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Shalom in the Garden

Shalom in the Garden

– Andy Wade – If you’ve ever had to deal with pests infesting your vegetables you may wonder if shalom in the garden in possible. Not only is it possible, we can learn shalom from sitting, watching, and learning from God, the master gardener. Before I redesigned our backyard, eliminating straight rows of raised beds(…)

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Shalom! Are We Listening?

Shalom! Are We Listening?

Hands plunged deep into rich, moist earth Pulled back filled with life From such our lives were formed “Very Good!” God proclaimed breathing life into all creation How easily we forget the One who made it all “Shalom!” shouts the earth crafted from the beginning interdependent coexistence “Shalom” begs the whole creation How long will(…)

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Where Are You in the Story of Your Neighborhood?

Where Are You in the Story of Your Neighborhood?

– Andy Wade –   Where are you in the story of your neighborhood? Whether you live in a city apartment, urban neighborhood, suburban development, or even a rural setting, this is a really important question to ask.   Last week I posted a reflection, Injustice at the Table, in which I explored the great(…)

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Injustice at the Table

Injustice at the Table

– Andy Wade – The best and brightest were invited. But one by one they made excuses for why they couldn’t come. Undaunted, the host quickly sent word into the surrounding community – all were welcome, come and dine! Was the point of this story injustice at the table? I hadn’t really read this story(…)

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Slow News from the Innovative Edge

Slow News from the Innovative Edge

We had the joy of hosting Chris Smith and John Pattison at Mustard Seed House as they shared their journey into Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. This is part one of Tom’s interview following the gathering. John Pattison and Chris Smith co-authored Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way(…)

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Dying for a Change

Dying for a Change

– Andy Wade –  Tragedy on Longevity Mountain That day is still etched in my mind. It’s been over 25 years since I saw him yet I can still picture his face as if it was yesterday. My wife, Susan, and I were living in Taiwan at the time and were on a much-needed vacation(…)

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Food, Faith, and God’s Good Creation

Food, Faith, and God’s Good Creation

– Andy Wade — In Sabbath experience, the deep meaning of creation is revealed as the freedom of each creature to realize its God-given potential, and in that freedom to offer its worship back to God. — Norman Wirzba In preparation for writing with Christine Sine the sequel to her book, To Garden with God,(…)

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Working Together for the Common Good

Working Together for the Common Good

Is there a way to make a difference in these difficult days through the pursuit of the common good? — Tom Sine — Israeli David Shaul and his Palestinian neighbor Ziad Abed are committed to achieving the common good in a deeply conflicted country. They are neighbors, business partners and close friends. Ziad is a(…)

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Being Radical, Good Friday

Being Radical, Good Friday

– by Brian “Wolt” Wolters – Over the past several weeks I have found myself coming up with excuses to drive to work instead of ride my bike.  Even before I get in my truck I tell myself, “Oh, one more day of driving and then I’ll start riding my bike,” or even on a sunny(…)

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Restoration Village Arts

Restoration Village Arts

– by Tracy Howe Wispelwey — After a decade of touring I began to seriously re-imagine my work as a performing songwriter and the director of a small nonprofit that has become the umbrella for international artistic collaboration and faith-based activism. In the last several years my husband, Seth, and I, along with a small(…)

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