Caring for God’s Creation is Part of a Pro-Life Ethic

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by The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox From the formation of a child's first tiny cell to life's final breath, all life has dignity and value because each and every one of us is made in the image of God. And that is why when we talk about being "pro-life," it's not just about a political issue. It's a world view...it's a life-view. It's a way of looking at each human life that transcends culture, class, race, age and opinion.--- The Dignity of Life by Focus on The Family My organization, … [Read more...]

This Lent, Consider God’s Creation

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by Alexei LaushkinThe disciplines of Lent are meant to shake us up from our regular routine and open up some space for God to work. Lent is a season of self-account and renewed depth.Lent reminds us that man does not live on bread alone, things alone, conveniences alone, wants alone, but on every word that comes from above. Lent is supposed to re-orient us towards God’s life giving ability, and away from the things that normally sustain us or give us comfort.When we rediscover the j … [Read more...]

This Republican Agrees with President Obama on Climate Change

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by The Rev. Mitch Hescox President Obama got it exactly right last night at the beginning of his State of the Union address when he said it is the hard-working citizens of our great nation that make the state of our Union strong, and that the United States is the best positioned country in the world to succeed in the 21st Century. This is in spite of divisions within our great nation that continue to hold us back from achieving our full potential.Social scientist Robert Putnam, of “bowling … [Read more...]

Genesis 9: The Forgotten Covenant

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by Howard SnyderIgnoring Genesis 9 in covenant theology is like ignoring John 1 in Jesus theology. Skipping God’s earth covenant in soteriology is like skipping the incarnation in Christology.Yet as I noted in my January 3 blog, “14 Favorites Ways to Twist the Gospel,” covenant theology usually bypasses the Genesis 9 earth covenant and begins with Abraham. Strange, since the first explicit biblical covenant is in Genesis 9, where God establishes his “covenant between me and the earth” (Ge … [Read more...]

Fire On the Mountain

by Dr. Andy BannisterThe path through the trees was narrow and overgrown, meandering its way through birch, oak and elm, climbing gently as it wound its way up from the valley. A few minutes walking brought me to the ancient moss-laden wall that surrounded the forest, from which a wooden gate led out on the hillside.From there the track quickly steepened as it wound sinuously up toward the mountaintop. I paused every so often to catch my breath, turning to watch the cloud shadows chase on … [Read more...]

A Fine Finch Story

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by Celia KiewitIt was springtime 2012, and a pair of finches built a fine nest on my patio in, of all places, a fake plastic tree. They had been sitting on four eggs for the past month. Knowing they were about to hatch, I stayed away as much as possible and prayed all would be well with the little feathered family.Apparently one night the wind blew hard enough to knock the tree over. I didn’t discover this until noon the next day. Four little guys had been dumped out on the lawn and were … [Read more...]

Young Evangelicals on Climate Change

You won't hear young evangelicals talk about polar bears when they talk about climate change. You won't hear them talk about cool trends, big government, or anything else like that. Instead you'll hear them talk about they need for Christians to see these issues through a biblical lens.Check out this video featuring Collin Whitsett (it’s 12 of 12 on the playlist), who currently is traveling the world but is based out of Hastings, Nebraska, is an alum of the environmental studies program at So … [Read more...]


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