Dirt and Spirituality

Transplanting wheat seedlings at dawn

Our family has really dived in to our backyard urban mini-farm – we’ve been spending many hours prepping the land, hunched over Excel spreadsheets, and getting up many days in a row at dawn to plant seedlings before the kids get up. One of the key parts of sustainable agriculture is . . . → Read More: Dirt and Spirituality

Book Review: Hearing God’s Words (Part One)

Part One: Why I Chose This Book

In this particular season of my life—raising two kids with my wife, working downtown, being a part of a church community, farming in the backyard, networking with other churches, and everything in between—I’ve felt called to live out and pursue this idea of “sustainable spirituality.” Essentially, how in the world . . . → Read More: Book Review: Hearing God’s Words (Part One)

Using Every Pocket of Time

When dealing with questions of sustainability, the most common restricting factor is a simple lack of resources. In the realm of spiritual vitality–as it is in many other arenas–time is probably the most precious commodity. So in a world where many people scarcely have time to sit down for a nice, calm meal, how can we . . . → Read More: Using Every Pocket of Time

Living Mulch: An Organic Illustration of Churches and Church Networks

We’ve been gardening in our backyard, (loosely) following the biointensive farming method in John Jeavons’ book How to Grow More Vegetables. There’s a lot to learn from the organic analogies in the Bible (e.g. mustard seed, sowing seed, parables involving farmers and farming, sheep and shepherds…). Likewise, I think there’s a lot to learn from organic . . . → Read More: Living Mulch: An Organic Illustration of Churches and Church Networks

Rented Spirituality: A Lesson from the Egyptian Revolution

Friday, February 11, 2011 was a historic day for Egypt and for the world when President Mubarak, Egypt’s “modern day pharaoh,” stepped down after 30 years of rule. Significantly, this transition was brought about using the power of social networks and without resorting to civil war or widespread bloodshed. In the immediate aftermath of that watershed . . . → Read More: Rented Spirituality: A Lesson from the Egyptian Revolution