When Daddy Comin?

For the past two weeks, I have been home with my family celebrating our new arrival! Since there is only so much I can do for our new baby, most of my time was spent playing with and taking Read more

Angel Tree

When I was a child, my family fully embraced the traditions of Christmas. We decorated our home with the most cherished ornaments, lights, and bows. We handmade or purchased gifts with much thought about the receiver. We made plans Read more

Begin with Jesus

The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a Read more

Weeds

Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties. She said: I don't do windows because I Read more

New Each Day

Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Repeat this before Read more

Seriously Funny, part 2-3

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For over 30 years, Ken Davis has brought laughter and truth around the world through his unique sense of humor and gifted biblical teaching. In his latest message, “Seriously Funny,” Ken uses his hilarious sense of humor to encourage believers. His overwhelming joy in the Lord spills over as he shares humorous anecdotes of his marriage, kids, and personal experiences. Ken’s message is not only entertaining, but spiritually uplifting and strengthening in a time when many of us carry heavy burdens. His humorous, biblical teaching will make you cry with laughter and lead you to rediscover joy in the Lord.

7-Day Creation: Crossing the Literal Line

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creationIn response to an article I recently read in the June 2011 issue of Ministry Magazine, I wrote the following blog on the topic of a 7 Literal Day Creation. I’m afraid my thoughts may have been misunderstood, so I’m going to try to clarify my intent in writing this blog.

First and foremost, I would like to state that the very purpose of a blog is to offer one’s personal opinion on a topic. This blog is NOT a church position paper. It is MY thoughts on this topic, and nothing more.

I think there is so much to gain and nothing to lose in respectful and intelligent conversation on topics. Since a great deal of my time and energy is in church work, much of what I read and listen to is of a more spiritual nature from a variety of sources and thought processes. We have so much to learn from the opinion and perspective of others, and I think it is unfortunate when a Christian of any persuasion appears to fear the freedom of critical thinking and attempts to stifle conversation on a religious topic. This was my concern with the article I was responding to.

My intention was not to take a stand on the issue of a 7 Literal Day Creation. My intent was only to suggest there is room given biblically for more than one conclusion on the matter. I never even stated my personal opinion outside of making it very clear that I absolutely believe it was God who did the creating.

Please understand – my ONLY point is that these are conversations that are healthy to have, and they should be encouraged rather than stifled. I hope this clears up any misconceptions of any perceived agenda in my blog.

Original blog post:

In the June 2011 issue of Ministry Magazine, Dr. Greg A. King, dean of the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University, laid out his argument for why it is necessary to believe in a literal 7-day creation. I have to admit that I was quite distressed after I finished reading the article.

Though I appreciate the sincerity with which Dr. King shared his beliefs on the subject, I absolutely disagreed with his selective hermeneutics and found it disheartening that Christians would put so much effort into their insistence that every believer fall in line with this presumption. I also fear this type of dogmatic essay will only serve to squelch healthy conversation and, as a result, do damage to relationships within and outside of the Christian church.

I don’t disagree that the Bible uses the time frame of a “day” when relaying the creation account. I also know that there are other places in the Bible where biblical scholars have chosen to adopt a “day-for-a-year” principle.

As far as the importance of sticking to a “literal “interpretation of the Bible, there are areas, such as the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16) or the entire book of Job where the genre uses allegorical illustrations to prove a point. The Bible was written by and initially for people who probably believed the world was flat and that sea monsters filled the oceans. It’s crucial that we consider culture and context as we read scripture. Should we subjectively pick and choose what we believe is literal or figurative?

I’m not saying I don’t believe God created our world (I do). I’m not even opposed to the idea that He did it in seven literal days (He may have). All I’m saying is that, whether it was in seven literal 24-hour periods of time or millions of years doesn’t change the value I place in scripture or the purpose I find in a weekly opportunity to worship and rest on Sabbath, and it absolutely has no effect whatsoever on my salvation.

I strongly believe we need to be open to what scientific discovery has to offer, honestly admit that the bible does not demand a definite time stamp on creation, and stop pointing fingers at those who come to a different conclusion than we do. The fact is, there was only One who was there at the time who actually knows how things went down, and I think it’s time we stopped trying to put our words in His mouth.

Author: Tami Cinquemani

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Dancing Around Oneness

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20dance1018I read about a ballet teacher who constantly repeated a rather confusing phrase to beginning ballet students. “Find your Sit-Bones!”

“Find your sit-bones” was the term she used for drawing from the strength of proper alignment. Named for their location, one’s sit-bones are apparently an essential part of ballet. She defined the finding of one’s sit-bones as an epiphany; with the sit-bones in place, ballet made sense. One’s sit-bones were one’s center; to find them is to find the heart of ballet. She further declared, “You can dance without knowing this center, but you will never learn to love the dance.”

Is life not also something like this? Is there not within us a need for something at the heart of life, something that allows it all to make sense?

Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge says something interesting: “Everything, I am profoundly convinced, is connected with everything else… There is a oneness, in which each part bears a relation to each other part…. The great scientists, men like Einstein, are more than anyone else aware of this, because they see scientifically what we see intuitively–this fact that there is nothing which you can explore in the universe which is not related to everything else.”

And then Muggeridge adds thoughtfully: “It is inconceivable to me that there could be this oneness with out a One.”

Indeed, doesn’t it seem to follow that at the heart of all of our living, behind our personal, rational existence is a personal, autonomous being? To know the One through whom all life came into being is to find the center, the meaning of life itself. It is to find the strength of aligning our lives with the living heart of truth. C.S. Lewis said it well when he came to faith in Jesus Christ. He said he thought he was coming to a place of truth, but found instead that truth itself was a person.

Scripture declares: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Deut. 6:4 Standing on this truth, King David proclaimed throughout the Psalms his desire to bless this God with all that was within him and to proclaim this One in whom his very bones rejoiced.

In God alone, David found the very center of life, from which all else flows. It is little wonder that David put most of his teaching about God to music. Interestingly enough, the Scriptures also report that he danced.