Adam, Evolution, and the Imago Dei (RJS)

Scot has a new book coming out at the end of this month, Adam and the Genome, co-authored written with Dennis Venema. Dennis is a biologist – and he handles the genome in this book. Scot looks at what this means, or could mean, as we read Scripture. I’ve read or heard parts of these [Read More…]

The Heavens Declare! (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. All Christians agree that the heavens and the earth are intelligently designed for a purpose. The God we worship is the creator of all. The marvel, beauty [Read More…]

Job for Today (RJS)

What does the book of Job mean for us today?  What is the message and application? John Walton and Tremper Longman III conclude their book How to Read Job by addressing these questions. The book of Job provides answers – important for us today as they were for the original audience. Christians often turn to [Read More…]

Are We Morally Obligated? (RJS)

Are there any moral obligations on us as humans? Is terrorism wrong? Is incest wrong? How old is the age of consent? (Is this concept meaningful?) Are children (or wives) property? Is gender equality always good? Is racism always wrong? Is infanticide wrong? Why shouldn’t the powerful man demand sexual satisfaction? The list could go [Read More…]

Rejecting Either/Or (RJS)

Denis Lamoureux has a new book out: Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! In this engaging and readable book he builds on his strong background in biology and theology to explore the question of evolutionary creation. The first chapter, Trapped in “Either/Or” Thinking sets the stage. Denis opens with the story of a student in [Read More…]

Job and Jesus (RJS)

We’ve been looking at How to Read Job by John Walton and Tremper Longman III. The first three sections of the book focus on Job in its ancient Near Eastern audience. As Old Testament scholars, both Longman and Walton agree that a meaning detached from the ancient context will necessarily go awry. As Christians, however, we [Read More…]

Conflict or Coherence? (RJS)

What is the difference between a dead dog and a dead chemistry professor lying in the middle of the road? I recently picked up a copy of the second edition of Henry (Fritz) Schaefer’s book Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence? Fritz Schaefer was a professor of chemistry at the University of California Berkeley for [Read More…]

A Season of Hope (RJS)

Advent, followed by Christmas is a season of anticipation and hope. Israel’s hope for the coming Messiah culminates in the birth of Jesus, the Messiah or Christ. It is fitting in this season to consider the importance of hope in human experience. Tim Keller in Making Sense of God devotes a chapter to hope … [Read More…]

Science Leads to Secularization (RJS)

In a popular story line the Scientific Revolution and the secularization of society moved hand in hand. A scientific society will, of course, be secular. Scientific thought eliminates the divine from the realm of rational thought. J.B. Stump in Science and Christianity explores secularization and the role of science in the process in chapter three [Read More…]

A Theology of Suffering (RJS)

What does the book of Job teach us about suffering? In the face of suffering many Christians turn, almost instinctively, to the book of Job. Surely there must be an answer here! The book explains suffering. But this isn’t exactly true. First, Job is not a book to give anyone in the midst of personal [Read More…]