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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Patricia Hernandez


Building bridges, bringing diverse people together to become the body of Christ is my vocation.

I am a bridge builder who reaches across theological, geographical, and cultural divides to relate to people and pastors in many different kinds of situations, always bringing people closer to each other and closer to God. I am someone who listens deeply and responds out of a recognition of God’s giftedness in each and every person before me. I am someone who cares widely and looks for ways to be attentive to God’s ever-abundant grace in our midst.

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