Thursday, July 24, 2008

Useful Green Stuff: Creation Care Magazine

I'm a Christian. And I know a lot of my readers are too because many of you are my friends. But I also know it because when people make comments on this blog, I follow their names to their own blogs if they have them. And I've discovered a few of you who I don't know personally are also Christians.

I also know that there are probably others who read this blog of another faith or no faith. I haven't made this a "Christian environmentalism blog" and I don't intend to. It's an environmentalism blog that happens to be written by a Christian.

But today, I'm talking about a Christian magazine -
Creation Care. I just received my second issue in the mail yesterday, and I wanted to mention the publication to my readers because I think you should know about it.

It's published by the
Evangelical Environmental Network. It's not a hit you over the head with specific doctrine type magazine. There is a definite message - God created the world and we are to take care of it. But aside from that, there are varying view points by a variety of authors.

It's educational. In the last issue, I learned about colony collapse disorder - the disappearing bee problem that's been happening for the last couple of years. I didn't know much about it until I read the article. Reading the article prompted me to have a conversation with the bee keepers/honey sellers at my local farmer's market. I'm now committed to buying local honey. We even did a taste test in my house with store bought honey and the local honey. There was a world of difference. The local honey was delicious. The store bought - not so much.

In this issue (the magazine is published quarterly), there are quite a few articles that focus around the fact that God reveals himself through his creation, through the beauty of nature. The question is raised, are we hampering that revelation through the abuse of creation?

I find the articles and news in this magazine informative, thought provoking and challenging. Right now, I am slowly working my way through the Bible from an environmental perspective and journaling about what I'm finding. This magazine is helping me with that.

The first issue of Creation Care is free if you sign up on the website. Take a look. You might like what you see.
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Allison said...

It is funny that you bring this subject up. The earth is God's gift for us to take care of. I find if you are Christian and you pollute then you are not respecting the gift given to you. Sometimes I wonder if Christians realize this.

Robin Shreeves said...

Allison - I think more and more Christians, just like more and more people, are beginning to see the importance of caring for the earth. I also think that many Christians are starting to look at it as their responsibility.

One of the first environmental books I read was Tony Campolo's How to Rescue the Earth without Worshiping Creation. It was fabulous. It was written in 1992 (I think) and so much of what Tony talked about has come to light.

It was in reading his book that it really struck me about hampering creations ability to "declare the glory of God." It was kind of a turning point for me. I highly recommend the book.

Cheap Cookin Mama said...

Sounds like a great mag! I know it's a personal journal now, but I hope you might consider publishing what you find in your devotions:)