Archive for the Environment Category

Below the Surface

Posted in Christianity, Church, Environment, Megachurch, Religion on July 27, 2008 by Scott

According to Debra Erickson, director of the Kerzner Marine Foundation, the U.S. spends around $18,700 per sq mile on our National Parks, while $400 per sq mile goes to the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Close to 99% of conservation dollars donated go to land causes, and 1% to oceans, although over 70% of the Earth is covered by oceans.

Leon Panetta, co-chair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, says, “The seas have risen, warmed, and acidified worldwide. Those changes, combined with overfishing, have caused 90% of our big fish to disappear. Nearly 90% of our wetlands, the nurseries for fish, have vanished due to development. The oceans are in crisis.”

You look at the surface, and it looks fine,” says Prof. Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Yet below the surface is a whole different story.”

Hmm…this is starting to sound familiar.

A lot of churches are spending a lot of time and resources on the surface – marketing and promotions to people in the door, donuts and coffee to keep them coming back, lighting and special effects to keep people entertained, etc…

Meanwhile, below the surface its a whole different story.

2008 Fearless Predictions Update

Posted in Christianity, Church, Environment, Faith, God, Megachurch, Politics, Religion with tags , on June 30, 2008 by Scott

We’re halfway through 2008, so we thought we take a look at the “fearless predictions” we made back in January.

Democrats will lose the Presidential election. The Republicans have a better machine and come crunch time they will crank it up and make the Democrats look foolish – again.

Still feeling pretty good about this one. Forget that the current Republican administration has dismal ratings. Like the Cubs, the Democrats will find a way to lose.

A megachurch will make headlines when they stop counting attendance and focus on quality over quantity.

We might have gone a little too far with this one as it doesn’t look like this is anywhere on the horizon – unless you count the Willow Creek Reveal Study. Probably just wishful thinking.

Evangelicals will splinter. Does anyone really believe that James Dobson, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, Pat Robertson, and Rick Warren are on the same page?

Think this isn’t happening? Read this story from last week on the splinter that Global Warming is causing among evangelicals. Here’s what the other half says.

Back to the basics” will be a common theme among churches. You’ll hear more preaching from the pulpit (that’s the stage for the megachurchers or microchurchers, or whatever you’re calling yourself) on studying and learning scripture. The pages of Acts in your Bible will be worn out.

There is some evidence of this here. Lifechurch.tv’s “One Prayer” was an effort to breakdown the denominationalism that has controlled our churches for decades and get “back to the basics” by joining together and creating real change.

Somewhere a Christian group will boycott something stupid that will make the rest of us look silly (okay, so this one isn’t really fearless).

Did someone say Fred Phelps?

The rest of the world will continue to develop methods to combat Global Climate Change and the United States will continue to consume resources as if they are infinite. Many Christians, believing the Republican Party is right on this issue, will continue to ignore that this is God’s Earth and we should treat it as such.

Alright…we take this one back. It wasn’t fearless after all.

Climate Initiative

Posted in Blogs, Christianity, Culture, Environment on March 15, 2008 by Scott

sbecilogo.jpgHave you heard of Johnathon Merritt? He was successful in getting the Southern Baptists to sign a document called the Southern Baptist Environment & Climate Initiative.

Yes it actually took an initiative for Baptists to recognize there are serious issues with the earth…much like it took the Emancipation Proclamation to help end slavery, because if it’s not documented, it doesn’t count.

And this issue is actually dividing older Christians and younger Christians…the climate not slavery.

I heard a well-known opponent of the Initiative say this is the Global Warming Agenda (yes it has one…everyone does) and it supports things like Gay Marriage because homosexuals can’t procreate and thus fewer humans will be on earth, and then things like abortion for the obvious reasons.

The days may have past when initiative was something you had, not something you signed or launched.

Fearless Predictions for 2008

Posted in Christianity, Church, Environment, Megachurch, Religion on January 7, 2008 by Scott

2008.jpgSeems like everyone else is doing a retrospective of 2007, so we thought we’d look forward.

