Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

Resources

Faith Resources

The amount of resources for learning about God’s love for all of creation is growing immensely! These are a few of the resources that I have found to be most useful in my quest to draw near to God and to understand his attitude toward creation.

Shepherding All God’s Creatures

This blog site is committed to sharing God’s love for all creation, especially focusing on stewardship of animals as an often overlooked topic in the church, and includes many wonderful resources. It also has its own monthly prayer group that people can call into as well as a Facebook page.

Jesus Vegans

Jesus Vegans are a group of believers creating a Christ-centered permaculture ecovillage in a portion of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Their mission is to inspire people to embrace a worldview and lifestyle based on care for animals, care for the earth, care for our own bodies, and most importantly – care for our spiritual connection to God. In addition to their website, they also have a Facebook page and a blog.

Jesus People for Animals

The number of books on faith as it relates to animals has grown considerably over the past decade. It mostly started with Andrew Linzey and now there are dozens of authors addressing animals in the Bible. This is a list of books to get you started. You can also find dozens more on Amazon.com.

All-Creatures.org

This website has a wealth of articles, sermons, and news stories related to faith and living compassionately.

Christian Vegans Facebook group

With over 4,000 members, this group is designed to encourage each other in the faith, to share testimonies, to post articles or good news stories about our individual ministries, or to ask questions. As with any large group, the responses to a post can vary widely, but I have found most members of the group to be warm-hearted, encouraging, knowledgeable, and most importantly faith-driven individuals. There are believers from many different denominations. The common thread is having a heart for God and for all of creation.

Return to Eden

This website is designed to educate people through analysis of scripture about God’s love for animals.

Diet Resources

There are many wonderful resources to assist in transitioning to a diet that honors all of God’s creatures and which allows us to live up to our calling as loving stewards over all creation and as children created in God’s holy and merciful image. These are a few I have found to be the most useful.

VeganHealth.org

This website has tons of information about plant sources for every essential vitamin and nutrient as well as scientific studies related to vegan diets and tips for new vegans.

New Vegan Support

The purpose of this Facebook group is to bring together new vegans looking for help and more experienced vegans who desire to help them. The unique aspect of this group is its commitment to non-judgment, focusing instead on encouraging people in their desire to live compassionately. If you would like personal assistance in your newfound vegan walk, this is the group to get connected with people willing to help and offer you their knowledge and encouragement (for free of course!). I helped Sue Brickman create this group a few years ago and it now has over 25,000 members from all over the world!

Vegan Athletes

This is a link with profiles for many of the world’s top vegan athletes, proving definitively that you don’t need animal products to build muscle or to be a top athlete.

swords2plowshares on Instagram

This is my Instagram account where I post photos of all the delicious food I make, including: smoothies, juices, curries, wraps, veggie bowls, veggie chili, and more!

National Institute of Health’s Report on Companion Animal Diets

If you have a dog or cat as a companion animal, this is a good resource for learning about the science on animal nutrition. Animals, just like humans, require specific combinations of nutrients in order to thrive and you want to make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need. There is no magical property in meat and as long as animals get elsewhere the nutrients they would otherwise get from meat, they can thrive. This is one of several recent studies disproving the obligate carnivore hypothesis that still abounds in pop culture and in some less knowledgeable veterinary circles that rely solely on outdated research.

Additional Resources

Why Vegan? An article about why to go vegan, aside from scriptural reasons.

Memes. A collection of memes regarding faith, love, and responsible stewardship. They were each found circulating on social media in various places. Some contain identifying marks and others do not. They are posted here for your enjoyment and to be recirculated for the purpose of bringing people into a closer understanding of God and his boundless love for all creation.

Videos. Our YouTube channel with ministry videos.

“Faith and Compassion” in Barefoot Vegan Magazine

I guest authored a short article on pages 55-56 of this free online magazine where I discuss the growing number of people in the world that are both Christian and vegan and why it’s becoming a movement, including the biblical basis for being vegan and the hope offered by the bible to previously non-believing vegans.

Spiritual Gifts Test

This test has 105 very short questions designed to make you think about your individual strengths and abilities as they pertain to ministry. It took me about 10 minutes to complete the test. Based on the spiritual “gifts” described in the Book of Acts, the test scores your responses on a scale of 0-35 points across each of 15 different categories. It then presents you with all your scores, including a detailed description of your top 3 gifts. It is a fun way to think about where you could be most effective in the church and where God may be calling you. Here were my results:

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