Exit Paris? Enter Pentecost! A Christian Response to Reneging on the Climate Promise

Now that Trump has reneged on the promise to combat climate change, this is a moment when the church must not stand on the sidelines. This is an issue that affects every person on this planet – especially “the least of these” who bear the brunt of the effects of climate change. [Read more…]

Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era

There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the polis), without being partisan (siding with a particular party or group). Dr. King was an expert in this, and we can learn from his strategies. [Read more…]

Falling Off the Bike: A Sermon for Earth Day

For this Earth Day sermon, an 11-year-old’s ill-fated bike ride offers valuable lessons for this time of ecological crisis. [Read more…]

Why I’m Not Just Preaching About Earth on Earth Day

When I was a pastor I would place a pot of soil, a watering can, and a basket of seeds on the altar and invite the children to help me bless them. We would invite congregants to bring their garden tools and gloves, wheelbarrows, and even tractors to church, and we would process outside and ask for God’s blessings on our labors for and with the earth. Everyone would choose a packet of seeds from the basket and depart with the promise of spring and new life—and with the satisfaction that we had done our part for God’s Creation. These rituals of Creation care are right and salutary. But they’re not going to cut the mustard this year. [Read more…]

EARTH DAY QUIZ: How Green is Your Church?

With Earth Day blooming on the horizon (April 22), it’s time to take stock of how your church is preaching about God’s Creation. Take this short quiz (one for pastors, one for parishioners). [Read more…]

2017 ECO-PREACHER EARTH DAY SERMON CONTEST!

The 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest is closed for this year.  Congratulations to the winners: Brooke Baker (1st place): Seeing is Believing Carol Devine (2nd place): Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change Look for an announcement next year for the 2018 Earth Day Sermon Contest! Are you a preacher planning to craft a sermon for [Read More…]