Here are the Floating Axhead fearless predictions for 2008:

  • Democrats will lose the Presidential election. The Republicans have a better machine and come crunch time they will crank it up and make the Democrats look foolish – again.
  • A megachurch will make headlines when they stop counting attendance and focus on quality over quantity.
  • Evangelicals will splinter. Does anyone really believe that James Dobson, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, Pat Robertson, and Rick Warren are on the same page?
  • Back to the basics” will be a common theme among churches. You’ll hear more preaching from the pulpit (that’s the stage for the megachurchers or microchurchers, or whatever you’re calling yourself) on studying and learning scripture. The pages of Acts in your Bible will be worn out.
  • Somewhere a Christian group will boycott something stupid that will make the rest of us look silly (okay, so this one isn’t really fearless).
  • The rest of the world will continue to develop methods to combat Global Climate Change and the United States will continue to consume resources as if they are infinite. Many Christians, believing the Republican Party is right on this issue, will continue to ignore that this is God’s Earth and we should treat it as such.

Do you agree or disagree?  What do you foresee in 2008?

Purpose Driven President

Posted in Christianity, Culture, Environment, Leadership, Megachurch, Politics, Religion on December 7, 2007 by Scott

warrenclinton.jpegThinkerup has a post on Hillary Clinton speaking at Saddleback Church…this is Rick Warren’s church…you know, the next Billy Graham. It was represented that all the candidates were invited but only Hillary cleared her calendar to speak.

What do you think? Has the new crowned leader of the Evangelical movement crossed over by inviting politicians to speak in this venue? Or is he seeking to educate his evangelical base on the issues and the people behind them. Is this is a dilemma for the “Church” or is this simply a pastor using his building for a cause for which he is passionate?

Is this messed up or legit?

Is 7 Your Lucky Number?

Posted in Atheism, Community, Environment, God on July 9, 2007 by Scott

al_gore_1.jpgDid you know 7 is the most referenced number in scripture?

That has nothing to do with this post other than it happened on 7-7-7 and millions got married hoping for good luck and we had a charity event for the earth…and we didn’t even know she was short of cash.

Live Earth announced that its Johannesburg event had much less turn-out than expected due to snow the previous day. Although global warming is a ridiculous name that was meant to scare people, the raw irony cracks us up that it snowed for the first time in 25 years in that region. We’re not sure if that’s funnier than Gore’s kid getting busted for drugs and doing 100mph in a Prius or not.

Anything Al Gore supports is difficult to embrace given he is so much of a fraud but our world and its stewardship is an incredibly important issue. Another irony is that we have those who for the most part do not embrace God’s truth being more responsible in taking care of his creation and we have his proclaimed followers assuming on the abundant grace of his creation and not giving a flip.

It just seems the world is upside down when atheists guard creation more than we do; when Las Vegas and pastors equally prostitute themselves for a lucky date; and when church was a rerun.

Perhaps it’s not irony…perhaps it’s Christ using the ordinary and sinful while those “close” to him, stand by and watch.

Red Church, Blue Church

Posted in Church, Environment, Megachurch, Politics on June 7, 2007 by Scott

Much is made of the political stance of the evangelical right, but it appears as if we are seeing a shift in values.  Evangelicals can no longer be counted on to be squarely in the corner of Republicans.

Not too long ago, some well known evangelical leaders signed-on to the Evangelical Climate Initiative, clearly a “left” issue.  Those who signed-on include Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Community Church and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and the author of a Purpose Drive Life. This drew a quick and negative response from the late Jerry Falwell who believe Global Warming is a hoax.

The Wall Street Journal recently featured on article on this shift (thanks for Scott Hodge for pointing out the article).

“The death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell last week highlighted the fact that many of the movement’s fiery old guard who helped lead conservative Christians into the embrace of the Republican Party are aging and slowly receding from the scene.”

“…the new breed of evangelical leaders — often to the dismay of those who came before them — are more likely to speak out about more liberal causes like AIDS, Darfur, poverty and global warming than controversial social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.”  Read the rest here.

It will be interesting to see how this continues to play out over the next year.  Will evangelicals fall back in-line to the right, or will we see a shift toward the middle and left?