Advent Journey: In the Steps of Joseph and Mary, Mike Brown and Eric Garner

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At my community, Hope Fellowship, we intend and aspire to be a diverse group of people. Yet we often fail miserably. We are primarily Anglo, but we try to be diverse and include among ourselves Latino/as. Many of us have connections to Spanish-speaking countries in various ways. We try to be bilingual. We translate most […]















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 […]















The High Holy Days Approach

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Last year around the same time that our annual consumer frenzy was reaching a fever pitch I was wrapping up a series inspired by fellow Truett grad, preacher extraordinaire and soon-to-be published author, Kyndall Rae Rothaus, about the nature of our purchases and how they function in the consumer religion (Holy Purchases). I’ve just gone […]















Mindfulness and Eating

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My wife has been taking a class on centering prayer and the women of our community recently had a silent retreat. My friend Michelle shared this on her blog, More With Much Less, about mindfulness and eating. Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the […]















Cultivating Economic Peace in an Age of Instability

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This story is similar to my own journey in understand the relationship of economics to the purpose and mission of the church. We tried to imagine an economy informed by the narratives of scripture, one bearing witness to the reign of God. It would be made of the same ingredients as the dominant economy: the […]















Does the Church Need to Build Alternative Economies?

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Excellent and challenging article that questions our assumptions about economics in the church while also offering some alternatives that we can begin to live out in our churches and communities. I’m proud to say that our community (though imperfectly) is already practicing these alternatives. I would add the sharing economy to the list of alternatives. […]