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Professor Richard Bauckham is a biblical scholar and theologian, whose academic work has ranged over many areas, particularly New Testament theology and, more recently, biblical approaches to environmental issues. His books include Bible and Ecology (2010) and Living with Other Creatures (2011). Until 2007 he was Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and retired early (to Cambridge) in order to concentrate on research and writing.

16th September 2020 | Dave Bookless | 4 comments

‘Extinction: The Facts’ – A Rocha responds in hope & action

David Attenborough’s latest BBC documentary, ‘Extinction: the facts’ makes shocking but deeply compulsive watching. Viewers have spoken of being so overwhelmed as to switch off and return later, and being moved to anger and sleeplessness. I wasn’t as depressed as many, and will come back to why.

Categories: Reflections
31st August 2020 | Dave Bookless | 0 comments

Jubilee for the Earth: new rhythms, new hopes

Between 1 September and 4 October, churches around the world will be participating in the Season of Creation. Our Director of Theology, Dave Bookless, has been on the global planning group for the past couple of years, and here he explains more about the concept and this year’s theme, ‘Jubilee for the Earth: new rhythms, new hopes.’

Categories: Reflections
4th August 2020 | Shilpita Mathews | 5 comments

Can a Christian be a climate activist?

Shouldn’t poverty alleviation be the biggest global priority? Isn’t the world going to end anyway? Are climate activists trying to play God? These are all questions raised by well-intending individuals, who may not view climate change as a high risk. By addressing these questions, we can argue that Christians, and members of all faith systems, can play a key role in leading climate action.

Categories: Facing the Future
30th June 2020 | Ruth Padilla DeBorst | 5 comments

Community and just conviviality

The love of stuff justifies consuming people in the name of production, progress, and the maintenance of privilege. It also justifies the voracious plunder of our planet with no regard for the delicately balanced web of life, its most vulnerable members, or for the living conditions of future generations. And it eats away at our very soul.

Categories: Reflections
2nd June 2020 | Dave Bookless | 2 comments

Please Build Back Better!

Our mobility, freedom and security put on hold… Our health and our lives threatened… Our wealth plummeted… Our temples of consumerism closed. All because of an almost invisible virus. Amidst very real fear and grief, this gives us an opportunity to rethink ‘flourishing’, and how our economic systems can be regenerative and restorative rather than unstable, unjust, and unsustainable.

Categories: Reflections
4th May 2020 | Miriam Yeo | 2 comments

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and Kiasu

There’s a phrase in Singapore, where I grew up, which has come to describe an aspect of our national psyche – kiasu. The word has come to mean a fear of losing out. Being kiasu is rooted in a deep insecurity, a state of being which isn’t unique to Singapore. We are deceived by a heart-breaking lie: that God has not given us all we need to thrive.

Categories: Facing the Future
Tags: consumerism
20th March 2020 | Dave Bookless | 6 comments

What virus are you spreading?

As the COVID-19 coronavirus makes its relentless way across the world, it is not the only thing that is going viral. Fear, panic-buying, stock-market slumps, and fake news stories are also infectiously spreading like viruses, making the situation so much worse. In this context, I want to ask two key questions.

Categories: Reflections
29th February 2020 | Rachel Mander | 0 comments

Facing the Future: Perspective

A friend this week asked me why I love the sky so much (‘I do mean that question genuinely’, they said). It gave me pause because I hadn’t considered my love of the sky to be overly notable. I also hadn’t actually ever given thought to the reasons why I do, in fact, love the sky.

Categories: Facing the Future
Tags: future Psalms sky