Text: Hebrews 11:1-16
Speaker: Joel Miller
Wendell Berry, farmer, poet, turned 85 this past week. He once wrote: “Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years.” These words come at the end of his Mad Farmer Liberation Front Manifesto in which he chastises the many other things in which humanity has placed its faith: the quick profit, mindless consumption, the generals and politicos. At 85 and counting, Wendell Berry is living a full life. But according to his own math — 1000 years to form two inches of humus – the full stretch of his life, so far, is only enough time for .17 inches of that richest of soils to accumulate in the healthiest of forests. Barely visible to the human eye. Which of course is his point about the nature of faith.
In chapter 11 of the letter to the Hebrews faith is at the forefront of the author’s mind. Having just finished writing about the importance of provoking each other to love and good deeds and staying in the habit of meeting together, the author ends chapter...