John Stott’s Final Book and Creation Care

John Stott’s Final Book and Creation Care May 7, 2010

John Stott has written his final book, The Radical Disciple.  In this short Video Blog, I explore the major ideas of one chapter in particular called “Creation Care.”  Watch the video below and then leave any comments that you may have…


UPDATE: I accidentally said “2015” when citing a statistic that should actually be “2050” when the estimated population growth will be at 9.5 Billion people.

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  • Conrad

    Hey Kurt, without getting in to the discussion directly, I watched this video the other day and thought it would be something you might like.

  • Nice to hear and see you sharing from this chapter, Kurt. Glad Stott included that in his final book, but it would have surprised me if he had not. Thanks!

  • Good word, Kurt. I’m glad Stott is saying this because you are right, there is not enough of this coming from the more conservative evangelical side of things. Although, it always surprises me when I hear people talking about creation as though it were an afterthought and not something God is all that interested in.

    I am sure you covered this in your rapture series (which I haven’t had time to read through yet) but I believe the bulk of evangelicalism’s balking at creation care and matters of ecology come from mistaken views of the “end times,” especially views of “rapture.” A great book that clears all that up is N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope.

    Rob Bell did a wonderful sermon series at Mars Hill a little over 2 years ago called “God is Green.” One of the speakers in that series was Matthew Sleeth how has a book I highly recommend: Serve God, Save the Planet. That really opened my eyes to the many ways I neglect God’s GOOD creation, making my own needs and desires an idol.

    Thanks for bringing this to the attention of God’s people!


  • Thanks for sharing that material from John Stott’s book, Kurt. While my interest in ‘creation care’ does not derive from the passage in Romans 8, I do share your passion for it. Even though ‘that which is seen’ is temporal and temporary, we are its caretakers and are expected to be ‘good stewards’ in respect to everything in it so long as we are a part of the ‘temporal’. We are ‘strangers and pilgrims’ on the earth, but a ‘stranger’ in a country who is destructive of anything in that country will not be long welcome there, will he? A ‘stranger’ in a country is expected to be careful to protect the people and environment as surely as any ‘citizen’.

    • I appreciate your view here but must say that I get concerned when we set up too much of a dualism between the heavenly and the earthly. I know you don’t share my interpretive views on Romans 8, rev 21-22, etc. but it is much harder for me to come to the conclusions that i do without those passages in tact about God’s future reality for this planet. Either way, I am grateful to have such a unique voice as yours around to keep me thinking my friend!

  • RT

    Great insight Kurt. Some interpret Romans to be saying that the earth is “disposable” and thus we can treat it badly as God is going to give us a “New Earth”. For a moment let’s take as fact that the earth is “disposable”. Does that mean we can do whatever we want to it without consequence? No. Think of our bodies, they are “disposable” yet we know if we mistreat our bodies we pay a price. As we continue to mistreat the earth, we also pay a price, but it is one we all will share in paying.