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  • Christians and climate change - What would MLK do?

    Posted by Jarrod

    2 June, 2011

    The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and the reality of climate change are both victims of western culture's remarkable capacity to accommodate and neutralise that which is most critical of it. Early in the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin said to King, "I have a feeling that the Lord had laid his hand upon you. And that is a dangerous, dangerous thing." Similarly, the FBI once described Martin King as the "most dangerous man in America" - and yet, when we hear about this man, we are often presented with a figure that seems more like a cheerleader for the status quo rather than a prophetic challenge to it. Somehow, it seems we have made this dangerous figure very safe. For instance, in a speech at the Pentagon commemorating King's legacy, the Defense Department's general counsel Jeh C. Johnson remarked, "I believe that if Dr King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack." But to claim that Dr… read more

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  • Earthquakes, the Carbon Tax, and Easter

    Posted by Nils

    25 April, 2011

    At Easter we think again of the amazing sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. Dying for the sins of the world and triumphing over evil, this was God coming to earth in human flesh, walking among us, making the ultimate sacrifice, and then rising from the dead. But is that what it is really all about? In 1997 author J.B. Phillips wrote a book called ‘Your God is Too Small' in which he lamented the fact that our conception of God does not do justice to who God really is. In 2011, the same is true amongst many Christians in Australia. Our God is too small. We see Easter as Jesus coming to die for our sins and we're not quite sure what the resurrection is really about, save for the fact that we rejoice over it because we believe that, through the resurrection, God has defeated death. If we progress through our walk of discipleship leaving the resurrection at that, we have short-changed the Gospel. The question we as Christians must wrestle with is what the death and resurrection of Jesus 2,000 years ago has to do with the realities of today's… read more

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  • Does the cross of Jesus have anything to do with social justice?

    Posted by John

    20 April, 2011

    The story of the cross.....It's a familiar story to many. We retell it at least once each year at Easter. Jesus of Nazareth, who many believed to be the long-awaited Messiah-king of the Jewish nation, who himself claimed to be the Son of Yahweh, carries his own cross to the place they called Golgotha - the place of the skull. There they crucified him. It's the stuff of history...by that I don't just mean history books...but actual history. This real life event has defined history ever since. It has certainly defined my history and my story. There are so many things that happen in churches - so many causes that demand our attention. In the midst of all the activity, it's right that we focus on this story at this time of year. But it would be a mistake to think that focusing on this story means putting our concern for the poor and for social justice on the shelf for a week. It would be a mistake to presume that Easter is all about grace and salvation and not about action for justice and mercy. Two brief stories might help explain what I mean. Both are from one day… read more

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  • Praise for 'Theology of Climate Change' paper

    Posted by Tabitha

    7 April, 2011

    I came across the following article praising our 'Theology of Climate Change' paper on the Christian Today website. I was encouraged to see that the effort of our Theological Working Group has been met with appreciation. Great timing with the launch of our 'Share the Earth' MDG7 campaign too... Christians and Climate Change The issue of Climate Change continues to heat up in Australian politics with the Federal Government taking a major hit in the polls for its controversial carbon tax, while the Opposition continues in its refusal to accept the science of climate change. While this may leave you unsure of who to believe and scratching your head to work out why it has become such a political hot potato, it is vital Christians look to the Bible for an appropriate response. In 2009, The Australian Christian aid campaign, Micah Challenge released a statement called a "Theological Response to Climate Change". This paper is as relevant today as it was when it was first released and is a must read for any Christian wanting to form a biblical response to the issue.… read more

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