Dr Soderling is an MD with an MBA in International Development. After serving 11 years in Central America he returned to the US to lead the Center for Health in Mission, which seeks to see people from all nations living lives of health and wholeness. He and his wife, Chris, live and serve with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) and William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA. Their daughter, Leah, attends Judson Int School on the WCIU campus. Mike is also co-catalyst for the Lausanne Health in Mission Issue Network. The Centre for Health in Mission manages the Christian Journal for Global Health (for which Mike is Associate Editor for Missions) and stewards the Best Practices in Global Health initiative.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Mike Spoke at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference and we had the privilege to interview him.
Environmental, Ethnic and Economic Justice, A 21st Century Prophetic Intersection - Podcast with Scott Bessenecker
Today we will be sharing a shorter talk from Scott Bessenecker, Director of Mission for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, looking at the intersection of environmental justice with economic and ethnic justice.
Scott originally joined InterVarsity staff a year after graduating college in 1985, and his love grew for the poor and for mobilizing university students. Following that passion, he is now Director of Mission for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and each year he helps to mobilize thousands of students to domestic and international mission. He is the author of a number of books, including The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor and Overturning Tables: Freeing Missions from the Christian Industrial Complex.
We think Scott brings a really helpful perspective as he makes it clear that environmental crises are often just one aspect of a complex and broken set of systems. But he also draws from a beautiful biblical picture of what it looks like for God's kingdom to be expressed, which gives us true hope for God's redemptive purposes that we get to participate in.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Scott Bessenecker gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Our podcast this time features a talk from Peter Harris. He says he was born with a great love for nature, and a fascination with birds in particular. Following this ingrained concern for the environment, he co-founded A Rocha in 1983 when he and his wife Miranda moved with their family to establish a field study center and bird observatory in Portugal. In 1995 the work was given over to national leadership and they moved to France where together with national colleagues they oversaw the establishment of two other centers, while traveling to resource the growing global movement of Christians active in nature conservation. A Rocha field projects are now operational in twenty countries worldwide, each looking for creative and collaborative ways to engage in nature conservation out of love for God and His good creation.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Peter Harris gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Lowell Bliss is the director of Eden Vigil, an environmental missions organization which seeks to combine church planting with creation care particularly among least-reached people groups. He and his wife Robynn, a proud Canadian, were church-planting missionaries with Christar in India and Pakistan for fourteen years.
The Book Lowell mentions in his talk, People, Trees, and Poverty, can be found at WilliamCarey.com. He also is the author of Environmental Missions, Planting Churches and Trees can also be found there.
As Lowell shares in the talk we are about to listen to, it was in that context, alongside the polluted Ganges River, that he developed the conviction that he must be just as much an environmentalist as he is an evangelist. For him, sharing good news with people about Jesus Christ has to include good news for their bodies and the environment they live in.
As you listen to Lowell's story and his journey with God to reach the place he is now, trying to be fully committed to creation care AND frontier missions, reflect on how you're feeling. How would you respond in the circumstances he describes? Does his story give you a different perspective on caring for creation as an integral part of mission work to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ?
We want to give a little warning that his stories do get a little graphic. It is not inappropriate, but death, illness, and idols can be "PG13."
Steven Spicer and Paul Dzubinski host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Lowell Bliss gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She is the CEO of the consulting firm ATMOS Research and Consulting, helping organizations plan for ways that climate change might impact their industries. She was named in Time magazine's 2014 100 most influential people in the world list.
Her book, A Climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions, looks at the science and misconceptions around global warming. (you can watch her presentation of the book at Cornell University where she gives the Beggs Lecture on Science, Spirituality and Society in October 2012. The Q&A time is really worth your time.)
In 2012 she was named by Christianity today as one of 50 women to watch and named one of Foreign policy's 100 leading global thinkers
Through various avenues, such as her PBS show, "Global Weirding", she helps people see how the changing climate affects them and what they can actually do about it.
And as a Christian, she deeply cares about the ways that climate change impact the world, the poor, the unreached, and the ways that we try to share good news in a world where the environment itself is crying out for salvation.
