Archive | August, 2013

Loving Nature: Is God Green?

25 Aug

Loving NatureJames Nash, considered a Christian “ecotheologian,” wrote a book in 1991 called Loving Nature: Ecological Integrity and Christian Responsibility. He was troubled by the way stewardship of nature was becoming equated with practices of dominion and control.

More recently, Brian Borger, of Hearts and Minds book blog, posted a list of readings in “Learning to Love What God Loves: Creation Care and Christian Discipleship,” noting “it should be evident that the Bible teaches what might be called a green theology.”

Does God really love creation? If so, what does that mean?

How did “green” become synonymous with “pagan pantheist”? Or maybe “Godless liberal”?

Should churches be thinking and talking about things like energy usage, divestment of pensions invested in fossil fuel, environmental policy, sustainable food sheds, deforestation?

What did Paul mean in Romans 8 when he spoke of a groaning creation?

How does our eschatology shape our view of ecotheology?

This month we’re inviting bloggers to share posts on Loving Nature: Is God Green?

Feel free to share thoughts from time spent outdoors this summer, or from psalms, books, poems, whatever sets you thinking. This can be as political – or apolitical – as you choose.  And if the questions above are helpful, feel free to consider them. If not, ignore them!

The date of this month’s synchroblog is the third Wednesday of the month, September 18

If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post. Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, September 17 to make sure you’re included.

We ask each participant to include an introduction stating that their post is part of the “September Synchroblog – Loving Nature: Is God Green?” (you may want to include a link to this post for a full explanation) and a list of all the participants with their links at the end of your post.  The list of links can be copied and pasted at the end of your post after they are published on this site in a separate post on September 17.


Link List – August 2013 – Parables: Small Stories, Big Ideas

13 Aug


Thanks to everyone who participated this month!!

Here is the list of contributions for this month’s synchroblog.  If you participated please copy and paste this list to the end of your post.

Jesus’ Parables are Confusing? Good! – Jeremy Myers

Parabolic Living – Tim Nichols

Seed Parables:Sowing Seeds of the Kingdom – Carol Kunihol

Parables – Be Like the Ant or the Grasshopper – Paul Meier

The Parables of Jesus: Not Like Today’s Sermons – Jessica

Penelope and the Crutch – Glenn Hager

Parables and the Insult of Grace – Rachel

Changing Hearts Rather Than Minds – Liz Dyer

Young Son, Old Son, a Father on the Run – Jerry Wirtley

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