Creation-Crisis Preaching

Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit


Author: Leah D. Schade

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827205414

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 9613

Creation-Crisis Preaching equips preachers and activists to stand at the crossroads of church and society where they can weave a prophetic and pastoral voice that speaks to the ecological crises of our time. The discipline of homiletics will be enriched and better equipped to speak to the contemporary questions of the ecological crisis by focusing on environmental justice issues, particularly those involving women and the issue of shale gas drilling (fracking). Pastors and activists will learn how to create messages that address environmental issues with forthrightness and imagination.

Preaching Creation

The Environment and the Pulpit


Author: John C. Holbert

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621891380

Category: Religion

Page: 120

View: 5894

The human race, along with the animals and plants that make up the creation of God, face a difficult future due to the multiple ways that the ecosystem on which they all depend is currently under stress. Temperatures are rising along with the oceans. Rain forests are falling along with the polar ice caps. Questions of the environment are now front and center in any catalog of concerns. Those who are called to preach need to include in the subjects of their sermons these environmental issues. Our Bible contains significant resources, often overlooked, as bases on which powerful environmental sermons can be preached. This book introduces the subject of preaching and the environment, offering close looks at important biblical passages that address the cosmos of God, and presenting sample sermons founded on those passages. The book calls for preachers both to name the vast problems we face and to offer the hope of the gospel of God to address them.


Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril


Author: Lisa E. Dahill,Jim B. Martin-Schramm

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498225462

Category: Religion

Page: 306

View: 1613

In 2017 Christians around the world will mark the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. In the midst of many appeals for reformation today, a growing number of theologians, scholars, and activists around the world believe Reformation celebrations in 2017 and beyond need to focus now on the urgent need for an Eco-Reformation. The rise of industrial, fossil fuel-driven capitalism and the explosive growth in human population endanger the fundamental planetary life-support systems on which life as we know it has evolved. The collective impact of human production, consumption, and reproduction is undermining the ecological systems that support human life on Earth. If human beings do not reform their relationship with God's creation, unspeakable suffering will befall many--especially the weakest and most vulnerable among all species. The conviction at the heart of this collection of essays is that a gospel call for ecological justice belongs at the heart of the five hundredth anniversary observance of the Reformation in 2017 and as a--if not the--central dimension of Christian conversion, faith, and practice into the foreseeable future. Like Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, this volume brings together critical biblical, pastoral, theological, historical, and ethical perspectives that constructively advance the vision of a socially and ecologically flourishing Earth.

Preaching Politics

Proclaiming Jesus in an Age of Money, Power, and Partisanship


Author: Clay Stauffer

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827231369

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3293

Religion, politics, and money. Three things you're never supposed to discuss in polite company. But what if you're a pastor? Forget red state/blue state divisions, what happens when your church members disagree about politics? In this age of prosperity preaching, how do you preach, "You cannot serve God and money?" Clay Stauffer addresses the challenges that preachers face when serving a politically diverse congregation in Preaching Politics. Money, materialism, and their effects on modern-day faith and spirituality are viewed through the teachings of Jesus, as well as the work of Methodist minister Adam Hamilton and Duke University ethicist Stanley Hauerwas.

Preaching the Women of the Old Testament

Who They Were and Why They Matter


Author: Lynn Japinga

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611647894

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 2546

Take an in-depth look at over twenty fierce, faithful, and strong women featured in the Old Testament with Preaching the Women of the Old Testament. Inside this unique resource author Lynn Japinga interprets the stories of various biblical women, including Eve, Rebekah, Dinah, Tamar, Miriam, Deborah, Jael, Abigail, Bathsheba, and Vashti. Along with providing an interpretation, Japinga demonstrates how the character's story has been read in Christian tradition and offers sermon ideas that connect contemporary issues to each story. This book is ideal for pastors who want to know more about the many women of the Old Testament and learn how to better incorporate them into their sermons.

