The Hydrology of the Bow River; Finding God in the flow - John Van Sloten

April 29, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe continue our three week, Templeton funded, ‘Discovering God in Science’ series. This morning we’re going to look at the hydrology of the Bow River.What does this flowing wonder tell us about the God who made it?

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.”
Psalm 46:4, TNIV

"Then he told me, 'In the part I was reading it says the Word was in the beginning, and that's right. I used to think water was first, but if you listen carefully you will hear that the words are underneath the water.'
A River Runs Through It, Norman McLean, p104

“The water eventually needs to go back to the ocean… The Bow River has developed over time to have the capacity to carry just the right amount of water. The size of the river that we have going through Calgary, and also the gradient - the river has adapted to this particular environment - that’s what makes it right for this place we live in.”
Dr. Masaki Hayashi, Canada Research Chair in Geosciences, U of C

“All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.”
Ecclesiastes 1:7, TNIV

“They search the sources of the rivers and bring hidden things to light. But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”
Job 28:11-12, TNIV

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said,
rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Jesus in John 7:38, TNIV

“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.”
Psalm 98:8, TNIV

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May 03, 2012
When you said early in your sermon “Words are underneath the water” I was quickly reminded of the wonderful word dialogue. And then a little later on you said “ What He desires speaks of meandering words of comfort and peace to your soul.” So even though I didn’t hear a lot more about meandering words, I thought I should post this:

the word "dialog" comes from the Greek dialogos. Dia means through. Logos means the word, or more broadly, the meaning. Bohm suggests that the original meaning of dialogue was the "meaning passing or moving through ... a free flow of meaning between people, in the sense of a stream that flows between two banks." In dialogue, Bohm contends, a group accesses a larger \"pool of common meaning,\" which cannot be accessed individually. "The whole organizes the parts," rather than trying to pull the parts into a whole.
The purpose of a dialogue is to go beyond any one individual's understanding. "We are not trying to win in a dialogue. We all win if we do it right." In dialogue, individuals gain insight that could simply could not be achieved individually. "A new kind of mind begins to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning, which is capable of constant development and change."

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