Most of us have long forgotten the Carnival Splendor debacle, almost four years ago, now. I bet those passengers haven’t forgotten, though, and neither should we forget the powerful lesson from this incident. (Published Nov 12, 2010)
The word “ordeal” was what caught my attention first. It was a news story about the Carnival Splendor, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, disabled off the coast of California early this week. Ordeal? Amid all that luxury? This must be journalistic overstatement.
Little by little, the details started to emerge as the ship was towed back to San Diego, then came a flood of reports yesterday after the ship reached port. Smoky corridors. Blocked up toilets. Stench filled hallways. Interior rooms with no light or ventilation. And two hour waits to be served hot dog salad and Spam. (It is a strange footnote to this entire episode that the only thing the cruise line has disputed is that Spam was served to the passengers. What’s the big deal about Spam among all of the other hardships? But I digress…) Continue reading →
This is a front-line report from the recent Jamaica Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel which I was privileged to lead. I didn’t have a lot of time for reflection during the Consultation, and am still somewhat overwhelmed with detail relating to the event. However, Lowell Bliss has been reporting his experience regularly through the Eden Vigil Newsletter. [Contact Lowell if you want to subscribe.] Here is his most recent, describing the experience of coming up with a Consultation Call to Action. [The document being described is still under review, but should be released publicly on Monday, November 12. Watch for it in this space.] “Buddy, you don’t know half the story!”
I didn’t say these words, but I was thinking them, as I acknowledged another consultant’s gracious encouragement that people were praying for our Statement Committee. If only he knew about the hundreds of you who were so faithfully praying, even after internet communication had been cut from my side in Jamaica.
My heart is full of joy, but I’m feeling the rigor in my body even as I write these words. The picture above is taken from the communion service on the final evening. It depicts how exhausted I was by this point, but it also shows Chris (Canada) passing the wine to Cassien (Burundi).: “This is the blood of Christ shed for you.” Chris had received it from the hands of Terry (First Nations Canada) who had received it from Darceuil (Trinidad and Tobago) who had received it from me (U.S.) who had received it from Robert (U.K.) who had received from Kuki (India). . . . It was a thrilling experience of the Body of Christ.
The following is the text of a newsletter just sent out to friends of Care of Creation Inc. (If you are not on our e-newsletter list, please join us!)
We have some exciting news to share with you! The Lausanne Movement has appointed me as Senior Associate for Creation Care. This appointment represents a new chapter in the history of Care of Creation as an organization, and an exciting opportunity for me personally. It also represents a dramatic advance for the evangelical creation care movement. Continue reading →
This is my final Cape Town post for the time being. The Cape Town Congress is over, but the work of the Lausanne Committee continues with the now-in-process writing of Part 2 of the Cape Town Commitment, a plan of action for the global evangelical church. I am eagerly awaiting that document, and will share observations on it with you in due course. Meanwhile, my final thoughts on the Congress itself, and the remarkable Cape Town Commitment document released at the end of that meeting:
My particular interest at Cape Town was understandably creation care. I had come to do a presentation on the topic, and personally and professionally I was curious as to what this gathering of the global church would have to say to itself on this topic. My observations are three: Continue reading →
I recently returned from a three week trip to South Africa and Kenya. The South Africa portion of the trip was to attend and participate in Cape Town 2010 – the 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation. Today’s post is my first reflection on that meeting. Note that these are general comments, not limited to the particular focus of this blog, which is creation care. That topic did come up, and I’ll address it in a separate post in the near future. The second half of the trip involved a visit to the Care of Creation project in Kenya, and that also will get its own post later this week. Continue reading →
This is the final post in a series leading up to the third Lausanne conference that begins in just a few days – on Sunday, 17 October in Cape Town. Earlier posts in this series are here; up to now, these have been summaries and excerpts from my book, Our Father’s World. Today’s post is different. This is a call to action that summarizes the challenge I will be sharing with a group of delegates at Cape Town.
We have been making the following case in this series:
the environmental crisis is a direct result of human sin;
God’s redemptive plan in Jesus Christ includes the restoration of all of our broken relationships, including our relationship to non-human creation;
The church – the people of God – can respond to the environmental crisis in ways that no one else can;