This week I am participating in a wonderful conference on preaching the paradigmatic texts of Scripture. The focus of this particular conference is creation. Walter Brueggemann is the featured speaker and his presentation last night on Psalm 104 was excellent. Other speakers include Ken Durham, John York, David Fleer and Rhonda Lowry. Everyone has done a wonderful job.
I made a presentation entitled “A Confessional Theology of Creation for Heralding the Coming Kingdom of God.” For those who are interested, click Lipscomb Creation Lecture for a copy.
The six theses are:
1. God creates the heavens and the earth as a dwelling place in which God comes to rest.
2. God creates a telic dynamic reality that is good but not perfect.
3. God creates humanity as a partner in the dynamic processes of created reality.
4. God creates a material reality designed to mediate a divine-human communion experienced within and through creation.
5. God creates amidst a continuing chaos under which the creation itself, along with God’s human partners, groans and yearns for liberation, which is the telos of creation.
6. God creates, even now though not yet fully, a new heaven and new earth through the ministry of Jesus and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit.