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 […]















Our Changing Relationship With Mother Nature

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I often go on and on about our relationship to nature, but Alain de Botton touches on something in a Treehugger article that struck me. Nature doesn’t remind us that we are small, but rather provides chilling, awesome evidence of our size and strength. We glance up to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro and think […]















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 […]















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 […]















Poop, Preaching and Pestilence

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I love alliteration, and the above trio of words really does the trick. What could I possibly be talking about? And why on earth would they all start with the same letter? Some things may remain a mystery, but I will try and unmask this one. As I read The Humanure Handbook, planned and built […]















I’ll Fly Away: Why Caring for the Earth Matters for Eternity

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Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt My economist friend recently commented that while he certainly believed that we were called as Christians to care for the earth, this was somewhat akin to polishing the Titanic (apologies for any liberties my paraphrase took with the actual comment). At some time in the future God is going […]















The Original Sin of Agriculture: Knowledge of Good and Evil

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One of the most interesting aspects of this discussion, particularly in Ishmael, is the application to the interpretation of biblical texts. This series is called the “original sin” of agriculture in part because of the interpretation of Genesis 3 and 4 in Ishmael. Chapters 3 and 4 tell the story of the Fall and Cain […]