The Origin of the Races

Posted on Sep 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

The explanation of the origin of “races” is given by simple genetic principles.  (For those of you who freaked out in high school biology, hang in there!  I will try my best to make this understandable.  Geneticists, please bear with the simplification!)  All right, here we go! Our “looks” are determined by genes.  Genes coding for a particular trait (like skin color) can come in a variety of forms called “alleles.”  Sometimes these alleles appear to be of equal strength,...

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Gems From Genesis – What Happened to God’s Good Earth?

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In our last Gems From Genesis article,, we focused on Genesis 1:31:  “And God saw that it was very good.”  And truly it was, but as we look around our world today, we see many things that are NOT good.  How do we reconcile these things with the Bible?  How do we reconcile them with a loving, powerful Creator God? We need to read further in Genesis.  Genesis 3 describes the steps leading up to the tragic event that theologians have come to call The Fall.  The first human...

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Gems From Genesis – In the Image of God pt. 2

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In the last article, we looked at some ideas of what it means to be made “in the image of God.”  In particular, we talked about the fact that as a result of Adam’s sin, the image of God has been blurred and distorted in mankind.  However, in the fullness of time, God sent Jesus, “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15 AKJV), to be the “last Adam” and to undo the damage done by Adam’s sin, that we may be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom 8:29 AKJV).  This is truly...

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Gems From Genesis – In the Image of God

Posted on Jan 20, 2008 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

At the end of Creation Week, after God had prepared the world and filled it with a spectacular array of plants and animals, He performed His crowning work of creation – the creation of mankind.  Genesis 2 describes this creative act in some detail, but the verses in Genesis 1 majestically declare the essence and position of man in creation.  While the animals were created “after their own kinds,” only mankind bears the image of the Creator. Over the ages, Bible scholars...

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Gems From Genesis: Conflicting or Complimentary Accounts?

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

After a lecture at a university, a student told me that although he had a church background, he had become an atheist.  When I asked him why, he said that one reason was because of all the contradictions in the Bible.  I asked for an example, and he replied that there are two different creation stories, one in Genesis 1 and another in Genesis 2.  Personally, I was glad that he chose this example of a so-called contradiction, because I myself had struggled with it in the...

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Gems From Genesis – Our Active God

Posted on May 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In the last article, we looked at the broad sweep of the drama of creation.  Now let’s dig a little deeper and explore Genesis 1:1-2:3 in a bit more detail.  If you can, take a few minutes now to read the passage, paying special attention to what you can learn about God, from just this section. OK, ready?  Here are a few of my observations.  What more can you find? Right from the start, God is there, taking the initiative, in control.  He is “outside” of creation, separate...

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Gems From Genesis – The Drama of Creation

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Like a good movie, the bible starts with intrigue – with a powerful attention-getter:  “In the beginning, God created. . . “ With this verse, we are drawn into the story – left with a sense of wonder, awe, and a desire to know more.  What was it like before creation?  Why did He create?  What was His purpose?  What motivated Him?  What did He create?  When did He do it?  How did He do it?  How long did it take?  What was it like when He finished?  For the curious child or...

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Gems From Genesis 1

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Genesis – the book of beginnings!  What a treasure!  There is so much hidden in these pages, yet they are too often skimmed through, overlooked, ignored, or even scoffed at in our “sophisticated” world.  But stop and think what we would be missing without the book of Genesis. In Genesis, God gives us valuable information about Himself, ourselves, and our world, that we would have no other way of knowing for sure.  In the pages of Genesis, we read about the creation of the...

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Standing on the Word

Posted on Jun 20, 2004 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

God’s Word has come under attack on many fronts.  For over 25 years, our particular “assignment” in this battlefield has been to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim the truth of His Word, starting with Genesis 1-11.  These passages are foundational to understanding the rest of the Bible. Genesis lays the groundwork for all the major doctrinal themes found in the rest of the Bible such as God’s sovereignty, man’s position under God, righteousness, sin, judgment, and...

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Pass the Peas (or the Genes) Please.

Posted on Apr 20, 2002 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Before I became a Christian, I was taught that the Word of God was an outdated book written by primitive people who did not have modern scientific knowledge.  However, the Bible revealed scientific knowledge thousands of years ahead of its time. About the same time Charles Darwin was developing his theories of evolution, a man named Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk and scientist, was performing scientific experiments with pea plants.  His work on breeding pea plants reopened...

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