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Environmentalists have pleaded with Christian leaders to take up the challenge of caring for the environment. How should Christians respond to the environmental crisis? What does the Bible have to say about creation care and the responsibility of Christians? Edward Brown offers a biblical framework for creation care as well as practical steps that ordinary Christians can take to exercise good ecological stewardship. As a pioneering leader of the evangelical creation care movement, Brown provides a new model for "environmental missions," in which Christian organizations respond to ecological crises in ways that transform both the people and the land that sustains them. This book is filled with ideas that students, churches, mission agencies and all concerned Christians can implement at home and around the world.
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Edward R. Brown (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is founding director of Care of Creation, Inc., an environmental mission agency dedicated to mobilizing the church around the world to respond to the environmental crisis. An ordained minister, he grew up in Pakistan in a missionary family. He previously served as pastor of the Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, as InterVarsity Link administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as Chief Operating Officer for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.Review:
Brown's book is a valuable resource for lay people and church leaders. Don't miss it. (Sonia Urban, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2009)
Well-written and persuasive, Brown's book takes a hard look at the current crisis, but also expresses optimism that Christians can and will change the world. (Publisher's Weekly, March 3, 2008)
Gbriwn presents a theologically grounded, scientifically informed, faith community approach to caring for creation. (Sonia Urban, Youth Worker Journal, November/December 2008)
. . .the book's emphasis on the Church is a breath of fresh air in the stagnant, prevailing culture of individualism - a philosophy that has contributed greatly to the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves. (Chris Smith, Englewood Review of Books, July 25, 2008)
"Brown's elegant book brings to brilliant life the new Christian concern with the environment." (Henry L. Carrigan, ForeWord Magazine, May/June 2008)
"Brown is the Christian version of Al Gore. He shares with believers an inconvenient truth that we are sinners in need of redemption. Our Father's World deserves to be strongly considered by anyone who wants to join God in what He is doing in the earth." (C. E. Moore on The Christian Manifesto (thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com), April 24, 2008)
"Well-written and persuasive, Brown's book takes a hard look at the current crisis, but also expresses optimism that Christians can and will change the world." (Publishers Weekly, March 3, 2008)
"Ed Brown makes the case for why the church is the last, best hope for response to this defining issue of the twenty-first century. . . . Our Father's World is our clarion call." (From the foreword by Ed Johnson, President, Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies)
"Our Father's World offers a marvelous contribution to the evangelical creation care movement. The book is simultaneously intellectual and practical. The first half of the book offers a rather comprehensive recasting of core biblical theology themes in a remarkably accessible way. It shows the potential for mainstreaming creation care concerns into evangelical theology, which is crucial for the future of creation care among us. The second half of the book turns in a very practical direction, offering a thoughtful and thorough treatment of action steps for Christian care of creation. What I most appreciate about the book is Brown's recognition that ultimately the crisis in God's creation is a spiritual problem, a failure to live rightly before and with God and neighbor, and therefore it requires a profoundly spiritual solution. This means that the church, more than the state, holds the key to the human future. An excellent book." (David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, and President, Evangelicals for Human Rights)
"Our Father's World helps identify some of the most pressing moral questions of our age: Is there an environmental crisis? If there is, why should we care and what should we do about it? Turning to the living Bible for answers, Ed Brown helps church leaders become better stewards of God's creation. A valuable addition to the growing creation care movement, Our Father's World offers a message of hope and redemption: 'though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.'" (J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D., author of Serve God, Save the Planet, executive director, A Rocha USA)
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