CLIMATE CHANGE THEOLOGY

CLIMATE CHANGE THEOLOGY

By James S. Pender
2008

Barely a day goes by without us reading an article in a newspaper about climate change; be it about international negotiations, carbon trading, controversy over its future effects or how it impacts on peoples' lives. Firstly it is important to note that "climate" simply refers to dominant weather patterns and secondly "climate change" has been happening for millennia.

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Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World

Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct

World Council of Churches
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
World Evangelical Alliance
2011

Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian. At the same time, it is necessary to do so according to gospel principles, with full respect and love for all human beings.

Aware of the tensions between people and communities of different religious convictions and the varied interpretations of Christian witness, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and, at the invitation of the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met during a period of 5 years to reflect and produce this document to serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness around the world. This document does not intend to be a theological statement on mission but to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world.

The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion. It is hoped that Christians across the world will study this document in the light of their own practices in witnessing to their faith in Christ, both by word and deed.

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Christian Wholistic Development

Christian Wholistic Development

CRUDAN
2002

This booklet has been written and produced as a result of two things.

Firstly, it has come out of the work that CRUDAN has done in promoting Christian Wholistic Development over the past decade. Secondly it has come out of CRUDAN’s observations of the need for more and more of the church to see the mandate of God to be involved in their communities and in society and to consider some of the methodologies that are biblical, practical and proven. CRUDAN observed this need at their outset in 1990, but despite a lot of work, the same need is still as glaring.

All of what is written here is as a result of both research and practical experience. It is based as far as possible on the Bible and seeks to bring a different perspective to development, a thoroughly Christian and biblical perspective. Many Christians are afraid to get involved in development work because they are not sure if it is a Christian activity and they do not want to ‘compromise’ their faith. Even when people are involved it is often seen as a second priority. Here, we argue that it is a very Christian activity, and outline why that is so, suggest what is involved and how to become involved.

Our heart’s desire as CRUDAN is for the church to believe that Christian wholistic development is an imperative for them to be part of and to start to make an impact in the lives of the people, especially the poor, in their communities. CRUDAN offers its services of awareness raising, training and supporting (counselling) to any church that wants to take up this biblical mandate and make a difference in people’s lives for the glory of God.

Christian wholistic development is a broad concept, demonstrated by Robert Moffitt’s definition. He defines it as “every biblically based activity of the body of Christ, his church, that assists in bringing human beings towards the place of complete reconciliation with God and complete reconciliation with their fellows and their environment.” If you are interested in how we as Christians should relate to either God, others or the environment, then this book is for you!

 

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Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose: INPUT TO A BIBLE-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK ON CHILDHOOD

Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose: INPUT TO A BIBLE-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK ON CHILDHOOD

Forty-six Christian leaders, including male and female theologians, Bible scholars, teachers and other church servants, participated in the “Bible Theological Framework on Childhood” Latin American and the Caribbean meeting at the “Casa Nazareth” Retreat Center, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 13 to 15, 2003. This event was called by the following organizations: Compassion International, Christ for the City International, Latin American Mission, Latin American Council of Churches, Tearfund, World Vision International and Viva Network.

This meeting is part of the “Juntos por La niñez” (“Together for Children”) Movement* initiatives, and emerges from the need to deepen Scriptural bases and to nurture a theological thinking that stimulates and gives orientation to the evangelical churches’ ministry on behalf of children.

The following document, entitled, “Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose”, is the outcome of the shared input and reflection during the meeting in Buenos Aires, and at the “Children, Teenagers and Church” Latin American meeting held in Heredia, Costa Rica, in September, 2002. Its purpose is essentially to stimulate the deepest thoughts that contribute to anchor our faith in the solid foundation of the Word, and in a more contextualized and faithful theological reflection.

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Biblical Understandings of Children and Childhood: Resources for the Church and Mission Today

Biblical Understandings of Children and Childhood: Resources for the Church and Mission Today

By Marcia J. Bunge, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Humanities
(Christ College, Valparaiso University)
Director of the Child in Religion and Ethics Project
March 2011

Although Christians today and in the past have often viewed children in narrow and even destructive ways, the Bible expresses six insightful and central perspectives on children; and by holding these six perspectives in tension (rather than in isolation), we can broaden our conception of children and strengthen our commitment to them in all areas of the Church.

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A Biblical Basis for Social Justice

A Biblical Basis for Social Justice

This is an abbreviated version of a paper originally prepared by a task force commissioned to research this issue for SIM in 2010

SIM Justice Task Force:
Bulus Galadima, Nigeria
Tim Geysbeek, USA
Fiona Hahn, Scotland
Apolos Landa, Peru
Diane Marshall, Australia Yvonne Mildred, England Benjamin Pillay, South Africa Roger Seth, USA & India

With added input from:
Steve Strauss & Tabitha Plueddemann

Edited by Yvonne Mildred and Fiona Hahn for the Micah Network Triennial Consultation 2012

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Ten theological theses on Mission and Development

Ten theological theses on Mission and Development

By Steve de Gruchy
September 2004

The task of this paper is to provide the contours of a biblical and theological grounding for the involvement of the Church - and by this I mean the community of Christian people - in the work of development, which I define as “social, cultural, religious, ecological, economic and political activities that consciously seek to enhance the self-identified livelihoods of the poor”. To do this, I propose ten theological theses on mission and development.

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Grace, Faith and Good Works

Grace, Faith and Good Works - A Biblical Reflection

By Rev Pax Tan
7 May 2014

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2: 8 - 10)
It is wonderful to be saved from our sins, to be forgiven and to have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3: 16)

Then what? What are we saved for? Just to have eternal life?! Is God's kingdom in a far-away place somewhere over the rainbow? What about now on this earth, where you and I are stuck to, held by gravity? What are we supposed to do after receiving this grace of God, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

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God’s Kingdom and the transformation of society

God’s Kingdom and the transformation of society

By Dion A. Forster
2012

Rob Bell writes that, “A Christian should get very nervous when the flag and the Bible start holding hands. This is not a romance we want to encourage”. Many Christians would agree with this statement in principle yet in practise the lines seperating Church and State are not always that easy to distinguish.

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God’s Eternal Purpose and Integral Mission

God’s Eternal Purpose and Integral Mission

An Expository Message on Ephesians 1-3
Teresa J. Sanchez, Mindanao State University, Fatima, Gen. Santos City, Philippines
2005 

Ephesians Chapter 1 explains how Christians have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ to bring all things under the rule of Christ, for the praise of his glory. The Integral Mission Wheel Illustration shows the kind of life that a Christian must live to magnify the rule of Christ as King and to glorify his name. Chapter 2 emphasizes God’s eternal purpose for believers: He saved us by his grace and gave us a position of authority that through our lives, he might show the incomparable riches of his grace as we do the good works which he has prepared in advance for us to do. Chapter 3 focuses on the mystery of the Gospel which we must proclaim. Paul’s prayer was that Christians will be immersed in God’s love so that they will be able to do more than they could ever ask or imagine in God’s power. 

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