Genesis 1

Care for the Earth

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The first Earth Day was observed on March 21, 1970. John McConnell, the son of a Christian evangelist, proposed a day to honor Earth and peace. He chose the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere for the first observance. Earth Day has only broadened in scope since then. A glance back at Genesis helps believers consider ways to live out God’s vision for human dominion:
* Swimming creatures. How well are we caring for the waters in which sea creatures swim? Are our fish-harvesting practices just?
* Flying creatures. How do we conserve the skies in which birds fly? Do we consider the fuels we use and toxins they emit? Are our poultry practices humane?
* Four-legged creatures. How well are we caring for fields, lakes, and marshes in which creatures find sustenance? Are our practices with animals humane?
* Seed-bearing plants and trees. How well do we
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Biblical Womanhood: What Is a Woman?

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What a woman is.

She is an image-bearer. It was the first day of a class I was teaching on the role of women in the home, church, and society. Driving in to the seminary where I teach, I thought through the material I planned to cover, and honestly I feared that some of what I’d prepared to say was too elementary for graduate-level students. Many of them were raised in church and have heard messages all their lives. Did they really need to hear again that Genesis 1:26–27 teaches that both male and female were made in the image of God? Nevertheless, I determined I’d better make sure.

So I repeated what I assumed they all knew. And sure enough, a woman present was thrilled when she heard my words! She was made in the image of God? And not only that—she did not have to marry to fully

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A Biblical Response to Immigration Policy

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In part one of a two-part series, Dr. Darrell Bock, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. M. Daniel Carroll-Rodas, Dr. Alejandro Mandes, and Soraya Marin discuss a biblical response to the immigration issue, focusing on the challenges, pressures, and opportunities faced by churches and the Hispanic population in the United States.

Yesterday, I attended the Echo Conference in Dallas at Watermark Church. One of the employees who helped prepare this for launch on the web said that listening to it made her proud to be associated with the seminary.

Dr. Carroll-Rodas makes the point that we must stop looking at this issue through the eyes of the elephant or the donkey and instead look at it through the eyes of the lamb.…

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