Propagation of “the gospel” is NOT something APART from Earth-keeping

A particularly troubling portion of a comment in a thread under one of my posts in a Facebook group (“The New Methodists”): “we must care for the planet, and yet our priority is the propagation of the gospel of Jesus” This is the problem with the above: We see in that brief sentence fragment a very disjointed, disengaged notion (from Continue Reading

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Gnostic heresy is earth killing

The Ecological Crisis represents what is the most direct assault and consequence of the disengagement from life of the gnostic heresy. To segregate salvation and spirituality into some “internal” transaction is a false move and a distortion of the gospel of Jesus. For sure, there are things happening “within us” as we engage the world from within The Kingdom of Continue Reading

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The 90’s “challenge” of the Internet and the “New” challenge of the Ecological Crisis

Back in 1990-91, I was in the M.A. in Religious Communications program at United Theological Seminary. It was a strategic time for Communications in that it was the dawn of the age of the Personal Computer and The Internet. I finished up that program with an eye toward the role of the Internet in extending the reach of the Church, Continue Reading

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Business as Usual is TERRIBLE business!

The cries of “alarmists” from deniers are going to be reaching new heights, as the realities close in around us, and people who are paying attention are sounding the alarms. What is the church to be saying in times like these? We have a colossal task for pastoral care to aid us in our ability to “cope” with the “Tough Continue Reading

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The Principalities and Powers are finding expression IN the Trump administration

This article appeared today, on a day when the forces represented by Franklin Graham and the likes of Jerry Falwell, Jr., are calling on the people of God to “pray for the President” that he might be strengthened against his “enemies” (many of those being people rising up in defense of Creation). It’s highly ironic that Graham quotes this bit Continue Reading

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Global warming may be twice as bad as previously expected

This was posted to a blog 10 years ago, and I ran across it in McKibben’s Eaarth ( footnote 69, p. 27) , which I am re-reading. Couldn’t find it anywhere else (even on USA Today website). https://environmentalsupport.blogspot.com/2009/06/global-warming-may-be-twice-as-bad-as.html Global warming may be twice as bad as previously expected Global warming will be twice as severe as previous estimates indicate, according Continue Reading

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Learning an “Eco Lingo”; how do we become fluent in EcoTheology?

For almost 5 years, I’ve noticed a distinct lack of “comfort” in being able to respond to news such as the Ecological Crisis. The list of other issues that Progressives are very willing to discuss (and I am also), racism, immigration, abortion, Islamaphobia, War and Peace, The Christian Right’s capitulation to the American Empire…all of these things are undoubtedly urgent Continue Reading

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Watching our language in reference to the Ecological Crisis

My friend Tim Gossett tagged me yesterday re: an article in the Guardian on “language usage about the environment”with this:“You have some new phases to add to your vocabulary, Dale Lature “ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment I replied, which resulted in several comments , which I will post this morning as comments (as often happens in comments as people interact with me on Continue Reading

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The deeper recession

A brief but still scary enough summary of the previous much longer quote: “most of the time we measure economic fluctuations in ticks of decimal points—2.9 this year, 2.7 that. What climate change proposes is an economic setback of an entirely different category.” Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth (p. 118). Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition.

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On “Alarmism”

One of the most frequent push-backs I get from Christians is that I need to be more “positive and hopeful”; to suggest more things that individuals can do. ( I got this from a denominational news person when I was suggesting that they cover an upcoming local Earth Care conference hosted by a large church of their denomination. They implied Continue Reading

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