Is Genesis 6:8 teaching that Noah earned God’s favor? The verse states: “But Noah found favor (grace) in the eyes of the Lord.” How should we properly interpret the words of Moses, the author of Genesis? Is it possible for any man to attract God’s attention and blessing by living a blameless life?
“Dr. Bob,” as we affectionately called Robert Tomenendal, was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for Virginia Beach Theological Seminary since the Fall of 2008. This past week, God took him “home” after an acute seven-month-battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by the VBTS community.
With temperatures rising and lazy, hazy days upon us, the summer season has officially begun. As you look forward to your retreat to the mountains, jaunt to the beach, or special getaway, here are ten titles to consider packing along with your sunscreen.
Western culture has a deepening gender crisis. Our story begins, as stories of this nature often do, in France. In 2013, six months after legalizing gay marriage, the French government introduced an elementary-school program entitled l’ABCD de l’égalité (“The ABC’s of Equality”). The original program stated: “Gender is a sociological concept that appears to rely on taking account of and analyzing the socially- and culturally-constructed relationships between men and women. Gender theory holds that parallel to biological and anatomical sex, which is innate, there exists a socially-constructed sex based on differing social roles and stereotypes” (my translation; the policy language was later revised). In the wake of protests over the program, the state threatened recriminations against parents who pulled their children out of school.
On November 1, 2014, I sent an essay entitled, “The Joy of Ministry and the Wisdom of Change” to the Deacon Fellowship of Colonial Baptist Church. This four-page document was the culmination of many months of thought, conversation, and prayer. It outlined what I sensed was the leading of the Lord in my life to resign as Senior Pastor of Colonial Baptist Church and to concentrate my full effort on the ministry of Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.