Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

Dominion in Genesis, Part 8/8: The Three Freedoms

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We learned in part 7 that, while the Egyptians lost their land and became servants of the pharaoh, the children of Israel became free and prosperous. In this post, we’ll study what the Bible teaches about freedom. When Jacob and his descendants moved from Canaan to Egypt, they were in an ideal situation, apart from […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 7/8: Did Israel Prosper at Egypt’s Expense?

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I began this series with the idea that even most Christians have been overly judgmental toward Bible heroes. It’s always easier to judge people than to spend whatever time it may take to understand them. While there’s no need to whitewash anyone’s character, we  can often defend the Scriptures and glorify God by explaining their […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 6/8: The “Missing Link” Between Adam and Jesus

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The more you learn about the Bible, the more it can transform your life, so be warned:: Only read this post if you’re willing to to take the risk of becoming happier and more optimistic! I know that pessimism and ingrained teachings “from the Bible” can be hard to shake. I know because I wasted […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 5/8: Joseph’s Rise to Power

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In part 4, I explained how pietism led evangelical Christians to retreat from the world with the thought that they only needed God in their hearts, not in the public sector. As the world situation seemed to deteriorate from the Civil War to World War I, Christians became increasingly despondent about the future. They adapted […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 4/8: Three Perspectives on End Times Prophecy

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One of the central themes of Genesis is dominion. Nowhere is that theme more apparent than in the life of Joseph. After many peaks and valleys, Genesis crescendos with his rise to power in Egypt. A central theme of this series is that Joseph’s reign with the pharaoh foreshadowed Christ’s reign with God the Father […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 3/8: Do You Serve Two Masters?

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In part 2, I explained that if we take Joseph seriously as a type of Christ, it’s clear that his suffering and reign prefigured Christ’s suffering, resurrection, and ascension. Joseph reigned over both Israel and Egypt, which were symbolic of the Church and the world, respectively. This signified that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was also […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 2/8: What Would Joseph Do?

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Since the 1990s, countless Christians have asked themselves the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” The acronym “WWJD” was once visible nearly everywhere on bracelets and bumper stickers. The truth is, it’s often difficult to know what Jesus would do. In one sense, He had more options than ourselves. He could perform miracles, and was free […]

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 1/8: Honor God by Honoring His Prophets

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This is the first in a series of eight articles on the topic of Dominion in Genesis, as exemplified in the life of Joseph. For your reference, the post titles in this series are as follows: Part 2: What Would Joseph Do? Part 3: Do You Serve Two Masters? Part 4: Three Perspectives on End […]

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