The Gift of Play

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Today I’ve been reading about the gift of play, particularly as it relates to spiritual formation. There are the practices of Sabbath, prayer, work, exercise, study, meditation . . . and play.

It seems quite the odd concept to read about in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this time, play may seem, at best, something we should merely hope for in the future and, at worst, something we end up despising in the midst of carrying so much added responsibility.

I can pray and work. But play? Continue reading

When Dirt Comes to Life

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Right from the beginning of our story in Scripture we are confronted with the reality of the goodness of God’s creation. We are struck six times with this phrase, or something similar, “God saw that it was good…” That is then followed up with the well-known, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”

What a statement to pronounce over your work – good, very good.

What a statement when God is the one who pronounces it.

With the storyline of creation’s goodness being emphasized more and more within the evangelical tradition, we have moved somewhat away from a more dualistic, overly-ethereal view of God’s work. We have recognized God is the God of the spiritual and physical.

Even more, thanks to works like NT Wright’s Surprised by Hope and others, we are aware that God does not plan to abandon the earth but rather fully and finally restore it through Jesus.

This is a good place to start.

But I don’t believe this takes us far enough. Continue reading

Can Science & Theology Work Together?

Sunburst_over_EarthIn a theological forum on Facebook, I recently saw these, and similar, questions posed:

“How do you personally believe science and theology can work together? In other words, what limitations do you place on science? Only to the point of contradiction…or do you adjust your hermeneutic? Secondly, how would you evangelize or disciple a biology student who believes he has to choose between science and Christianity?”

They are good questions, one’s that Christians have been engaging with for centuries (if not always). I offered some thoughts on the forum and, so, thought I would also post them here for any conversation.

What do you think?

Here are my thoughts below (side note: I used all caps for some words because Facebook doesn’t allow for bold or italics).

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