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Meaning in Life and in Death

We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. Physical life comes first, then spiritual—a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven. The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. In the same way that we’ve worked from our earthy origins, let’s embrace our heavenly ends.

I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom?

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Water and the Bible

Given the importance of water to all of life’s processes, it’s not surprising to discover how often water, water imagery, and water symbolism appear in the Bible. What surprises many, however, is the depth of understanding about the physical nature of water demonstrated by writers of the Scriptures over 2,000 years ago.

It’s commonly believed that many of the processes, like the water cycle, were not understood until the dramatic increase in scientific knowledge beginning with the Renaissance. But some of the oldest books of the Bible indicate that knowledge about the life-supporting attributes of water has been around since ancient times. Here are some of those processes mentioned at least 1,000 years before the time of Christ:

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Animals and the Bible

One of the many key indications of the reliability of the Bible is its addressing the broad span of the reality of life on earth.  I’m only vaguely knowledgeable of the scriptures of other religions, but I think it’s safe … Continue reading »

Donkey Art

  When I started working as director of communication for Mission India in 1982, it was felt that for my writing I needed to experience India as soon as possible; so by mid-autumn that year, I found myself in that fascinating land … Continue reading »

Time to Change On Climate Change?

  Because there is so much controversy about global climate change in conservative evangelical circles, it seems like a risky issue to address here.  But I’ll be the Guinea pig by telling you how I think about it.  You be … Continue reading »

Global Remedies

  If you’re like me, you’re captivated by economic, political, social, theological issues. I like to contemplate the discovery of grand plans and heroic actions that will save the earth, the economy, the society, the church. Whenever my mind goes … Continue reading »

Riding Horses

It seems like for years now I’ve been trying to ride multiple horses—sort of like those circus riders who straddle two horses successfully because they can keep them close enough together to avoid falling in a heap between them.  Only … Continue reading »

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Thinking About Earth Day

Monday, April 22, will be the 43rd Earth Day.  I celebrated the first one in 1970 with the then typical “conservative” scoffing.  [Photo is of US Senator Edmund Muskie, author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, addressing an estimated 40,000-60,000 … Continue reading »

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Is Environmental Concern “Left-wing”?

Environmental issues always have a way of polarizing people politically. Many who consider themselves left-wing and liberal are often opposed to the ethical standards and religious beliefs of conservative Christians. It also appears that issues related to caring for creation … Continue reading »

Our Sense of Beauty

  My belief is that exposing ourselves to and being sensitive to the beauty of the creation is in large part a spiritual endeavor that will draw us toward our Creator.  It’s a spiritually fruitful practice that we moderns perform … Continue reading »

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Good and Beautiful

  I keep coming back to Genesis 1 and 2 in my contemplation of the wonder of creation because they are so fundamental to a biblical theology of nature.  To help me think about the meaning of nature, I’ve  plodded … Continue reading »

Is Caring for the Earth Pagan?

Because the earth is an object of worship for many of those given to New Age beliefs and other modern forms of pantheism, it’s logical for them to demonstrate devoted concern for the earth. That’s all they feel they have … Continue reading »

Susan and the Watermen

Susan Drake Emmerich is one of those persons who, if you allow her in your life, will change who you are—for the better. Susan spent ten years in the federal government. As a former U.S. delegate to the U.N. and U.S. negotiator for the Department of State, she was a negotiator at the 1992 Earth Summit, Biological Diversity Convention, Global Climate Convention and the Chair of the Secretariat for the International Coral Reef Initiative. She also worked for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior as a Presidential Management Fellow.

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Losing Our Joy in Nature

In Pollution And The Death Of Man: The Christian View Of Ecology, published over forty years ago, Francis Schaeffer recounted that Charles Darwin near the end of his life found that two things had become dull to him: his joy … Continue reading »

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Nature’s Divine Show

Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20) I’ve often used this verse and its context … Continue reading »