Hope

The fourth and final part of a series on reasons to care for creation.

There is hope. As Christians we have been commissioned to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, to proclaim the gospel to all of creation, and to be salt and light in this world. Continue reading

God is green

I want us to humbly ask before God the question, should Christians go green? In other words, should we, both individually and collectively, express our love for God in a lifestyle that shares and sustains His creation instead of destroying it? The answer, I believe, is yes we should. And the reason I believe that we should is simple: that God, fundamentally, is ‘green’! Continue reading

Inspiring Change

Welcome to our vision for an inter-denominational creation care charity that inspires change.  A brief summary of our ideas is set out below, based on a proposal written in August 2014.  The full document can be accessed here.  It’s a work in progress – already it’s clear that we’d like to be an all-Ireland charity as soon as is practical, and that we might also want to focus our work on counter-consumerism and/or animal welfare, in addition to ecology and agro-ecology.  But it’s a start; a basis for dreaming, praying, planning and hoping.  Please join us.  Read all about it here.
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Tolkien and Nature

In a few days the final installment of the Hobbit films will be coming to cinema screens across the UK. With dragons (well, just the one, but a big one at that), huge armies and a healthy dose of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) effects, the Hobbit films are quite an arresting spectacle, and in this respect they follow in the line of the Lord of the Rings films. The author of the works on which these films are based (in the Hobbit’s case, loosely), J.R.R. Tolkien, was a committed Christian, and hints of this can be seen from some of the themes in his stories, such as those of providence, forgiveness, sacrificial love, and so on. Continue reading

Treehugger Gospel

Three trees waymark the Christian story – and our own.

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…

Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer

Trees are incredible. They are the pinnacles of creation, the tallest, largest and oldest living things. And while, strictly speaking, algal plants (phytoplankton) in the oceans produce more oxygen than them, it is trees – especially tropical rainforests – that have captured the public’s imagination as the ‘lungs of the planet’. We depend on them for many other practical things too, like timber, nuts and fruit. But we also depend on their beauty and magnificence to enchant and inspire us, to herald the passage of the seasons. A world without trees would be no world at all.

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Our God is a business God?

Biblical and biological inspiration for restoring a holistic understanding of business.

Stating that ‘Our God is a business God’ may seem a bit of a strange thing to say, especially on an environmental blog.  But bear with me and let’s see if it merits being stated.  I’ve attended three events in the past five weeks where organisations with a passion for mission helped us look at how business can be one major strategy or – in the case of one of these groups – the strategy, by which God’s love and truth, shown to us in Jesus, are made known.  In contrast, business hardly gets a look in on most preaching and teaching schedules in our churches.  And a theology of business is sadly lacking in Christian circles in the western ‘developed’ world.  More generally, a theology of work, which can include how businesses treat their employees, has been developing in recent decades but even this gets little air time in sermons.

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