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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Cotton is a notoriously thirsty crop requiring large amounts of water and 20-30 applications of chemicals per season. WWF and IKEA run a project in Andhra Pradesh to find ways of reducing water use, chemical spraying and pesticides while increasing family incomes. One test area includes a yellow plastic screen coated with a fragrant pheromone to attract insects away from the crop. The cotton growers have formed co-operatives to discuss matters such as bulk purchasing and how to by-pass middlemen. They now tend to use plant-based preparations from the Neem tree and extract of Vitex together with biological control of pests. Chemical use has fallen by about 40% and artificial fertilisers by 30%.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+