Tag Archives: Creation

The Other Four Letter Word: Rest

I am busy “You look tired, Deacon Shannon.” “I am tired,” Shannon replied.  “I am very busy,” he added. This briefly captures my conversation with a brother at our church one Wednesday night.  (Earlier that evening, I noticed him dozing off … more »

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Thanksgiving Meditations: I Am Thankful

The phrase, “Give thanks” is stated or implied many times in Psalm 136. The Thanksgiving Holiday season is, naturally, a prime time to give thanks.  (However, for the Christian, the Thanksgiving season should be a year-round affair; that is, we always … more »

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Mission on Gen. 11: Foot of Pride

It’s like the earth just opened and swallowed him up He reached too high, was thrown back to the ground… Well there ain’t no going back when your foot of pride comes down Ain’t no going back. — Bob Dylan, “Foot … 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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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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Missio on Work (Ephesians 6:5-9): Designed with Dignity

As Christians, we know we are called to submit to those in authority above us. Romans 13:2 is just one of many verses in the Bible that points to this: “Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what … more »

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Missio on Rest (Deuteronomy 5:12-15)

When God created us, He built work into the very core of our being and purpose: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15, ESV) But … more »

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Missio on Bezalel and Oholiab: Artistry Against Poverty

Noemie* is a 16 year old Muslim girl living in the Horn of Africa. 18.8% of the population in her country lives below the poverty line. Women in her country do not have a lot of opportunity and many of … more »

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Missio on Strife: The Artistry of Work

In Alsace, France there is a sixteenth century painting, the Isenheim Altarpiece, which depicts the Crucifixion with John the Baptist and Mary on either side of Jesus.  Many details are noteworthy here, but what I love most is John’s finger.  … more »

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Redeeming Vocation: Shutting Down “Underground Economies”

Although the word, ‘covenant,’ is not spoken in Genesis 1-2, all the elements of a covenant are present – showing that God entered into a covenantal relationship with Adam and Eve. It was a covenant that God initiated.  In response … more »

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