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First Word: The Water This Time (Genesis 5:1-8:19)

In this episode of First Word, we cover the story of Noah and the Flood narrative. Often we think of this story in a happy or serene way. However, this is fundamentally a story about judgment. We should take note of God’s patience in executing judgment on humanity as well as the final arrival of that judgment and God providing a way through it. The New Testament will pick up this image and tell us that our baptism is a sign of the judgment of sin and our deliverance through Jesus’ death. 

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Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).