Christ as Redeemer From the Beginning (RJS)

Adam and Eve did not introduce evil into God’s good creation. Christ as cosmic redeemer was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Genesis 3 tells a story of disobedience and consequences for that disobedience, but we must not lose sight of the fact that the snake was in the garden. If the snake is [Read More…]

A Perfect Plan not a Perfect Paradise (RJS)

I’ve been reading a book Peril in Paradise by Mark S. Whorton. In this book Dr. Whorton, a rocket scientist (Ph. D. in aerospace engineering, worked for NASA) and a Christian, puts forth a case for an old earth and digs into problems with a young earth scenario. Throughout the book he tells a little [Read More…]

No Evolution Allowed (RJS)

The stories in How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science are fascinating. Twenty-five authors give twenty-five different perspectives.  There is no one pathway to grapple with these issues. The contributors include pastors (e.g. John Ortberg, Daniel Harrell, Ken Fong), biblical scholars (e.g. N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Tremper Longman III), [Read More…]

Also in Eden? (RJS)

Lately I’ve been listening to the book of Ezekiel on my commute. One morning last week the passages included Ezekiel 28 and the lament against the king of Tyre caught my attention (vv.11-19). The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say [Read More…]

Oh, the Stories We Tell! (RJS)

We all have some story, some paradigm, that structures and forms our understanding of life and purpose. What is the story around which you shape your life? I’ve been reading a book Peril in Paradise by Mark S. Whorton. In this book Dr. Whorton, a rocket scientist (Ph. D. in aerospace engineering, worked for NASA) [Read More…]

Beloved Let Us Love One Another (RJS)

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1Jn 4:8 I was recently sent a copy of the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith Based Decisions by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley (HT TG). Katharine Hayhoe is a professor at Texas Tech working in the area of [Read More…]

And Abram Went (RJS)

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who [Read More…]

What is Your Story? (RJS)

I received a new book in the mail today How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science. In this book twenty-five Christians reflect on their journey to and around the intersection of evolution and Christian faith. The contributors come from a range of perspectives including pastors (e.g. John Ortberg, Daniel [Read More…]

Miracles and the “Problem” of Divine Action (RJS)

One of the blogs at BioLogos is run by Jim Stump, formerly a professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, now senior editor at BioLogos. I first “met” Jim virtually when he sent me a copy of the book Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, that he co-edited with Alan Padgett.   I [Read More…]

No Holiness but Social Holiness (RJS)

The final section of Matthew Nelson Hill’s new book Evolution and Holiness looks at John Wesley’s view of original sin and human nature and the interaction between the structures he put in place with small accountability groups and more modern ideas from sociobiology. I was raised in a Baptist church, with something of a “soft” [Read More…]


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