RE: Something new on Genesis 1

Date: Tue May 21 2002 - 12:13:56 EDT

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    The single most important point of Genesis is that there is a
    Creator. Also, the fist chapter of John makes it clear that Christ is
    the Creator and all that is created is through Him. The latter is
    rather hard to understand. Explaining the notion of a Creator and the
    attempts of man to understand the creation through science could be
    very helpful. One need not give answers but emphasize the fixed
    points in the discussion and let people do some thinking. My two
    cents worth George. You will do an excellent job. We all know it!

    -----Original Message-----
    From: george murphy []
    Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2002 7:57 AM
    Subject: Something new on Genesis 1

              This coming weekend (of Trinity Sunday) I'll be preaching 3
    times & the first lectionary reading is Gen. 1:2-4a. It got me thinking
    - there's a lot of discussion here about how to understand Gen.1,
    evidence for it, &c &c &c. But how would people who take these various
    approaches _preach_ on it? How would you proclaim the gospel with this
    as your primary text in 10-12 minutes to a fairly broad audience of
    mostly church-going people but with some who might be quite unfamiliar
    with the Bible? Or for those not called to preaching - what kind of
    sermon of that length would be most helpful for the average congregation
    you're familiar with?
              This is really a pretty basic question. Various interpretations
    of Gen.1 may look good on paper but if they "won't preach" then they're
    probably not worth much.
              The Gospel reading for Trinity Sunday is Mt.28:16-20.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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