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seems to have just disappeared – puff and it has gone. It will probably be back on by tomorrow but it got me thinking about how reliant I have become on such strange communication – things that happen somewhere else and that I have no real control of. When t’internet broke in out house at the weekend it was liberating (as I have already mentioned) but it was also a bit scary. I needed to write an essay and a sermon and it would have been useful to get on-line to check a few things: I copy bible passages via t’internet, find references, look up journals, use Wikipedia (just too often for my own good) and just love to surf for mindless stuff to chill out. But I wonder if I am actually over stimulating my brain, putting too much stuff in my head and communicating in an irrational and person-less way? If I carry on using this technology I need to find a healthier way to use it. I am becoming too dependent and to be honest if I can’t control the mechanism of communication I can not rely on it and so it is useless to me.

So, Youtube is down and as a result I can not access my videos or check comments that have been left – therefore it is an unreliable form of communication and I should not trust it. It is just a game and I can walk away from it (if I keep telling myself this and it might actually become true). The irony of my posting this via my blog is not lost on me.

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November 29, 2007 at 11:07 pm

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emails

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In the last month I have emailed a some people about a few things that have been on my mind. You may well remember that I emailed Jerry Falwell about his sermon ‘The Myth of Global Warming’ (Please don’t buy this sermon DVD – it will only encourage him!). Although my letter was very polite Jerry hasn’t got back to me.
I also emailed Doug Naysmith my MP . To ask him how he voted on Trident – he hasn’t got back to me yet.
I emailed Christine Walkden about her gardening show – she has got back to me. No offer to help with the Foundation allotment though! hey ho.

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March 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm

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creation

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I have been writing an essay about creation and salvation all week which has had quite an effect on me. I really have been empowered by Scripture to make sense of my environmental ethics. Not that I am done but I feel I am at least on my way. I was also spured on by a sermon preached by Jerry Falwell on Sun 25th (Dave Walker also blogged about it the other day). His attitude and argument made me a bit cross. After a legnthy tirade against the ‘trendy’ scaremongering of ecologists, Falwell concluded:

There’s no need for the church of Jesus Christ to be wasting its time gullibly falling for all of this global warming hocus-pocus. We need to give our total focus to the business of reaching this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and stop running down meaningless rabbit trails that get our focus off of our heavenly purpose.

Anyway, I was so cross I decided to write Jerry an email. This is what I wrote:

Dear Jerry
I read your sermon, 25th Feb with great interest as it shocked me that you might feel it necessary to preach such a politically charged argument on the only day that some people get to hear the word of God. It might have been more useful to preach from the bible rather than from your president’s manifesto or the national review. There was not one bible quote to back up your flawed argument.

I would like to give a counter argument that is scriptural: The Lord God loves this earth (if you read Genesis you will see what great care he took to create it for us). Even if global warming turns out not be such a threat surely we have responsibility to give it back to God in a similar state in which it was created? How would it be if you made a lovely toy for your child, one that would sustain it and give it great pleasure to use, only to have it slowly destroyed and handed back broken. Even if your child (or you) no longer have any use for it I am not sure that this act wouldn’t evoke some sense of disappointment within you. Doesn’t seeing rainforests without trees, land full of garbage, and mountain tops being plundered and shaved make your heart ache? how much worse must that be for a God that made these beautiful things for us?

The truth is nobody needs as much as we have. The USA and UK uses so much of everything. We know we don’t need it because other countries survive without using so much. How hard is it to turn off a few lights when you leave a room, walk occasionally instead of using the car for every journey, not take that extra flight or recycle tins and glass? By giving up so little we can do quite a lot.

We have been called by God to sing a wonderful song of praise to all creation (see psalm 148) and not just to humanity. I am not sure how a landfill or an empty mountain with it’s top sliced off can ‘burst into song’ (Isaiah 55:12) or the missing trees of the rainforests ‘clap their hands’ (Isaiah 55:12)? Should we not be standing up against this sort of plunder of Gods creation? This is the sort of witness that people need – this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the man who stilled storms (Mark 4:35-41), walked on water (Mark 6: 45-56), who has the power to heal, cast out demons and even bring people back to life (carry on reading Mark and you’ll see all this). The kind of God who creates, the Christ who heals, the spirit who makes our relationship with God possible loves the whole earth not just people. It is all part of the plan. In 2 Peter 3 we see that their will be a ‘new heaven and new earth’ and I believe that just as when the flood covered the earth (Genesis 6-8) and dramatically altered our relationship to it, this apocalypse will mean a ‘new’ earth and not a different one.

I have just read a really good book about creation that I think you might like. It is balanced and informative, and evangelical. David Wilkinson ‘The Message of Creation’. In the Bible Speaks Today series, published by IVP. One of the significant points it makes is that good stewardship of creation is a responsibility for all Christians and is a mark of our difference – we don’t just plunder, we manage wisely and give back to the earth as well as take from it. This has to be part of a mission to the world, part of our witness of actions as well as words (James 2:17). It is a part of the Gospel of Christ and it was also a concern for the early church (see Romans 8: 18-30 – our creator liberates!).

Please be sure that this is issue is not about politics or about being trendy, this is about being a good Christian steward of creation.

Thanks for such a stimulating sermon and I hope that your journey in Christ is peaceful and joyous.

Love and blessings
Ellen Loudon

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March 1, 2007 at 11:01 am

washing machine

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If only our washing machine did go wishy washy! Having had the same washing machine for 5 years it breaks so we get a new one and it lasts 10 days! I am sick as a dog about it! Do you know what? I am so peeved I can’t explain how cross I am. I hate white goods. They are stupid and ugly.

I have had to do my washing at college this week. Which would be ok if I hadn’t got so much else on. It has been great to see Sophia (who seems to live in the wash-room – why is she in there every time I am?) but I nearly dropped the basket of clean white bed clothes on my way up the drive to my car. If that had happened I don’t know what I would have done. I tell you, there would have been big trouble. The biggest trouble there could be!

Anyway, I feel that only the brit awards can cheer me up (nothing like a laugh at the pop freaks to put a smile on my face). For Brit predictions do take a look at PJ’s pop site. Lots of pop predictions here – look hard enough and you’ll find mine!

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February 14, 2007 at 7:27 pm

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ranting

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Some great Christmas ranting going on…
Lindsey Horner – always good for a rant.

Paul Roberts – ranting about covenants.

Dream Blog – Richard – ranting about carols

and this is just a selection from my ‘blogs of interest’. Please keep them coming. Get it off your chest before Christmas.

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December 18, 2006 at 8:35 pm

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