Genesis 1

Missio on Genesis 1: Charlotte Mason on Educating Children of God

I wonder how education would look if we approached it with a mindset influenced by Genesis 1:26-31. Would we teach a child differently if we viewed him or her as a ruler of creation, created in the image of the … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: To Flourish, Or Merely Survive — That is the Question for Dual Income Families

Too many modern families run ragged, leaving everyone exhausted and unable to flourish for God’s glory.  I’ve seen and experienced – both as a pastor, as well as a husband and father – the struggle to translate the concept of … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: Rewind

You’ll have to think back for this. Get ready to go old school. Think back before any conversation about lead in Flint, Michigan. Think before fluorocarbons, before anybody had even heard the words “global warming,” before there was a half-life … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: From Dairy Farm to Dot Com

Since birth all my life and industry have been immersed in dairy farming. The word “livestock” is directly correlated to my family’s lifestyle, and therefore mine also.  Dairy farming and agriculture in general are probably two of the things about … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: How Reading is Fundamental to Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate Today

To dwell in theory and abstraction serves as one of Christianity’s most tempting and crippling sins. Thinking is easy; working is hard. As the insightful Don Chaffer sings, we are far too often “long on diagnosis and short on cure.” … more »

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning (Again)

We all live our life by some narrative, even if it’s only “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” The narrative frames the activity and gives it meaning.  Of course, most of us have lived our lives … more »

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Relational Healing

A physician mentor once told me, “Healing is not simply transactional; it is highly relational.” In December of 2009, my father revealed the unexpected news that my mom had cancer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was terrified. My mother, the All-American … more »

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Dostoyevsky in Djibouti

“The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make plans for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually face crucifixion if it were suddenly necessary. Yet I … more »

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Woodworking, Building a Business, and Spiritual Formation in Light of Genesis 1

In Genesis 1, God worked.  He made this world and made us – in His image.  And He said it was good, even very good.  For me, the best way I feel that I image God well is through turning … more »

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With Jimmy and Louise in Stuarts Draft

When I was a child I was lucky enough to have two sets of incredible grandparents who lived less than two hours away. My mother’s parents, Jimmy and Louise, lived in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in … more »

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