A majority of pastors doubt the existence of manmade global warming, according to a new study from LifeWay Research, yet most churches have some type of recycling program in place.
Researchers surveyed 1,000 Protestant pastors in October 2012 and found that just 43 percent of them agreed with the statement: "I believe global warming is real and manmade." But while a majority (54 percent) of ministers did not agree with the statement, 63 percent said their church has a recycling program and 45 percent said their church has made tangible steps toward reducing its carbon footprint.
"'Saving the world' may mean different things to an environmentalist than to a pastor," Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement on the organization's website. "Yet many churches are actively engaged in proclaiming spiritual salvation at the same time they are being environmentally conscious and engaged in creation care." more >>
As tornado season begins in the United States, a major Christian humanitarian organization is providing families with a downloadable guide about disaster preparation.
Operation Blessing International announced Monday that they would be providing a free booklet known as the "7-Day Family Disaster Planning Guide."
"Historically, March marks the beginning of the peak tornado season in the USA. However, due to much colder temperatures than normal this winter, there were only 17 tornadoes in the month of March, the lowest in 35 years," says OBI. more >>
With one decision, policymakers in Washington could grow our economy by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. The question before them: whether to continue blocking the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The United States is experiencing an energy boom. Because of improved technology, vast reserves of natural gas once inaccessible are becoming available. The same is true of oil.
Yet there is a fundamental difference between the market for gas and the market for oil. Oil is a truly global market: a barrel of crude costs about the same throughout the world. Natural gas, however, is local, and prices vary according to local supply. The only way to export gas overseas is to liquefy it first. more >>
World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, has been working for nearly three decades to bring clean water to the most remote areas of the world, and with the invention of a manual, smaller plastic pump, the relief organization is hoping to expand its clean water outreach even farther.
The pump, according to Randy Strash, World Vision's water, sanitation, and hygiene strategist, consists of a small, plastic PVC pipe and PVC fittings which costs only $25 to assemble, compared to $700 to $800 for standard stainless steel pumps previously used in many parts of the world.
Although the pump's plastic composition seems flimsy, it will actually last five to seven years without any need for maintenance, according to Strash. more >>
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of the 15,000-member Northland church in Florida, has released a new documentary titled "Our Father's World," where he reminds Christians that God made people stewards, not owners of the planet, and that environmental issues are Christian issues.
"Scientific evidence now is very much backing up the Scriptural mandate that we need to take care of this Earth. All of the credible scientific organizations of the world are showing the degree to which the environment is being harmed by our pollution, by the disobedience to the first commandment that He (God) gave us," Hunter says.
The 26-minute long documentary is available for viewing and download free online, and includes interviews with leading evangelical scholars, including Bill and Lynne Hybels, Tony Campolo, James Merritt and Mark Liederbach. more >>
The federal government's programs designed to spur the creation of more plant-based ethanol for America's fuel supply has been bad for the environment, according to a new study.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America points to some unintended negative consequences of government ethanol programs.
In the report, called "Recent land use change in the Western Corn Belt threatens grasslands and wetlands," Christopher K. Wright and Michael C. Wimberly, of the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University, found that more than 1.3 million acres of grassland have been lost from 2006 to 2011 in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. more >>