Monthly Archives: November 2011

A (Healthy) Image of God

For those interested here is my sermon from sunday. I haven’t listened to it because I hate the sound of my own voice. Bless all those people who sit through my sermons….

Restriction vs. Liberation

I had this thought last night as I was driving….

I really enjoy reading my bible. It’s a fantastic book. Full of richness and life.

But to so many people it is a book of rules and regulations. Even concepts of flawed morality arise in conversations (eg: act this way in order to get into heaven/avoid hell). Ultimately I feel like this another adventure in missing the point or asking the wrong questions about the right things.

So what if our perspective shifted?

What if we grasped the fact that through trust and understanding, the Word liberated us, rather than being a book of restrictive rules?

Just a thought.

Blessings.

Some Thoughts on Genesis…

Haven’t blogged in a while, but I am really keen to get back into it… Here we go.

We had a fascinating discussion last night which saw me observing something interesting.

I’ve seen countless creation vs evolution discussions over the years. Interestingly enough you always see a room of gathered individuals slowly divide into two sections of the room…each ready to pounce like some sort of battle scene out of Lord of the Rings.

So as metaphorical spear after metaphorical spear were slung across the room I found myself yelling….

“WE ARE MISSING THE POINT”

…And we SO are.

Based on widely accepted theology, Genesis was written by Moses, sometime around 1450 bc and was for the Israelites. Most likely heard for the first time during the time spent at Mt Sinai.

The narrative is filled with rich, deep, beautiful, harsh, epic, powerful imagery. The purpose of this? To reveal God’s undeniable involvement and relationship with His creation and His desire for creation to reflect His Glory back to Him. It is His heart that we would demonstrate the joy of His trinitarian relationship to Him and the world. That is the call placed on man. To be the priestly enacters of His kingdom (my words a little bit there).

Genesis revealed God’s plan and purpose for humanity to the Israelites, and to us today.

So perhaps the discussion  needs to be centred around WHY the universe was created and not HOW.

In the “why” we find God’s heart and plan for humanity. It is not about “the world being created in a literal 7 days” or “Adam actually being from dust”….

…Rather it is about recognising the unique call God places on us as we engage in life within His creation.