The Mystery of Creation (RJS)

The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;     night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;     no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,     [Read More...]

How To Read Job (RJS)

Several years ago I posted a long series on the book of Job (See here for the posts) using the commentaries written by John Walton (Job (The NIV Application Commentary)) and Tremper Longman III (Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)) both published in August 2012.   The book of Job is an [Read More...]

All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (RJS)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And [Read More...]

Prepared in Heaven, Unveiled on Earth and Left Behind (RJS)

The next chapter of Richard Middleton’s book A New Heaven and a New Earth looks at passages in the New Testament that appear to support the idea of  heaven hereafter, either as a permanent or temporary abode.  These can be divided into three types. There are several texts that portray heaven as an ideal that [Read More...]

Biblical Womanhood … The New Testament (RJS)

I started a series on Biblical womanhood last Thursday with a look at women of the Old Testament. Not commands and laws, but stories about people, what they did and how they did it. It is quite an amazing variety.  Today we will look at women of the New Testament. Like the ancient Near East [Read More...]

How the Fossil Record Supports Evolution (RJS)

A scientific theory is not a hunch or mere speculation. Rather the term refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by many congruent lines of data.  A further explanation from the NAS web site is helpful. Many scientific theories are so well-established that no new evidence is likely to [Read More...]

Biblical Womanhood … Not What Many Think (RJS)

More often than I am asked how I as a scientist can be a Christian, I am asked how I as an educated woman can be a Christian. After all, the questioner generally continues, Christianity oppresses women. Unfortunately we don’t have to look far to find appalling evidence for this view at the extremes. But [Read More...]

A Philosopher’s God? (RJS)

Before delving more completely into how God creates, Ron Highfield in The Faithful Creator first looks at the nature of God. The theology he develops is what he terms the “traditional” view espoused by “traditional Christian theologians.” I have to admit that this terminology turns me off. It may be a conventional terminology in theology, [Read More...]

Testing Book Smarts (RJS)

Joel Duff at Naturalis Historia has a blog well worth following.  As a biology professor and a thoughtful Christian his insights are worth reading.  His post earlier this week Testing Book-smarts with Observation is a great example. Here he poses a question: Should professors at Universities be active participants in generating and testing ideas or [Read More...]

A Blaze of Glory! (RJS)

The rapture and Armageddon, military conquest and the heaven and earth passing away in a blaze of glory are concepts that can catch the imagination.  A commenter on a recent post (here) noted that the imagery of destruction can have a profound effect. The Rapture thing didn’t just shape our understanding of Jesus’ second coming, [Read More...]