Whether you live in the city or the country, the warm summer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore your surroundings! In this first Blessed Earth Monthly Challenge, we invite you to spend as much time as possible close to home, in your community. Below you will find some suggestions from… Continue reading July’s Monthly Challenge: Live Locally!
Blessed Earth, in partnership with Duke Divinity School, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and Anathoth Community Garden, is hosting a gathering titled Summoned Toward Wholeness: A Conference on Food, Farming and the Life of Faith. The conference will be held September 27-28, 2013, at Duke Divinity School. Scripture portrays God as a gardener, farmer, and… Continue reading Summoned Toward Wholeness: Food and Faith Conference
by Keith Jagger For my little family, we’ve joined the many who’ve had an “out-of-country” living experience. For the last two years we have made a home in Scotland, far away from our Midwest roots. When we leave, we’ll share some fond memories of our adventures here, and we’ve already come to love some of… Continue reading Going Green in Scotland
Blessed Earth and friends are finding creative ways to practice good stewardship this Spring as we approach earth day (April 22nd). Keith Jagger (BlessedEarth.org contributor) sent us this photo from St. Andrews, Scotland where he is currently working on his PhD. From the press release to mark this tree planting effort: “The special event marked… Continue reading Blessed Earth and Friends Approach Earth Day with Creativity, Good Stewardship Practices
Blessed Earth’s partnership with North Carolina churches, for the Creation Care Year program, is off to a great start. In March 2013, Dr. Matthew Sleeth preached sermons at Centenary United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Both are located in Winston-Salem. The two churches have been using Dr. Sleeth’s book 24/6: A Prescription for… Continue reading North Carolina Creation Care Year Off To a Successful Start
God”s gift of food, professed in Genesis, is in need of redemption for many people. Busy schedules have reduced the number of meals we eat together, and confusing advertisements can make it difficult to choose a healthy meal option. Many of us have complicated relationships with food, feeling guilty when we indulge in anything less-than-healthy.… Continue reading Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food
Blessed Earth, in partnership with Duke Divinity School, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and Anathoth Community Garden, is hosting a gathering titled Summoned Toward Wholeness: A Conference on Food, Farming and the Life of Faith. The conference will be held September 27-28, 2013, at Duke Divinity School. Scripture portrays God as a gardener, farmer,… Continue reading Summoned Toward Wholeness: Food and Faith Conference
Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifestyle! 1. Start a giveaway box and add at least three items of clothes you have not worn… Continue reading Forty Days of Lent: An Almost Amish Journey Toward a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
In July 2011, Blessed Earth received a $3.2 million grant for two programs: Creation Care Year (CCY) and the Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA). For the 201213 CCY, Blessed Earth is partnering with the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, offering a full panel of classes, lectures, sermons, and forums on environmental topics. Throughout this first CCY,… Continue reading Creation Care Year
Blessed Earth – Catalyzing for Change from Matthew Sleeth on Vimeo. Blessed Earth is an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips people of faith to become better stewards of the earth. We serve as catalysts for change through two major programs: The Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA) brings together seminary leaders who covenant to teach, preach,… Continue reading About Blessed Earth
(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)
“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to the fast-paced, always-on, always-available 24/7 lifestyle. Setting aside just one day of rest a week helps us to reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. In this four-session… Continue reading Discovering the Sabbath Shouldn’t Be Work: The New 24/6 Film Curricula for Your Small Group
About the Book About Matthew Sleeth 24/6 Press Praise for 24/6 Reader Testimonials Sabbath Sermons Lenten Study (Centenary UMC, Winston-Salem) Sabbath Hymns 24/6 on DVD Purchase 24/6!
NATIONAL CATHEDRAL KICKS OFF CREATION CARE YEAR Year-long partnership with Blessed Earth spurs sustainability events Washington, DC (October 7, 2012) Fracking, mountaintop removal, GMOs, and numerous other environmental issues have been monopolizing newspaper headlines over the past several years. One positive way these issues are being addressed is through the creation care movement, which… Continue reading National Cathedral/Blessed Earth Partnership Begins This Month!
No Oil in the Lamp examines the current energy crisis through the lens of faith. Full of practical suggestions for greening homes and congregations, as well as a thorough exploration of alternative energy sources, this is a great resource for those interested in learning more about the world’s fuel sources. Available at Amazon UK or from… Continue reading Untitled
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