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Animals and the Bible

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Animals and the Bible

One of the many key indications of the reliability of the Bible is its addressing the broad span of the reality of life on earth.  I’m only vaguely knowledgeable of …

Donkey Art

When I started working as director of communication for Mission India in 1982, it was felt that for my writing I needed to experience India as soon as possible; so …

Time to Change On Climate Change?

Time to Change On Climate Change?

  Because there is so much controversy about global climate change in conservative evangelical circles, it seems like a risky issue to address here.  But I’ll be the Guinea pig by telling you how I think about it.  You be … Continue reading »

Global Remedies

If you’re like me, you’re captivated by economic, political, social, theological issues. I like to contemplate the discovery of grand plans and heroic actions that will save the earth, the economy, the society, the church. Whenever my mind goes

Riding Horses

It seems like for years now I’ve been trying to ride multiple horses—sort of like those circus riders who straddle two horses successfully because they can keep them close enough together to avoid falling in a heap between them

Thinking About Earth Day

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Thinking About Earth Day

Monday, April 22, will be the 43rd Earth Day. I celebrated the first one in 1970 with the then typical “conservative” scoffing. [Photo is of US Senator Edmund Muskie, author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, addressing an estimated 40,000-60,000 …

Is Environmental Concern “Left-wing”?

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Is Environmental Concern “Left-wing”?

Environmental issues always have a way of polarizing people politically. Many who consider themselves left-wing and liberal are often opposed to the ethical standards and religious beliefs of conservative Christians. It also appears that issues related to caring for creation

Our Sense of Beauty

My belief is that exposing ourselves to and being sensitive to the beauty of the creation is in large part a spiritual endeavor that will draw us toward our Creator. It’s a spiritually fruitful practice that we moderns perform

Good and Beautiful

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Good and Beautiful

I keep coming back to Genesis 1 and 2 in my contemplation of the wonder of creation because they are so fundamental to a biblical theology of nature. To help me think about the meaning of nature, I’ve plodded

Is Caring for the Earth Pagan?

Because the earth is an object of worship for many of those given to New Age beliefs and other modern forms of pantheism, it’s logical for them to demonstrate devoted concern for the earth. That’s all they feel they have …

Losing Our Joy in Nature

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Losing Our Joy in Nature

In Pollution And The Death Of Man: The Christian View Of Ecology, published over forty years ago, Francis Schaeffer recounted that Charles Darwin near the end of his life found …

Nature’s Divine Show

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Nature’s Divine Show

I’ve often used this verse and its context in apologetic discussions with folks who were not followers of Christ, but a few years ago I began to concentrate on what …

The Comforting Rod and Staff

October and November are ideal months for finding hiking sticks in the Michigan woods. And as the photo indicates, I’ve done that many times! I think there are about 60 …

Is Anybody There?

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Is Anybody There?

Last year (on August 8, 2011) National Public Radio had a program on evangelicals who where questioning the existence of a literal Adam and Eve, given the rather new widespread acceptance of man’s origin via evolution in Christian colleges and universities.

Confessing for the Church (Part 2)

[This is the last half of a confession I wrote in 1990 after I felt a clear calling to approach the evangelical community with a message of creation care as founder and president of the Christian Nature Federation.] In His