Ryan and Heather of Blessed Earth TN speaking at Belmont University Many years ago, when we were just beginning our ministry, Nancy and I were invited to speak at a clergy luncheon at Asbury Seminary. When I asked one of the attendees to tell me why he was there, the pastor was very honest. His… Continue reading Blessed Earth Launches First State Chapter
Frankfort, KY, March 17, 2015 Dr. Sleeth recently gave the keynote address to a packed Frankfort Convention Center at the 2015 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. The theme of his talk was “Be Still,” and Dr. Sleeth shared his personal story while connecting it with a call to keep the Sabbath to those in attendance. A variety… Continue reading Dr. Sleeth Gives Keynote at Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “How many days a year are you on the road?” I don’t really know the answer. When I ask those responsible for my schedule, I get evasive answers such as, “Quite a lot,” or, “You don’t want to know.” My guess is that I’m away from… Continue reading Matthew visits with Students in Chapel Hill, NC
There is nothing as lovely as a road trip with someone you love. Just before Christmas, I went on a road trip with my son-in-law, Zach. We headed east to Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Joel recently asked me to write the foreword to his upcoming book, and I wanted to see his farming… Continue reading A Visit to Polyface Farm
Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifestyle! 1. Start a giveaway box and add at least three items of clothes you have not worn… Continue reading Forty Days of Lent: An Almost Amish Journey Toward a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
In July 2011, Blessed Earth received a $3.2 million grant for two programs: Creation Care Year (CCY) and the Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA). For the 201213 CCY, Blessed Earth is partnering with the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, offering a full panel of classes, lectures, sermons, and forums on environmental topics. Throughout this first CCY,… Continue reading Creation Care Year
Recent studies of the gospels have invited us to read the Nativity stories again. They challenge us to discover the real narrative enclosed in traditional wrapping. In the story, the holy couple were not actually in haste and rejected. Rather than bouncing around from “no vacancy” to “no vacancy”, they were warmly welcomed into… Continue reading Rethinking the Manger
Series: Hugging the Tree of Life- Mark 1.9-13, Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. Read part 3 of 7 (We are so Connected) here. Read part 4 of 7 (The Cosmic Christ) here. Read part 5 of 7 (Jesus,… Continue reading Hugging the Tree of Life: Revelation 21, Ecotopia (Part 6 of 7)
“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to the fast-paced, always-on, always-available 24/7 lifestyle. Setting aside just one day of rest a week helps us to reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. In this four-session… Continue reading Discovering the Sabbath Shouldn’t Be Work: The New 24/6 Film Curricula for Your Small Group
Series: Hugging the Tree of Life- Mark 1.9-13, Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. Read part 3 of 7 (We are so Connected) here. Read part 4 of 7 (The Cosmic Christ) here. In the previous posts, I have… Continue reading Mark 1:9-13: Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah—part 5 of 7
Washington, D.C. –September 13, 2012- Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, founders of Lexington-based Blessed Earth, joined dozens of other leaders at the White House today for a conversation about boosting the energy efficiency of our nation’s houses of worship. The assorted group of leaders represented the nation’s faith community and the White House Office… Continue reading Press Release: Blessed Earth Participates in White House Dialogue on Congregations and Energy Efficiency
In this recent article, Jonathan Stauffer examines the Church of the Brethren’s agricultural roots. Since their founding, the Brethren have been closely associated with agrarianism, particularly in rural areas. Stauffer explains the importance of this link, and the strong need for it to continue into the age of modern farming. Click to view a PDF… Continue reading Why Our Roots in the Land Still Matter
Wilmore, KY Nancy and Emma Sleeth will be speaking at the Asbury University Chapel. How Can You Get Your Ex Back After Cheating zp8497586rq
Franklin, TN Dr. Matthew Sleeth will be preaching at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services
Lexington, KY Nancy and Emma Sleeth will be at the Lexington Farmer’s Market.
Lexington, KY Dr. Matthew Sleeth will be preaching at the Sunday morning service.
Louisville, KY Dr. Matthew Sleeth will serve as a keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Health Foods, Local Farms Conference. This year’s theme will be “No Water, No Food.” More details TBD.
Washington, DC Dr. Matthew Sleeth will be preaching at the Washington National Cathedral. He will also interview noted author and farmer, Joel Salatin about faith-based approaches to food and animals.