Bibliography for “In the Beginning: A Sermon Series on Genesis 1-3”

When I conclude a sermon series, I usually share resources I utilized in my study and preparation for sermons. Here is the bibliography for our recent series, “In the Beginning.”

Bibliography for “In the Beginning (Genesis, part 1)”

T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker, editors. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

T. Desmond Alexander. “Authorship of the Pentateuch.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship, edited T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker, 61-72. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

Craig D. Allert. Early Christian Readings of Genesis One: Patristic Exegesis and Literal Interpretation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2018.

Robert Alter. The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, Volume 1: The Five Books of Moses. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2019.

B. T. Arnold. “Pentateuchal Criticism, History of.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship, edited T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker, 622-631. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

Augustine of Hippo. City of God Against the Pagans. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Edited by R. W. Dyson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 

Matthew Barrett and Ardel B. Caneday, ed. Four Views on the Historical Adam. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3Edited by John W. de Gruchy. Translated by Douglas Stephen Bax. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 3. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1997.

William P. Brown. The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Francis S. Collins. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Ellen F. Davis. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Michael Fishbane. Text and Texture: Close Readings of Selected Biblical Texts. New York: Schocken Books, 1979.

Terence E. Fretheim. God and the World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005.

Sidney Greidanus. Preaching Christ from Genesis: Foundations for Expository Sermons. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

Victor P. Hamilton. The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1-17. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990.

Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead Books, 2008.

________. Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. New York: Viking Books, 2016. 

John C. Lennox. Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, 10thanniversary edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2021.

Tremper Longmann, III. How to Read Genesis. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Andrew Louth, ed. Genesis 1-11. ACCS. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001. 

Iain Provan. Discovering Genesis: Content, Interpretation, Reception. DBT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.

Nahum Sarna. Understanding Genesis. The Heritage of Biblical Israel. New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1966.

George Steiner. Grammars of Creation. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.

S. Joshua Swamidass. The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2021.

Gerhard von Rad. Genesis, rev. ed. OTL. Philadelphia: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1973. 

Bruce K. Waltke with Cathi J. Fredricks. Genesis: A Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.

John H. Walton. The Lost World of Genesis OneAncient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

________. The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Norman Wirzba. The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

________. This Sacred Life: Humanity’s place in a Wounded World. Boston: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Resources from the Bible Project:

Notes from Andrew Murray’s “Humility”

Our staff at Eastbrook Church is reading through an old classic, Andrew Murray’s Humility. The language and mindset of Murray is so different from our own day and time, but it is helpful to sometimes hear voices like this. There is so much in here, and as I read this very brief book I wrote down some notes that stuck out to me from the book. I’m sharing those notes here without comment. I hope it both challenges and encourages you.

“Meekness and lowliness of heart are the chief marks by which they who follow the Lamb of God are to be known.” (12)

“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.” – Charles Spurgeon (13)

“Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root….Humility is not so much a virtue along with others, but is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do all.” (17)

“Christ is the expression of the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.” (25-26)

“The health and strength of our spiritual life will depend entirely upon our putting this grace first.” (26)

“This life of entire self-abnegation, of absolute submission and dependence upon the Father’s will, Christ found to be the source of perfect peace and joy. He lost nothing by giving all to God.” (32-33)

“The authority of command and example, every thought, either of obedience or conformity, makes humility the first and most essential element of discipleship.” (39)

“God created the world out of nothing, and as long s we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” – Martin Luther (43)

“The more humble a man is in himself, the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace.” – Thomas a Kempis (51)

“The only humility that is really ours is not the kind we try to show before God in prayer, but the kind we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct.” (53)

“The one infallible test of our holiness will be our humility before God and others. Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness.” (61)

“It [humility] is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God. Where God is all, self is nothing.” (69)

“Being occupied with self, even having the repast self-abhorrence, can never free us from self. It is the revelation of God not only by the law condemning sin but also by His grace delivering from it that will make us humble.” (73)

“Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself.” – T. S. Eliot (81)

“If you would enter into full fellowship with Christ n His death, and now the full deliverance from self, humble yourself.” (84-85)

“The Lamb of God means two things: meekness and death. Let us seek to receive Him in both forms.” (85)

“Should you ask me: What is the first thing in religion? I should reply: the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.” – St. Augustine (89)

“Many Christians fear and feel and seek deliverance from all that would humble them. At times they may pray for humility, but in their heart of hearts they pray even more to be kept from the things that would bring them to that place.” (91)

“Reckon humility to be the mother-virtue, your very first duty before God, the one perpetual safeguard of the soul, and set your heart upon it as the source of all blessing.” (97)

“We know the law of human nature: acts produce habits, habits breed dispositions, dispositions form the will, and the rightly formed will becomes the character. It is no different in the work of grace.” (98-99)

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6). It cannot be repeated too often.” (99)

“Clothe yourself, therefore, in this form of humility; all good is enclosed in it; it is a fresh spring from heaven that turns the fire of the fallen soul into the meekness of the divine life, and creates oil out of which the love to God and many gets its flame.” (104)

Epiphany: The Journey of the Magi

epiphany.jpgEpiphany means a manifestation. In the Christian year, Epiphany is the celebration of that revelation of Jesus as Messiah in the eyes of the nations. The moments of Jesus’ life most clearly connected with Epiphany are:

Epiphany begins on the twelfth day of Christmas (you always wondered what that song was about) and continues until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

I love poetry and here is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, T. S. Eliot, reading his poem “The Journety of the Magi,” to help us enter into the celebration of Epiphany.

Bibliography for “Hope Rising: 1 Thessalonians for Today”

When I conclude a sermon series, I usually share resources I utilized in my study and preparation for sermons. Here is the bibliography for our recent series, “Hope Rising: 1 Thessalonians for Today.”

Bibliography for “Hope Rising”

John Calvin. The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Romans and to the Thessalonians. Trans. Ross Mackenzie. Ed. David W. and Thomas F. Torrance. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1961.

J. M. Everts. “Hope.” In Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, edited by Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, 415-417. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993.

Cain Hope Felder. “1 Thessalonians.” In True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, edited by Brian K. Blount, 389-400. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.

Peter J. Gorday, editor. Colossians, First and Second Thessalonians, First and Second Timothy, Titus, Philemon.ACCS. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2000.

L. J. Kreitzer. “Eschatology.” In Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, edited by Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Marting, and Daniel G. Reid, 253-269. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993.

Jürgen Moltmann. Theology of hope: on the ground and the implications of a Christian eschatology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993.

Josef Pieper. Faith, Hope, Love. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius, 1986.

J. W. Simpson, Jr. “Thessalonians, Letters to the.” In Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, edited by Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, 932-939. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993.

Jeffrey A. D. Weima. 1-2 Thessalonians. ECNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.

N. T. Wright. Surprised by Hope. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

A Prayer of Trust by Thomas Merton

A friend shared with me this prayer by Thomas Merton from his book Thoughts in Solitude. It caught my attention and I hope it is meaningful to you as well.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

By Thomas Merton from Thoughts in Solitude (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1958).