Are You an Innie or an Outie? (part 1)

March 31, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Unlike bellybuttons, whether your garden is an innie or an outie actually does say something about you. For most of my life my garden was an innie. Only recently have I begun to explore and appreciate the outtie perspective. This really isn’t about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s […]

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The Inclusive Front Yard

March 24, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Some of you have been following the developments in our family’s backyard garden. Transforming our backyard from grass to sanctuary has enriched our table as well as our souls. It’s a place of quiet, of reflection, of prayer, and where God can teach us about the intricate patterns and relationships in […]

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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
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– 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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We Have Come and Seen Now Let’s Go and Tell Others

January 6, 2014
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It is hard to believe that we have entered 2014 and that the season of Epiphany is upon us. This is the season in which we are encouraged to come and see, come and follow, go and tell others. As followers of Christ we are invited to reveal him to others through our words and […]

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Creating Your Best Life For 2014

December 12, 2013
Creating your best life in 2014

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela This quote from Nelson Mandela, who died this week, has revolved in my mind as we plan for a new year at Mustard Seed Associates. Central to our […]

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The Roof is Up!

November 1, 2013
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– Christine Sine – Last weekend Tom and I made another trip to the Mustard Seed Village. For the first time I had a sense of what this beautiful building will look like. The promise of the dream is more substantial than it has ever been. Walking around the building and standing on the roof […]

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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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Book Review on Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most

September 2, 2013
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– Amanda Rachelle Geers – Mark Scandrette’s, Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, gives a practical approach to a revolution that calls the reader to reevaluate what it means to live the good life. Scandrette’s argument is that the good life is the free life, the life where we determine what matters most to […]

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August 30, 2013
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– Tom Sine – How can you be “free” to use your money and time on what matters most? Mark Scandrette can help you answer that question in his new book Free: Spending Your time and Money on What Matters Most. Mark is one of the most poetic and prophetic young leaders I know. And […]

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