The Creation Project

Hope Church is blessed to have received this year the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement, facilitated by the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, our denomination’s divinity school. The Stott Award is for participation in the Creation Project, which gives select congregations the opportunity to integrate science and the Christian faith, and more specifically, God’s world and God’s Word. One of the primary purposes of the Henry Center and the Creation Project is for Christians in local churches like ours to foster a “humble intellectualism,” where the life of the mind is pursued as part of a rigorous and faithful spiritual life.

Hans Madueme an M.D., Ph.D., and Professor of Theology at Covenant College was our first speaker. Saturday, March 3, he gave a lecture on "Adam , Eve, and the Scientific Challenges". Then on Sunday, March 4 he spoke at the 9 and 10:45 service. His sermon title was "A Bright Light Shining: Genesis 3:15." Click on the links below to hear from him.

"Adam, Eve, and the Scientific Challenges"

"A Bright Light Shining: Genesis 3:15

On March 11 our second guest speaker, John Collins, a Ph.D. and Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary spoke Sunday mornings at our Adult Bible Fellowships on "Interpreting Genesis 1-2" and that Sunday night spoke on "Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?" Click on the links below to hear from him.

"Interpreting Genesis 1-2"

"Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?" 

Pastor Mickey will embark on a 4 week Sunday morning sermon series, Creation Matters, The Doctrine of Creation, April 8-29. 

In the modern, scientific age, God’s world and God’s Word have gone from being allies to enemies. Whatever the reason for this – and many have been suggested, the average evangelical Christian looks at “science,” the academic discipline assigned to study the created world, as an opponent of the Bible and the biblical worldview. Even the word “creation” now primarily elicits thoughts of debate instead of a glorious object to study and enjoy.

The contemporary church needs to be reminded of the rich ecclesial and biblical heritage regarding the beauty and importance of creation. The church also needs help with the task of integration, not only in regard to faith and science, but also with the interrelationship between God’s Word and world. This latter integrative task is overtly practical, since its goal is to connect every living thing to God the Creator.

At the end of "Creation Matters" series, Sunday, April 29, at 12 noon there will be a Creation Project congregational celebration and debriefing in Fellowship Hall with a Q/A with the focus group. A light lunch will be served.

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