Let’s change now

January 25, 2019

Perhaps it’s not too late. We may all have played a part in wrecking the natural world, but let’s do something about it.

This week Sir David Attenborough addressed the 49th summit of the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, and his major concern is that we act now to protect the Earth. Things are getting worse, not better, and it is high time that national leaders and their citizens make meaningful changes. “The Garden of Eden is no more” (*) , he explained, and we’re in a new age, the age of humans.

The reference to the Garden of Eden is taken from the beginning of the Christian Bible. It refers to the pristine state of the world, uncontaminated by humanity’s unrestrained greed and selfish ambition. The Bible presents our natural environment as God’s creative gift to us, and calls for us to care for it, to nurture it, and to maintain its God-given diversity and beauty.

“We need a plan” Attenborough said.

It’s never too late to change, is one of the underlying messages of Jesus Christ. It’s not only a spiritual message, but it also applies to lifestyle changes that celebrate the gift of our precious planet.

Let’s make some changes.

james.henderson@gracecom.church

*https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/david-attenborough-transcript-from-crystal-award-speech

 

Heaven vs Hell

December 9, 2016

One of the news headlines this week involved the UK foreign secretary’s comment that “one of the biggest political problems” in the Middle East was that certain nation states were engaging in “proxy wars”.

Some religious leaders portray Earth as the battleground of a proxy war between Heaven and Hell. A cosmic battle between good and evil where humanity’s souls are the way of keeping score.

Yet the good news recorded in the Bible is that this battle has been won overwhelming in Christ who gave himself for humanity! This was the first Christian sermon, given by the apostle Peter and recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 2:34). Peter declares that God is victorious in Christ.

Let’s join in and celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Let us praise our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Gavin.henderson@gracecom.church 

Are we alone?

July 24, 2015

© Titoonz | Dreamstime.com - Planet Earth In Outer Space PhotoAn exciting piece of news is that astronomers have identified a planet similar to our ours.

It orbits its own sun at at distance similar to that of the Earth to our Sun, and, from a distance, it looks like there is liquid water on its surface, meaning that perhaps it could sustain life as we know it.

This opens up all kinds of possibilities. Would it mean that humankind has somewhere to go once we have exhausted the Earth’s resources? One problem, however, is that Kepler 452b, the planet’s memorable name, is at least 8,400 trillion miles away, which makes it tantalizingly unattainable for us.

Also, are we alone? Could life already exist on Kepler 452b?

The Bible anticipates our eventual need to expand beyond the Earth’s current resources. It talks mysteriously of the Earth being rejuvenated, of new heavens and a new Earth, and of how they will be populated by a reborn humanity. So it supplies hope for our future.

And, of course, the Bible tells us, in case we have forgotten, that we are not alone. God is out there. Not only is he out there, but he’s also here now, ever present through the eternal Spirit of his Son, Jesus.

That is also exciting news.

God is with us.

james.henderson@gracecom.org.uk

The Hum of the Earth

April 17, 2015

Have you ever heard a hum that no-one else could hear?

Scientists this week have confirmed the cause of a strange humming noise that emanates from the Earth. It is caused by the pressure of ocean waves on the seafloor which generate seismic waves that cause the earth to oscillate. Generating a hum that is only audible for some people at certain locations and times, sometimes driving them to distraction. It is considered to be the source of the ‘Bristol hum’ that was reported in the news in the late 1970s and the hum that people living on the south coast of England have complained of this week in the Plymouth Herald.

At last people can know the source of the hum that they have been hearing!

The bible has something to say about hearing. God said in the Book of Isaiah:  “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;  and I will make with you an everlasting covenant…” (Isaiah 55:3, ESV). There is something that the whole of creation wants us to hear. It is not the hum of the earth, but the Word of God speaking to us. God is calling us into a relationship with him. We are told in the book of revelation: “Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches”. (Revelations 2:7 MSG).

Hear the Word of God.