Why Caring for the Earth matters to Christ…and you

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" And yet what is the burden of the Bible if not a sense of the mutuality of influence, rising out of the essential unity among soul and body and community and world?  These are all the works of God and it is therefore the work of virtue to make or restore harmony among them"   Wendell Barry"This is what God planned for the climax of all times: to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth" - Paul the ApostleI'll never forget an experience I h … [Read more...]

Old Testament God: Angry fundamentalist, or loving friend? And why it matters!

In my Bible reading this morning, I came across the phrase "put away the foreign gods" and realized that it comes up over and over again the Old Testament.  Instead of creating and arrogant and judgmental provincialism, pondering what it means for us today could lead to a whole new way of living:Thoughtful people sometimes have a hard time reading the Old Testament because the Old Testament God as mean, judgmental, violent, utterly other than the God of the New Testament, where Christ is … [Read more...]

Redeem Everything: Learning from St. Patrick

As the weekend of green beer and cabbage approaches, it's appropriate to consider the rich heritage most of enjoy without even knowing it, passed down from the Celtic Christian communities of Ireland and Scotland during the dark ages.  You can learn about through a favorite book of mine, "How the Irish Saved Civilization", whose thesis is that when the Roman empire collapsed and the west was plunged into centuries of barbarism and fear, the bastions of sanity were the Celtic monasteries.  This i … [Read more...]

The slippery slope is slick with cheap oil

At 1.51 Euro per liter, gas is $8.63 a gallon over here in Europe.  Somehow, in spite of this, and in spite of the challenges presented by the Euro due to the crisis in Greece and other countries, the German economy is doing well.  Economic growth, it appears, isn't always tied to cheap oil.How has this happened?  In part it's happened because the German government has seen the writing on the wall, the reality that black gold won't pour from the ground forever, that reduced supply means a hi … [Read more...]


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