Christian Purpose

What is the purpose of the Christian life? In teaching worldview, I’m finding that I must clarify my own thinking in many ways —and understanding the purpose of life in Christian terms is one of those problems I’ve encountered where I deeply need to clarify my thinking. There seem to be two obvious answers to the [...] [...]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 5)

There is one final component in the consequences of sin we need to understand before we can fully understand sin and it’s impact in our lives. While separation is the main theme in Genesis 3, there is another component we don’t often look at —what is it Adam and Eve gained when they gained “the [...] [...]

On Focus

And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. -Genesis 2:9 The Garden of Eden teaches us a very important [...] [...]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 4)

In the last post on Genesis 3, we saw that separation is a major theme of the consequences of sin —but we didn’t cover every type of separation that occurred because of the Fall. There are two more separations resulting from the fall that define the world we live in. The first is the separation of [...] [...]

Genesis 3: The Consequences of Sin (Part 2)

In the last post on this topic, we discussed the first consequence of sin —hiding from God. The second consequence is on Satan: Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of [...] [...]

Genesis 3:1-7, The Process of Temptation (Part 3)

Have you ever lost something? Silly question —of course you have. The real question is, where did you find it? Have you ever noticed that you always find in the “middle” of something else? “I couldn’t find my keys, but then I looked, and there they were in the middle of the desk.” Rarely is the [...] [...]

Genesis 3:1-7, The Process of Temptation (Part 1)

Eve was given a direct commandment, and she disobeyed it. Simple and straightforward. Or is it? For instance, why shouldn’t they eat of this tree? The commandment seems so arbitrary, doesn’t it? If the commandment is truly arbitrary, then God can be painted as capricious, simply commanding things to test obedience. Does this fit our picture [...] [...]

Pleasant Deceptions

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. attributed to Abraham Lincoln I’ve begun to doubt this truism. Why? American politics, as well as politics in many other parts of the world, [...] [...]

The Meanings of Know, Part 1

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely 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 surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 This single Scripture presents us with a major [...] [...]

Narrative 007: Consequences of the Fall

The slides are up for session 7 of our small group narrative study of the Scriptures. This one covers total depravity and the transmission of sin, two somewhat controversial areas (but I’m no stranger to friendly disagreements!). [...]