by John Mays
It is amazing to me that is has taken many evangelical Christians so long to get on board with the need for a new emphasis on creation care—one that addresses the unique need present in our times. But now it seems things are changing. This post highlights several items that have come my way recently.
To begin, just a couple days ago I received a link to a new album by The Porter’s Gate called “Climate Vigil Songs,” just released last week. The music produced in The Porter’s Gate projects is very fine and I was thrilled to learn about the new collection. (One of the songs features Jon Guerra, a Christian musician I have listened to quite a lot.) I commend this recording to you.
Many of those who have been following Novare Science know that we have been planning for some time on getting an Environmental Science textbook project going. This project is now well underway. Our lead author, Mark McReynolds, came to us by way of mutual connections at A Rocha International, a global Christian environmental nonprofit engaged in scores of projects oriented around creation care, healing, justice, and community support. If you are not aware of the good work A Rocha is doing, do check them out at https://arocha.org/en/ (British headquarters) and https://arocha.us/ (US branch). Our Environmental Science text, now scheduled for 2025 release, will make its own contribution to creation care, with a robust and creative treatment of the topic in the first chapter.
Finally, my late afternoons these days are spent luxuriating out in the 104° afternoons reading Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World, by Douglas J. Moo and Jonathan Moo (2018), an indispensable resource. This book is quite well done, carefully assessing the Bible’s position on the characteristics, status, and future of creation, and making a thorough biblical case not only for caring for creation, but also for how our role as stewards of creation relates to caring for humans and sharing the Gospel. I am now recommending this book to everyone as a must read for evangelical Christians.
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