Resources for your Ministry: What about the Bees?

What about the Bees?

Sally HoltBy Dr. Sally Holt
Site Coordinator CBTS Tennessee




Sometimes, we are challenged when we work to apply biblical texts to contemporary ethical dilemmas.  What, for example, should one think about the decline of the bee population in the United States?  Researchers seem to point the finger at pesticide use as the cause of the bee decline with increasing regularity. But, the Bible doesn’t really mention pesticides.  What is a Christian to do in a case like this?  Is the use of pesticide a religious issue?

Some years ago I read a good book by Charles H. Cosgrove entitled Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate.  It’s a book I keep handy because it never fails to provide me with some helpful tools as I consider the ethical dilemmas I am faced with and how to use the Bible to assist me as I formulate and structure my own thinking.  It’s a book that I often share with students who have similar concerns.

Cosgrove offers some simple rules that one can apply to such situations.

If you are thinking about some ethical dilemmas and you are looking for some summer reading, I would recommend taking a look at Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate.  I hope you’ll find it useful, and don’t forget to think about the bees!


My Experience:

Carolyn Dugan

I started with Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 as a student in the MDiv program. I wasn’t sure then and I am still not sure now what God has planned for me. I have been transitioning from a career in science to a calling in ministry and the experiences, classes and personal relationships I have been a part of with CBTS have helped me in my Camping Ministry with ABC of WI as well as my work in my church as CE Director. I also commute an hour and a half one way to classes each weekend and I have been the recipient of some wonderful hospitality from fellow students. We truly are a community. I am excited to see what is in store and I know I have a great support team!