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!

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Alexandra Mueller


I’m from Overland Park and in my last year of the Masters of Divinity Foundations program. I have appreciated that Central is concerned with us as whole people and is purposeful in equipping us as ethical, caring, conscientious and knowledgeable pastors. The courses have been academically rigorous, but also have required us to put our hearts and actions under a microscope. Being in classes with people from such diverse denominations, theological viewpoints, cultures and life experiences has also deepened and enriched the experience. Central has been a place of learning, training and stretching, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time here.

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