Creation Groaning: Down to Earth Gospel

Speaker(s): Bob Ekblad, Dave Bookless, Ghillean Prance, Gordon Fee, Loren Wilkinson
Date: Nov. 14, 2003
Length: 6:25:50
Product ID: RGDL3342S

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This conference investigates what it means to be both broken people living in a groaning world and God's image bearers in his good creation. In his two keynote lectures, Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance addresses the reality of a groaning creation along with the biblical hope underlying a Christian response to the environmental crisis. Gordon Fee and Bob Ekblad biblically frame the discussion by exegeting two key passages, Romans 8 and Genesis 2 & 3 respectively. Loren Wilkinson grapples with God's deep and profound love for all of creation and the implications of this love for both humanity and the rest of creation. Finally, Dave Bookless speaks on how we can work in the midst of suffering people and a groaning creation to practically incarnate this hope. Lectures include:

  • Creation Groans - Sir Ghillean Prance
  • Finding Our Way Back to Eden - Bob Ekblad
  • Cosmic Pain of Redemption - Gordon Fee
  • The Triune God and the Way of Love - Loren Wilkinson
  • Fragile Clay Jars in a Pre-Packaged World - Dave Bookless
  • There is Still Hope - Sir Ghillean Prance

See All Audio by Bob Ekblad Dave Bookless Ghillean Prance Gordon Fee Loren Wilkinson

Robert Ekblad is Founder and Director of Tierra Nueva del Norte in Burlington, Washington, USA, with his wife, Gracie. He is also Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Lecturer in Missiology and Old Testament at Westminster Theological Center in Cheltenham, UK, and Sessional Lecturer of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at Regent College. He also serves as Chaplain for the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon, Washington. He is author of A New Christian Manifesto: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God and Reading the Bible with the Damned.

Dave Bookless is Director of Theology at A Rocha. He is author of Planetwise: Dare to Care for God's World and God Doesn't Do Waste.

Sir Ghillean Prance (born 13 July 1937) is a prominent British botanist and ecologist.nnHe has published extensively on the taxonomy of families such as Chrysobalanaceae and Lecythidaceae, but he perhaps drew more attention in documenting the pollination ecology of Victoria amazonica. The foremost public office he held was as director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1988-1999). He was knighted in 1995. Since his retirement he has remained very active, notably involving himself with the Eden project. Prance, a devout Christian, is currently the president of Christians in Science.

Gordon D. Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Regent College. Previously he taught at Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as the general editor of the New International Commentary series, as well as on the NIV revision committee that produced the TNIV. He is the author of commentaries on 1 Corinthians, Philippians and the Pastoral Epistles, as well as books on exegesis, hermeneutics and the Holy Spirit.

Loren E. Wilkinson is retired as Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Philosophy at Regent College. Previously he served as Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific College and Fellow at the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. He is editor of Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation, and co-wrote Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard with his wife, Mary Ruth.

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