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Genesis 1 defines a day:

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:5 ESV)

Exodus 20 gives us another point of reference:

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:9-11 ESV)

Certainly it makes more sense to hold that these texts are not equivocating, that “a day is a day,” rather than some unspecified lengthy period of time.

Creation is a real-life story, not a machine. For it to have an honest-to-goodness literary backstory rather than a mechanistic one is just what we should expect.

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July 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

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I really appreciate author N. D. Wilson, partly because his young adult fiction books are so much fun, and partly because of his joy-ridden perspective on life.

Here’s a great interview, round table, and lecture from him that I recently enjoyed. Thanks to John for passing this along!

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June 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

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Asher and I raced our derby cars this morning. Here’s a picture of our cars before the race, with Asher’s in the foreground. He did a great job on his car!

Asher named his car “Fear, Fire, Foe!” Mine was “Supplanter.”

Asher won fifth place for design among Ranger Kids, and I won third place for speed in the open competition. There were some pretty creative and pretty fast cars there!

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March 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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If Toby Sumpter is correct that the book of Job is a study in maturation, then we should consider Job 38-41 to be a dangerous but thrilling invitation to “dress for action” and join our Father:

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
. . .
Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?”

We have hardly begun to subdue creation.

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January 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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Each year passes faster than the one before.

Each year is a proportionally smaller slice of your life when compared in the balance. The second year of your life covers half your experience to that point. Your fiftieth year is a mere drop in the bucket, occupying only two percent of your experience.

We begin by learning to feel the pace of a day, then a week, a month. Eventually we learn the pace of years and, if we are blessed, decades.

Imagine what it would have been like to learn to feel the rhythm of centuries.

And imagine how quickly time will fly in the resurrection.

See also: Patience, Patience, again.

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January 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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The Bechdel test is interesting, but it is fundamentally flawed. It is flawed because it cannot account for the story of history itself: the story of a boy, a girl and a dragon.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
  if you find my beloved,
that you tell him
  I am sick with love.

History is much more than a chick flick, but it is no less.

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January 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm


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Spring used to be my favorite season.

Now it’s fall.

I wonder if that is a result of growing older (barely).

I have a theological rationalization handy, of course. You see, the biblical themes of maturation, glorification, reaping and eschatology are just as vital as the biblical theme of regeneration, new life. History moves toward harvest, autumn.

Surely there will be Ferris wheels, funnel cake and pecan pie in the resurrection.

I’m grateful, though, that each year we experience the whole cycle of seasons, that we taste this repetition of death, rebirth, glorification and feasting. My other favorite season is whichever one comes next.

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October 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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