The folks over at crosswalk.com have posted an unusually good summary of my book, Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation. Most reviews feel as if the reviewer looked at the table of contents and the blurbs on the back cover. Not so in this case: Whitney Hopler has done such a good summary of the content that I almost wish I’d written it myself. If you haven’t got the book yet, or have it but haven’t quite got round to reading it (! I know this true of some of my own friends, so don’t feel bad!), her review/summary is below – you could almost read the summary and fake it in a conversation – not that you would, of course. [Here’s how to order from the Care of Creation website., and keep in mind that this is also a very good summary of the kind of content you get in the Our Father’s World seminar – booking information is here.]
Our environment — God’s creation — is in deep trouble. From the effects of climate change and the extinction of animal and plant species to the growing shortage of clean air and water, creation is in a crisis more serious than ever before.
But the good news is, there’s no better group of people to help solve the problem than Christians. It’s us — those who love God — whom He has called to take care of the environment He made. And if we’re faithful to that call, He’ll empower us to heal our suffering creation.
God is counting on you. Here’s how you can mobilize your church to care for creation: Continue reading
“Old Literature” is an occasional series pointing to works of the past, sometimes well known, sometimes not, that have embedded in them a clear creation care message. [Check out previous posts in the series here.] C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books are perfect subjects for this series, and have long been on my mental list. Before I got to him, though, Dean Ohlman at Wonder of Creation blog did the job for me, with a little Isaac Watts and John Newton thrown in for good measure. Here is his meditation on Narnia – reposted by permission:
[Peter said,] “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets (Acts 3:18-21)
We occasionally receive comments through the Care of Creation website ‘contact us’ form wondering exactly what it is we’re talking about. Some of these comments come from, um, cranks – but others are thoughtful and sincerely questioning. Environmental stewardship as a central part of Christian ministry is new for a lot of people, and a comment that come through today was in that vein.
A couple of the things our inquirer said:
I have to ask just what is “environmental sin”? If Jesus had wanted this to be our “ministry” wouldn’t He have stated it? …Do you believe that we can do nothing to stop the “groaning” of creation which is under the curse of sin? …I can definitely see the need to couple the gospel with compassion but to couple it with saving a planet that God says will eventually be destroyed by Him seems…er impractical at best.
I responded as below. Those of you who have read my book or heard me speak will recognize that this is essentially what I’ve been writing and preaching for at least the last 10 years or so… Continue reading
So I’m sitting in a motel room in Missouri, preparing for an Our Father’s World Seminar in Manhattan, Kansas. Everything is ready. A lot of people have been doing a lot of work for many months to make this event happen. Tomorrow I’ll pull into town, check out the venue, work with my friends and local coordinators Robynn and Lowell Bliss to set up tables, and wait for people to come…
Um, maybe. A late spring snow storm has blizzard (that’s right, BLIZZARD) warnings being posted throughout the central plains, apparently including Manhattan. So what’s a poor seminar speaker to do? Continue reading