Discipleship, ecology and everyday economics

Book review: Coming Home by Jonathan Cornford

I heard Jonathan Cornford speak at a conference a couple of years ago, and he was one of the most interesting and challenging speakers I have ever heard. So when I saw this book published earlier this year, I quickly bought it.

It didn’t disappoint.

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The times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan said it, and it’s still true.

This isn’t a post about deep changes in the world, but about this blog. If you read this blog occasionally (or more), you’ll have noticed I’m in the middle of making a significant change in the appearance and layout and I’d love to receive some feedback.

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Make your own lunch for a week

Monthly challenge.

September challenge

Don’t buy lunch for a week, but make it and take it from home.

Our parents or grandparents rarely ate out, except at friends’ homes, but takeaway and fast food, and restaurant dining, have become a major part of modern diets.

This has many advantages, but a few drawbacks too: it costs more, sometimes leads us to eat more than we need, and is often less healthy than what we can make ourselves.

So for a week, try making all your own meals. Experiment. Make something healthy you’ve never made before. Perhaps donate what you save to help someone who needs it.

Photo by Keegan Evans from Pexels

Short-sighted selfishness rules, OK?

This is the Cabinet of the Australian Government. These people lead the Government, develop policy, plan legislation and lead the various Government Departments which have responsibility for (among other things) trade, commerce, agriculture, social services and foreign affairs. The Government also has a role in health and environmental issues (which are more directly the responsibility of the states).

So the government is responsible to care for the people, the country and the economy.

Yet it is clear they are not doing this with due diligence, and are gambling with Australia’s future for the sake of short term political and financial gain.

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Do a personal clean-up

Monthly challenge: August.

The monthly challenge

Do you want to make a difference in the world, but don’t have time and energy for something big?

There are small things we can all do each week to live more sustainably, more justly and more equitably.

In the monthly challenge I will offer suggestions for small things each of us can do for that month, and hopefully longer.

August challenge

When you go to the beach or the park, or for a walk, pick up litter you find there, and leave that place cleaner than you found it.

Think about taking a small bag and gloves when you go for a walk or a swim.

Your example may inspire others to do the same.

It won’t cost you much time and will gradually make a difference.

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How evangelical doctrine and Biblical inerrancy can distort the Bible and Jesus

Most christians have been taught to reverence the Bible. This has been especially true of Protestant christianity. The Reformation was built on the doctrine of sola scriptura (by scripture alone). And when conservative christianity felt threatened by evolution, liberal theology and modernist thinking in the 19th century, it developed a statement of “the fundamentals”, one of which was the inerrancy of scripture.

It was designed to preserve the essentials of evangelical faith from attack. It probably did that for a while. Yet I believe it has contributed to a distortion of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

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Losing my religion

The word “religion” can have different meanings. At its simplest, it means “belief in and worship of God or gods” (Oxford Dictionary). But more precisely, religion is often seen as a designated set of beliefs and rituals by which people relate to a god. Thus religion (implying dogma and restrictions) is often contrasted to spirituality (emphasising freedom and feelings).

Like many other people, I have lost my religion, or a large part of it. Many others have lost their faith in God as well, though I haven’t.

This movement is one of the stories of our times.

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