What’s more damaging than “No Faith”? Mindless Faith

Listen to these words by St. Augustine, which have the contemporary ring of today's science vs. faith debate to them:Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and …this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience.  Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing s … [Read more...]

Imperfections…the soil for intimacy

When I was in high school, I went to a conference where I received a red notebook which contained important and life-changing information about self-image.  It was there I learned the powerful truth of Psalm 139, that I am "fearfully and wonderfully made" and that I could wake up and look at in the mirror every morning believing that God had made me "just the way I am."  I tried, but could never quite get there because in my most honest moments, I knew that there were things about me that I'd w … [Read more...]

Science vs. faith? Try this third alternative.

In anticipation of an upcoming teaching series I'm doing on Genesis 1, I posted the first in a series of considerations on the relationship of faith and science.  You can read the initial post here.  A great discussion ensued in the comment section, and there was one significant comment that's should be pondered in some depth.Regarding the importance of our beginning assumptions they wrote:  Do they start with God’s word, or do they start with man’s ideas? Everyone has a bias (only some are w … [Read more...]

Creation, science, Genesis: it’s time for a conversation

I was privileged to attend what I affectionately called "Science Camp" this past May, which was actually a gathering of pastors, theologians, and scientists, brought together for the purpose of discussing the intersection and interrelatedness of our various disciplines.  It was one of the great weeks of my career as a pastor as fellowship, stunning creation (via Gulf Island beauty), and intellectual stimulation blended together for a life changing experience.My theology, though, was challenged … [Read more...]