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Trust is essential for our Standard Model to work and when we have seen that relational approach thrive, it is built on the bedrock of candor between church leaders and their science partners. But we all know that trust is a tricky dynamic that rarely happens quickly.
This kénōsis is the ultimate expression of God’s redemptive love, for “in Christ, God was reconciling the cosmos to himself”
The divergent philosophies of both Freud and Lewis are an admixture of early childhood history, pain and suffering, as well as thoughtful philosophical analysis. Their lives and the conclusions they reach give the lie to a mutually exclusive conflict model between science and faith. It’s just not that simple.
Reading God’s Book of Nature was created to help scientists understand their work as a godly calling and at the same time help the non-scientists in our churches understand what scientists do, what motivates them, and how their call to science is similar to and different from other vocations.
All technologies are amplifiers. They work like a hammer that amplifies the torque of your arm and the power that you can put into hitting a nail. AI is going to amplify our abilities in many areas, which will be good, but it will also carry the possibility of amplifying or extending the reach of our sinfulness as well.
We don’t really know artificial intelligence unless we know what it means to have human cognition because, given the Turing Test example, AI is supposed to mirror how we think. The key question that AI requires us to ask then is this: What does it mean to be human?
A closer reading of scripture uncovers a significant similarity between Harvard’s study and God’s foundational design for relationships. From God’s declaration that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18) to the establishment of the church by Jesus, relationships are shown as fundamental to a believer’s fulfillment and happiness.
I invite you to pause and remember moments when you have experienced awe. Maybe you were out in nature or had an insight into how nature works. Maybe it was through family or friends. Perhaps it was a memorable time of worship. Savor those moments; they are powerful reminders of a God that is greater than anything we can possibly imagine. They are a vital part of how we worship that same God.
We’re starting 2024 by highlighting a second installment of the newsletters from last year that, based on open rates, you liked best. This batch comes from the latter half of the year. It begins with Drew reflecting on his amazing sabbatical in Africa and then Ed and I nerding out on two of our favorite theologians and how they viewed science.
We’re ending the year by highlighting the 2023 newsletters that, based on open rates, you liked best. This batch comes from the first half of the year. It starts with Drew taking on some difficult issues in bringing together faith and science in congregations, then moves to Ed’s foray into Artificial Intelligence via Chat GPT, and finally a more speculative piece I wrote on change, our world, and where God fits in all this.
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”...
It is the most wonderful time of the year, but not because of the reasons given by Emmy winner and American singer Andy Williams. It is the most wonderful time because we are reminded of a God who moves toward us, who breaks free, and who cannot be contained. In Christ, God shows up and pours out his love by taking on flesh and dwelling among us.