First Glance: Genesis 5

When Kenan was 70 years old, he became the father of Mahalalel. And after he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died. (Genesis 5:12-14) There are few more daunting parts of the Bible to read than a genealogy.…

First Glance: Genesis 4

Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. (Genesis 4:15-16) Names are significant in the biblical world. Whether it is naming a child Moses (‘drawn out’) or…

First Glance: Genesis 2-3

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” (2:16-17) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and…

First Glance: Genesis 1

  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2) Before even the dawn of creation, before the first ‘let there be…and it was so,’ while it…

Suffering by Indifference

In my recent review of Hendrikus Berkhof’s Christ the Meaning of History, I noted that Berkhof provides insight into the present situation of the church by examining the theology of history present in the early church. Here is a great example: Once the gospel has taken root in a culture, and the old powers are more…

Review: Christ the Meaning of History

Growing up, I was surrounded by the Left Behind series and the popular Christian assumption of dispensationalism. It was never officially taught to me, but between the books and movies that were popular in my area, it was simply assumed. Going to college and majoring in religion, I suddenly became ‘enlightened’ and cast off my…

Forgive and Forget

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” (Mt. 18:21-22) Forgive and Forget Forgiveness can be difficult in the best of circumstances. Even…