Monthly Archives: July 2012

Self Interest and the Pursuit of the Kingdom of God

July 29, 2012, The Rev Doyt Conn preaching

Here are some numbers on what it would cost to save the world’s environment:

Planting trees to reduce flooding and to capture carbon $ 23 b
Protecting topsoil on cropland $ 24 b
Restoring rangelands $ 9 b
Restoring fisheries $ 13 b
Protecting biological diversity $ 31 b
Stabilizing water tables $ 10 b

The total cost to save the world’s environment = $110 b

What do you think of that?

These numbers come from a book titled Plan B, 4.0 by Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute. He is a leading thinker on issues of aid, food and the environment… depending on whom you ask. Numbers and statistics always seem debatable. Rarely, do they seem a force for creating a like mind or galvanizing a future direction.

And I wonder why? Why doesn’t good research and good science serve to answer the world’s environmental problems? In school we certainly learn that there are right answers and wrong answers. So why doesn’t that play out when dealing with the great issues of our day, particularly issues surrounding the environment.
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David or Herod?

July 15, 2012, James Cowan preaching

We all sin. That’s one of the underlying assumptions of Christian theology. It’s why the Bible is filled with images of sin and repentance. Job cries out: “I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” David laments: “My sin is ever before me.” John the Baptist proclaims: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Christ avows: “I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” And Paul testifies “ to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus.” Read more

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