Isn’t Environmental Concern Based on Pantheistic Thinking?

by Dean Ohlman Because the earth is an object of worship for many of those given to New Age beliefs and other modern forms of pantheism, it’s logical for them to demonstrate devoted concern for the earth. That’s all they feel they have that is worthy of their reverence. Many of these individuals have followed the natural path of paganism illustrated by the apostle Paul: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator---who is … [Read more...]

Isn’t “earthkeeping” just another expression for environmentalism?

by Dean Ohlman When a philosophy becomes dominant in an individual’s life, it virtually becomes a religion. When it does, we often add the suffix “ism” to the main word defining what it is that people have given themselves over to. Many people are so given over to socialism, capitalism, scientism, creationism, conservatism, liberalism or any one of dozens of other “isms” that these become virtual worship systems for them. Because these philosophies and/or belief systems come to rule … [Read more...]

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

by Dean Ohlman It’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 … [Read more...]

The Biblical Art of Naming

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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 often visited. She, not being a tree aficionado, would simply … [Read more...]

The Vision of Narnia

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by Dean Ohlman It was in preparation for this post that I first saw the amazing parallel between Psalm 148:1-6, 11-13 and Revelation 5:5:11-13. Each passage offers hymns of praise to the Creator--the Psalm written almost a thousand years before the first coming of Messiah and the Revelation envisioning a celebration in heaven as Messiah ("the Lamb who was slain") is honored before His coming back to earth to reign forever as Lord of the universe. KEY SCRIPTURE: Praise the LORD from the … [Read more...]

The Job of the Christian Camp

by Dean Ohlman One early sign of spring for many of us parents and grandparents is the arrival of Christian camp applications for the coming summer months. I'm a camp lover. After my godly father, church, and Sunday school, the most significant influence on my spiritual formation as a youth was Christian camps. From age nine to sixteen, I was involved with camps, first as a camper and then as a counselor. My dad was on the founding board of a Christian camp that utilized a Civilian … [Read more...]

The Vision of Narnia

by Dean Ohlman It was in preparation for this post that I first saw the amazing parallel between Psalm 148:1-6, 11-13 and Revelation 5:5:11-13. Each passage offers hymns of praise to the Creator"the Psalm written almost a thousand years before the first coming of Messiah and the Revelation envisioning a celebration in heaven as Messiah ("the Lamb who was slain") is honored before His coming back to earth to reign forever as Lord of the universe. KEY SCRIPTURE: Praise the LORD from … [Read more...]


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