What is Nature Worth?


I discovered the work of Robert Costanza that asks “What is nature worth?” Costanza attempts to put a dollar value on global ecosystem services recently while listening to a Radiolab episode called Worth. I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of work. It may benefit us in the short term to describe ecosystem services […]

Interstellar: Less Than Stellar Movie on Climate Change


As a parent of three young children I don’t often make it to the movie theater. I’m not usually aware what is even in the theaters unless it involves singing chipmunks, snow queens or talking toys. So, it was a minor miracle this weekend that I was invited to see Interstellar with some friends of […]

Gluten Free Diets: A-Gluten For Punishment?


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 […]

Permaculture Principles: Observe and Interact


I’ve been learning about permaculture this year. In order to deepen my knowledge and understanding of permaculture and make connections with my faith and theology, I am going to work through the Twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Here is the first principle: Observe and interact: By […]

I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon


Here is the sermon I gave in chapel for the Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice.

Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework


I recently made a presentation at Texas Lutheran University’s Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice with the title Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework. Unfortunately the video does not include the images and graphics from the powerpoint I used which was a big part of the presentation.

Sermon: I Pledge Allegiance…


Wow! My last post was here was exactly 7 months ago. So, to prove that I have not been just sitting idly by and ignoring the problems posed by consumerism, ecological devastation, etc., here is the sermon I will be preaching this Sunday in connection with a teaching series our community is going through which I […]

Welcome to Commonomics


This is a really great and in-depth article on some ideas for a new economics and stronger local economies. Commonomics will focus on the gatherers, those who are working to foster economic growth from within. We’ll be asking what’s working, what isn’t, and by what standard are our local economies to be judged? “The goal […]