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Distinguished Lecturer Series: Nature in the New Creation

Date Friday, October 5, 2018
Noon - 1:30 p.m. PT
Friday, October 5, 2018
7 - 9 p.m. PT
Location Bethel Seminary San Diego Chapel
Instructions for GuestsGet directions to Bethel Seminary San Diego Chapel at 6116 Arosa Street, San Diego, CA 92115. There is plenty of parking in the church lot across the street from the seminary.
CostLunch is $10/person ($5 for students). Evening event is free. Both require registration.
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SponsorsBethel Seminary San Diego

Event Description

While contemporary debates about the environment are frequently polarizing, even among Christians, the Bible itself speaks often of creation, values it, and looks ahead to its "new creation." Join us to learn from Dr. Douglas Moo about how our churches can think about, and respond to, creation care issues in light of current environmental debates.

Lunch Discussion: "Creation Care and the Ministry of the Church"

Many evangelical churches have thus far been hesitant to incorporate any "creation care" focus in their ministries. Given the passionate and divisive debate over so-called environmentalism, prudent pastors are often--understandably!--reluctant to risk such an emphasis. Nevertheless, creation care, rightly defined, is a biblical mandate that can enhance evangelism and should become part of every church's preaching, teaching, and ministry.

Evening Lecture:  "Nature in the New Creation"

Most Christians' vision of what God has planned for the future focuses on his judgment of unbelievers and ultimate redemption of believers, a redemption that often is conceived exclusively in terms of an eternal "heavenly" destiny. Instead, it will be argued that the created world has been a central part of God's redemptive plan from the beginning, that the New Testament carries on this concern, and that the ultimate fate of this earth is not destruction but radical renovation. Such a vision of the end times should provide additional encouragement to God's people to be committed in the present time to care for God's good and enduring creation.

About the Speaker

Douglas J. Moo is the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He has taught at Wheaton since 2000, after teaching for 23 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Doug is also the chair of the Committee on Bible Translation, the independent body of scholars that oversees the New International Version. He has been on the committee since 1996 and chair since 2005. He has written or co-written 15 books, including several commentaries on Pauline letters. His most recent work is Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World (with Jonathan Moo, 2018).


Contact Mitchell Campbell at mitchell-campbell@bethel.edu or 619.325.5227.


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