Public Pulpits

Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life


Author: Steven M. Tipton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226804763

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

View: 7174

Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? Here, Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state. Documenting a wide range of reactions to two radically different events—the invasion of Iraq and the creation of the faith-based initiatives program—Tipton charts the new terrain of religious and moral argument under the Bush administration from Pat Robertson to Jim Wallis. He then turns to the case of the United Methodist Church, of which President Bush is a member, to uncover the twentieth-century history of their political advocacy, culminating in current threats to split the Church between liberal peace-and-justice activists and crusaders for evangelical renewal. Public Pulpits balances the firsthand drama of this internal account with a meditative exploration of the wider social impact that mainline churches have had in a time of diverging fortunes and diminished dreams of progress. An eminently fair-minded and ethically astute analysis of how churches keep moral issues alive in politics, Public Pulpits delves deep into mainline Protestant efforts to enlarge civic conscience and cast clearer light on the commonweal and offers a masterly overview of public religion in America.

Climate Church, Climate World

How People of Faith Must Work for Change


Author: Jim Antal

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538110709

Category: Religion

Page: 242

View: 5919

Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice. Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.


Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth


Author: Fletcher Harper

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1630884278

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 3409

God is calling us to live differently. The challenges we face are imminent. GreenFaith provides vision, inspiration, and practical tools to help you build your faith while inhabiting a creation that is at risk. With honesty and candor, Fletcher Harper shows that it takes belief and practice, science and faith to sustain us and our planet. The book gives concrete examples and tips that will help people of faith and worshiping communities engage in Earth care—in bold, life-giving ways. Each chapter has questions to guide personal study and group conversation. All bets are off if we go over the climate change cliff—a disaster greater than many Hurricane Sandys. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. While debated for years and despite some media reports to the contrary, the majority of people are ready to take action to avoid calamity. But what action is advisable or even possible? What can ordinary people do in the face of such staggering problems? Can or should faith communities play a part? Fletcher Harper shows how we can make a difference and make Earth a better world for all of us.

Soil and Sacrament

A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith


Author: Fred Bahnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451663307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1816

Recounts the author's experiences founding a faith-based community garden in rural North Carolina, and emphasizes how growing one's own food can help readers reconnect with the land and divine faith.

Preaching in the Era of Trump


Author: O. Wesley Allen

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827231504

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 782

Now more than ever, it's time to preach. The election of Donald Trump left countless faith leaders across the country speechless. Now that he is president, silence must give way to prophetic preaching. Christians have long debated whether politics should be addressed from the pulpit. Following Donald Trump's controversial, divisive rise to power and the sweeping changes his fledgling administration has already proposed, that's no longer a question -- political preaching will be the order of the day, even for pastors who try to steer clear of controversy. It's up to preachers to make the church great again by leading it to embrace and embody God's concern for those whose lives are at stake in a Trump administration. Veteran teacher, preacher, and author Wes Allen offers a blueprint for addressing current events through a Gospel lens, persuasively and pastorally-- without engaging in divisive, antagonistic rhetoric. Available in EPUB, EPDF, and paperback

Preaching at the Crossroads

How the World-And Our Preaching-Is Changing


Author: David J. Lose

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451452292

Category: Religion

Page: 124

View: 9100

The world is changing, and preaching needs to do the same. With that change, the notion of truth need not be surrendered in a postmodern age, but it must be approached differently. David Lose argues that preaching is a confession made openly for the hearers to embrace and engage in the midst of the real lived world they experience.

Prophetic Preaching

A Pastoral Approach


Author: Leonora Tubbs Tisdale

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9781611640977

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 1576

Where have all the prophets gone? And why do preachers seem to shy away from prophetic witness? Astute preacher Leonora Tisdale considers these vexing questions while providing guidance and encouragement to pastors who want to recommit themselves to the task of prophetic witness. With a keen sensitivity to pastoral contexts, Tisdale's work is full of helpful suggestions and examples to help pastors structure and preach prophetic sermons, considered by many to be one of the most difficult tasks pastors are called to undertake.

