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  • Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations

    Published July 22, 2014

    While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!

     

    "Stewards of the Earth" by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com

     

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    "In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.

     

    “My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...

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  • Speaking a New Language at Seminary

    Published July 22, 2014

    Seminarians all over the world learn a new language when they go away to study theology:  the words used by the academic community to wrestle with the matters of faith, such as hermeneutics, soteriology, pericope, and ontology.*  This new language must then be shed in order to communicate effectively with the people in the pews, only a few of which might be interested in mastering this esoteric vocabulary.  (The concepts behind the technical words, of course, are often valuable for ministry.) 

     

    The students at the Protestant Institute of the Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), the seminary which Presbyterian Rwandans attend, takes this challenge a step further. 

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  • Grace, Gratitude, and Forgiveness

    Published July 21, 2014

    Some of you have asked for a copy of the paper I presented at the Scientific Week of the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in Butare, Rwanda, on Saturday.  It is entitled, "Grace, Gratitude, and Forgiveness," and it uses the Reformed theological framework of grace and gratitude to understand why we forgive, and explores several scriptures for practical steps which can lead to forgiveness.  (Word to the wise:  it's about 25 pages long.)

     

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