The Systemic Nature of Sin

The Bible does not commence with the fall of man. It begins in the very beginning with God. God created for six days and called all that He created good. Then comes The Fall. We know the account of how Adam and Eve sinned, but what we forget is that sin seeped out of their hearts and infected all of creation thereafter. Working the land, tending animals, marriage, birthing and raising children, all became intertwined with sin.

Sin is not only in human hearts, but in all of creation. It is not just in individuals, but in that which people create. Sin gets into how we do everything. When a contractor cuts corners on a building project, resulting in compromised work, the ensuing edifice contains that sin. Perhaps safety measures were abandoned requiring a bribe to inspectors. It does not mean the building needs to repent, but it does mean that it needs that error rooted out and corrected to reform the building to its proper specifications.

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Thoughts on Books I Read in 2018

Every year I set out to read 52 books, the equivalent of one a week for a year. I have never reached my goal, but I aim for it every year. This year I read 37 books. These included history, theology, poetry, and fiction. Here are a few highlights from my 2018 reading. Read more

Breaking Free of Facebook

a.aaa-Even-The-Cats-Use-Facebook-Facebook is not real. It does not give us a real picture of real life. It is manufactured. It is an imitation of socializing. It provides a false sense of community. It provides a daily dose of drama. It can also provide amusement, social networking, and helpful information. But it often takes more than it gives.

Topics of great import fade away as quickly as a summer thunderstorm. They clamor for attention with mighty displays of hype and drama only to be replaced by the next storm unleashing its fury against our walls. One day it is threats of missiles from North Korea, the next day it is the war in the Ukraine, then it is the horrific acts of ISIS, then it is the sale of baby parts by Planned Parenthood, then it is Cecil the Lion, then bathroom laws, then a Gorilla takes center stage for a few days. Now it’s Orlando and with it the hotly debated Second Amendment. As each matter demands our attention the last one fades into obscurity. Read more