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The Image of God in a Fallen World - Part Two

God made everything good. Indeed, with man and woman standing at the center of God's world, we can agree with the statement of Genesis 1:31, "Behold, it was very good." The world should have stayed this way. Had Adam and Eve obediently followed God's commands they would have multiplied on the earth, spreading God's rule across the land and living in loving relationships, all to the glory of God himself. They would have had access to the tree of life and eventually been able to join God in his rest. The whole world would have been the better for it.

The Image of God in a Fallen World: Part One

The most popular television shows in our house are mostly nature documentaries - usually about strange animals in some far-flung part of the world (at least far-flung to us!). I can't tell you how many times I've watched different types of lemurs - ring-tailed lemurs, mouse lemurs, wooly lemurs, bamboo lemurs - climb through the trees of Madagascar. I've learned more than I care to know about the deadliest snakes and spiders in Australia. My kids never seem to grow tired of nature's marvels and the entertaining men and women who love to chase them down.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Locusts and Literary Genres in the Bible

I don’t usually watch the local news or any of the twenty-four hour cable news channels (unless there’s a major event under way). I prefer to read the news rather than watch it. Of course, I do live in the twenty-first century so most of my news reading comes from the internet. I’d rather browse new sites than watch news shows. Even as I’m browsing, I have an aversion to videos.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Looking Behind the Text

Several years ago a series of videos came out featuring a young, stylish preacher discussing well-known Bible stories in a way that captured the imagination of its target audience. The preacher made frequent appeals to little known details of the culture and history that lay behind the biblical teaching, and by doing so was able to show that many well-known and cherished biblical passages did not at all mean what everyone had assumed they meant.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: The Bible and the Newspaper

Why do we have to think about how to read the Bible? Shouldn’t it be obvious? After all, if a person knows how to read a newspaper or a novel, shouldn’t he be able to read the Bible? In a sense, the answer to that question is ‘yes.’ The Bible is, after all, a book; therefore, in many ways it needs to be read like any other written document. Unfortunately, we don’t always apply some of the common sense, usually unspoken rules of reading to the Bible.

Why this Book?

We carry our Bibles around with such ease, that we rarely stop to think about how amazing it is to have God's Word bound in a single volume, small enough to tuck under an arm, put in a purse, or even (if you can read the tiny print!) stick it in a back pocket. What we call a book, or codex, didn't exist when the prophets were writing and weren't well-known in the days of the apostles. But Christians adopted the codex very early as a way of holding together the diverse writings they considered to be Scripture.

Christmas, Communion, and the Second Coming

This time of year we celebrate the coming of the Son of God into the world. For most of us, Advent season conjures up images of manger scenes, shepherds in the field, and magi with their gifts. All of these are important parts of the biblical story of the birth of Jesus (even if our imagining of them sometimes goes far afield of the actual events!).

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