Big Buts II

NON-FICTION / BIBLE / CHRISTIAN LIVING: GENERAL (2017)

Big Buts of the Bible: Insights from Hindsight

Big Buts of the Bible: Insights from Hindsight is the anticipated follow-up to the eBook best-seller Big Buts of the Bible: A Revealing Look at Jesus Christ.

Insights traces each appearance of the word but found in the Bible’s first book, and is organized into fifty brief chapters, each corresponding with a chapter of the book of Genesis. We wind up with nearly a verse by verse, scene by scene, consideration of the Bible’s first book, and each step of the way this little three-letter conjunction helps to tie difficult passages, concepts and doctrines together.

Genesis means beginning. In the Bible’s first book we find beginnings, beginning to end. The origin of all that is, the beginnings of the human race, the beginnings of all troubles and disorder, and the beginnings of God’s redemptive plan to rescue it all from that trouble and disorder—it’s all found here. Nothing to everything we see: the first human to the first nation; the first family to the first domestic violence; the first covenant to the first breach; the first passions, first jealousies, first lies, first anger, first rage, first aggression, first murder, first … Do you get what I’m saying? It’s ALL here!

An excerpt from the Introduction of Big Buts of the Bible: Insights from Hindsight:

Studying the sciences? Cosmo, Geo, Bio, and Theo—all of the ‘ologies’ really—you’re wise to start in Genesis. A well-rounded picture of our lives and the world we live in begins here. Could you effectively study anthropology—the study of the human race—without the foundation Genesis provides? Talk about a missing link! Why, even debates in our day over things like Climate Change and peace in the Middle East are informed by the Bible’s first book.

You’ve picked up your Bible and turned to page one before. You made it through the story of creation, scratching your head over whether those were literal days, generations or eras, and whether it even matters one way or another. Then you got to the story of Adam and Eve and wondered: ‘What’s the big deal if they ate the fruit or not?’ Then you came to a genealogy. Next thing you knew, you realized that you had dozed off and drooled on the pages. Chapters five and six are stuck together. You pressed on a little farther. All those people living hundreds and hundreds of years, and all those names made up of seventeen consonants…. you’d had it, and you returned your Bible to the nightstand. Genesis? Yeah, you tried starting at the beginning once.

I want to encourage you to try again. You know the contents are worthwhile. This time, I’ve got a tool for you to use that will make a difference. It’s been there all along. But this time, you’re going to know to look for it.

Consider the word but.

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