Life is a garden.

The story of humanity begins in a garden. It ends with a picture that reflects this same picture of humanity co-ruling with God in a new creation. And sprinkled in between are a host of gardens that speak to the reality of life on earth.

In 2022, we will be exploring these different gardens  to see what they say about what it means to tend to this world and our lives as images of God and followers of Jesus.


In The Beginning...

January 2, 2022

In our first lesson, we turn to the first page and first few sentences of Genesis. We find a pre-creation state of wild and waste, unordered and uninhabited, formless and empty. But darkness and deep can be transformed into life-giving waters by the presence of God.

God Created...

January 9, 2022

Genesis 1 tells a new story to the people of the Ancient Near East that stands in contrast to their own cosmologies. The Israelite God is not one who needs violence to establish the earth, He is powerful enough to simply speak and invite creation into being what it can be.

In The Image Of God...

January 16, 2022

What does it mean to be made in the image of God and how should that influence the way we live and relate to one another and to God? Often in temples you would find an idol or image there to represent the god to the people, in Genesis 1 we find God placing humanity in His temple to represent Him in and to the world.

The Seventh Day...

January 23, 2022

What is the significance of the seventh day? What does it mean to say God rested? What would our lives look like if we embraced the wisdom and call to rest with God on a regular basis?

Adam and Eve...

January 30, 2022

We continue the journey into the garden.

In The Garden...

February 6, 2022

We continue the journey into the garden.