Rev. Jim Ball's award winning book Global Warming and the Risen LORD: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change starts a new conversation on climate change and Christian discipleship. We have a number of resources to help you get started. Check over to the right for the Author's Podcasts page and links to our facebook site, resources page, and much more.
Global Warming and the Risen LORD moves beyond the old debates about climate change to a new conversation focusing on the tremendous opportunities there are and the biblical and spiritual resources wehave been given to meet this threat. A major focus of the book is the deep biblical basis for our engagement with global warming. Filled with inspirational stories and sobering scientific research, Rev. Ball shows us that global warming is one of the major challenges of our time, but one that can be overcome by following the Risen LORD.
The book has recently been recognized by Hearts and Minds as one of the Best Books of 2010 in the category of social engagement.
"I was delighted to meet Jim Ball and discuss with him and others the Bible's message about God's care for the whole creation, and our part in that great work. Jim has taken a courageous stand in explaining and exploring the way in which the current crisis of a changing climate has to be taken seriously by all Christians who live under God's word. I am delighted to see this book as one further step along a transformative road."
Bishop Tom Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews
"Addressing energy security is essential for maintaining the well-being of our families and nation. In his book my friend Jim Ball discusses how we can make that happen by focusing on clean sources of energy. Highly recommended."
Roberta Combs, President, Christian Coalition of America
"My friend Rev. Jim Ball has written an important new book that explores the connection between solving the climate crisis and evangelical Christianity."
The Honorable Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States
"My friend Jim Ball has been at the forefront of climate change for nearly two decades, helping to show Christians the way, especially in the area of climate policy. And now he has added to that a book also filled with biblical and spiritual resources to help encourage and sustain us as we fight the good fight. Global warming is a huge challenge, but Jim reminds us that it is the Risen LORD in whom we put our hope. Essential biblical analysis for a troubled planet. An extraordinary accomplishment!"
The Rev. Richard Cizik, President and Founder, The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
"For me, fighting to overcome global warmingis about people I've met like Srey from Cambodia or Mutinta of Malawi desperately trying to feed their families. Jim's book tells the stories of many such people and connects them to our story with the Risen Lord. He helps us understand that through the power of the resurrection we can overcome global warming. Inspiring and hopeful!"
The Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Welseyan Church
"Rev. Ball helps us see the tremendous impact climate change will have on the world's poor, and as such it is something all Christians must respond to. But the book's most important contribution is helping us understand the incredible spiritual resources our faith in Christ provides as we work to overcome this challenge."
Bishop George McKinney, Founder and Pastor, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Church of God in Christ
"Jim Ball proves once again in this book why he is such an important and prophetic voice that challenges Christians to live up to their calling to steward the earth and to care for the poor. As part of an organization that focuses on ministering to the poorest of the poor around the world, I am thankful for this provocative work which clearly reminds us of our responsibilities in this area as well aspointing us toward the One who is both Creator and Redeemer. I recommend this book to all who want to be called to a higher realm of creation care."
Dave Evans, President, Food for the Hungry
"As Jim's book ably summarizes, the science is clear and compelling that climate change is a profound challenge that must be met. But the challenge is not only scientific, it is also moral and spiritual. The voices of religious leaders need to be heard. Exercising faith can bring guidance, hope and inspiration. All three can be found in Global Warming and the Risen LORD."
Sir John Houghton, Former Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Scientific Assessment
"Jim's book displays his passion for protecting the poor and vulnerable and provides a clarion call for Christians to do so by walking faithfully with the Risen LORD as He leads the way in overcoming global warming. The third part of the book offers a rich description of what actions can be taken to meet this challenge."
Dr. Ron Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
"Jim Ball gives a unique Resurrection perspective on climate change. His Christ-centred critique brings challenge and hope in equal measure. I admire his work because like William Wilberforce his values and his activism are biblically based. When the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth? Yes, if people take Jim's message seriously."
The Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool
"For too many of us, the issue of global warming is an unknown topic. Yet it haunts our future, a time when our grandchildren are likely to ask why so many of us chose to remain uninformed and silent. Jim Ball has done an excellent job of introducing us to global warming issues and why this is such a biblical, a thoroughly theological matter."
The Rev. Gordon MacDonald, author and speaker
"As along time leader for creation care, Jim Ball is one of our most important religious voices on climate change. Jim's book provides both challenge and encouragement for this fight, and reminds us that climate change is the single greatest threat facing wildlife today."
Larry J. Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
"In leading a global Christian health ministry I have come to understand how deeply degraded environments affect the health of people living in the world's poorest communities. Dirty water, dirty air, eroded soils, deforestation and more add much to the burdens of poverty they face. It is clear that climate change is another real threat to people who cannot bear any more. Jim Ball opened my eyes to the fact that whatever the impacts of climate change, they will hit the poorest the hardest. We should not stand for that. No one has done more to awaken American Christians to the reality of global climate change than Jim. His new book is the next step in bringing his prophetic voice to this issue. We all should read it."
