What is Nature Worth?

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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 […]















Permaculture Principle: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

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In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Today  we’re going to take a look at the fourth principle: 4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. The […]















Permaculture Principles: Obtain a yield

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In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Today  we’re going to take a look at the third principle: 3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing. […]















Permaculture Principles: Catch and store energy

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In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability.Remember that the first principle is “observe and interact” which as we said last time runs counter to our fast-paced culture and tendency to favor doing over being. Here’s the second design principle […]















What are we Saving with Daylight Saving Time?

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This weekend we engage again in the annual nonsense known as Daylight Saving Time. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve linked to articles before about the reasons why this practice is ridiculous. I’ve heard the arguments about farmers, economics, energy, etc. and none of them have convinced me that changing the time by […]















I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon

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















Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework

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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…

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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 […]