Being Human

This post is longer than typical because it is the transcript of a sermon given on August 9 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids MI. Sermons are, of course, meant to be heard rather than read so the style of this post reflects that. If you would rather hear than read, you can listen […]

Raising Cain

4Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have produced* a man with the help of the Lord.’ 2Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 3In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of […]

Thoughts on Evolution Sunday

Two hundred and one years ago today, Charles Darwin was born. Some churches mark the Sunday nearest Darwin’s birthday as an occasion to reflect on the relationship between science and religion. It’s been an uneasy relationship for a very long time. Disagreement about science and Biblical interpretation is nothing new. Even Augustine, who lived from 354-430 […]

Reading Genesis like the Ancients

It’s always good to try to understand the worldview and culture of the original audience of scripture. It is an important and valuable tool in interpreting the Bible. It can be of great value in developing an appropriate  and plausible interpretation of the Bible. Notice,  I didn’t say correct interpretation -that is much harder to achieve, […]