Dear Blessed Earth family and friends,We all have those moments when something we read—perhaps something we have read many, many times—suddenly becomes REAL. I had one of these moments recently while reading Psalm 117 in my yearly Bible. This short but reassuring psalm spoke exactly the words I (and perhaps you!) need to hear. Despite… Continue reading “I don’t know how to explain this part to you, Luke!”| December Newsletter 2020
From the University of Michigan and Shelie A. Miller: “Stand in the soda pop aisle at the supermarket, surrounded by rows of brightly colored plastic bottles and metal cans, and it’s easy to conclude that the main environmental problem here is an overabundance of single-use containers: If we simply recycled more of them, we’d go… Continue reading 5 Myths About the Environmental Impacts of Plastic
Tri Robinson, rancher and retired Vineyard pastor, recognizes that the Bible and the environment are by no means mutually exclusive. He has worked for decades to bring round his flock. He shows how and why Christians need to face the environmental challenges around us, and how in doing so Christians can find purposeful action and be reinvigorated as an active force for good on this issue, building bridges across social divides and presenting Christianity in its best light.
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Author Matthew Sleeth shares some of the truths and wisdom trees provide through Scripture.
My son-in-law, Zach, gave me my Father’s Day present a little early this year. Before we moved into our townhouse, a large tree had died along the fence line dividing us from the neighboring apartment building. We got permission from our homeowner’s association to replant a tree. There was only one problem: a humongous stump–about… Continue reading Announcement from Matthew About New Book
There is nothing as lovely as a road trip with someone you love. Just before Christmas, I went on a road trip with my son-in-law, Zach. We headed east to Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Joel recently asked me to write the foreword to his upcoming book, and I wanted to see his farming… Continue reading A Visit to Polyface Farm
(Read Part 1 of 3) (Read Part 2 of 3) PART III: SO WHAT The conversation at ETS at points became heated, a reflection of the reality that we as Christians, and especially American Evangelicals, should have something to say about the raging environmental cultural war, even if we forget to listen to other voices,… Continue reading Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 3 of 3)
(Read Part 1 of 3) PART II: A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW? 1. Where is our bottom line; should we care ultimately for the welfare of humans or animals? 2. What is the gospel? 3. What does the Bible say about the nature of human freedom and sufficiency? As you can imagine, libraries of books have been… Continue reading Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 2 of 3)
Recent studies of the gospels have invited us to read the Nativity stories again. They challenge us to discover the real narrative enclosed in traditional wrapping. In the story, the holy couple were not actually in haste and rejected. Rather than bouncing around from “no vacancy” to “no vacancy”, they were warmly welcomed into… Continue reading Rethinking the Manger
PART I: SETTING THE SCENE Creation Care. It appears on the surface to be an uncontroversial and noble cause, a potential rallying point of unity for peoples of many faiths. We can see the devastating effects of oilrig disasters with our naked eyes. Our intuitions tell us that there is something intrinsically wrong… Continue reading Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 1 of 3)
Series: Hugging the Tree of Life- Mark 1.9-13, Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. Read part 3 of 7 (We are so Connected) here. Read part 4 of 7 (The Cosmic Christ) here. Read part 5 of 7 (Jesus,… Continue reading Hugging the Tree of Life: Revelation 21, Ecotopia (Part 6 of 7)
Series: Hugging the Tree of Life- Mark 1.9-13, Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. Read part 3 of 7 (We are so Connected) here. Read part 4 of 7 (The Cosmic Christ) here. In the previous posts, I have… Continue reading Mark 1:9-13: Jesus, Animals, and Isaiah—part 5 of 7
Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. Read part 3 of 7 (We are so Connected) here. In the last two posts, I talked about a larger paradigm for green theology (inaugurated eschatology) and Gods primary action plan for creation care (the transformation of… Continue reading Colossians 1:9-20: The Cosmic Christ — part 4 of 7
Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. Read part 2 of 7 (A Lesson from the Earth) here. The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in… Continue reading Romans 8:19-21: We are so Connected — part 3 of 7
For Mothers Day this year, my family knew what would bring me the most joy: a picnic. My husband, Matthew, served as sous chef. Our daughter, Emma, made the fruit salad and homemade bread. Clark brought his wife, Valerie, along with her extraordinary storytelling abilities. The evening air was punctuated with cheers from a friendly… Continue reading A Picnic for All Occasions
“There came to St. Anthony in the desert one of the educated men of that time and he said, “Father, how can you endure to live here, deprived as you are of all consolation from books?” Anthony answered, “My book, philosopher, is the nature of created things, and whenever I wish, I can read in… Continue reading His Good Work is Everywhere!
Read part 1 of 7 (introduction) here. When it comes to discovering eco-theology in the person of Jesus, scholars tell us to be careful. It is easy to cast him in our own image; and he may have used agricultural and rural imagery in order to speak to an agricultural and rural age. If he… Continue reading Matthew 6.25-34: A Lesson from the Earth — part 2 of 7