Making Sense of God (RJS)

I wrote a post last Tuesday None and Fine With It that looked at recent results reported from the Religious Landscape Survey of US beliefs and trends.  This post received extensive comment, much of it from people who are not Christians and gave their views why “none” was a preferred choice. Many of these comments [Read More…]

Not Just Better; It Works (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) The final section of the new book The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? summarizes the evidence for the Grand Canyon as a monument to an ancient earth and asks if the differing conclusions reached by mainstream geologists and flood geologists is just [Read More…]

Cultivate Humility (RJS)

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 The second section of A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson looks at characteristics of a faithful [Read More…]

None and Fine With It (RJS)

With the SBC convention this summer came a series of stories … Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline, or this story Southern Baptist Convention Membership and Attendance on Decline, but Church Planting on Rise with more details. Over the last year membership is down  1.3%, baptisms 3.3%, average weekly attendance 1.7%, Small Group/Bible [Read More…]

Are We Ethically Superior? (RJS)

InterVarsity press recently sent me a copy of a new book A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson. The book is designed for Christian college, or possibly high school, students contemplating a career in science. It also contains insights in a short readable format [Read More…]

How Do You Date a Hole in the Ground? (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) The last two sections of the new book The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? looked at the layers of rock and sediment in the Grand Canyon area. The questions addressed focused on the age and formation of these layers (A Story Carved [Read More…]

You Brood of Vipers! (RJS)

As I’ve been preparing to lead a discussion on issues intersecting Science and Christian faith I have been reflecting on the most effective approach to the issues involves. A couple of recent posts have explored this issue: Rules of Engagement and Moving From Debate to Dialogue.  The theme of both posts is similar – how [Read More…]

Isaac was Isaac-ing (RJS)

Despite his position as a patriarch (Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”), Isaac doesn’t play much of a role in Genesis. In broad terms he serves as the son of Abraham and the father of Jacob. There is [Read More…]

Trust (RJS)

Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which confidence is placed Webster’s Unabridged 1983 to the right, (click for a larger image) uses [Read More…]

Fossils Tell a Story (RJS)

(Image from Wikipedia: credit) The story told by the fossils is one of great age, with a succession of flora and fauna in the distinct layers of sedimentary rock.  Part three of the new book The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? describes the fossils found in [Read More…]