The Season of Creation

A Preaching Commentary


Author: Norman C. Habel,H. Paul Santmire

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 145141658X

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 3848

"As the global climate crisis worsens, many churches have sought to respond by instituting a movement to observe a liturgical season of creation. Scholars who have pioneered the connections between biblical scholarship, ecological theology, liturgy, and homiletics provide here a comprehensive resource for preaching and leading worship in this new season. Included are theological and practical introductions to observance of the season, biblical texts for its twelve Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, and astute commentary to help preachers and worship leaders guide their congregations into deeper connection with our imperiled planet"--Publisher description.

Green Church

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!


Author: Rebekah Simon-Peter

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426726333

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 5212

“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” -Genesis 1:31 Climate change is in the news. But what does it mean for Christians, and how can they help? Green Church answers these questions in ways that are both hopeful and engaging. Citing Scripture and science, Rebekah Simon-Peter weaves in personal stories of Sabbath, gardening, recycling, camping, and the power of faith. She challenges us to consider our role in the care of Creation and to help save the earth for future generations. For a webinar on how to use the Green Church family of products, visit Become a fan at

The Cosmic Circle

Jesus and Ecology


Author: Edward P. Echlin

Publisher: Columba Press (IE)

ISBN: 9781856074513

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 7171

In The Cosmic Circle Edward P. Echlin relates Jesus Christ to ecology. He looks at Jesus in his Nazareth years as craftsman and food grower, and his connection with the earth, ecology and the environment. He looks at Jesus' baptism in the Jordan and his effect on water and wilderness, the inclusion of the earth in his ministry, miracles and teaching, and the importance of the earth in his redemptive act. The book notes inclusion of the earth community in Jesus' suffering, and death on the cosmic cross, effecting the whole cosmos, and his resurrection 'filling all things'. 'The breadth and length and height and depth' (Eph. 3.18) of Jesus' love includes the earth. The author maintains that the risen Jesus is present, filling the earth today, inviting us to respond to the earth, to heal where earth is suffering and to be leading friends of the earth. Reintegration with the earth, in a mutually supportive relationship of humans with the earth community, is, according to Echlin, the defining issue of the twenty-first century. The book includes reading and other aids to assist Christians, and other concerned earth people, to relate to the earth community.

Bible and Ecology

Rediscovering the Community of Creation


Author: Richard Bauckham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781602583108

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 6523

A concise, engaging introduction to the Bible's ecological vision

The Body of God

An Ecological Theology


Author: Sallie McFague

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 274

View: 8922

A very distinctive and important new option for Christian theology. McFague proposes in a clear and challenging way a theological program based on what she calls 'the organic model' for conceiving God.

The Story of God, the Story of Us

Getting Lost and Found in the Bible


Author: Sean Gladding

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830868038

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 6509

"The ever present ache of exile rises above the comforting sounds of the river, as the image of the house of the LORD in ruins breaks the peace. . . . Despite the warmth of the fire, he feels a chill. He wraps his cloak around him and looks into the eager faces of his people, then closes his eyes. 'Picture this scene . . .'" Before the Bible was a book, it was flesh and blood. In this book, you can travel with Sean Gladding between the lines of the Scriptures to listen in on the conversations of people wrestling with the Story of God for the first time. Whether sitting around a campfire in Babylon, reclining at table in Asia Minor or huddled together by candlelight in Rome, you'll encounter a tale that is at once familiar and surprising. The Story of God, the Story of Us can be read alone but is especially rich shared with a group. Sean Gladding presents an account of the Bible that pays attention to its audience as well as its message. He introduces you to people who may remind you of yourself or your family, friends and coworkers. As much as the Bible is a story about God, it's also a story about you--and all of us--as we encounter God in a new way.



Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451688504

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 4761

From one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century, Ethics is the seminal reinterpretation of the role of Christianity in the modern, secularized world. The Christian does not live in a vacuum, says the author, but in a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. Hence, Christian ethics cannot exist in a vacuum; what the Christian needs, claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is concrete instruction in a concrete situation. Although the author died before completing his work, this book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics. The root and ground of Christian ethics, the author says, is the reality of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This reality is not manifest in the Church as distinct from the secular world; such a juxtaposition of two separate spheres, Bonhoeffer insists, is a denial of God’s having reconciled the whole world to himself in Christ. On the contrary, God’s commandment is to be found and known in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His commandment permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.