It is not a coincidence that Easter occurs in the springtime.
Spring is exciting, especially for those of us who live in the frozen north, as we do in Wisconsin. Returning to our house recently, my wife and I pause and glance over our flower beds as we do often at this time of year. This time she gives a little cry of joy: Hidden beneath dead leaves and other leftovers from winter isa spot of green. As we bend to look, we see another and then another: the first signs of resurrection. Frozen in below-zero soil just a few weeks ago, the flowers are coming back to life. Continue reading →
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 →
A report was released in Nairobi today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that is a bit disturbing: “Over half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the human-managed food chain.”
Our organization, Care of Creation, has staff and projects in Kenya. Craig Sorley, Care of Creation staff member and Director of Care of Creation-Kenya, our local organization in that country, recently sent us the following report. Warning: This is not for the faint of heart.
Right now in Kenya the gov’t has estimated that a full 25% of the population (10 million) is facing major food shortages, with famine looming right around the corner for many. This is partly due to the poor harvests in 2008 from the election problems and the political unrest that ensued, and partly due to another drought that we”re facing. You may recall the last major drought was in 2006. Continue reading →
One of the most significant anniversaries in human history has just passed, with little notice.
Christmas, 1968 – 40 years ago – Apollo 8 was the first manned space vehicle to completely escape the pull of earth’s gravity, travel to and around the moon and return. This picture – one of the most famous in the world – is called “Earth Rise” – and captures the view as the Apollo spacecraft came out from behind the moon and back into the view of our home planet.
If you’ve seen the Al Gore slide show or his film, ‘Inconvenient Truth’ you will recall that he begins his presentation with this and one other picture of earth from space. His point – and it’s a very valid one – is that this event, one of the most unique in human history, represented a particular opportunity for us. For the first time we could see our world from the outside. We could see how beautiful it is. We could see how fragile it is. We began to realize how really small it is compared to the vast, vast universe we were just beginning to discover.