Cherish the Earth

Cherish the Earth

by Janice E. Kirk, Donald R. Kirk


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Is Earth stewardship biblical? Yes. Here is one of the best collections of Creation Care Scriptures to be found. Christianity is inseparably linked to the natural world. People of faith contribute a unique perspective to earth stewardship, a ministry of praise and commitment.
Christians are called to restore the land, to build and to plant, to use resources wisely, to marvel at the planet's complexity and beauty, to accept that humans are part of an earth we need to cherish.
Positive and inspirational, this book is a ready resource for pastors, teachers, camp and retreat leaders. Easy to read, it fills the need for devotional and small group study. Seekers will find the basic precepts of the Christian faith. Cherish the Earth will be a welcome companion for every Christian nature lover and Earth steward across our threatened yet priceless globe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532611940
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Janice E. Kirk is author and illustrator of The Road to Beaver Park, Painting, Perception, and Pilgrimage; The Christmas Redwood, a Forest Parable; Cherish the Earth, the Environment and Scripture; and illustrator of Wild Edible Plants of Western North America by D. R. Kirk. She has taught art, language arts, and music, including voice, at Simpson University, Redding, California. During a lifetime of family camping adventures in the American West, she sketched, painted, learned nature's ways, and grew to cherish the beauty of the earth.

Donald R. Kirk, author of Wild Edible Plants of Western North America, taught biology, anthropology, and nature photography at Shasta Community College in Redding, California for thirty-five years. He worked seasonally with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Together with family he enjoyed a lifetime of camping, fishing, and exploring the American West. He shared his love of nature with all who knew him.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Part 1 The Natural World

1 The Creation Is Good 17

2 The Condition of the Creation Is Not Good 23

Part 2 Scripture Search

3 The Natural World and God 31

4 The Natural World and the Holy Spirit 46

5 The Natural World and Jesus Christ 52

6 The Natural World and Humankind 59

7 The Natural World and Obedience 66

8 The Natural World and Covenant 72

9 The Natural World and Justice 78

10 The Natural World and Redemption 89

11 The Natural World and Praise 99

12 The Natural World and Glory 108

Part 3 Earth Stewardship

13 The Earth Is Suffering 115

14 What Christians Have to Offer 130

15 Implementing a Ministry of Praise 137

Notes 172

Scripture Index 176

Subject Index 179

The Authors 182

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"An important primer for those who want to respond biblically to environmental degradation."

—Calvin B. DeWitt, Director, Ausable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona, Michigan

"Cherish the Earth is the best book I have found for beginners in Christian earth stewardship."

—Peter Illyn of Restoring Eden

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