Permaculture: Another Journey Toward Wholeness

April 8, 2014
Bio-intensive garden

– Andy Wade – My head’s been swirling with questions and ideas this past few weeks as I’ve been taking a free online permaculture class. The instructor, Larry Korn, quoted Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher who cultivated the concept of “natural farming”, which greatly influenced the emergence of the permaculture movement. Korn had […]

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The Long View

January 28, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s […]

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Courting Imagination

January 24, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Following on my last post, “Stop Stimulating Me!“, it seemed appropriate to talk about foreplay. At least that’s how Janine Benyus talks about much of the amazing creation that goes on continually right under our noses (video below). The area of bio-mimicry is one that is truly fascinating and is finally […]

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Food, Faith, and God’s Good Creation

January 20, 2014
Lenten Rose

– 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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Too Big For Their Britches

November 7, 2013
Social Entrepreneur, Cindy Todd

– Andy Wade – From climate change to economic development, women are being touted as the solution to many of our world’s biggest problems. Economist Brad DeLong states, “Only with the coming of female literacy and artificial means of birth control can a society maintain both a slowly-growing or stable population and a substantial edge […]

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Sharing Economy – redeux

October 28, 2013
The Sharing Economy

– by Andy Wade – Originally posted in May, 2011 This past week, Christine wrote two posts on her blog, Godspace, about collaborative consumption and the new shared economy. These are great (and challenging) posts worthy of a read. I’m challenged by the fact that the world seems ahead of much of the church in […]

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Making a Difference Through Business and Investment

September 25, 2013
SOCAP 2013

– Tom Sine – Have you ever considered creating innovative new ways to make a difference in our troubled world through business and investment? Two weeks ago I was riding the 49 bus down Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. It was exactly the same route that I took by streetcar many decades ago when […]

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Spiritual Monocropping

September 23, 2013
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– Andy Wade – Spiritual monocropping? What in the world is that? Monocropping is the industrial agricultural method of growing one crop on a large patch of land, the same crop, year after year. This method began to take hold in the USA during the 40s and 50s, along with increased use of chemical fertilizers […]

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How Do You Celebrate Newness?

August 21, 2013
Mustard Seed Village classroom

– Tom Sine – This was the question we asked as we celebrated our 22nd annual Celtic prayer retreat on Camano Island, WA, August 10 and 11. We came together, as we had in the prior retreats, to hear God’s new word for our lives and our families in these uncertain times. But what was […]

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Are You a Deadhead?

August 6, 2013
Deadheading flowers

– Andy Wade – Are you a Deadhead? Many in my generation are, but that’s not what I’m talking about! Out in my garden-sanctuary this morning watering plants, I was once again distracted by God. This time it happened when I was sidetracked by all the dead flowers. Ah, time to deadhead. So I began […]

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