Pure Scum (Book Review)

Mike Sares and his church, Scum of the Earth, offer us a message of hope that maybe we don’t have to live in a spiritually toxic churchianity- maybe there is something true and real to following Jesus beyond the shiny plastic shellac of our Sunday smiles and proper prayers…

Empire vs. Love

In the 4th Century A.D. the Roman emperor Julian was concerned about the spread of Christianity in his empire…He wrote: “Nothing has contributed to the progress of the superstition of these Christians as their charity to strangers. The impious Galileans provide not only for their own poor, but for ours as well.”

Self-Reliance vs. Self-Sufficiency

Today rather then judge ourselves by some illusory benchmark of rural American self ’sufficiency’ we might better make an effort to be more self-reliant…we can discipline ourselves to participate in the world economy in a more conscious way and to strive for a level of self reliance appropriate to our life circumstance…

For Church Leaders In Denial [video]

Sally Morgenthaler speaks candidly about the need for Church leaders to abandon the addictions of constructing self-absorbed communities of faith. Are we more devoted to maintaining our comfort levels and the stability of the Spirit-less status quo or are we willing to deconstruct our glorious religious machinery…

Dear GOD

Jesus taught us to call GOD ‘poppa’- a blasphemous intimacy for the religious people of his day- but when Poppa seems to have withdrawn how do you maintain your trust in Him?…

My Father is a DJ

I sensed GOD’s silent whisper saying: “Don’t underestimate my power to redeem- even seemingly impossible situations. Let me remix the music- change your perception and infuse hope by My Holy Spirit.”

John Stott’s The Radical Disciple

In The Radical Disciple, John Stott comes across not as one who is criticizing the Church for it’s failures, but as an aging apostolic father in the faith who is gathering his children around to humbly impart his blessing and prophetic legacy to a new generation…

Sleepwalkers and Sinking Ships

In our day, I believe it is urgent for us to heed the prophetic voices that are urging us towards facing the true state of our country and the world. We live in titanic times. Like sleepwalkers, like passengers in our pajamas, we can’t believe the ship could go down…

Some Other Saint

There are many people who want to live like Shane Claiborne or Wendell Berry, but that would be a mistake. This is not to say that we should not learn from lives well lived—there are lots of things worth imitating—but we have to ask where God has called us and to what he has called us…

A World of Trouble

Job said it best: ‘For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.” JESUS understood this it seems and told his disciples: “In this world you will have trouble but take courage; I have overcome the world!”

Pickers and Diggers

What good is it to think we can set a viable course into the future without bringing with us the lessons and wisdom of previous generations? Shouldn’t we too be picking and digging through the buried past for the wisdom and understanding we need today?…

Watch Food, Inc. Online

(Watch Food, Inc online for a limited time) “Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment…”

Ron Davidson: Gleaning For The World

After thirty years of being in ministry as a pastor and police chaplain GOD awakened Ron Davidson to an ancient biblical custom that would change the course of his life. The custom was gleaning and it is more relevant today than ever before…

Gardening With GOD

Perhaps one reason God created human beings to tend the garden is because God knew that it is in its midst that we connect most intimately to the character and ways of our Creator. Yet much theology about creation care focuses more on preserving wilderness areas and overcoming pollution than on the joy of gardening.

Holy Cell Phones

Not long ago I had to decide—new cell phone, no cell phone; smart phone, plain phone…I found the most basic free phone I could—one that could make calls, text with difficulty, and maybe survive my abuse. In making this choice I was choosing much more than a cell phone—I was choosing a different form of life…

The Not-So-Gentle Foot of Jesus

All through scripture GOD is calling to us to wake up. In our self-centered sleepwalk we dream our own dreams- be they American or otherwise. We dream of pleasure, fame, respect, love, acceptance, knowledge, safety, revenge…

Sustainable, Traditional

“Sustainable Traditions” are the self-supporting, self-regenerating methods and ways that our antecedents bequeathed us, whether those were from agriculture, religion, politics, architecture or philosophy. It isn’t necessarily the big stuff. It is often the littlest stuff…

Can You Backpack With Boxes?

Security does not come in a full fridge, money in the bank, a paycheck each week, knowing that you can get it if you need it, eating organically (this is the newest thing on the chopping block)…

Where On Earth Is Heaven?

The realization I came to a couple decades ago kindled a new hope in my heart—the understanding of the biblical promise that heaven was going to come to earth, and that the earth was going to be redeemed by “the Lamb who was slain”…

Semper Reformanda

I suspect that as long as the church remains in the world there will be reform movements calling her to greater faithfulness. I’d have to agree with the Protestant Reformers who believed that that was a good thing. Not perfect. But good. Semper Reformanda. Always Reforming.

Reading Both of God’s Books

Theologians have historically categorized the Bible and nature as “two books,”…The first book, comprised of the inspired Scriptures of the Jewish and Christian faith, is called “special revelation.” The second of God’s two revelations is the book of nature, termed “general revelation.”

Culture’s God or True God?

Why do we view God in the way that we do? I have been thinking a lot about the way that I think about God and His character-I have also been thinking a lot about how I think life ought to be and my role in it. How much of these things are truth and how much has been implanted by our culture?

The Cyrus Principle

In his book Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, Dr. Richard Wright speaks of the Cyrus Principle in reference to the many non-Christians who have worked diligently to preserve the wonder and integrity of God’s creation and have in essence done what God’s children could have and should have at least been actively involved in.

Finding GOD In The Thin Places

A Hasidic story tells of a rabbi’s son who used to wander in the woods. The rabbi asked his son, “I wonder why each day you walk in the woods?” The boy replied, “I go there to find God.” “That’s very good, son. But, don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?” “Yes,” the boy answered, “but I’m not.”

Deep calls to Deep

I was just watching the Tri Robinson video about his root cellar that lead me to his homestead blog and found myself feeling a deep longing to live the life I feel called to–one of production not just consumption; one of simplicity and connection to this earth; one of real community and fellowship.

Reclaiming Christmas

Isn’t our culture’s commercialization of such a holy event every bit as profane as selling doves and changing money in the courtyards of the temple? I wonder what would happen if Jesus walked into an American mall…with songs proclaiming his birth being piped in to induce purchases.

Pandemic Love

The swine flu, and the possibility of a world pandemic, is not only in the news, it is unnerving. One has only to recall history to realize that global killers have plagued human civilization before. Gruesome details abound. But, surprisingly, so do acts of love.

Everday Justice: Interview with Julie Clawson

I realized that I couldn’t claim to follow Jesus and believe in the Bible unless I integrated justice into my Christian faith. So over the course of the last decade, I’ve been trying to figure out what it means to worship a God who tells us that true worship involves feeding the hungry and releasing the oppressed.

Mr. Carver and Mr. Creator

George Washington Carver discovered over 300 things that could be made from the peanut, things like brick and mortar, dyes and cosmetics. Not only did God gift Mr. Carver with understanding the peanut but also many other plants as well.

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