Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Lunch Talk Sheet

This week, we are sending our people home with this short talk sheet. We hope this will help us all to have meaningful discussions during lunch. Feel free to use it with your own family or friends.
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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.

– Mohandas Gandhi


Our World’s 4 Great Crises:

  1. The Prosperity Crisis: Our global economy is producing great wealth for one third of the population, but this same global system is leading us to an environmental breakdown.
  2. The Equity Crisis: The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. While one third of the world experiences amazing wealth, two thirds of the world struggle in (or near) poverty.
  3. The Security Crisis: Increasing anger, fear, polarization, and advanced weapons make wide scale destruction (through war or terrorism) a real possibility.
  4. The Spirituality Crisis: The world’s largest religions (Christianity and Islam) have failed to provide a framework for healing or significantly reducing these crises.

(Brian McClaren, Everything Must Change, pg 5.)



QUESTIONS:

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE FOUR CRISES? DOES THIS FAIRLY DESCRIBE OUR WORLD?
  • WHAT DO JESUS’ LIFE, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION SAY ABOUT THESE CRISES?
  • HOW CAN YOU WORK FOR THE GOOD OF ALL PEOPLE (See Matthew 7:12.)?
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