The Spirit of the Machine vs. The Spirit of Truth

I recently hosted a retreat with 30+ college students at my farm.  These young men spent a week in work, prayer, and rest, with an intentional focus on building Christian brotherhood and character.  Because so few had experienced work their new callouses bled and...

The Fact of Food: Eating as the Basis of Culture

Something has gone wrong with our culture, or at least it seems that way by how many people make a living criticizing it, trying to fix it, or checking out of it altogether.  That last one is impossible, but it makes a good story.  Just consider how many institutes,...

Tending Trees When the Church is Dark

In Wendell Berry’s book The Unsettling of America he has a short but powerful little commentary on The Odyssey. He’s describing the disarray of Ithaca, Odysseus’s home and kingdom. With Odysseus gone for so long, there are men eating up the stores of food, with...

How work brings meaning back to Family Life

Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo is often called the beginning of contemporary Catholic social teaching because it was the first encyclical to deal with the unprecedented disruptions of traditional societal order due to the industrial revolution.  For fathers, Rerum is one of...

Beekeeping as a way of Life

From an excerpt of Dr. Taylor’s “How to Raise Beautiful Comb Honey” ————————– Everyone, unless he waits too long to exercise it, has a fundamental choice that he can make with respect to his own...

Wood vs. the World

My sons have an excellent book I recommend to other families called Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane, which, in classic wording, an image proposes the wonder of wood to the young imagination.  And wood does indeed deserve such instilling at young ages. Wood beckons...

The Business of Fatherhood.

Eight years ago, I read a book that changed my career and my family. Successful Fathers is a short, simple read that provides profound thoughts to consider as a man and especially a father. One thing that Mr. Stenson focuses on is the home life and challenges we face...

Work, Tools & Being a Man

“For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). Men have a natural desire to rule, to have dominion.  Despite petty quips to the contrary, masculine dominion is not domination – it is service.  To be manly...

7 Tips for the Beginning Homesteader

Many men are finding contentment in the rebellion of homesteading. It’s rebellion because it dislodges us from so many machines, saying “no” to being a cog in a wheel. Growing food gets you out of ridiculous tax systems and a consumer-based economy at the same time....