Are You Almost Amish?

Nancy Sleeth is the co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Earth and in her latest book Almost Amish she combines her years of insight in practical creation care into a must read for anyone who is trying to answer the question, "How can Christians live more faithfully day to day?"So why Almost Amish? As Nancy puts it she was talking about hanging her cloths on the line with the reasons and personal and spiritual benefits of simplicity. When in the back of the room some spoke up, what … [Read more...]

Why Care for the Earth, if this world is not our home?

by Dean OhlmanIt’s unfortunate that a line from an old church song has created a view that somehow we need to escape the earth: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.” The reality the song was referring to was that we should indeed not feel at home in the godless world system that surrounds us. The material earth, however, is not the problem. One of the thrilling promises given to us by Paul is that “our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the … [Read more...]

The Works of the Lord

by John StottFirst, the works of the Lord are to be the subjects of our study. Listen to Psalm 111:2 (RSV), to which I will refer again later: “Great are the works of the Lord, studied (NIV says “pondered”) by all who have pleasure in them.” Or Psalm 77:12: “I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”I think it was Sir Francis Bacon, the seventeenth-century essayist, who was the first to say that “God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we … [Read more...]

Dealing with Distraction

by John David PunchI have a problem. I don't like to be interrupted. I doubt I'm alone, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I have a bigger problem than most people. I like to get things done, I don't multi-task very well (unless it comes to watching multiple sporting events at once), and I don't like to procrastinate. But I'm a pastor and a husband and a dad and a neighbor and many other things. There are times when I would like to finish the book I'm reading, to finish the sermon I'm … [Read more...]

The Lost Art of Rest

by Jon Gibsonphoto by Josh Kellogg of Whirling Phoenix Christians are pretty good about following the Ten Commandments".well, at least 9 out of the 10. Why is it that we get all jumpy about breaking 9 of them, but when it comes to us keeping the Sabbath, we take that as optional? Of course, we could get into a discussion and debate about the Law and whether we are still under the Law with the New Covenant that we have in Christ, but that's sort of missing the point.On Christmas … [Read more...]

Tending the Garden Without Worshiping It

by Ron SiderI'm afraid that one reason Christians fail to live more simply for the sake of the poor and the environment- one reason we persist in our practical materialistic worship of things- is that we don't really love Jesus very much. We substitute lukewarm faith and mere tradition for a passionate love for the Lord and a radical commitment to worship and to obey him at any cost. Colossians 1:18 says Jesus is to "have the supremacy." Is that true for you and me? Is that true for our … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Praise Production Tax Credit Extension

At the urging of the President and with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate, Congress extended the wind production tax credit. The extension gives another year for a policy which has contributed to the significant growth of the wind industry and over 75,000 American jobs.“Over the past few days the President and Congress came together to take bold steps to ensure that our kids really do matter when it comes to ensuring a clean energy future,” said Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO of t … [Read more...]


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