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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Do you Feed the Ducks?

Feeding ducks is often a family favourite activity. Unfortunately feeding ducks bread is widely considered to cause more harm than good.
Bread is like junk food for ducks. It has very little nutritional value yet they love it! If eaten in moderation bread does little harm. However, if you consider the ducks at local ponds who are eating bread not just from your family but the families that visit before and after you, you can see that before long the birds have eaten much more bread than they should.
Feeding bread to birds in general can cause a whole lot of problems including malnutrition, gut problems, aggressive behaviour, and spread of disease. Unfortunately many of these problems can result in death.
Please visit our website to find out more about this and for some bread alternatives.

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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+