Steven Spicer and Paul Dzubinski host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Dr. Katharine Hayhoe gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
We are excited to introduce you to the Creation Care Missions Podcast. This series comes from the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference we had in Pasadena. We are excited to bring to you the experts who combine gospel ministry, creation care, science and a deep passion for Jesus. Ed Brown is the focus of our first podcast. He talks about hope and joy in the face of the complex realities related to the gospel and the environment. Ed is the Director and CEO of Care of Creation, and also serves as Lausanne Catalyst for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement. He directs the work of Care of Creation in the US, Kenya, and Tanzania. He oversees the development of the global creation care network in partnership with the World Evangelical Alliance.
Steven Spicer and Paul Dzubinski host this first edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Click on "Read More" for the full text of talk that Dr. Brown gave at the conference.
Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades.
She works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI), a learning community with students across Latin America. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation), collaborates with Resonate Global Mission, and serves on the board of Arocha and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian Community with deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation. Ruth is committed to a gospel of reconciliation with God, people, and all of creation that is as holistic as it is thoughtful.
Steven Spicer and Paul Dzubinski host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Click on "Read More" below for the full text of talk that Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Frontier Ventures is pleased to host the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference in Pasadena, California on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, 2018
Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission is a 2-day event exploring the Gospel of the Kingdom at the intersection of environmental stewardship and ministry among the unreached peoples of the world. This event is designed to equip and inspire you in your environmental stewardship.
The gathering is for students, people concerned about the environment, practitioners of environmental stewardship, field missionaries, pastors, organizational leaders, and influencers.
Today, environmental crises and concerns are impacting the way we live in society and think about our future. Though environmental concerns have gained increasing prominence in mainstream politics and media in the West, these issues are global in nature and carry far reaching implications for all peoples. More than ever, the practical needs and the spiritual destinies of the world’s remaining unreached peoples are intersecting with environmental concerns—an opportunity to see God’s redemptive purposes fulfilled among those who need it most.
Creation care is not about political agendas or add-on activities to evangelical mission. The call to steward God’s creation is a complex and multifaceted one, pointing us toward a recapturing of our original mandate as stewards of creation—laboring with Christ over creation and over the souls living in it. Creation care can be the catalyst to release a powerful witness of God’s heart among the nations.
Bradley Holt, in his book Thirst for God, says, “it is the duty of Christians today to care for the earth and to integrate this care into their spirituality.” This reflects Psalm 104 when it says, “All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” And “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” (104:27-27; 33-34)
This spiritual responsibility we have when brought together with the realization that nations like India where the population of evangelicals is approximately 2.2% also have severe pollution issues. The newspaper The Hindu reported in January of this year that “India is among the bottom five countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018” and that deaths related to air pollution have “risen over the past decade and are estimated at 1,640,113 annually in India.”
The conference, Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission, will talk about the meeting of our spiritual responsibility and the environmental need at the borders of world Christianity. At the conference people will experience world-class key-note presentations from pioneers of environmental mission, thought leaders, and practitioners. Participate in interactive workshops and breakout sessions. Connect with real-world opportunities to get involved.
They will discover the Biblical basis of environmental mission and your role as a steward of God’s creation.
They will learn about the real-world practice of environmental missions and the incredible potential for impact that it’s already having.
They will gain practical tips on how you can begin stewarding creation in your local church, field of ministry, and at home.
Keynote speakers at the conference are:
Ed Brown, Director and CEO of Care of Creation, and Lausanne Catalyst for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement. Author, Our Father’s World and Heaven and Nature Sing.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Provost of the Centro de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios, leading voice globally on integral and urban ministry. She is co-author of Mission as Transformation
Katharine Hayhoe, Atmospheric Scientist and Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University, where she is Director of the Climate Science Center. Author, A Climate for Change.
Peter Harris, Co-founder A Rocha International, The A Rocha story is told in Peter’s first two books: Under the Bright Wings (Regent College Publishing, 2000), and Kingfisher’s Fire (Monarch, 2008).
Lowell Bliss, Director of Eden Vigil, and the author of Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees.
Frontier Ventures invites you to join then on April 6 and 7 in Pasadena for this incredible event. Please see the website they created for the conference www.CreationCareMissions.org for registration and further details.
Paul is the Director of Innovation at Frontier Ventures and is highly committed to the cause of Creation Care among the least reached people.