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. […]















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 […]















Isn’t It Ironic…Don’t You Think?

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Unlike the Alanis Morisette hit, “Ironic”, which was in fact not at all ironic, I have come across some ironies in my work that strike me as worth mentioning and perhaps exploring more in depth. The world we live in seems full of these strange paradoxes, but they come in to stark relief in development […]















The Original Sin of Church and State

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I’ve been interested in First People, Native American, indigenous issues ever since I spent two weeks on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. I was working at a Lutheran camp based near Ft. Collins, CO and worked with High School youth groups on week-long service trips. We were invited by the local Arapahoe chief […]















The Lazy Way of Farming

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I’ve been intrigued by Fukuoka and his natural way of farming for a while. This precursor to the modern permaculture movement developed a way and philosophy of agriculture based on his observations and experiments in Japan. Eventually he was able to produce as much rice using his method as others did with more traditional (mono-cropping) […]















Natural Farming and the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30;36-43)

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That’s right, the reason you started reading this blog in the first place is back. The last post was April 26 of this year and before that January 10. For a while, I was disciplined in doing it once or twice a week. I’d like to get back to that. Before diving into today’s passage […]















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 […]