Serve the poor, serve the Earth

Helping the poor and caring for the creation often go hand in hand. From Scott Sabin of Plant With Purpose: The Connection Between the Poor and the Earth. Here are a couple quotes: I frequently get asked how we, as Christians, choose between caring for the poor and caring for creation, as if we have …

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The ESV Study Bible on creation — Noah’s flood

The ESV Study Bible is a theologically conservative Evangelical work, and is certainly one of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever produced. It has been out for only three years, but it looks like it will be a highly influential reference work for decades to come.  One potential positive impact of the ESVSB relates to …

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Around the web 1/29/2011

Mountain lion in St. Louis County! -- This doesn't happen too often. A night-time wildlife camera captured a mountain lion in suburban St. Louis, less than ten miles from our home. We're a little more used to opossums, raccoons, deer, and wild turkeys around here. I don't worry too much about mountain lions when hiking …

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Why can’t I just believe the Bible?

I've had a number of young-Earth creationists ask me, "Why can't you just believe the Bible?" My answer is, "I do believe the Bible. I just don't believe Answers in Genesis." Their assumption is because I don't believe the Earth is only 6000 years old, or that Noah's flood created most of Earth's geological features, …

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The problem with fanaticism — it’s not what you think

"It's OK if someone is a Christian, as long as they aren't fanatical about it." We all know what they are talking about. Religion is OK to most people (except to Richard Dawkins and kin), as long as people don't get fanatical about it. Fanatics make the news, and it isn't pretty. Fred Phelps and …

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Creation care quotes from Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II had much to say about the environment and human responsibility for good stewardship of the creation. Here are a few quotes: "When man turns his back on the Creator's plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order. If man is not at peace …

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The ESV Study Bible on creation — Genesis 1

The following item was originally posted on The GeoChristian in November 2009, and I have added it to my blog recycling program. Because I have new readers of The GeoChristian, I will occasionally go back and re-use some of my favorite blog entries, with some editing. I am re-using this post about the ESV Study …

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Fifty million little leaguers and pianists later

Almost twenty years ago I got into a discussion about abortion with a female coworker in the break room. I'm not sure how the topic came up; I don't go around looking for controversial topics to debate with my coworkers. She was in her mid- to late-twenties, and like me, was at the beginning of …

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Video: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

A four minute video on world wealth and health that is a more interesting presentation of statistics than the norm: The video ends on an optimistic note: everything is getting better and better, even for those down at the bottom. I would be more cautious: while life expectancy has improved for all but the poorest …

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EFCA Theology Conference — Genesis 1-3

A brief note about the Evangelical Free Church of America Theology Conference was posted on Facebook this morning: EFCA - Evangelical Free Church of America With wit and wisdom, Dr. Kaiser opened the EFCA Theology Conference with three principles required by a study of Genesis 1-3 which must inform our theology of creation. 1) This …

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Operation World — missions and the Earth and environmental sciences

One of the most significant influences that directed me into missionary service (my family served with ReachGlobal---the international mission of the Evangelical Free Church of America---from 2002 to 2008) was when we purchased a copy of Operation World back in the early days of our marriage. This book is a day-by-day prayer guide to the …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated in the United States for his vision and leadership in the civil rights movement. In my previous post, I argued that Christianity provides a much more solid foundation for human rights than secularism, and Martin Luther King's Biblically-based arguments for equality illustrate this nicely. He did not argue that …

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