Setting the Foundations

Mike Vaal

READ : Psalm 104:1-9 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. (Psalm 104:5, NIV) Psalm 104 is one of many psalms that paints a vivid picture of God’s creation. Wendell Berry, the Wisconsin farmer-poet, said the Bible is meant to be read outdoors, and this psalm is one that illustrates what Berry was talking about. When we read passages like this, we realize that the Bible is not a science textbook. The picture of the …

It Is Good

Mike Vaal

READ : Genesis 1:1-31 God saw all that he had made . . . and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31) The last verse of the creation account sums up God’s view of his creative work: it was very good. That ought to be our view as well. If God says his creation is very good, we can and should unashamedly be “nature lovers.” So why do we sometimes distrust that label and those who wear it? Perhaps because many …