Midway: A Message From the Gyre

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On a remote island civilization is killing the inhabitants from thousands of miles away. Tragic video about the consequences of our actions and choices as a society and individually. MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.















The Peace of Wild Things

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This is a well known poem of Wendell Berry’s. I have wanted to avoid some of his more well known works, but they are still so full of meaning and poignance for me that I cannot ignore them. This one is short. So, I will quote the whole thing. When despair for the world grows […]















All My Relations (Leviticus 19 The Original Cut)

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This is one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. At first I tried to squeeze this whole chapter into one post, but like the love of God it could not be contained. So, instead I will break this up into two parts. First, I will consider the chapter in its Old Testament context. […]















Blood Cries Out (Leviticus 17)

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Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Many people are squeamish about blood in general. The sight of blood makes them nauseous or faint. Some […]















What’s For Dinner? (Leviticus 11)

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Lev 10:10-11 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses. Leviticus 11 details the dietary laws given to the Israelites. When someone says “food in the Bible” this is probably what first […]















The Sacred Predator Pyramid Scheme

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Another relationship in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer between Deanna, a forest service worker living in the middle of a preserve, and Eddie, a young man hunting coyotes who becomes her lover, centers on their mutual love of nature but their conflicting perspectives on predators, coyotes in particular. Eddie comes from a family of sheep ranchers […]















Sex, Salvation and Species

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Wendell Berry pointed out the relationship between our understanding of sex and our willingness to exploit nature. A distorted view of one leads to a distorted view of the other. Eugene Peterson in his book Christ Plays in 10,000 Places makes a similar point about our conception of human beings as abstracted from creation. He […]















Our Own Walden

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Photo of current Charagua workers cooking giso over the fire in what will soon be our yard. We recently visited Charagua and decided to accept a position there working with Low German Mennonites, local Bolivians and Guarani (an indigenous group) on water systems, dry latrines and small-scale vegetable production. This is not the position we […]