Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 3 of 3)

(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)

Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 2 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)

Rethinking the Manger

  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

Special Report: Creation Care at the 2012 Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Part 1 of 3)

  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)

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. Read part 5 of 7 (Jesus,… Continue reading Hugging the Tree of Life: Revelation 21, Ecotopia (Part 6 of 7)

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. 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 God’s primary action plan for creation care (the transformation of… Continue reading Colossians 1:9-20: The Cosmic Christ — part 4 of 7

Matthew 6.25-34: A Lesson from the Earth — part 2 of 7

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

Hugging the Tree of Life – 1 of 7

What scholars, bishops, and writers are saying about green readings of the New Testament (Intro to a 7 part series) You can’t 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 shouldn’t we?  They’ve done more research… Continue reading Hugging the Tree of Life – 1 of 7

The Spirituality of Saving the Earth

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