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.
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 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
And what does God require regarding the domestic animal? Once again, the law codes of ancient Israel are full of instruction. God says in Deuteronomy: But the seventh day is a sabbath belonging to Yahweh your God; you shall not do any work, not you or your son or your daughter or your male servant… Continue reading And What Does God Require?
Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, and the rest of the Blessed Earth team, want to thank you for your prayers and encouragement surrounding our huge weekend of events in the nation”s capital. It all went better than we could have imagined and we are excited for the next phase of work around the Seminary Stewardship Alliance and… Continue reading Thank you &amp; Earth Day video
What an incredible few days! Matthew and Nancy and the Blessed Earth team hardly stopped this past weekend and we are so very grateful for our partners and the National Cathedral for long hours of preparation. We will be releasing photos and video as well and reflections on what comes next. As we launch the… Continue reading Earth Day 2012 – A time to Celebrate
We are excited to announce the re-release of our film series. You can buy the new DVD and guidebook curriculem by clicking here (just $26 for complete guidebook and twelve beautifully made short films). You can watch the Blessed Earth Film Series trailer here. To learn more, please click here. These materials are wonderful resources… Continue reading Blessed Earth Film Series – Re-release news!
What scholars, bishops, and writers are saying about green readings of the New Testament (Intro to a 7 part series) You cant trust an expert every time. Humans make mistakes. But when it comes to our future, health, and wealth, we love to hear from the professionals. And why shouldnt we? Theyve done more research… Continue reading Hugging the Tree of Life – 1 of 7
Nancy has been inundated with reviews and interviews relating to her new book, Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, and more Sustainable Life. This review is typical of the positive response. Nancy and the Blessed Earth team are most grateful. Speaking from experience, Sleeth challenges us to simplify in every area of… Continue reading Great response to Almost Amish
Good news! We have a new resource to accompany my book Go Green Save Green: A Simple Guide for Saving Time, Money, and God’s Green Earth. Go Green, Save Green is the first practical, faith-based book to help families, churches, and schools save money while saving the earth. Thousands of individuals and groups have used Go… Continue reading New “Go Green, Save Green” Resource – and it’s Free!
Resolving to save the earth can be like New Years. Lots of grand intentions. Little life change. My wife and I go back and forth about it all the time. She is a conservation heroine, with a few ideas that drive me up the wall. I am a conservation champion with wasteful habits. She saves… Continue reading The Spirituality of Saving the Earth
In her book, Mudhouse Sabbath*, Lauren Winner writes about how the Sabbath shapes the entire week. In Exodus, God tells us to remember the Sabbath. And in Deuteronomy, we are told to observe the Sabbath. Winner says that, for Jews, the first half of the week is spent remembering the preceding Sabbath while the second… Continue reading Sabbath Bread
The bus passed by on its way to the Old Course. I was on my bike, in the cycle lane. I was pulling behind me a trailer with my five-year old girl packed in. We had just been to the grocery. You could see her head. That was it. She was stuffed in there with… Continue reading Life is Green in St. Andrews