‘The Christian in Creation’ fortnightly online course ran from November 2020 to July 2021. You can follow the course for yourself, using the videos and handouts below. If you have any questions, you can contact Simon Bartlett, the course creator.
The Christian in Creation – The Complete Course (266 pages) can be downloaded here.
Lesson 1: Humankind’s role towards the world God created.
Lesson 2: God uses the created world in his purpose. Genesis 6 -10, the flood.
Preparation for Session 3!
Next lesson we will think about human health. It would be very strange if God gave Adam an instruction to work and care for the Garden of Eden and it not be implicit that he should care for his own body. A verse such as Ephesians 5:29: “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church” also just assumes that we’ll look after our bodies. A related subject to health is longevity. The Bible has quite a bit to say on that subject, much of which is surprising, counter-intuitive and simply unbelievable to many people.
About five years ago I wrote a novel to think about how a Christian might approach the goal of living longer and published it on Kindle for Amazon. Here are the first few chapters. I’m not a great writer but I think that these chapters could get you thinking about the subject of longevity and provide a basis for part of our discussion next week. I’m giving you 14 pages, which I imagine will take you about 40 minutes to read. I am also giving you one specific assignment. On page 10 there’s a reference to a red button. I’ve highlighted the relevant section. You have to decide: would you press this button? If so, why? If not, why not? I’ll ask you that question next week! (Just so you know, you have the ‘director’s cut.’ I had deleted the ‘red button’ section from the published version.) With best wishes, Simon.
Lesson 3: Discussing the length of human life span.
Lesson 4: God’s instructions concerning the land.
Lesson 5: What leads to long life? Including input from Dr David Hilborn, Principal of Moorlands College.
In preparation for Lesson 6, please read Isaiah chapters 13-24, and mark or note verses or passages which relate to the environment.
Lesson 6: Isaiah 24 and other Old Testament passages. God’s action in the environment to communicate anger; what happens to the environment in “End Times”.
Lesson 7: The gospels. Jesus’ care for creation in healing miracles.
Lesson 8: Steve Finamore, the principal of Bristol Baptist College, speaks on Romans 8.18-27 about God’s redeeming work extending to the whole of creation; 1 Corinthians 15.42-55 stressing the embodiedness of our future state; and Revelation 21.1-5 on the renewal of the heavens and the earth.
Lesson 9: The physics of climate change, by Baptist Minister and physicist Dave Gregory.
Lesson 10: A Climate of Change. Temperature, precipitation and sea-level change.
Lesson 11: in this lesson we move from ‘science’ to ‘situations’ and look at how the higher temperatures and the changes to precipitation are affecting and will affect Africa.
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