Craft of Preaching

Greening Spaces

Mark A. Torgerson’s book Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry (Alban, 2012) offers numerous case studies of congregations that have incorporated

People Get It, but Need Leadership

I recently returned from a weekend in a large Presbyterian church in Michigan, where I was asked to speak about the faith dimensions of creation care and

Valuing What God Makes

Everyone knows, practically every day, the cost of a gallon of gasoline at the local pump. What we may not recognize so constantly are its hidden costs,

Not A Safe God

I am often asked, as I was this past Sunday at a church gathering, what is the one easiest step a Christian can take to care for creation. It was a “bite

Reading Scripture with Creation

When pastors and Bible study participants seek a stronger ecological hermeneutic, I often challenge them simply to read Scripture with an eye to its many

June 2016 – A Year’s Worth of Difference

It’s been almost a year since Laudato Si’ was released, Pope Francis’s monumental encyclical on climate change. Since then, the Pope’s

Let’s Discuss Dominion

I recently received a copy of a new ecological hymn that included the line, “We are called to have dominion over all that you have made.”

What Are We Doing for Earth Day?

About a decade ago, while teaching an adult Sunday school class, I was pulled up short by this question from a teacher: “What is our church doing