God's World - Our World
God's World - Our World
Sunday Morning Teaching Series through June 2011
June 5th: "And God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:1-2:3; Psalm 148)
As you read Genesis 1:1-2:3…
Read Psalm 148...
June 12th “The whole creation groans” (Hosea 4:1-3; Micah 6:8)
Read Hosea 4:1-3...
Consider Micah 6:8...
June 19th: “A new heaven and a new earth” (Micah 6:8; Rev. 21:1-4)
“The ecological crisis calls into question the values of acquisition and material accumulation that pervades modern technological civilization. Harmony with the created order depends upon an attitude of restraint toward wealth and consumption. As we seek to respond to this challenge, we realise that the gospels provide resources which Christians in recent times have largely neglected. Jesus invites the disciples to a lifestyle of simplicity sufficient for their needs. The beauty and the gifts of creation are for all to enjoy, but Jesus warns against becoming slaves to the material world. This leads to an illusion of security and inevitably causes injustice. (see Luke 12:15) A simple lifestyle of sufficiency encourages cooperation and friendship in community, enjoyment of nature, and worship of God...”
“Technology will be a blessing if it meets the most important needs, serves God’s created order, and respects the cycles of nature. Technological development must not be regarded as an end in itself but as an instrument in the service of life. Climate change confronts us with the task of rediscovering technology’s servant role.”
(from “Sign of Peril, Test of Faith,” WCC, 1993, p. 33-34)
“Global Carbon Emissions reach record, says IEA”
The watchdog says emissions rose again after a dip caused by the financial crisis in 2009, and ended 5% up from the previous record in 2008. The increase raises doubts over whether planned curbs on greenhouse emissions will be achieved, the group says. At the meeting in Cancun, Mexico, world leaders agreed that deep cuts were needed to limit the rise in global temperature to 2C above pre-industrial levels. But according to the IEA’s (International Energy Agency) estimate, worldwide CO2 emissions from the energy sector reached a record 30.6 gigatonnes in 2010. “The world has edged incredibly close to the level of emissions that should not be reached until 2020 if the 2C target is to be attained.” (from BBC News, 31st May 2011)