Nathan Miller from Christ Community Church in Olathe, Kansas does a series on the church blog about the topic of nature and one’s soul. In the past I have posed the question why don’t evangelical Christians discuss the environment? These individual blog posts helps to fill a much needed gap.
“I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.”
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.“
Martin Luther King Jr.
Psalm 24:1-2 ESV
Yosemite Valley at dusk
A couple of years ago my family went to Glacier National Park in Montana. While there I was amazed by what I saw. Glacier is often believed to be the crown jewel in the national park service. While there observing the nature I was also struck by how the park was affected by climate change. What stuck with me is how the glaciers have retreated due to melting. Afterward I thought a lot about it. But one question stood out in my mind.
Why don’t evangelical Christians care for or discuss the environment?
Is it due to bad theology? Is it due to prosperity theology? Is it due to just not caring? Is it due to how a part of evangelicalism has married the faith with politics? Or for those who believe in the rapture does it lead them not to care because why care about being a shepherd of the earth if you are just going to be sucked into heaven? A lot of questions weighed on my mind. I wrote about the experience in, “Evangelicals and the Environment: Some Thoughts After Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana.” I have often wondered why don’t evangelicals discuss nature or the environment. Then I read something that I wanted to do as a brief post. Again we have to go back to an EFCA Church in the Kansas City area but look at a campus in Kansas.
The Kansas plains
Glacier National Park in Montana
Glacier National Park in Montana
Nathan Miller and Christ Community Church in Olathe, Kansas and a Series About Nature and Your Soul
Nathan Miller it appears is from the Kansas City area. According to my research he went to Blue Ridge Christian School. It then appears as if attended Moody Bible Institute and then picked up a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2005. Nathan then came to Christ Community Church where he was a pastoral resident. He was involved in launching the Olathe Plant in 2006 and served for 10 years as the campus pastor. In 2016 he joined the senior pastors team at Christ Community Church.
Recently Nathan Miller started to write a four part series about the subject of nature and one’s soul. In the series Nathan writes about how God created nature and how he made us for a garden. He also addressed as to how God lived here and functioned in nature and how much God appreciates nature. Nathan describes God as the “original tree hugger.” Nature also helps put people in their place. He also explores how nature gives us dignity and reminds us to who God is. I looked at most of what Nathan wrote and found the series quite pleasant. This aspect by Nathan Miller at Christ Community Church fills a void I would suggest that is sorely needed in evangelicalism. Evangelicals as I noted in my post from a couple of years back seldom discuss nature. Those who are engaged in politics and Christian nationalism criticize those who mention the environment and call them treehuggers who make nature an idol. As a person burned out and fried from evangelicalism I find that incredibly sad. Honestly what comes across to the world when atheists and secular humanists can appreciate nature and the environment more than evangelicals? I honesty would think that Christians would appreciate and be in awe with God’s creation. It can actually give credence to God if you consider it. Plus the view that Nathan writes strikes a middle ground which is absent today. So I hope those who read and follow the EFCA and modern evangelicalism can process and read this series from one of the senior pastors at Christ Community Church in Olathe, Kansas. This blog strongly recommends it. You can read the series below.
- “Ten Reasons Nature is Good for Your Soul.”
- “Ten Reasons Nature is Good for Your Soul.” (Part Two)
- “Ten Reasons Nature is Good for Your Soul.” (Part Three)
- “Ten Reasons Nature is Good for Your Soul.” (Part Four)