What in the world is going on here?

Week 39, Day 2 Genesis 3 What in the world is going on here? “…now the Serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal the Lord God had made…” In his commentary on Genesis, the Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann says this story (Genesis 2 & 3 together) is not really concerned with questions of sin and death and evil and fall. That is not to say these topics are unimportant or uninteresting. They are both. It is to say the storyteller’s concerns lie elsewhere. What we have here, Brueggemann says, is a summons—a calling, from the Creating God to consider what it means for us to live as God’s creatures in God’s world on God’s terms. “The text requires us

...to till and to keep...

Week 38, Day 2 …to till and to keep… “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” Genesis 2.15 The work of Creation, as pictured in Genesis 2, begins with a dry, dusty landscape. The reason for the desolation, we are told, is two fold—God has not caused it to rain upon the earth (and in a desert country, you know, water is life) and there was no one to till the ground (there was need of a partner, in other words). The Creation won’t, or maybe can’t, proceed until there is someone on hand who can work alongside God, tilling the earth and planting the seed, giving God something to rain on. So the very first thing God does is s

Which song are you singing?

Week 37, Day 3 Reflection on Genesis 2 Some people say a man is made outta' mud A poor man's made outta' muscle and blood Muscle and blood and skin and bones A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don'cha call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine I loaded sixteen tons of number 9 coal And the boss man said "Well, bless-a my soul" ("16 Tons"--Words & Music by Merle Travis) Most people are born into poverty. 16 Tons is their song. We don’t a

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