Genesis 3 “The First Things” (The Fall and Original Sin) Part 10

Many people throughout church history have believed that this chapter in the Bible is the decisive text for all the rest—that it states the premise for everything that follows. But as Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann points out, this is at best a marginal passage in Scripture. It is never… Continue reading

Genesis 3 “The First Things” (The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil) Part 9

At the beginning of this sermon series I suggested that we could better understand and interpret the opening chapters of Genesis if we realized that these traditions are primarily stories—ancient stories which have profound wisdom to impart regarding God, humankind, and creation. They are not historical and scientific accounts of… Continue reading

Genesis 2:15-17 “The First Things” (East of Eden) Part 8

(based in large part on the exegesis of Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann) In an earlier sermon I shared with you the consensus of Old Testament scholars that these opening chapters of Genesis represent centuries of tradition. We now know that the final form of these chapters crystallized during the… Continue reading

Genesis 2 “The First Things” (The Garden of Eden) Part 7

For many years discerning scholars have known that there are two creation stories in Genesis and that these two stories come from different sources. This is no radical, liberal, modern idea. For almost as long as the United States has been a nation some people have noticed the Bible begins… Continue reading

James 2:1-9 “Let’s Go to the Movies” (Fried Green Tomatoes)

Those of you who know me are aware that I love to watch movies. In many ways movies have become a powerful art form of communication for the contemporary world. Now I know there are many movies that are exploitative and which pander to the base desires of humanity. And… Continue reading

Job 42:1-6 “Out of the Whirlwind”

(This is the second sermon preached on the Book of Job. The first sermon found as “Job1:1-2:13; 42:7-17 “A Question of Motive” should be read first. The beginning of that first sermon explains the distinction between the prose and poetry parts of the Book of Job.) In the vast poetry… Continue reading

The Rapture Hoax (Part 2)

My reasons for presenting these sermons on the Rapture are as follows: it figures greatly in the way many Americans think about the end of time; the idea of Rapture is based on a fanciful and false interpretation of the Bible; and belief in the Rapture leads to dangerous and… Continue reading

The Rapture Hoax (Part 1)

Rapture theology was invented around 170 years ago. No one until that time even thought in those terms. Belief in the Rapture has its origins in the vision of a fifteen-year-old girl named Margaret MacDonald. In 1830, while attending a healing service in Port Glasgow, Scotland, this girl claimed she… Continue reading

Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 10:8-11; Leviticus 25:1-7 “The First Things” (The Goal of Creation) Part 6

In the previous sermon in this series I shared with you the answer I gave during my teaching career as to whether I believed in evolution. Those asking that question were trying to get me fired, so I was very cagey with my answer. I told them that my only… Continue reading

Genesis 1:26-31 “The First Things” (The Image of God) Part 5

The Bible claims in its very first chapter that we are created in the image of God. But what does that mean? Does it mean we look like God? Does it mean we have souls? Does it mean we can love? Does it mean that we, unlike animals, can tell… Continue reading

  • Follow on Facebook

  • Add this blog to your feed.

    Subscribe
  • Subscribe to receive email notification of new posts.

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Subscribe with WordPress account.

    Enter the email address you use for WordPress to follow this blog.