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The Challenges of a Life of Faith
December 1, 2016 – 12:12 am | No Comment
The Challenges of a Life of Faith

by Åke Viberg

“…When we know we cannot know everything and that we will soon die, what do we do?” It’s usually a painful experience to realize that we are limited beings forced to make some tough decisions in order to adapt to this very sobering realization. In the end however, we must face life as it is, and change.

The Paradox of Breathing
December 1, 2016 – 12:08 am | No Comment
The Paradox of Breathing

by William J. Sappenfield

Breathing readily illustrates the nature of paradox in our relationship with God. Breathing is the climax of God’s creation of humans in Genesis 2 and it is Jesus’ means of commissioning his disciples in John 20. But God slipped a paradox into creation to give us a reminder of how our relationship with God is maintained.

Exposé
August 2, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment
Exposé

by the Editorial Team of The Living Pulpit

The story of cosmic and Earth evolution drawing on the latest scientific knowledge, in a way that makes it both relevant and moving. What emerges is an intensely poetic story, which evokes emotions of awe and excitement, fear and joy, belonging and responsibility.

Recreation in Ezekiel 36
March 9, 2016 – 10:50 pm | Comments Off on Recreation in Ezekiel 36
Recreation in Ezekiel 36

by John W. Herbst

The most fundamental of Old Testament ideas is Yahweh as Creator. The concept of Yahweh as creator points obviously to God’s omnipotence and rightful place as ruler of the universe. For people of the Old Testament however, Yahweh’s role as creator implies the power to “recreate,” that is, to restore that which is barren and lifeless.

Creation As An Ongoing Change
March 9, 2016 – 10:47 pm | Comments Off on Creation As An Ongoing Change
Creation As An Ongoing Change

by Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

A common belief among Christians is to imagine the creation of the world as an historical point at an end of a linear timeline; when God separated light from darkness and heaven from earth. The risk of describing creation as an historical point is to reduce it, to make it mechanical (cause and effect), as if everything was completed and perfect once upon a time and has to be restored.

Male and Female, God Created Them
March 9, 2016 – 10:46 pm | Comments Off on Male and Female, God Created Them
Male and Female, God Created Them

by Jo David

The earliest chapters of Genesis struggle with the issue of how men and women were created and the nature of their relationship to one another. It is particularly interesting that, in Genesis 1, the almost universal idea that men are the “natural rulers” of the world is challenged in significant ways.

Creation
March 9, 2016 – 10:45 pm | Comments Off on Creation
Creation

by Asayo O. Thomas

Each star and galaxy are evidence of God’s creation. God did not just create them, but has been nurturing them for billions of years. And new stars keep emerging into this universe almost every day.

Grace in Creation: Seeing Grace in Genesis 1–3
March 9, 2016 – 10:44 pm | Comments Off on Grace in Creation: Seeing Grace in Genesis 1–3
Grace in Creation: Seeing Grace in Genesis 1–3

by Brandt L. Montgomery

That grace can be found in the New Testament is an issue of no debate, for the fourth Gospel declares, “The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (Jn. 1:17). But the assertion that there is grace throughout the Old Testament is one that still generates considerable debate within certain Christian communities and theological circles.

God Gave Women Authority, Too
March 9, 2016 – 10:43 pm | Comments Off on God Gave Women Authority, Too
God Gave Women Authority, Too

by Peggy Adrien

The Book of Genesis describes a beautiful story about the beginning of life on earth. However, it is also a story anchored in debate, fueling conversation known as “the battle of the sexes” and addresses the ongoing issue of female leadership. Should women hold positions of authority in the church?

Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation
November 19, 2015 – 11:42 pm | Comments Off on Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation
Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation

by Carmen Nanko-Fernández

One of the most profound Christian teachings is the incarnation. There is little development in the gospels of this audacious claim that the divine entered the human condition as one of us. John proclaims the Word became flesh and dwelled in our company and both synoptic gospels provide insights into the incarnation, establishing the humanity of Jesus from birth.

Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
November 19, 2015 – 11:36 pm | Comments Off on Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King

by Melvin Sensenig

Jeremiah 21:1–23:4 recounts a series of oracles against the last four kings in Israel. The canonical book’s reordering of the final four kings is important to the overall argument of the book about the future of the Davidic kingship. No future king can arise without the complete destruction of the current Davidic line.

What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
August 17, 2015 – 2:09 pm | Comments Off on What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?

by Jin H. Han

Many will recognize the question as a parody of Tertullian, De praescriptione haereticorum, chapter 7: “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” So, to answer our question, we must first ask, “What does Jerusalem represent?”