Saturday, March 20, 2010

Why I'm Celebrating Earth Day...

The current issue of "Assemblies of God Heritage" magazine (GPH 2010, pgs.16-26, 69) has a wonderful article on the Pentecostal origins of Earth Day.  You can download the article "John McConnell, Jr. and the Pentecostal Origins of Earth Day" as a pdf.  I recently visited with Darrin Rodgers (editor of Heritage magazine and Pentecostal historian) about this topic and thoroughly appreciated his recent article on it.  I think you'll be surprised by what you find.  This article is the reason I'll be celebrating Earth Day this year (on Sunday, March 21st)...thank you John McConnell, Jr.  Just one brief snippet to whet your appetite:
McConnell's purpose was to promote "a climate of peace and justice as a prerequisite for ecological preservation"...[as opposed to its now having become, at the hands of Senator Nelson,] a political protest against pollution.'
You can also watch a lengthy interview of John and Anna McConnell concerning Earth Day by Darrin here.

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Yes, but I just watched "2012"; doesn't sound like much hope for this pre-Millennial earth. Good thought, though. We should treat God's 'stuff' with respect. It shows what 'stuff' our heart is made of.
    Duane
    Shabbat Shalom

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  2. in addition, most evangelicals are still far too gnostic in their theology to appreciate the goodness of the earth and even their own bodies to appreciate Earth day.

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  3. Great thoughts guys (and I'm not too worried about 2012 Duane :-).

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