Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole World

This is a good summary put in visual form…..

The Kingdom of God is not just about the future – somewhere to go when we die – it’s about now.  Jesus came, died and rose again so that God’s justice, mercy and forgiveness could be freely offered to all of creation.  Heaven and earth becoming one with Jesus as King.  A close God not a distant one…a personally involved God not an indifferent one.  Freedom for the captive, healing for the broken, comfort for the lonely….and dignity for all!!

Now that’s good news and something worth shouting about!!

HT: Mission Britain

The High Price of Materialism

This short video was posted by a friend on Facebook – have a look and see what you think….

It is also posted on the website for ‘The Centre for a New American Dream‘ who introduced it as follows:

In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others.

The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

What do you think?

Personally, I think it would be hard to develop ‘intrinsic values’ within a secular culture that encourages an unhealthy obsession with the ‘self’….but when you consider it from a Gospel and Kingdom of God perspective then it all sort of makes more sense…creativity and generosity rather than consumption and greed….sounds like heaven to me 🙂

HT: Darius Namdaran