So, I’d better start with a big disclaimer. The thoughts below are my own personal musings and have not been run past anyone else. They are therefore not necessarily the views of Bearwood Chapel. However, as I mentioned in my last article, one of the ways in which we can work for justice is to try to imagine and describe what a just and fair society might look like. Continue reading
Here are some practical thoughts about how we can stand up for justice in the world around us. Continue reading
In one of our earlier articles we talked about barriers to justice. This means that for a number of reasons, some of the most vulnerable and needy people are unable to get justice in this world. So what is our responsibility and role here? Continue reading
The first few chapters of Genesis are setting up the rest of the book. So, just as a film or novel will return to key places and characters and just as a particularly melody will keep appearing in a musical, so too, we can look forward to the themes we discover in these first few chapters being repeated and built upon throughout Scripture.
To understand better how this is happening, we need to know a little about something called Biblical Theology. Continue reading
At this point, all looks well. God has created a good creation, fit for purpose. Humans live in that Creation, enjoying a garden paradise under God’s rule and blessing. They are responsible for caring for and ruling over creation. Then things start to go wrong Continue reading
We now get what many scholars take to be a second and possibly contradictory creation account. By the way, I think it is unlikely that someone would just stick two contradictory accounts side by side: common sense tells me that. There are also good reasons found in the text itself for rejecting that suggestion and we will see them as we work through the passage. Continue reading
The story of Creation starts right at the beginning of the Bible. The stage is set, the main characters introduced and we begin to read about who God is and what he is doing in time and space. In Genesis 1, we are told that God creates the world over a 7 day time frame. Continue reading