“Half of the apartments in New York City are occupied by single individuals.”
Listening to To the Best of our Knowledge on NPR this morning, that phrase jumped out at me. The topic for the morning was loneliness and solitude, and for the most part, the comments were interesting if predictable. Yes, our culture has made us lonelier than we’ve been in the past. No, there is no difference between men and women – both genders are equally lonely, though (again, predictably) men tend to be less likely Continue reading →
Do we live in a world of limitations or one of potentially inexhaustible resources?
Wayne Grudem, writing in Politics According to the Bible, makes this rather astounding statement in an attempt to persuade his reader that there’s really nothing to worry about with regard to the global environmental crisis:
“Long term trends show that human beings will be able to live on the earth enjoying ever-increasing prosperity, and never exhausting its resources.” (p. 332)
I’ll be doing an in-depth review of Grudem’s book in the near future – let’s just say for now that it’s kind of hard to believe that he and I are living on the same planet. Case in point: two different news items over the last couple of days: Continue reading →
Like many kids, young and old, I used to enjoy playing with dominos. Not playing the game, you understand, but playing with the tiles. Setting them up in long chains, and when all was ready, carefully knocking the first one over. If all went according to plan, each domino would knock the next one in the line, and one by one, all would fall over. We used that image above to describe the series of relationships shattered by Adam and Eve’s disobedience. As we think of how they are restored by redemption through Jesus, the same domino imagery is useful again. As the domino tiles fall, each pushes on the next, and eventually all are lying flat. But if you want to pick them up, you have to start with the first one that fell over, not with the last one. They have to be set up in the order in which they fell. The same is true as we begin to restore relationships broken by sin. Continue reading →
Originally posted Jan. 29th, 2010. This year, Tu Bishvat is celebrated on February 4th.
Today’s bit of new knowledge:
Tu B’Shvat in the Jewish calendar begins this evening at sunset – New Year’s Day for Trees. Here’s a bit of an explanation from Rabbi Yehuda Prero:
The Gemora, when discussing cures for ailments, writes that “a tree that loses its fruits before they ripen should be dyed with a red paint.” What is the point of dying the tree with red paint? How does the red paint prevent the tree from losing its fruits before they ripen? Continue reading →
2015 may turn out to be one of the most important years in recent history for the environmental movement, for the evangelical creation care movement, and for us and our organization, Care of Creation. Here’s what’s happening:
There are a lot of significant anniversaries to celebrate:
The 45th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day comes in April.
Personally, it will be 15 years since I joined Au Sable Institute and moved from a traditional ministry framework into what we then called Christian environmental stewardship, now commonly referred to as creation care.
And this year marks 10 years since Craig Sorley and I started Care of Creation in April 2005. We had a modest goal of promoting “environmental missions” that quickly became a passion to mobilize the worldwide church for creation care. Now, thanks to the prayers and financial support of many of you, we are leading a global effort to do just that. (We’ll be having a birthday party in Madison on April 18 – mark the date, and plan to join us!)