City on Our Knees

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Farming God’s Way

by Ed Brown There is a program in Africa called “Farming God’s Way”. The unusual name comes from a simple premise: Things might go better on our farms if we try to do things “God’s way.” Care of Creation Kenya, a sister organization to my organization, Care of Creation, has been involved in researching, testing and implementing this program in central Kenya on the slopes of the great Rift Valley. Brian Oldrieve became the manager of Hinton Estates, a large… Read more

Our Common Interest: Climate Change and International Adaptation

By Rev. Jim Ball Climate change is a natural disaster intensifier. It makes floods fiercer, hurricanes harsher, and droughts dryer. The one thing the world doesn’t need are more victims of natural disasters, like the father and his family during the 2005 Niger famine found hundreds of miles from the nearest feeding station “I’m wandering like a madman. I’m afraid we’ll all starve.” During the same famine mother lamented as she watched her young daughter die “As far as I’m… Read more

From the Mission Field

Watch Val Shean talk about her experience with creation care in the bush of Uganda. She has spent the past 20 years serving with the Christian Veterinary Mission. Read more

Joyful, Joyful

“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” (Psalm 98:4 ESV) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV) “The logic of cross and resurrection, of the new creation which gives shape to all truly Christian living, points in a different direction. And one of the central names for that direction is joy:… Read more

No One Else

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Tim Keller on Common Grace

by Tim Høiland Ahead of the November release of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Dutton), co-authors Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf are featured in brief videos on the book’s website, discussing some of the motivation behind the project. The book’s introduction is also available at the site to whet our appetites for what’s to come. I was also interested to see an affiliated article by Keller on common grace, something he’ll certainly cover in more detail… Read more

Praying for Full Provision for All

by Gary Bergel “Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people…. This, then, is how you should pray…. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 4:19, 6:9, 11:29) A prayer common to Christians worldwide is what we now call “The Our Father” or “The Lord’s Prayer” — a model prayer which Jesus of Nazareth,… Read more

The Biblical Art of Naming

by Dean Ohlman Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh (Genesis 12:6). Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord (Genesis 13:18). “Remember to turn in between the big red oak and the silver maple,” I would sometimes say to Marge as directions for turning into the right driveway to a home we… Read more

7 Reasons the Church Can’t Afford to Ignore Creation Care

by Kevin Scott It is unfortunate that many of us (and I include myself, through most of my life) think of environmental concern and sustainability as mostly a political issue, and worse, one that falls on the “wrong” side of the political fence. Combine this with a version of the Christian worldview that looks forward to escaping the earth rather than witnessing its redemption, and you have a serious blind spot. It’s time that we took a look at things… Read more