Michael J. Nyenhuis, President/CEO,MAP International
"We are grateful that in recent years there have been an outpouring of fine, Christian scholarship---Biblical, theological, and scientific---about creation care and stewardship of God's world. Some are very, very good. With the horrors in the Gulf this year, and the ongoing debates about climate change (and the publication of Eaarth by Bill McKibben last year) the need for such resources remains stronger than ever. How to pick out one for a special award?
Well, I am happy to announce that Global Warming and the Risen LORD deserves the honor for several reasons, with layers of merit and notability. Firstly, it is well written, by a first-class Christian leader; Rev. Dr. Jim Ball has been at this a long time and we have admired him for decades in his faithful, progressive leadership among evangelicals, especially. He is creative, well informed, energetic, and full of God's good vision of hope. He has studied this topic for decades, used to work for the Union of Concerned Scientists, has been interviewed or listed as a viable leader in places such as Time, Newsweek, ABC's Good Morning America and even Rolling Stone, and has testified before the U.S. Senate. And he is always clear about his faith. (As an aside, mainline denominational publishers have, true to form, also published serious contributions to the on-going theological conversation about creation, ethics and sustainability. I have found them, almost without fail, to be theologically bizarre, obscure, scholastic, over-priced and largely useless in the serious struggle to mobilize church folks to become active in efforts at lifestyle and policy change of our deadly industrial culture. Kudos to guys like Ball who speak plainly, faithfully, with orthodox doctrine and vibrant piety.) Global Warming and the Risen Lord has a handsome design on the inside with some striking b/w photographs and a couple of other lovely graphic touches. The endorsements from a wide array of esteemed church and world leaders illustrate the book's credibility---from N.T. Wright in England to Gordon MacDonald in New England, from Sir John Houghton (a former Chair of an Intergovernmental Scientific Panel) to Larry Schweiger the President and CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation.
I like the quote from Ron Sider, who notes that 'Jim's book displays his passion for protecting the poor and vulnerable and provides a clarion call for Christians to do so by walking faithfully with the Risen Lord as He leads the way in overcoming global warming.' And that is yet another beautiful and innovative contribution to this Biblically-based spirituality of creation-care: it emphasizes the risen Christ! If Jesus has indeed risen from the dead, and reigns, then this truth has huge and important implications for the way in which we work on this issue. Three green cheers for this important book (and the way Russell Media helped get it printed in an environmentally sound manner, partnering with "Plant with a Purpose.") Local pal, United Methodist clergyman (and former coal industry man) Mitch Hescox, President of EEN, has a nice afterward."
-- award citation by Hearts & Minds in choosing GW&RL as one of the Best Books of 2010
"A gripping center point in this book is the statement 'Overcoming global warming is a spiritual challenge.' Such a statement is rare in most conversations about climate change and environmental degradation. Skeptics in society -- as well as in the evangelical Christian community -- often dismiss the evidence of global warming and overlook the idea that the condition of the soul is at the core of the cause and thinking about the issue. Jim Ball tackles this concept head-on in his writing." (Click here for the full review.)
-- from the review by Luke Gascho, Mennonite Creation Care Network website
"I am truly astounded by how much has been put into this book. It is packed solid with the most accurate scientific information, true stories, and Scripture - yet it's very easy to read. I can't say it's not challenging, but I really couldn't put it down! I'm sure that you will be able to find the time in your busy life to read it as well, and will come back to it many times. I felt like I was literally taking a journey around the world and the Lord was holding my hand the whole time. I believe that's because He was at all these places and He sees what's going on. He knows all the people we meet and the places that are described. He also has a plan as ever, and that's where we come in."
-- Brittany Bennett, college student, from her Amazon review
by David R. Clements
Global Warming and the Risen Lord is the culmination of two decades of work by Jim Ball focusing on creation care, and frequently specializing on a Christian response to the threat of global warming. Ball was challenged by a fellow graduate student to consider the value of a Christian perspective on the environment in 1990, then went on to do his PhD on theological ethics, writing a primer for Christians on global warming in the process. Few read it, and meanwhile the threat of global warming initially fell on deaf ears throughout much of Christendom. Through his involvement in the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), Jim has done much to raise the profile of the issue in Christian circles. His best-known contribution was the "What Would Jesus Drive?" campaign which he conceived in 2002. This was followed by the launching of the Evangelical Climate Initiative in 2006, which also garnered widespread media attention. Now with this book, Ball makes available an in-depth resource for readers seeking to see how Christian faith might best be incorporated into this complex and far-reaching issue of our time.
For the full review click here.