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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Black carbon, a component of soot, is second only to CO2 as a cause of global warming. However, it only stays in the atmosphere for a few days or weeks, so reducing emissions could be the quickest means of climate mitigation. It is a product of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass. Its main sources are the open burning of biomass, diesel engines and the burning of coal, wood, dung and crop residues. It converts solar radiation into heat and, by darkening ice and snow surfaces, reduces the earth’s ability to reflect light and thereby increases heat absorption and accelerates melting. Measures to reduce its effect include: Requiring diesel particulate filters on all vehicles, new and old, and Restricting agricultural burning in northern countries during the springtime melt season, so as to reduce the impact pf black carbon on snow and ice.

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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+