Announcement from Matthew About New Book

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

The Gift of Water

With so many of our brothers and sisters around the world suffering from the effects of either droughts or floods, I cannot help but think about water–an indispensable building block of life. Our very bodies consist mostly of water. Without water, life on this planet would not exist. God was extravagant with water–he covered nearly… Continue reading The Gift of Water

Make Earth Day a Church Day

Last year Blessed Earth celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a simulcast event at Pastor Joel Hunter’s modern mega church in Orlando, Florida. More than 2,200 groups from every state and forty-five countries participated. This year we will mark the day at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.–“the nation’s church” and the… Continue reading Make Earth Day a Church Day

A Sense of Place

Nancy and I are in a new home. I lived for eighteen years in one place and have moved eighteen times since then, the last move occurring just three weeks ago. Once our community was defined by the common ground we tilled and the crops we planted. I grew up in that kind of place,… Continue reading A Sense of Place

God’s Rx for Health

All of life on earth is precious—a gift from God. With this gift comes responsibility. Like any gift, it is to be cared for and appreciated. As a physician, my job was to take care of people. In the emergency room, I saw a lot of what could go wrong with the human body. It… Continue reading God’s Rx for Health

Generation 2:15

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15) In Genesis 2:15, God gave us our first job assignment: to tend and protect the Garden. One reason God wants us to take care of the planet is because we can’t… Continue reading Generation 2:15

Ask the Animals

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?… Continue reading Ask the Animals

God’s Rhythm

Who Could Ask For Anything More? As an emergency room physician, I often worked twenty-four hour shifts. ER docs are not alone—today nearly one-fifth of the world population works in shifts. Our regular pattern of waking and sleeping—called circadian rhythms—are fundamental to mental and physical wellbeing. The resulting lack of regular sleep and rest is… Continue reading God’s Rhythm

Milky Way/Bars

A friend of Emma’s recently told me that he rarely looks to see if the stars are visible at night. “I just don’t think about it,” he said. “My dad said he and his friends could find all the constellations and would play late into the night under the stars, but I didn’t grow up… Continue reading Milky Way/Bars

He Calls Them By Name

“He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!” (Psalm 147:4-5, NLT) God created a universe of wonder for us to enjoy. He gave us the sun and the moon for warmth and light and stars to help us find… Continue reading He Calls Them By Name

The Great Oil Kill

This past Sunday, many thousands of gallons of oil spewed into the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and began its journey up the food chain. At the same time, 400,000 people sat in the midday sun and cheered as 33 race cars sped in a circle at 200 miles an hour toward the place… Continue reading The Great Oil Kill

The Water Planet

“And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.” (Genesis 1:6-7, NIV) Water is an indispensable building block of life. Our very bodies consist mostly of water.… Continue reading The Water Planet


I was meeting with a group of graduate students from around the world. In a relaxed moment, the students started talking about what they found most striking about American culture. They brought up the size of our grocery stores, our religious and ethnic tolerance, and our friendliness. One woman explained that she was from a… Continue reading Blush

And It Was Good

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth, and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3, NIV) This was the… Continue reading And It Was Good

Children of the Light

My first scientific encounter with light occurred in kindergarten. I can’t recall my teacher’s name, but I remember the experiment we conducted. Our class filled two clay pots with dirt. We planted bean seeds in both pots and watered them. We then placed one pot in a closet and shut the door and put the… Continue reading Children of the Light

Making Earth Day a Church Day

LONGWOOD, FLA. — Tens of thousands of Christians joined together last night, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, for a worldwide gathering supporting creation care. Their message: Caring for creation is biblical and honors the Creator. Sponsored by Blessed Earth, the event was simulcast live via the Web from Northland, A… Continue reading Making Earth Day a Church Day