The Great Reversal (RJS)

Several weeks ago I started a series of posts looking at the question of biblical womanhood. You can find the earlier posts in the series here (1) Biblical Womanhood … Not What Many Think, (2) Biblical Womanhood … The New Testament (3)  All Authority in Heaven and on Earth and (4) By Their Fruit You [Read More…]

A Celebration of Creation (RJS)

I’ve begun a new series looking at the book of Genesis. This series will be shaped around the new commentary by Tremper Longman III on Genesis in the Story of God Series, but will also use his short book How to Read Genesis (HRG) along with the commentaries by John Walton (The NIV Application Commentary [Read More…]

The Perfection and Completion of Creation (RJS)

Most discussions of the Christian view of creation get off on the wrong foot right at the start. The problem is, they focus on the origin of the universe or the origin of life, not on the originator of life. From a Christian point of view this has to begin with Christ – in whom, [Read More…]

Who Wrote Genesis? (RJS)

I’ve begun a new series looking at the book of Genesis. This series will be shaped around the new commentary by Tremper Longman III on Genesis in the Story of God Series, but will also use his short book How to Read Genesis (HRG) along with the commentaries by John Walton (The NIV Application Commentary [Read More…]

It Is Time to Rise to the Challenge (RJS)

This is the last of a series of posts on Richard Middleton’s book A New Heaven and a New Earth.  His argument thus far has been that Scripture teaches a holistic redemption of creation. The biblical Christian hope is not for some disembodied heavenly hereafter but for a material existence in a redeemed and consummated [Read More…]

How to Read Genesis (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago I posted on a short book by John Walton and Tremper Longmann III, How to Read Job, ideal for a small group or adult class studying the book of Job.  Tremper Longman III, The Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College, has a similar book on How [Read More…]

Always in Transition (RJS)

One of the most common complaints about evolutionary biology is the absence of transitional fossils – the so-called missing links. This generally represents a significant misunderstanding of the nature of evolutionary change and a misunderstanding of the available evidence. We classify animals based on the current range of differences observed. Mammals are not reptiles, and [Read More…]

By Their Fruit You Will Know Them (RJS)

I am in the middle of a series looking at the questions that surround both biblical womanhood and women in leadership roles. The first two posts in the series looked at the variety of things that women are described as doing in both the Old and the New Testaments (Biblical Womanhood … Not What Many [Read More…]

The Gravity of it All (RJS)

The awe of science … and a pastor’s take on the Big Story. No doubt you’ve seen the story. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, came back online in September and detected gravity waves emanating from the collapse of of two black holes into one more than a billion years ago. Two interferometers with arms [Read More…]

The Mystery of Creation (RJS)

The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;     night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;     no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,     [Read More…]


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