Missional Distinctiveness in the Public Square

by Tim Hoiland Earlier this year I heard Christopher J.H. Wright speak here in Phoenix about “saints in the marketplace” — what it means to be a Christian whose work does not take place inside a Christian bubble. I’ve been reading Wright’s excellent book The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (Zondervan), which includes a chapter on mission in the public square, on which (I assume) his talk was based. For those unacquainted with the… Read more

Depleting the Oceans

by John Humphreys In a marvelous piece of writing, Michael Colebrook writes, “There is something about the sea which both attracts and frightens us. In God’s rebuke to Job, God uses the sea as the first example of the limitations of human understanding and abilities.” Photo by David Poe Job 38:4-11 Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?… Read more

On Being a Good Steward of God’s Oceans

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Chris Wright on the Care of God’s Creation

Chris Wright – Langham Partnership’s International Director delivers the keynote address at the Global Day of Prayer for Creation Care and the Poor on April 26, 2012 in Washington DC. Watch the video by clicking here.   Read more

Are We Returning to the Mourners’ Bench?

by Mitch Hescox I have a confession.  I’m an evangelical Christian and I love to share Jesus.  I love to tell the story of Jesus and his love.  Jesus’ story is a love story – a love for God, for all creation, a special love for the most vulnerable, for you, and for me.  Jesus’ love story doesn’t offer an escape from this world, but it does offer hope for a new one, a renewed creation where all things are… Read more

Replacing Pears with Native Oaks

by John Humphreys It was an easy winter in the North-East. A few minor snowfalls ” an inch or so ” and tons of sunny days. And we have entered spring with some marvelous weather too. But we were dreading what winter might have in store when, last October 29th, an ice storm of great ferocity came through, tearing down trees right, left, and center. Our prettiest trees, two Bradford Pears that had been planted when the house was first… Read more

New Wine

by Mitch Hescox Luke 5:36-39 (NIV) “He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into… Read more

It’s Spring, Time to Venture into the Great Outdoors

by Alexei Laushkin I was walking along the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail in Northern Virginia a few years back and all around me I was surrounded by miles and miles of bluebells and two themes stuck with me. In the height of spring there is a real and genuine renewal of creation. Yes, it is still under the curse but there is a beauty and consistency that comes with spring. It is a poor foreshadow of new life, but it is… Read more

Waiting for Easter

A Day of Waiting 15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. John 19:15 (NIV) It’s Saturday morning, April 7, 2012, a day of waiting, reflecting, and wondering. As I prayed through the Good Friday Scriptures, the words shouted by the Jewish hierarchy at the end of Jesus’ trial kept rattling through my mind, “We have no king but… Read more

Are We Poisoning Our Children? [A Q Ideas Conversation]

Gabe Lyons of the Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society, sits down with Mitch to talk about the mercury, creation care, and much more. Don’t miss this excellent conversation. Read more

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