Creation Care and the Gospel

Creation Care and the Gospel


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Creation Care and the Gospel by Colin Bell

How should Christians react to environmental crisis? Historically, evanglicals have ignored this aspect of living for Christ, so this book aims to reinvigorate and empower Christians across the globe to care for creation.

This book collects the work of biblical scholars, theologians, biologists, environmental researchers, and community organizers who met at “The Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel” in Jamaica in 2012. Participants from 23 countries as diverse as Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, and Canada gathered for five days to pray, talk, and reflect on the state of the planet—the home in which we live—and on the role and ministry of the church in caring for God’s creation.

The book contains biblical and theological affirmations from well-respected scholars and teachers, reminding us that caring for creation is central to the evangelical faith. It is an integral part of our mission, an expression of our worship of God, and a matter of great joy and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619707252
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 353
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Forewor d-Las G Newman ix

Introduction Colin Bell Robert S White Edward R Brown 1

Call to Action and Exposition Jonathan A Moo Dave Bookless Lowell Bliss 7

Part 1 God's Word

Chapter 1 Ruling God's World God's Way: Dominion in Psalm 8 Edward R Brown 17

Chapter 2 The Biblical Basis for Creation Care Jonathan A Moo 28

Chapter 3 Ecological Hope in Crisis? Richard Bauckham 43

Chapter 4 Environmental Missions: An Introduction Lowell Bliss 53

Chapter 5 Creation Care and the Great Commission Craig Sorley 71

Chapter 6 How Does Creation Care Belong within an Evangelical Understanding of Mission? Dave Bookless 86

Chapter 7 Creation Care: A Brief Overview of Christian Involvement RJ (Sam) Berry 103

Part 2 God's World

Chapter 8 Global Warming, Climate Change, and Sustainability: Challenges to Scientists, Policymakers, and Christians John Houghton 119

Chapter 9 Poverty and Climate Change Dorothy Boorse 146

Chapter 10 Is the Weather Going Crazy? Impacts of Climate Change in the Cusco Region of Peru Juliana Morillo Horne 159

Chapter 11 Population and Ecological Sustainability John P McKeown 175

Chapter 12 Unnatural Disasters Robert S White 192

Chapter 13 Biodiversity Loss: A Christian Concern? Martin J Hodson 208

Chapter 14 Creation Care of the Other 71% Meric Srokosz Robert D Sluka 225

Chapter 15 Planetary Boundaries and the Green Economy Paul Cook 237

Part 3 God's Work

Chapter 16 Holistic Environmental Stewardship in East Africa Serah Wambua 249

Chapter 17 The Church and Sustainable Cities in East Asia David Gould 263

Chapter 18 Creation Care as a Ministry of Reconciliation: A Framework for Environmental Missions Susan D Emmerich 275


Conclusion Towards a Robust Theology of the Environment Ken Gnanakan 289

Case Studies

Case study 1 Improvisational Drama, Australian Church Youth, and Climate Change: An Educational Tool for Bringing about Positive Changes Sally Shaw 68

Case study 2 The Work of A Rocha Ghana Seth Appiah-Kubi 84

Case study 3 Caring for Creation Down Under: Friends of A Rocha Australia Mick Pope 101

Case study 4 Drought and Flooding in Bangladesh James Pender 144

Case study 5 ECHO, a Community Development and Agriculture Organization Stan Doerr 157

Case study 6 Can the Desert Be Green? Asian Journeys' Green Desert Project in Inner Mongolia Lawrence Ko 206

Case study 7 Restoring a Mountain, Reconciling Communities: A Rocha in Aotearoa New Zealand Andrew Shepherd 221

Case study 8 Evolving Church Action on Deforestation in Argentina Andrew Leake 245

Case study 9 A Case Study from Uganda Sara Kaweesa 261

Case study 10 A Rocha Living Waterways Dave Bookless 273

Appendix Living Out Our Care for Creation 301

Author Profiles 311

Lausanne Movement 320

Notes 321

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