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Friday, August 28, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

A report from 400 scientists of the International Assessment of Agricultural knowledge, Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD), commissioned by the World Bank and FAO, concludes that while some agricultural technologies have contributed to productivity increases, those same technologies – such as pesticides and fertilisers – now threaten the social and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Greenpeace commented: “The conclusion of hundreds of scientists around the world is that the future of agriculture depends on ecological farming. In order to address the food crisis, G8 governments must follow UN advice and increase dramatically their investment in smallholder ecological farming systems, while ending subsidies that promote unsustainable industrial agriculture.”

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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+