This is one of my favorite columns, even five years later. And quite appropriate for this long holiday weekend. Enjoy! (Originally published July 24, 2009)
I ‘ve had several opportunities this summer to enjoy some quiet moments on porches. Not too long ago, I sampled my brother – -in-law’s porch in Bethesda, Maryland, not far from Washington DC. The day was just right – not too hot, not cold, not very humid. The porch furniture was just right – lovely couches that allowed me to sit up or lie back, tall glass of sweet-tea close to the elbow. The surround-sound soundtrack gave me birds, lawnmowers, airplanes, and an occasional car wandering down the street on the outdoor channel, while the murmur of voices reminded me of family members busy at various tasks inside the house. Light patterns shifted with alternating clouds and sun, punctuated by an occasional summer rain shower that left almost as soon as it came.
It was a perfect place and a perfect time for reading – and I made the most of it. Continue reading
Can you be “called” to environmental work? It took me almost 10 years working in the creation care movement to discover a person who should have been one of my first heroes, Sigurd Olsen, and who was, he believed, “called” from missions to care for God’s creation. Maybe he’s new to you, too? [Originally published Feb 9, 2009]
I recently spent almost two weeks in the Library of Congress, discovering some new heros to add to my collection. One of the names that kept appearing was that of Sigurd Olson. Previously unknown to me (and I suspect to many others today), he was a genuine hero of the wilderness movement in the early 20th Century. Among his writings are Singing Wilderness and Listening Point, both written in the first half of the last century. Continue reading
Our blog has been on about a nine-month sabbatical as other ministry and organizational obligations, including kicking off the three-year Lausanne Creation Care and the Gospel global campaign last March, kept us from the task (and joy!) of writing.
But we’re coming back. Starting the first week of September, we expect to be publishing at least three posts each week under multiple authorship. I (Ed Brown) will bring one post a week, Brittany Ederer, Care of Creation Special Projects Coordinator, will do another, and we’ll also have periodic contributions from Andrea Ebley, our Church Outreach Coordinator and Kermit Hovey, our Director of Operations and Development.
In the meantime, we’re going to republish some of our favorites from the first three years of the blog. We hope you enjoy, are blessed or perhaps occasionally disturbed, and that you’ll join in the conversation with us either on these pages or on Facebook or Twitter.
We haven’t had many really quality creation care video products come out recently; this one is an exception. Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church in Orlando narrates, there are clips from Bill Hybels, Scott Sabin, Tony Campolo, Mark Liederbach and many others, along with beautiful photography and a consistent powerful message: It’s not our world, it belongs to God. And we have to take care of it.
The film runs about a half an hour, but it is worth the time. Highly recommended for those of your friends who might be wondering about this creation care stuff but aren’t quite sure. (Also recommended – the book of the same title that has no connection to the film… !)
by Lowell Bliss, guest contributor
Eden Vigil is very pleased to announce the launch of the Agabus Project podcast. In our pilot episode, we interview A Rocha founder Peter Harris about the creation care legacy of his dear friend, John Stott. John Stott, who passed away this past summer, was a charter board member of A Rocha and accompanied Peter on many birdwatching expeditions. His commitment to creation care, as an indispensable component of discipleship, was unequivocal.
You can find the Agabus Project on iTunes and also here:
“Peter Harris on the Creation Care Legacy of John Stott”
Since I’m posting this at Our Father’s World, may I break professionalism and say, “I’m having a blast!” I love the excuse to chat on the phone with those who feel so passionately about creation care, and who think so biblically about it. For example, our second episode this month features Joel Salatin, farmer at Polyface Farms and author of a new book Folks, This Ain’t Normal! Many people are familiar with Joel Salatin, but did you know he is an evangelical believer?
Link to the website: www.agabusproject.org