The Return of the Rural Family

“The rural family needs to regain its rightful place at the heart of the social order.” Why? I’ve been pondering…

April 13, 2018


As a young man, the Lord called me to serve him with my life. As I sorted through what that…

April 9, 2018

Part II: Advancing Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

[Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part posting on conservation programs.] When it comes to federal support for…

April 3, 2018

Conservation Programs: Maintaining the Integrity of Creation

Editor’s note: This is Part I of a two-part posting on conservation programs. One of the goals for a “common…

March 20, 2018

5 Ways to “Check Yourself” in Your Fasting Practice

This Lent, I have been meditating on holy fear, and especially this week, since I fell into breaking a fast…

March 13, 2018

Farm Safety Net: Crop Insurance Reforms

As outlined the previous blog in this series, the overarching goals for federal agricultural policies that advance opportunities and create…

March 12, 2018

5 Ways to Help the Practice of Fasting Become More Fruitful

On biblical reading, the fundamental vocation of human beings is to give God right praise. In this act of adoration,…

March 6, 2018

5 Ways to Enjoy Silence in the Noise of Daily Life

Noise and distraction have become seemingly unavoidable. Everywhere we go, there is music playing, a TV blaring, etc. What does…

February 28, 2018

Farm Safety Net: Time to Reform Commodity Programs

What should the priorities be in the next Farm Bill? The overarching goals should be to advance opportunities and create…

February 28, 2018

The New Federal Budget: Impacts on American Agriculture

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate have finally reached a two-year budget deal to keep the government running….

February 20, 2018