"How then should we live?" This is one of the most important questions that we should ask when thinking about the Christian life. This question should always be framed by our interaction with the biblical text in both its ancient and current contexts. The early chapters of Genesis give us a framework and a beginning place to understand not only the rest of the biblical story, but they also help us to locate our place within God's ongoing redemptive plan for His creation.
I have spent over a decade thinking, reading, writing, and teaching about the Genesis narrative, especially the first twelve chapters. What I have discovered and re-discover again and again is the timeless truth of these ancient texts.
I have had the privilege of reframing these stories in fresh ways that are applicable for our world today, while diligently working to stay true to the language and context of the ancient world in which they were originally written.
Currently, I am writing a column called "Two Trees and the One" for Stewardculture Magazine, a quarterly electronic magazine containing news, articles and features about regenerative farming and gardening that is God-glorifying. You can read the first three articles here:
Two Trees and the One: The Beginning
Two Trees and the One: Our Place
Two Trees and the One: The Technological Tree and the Big Lie
"How Then Should We Live?" is a book written by Francis Schaeffer, who long pondered the fate of Western culture. In this book he talks about how the church is usually 30 years behind in engaging where the world is today. My hope is that we learn how to live presently in our world and care for creation as God intended for us to do.
I want to thank my professors at Regent College: Ian Provan, Phil Long, Rick Watts, John Walton, and Bruce Waltke. These men have guided and influenced my thinking in regards to Genesis. My love for the text has been enriched and deepened as I attempt to apply it to my life.
I want to thank the community of Santa Martha for teaching me the deep connection between the people and place and God's redemptive plan for the world..