The Overlooked Children of Africa- Climate Disruption Tour Energy Poverty

by Alexei LaushkinEnergy poverty is a major challenge when it comes to climate change and Malawi. Only 6% of the country has acess to electricity, with the vast majority of that power coming from centralized grid systems in the cities. Without energy you are literally in the dark.Here's an example of the sort of energy access available in one of the villages we visited.This is what energy poverty looks like in the villages of Malawi. This is the only light this family owns. … [Read more...]

The Overlooked Children of Africa- Climate Disruption Tour Day 1

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Our U.S. team are all in country today. We spent the morning meeting with representatives from the government, church, and civil society to hear reports on climate impacts and how they're responding. Their stories and reports were startling. More than once we heard "the challenge and level of response needed is comparable to our efforts around HIV/AIDS."They have seen a six fold increase in major events which include droughts and floods. The predictability of planting no longer exists. Short … [Read more...]

Trees are Trees – Thoughts on the Goodness of Creation

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by R. Scott Rodin, MTh, PhDAn intersection in north Spokane was once surrounded by tall Ponderosa pines. I always loved arriving at this intersection. It gave me the feel of being on a forest service road deep in the woods. One day several large, yellow pieces of earth moving equipment arrived and over the following weeks diesel-belching machines managed to bulldoze and dispose of acres of forest. Not one tree was left. This once pine-laden piece of nature became the new home of yet another … [Read more...]

How the Trinity Changed my Mind on Creation Care

by R. Scott Rodin, MTh, PhDTen years ago I faced a crisis of faith.  I’d been raised to believe that there was a pecking order to God’s love: our eternal souls first, our physical bodies a distant second, and creation a very distant third.  Life and faith were evaluated through this criteria screen, and creation almost always paid the price.What caused me to question this flawed filter was my Trinitarian theology.  In considering God’s triune nature I reached a point where I could no long … [Read more...]

It’s Spring: Time to Venture Into the Great Outdoors

by Alexei LaushkinI 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 glorious and delightful all the same. It makes you realize how we have … [Read more...]

Our Father’s World

The Bible provides a direct mandate to be caretakers of the garden (Gen 2 v.15). While creation still belongs to God, he has graciously entrusted it to our care and stewardship. This was our first calling, recorded early on in Genesis 1 and 2, and we remain God’s caretakers over all creation today.Check out what Bill Hybels, Tri Robinson, Joel Hunter, and others have to say in this 26:00 minute documentary. … [Read more...]

Why Preach About Creation Care?

Creation Care Sundays

by Alexei Laushkin     Every spring EEN places a special focus on the need to preach about creation care, usually through Creation Care Sunday and sometimes through days of prayer. It seems natural given the stunning colors of spring and new life to talk about our responsibility to make sure that life is tended in such a way that it produces abundance.The question is why should most preachers bother? Isn't it a bit of a leap to take a … [Read more...]


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