RE: Something new on Genesis 1

From: Shuan Rose (
Date: Tue May 21 2002 - 14:28:18 EDT

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             Hi George,
    I would start by saying that the author is talking about more than physical
    light. When God creates light, He brings order & clarity out of chaos &
    darkness. I would add that when human beings search for knowledge about the
    world, they are doing something analogous to God's creation of light-that is
    , they are bringing order & clarity to Man's perception of the world. You
    might add that on the basis of Gen 1:26-28, it may even be the duty of human
    beings as the image-beares of God to " enlighten" the world, just as God
    did. Then , you might want to tie in John 1:4-9 and Matt. 5:14 but by
    then, you are beyond 10 minutes and you are doing a series! You might even
    be able to tie in the Gospel reading as a kind of "enlightening".
            I know you will ace it. God bless.

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    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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