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Friday, November 25, 2011

Traveling to Youth for Eco-Justice

Today I left the house at 4:30am to catch a plane to Singapore. After the flight I had around 12 hours before my connection to Johannesburg so I got to explore the city a bit. I visited St Andrews, a magnificent white cathedral in the city with beautiful stained glass that used quite different themes from what I'm used to at home. They were installing flowers at the end of all the pews for a wedding and I really enjoyed seeing how beautiful it was. They also had a Koi fish pond, which I liked because I think we should have more animals in our churches.

I was also impressed by the signs of recycling which were everywhere in Singapore.

The city was also festooned with the most beautiful lights for Christmas. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance.

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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+