The Shallow Pond Dilemma

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It seems appropriate in this time of gluttony and the consumer frenzy of consumerism known as Black Friday, to talk about the ethical dilemmas of the financial choices we make. A long time ago, I listened to Episode #100 of the Diet Soap podcast and it sparked a lot of thoughts and conversations, mostly with […]















Born Against: The Way of Jesus as Protest

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A.J. Swoboda recently wrote a very thoughtful piece on how the Christian faith relates to the occupy protest movement. I want to make sure at the outset that I acknowledge the article said many positive things about the movement including, Protest isn’t new. The prophets protested endlessly against evil, injustice, and at times the institution […]















Occupy This Blog?!

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Occupy Wall Street! Occupy Together! Occupy The Pasture! Occupy Religion! Occupy This Blog?! The slogan has become pervasive over the last two months, but what does it mean to “occupy” Wall Street? Or your town? Or something else, like food, the church or this blog? The relevant definition of the word means to “take control […]















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 […]















Consumerism: Disease or Religion?

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The book (which was originally a series on PBS) Affluenza uses the metaphor of disease to try and understand the modern world, in particular the consumerism of North American culture. Following this metaphor the book is divided into three sections: symptoms, causes and treatments. Among other things the book is a pretty amazing compilation of […]















The Open Veins of Latin America

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Happy Birthday America… No, not you… just North America… not you either, just “America”… you know The United States. It seems wholly appropriate to me on this day celebrating “American” independence to consider our continuing dependence on that other America, Latin America. From tin to bananas to copper to all of the precious metals that […]