As I am preparing to teach Proverbs I try to search for wisdom as much as I can. Wisdom has always fascinated me, not only because I am missing it (:)), but also because I am attracted by sages.
Sometimes wisdom is found in unlikely places. This time I found some with Leon Kass who was born to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (maybe Romania?). He wrote a book that caught my attention: The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis.
While I have not read the whole book, what he says in the introduction shows me that he is a wise man. He understands what many intelligent and scientifically minded people have missed.
Bruce Waltke is one of the best known scholars in Old Testament studies. I heard him speak, I read some of his writing, and I like him a lot. At 79 he still keeps going by teaching OT in various places (it looks like he is moving to Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, FL)!
I am writing this brief blog just to draw attention to the fact that Waltke has weighed in on the issue of theistic evolution. This weighing in has led to his departure (he was NOT forced to resign as some outlets suggest) from RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL) and to a flurry of blogs.
These blogs shed additional light on this most important issue for Christianity in the 21st century: latest info, John Hobbins, and Justin Taylor. John Hobbins has the links to many bloggers who discussed this topic.
It remains to be seen where this story will go and what its impact will be in the evangelical world!
So everywhere we are determined and defined by Him who breathed into us his breath and called us by our name. And when all grows silent and empty about us, when we are restless and lost in a gloomy maze, when we cry out in the dark and none seems to answer, let us remember the saying of Pascal:
I would not seek thee, O God, if thou hadst not already found me. Even my restlessness and my longing show me that thou art at work upon me.
Or we can pray: If in the madness of my passion and the wild commotion of my life I forget thee, do not thou forget me.
God is always greater than our faith, because the breath of His Spirit is stronger than the dust of the earth. And with this certitude one can live.
Truly this is something you can live by.
If I know this, then I know the theme, the point of my life; then my life can succeed.
[From How the World Began – by Helmut Thielicke, pp. 85-86]
I posted the first part of my message on Genesis 22.
You can find it here.
This is such a monumental passage that I need to get back to it over and over again!
Dr. Alan Cairns has an excellent message on this here.
I started (yet) a new website. It is called Preaching Genesis.
The idea is to use this site as an aid for those who preach through Genesis and do not have access to some of the resources that I do.
I have been preaching through Genesis for a few years now (I am in chapter 22), and I enjoy very much the learning process (I hope the congregation does too :)). I will gradually post my notes and slides, when I find the time to do it.
Since it is a bit easier for me, I will probably post some of my most recent files first (like Genesis 22).
I hope to receive some comments, illustrations, and other ideas on preaching from this great and foundational book of the Bible.
This is the sermon from last Sunday at Hallelujah English Ministry.