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  • Hope for Creation Sunday

    Posted by Ben

    6 August, 2014

    Will you host a Hope for Creation Sunday on 7 September this year? Psalm 148 reminds us that all of creation participates in worship of God, just by its very existence. Every creature – from the mundane to the magnificent – praises God simply by the beauty and wonder of being. Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, Fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, Creeping things and flying birds!” Psalm 148:7–10 This, alone, should be more than enough reason to join together our worship and praise with that of Creation. It's a good reason to set aside one day to remember and celebrate God’s gifts in creation, and to pray in hope for all of God’s creatures – human and otherwise – which bear painful burdens of sin and damage, often as the result of the actions of others. There is, also, a profound and urgent need to recapture a vision of loving God that involves cherishing and… read more

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  • Having Hope for Creation

    Posted by Ben

    4 August, 2014

    Australian Christians face two problems or challenges about climate change. The first is that of climate change itself. The second is that of the conversation about climate change. The first is a problem we share with the world, though the impacts are not borne equally by all. Extreme weather events, stresses on water and food supplies, changing ranges and behaviours of pests and diseases, direct and indirect health impacts, will be the lived reality of a disrupted climate for generations to come. Most of these impacts are already affecting the vulnerable poor – despite them having contributed little or nothing to causing the problem. The graph, using data from the US National Climatic Data Center, shows the rising temperature trend from 1880 when records began, until today. Any year that was colder overall than the 20th Century average is represented by a blue bar below the line showing how much colder than the 20th Century average that year was. Any year that was hotter than the 20th Century average is represented by a red bar showing… read more

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  • My Budget Rules (2014 Season)

    Posted by Ben

    13 May, 2014

    It's the second Tuesday in May, which can mean only one thing: tonight is budget night. The economy's night of nights. Treasurer Joe Hockey's time on centre stage. By now (as with every other budget I can remember), endless budget meetings have been held inside government, stories about budget plans have been planted, numbers leaked, and rumours of cuts and spending have been endlessly speculated about. But tonight all that ends when the budget is handed down. How will we at Micah Challenge judge the Abbott Government's first budget? First, when it comes to aid, we'll be assessing the budget on how well the programs and country focus are able to demonstrate impact in reducing poverty. We agree that Australian aid is an investment in regional and global security and prosperity. However, the returns on that investment can't be measured in dollar terms alone. For just 1.3% of the Federal Budget, Australian aid contributes to a lot of good in the world. Focus on aid-for-trade or economic growth doesn't automatically translate into… read more

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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 7: Trust

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    23 December, 2013

    Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46) Jesus’ final words in the Gospel of Luke are words of trust and faith in the one he knew as Abba, Father. Trusting in God, it is clear, did not mean that Jesus would not face trials, torture and death. It did not mean that he would be spared uncertainty, anguish, or anger – all of which the gospels clearly portray him experiencing. It did mean that he could trust in God’s fundamental goodness and commitment to His world and His people. He could rely on God’s saving, life-giving and resurrecting grace, even if he could not have known at that moment how God would act to vindicate him and begin renewing the people of God and all of creation through his death and resurrection. Paul, too, was crystal clear on this. As his list of perils in Romans 8:35 indicates, having faith in God does not mean that the faithful ones will not experience immense and perhaps deadly individual and corporate distress – “hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril,… read more

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