October 17, 2017

Postscript to Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Here’s a quick note following up on last week’s creation week posts. To my surprise, I found that author and Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and the Desiring God ministry, has stated that he has been convinced by John Sailhamer’s understanding of Genesis 1, as expressed in his […]

A Final Word about Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Cue applause. Cue wild, hilarious celebration in the streets. Creation week has come to an end. As God himself would say, “Time for a rest!” Before we go, I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all who have read and commented. You have, in some ways, participated in […]

Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike A number of commenters to IM this week have struggled with our interpretation that the story of the fall and its consequences does not indicate a radical change in the nature of creation itself as the result of human sin. If, BEFORE THE FALL—plants and organisms decayed, if carnivorous animals ate other […]

Exile from Eden (Gen 3)

By Chaplain Mike As we near the end of “Creation Week” here at IM, we come to our final study in the early chapters of Genesis. Today we look at the account of Adam and Eve’s sin and their expulsion from the Garden in Genesis chapter 3. This is the second act of a three-act […]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part two

By Chaplain Mike The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:8 (NASB) In the first part of Genesis 2:4-25, we saw: The pre-fall condition of the land The creation of Adam Beginning at verse 8, the author describes: The garden […]

Genesis and My Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike A couple of years ago, I agreed to help a small group that was losing their “pastor.” They weren’t really a “church,” but a small band of exiles from traditional churches that met in house groups and then gathered together on Sunday. When the church planter who had formed them moved away […]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part one

By Chaplain Mike And now for more “Creation Week” here at Internet Monk. Oh joy. This has been prompted by recent disputes in the blogosphere between some prominent Christian leaders, who hold to a Young Earth Creationism position, and the BioLogos Forum, a group of Christians from various disciplines that asserts the basic evolutionary model […]

John Walton: Approaching Genesis as an Ancient Text

In this video, John Walton, Professor of OT at Wheaton College (IL), discusses how we must approach Genesis as an ancient text. Readers must try their best to understand something of the thought-world of people in the Ancient Near East and to read, as much as possible, from their point of view. One good example […]

The Land of Blessing

By Chaplain Mike One of the interesting points of understanding that I came to accept when I studied under John Sailhamer is that there are two focus points in Genesis 1. First, God created everything (1.1). Second, within his creation God prepared a special land in the world where he put Adam and Eve (1.2-31). […]

Another Look: My View of Genesis 1

Another Look at a Post… By Chaplain Mike From March 27, 2010 My interest in the first chapters of Genesis began to blossom when I was in seminary, studying under Dr. John Sailhamer. Over the years, I have come back to it again and again. My understanding has grown and been refined each time I’ve […]