Sermons on Genesis

God Cares for Critters. Shouldn’t We?

Text:  Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. This morning we will be looking at some translation issues with this text that have led to many abusing the earth.  Who says words don’t matter?  Most of us know that the first mention of…

How High Is Your Spiritual EQ?

Text:  Genesis 2:15-24 Our text today is the well-known creation story of Adam losing a rib and gaining a wife.  I will never forget my first day of  a college anatomy class when the professor asked us to identify the gender of the skeleton in front of us.  The pelvic bone structure is one sure giveaway but one young lady began to closely examine the rib cage to see if a rib was missing.  🙂 Part of our reflection on…

Soap Operas from Genesis

This Sunday, we will be looking at, without a doubt, the most dysfunctional families in the Bible.  They are so bad that I will occasionally be using big adult words, so that young ears will not understand what we’re talking about.  No matter how bad you think your family is, no matter how many problems you are having with estranged, or just strange, relatives, I promise, you will feel better after hearing these “Soap Operas from Genesis.”  Spoiler alert:  the…

Tohu-bohu and the Spirit of God

Text:  Genesis 1:2             Acts 2:1-4 The Bible is the source of our deepest Spiritual insights, but it also faithfully reflects the culture that produced it.  If we read a purported ancient religious text that mentions global warming and Covid-19, we will have reason to  question its authenticity.  Likewise we shouldn’t gasp if we hear the Bible  casually mentioning commonly held Jewish beliefs about the joys of owning slaves, having multiple wives and sex slaves (e.g. Abraham), and wives being…

God’s Finishing School

Text:  Genesis 37-39 This morning we’re looking at Genesis chapter 37-39, a fascinating Bible story that has all the makings of great piece for a gossip magazine:  a dysfunctional family, attempted murder, attempted adultery, unjust incarceration, sibling rivalry, slavery, and much more!  And through it all, God brings ultimate good out of all the good and bad choices that our characters make. Over the years, many people have tole me, “My family put the ‘fun’ back in ‘dysfunctional.’” Join with…

Dent, Chips, & Stretch Marks

Our text is about Adam and Eve being cursed and expelled from Paradise.  I once saw a cartoon of these two running out of the Garden of Eden with a flaming, twirling sword behind them.  Eve is saying to Adam, “I think we’re in a time of transition!” One question we’ll be raising is, “Have we been out of the Garden so long, that the present world looks normal to us?”  The U.S. State Department rotates its embassy employees on…