Refracted Reality

Episode 3: It's About Time

September 15 2015


In this episode we explore how the way we inhabit time forms us.


Lisa McMinn

Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology and Writer at Residence at George Fox University. She writes and speaks about gender and sexuality, creation care, food ethics and agriculture. Her books include, Sexuality and Holy Longing (Josse Bass 2004), The Contented Soul (IVP 2006), Growing Strong Daughters (Baker 2007), Walking Gently on the Earth (IVP 2010), Dirt and the Good Life: Stories of Fern Creek (Barclay Press 2012) and most recently, To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community (Brazos Press, in publication).

On Lisa’s blog (Preserving Life at Fern Creek) she describes herself as a farmer, Quaker, beekeeper, and sometimes potter. Her job, she says, “is to love Creation–to laugh, hope, nurture, and mostly, to pay attention. So I tend tomatoes and fruit trees, nurture bees and chicks, preserve beans, my grandmother’s traditions, and a more simple way of life.”

Lisa lives on Fern Creek, a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm outside of Newberg, Oregon, where she and her husband Mark tend chickens and bees and grow food for 30 families. They bring two apprentices a year every year to live, walk, and work alongside them. Lisa and Mark have three married daughters, and six grandchildren.

Bobby Gross

Bobby Gross is director of graduate and faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). Bobby serves on the national board of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Bobby was a national field director for IVCF, served as an InterVarsity chaplain at the University of Florida, launched campus ministry in South Florida and was the regional director for New York/New Jersey. Bobby is the author of Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God. He has also contributed chapters to three other books, including Faith on the Edge (InterVarsity Press) and Signs of Hope in the City (Judson).

Dan Brendsel

Since being raised in rural Minnesota, Dan has lived in a variety of places (Estes Park, CO; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; South Hamilton, MA) before finally landing in the Wheaton-Warrenville area in 2008. Over the years he has completed studies at Moody Bible Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College, and has also gone through an Elder Apprenticeship at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Dan has been on full-time staff at Grace Church of DuPage since 1 August 2012. He and his wife, Jen, live in Wheaton with their two children, John and Anna.