I’ve just recently completed my second preaching series at our home church in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. This series is thematic, dealing with the importance of the Word of God and especially our understanding of its authority, necessity, sufficiency and clarity.
The third year of our partnership with Judson Baptist in Nahsville, TN brings a new twist. This year a team of 7 teenagers (including our Elisabeth) with two leaders will be sent by our Banská Bystrica congregation to serve at a VBS at Judson.
Seeing fruit from ministry can be a real encouragement that puts some spark in our not always exciting everyday activities. I had one of those moments recently when a former student talked at our church about going to Tanzania with Wycliffe as a Bible translator.
In response to my most recent post in my series on “The Evangelical’s Creation Conundrum,” A friend asked my opinion about the Mohler-Collins conversation about Scripture’s teaching on the age of the universe that took place on February 1. Rather than an extensive response, I picked out one of Mohler’s statements that I think is representative of the way young earth creationists sometimes rhetorically distort the debate by forcing us to go all in on a lopsided bet.
Creation was meant to be a place of provision and protection. That’s what the ordering of the six days of creation communicates. But Genesis 1:1-2:3 sets in motion a big idea that drives the whole biblical story from beginning to end. The temple theme is rooted in the seven day structure of creation and opens up the possibility that the author did not use “days” to express length of time, but rather to set up the all important temple metaphor as the lens through which we understand the creation narrative.