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Monday, August 24, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Scientists at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars have been carrying out field trials on “nanoremediation” of contaminated sites. Its Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has identified 45 sites in 7 countries and 12 US states where nanomaterials have been used for soil and groundwater remediation. The authors of the project conclude that the technology could be an effective and economical alternative to some clean-up practices, but potential risks remain poorly understood. “More research is needed to understand and prevent any potential adverse environmental impacts, particularly studies on full ecosystem-wide impacts.”

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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+