Creation & Gospel: From the Garden to the Ends of the Earth

Speaker(s): Bruce Waltke, Cheryl Bear, Eugene Peterson, Loren Wilkinson, Peter Harris, Rikk Watts
Date: 2001
Length: 6:39:30
Product ID: RGDL3137S

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Love for God and his creation inspired men like Johannes Kepler, an astronomer of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and Carl Linnaeus, a botanist of the eighteenth century, to study the world around them. Taking seriously St. Paul's words in the first chapter of Romans, they believed that studying God's handiwork would aid their understanding of the Creator. In the same way that theologians search for God's truth in his word, these men searched for it in the first book of revelation, his works. Their legacy is the rich scientific tradition of the Western world. However, the once widely recognized link between the search for truth in God's word and creation has long since been severed. Nowadays, even in the church, the study and care of God's creation carries no particular esteem.

The aim of this series is to engage the heart, mind, and spirit in a journey to renew the relationship between God's creation and his word. In his two keynote addresses, Eugene Peterson focuses on understanding and honouring the gifts of creation as revealed in Genesis. Other speakers - include Bruce Waltke, Rikk Watts, Cheryl Bear-Barnetson, and Loren Wilkinson - expand on this theme, examining the interface between creation and gospel. Joining them are A Rocha founders Peter and Miranda Harris, who speak on incarnational mission and how we as humans fit into the community of God's creation using the Bible as our guide. Together these men and women help unfold the riches of Scripture and creation, and explore the ways in which we can work within God's handiwork for his glory and to the benefit of all his creation. Lectures include:

  • Genesis 1: Creation - The Gift of Time - Eugene Peterson
  • Creation and Wisdom - Bruce Waltke
  • Jesus: The First and Last Earth-Keeper - Rikk Watts
  • The Gospel for the Earth - Loren Wilkinson and Cheryl Bear-Barnetson
  • Creation and Community - Peter and Miranda Harris
  • Genesis 2: Creation - The Gift of Place - Eugene Peterson
  • Panel Discussion

See All Audio by Bruce Waltke Cheryl Bear Eugene Peterson Loren Wilkinson Peter Harris Rikk Watts

Bruce Waltke is Professor Emeritus in Old Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of Genesis: A Commentary, Creation and Chaos, Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion?, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and commentaries on Micah. He also served on the translation committee of the NIV Bible.

Cheryl Bear is from the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation (Bear Clan) in the Carrier Nation located in northern British Columbia, Canada. She is an international convention speaker and twice award-nominated recording artist (Shai Award 2005; Covenant Award 2006) who has worked with Indigenous people across Canada, the United States and in over 20 countries of the world raising awareness of the value and uniqueness of thier Indigenous people and their culture. Cheryl holds an MDiv degree from Regent College and a Dmin from from The King's College and Seminary in Los Angeles.

Eugene H. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He has written numerous books, authored a commentary on the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, and translated the Bible (The Message) into contemporary English.

Loren E. Wilkinson is retired as Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Philosophy at Regent College. Previously he served as Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific College and Fellow at the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. He is editor of Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation, and co-wrote Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard with his wife, Mary Ruth.

Peter Harris is International Co-ordinator for the A Rocha Trust, an international Christian organization working in conservation.

Rikk E. Watts is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. Previously, he served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, La Trobe University, and the Bible College of Victoria (now the Melbourne School of Theology). He is author of Isaiah's New Exodus in Mark, as well as a founding member of On Being, an Australian Christian magazine.

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