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LG Sargent deplored new common understandings

In response to public discussion on whether the serpent was literal, a number of ecclesias in the UK passed motions banning those who held such views from their platforms and circulated their position to garner collective support.  Bro Sargent supported individual autonomy but deplored defining common understandings of the statement of faith and the spread/publication of such positions which he saw as dangerous to unity.  Of course LG Sargent would be condemned by the {now withdrawn} Motion 8 even though he would agree with elements of it.  His counsel below remains relevant. Continue reading

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Happy (?) birthday – and a question

13 June 2018 marks a year from the recommencement our blog and FB page.  The site closed in Feb 2016 but re-opened in response to misleading articles in The Lampstand Magazine. We thought we might get about 2,000 views in a year, but such is the concern for what is occurring that we passed that milestone in our first full month and as our birthday approaches we are nearing 25,000 views.

We know some are not fans this page (or us).  Ok.  In a discussion which is so often heated (or threatening), we wanted to model another approach.  At times we have been perhaps too robust.  We aren’t perfect.  And yes we have tired of the trolling/baiting approach of some.  But we want to present how we can read scripture, plus highlight some of the historical variety in our community – much of which is unknown &/or ignored today.

So now a question.  What would you like to see in some upcoming posts?  Don’t feel the need to paste walls of text, just enough to get us started – we can always ask for more detail if your point is unclear.

Superstitions – which we don’t buy into – suggest a wish on your birthday is a thing.  Well if such vapours meant anything we would wish for peace on the subject of Gen 1-5 so we can all move on to live in Christ rather than wrangling about Adam.

LG Sargent on freedom of discussion

LG Sargent’s comment around a controversial article suggesting the serpent in Genesis 3 was not literal ( we think it is literal!) was bound to raise eyebrows.  The conclusion of his cover note shows a maturity and tolerance of exploration absent in conservative quarters of our community today.  Rather than seeking to narrow fellowship and man the barricades LG Sargent hoped the community would  “…be capable of reasonable and informed judgment on Scripture interpretation”.  His comments are worth a read:

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God’s 7,000 year plan – Biblical?

As a believer, I’m convinced of the visible return of Christ to the earth and the 1,000 year reign on earth in line with Rev 20:2 -6.  There is no question God not only has a plan for the earth but has a timeline.  Acts 15:8 tells us that He knew all His works from the beginning of world and He knows the hour of Christ’s return Matt 24:036.

Most believers understandably share a view that our Creator is a God of symmetry and logic.  We consequently expect there is a pattern in God’s plan and timelines.  As we are exhorted to watch for the return of Christ, and believers who know the times and seasons are seemingly commended (1Thes 5:1), searching out for a pattern of years which might indicate the Divine timeline is an appealing pastime.

We need to heed the warning of the Lord though that no man knows the timeline of God as per Matt 24:26. Continue reading

Purpose and navigation

Creation and evolution don’t have to be in conflict.  This site explores the doctrine and science of Genesis 1 and God’s creative work.  As a community we need to accommodate a range of opinions while being true to God’s Word so we don’t cause others to stumble.  Following is an explanation of evolutionary creation, or theistic evolution or God directed evolution (whatever label you wish to use).

In addition to tags, the pages capture the posts relevant to various subjects with an index/links to relevant posts.

Following is a bit of an intro/background/purpose on how the initial author of this page arrived at evolutionary creation, having been an ardent creationist all his life.

 

Background and purpose of this blog

Cradle Mountain Tasmania 26 December 2009.  It was cold and the park was nearly empty when our little family arrived early in the morning as part of a two-week caravanning holiday.  When we went on a ranger led walk we were by ourselves.  The ranger was very chatty and informative, he pointed out the wide range of species unique to Tasmania and the local area, noting the linkages but differences to mainland species which was consistent with the geological evidence for the splitting of Tasmania off from mainland Australian 10,000 years ago.  Looking around at the beautiful scene it was obvious that firstly his explanation of the facts (right or wrong) contradicted my understanding of creation and secondly that my understanding of creation didn’t match the evident facts.  Not one to leave questions and challenges unanswered, I had to look harder at the subject.  Initially, my faith was highly destabilised by the contradiction of my understanding of God’s Word in relation to Creation and my understanding of the physical evidence for what God had done.  In my words, what I understood God said to be saying and the fingerprints of what He apparently did appeared to conflict.  Continue reading