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
How God’s Glory Shines in Our Connectedness to Nature-Christianity Today Article When considering the birds, we find God’s care and discover our calling. Read the Full Article Here
Image: Veeterzy / Unsplash I’ve always loved trees. I love their look, their shade, the sound of wind in their leaves, and the taste of every fruit they produce. As a grade-schooler, I first planted trees with my father and grandfather. I’ve been planting them ever since. Once, as I was training to become a… Continue reading Preview Dr. Sleeth’s Latest Article for Christianity Today!
I have the pleasure of announcing a new book by my friend and colleague, Dr. A.J. Swoboda. A. J. directs our Blessed Earth operations in the Pacific Northwest. His book is called Subversive Sabbath. For those of you have read my last book, 24/6, (and for those who haven’t), I highly recommend that you get ahold of… Continue reading New Resource: The Subversive Sabbath By A.J. Swoboda
by Nancy Sleeth, Managing Director of Blessed Earth For a long time, a visit to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest has been near the top of Matthew’s bucket list. Named after the WWI veteran who wrote the beloved poem “Trees,” it is one of the largest contiguous tracts of old growth forest in the Eastern… Continue reading Playing Hooky Can Be a Good Thing
by Emma Sleeth Davis I’ve spent years dreaming about going to England. I took several classes in British history in college, I’ve read almost everything Dickens ever wrote, and, of course, I share a name with a certain Jane Austin heroine. So when my husband and I had the chance to visit northern England for… Continue reading How the British Get it Right
On July 31, I made a decision: For the coming month, I would Sabbath from checking the news. About a year ago, when the elections were heating up, I fell into the habit of checking three news sources each morning. One of the sources was on the conservative end of the spectrum, one liberal, and… Continue reading A Sabbath From the Headlines
by Dr. Matthew Sleeth I came across an inspiring story the other day. It’s an article about two men in the Sunzhuang Township in Northern China planting trees. “So?” you say. “What’s the big deal about planting trees?” The big deal is that both of them are disabled. One is completely blind, and the other… Continue reading What’s Your Excuse for not Planting Trees?
If you close your eyes and picture heaven, what do see? Do you see rivers and trees, or shopping malls and parking lots? Is the air clean and rivers clear, or are they filled with smog and trash? Do you hear leaves rustling in the breeze, or horns honking in traffic jams? Jesus taught his… Continue reading “WHY CARE FOR THE EARTH IF IT’S ALL GOING TO BURN UP ANYWAY?”
Blessed Earth is pleased to announce that thanks to Two Words Publishing Dr. Sleeth’s book, 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, is now available in audio format. You can learn more or purchase a copy on their website.
More than a decade ago, when Matthew and I first moved to Wilmore, Kentucky, we prayed that God would give us an opportunity to make a difference in our new hometown. The very next day a neighbor, Andy Bathje, knocked on our door. Andy told us about Ichthus, one of the largest Christian music festivals… Continue reading Serving God and Saving the Planet one bottle at a time
Recently, Faith Radio interviewed Matthew about caring for God’s creation. You can listen to the entire interview at myfaithradio.com. Faith Radio offers the following summary of the interview: Dr. Matthew Sleeth provides biblical examples and helpful insight from his book Serving God, Saving the Planet. God’s initial call for humans to care for His creation can be found in… Continue reading Faith Radio Interviewed Matthew on the Topic of Caring for God’s Creation
It was like a scene out of a movie: A few Saturdays ago, I was washing my hands in the ladies’ room when I overheard a woman exclaim to a gaggle of her friends, “Oh my, that doctor speaker! Usually I hate sitting through graduation ceremonies, but…” My ears perked up. I held my breath… Continue reading Matthew Receives an Honorary Doctorate
Matthew wearing a traditional Hawaiian leis during his plenary talk for the Hawaiian Islands Ministries’ GREATER Conference I love Maine. We raised our children there. I practiced medicine there. I found Jesus there. I’d love to go back and live there, but not in the winter. During the long shifts in the ER when the… Continue reading Finding Paradise in Paradise
If you have been watching too much news and are anxious about the future, I have a suggestion: visit some young Christians at college. Fall is when we here at Blessed Earth spend our time visiting colleges, schools, and seminaries. This past fall semester we spent time at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton College, Indiana Wesleyan… Continue reading The Blessing of Visiting College Campuses
As many of you know, Matthew is writing a book that shares the Gospel by following the trail of trees through the Bible. So when Ryan Bennett, our Blessed Earth Tennessee director, took a group to Haiti in December, we were thrilled to learn that they would be planting trees. Ryan took a team of… Continue reading Blessed Earth Tennessee Plants Literal and Spiritual Trees in Haiti
This past Thursday, Dr. Ellsworth Kalas went to be with the Lord he loved and served for over ninety-two years. He was a faithful supporter of our ministry, and served on the Blessed Earth board for the past five years. Many people knew Ellsworth as a homiletics teacher and the President of Asbury Seminary.… Continue reading Goodbye to a Friend