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Very Beautiful, Very Broken

  Which way should I go? That isn’t the only question human beings ask, but it is a common question, and given who I am and what I do, it is a question I hear most every day in one … more »

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On Planting Trees

“I’ve planted four trees in our yard this year.” Words, words, and more words…. so many words. Mostly we forget them, and perhaps we should. But some words stick, defining our days, sometimes our lives. We have been making a … more »

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Learning to Learn About Things That Matter

Yesterday I spoke at Friends University in Wichita, a school in the Quaker tradition. A glorious building was imagined, and then brought into being in the late 19th-century to house this hope for educating the next generation of “Friends,” as … more »

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On Murder Mysteries and the Meaning of Vocation Too

Reading a mystery? For class? Seriously? This is the second week for the Capital Fellows, the graduate seminar I teach every Monday morning through the fall, September to December, and the first book I had them read was Dorothy Sayers’ … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: From Dairy Farm to Dot Com

Since birth all my life and industry have been immersed in dairy farming. The word “livestock” is directly correlated to my family’s lifestyle, and therefore mine also.  Dairy farming and agriculture in general are probably two of the things about … more »

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning (Again)

We all live our life by some narrative, even if it’s only “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” The narrative frames the activity and gives it meaning.  Of course, most of us have lived our lives … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Unless the Lord Builds the House (Psalm 127)

The stress of the modern workplace is well documented.  It’s a big ocean out there, and there are lots of things that can eat you really quickly.  Downsizing, acquisitions, an ever-hastening technology cycle…anyone is suddenly vulnerable to being out of … more »

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A Conversation with Consequences, and Cream Tea Too

“Do you have time for a conversation?” With different words, in different places, from different people, this question comes to me day after day. Two weeks ago I said “yes” to a young woman in Oxford, a South African doing … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: So Heavenly Minded as to be Earthly Useful

I’ve always been a black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinker, which for the most part has not served me well — because most of life is lived and figured out in the gray areas. If I didn’t get an A on that assignment … more »

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The Way of Praxis

A strange, but graceful juxtaposition— but that is the way of Praxis. With a vision for the way the world ought to be, and perhaps even could be, year by year they bring together some of the greatest needs that … more »

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