The Liturgy of Creation

Honestly, it’s hard to think of a theological topic that gets evangelical Christians more fired up than the doctrine of creation. Now I know the doctrine of creation is wide ranging—we could talk about providence, God’s end in creation, the contingency of creation, the orderliness of creation, etc—but the aspect of creation that really makesContinue reading “The Liturgy of Creation”

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Priests of Creation and a Dead Mountain Lion

Yesterday I heard some heartbreaking news: P-47, a 3-year-old mountain lion has died in the Santa Monica Mountains after being infected with rat poison. P-47 was one of the largest mountain lion observed in the National Park Services study in Los Angeles. This got me thinking about humanity’s vocation in relation to creation. In studying T.F. TorranceContinue reading “Priests of Creation and a Dead Mountain Lion”

Priests of Creation – A Reflection for Earth Day

Man has been called to be a kind of midwife to creation, in assisting nature out of its divinely given abundance constant only to give birth to new forms of life and richer patterns of order. – T.F. Torrance, The Goodness and Dignity of Man On this day, Earth Day 2019, I want to suggest–byContinue reading “Priests of Creation – A Reflection for Earth Day”

Book Giveaway – How I Changed My Mind About Evolution

This week I’m giving a way a free copy of Intervarsity Press and Biologos’ joint effort How I Changed My Mind About Evolution. So who should read this book? I think there are several people who need to read it: People who don’t believe that evolution and Christianity can be compatible. I recommend this toContinue reading “Book Giveaway – How I Changed My Mind About Evolution”

How Green Was Paul?

Creation care or environmentalism is a hot topic among evangelical Christians (the fact that it is saddens me, honestly, whether we should care for God’s creation or not should not even be a question). Nevertheless, many Christians tend to err on one side or another: either they overemphasize the care of creation over and aboveContinue reading “How Green Was Paul?”

Jonathan Edwards Week – God is a Communicative Being

One of the fundamental axioms of Jonathan Edwards’ theology is that God is a communicative being. Edwards says that “It is God’s essence to incline to communicate himself.” (Misc. 107) He also says that “This disposition to communicate himself is what we must conceive of as being originally in God as a perfection of hisContinue reading “Jonathan Edwards Week – God is a Communicative Being”

Atonement & Creation – Notes on Matthew Levering’s LATC15 Presentation

Here are some notes on the first plenary session of the Los Angeles Theology Conference…. Satisfaction theories can only be understood in the context of the doctrine of creation. Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Critique of Satisfaction In the sermon on the mount Jesus rejected the reciprocity code of justice – i.e. he rejects a retributive model ofContinue reading “Atonement & Creation – Notes on Matthew Levering’s LATC15 Presentation”

Middle Knowledge & Geerhardus Vos

If Al Gore had become President of the United States, America would not have gone to war in Iraq. If the Broncos beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, the world would be a better place. If Johnny had asked Susie out on a date, she would say yes. All these statements are examples ofContinue reading “Middle Knowledge & Geerhardus Vos”

Satan Hates Sex!

God loves sex. Satan hates it. You probably think that I have got things backwards – the enemy loves sex, because it’s the downfall of so many relationships (and non-relationships)…. Broken hearts, abuse, deviancy, pain, are all things that people experience in sex – how could the enemy not love it! But he does hateContinue reading “Satan Hates Sex!”

Christians Must be Readers & Writers

Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English at Liberty University and Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, begins each semester by exhorting her students to see the connections between the life of the intellect and the life of faith. She makes a sharp case for why Christians must beContinue reading “Christians Must be Readers & Writers”