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    What Does Genesis 6 Have to Do with Male/Female Relationships?

    What Does Genesis 6 Have to Do with Healthy Male/Female Friendships?  Recently, I had a fascinating email interaction initiated by my friend Henry Rouse, a theologian in Australia, about the narrative in Genesis leading up to the Flood. The text in view seems to reveal something important about man and woman in God’s story.  The text we discussed was not Genesis 1 (origin of humanity) nor Genesis 2 (the man’s nap, the woman’s creation) nor Genesis 3 (the Fall)—the usual pericopes from the book of Beginnings mentioned in conversations about men and women. Rather, we were talking about Genesis 6. I’ve combined our conversation into what follows, which includes work…

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    If I Ran the Zoo: A visit to Noah’s Ark Encounter

    On our way up I-75 into northern Kentucky I found myself thinking about a Facebook friend, a Christian and a movie critic who works in Hollywood. Heading into a newly released faith-based film, she’ll post a little movie-critic prayer, “Dear Lord, please help it not be cheesy.” We were on the first leg of my Mom’s bucket list trip, headed to the Ark Encounter, a theme park with a Biblically scaled ark. I’m happy to report this ark is not cheesy. From the outside it’s too big to be cheesy. It looks…epic. And a little too gleaming? God told Noah to build the original out of wood and cover it with pitch…