Opinion |Family
Moms Have Always ‘Worked.’ Just Ask the Puritans.
5 things I've learned from an early American vision of the household.
According to Jonathan's biographer George Marsden, Sarah was “the embodiment of the Puritan ideal of industry” in her management of the household's farming, cooking, clothing
Opinion |Discipleship
5 Ways to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions
The holy work of change requires a power much greater than personal discipline.
we remember that beautiful transformation takes place over seasons. Farming, too, offers a model. In a recent conversation, my pastor shared his intrigue
Opinion |Sexuality
All Men Should Be FarmersSubscriber access only
A satirical take on Christian gender roles.
The Bible teaches that all men should be farmers. Farming is their calling, and they are biologically suited to it. God satisfied. Farming is surely a noble calling.
Opinion |Discipleship
Dispatches from Baylor: Let Women Lead
We see female professors excel when the people around them support their callings.
A former classmate, the “outstanding scholar of her year” who “had married a farmer and everything had gone wrong,” reasoned that despite her own difficulties, farming and marriage
Opinion |Family
10 Books You Should Read to Your Kids This Christmas
I celebrate the season by reading stories to my kids. Here are our favorites.
her Christmas offerings, it's hard to choose one favorite, but for me it's An Orange for Frankie, the story of a family of limited means living in and serving a Michigan farming community.
'Hillbilly Elegy' Hits Close to Home
What J. D. Vance’s book taught me about my own painful past in rural America.
I was an upper-middle-class kid brought to a poverty-stricken area, surrounded by families on welfare and farming communities struggling to compete with factory farms.
Opinion |Sexuality
How Female Farmers Could Solve the Hunger CrisisSubscriber access only
Fighting gender inequity in global farming.
Fighting gender inequity in global farming. The United Nation's declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) is another step in the right direction.
Opinion |Sexuality
“It’s Cheaper to Rape a Woman than Waste a Bullet”Subscriber access only
Violence against women anywhere is a threat to women everywhere.
in negotiation and peacemaking), and provide sustainable long-term solutions (such as economic and educational development, micro-savings and microfinance, farming co-ops, and
Opinion |Pop Culture
To Kill a PredatorSubscriber access only
What is it about this lion’s death that has us so outraged?
So Cecil the Lion helps us see how often we fail to protect them: by allowing horrible forms of needless hunting, by permitting tortuous farming practices, by turning away from animal
Opinion |Pop Culture
'Pioneer Girl' Laura Ingalls Wilder's Real Memoir Overturns Our False NostalgiaSubscriber access only
After realizing the grittiness of the past, we can face the brokenness of the present
Territory.”. Wilder had been a columnist for years, publishing personal sketches and articles on farming techniques in regional newspapers such as the St.
Opinion |Pop Culture
Patience Is an Offline VirtueSubscriber access only
What I’m learning from Lent without 24/7 connectivity.
To love another for the better and worse of the everyday is tedious—gratifying, yes, but not usually in the immediate sense. To parent requires the patience of farming.
Opinion |Sexuality
When Rural Traditions Get Hipster CredSubscriber access only
Food trends overlook the economic pressures of their origins.
Food trends overlook the economic pressures of their origins.
Opinion |Pop Culture
Code-Switching for the KingdomSubscriber access only
Sometimes the gospel sounds like, “Nobody can do me like Jesus.”
My pastor says he follows the example of Jesus, who used things his listeners could understand – fishing and farming – to explain the Kingdom of Heaven.
Opinion |Discipleship
Give Us This Day Our Daily BrewSubscriber access only
The Christian ties to coffee culture.
wholeness. Whether brewing, roasting, farming, or ministering, as Christians wield their vocations in creation, they live into and honor the imago dei.
Opinion |Family
How Farm Life Taught Our Kids About DeathSubscriber access only
And what their understanding taught us in return.
And what their understanding taught us in return.
Opinion |Church
Why Nancy Sleeth Wants You to Be a Bit More AmishSubscriber access only
The message of 'Almost Amish' is, fittingly, simple: How we live matters.
buggy. Sleeth lives in a small urban townhome, drives a Prius, owns a computer and cell phone, and does her farming in a community garden plot. But
Opinion |Sexuality
A Backyard Garden of GraceSubscriber access only
When our family decided to buy only items that were local, used, homegrown, or homemade, little did we know how our garden would change us.
Like many in our Gen X generation, we grew up far removed from farming and agriculture, but since our first accidental harvest, we have joined a growing movement of backyard farmers
Opinion |Family
Honeymoon with Mom and DadSubscriber access only
How I spent the holidays with my live-in parents.
a new tradition. Like many others, particularly (and fittingly) Christians, I have recently undergone a personal conviction about factory farming. So on
Opinion |Sexuality
The Urban Chicks MovementSubscriber access only
Living out faith can include 'just food.'
Just food supports sustainable farming practices that minimize harm to the soil, water, and air (which do not characterize typical corporate farming and food processing practices).