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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.
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;
From this case, it is hard to escape the following conclusion: Continue reading
This is a continuation of a series of articles leading up to the third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization that begins in Cape Town South Africa on October 15. Today’s post is a continuation of the last as we continue to explore the answer to an important question: When the problems raised by the environmental crisis are as big and technical as they seem to be, what exactly does the church bring to the table? Do we really have anything to offer? [Find the whole series to date here.]
An agent for change
We concluded in chapter four that the environmental crisis is essentially a disease caused by sin and by sinfulness. Essentially, bad behavior (materialism, greed, selfishness) caused and perpetuated by a tendency toward and an inability to break out of bad behavior patterns lies at the root of the whole problem. Any psychologist or psychiatrist could tell us what we need to do: Break the pattern so we can stop the behavior. Continue reading