Today I did something kind of different. I had lunch with Michael Bunker.
He and a couple of men from his Christian agrarian community in Texas drove up this way to visit a friend, sick with cancer, in Gettysburg, PA. Pennsylvania is just below New York. So I drove south for a distance and he drove north and the four of us had lunch at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
For those who don’t know, Michael Bunker has a blog called “A Process Driven Life” where he writes about his Christian and agrarian convictions and the life his family leads “off grid” in the rural wilderness of Central Texas.
Those who have read his blog know that Michael isn’t afraid to speak his mind when it comes to matters of his religious faith and the doctrines he believes in. As a result, some people find him contentious and provocative. That’s understandable. But, personally, I enjoy reading his perspective. He often gets me thinking about things I should be thinking more about. Most of the time, I agree with him.
I happen to think Michael’s two essays on Biblical agrarianism, Agrarianism vs Urbanism and Towards a Biblical Agrarian Culture are particularly good.
We had a nice visit over lunch today. I did not find Michael contentious in the least. It was a pleasure to meet him and his traveling companions, Joseph and Chris. I learned about their community and the things they are doing. I learned that Texas has no state income tax, and property taxes in his area are next to nothing. If you want to build a house, or anything else, in the county where Michael lives, you don’t need to ask permission of the government. Wow. Texas sounds like a whole nuther world from New York. And land is relatively cheap down there too.
Of course there are drawbacks...like rattlesnakes. And, unfortunately, they are going through a drought these days.
If you’d like to see a picture of me and Michael and Joseph (Chris is behind the camera), go to this link: Me and Michael Bunker
By the way, Michael is also editor of a web site called Biblical Agrarianism.com.
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