Tag: Biblical

From Sustainability to Fruitfullness

From Sustainability to Fruitfullness

Nick Spencer, June 2006 It is hard to turn on the television or open a newspaper today without reading something about sustainability or sustainable development. For over twenty years the idea that we are not living sustainably, and that we desperately need to be, has been growing in the public mind. Sustainability – defined as […]

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The moral authority of Scripture by Julian Rivers

The moral authority of Scripture by Julian Rivers

  Summary This paper explains the evangelical commitment to the moral authority of Scripture. After emphasising the literary diversity of Scripture and justifying the idea of moral authority, it identifies the ‘judgements’ of Scripture as the relevant authoritative component. It shows how these are to be constructed into a coherent ethic and it rejects the […]

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The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

Paul Williams, March 2004 The housing market is once again at the forefront of the news headlines in the UK. Many economists have regarded the housing market as the saviour of the UK economy, as house prices continued to rise throughout the global recession that began in 2000. This has enabled consumers to raise extensive […]

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Where do we go from here? by Nick Spencer

Where do we go from here? by Nick Spencer

Post-war Britain witnessed a revolution in mobility. In 50 years our average daily mileage increased four-fold and our car ownership from 2 to 25 million. Today we travel further to work, to learn and to shop than ever before, and move with ever greater frequency. Where do we go from here? offers a biblical perspective […]

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The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

  Summary The basic economic problem is that the incentives needed to promote efficiency and growth also lead to inequality. Biblical law sets out an economic model that shares contemporary concerns for economic efficiency and fairness while avoiding the problems faced by the current Western model. In the process it achieves what economists have been […]

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Should Christians support the euro? by Paul Mills & Michael Schluter

Should Christians support the euro? by Paul Mills & Michael Schluter

  He is the king of the country whose coin is current in the country. – Talmud Europe will be created via a currency or not at all. – Jacques Rueff Summary On 1 January 1999, the ten currencies of the eleven countries entering Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) became denominations of the euro at […]

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The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

  Summary Failure properly to relate the Gospel Commission of the New Testament to the Commission of Genesis (the Creation Mandate) lies behind much of evangelicalism’s current weaknesses and internal conflicts. The New Testament, when clarifying the radical nature of the gospel, appears at times to disparage the created order within which we now live. […]

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Biblical perspectives on health and healthcare relationships by Jubilee Centre

Biblical perspectives on health and healthcare relationships by Jubilee Centre

  This report is written primarily for Christians working in the health service and its intention is to provide them with biblical insight concerning the current difficulties that they are experiencing as health care professionals. It also seeks to convey to the Church the importance, biblically, of the problems surrounding health and health care today. […]

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Relationism: pursuing a biblical vision for society by Michael Schluter

Relationism: pursuing a biblical vision for society by Michael Schluter

Summary This essay tells the story of my search over the last twenty years to find an alternative social paradigm which is closer to biblical norms than democratic capitalism or market socialism. Biblical teaching on this issue is found in Old Testament law, where God provides a normative framework for Israelite society. Jesus says that […]

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Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? By Peter Walker

Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? By Peter Walker

  Summary In the light of Old Testament history and prophecy, many would argue that Jerusalem continues to have a central role within God’s purposes today. Yet the New Testament offers a radically new perspective on the city, pointing to Christ as the true temple and the one in whom the promises of restoration were […]

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Women, Men and the nature of God: Equality but not symmetry, by Michael Ovey

Women, Men and the nature of God: Equality but not symmetry, by Michael Ovey

  Summary Presuppositions matter in any debate. This chapter looks at a presupposition sometimes held in the debate over women’s ordination, that God could not by his nature restrict certain roles in churches to men. In the light of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, it will argue that this presupposition […]

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Reactivating the extended family by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

Reactivating the extended family by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of applying Old Testament teaching on socio economic issues to contemporary western societies. The paper falls into three parts. The first looks at Old Testament Israel’s social structure and in particular the structure and role of the family. The second examines whether and […]

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