Sunday, February 28, 2010
20 And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens."........ 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
If it is true that man, created with the beasts by the will and Word of God, may freely hear and obey this Word, it is also true that he will constantly have before him in the animal world immediately around him the spectacle of a submission to this Word, which, if it not free, is in its own way real and complete. The creature precedes man in a self-evident praise of its Creator, in the natural fulfilment of the destiny given to it at its creation, in the actual humble recognition and confirmation of its creatureliness. It also precedes him in the fact that it does not forget but maintains its animal nature, with its dignity and also its limitation, and thus asks man whether and to what extent the same can be said of him.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The zero-tolerance stance he took towards religion in The God Delusion set atheists up as an exclusive sect, proudly isolated. Now he seems to have embraced the power of coalition and common cause, complaining that an opinion survey does not offer an option for people to agree that humans evolved over millions of years but that God had a hand in the process, and putting in a good word for the "churchmen and women who accept the evidence for evolution".A side-effect of his new readiness to compromise is that he seems older, having shed some of the stringent impatience with the shortcomings of others that is more typically seen in much younger men. It suits him, though.
20And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens."21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
It is in these spheres--surely the least expected--that the life of autonomous creatures begins by creative fiat.... In the depths below and the heights above He begins His work on and with such beings. So great is His mercy! So much is He the Lord and Master of all things, including these regions! So thoroughly did He see to it that even these regions cannot be more than threatening signs of His wrath; that chaos is controlled, and life is made possible in its immediate vicinity! Where man imagines he can see the open jaws of death, God causes things to swarm and to fly,.... The spectacle offered in these spheres is one to inspire confidence....In God's blessing of the fish and birds we really transcend the concept of creation and enter the sphere of God's dealings with His creation. What we have here is the beginning of its history, or a least an introductory prologue which announces the theme of this history, i.e., the establishment of a covenant between God and His creation which moves independently like Himself and renews itself by procreation after its kind. .... there is to be a God-like creature ordained for fatherhood and sonship and continuing its existence in the relationship of fatherhood and sonship. It is not to strive against Him but to be at peace with Him; not to live in impotence but in power; not in its own arrogance and strength but in the strength of His blessing, authorisation and promise, living and active in fruitful begetting.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The great oak doors opening on the site of the original building had carved on them, by Maxwell's wish, the text from Psalm 111 Magna opera Domini esquisita in omnes voluntates ejus. Shortly after the move to the new buildings in 1973 a devout research student suggested to me that the same text should be displayed, in English, at the entrance. I undertook to put the proposal to the Policy Committee, confident that they would veto it; to my surprise, however, they heartily agreed both to the idea and to the choice of Coverdale’s translation:
Andrew Briggs was that "devout research student." The translation of Psalm 111:2 is:The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
- to have fun
- to help engage the kids with you and with the lesson
- to stimulate the kids to think about what they are observing
- to give (an imperfect) illustration of the lesson
- something that we may think is impossible may actually be possible
- something can exist even if we cannot see it
- our perceptions of reality are not always correct
- something may be true even if we cannot understand it
- there are people who are both scientists and Christian
Monday, February 15, 2010
A neuroscience professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville has been charged with capital murder for killing three people after opening fire at a faculty hearing. Dr. Amy Bishop reportedly had learned that her request for tenure had been denied for a second time.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The historical-critical method of Biblical investigation has its rightful place…. But, were I driven to choose between it and the venerable doctrine of Inspiration, I should without hesitation adopt the latter, which has a broader, deeper, more important justification. The doctrine of Inspiration is concerned with the labour of apprehending, without which no technical equipment, however complete, is of any use whatever. Fortunately, I am not compelled to choose between the two. Nevertheless, my whole energy of interpreting has been expended in an endeavour to see through and beyond history into the spirit of the Bible, which is the Eternal Spirit.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
- creator of everything
- sustainer of everything
- sovereign over everything
- Judge of everyone
Sunday, February 7, 2010
14And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
It is when there is no light of the heavenly bodies that there is no day, time, or history. This then is the actual content of the threat of judgement but also of the corresponding promise of Is. 60 and Rev. 20-21. The wisdom and patience of God which has founded human history has a definite goal, and the finite time granted to man in relation to this history has actually an end. As the death of Jesus is the goal of that history, it is also the end of time. As all prophecies point to Him, they necessarily speak of the last time this side of His resurrection and return, of the end of time this side of the dawn of the new creation. And they do so by uttering their terrifying warnings but also their friendly promises, not about the end and dissolution of the constellations,... Thus the meaning of the work of the fourth day, the meaning of the fact that God found it good (v. 18b) emerges clearly.... as in that of the first day.... the material point at issue -- the creation of day, time, and history.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
" I yearned to discuss with you, ....., in a highly agreeable kind of discourse, the many undisclosed treasures of Jehovah, the creator, which he reveals to us one after another. For who is permitted to remain silent at the news of such develpments? Who is not filled with a surging love of God, pouring itself copiously forth through tongue and pen?"
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This morning my wife, Robin is giving a short talk on the resurrection of Jesus to a group of women. I found it quite inspiring (o.k. I am biased) and so thought I would post it here:
Some people don’t believe in a literal resurrection because it’s a miracle, they can’t understand. It is out of the ordinary, unusual, supernatural, mysterious, and unexpected.
But that’s just it. We serve a living God that is unusual, supernatural, miraculous. God’s ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts and everything he does does not have to make sense to us.
I want to serve a great big huge powerful God that is different than you or I. I don’t want to serve a little god that I can put in a box and confine to the rules of nature. In the resurrection God conquered death and paid our debt once for all. It’s a turning point in history.
Away from the everyday ordinary that often consumes, dulls and pacifies us. Resurrection power should invade our lives; but not just enhance our middle class dreams of a comfortable life. But rather with the power of the Holy Spirit working through us, tell others about this extraordinary God of ours that does not always make sense.
God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to conquer sin and death so that we might not fear the end of things we know and look forward to our own resurrection.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
I knew what this would mean to leave the world of academia.
- It would mean no more Summers free to read and study and write.
- It would mean endless administrative pressures and challenges.
- It would mean an uncontrollable schedule.
- It would mean an audience who would not want or reward academic prowess but pastoral warmth and presence.
- It would mean funerals and weddings and baptisms and counseling and hospital visitation and emergencies and conflict resolution and staff management.
- It would mean that the days of publishing articles in New Testament Studies and Theologische Zeitscrift and the days of being on the cutting edge of any scholarly discipline were over.
- It would mean pressure to write a sermon or two or three every week would be relentless.
I don't doubt that this is what it meant to Piper. However, for the record his experience in academia is anomalous. Be assured that in the twenty-first century in practically any university or theological college there is plenty of administrative pressure, staff management, conflict resolution, lack of reward of academic prowess, ...