Tag Archives: Flourishing

Where Human Beings Love to Live

“I choose not to walk by it….”  Ashley Marsh, Opelika, Alabama, 21st-century “Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way…but you can never again say that you did not know.”  William Wilberforce, London, England, 18th-century … more »

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Pilgrims in the Ruins

Pilgrims in the ruins. The image caught me, and years later I am still living with it. Simply said, it captured the challenge of living in a world where we stumble in the ruins, sinners that we are, sinned against … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: To Flourish, Or Merely Survive — That is the Question for Dual Income Families

Too many modern families run ragged, leaving everyone exhausted and unable to flourish for God’s glory.  I’ve seen and experienced – both as a pastor, as well as a husband and father – the struggle to translate the concept of … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Still Looking Towards Home

Jeremiah 29 calls us to seek the welfare of the country (or the whole earth) because we will prosper if our land prospers. Human flourishing fulfills that mandate. We are called not to abandon the physical in order to pursue … more »

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Common Grace for the Common Good, Again and Again

Vocation and the common good. In a few words, that is what I care about, and so what I work on, day after day, year after year. More could be said, and most of the time, I do. Today I … 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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Conversations With Consequences

Sometimes conversations have consequences. A long time ago, most of 30 years, I met a young man from Richmond, VA, in a summer study program on the Chesapeake Bay. Set on a beautiful old farm near St. Michaels, we called … more »

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Learning about Life from Wendell Berry

Meant to be. Supposed to be. Ought to be. In the culture of whatever, those are contentious words. Sometimes and some places they are fighting words. “How would you possibly know? No one knows. And anyone who thinks they do … more »

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“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Good Place to Start”

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” Julie Andrews sang Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous line in The Sound of Music.  And that’s good advice.  Genesis 1 and 2 bear a disproportionate influence on our understanding … more »

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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

As I woke this morning, all I could do was shake my head, wondering why and how it could possibly be that yesterday happened; some days are more like that than others. Over the noon hour I spoke to a … more »

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