Archives For Creation Care

 

Rainforest

For Earth Day today, we offer a list of ten superb recent books on various facets of creation care that Christians should be reading…

 

Books of a variety of genres by authors like Wendell Berry, Norman Wirzba, Naomi Klein, Walter Brueggemann and MORE!

#1 From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World
Norman Wirzba

One of the best theological resources on understanding creation, and how we live within it.

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Pope Francis

 

Yesterday saw the release of the English translation of Pope Francis’s Encyclical:

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.

We encourage you to download the PDF of this encyclical and read it yourself.

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Here are two lovely prayers that were included in the encyclical…
Perhaps you can find ways to use these prayers in the life of your church.

 

A prayer for our earth
Pope Francis

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320364: Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet A Brief Review of

Green Mama:
The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet

By Tracey Bianchi
Paperback: Zondervan, 2010.

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Reviewed by Jeni Newswanger-Smith.

It’s hardly a secret that evangelical Christians have arrived late to eco-awareness and environmental protection.   Thankfully, more and more of us have embraced care of creation as part of our God-given responsibility; a way to work, quite literally, for the Kingdom of God.  In her book Green Mama, Tracey Bianchi offers multiple ways to incorporate better care of the environment into our everyday lives.  She supports her information with solid research and softens the fear with compassion and understanding for those who might not be ready to make big steps, yet.

Bianchi, herself a mother of 3 young children, understands some of these facts and some of the research she writes about can become overwhelming.  She encourages the reader to avoid compassion fatigue, both in oneself and in thrusting it upon our children.

Bianchi addresses a wide range of topics, from teaching one’s children to simply love the earth by learning about local animals and habitats to ways in which less chemical-laden products can be used to clean our homes.  She isn’t naïve, she knows all these things may be super overwhelming for the newly convicted, and she repeated advises the reader to pick just one or two things to change at a time, in order to avoid giving up. At the end of each chapter, Bianchi suggests some ways to evaluate your current choices and then make minor changes (e.g., shorter showers, reusable water bottles, reading labels thoroughly, buying more organic produce).

Bianchi offers many way to further your own research, through other books as well as online resources.  Each chapter includes multiple additional resources (websites and books).  Her “Green Mama Guide” at the back of the book is an additional easy way to find out more information.

Overall, Green Mama is an invaluable resource for people beginning to explore how to take seriously God’s command to care for creation.  It would also work well as a check point for people who may have gotten bogged down on the journey.

 

“An Ecological Framework for Theology.”

A Review of
For the Beauty of the Earth:
A Christian Vision for Creation Care
.
By Steven Bouma-Prediger.

Reviewed by Chase Roden.

For the Beauty of the Earth:
A Christian Vision for Creation Care
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Steven Bouma-Prediger.
Paperback: Baker, 2010 (2nd Edition).
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For the Beauty of the Earth - Bouma-PredigerAmerican Christians have a complex relationship with the environment. For some, our natural surroundings are always in mind and at heart; these believers see the earth as a source of inspiration and sustenance to be guarded carefully – inherently worthy of respect, proof of the goodness of God. For others, the earth is important only as a God-given resource to be used – its value always to be secondary to spiritual concerns. In the latter group, “environmentalist” is often a dirty word, an example of modern-day idolatry and subservience to a certain political agenda. Tensions between these perspectives have never been clearer than right now, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The environment is once again on everybody’s minds, and even those environmentally-skeptical Christians are asking questions about our care of the world.

It is into this fray that publisher Baker Academic presciently released the second edition of For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care. In this update of the 2001 original, Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger of Hope College presents his unapologetic argument for Christian responsibility for the earth.
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Reconciling All Creation

A Brief Review of Edward Brown’s
Our Father’s World:
Mobilizing The Church to Care For Creation
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by Chris Smith

Ed Brown’s Our Father’s World: Mobilizing The Church to Care for Creation is a good introduction to environmental issues for evangelical churches.  In the first half of the book, Brown makes a compelling biblical and theological case for caring for creation.  In latter half, he offers practical suggestions for our churches to demonstrate their creation-care.  The most significant contribution of Our Father’s World however, is that it finds its hope for better environmental care in the action, not of individuals, but of the Church.  Brown says: “The church can do the most good for the environmental crisis by simply being the church, as long as ‘being the church’ encompasses the comprehensive redemption that God has in mind” (104).  For those who have given some reflection to the church’s responsibility in environmental concerns, there is not much new here, but the book’s emphasis on the Church is a breath of fresh air in the stagnant, prevailing culture of individualism – a philosophy that has contributed greatly to the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves.  Brown is right that it is only by the cooperative efforts of church communities committed to demonstrating a different way that we will begin to find hope for the healing of the wounds that humanity has inflicted upon creation.

Edward Brown.
Our Father’s World:
Mobilizing The Church to Care For Creation
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Paperback. IVP. 2008.
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