“Let Creation Rejoice” – Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis by Jonathan Moo and Robert White.
This is a wonderful conversation written by a scientist, Robert White, and biblical scholar, Jonathan Moo. This collaboration of writers challenges us as Christians to study the facts and consider scripture calling us to be better stewards of God’s creation. It will open your eyes to our part in this story as consumers of the earth’s resources and how we are part of this environmental crisis. At the same time, it is a story of hope, faith and inspiration. It is knowing in our hearts that we are called to care for one another which includes caring for the environment in which we all live. Highly recommended read!
“Saying Yes to Life” by Ruth Valerio. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. This is the challenge set out in ‘Saying yes to life’: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2020, written by Tearfund’s Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing, Dr. Ruth Valerio. “Saying Yes to Life” draws on the days of creation (Genesis 1) to explore what it means for us to be made in the image of God and entrusted to look after what He has made. It features voices from around the world, prayers and discussion points to help you reflect over Lent. This book will encourage you to go deeper with God in the lead up to Easter. “Saying Yes to Life” lifts our focus from every day (and perfectly natural) concerns to issues that are impacting millions of lives around the world. As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what God has made – to share in the joy and creativity of God in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1 - 2.2) in relating themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. Foundational to Saying Yes to Life, are what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus (during Lent). Voices from other continents are heard throughout, and each chapter ends with discussion questions, a prayer, and specially commissioned art to aid action and contemplation. The book concludes with the call for ‘Resurrection Churches, Resurrection lives. This is the calling that is on us as we look at all that God has made and say Yes to Life. ‘Perfect for individuals and groups to think, reflect, pray and be challenged together.’ Justin Welby. Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, UK. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London, an honorary doctorate from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network.