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Where Genesis and Science agree

I almost always find myself reading Genesis in January and it strikes me that we very often focus on the areas of conflict between contemporary scientific theories and the Book of Genesis and miss out on the very many areas where the two agree. Here are some that I’ve noted: The forming of the universe was almost instantaneous (Gen 1:3 & the split seconds of the Big Bang – whichever theory of it you choose) The earth began formless, empty and mostly watery (Gen 1:2 & history of the earth)…

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Consuming Reflections: Everyone gathered enough

The story of God providing manna and quail (Ex 16:18) to the people of God in the desert is a pretty remarkable one and one that remains instructive today. Lesson 1. God provides. That’s what He does, it’s one of His names – Provider. We can and should have confidence in His ability to meet our needs. OK maybe we won’t all find provision outside on the ground every day we wake up, but that doesn’t mean His provision isn’t really there. Lesson 2. God provides enough. We rarely like…

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Total Obedience

I’m really enjoying reading the Bible chronologically. I’ve enjoyed the way they’ve figured out when various people lived and died and moved the reference. Seeing that Noah’s grandfather Methuselah died just before the flood, and realising Joseph was in Egypt when Isaac died made the emotions of the story stand out stronger. Obviously the cutting and pasting can make it feel a little disjointed but so far it’s appreciated and made little things stand out to me much more. So not quite a month in and I’ve read Genesis, Job,…

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Ideas

I regularly read a bunch of magazines. Some I know beforehand that I want to read almost every article (like The Economist), others I skim read looking for things of interest. Today I read the Jan/Feb edition of Idea from the EA and there were a bunch of things of interest. Here they are: Wordlive is a new resource from Scripture Union that helps you get into the Bible through good use of multi-media. Worth checking out If you’re a professional involved in environmental action consider Picea A transcript of…

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Consuming Reflections: If you're rich be like this

Job is an interesting character – as I’ve already noted when we first meet him, he is an extremely rich man. By the end of the story he is even richer, God has not only restored to him what was lost but gave him an even greater abundance (Job 42:12). Job, like Abraham, is held up as an example that God thinks being rich is OK. If being rich in and of itself were bad then why would God bless Job? It’s a reasonable argument but the Bible also tells…

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