Gluten Free Diets: A-Gluten For Punishment?

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This started out as an email to my friend Gary. We’ve had an ongoing conversation over the years about everything from faith and science to GMOs and sustainable agriculture. We come from different perspectives in some ways and share common ground in others. Discussing with someone you disagree with and being open to your assumptions […]















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 […]















Jubilee is Salvation (Leviticus 25:9-10)

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The second thing I noticed (Read What Shall We Eat? for the first) in re-reading Leviticus 25 is that the Jubilee is explicitly connected to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. This is the pinnacle of the sacrificial system to which Jesus’ death and resurrection has often been […]















Sacred Days and Desecrated Days

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There are no unsacred places; There are only sacred places And desecrated places. – from “How to Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry This year during Thanksgiving there were a number of stores having sales on Thursday already. This prompted a friend of mine to ask, “Is nothing sacred?” This is an oft-heard complaint about […]















Disaster Capitalism in the Bible

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Yesterday I preached at Texas Lutheran University’s chapel service. I used what I’ve written before on the story of Joseph’s attempt to deal with famine in Genesis. The sermon might tie together some loose ends and certainly makes a stronger connection between the interpretation of that story and the exploitation of natural disasters today and […]















Food in the Bible: Matthew 9:35-38

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Matthew 9:35-38Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his […]