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August 2011

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 2

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 2

In the passages below, notice that the destruction of earthly powers is expressed through the figurative language of a collapsing universe: The sky rolling up and the sun, moon, and stars being darkened or falling. Another way to describe this discourse is the language of “de-creation.”
August 28, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
5
 
Saturday Sermon: The History of the World in a Nutshell

Saturday Sermon: The History of the World in a Nutshell

In tracing the fluid storyline of the Bible, Dr. Keller has first focused on the early chapters of Genesis, emphasizing both the ordained purpose of creation and the great Fall of humanity. The latter addresses the pressing question: what is wrong with the world?
August 27, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
4
 
The Human Fossil Record, Part 7: The Rise of Early Homo

The Human Fossil Record, Part 7: The Rise of Early Homo

In early Homo came a hominin with a larger, rounder cranium and evidence of clear stone tool production.
August 26, 2011 
By James Kidder 
Human Origins 
5
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 5: Epilogue

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 5: Epilogue

My transition from aligning myself with the Intelligent Design Movement to accepting evolution was rather sudden. Looking back on this transition, I realized that a few factors had helped.
August 25, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
133
 
From the Dust: Expanding the Paradigm

From the Dust: Expanding the Paradigm

I think that one of the questions that arises when thinking about faith and science is whether theology is being forcibly changed simply to accommodate to scientific development.
August 24, 2011 
By Ryan Pettey 
Science & Worldviews 
5
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible: Literal Events or Powerful Metaphor?

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible: Literal Events or Powerful Metaphor?

The language of a collapsing universe is related to the end of the old covenant and the coming of the new covenant as God’s “new world order.”
August 23, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
14
 
B.B. Warfield, Biblical Inerrancy, and Evolution

B.B. Warfield, Biblical Inerrancy, and Evolution

During the late 19th century when critical views of Scripture came to prevail in American universities, Warfield was responsible for refurbishing the conviction that the Bible communicates revelation from God entirely without error. Yet while he defended biblical inerrancy, Warfield was also a cautious, discriminating, but entirely candid proponent of the possibility of evolution.
August 22, 2011 
By Mark Noll 
Biblical Authority 
38
 
Palimpsest

Palimpsest

The partialness of our knowledge ought to remind us that even incomplete recoveries of the past ought be regarded as gifts.
August 21, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Saturday Sermon: Paradise Lost

Saturday Sermon: Paradise Lost

In order to understand the very nature of humanity, one needs a firm grasp on the doctrine of original Sin.
August 20, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
0
 
God’s Use of Time

God’s Use of Time

I find that when many Christians think about the way God created our universe, they often bring a static expectation similar to what we bring to an ordinary statue. It’s as if we assume the physical realm were merely a rigid three-dimensional sculpture, immovable with time.
August 19, 2011 
By Matthew Blackston 
Earth, Universe & Time 
30
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 4: Reading Behe

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 4: Reading Behe

I intended to start my research by reading Behe’s then-new book Edge of Evolution. I poured myself a cup of coffee, closed my office door, readied notepad and paper, and settled in.
August 18, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
64
 
Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

The complex sounds in the piece are created by only five human voices over a foundation of a single cello—the entirety of the Toby Twining Music ensemble.
August 14, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
Saturday Sermon: Two Trees, Some Fruit, and a Piece of Bread

Saturday Sermon: Two Trees, Some Fruit, and a Piece of Bread

In his sermon “The Great Invitation”, Kevin Kim raises a question that all Christians should address: what’s so great about the gospel anyway?
August 13, 2011 
By Kevin Kim 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
2
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 3: An Unexpected Opportunity

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 3: An Unexpected Opportunity

I had heard quite a bit of anti-ID rhetoric at the conference, and I remember thinking it best to look at the case for ID first, before looking at the case for evolution. It would turn out to be a fateful choice.
August 12, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
7
 
Was Humanity Inevitable?

Was Humanity Inevitable?

If the tape was rewound and evolution started over from scratch, Conway Morris says, the evolutionary details would be different, but the end result would be similar: a species characterized by intelligence and complex civilization.
August 10, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Human Origins 
79
 
NPR’S Adam and Eve Story

NPR’S Adam and Eve Story

All science can say is that there was never a time when only two people existed on the earth: it is silent on whether or not God began a special relationship with a historical couple at some point in the past. This subtle but extremely important point was missed entirely in the NPR story.
August 10, 2011 
By Darrel Falk, Kathryn Applegate 
Human Origins 
39
 
The Fullness of Time

The Fullness of Time

Naming Jesus as both the Alpha and Omega is not just to say he was “there” at the beginning and has now run on ahead to the end, but to say that He subsumes both, because past and future are known relative to Him in communion with the Father and Spirit.
August 07, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
9
 
Saturday Sermon: John Stott and Genesis 1

Saturday Sermon: John Stott and Genesis 1

On July 27, 2011, renowned evangelical John Stott passed away at the age of 90. His work was an influential voice in conservative evangelicalism. In honor of Stott’s work in promoting “balanced and thinking biblical faith”, we feature an audio excerpt from Stott’s address “Genesis 1: Called to Full Humanity”.
August 06, 2011 
By John Stott 
Creation & Origins 
3
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 2: Embracing Intelligent Design

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 2: Embracing Intelligent Design

It was not long after my (now embarrassing to me) actions that I was first introduced to the ID movement through the work of Michael Behe. Ironically enough, I was introduced to ID by a vocally pro-evolution professor.
August 05, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
7
 
From the Dust: History of a Worldview

From the Dust: History of a Worldview

The problem is that in America, the Deism of people like Thomas Jefferson had split off God from the world for political reasons, because once God is out of the picture, then we are free to develop whatever sort of empire we want. Sadly, the church colluded with this...
August 03, 2011 
By Ryan Pettey 
Science & Worldviews 
5
 
Genesis Two Rewrites, Part 2

Genesis Two Rewrites, Part 2

Being in Christ means that our lives can be re-written and re-ordered to conform to the good, life-full narrative of Genesis 2.
August 02, 2011 
By Stephen Rodeheaver 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
24
 
Genesis Two Rewrites, Part 1

Genesis Two Rewrites, Part 1

Genesis 2 is about as well known as any Bible story ever told – the wondrous story of the creation of Adam and Eve.
August 01, 2011 
By Stephen Rodeheaver 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
3