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Waiting Close to Home

As I write this, I’m sitting with Chrissy in Rex Women’s Hospital as we await the birth of our son, Thayer, who’s coming a little earlier than we had expected.  Due to some minor complications at Chrissy’s doctor appointment yesterday, the decision was made to induce labor early for the health of both mom and … Continued

Spirit of Justice Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Nationally, one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking at least once in their lifetime. As people of faith, we know that God’s heart is for healthy relationships and healing communities. Take time this month to learn more about the effects of domestic … Continued

Why Global Weirding Matters

Meet Dr. Katherine Hayhoe “Climate change is a human issue and affects everything that we care about,” says Dr. Hayhoe, theological evangelical Christian, Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy.  Her faith is central … Continued

Seeking Cicada’s

Cicadas are all the “buzz” these days.  You can hardly turn on the news or pick up a newspaper, magazine, or check out social media without being reminded that the cicadas are coming! The invasion will soon be upon us. At least, some of us. In central and eastern North Carolina, we usually hear the … Continued

The Importance of Trees

When my Utah grandson visited Raleigh a couple of years ago, he sat quietly in the back seat of the car looking all around as we drove away from the airport. We had gone a few miles down the road when, with amazement in his voice, he called out to me, ”Oma, it’s so green here. … Continued

Bradford Pears, Stinky Fish, and Butterflies

Do you currently have a tree in your yard or neighborhood producing scores of lovely white blossoms along with the unmistakable fragrance of rotting fish?  I am guessing you are the “lucky” owner of a Bradford pear tree. Loved by landscapers for many years, this invasive tree has become fairly common in North Carolina. Introduced … Continued

Oh, deer!

“All creatures of our God and King,  Lift up your voice and with us sing,  Alleluyah!”  “All Creatures of Our God and King” is an English Christian hymn by William Henry Draper, based on a poem by St. Francis of Assisi A few years ago, during a sunny and quiet teacher workday early in June, several instructors were … Continued

Environmental Action and Advocacy in North Carolina

You can’t save the world all by yourself.  Baptists have learned to work with other churches to combine our resources and minister to our communities and to others around the world more effectively. The same strategy must be applied to the sacred work of taking care of creation. As we approach the end of Earth … Continued

Celebrate Earth Day 2021

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1 Outdoor activities: Plan a scavenger hunt to do on your own or with friends and family. Take a hike/walk in a local park, stay close to home in your yard, or explore your neighborhood. Give each person a list of objects … Continued

Get Your Hands Dirty For Jesus

Want to get involved in gardening, but have very little time and space for planting? Herbs like mint, lemon balm, basil, thyme, and vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce, can all thrive in large flower pots on your porch, patio, or steps. Grape vines will climb your deck railing in a sunny corner. Figs are small, … Continued