Re: Something new on Genesis 1

From: Walter Hicks (
Date: Tue May 21 2002 - 20:23:29 EDT

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    I am probably among the least qualified to comment -- but that may be

    This past Sunday, one of the pastors at our church was speaking in a
    continuing series about the family. He spoke about two families -- Adam
    & Eve and Noah. The contrast was one of one family who disobeyed God and
    one who obeyed God. While listening to his sermon (30 minutes) I
    wondered if he thought that these were "real, historical" people or a
    Parable of sorts. My perception was that he thought that they actually
    were historical figures; but it was possible that he believed otherwise.
    Either way, the sermon delivered a message that was not dependent upon
    either point of view. I think that was a good way to present things so
    that the Spiritual message was not lost

    I suspect that you might do likewise in a "mixed" audience".

    Either way: If you do your best, George I'm certain that your faith in
    the Lord will come through and that the congregation will be spiritually



    george murphy wrote:
    > 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.
    > Shalom,
    > George
    > George L. Murphy
    > "The Science-Theology Interface"

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