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The Ache of a Place

The bland Hebrew word is maqom–place. A man on the run named Jacob–running because he treated his family like dirt and so was getting out of Dodge–encountered God “in a certain maqom” (Genesis 28. 10-22). It was in this place, unnamed because it was seemingly insignificant, that Jacob dreams a world-changing dream in which he sees a stairway to […]

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On Farming and Churching

In his book Remembering, Wendell Berry tells the story of two farmers. The first has acquired 2,000 acres through a patient buying out of his neighbors’ farms. He converted all 2,000 acres to corn fields, because corn produces the most cash. In order to farm all of those acres, he went into debt so as to […]

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Places, People!

I guess it’s not surprising that I should love a place like Pagosa Springs, CO, where I am this week. I married into this place, for my wife always vacationed here when she was little, and our family now does the same, staying with my parents-in-law who now live here. So of course my soul […]

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