Theology of Oil: Oil and God - John Van Sloten

March 12, 2006

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe begin a new series looking at the theology of oil. Why did God make it? What do the resource and its industry have to teach us about who God is; about who we are?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1

“Oil is such a compelling fuel. Why? Because of its flexibility; you can use it in everything from a cruise ship to an airplane to a car, right down to a leaf blower or whatever. It's just so flexible, it's very robust, it's easy to transport -- if you want to get technical, the energy density is unbeatable by other fuels. So you have this product that is compelling. It's easy to talk about things like ethanol and whatever else and people tend to focus in on the technical merits, but the truth is, from an overall utility perspective, it is not compellingly better than gasoline, in fact it is not as good, because you cannot travel as far on a gallon of ethanol as you can on a gallon of gasoline.”
Peter Tertzakian, Oil Analyst and Author, Arc Financial

“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant
generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out.”
Romans 11:33

“God's wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don't find it lying around on the surface. It's not the latest message, but more like the oldest--what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene.”
1 Corinthians 2:7

Research link
Oil Sands Watch

March 17 - CBC Calgary News interview
"Future Perfect" - a story of oil and prosperity in Calgary.







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May 02, 2012
Why is anyone talikng about pathetic failure of religous beliefs? You might as well wallow in the dirt like some ignorant savages. The time for being controlled slaves is 100 years ago. So not fall victim to magic and bulls**t.No-religion is the one defining thing that the red communists got correct!
Why is anyone talikng about pathetic failure of religous beliefs? You might as well wallow in the dirt like some ignorant savages. The time for being controlled slaves is 100 years ago. So not fall victim to magic and bullshit.No-religion is the one defining thing that the red communists got correct!
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March 02, 2006
I was talking about this Theology of oil series at work today (I work at an oil company) and my friend thought at first I was talking about oil used for anointing someone. Apparently in Swedish the term is close to greasing the person. (My friend is from Sweden.)

When we got back to the Theology of oil that I wanted to discuss we wondered if God would have intentionaly put the oil where he did. My friend remembered an expression, God gives oil to those who can't feed themselves. I'm guessing this in reference to the Norwegens. It's interesting that he was able to quickly recall an expression that involved both oil and God. Well at least I found it interesting.


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February 25, 2006
Waddle says "The world's theologians need to get together and ponder a question: Why did God create oil? The world's future depends on an answer." Wouldn't it be better if it was the world's leaders that got together and asked the same question? How about CEOs of oil companies?

New Hope getting together to discuss this is a start. I'm looking forward to the discussion.


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New Hope Church 2006

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1 Corinthians 2:7,Romans 11:33,Genesis 1:1,scitech

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