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Debra Rienstra

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Singing the Eden Call

The album’s “ecologically themed worship songs” have a three-fold purpose: to “celebrate the wonder of creation, acknowledge our failures, and anticipate a glorious restoration in Christ.”
January 16, 2021
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Refugia Emergent

I keep saying that I’m “exploring” this idea, but at this point it’s more like I’m serving the idea. Refugia seems to have a mind of its own and has sort of taken over my thinking and writing. And podcasting!…
December 5, 2020
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Brave Spaces

Panamanian golden frog I’ve recently learned that wildlife conservationists will sometimes remove desperately endangered creatures from their habitats in order to save their species. It’s called “arking”—as in: we are putting this species on an ark. The conservationists hope to…
November 28, 2020
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Not Consumed

What does it mean, I wonder, to encounter a burning bush, flaming but not consumed, and hear nothing? Beauty manifests God, but what if God does not call your name out of the flames? Only silence. No appointment with destiny.…
October 31, 2020
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Farm Refugia and Church on the Edges

Twenty miles outside town, out among corn fields and orchards, we find the driveway marked by an unassuming sign: Plainsong Farm. As we pull in and park on the grass, I’m struck by how ordinary it all looks. Two farm…
September 19, 2020