Walking Jesus into the Unreached Coffee Growing Communities of the World - A Podcast with Don Cox of Bald Guy Brew
Don Cox – Owner, Bald Guy Brew, Johnson City, Tennessee Area
From the time Don first saw someone roasting coffee outside in an open market, took a pound home and proceeded to burn it, filling the kitchen with smoke, he has been excited about coffee roasting. Over the course of many years, which took Don and his wife Shannon to various parts of Mexico, Pittsburgh, and eventually Boone, NC, they developed Bald Guy Brew. When arsonists burnt down the business in 2016, their focus turned to training and using coffee as a platform for making a difference in the world. Coffee roasting is not just about the coffee: it's about the people who enjoy it together, the people who grow it, and the places where they live.
Don's story and ways of thinking about coffee open up conversation for us to think about the ways we consume, the ways we do business, and how our lives can be intentionally lived in ways that bless the unreached and the poor. He shows some of the connections between land, people, and the global supply chains that connect us all.
As you listen be thinking about ways you can live intentionally to bless the people and the lands of the world. To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Don Cox gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Brad Smith is a licensed psychologist and founding Director of Belhaven University's Institute for International Care and Counsel. Brad's focus is on mobilizing, training, and networking resources for global mental health and trauma needs especially among the poor. As the Lausanne Catalyst for Global Mental Health and Trauma, he desires to see the church respond to care for mental health as an essential part of mission.
So what brings Brad as a psychologist to care about the environment? He sees the environment as intricately connected with how people hope or despair, how they think about the future, or about their identities as a people. To care for the whole person we need to care for their environment.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Brad Smith gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Chris Elisara is a visionary educator dedicated to raising up Christian environmental leaders. Chris is clearly motivated to help churches engage in caring for God's creation. He and his wife Tricia founded the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) and the Center for Environmental Leadership, which now partner with over 30 Christian colleges and universities in the U.S. The program equips and helps Christian communities and leaders to act on their creation care convictions.
In this podcast Chris talks about the massive growth in the world of urbanization. The reality is that if cities do not plan for this expansion then poverty and slums are the result. That in turn impacts the environment and people's lives. Chris addresses how Christians caring for Creation impact all of this and how we can be the incarnation of Jesus in this inevitable future.
Paul Dzubinski and Steven Spicer host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Below is the full text of talk that Chris Elisara gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
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.
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.