What's giving us life this week, the first Sunday after Trinity? A reflection on Christian hope by Jurgen Moltmann, the difficult decisions about when to close things in the church - especially mission agencies, the human practice of repeating building in disaster prone areas despite regular destruction, and a graphic infographic on the situation in Gaza.
The Living God and the fullness of life…
Christian hope is not a waiting or a matter of ‘wait and see’ It is a creative expectation of the things that God has promised with the resurrection of Christ. These who passionately await something prepare themselves and their community for it. …The person who hopes for the eternally living life will already be seized there by this ‘unique, eternal, glowing life,’ and will make life live where’ve he or she can. …. This freedom is not a harmony of the existing conditions of power it is their harmonisation with what is to come, as the prophesy of Isaiah says: Arise Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
When to close a ‘mission agency’ some proposed criteria….
One of the things that the church does very badly is closing things down. We aren’t good at letting go of things that have been good. So a post from Eddie Arthur on when to close a mission agency down is a read that might stimulate you to thinking: what should we stop doing @acnbchurch?Five Reasons to Close Your Mission Agency
Eddie Arthur and his wife Sue are long time partners of Wycliffe, and serial participants in the missions of God in this world. The’ve been particularly involved in translating scripture into languages without any translations. Lately Eddie’s also been working with Global Connections the ‘all things mission’ network in the UK.
Disaster strikes. Humans rebuild. Repeat…
An NYT article on the places where disasters occur frequently in the USA A comprehensive and interactive article on major disasters and the places where they occur with monotonous regularity in the United States. Commentary on how climate change is affecting disaster prevalence together with analysis of the demographic pressures that are acting to amplify natural hazards.
The situation on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel
An infographic on deaths and casualties on the border of the Gaza Strip
Since 30 March 2018 the number of trauma casualties in the Gaza strip has increased very significantly. This occurred in the context of mass demonstrations around the Gaza - Israel perimeter fence. During these demonstrations State of Israel perimeter positions came under very occasional live fire, Molotov cocktail assaults were made, and it is alleged planting of improvised explosive devices was carried out. However the large number of casualties in Gaza caused by live ammunition delivered by direct fire from military grade weapons within range of State of Israel positions raises significant concerns as to whether the response by the State was discriminate and proportionate.