Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

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But even if we meet farmers at the farmers market, urban consumers are still largely divorced from the people who grow, pick and package our food. And we may even willfully ignore their suffering, argues Seth Holmes, a medical anthropologist and professor of health and social behavior at the University of California, Berkeley, in his […]















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 […]















Begging the Question

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So, the idea for this blog came out of my quest for what to do with my life after seminary. The title is just a clever and catchy way to get at the main theme of this blog, food and theology. As I have unpacked this silly little question it seems to have sometimes taken […]















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 […]















Consumerism, Industrial Food and the Eucharist

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This is a sermon I will be delivering November 3 at Texas Lutheran University for the Krost Symposium: What’s for Dinner: Global, Regional and Local. I was driving through Lampasas one time. I don’t remember why or where I was headed, but I was listening to Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I was struck […]















The Long and Short of It

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I would like to take some time to connect some of these dots for us, then share with you about the work at the World Hunger Farm and finally ask what this means for Meadow Oaks and what God is doing in this place. … We haven’t always known quite how it was going to work out, but again and again God has been faithful to provide for us and confirmed this calling through words of encouragement and reminders that this was for real.















What is Empire?

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This may seem a digression from the topic of this blog, but if the question of what we should eat ultimately involves issues of justice then the answer must involve the church’s relationship to the state. There…now I’m justified in discussing this topic here. I will be teaching the Netzer Co-op May 17th on “Relocation […]















Reflections and Resolutions

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I found this excellent list of questions that caused me to reflect on my journey towards ethical eating and the year that looms on the horizon. 1. What new local food did you discover this year? 2. What bad food habit did you give up or replace? 3. What’s your most memorable meal of 2008? […]