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The Priesthood of All Bridge Builders
We need Christians whose vocations have called them to science and technology to be bridge builders with those who have left the church and who believes that science is one huge roadblock to faith.
Scientists Matter to the Church
Not only are these STEM professionals in our churches, but their knowledge and skills—the way they poke at things—should matter to the church. They should not have to hide.
Scientists, Your Work Matters to God
In preparation for this newsletter, I emailed a good friend who’s a biologist. I posed a fairly simple question, expecting a succinct response. Instead, he poured out his heart in a long email, which started with this: “How was I treated in the church as a scientist? Man, that’s a trigger question for me…”
The Love Behind the Fear: Q&A with Rob Barrett
This week, Rob Barrett from The Colossian Forum shares his thoughts on faith and science and how churches can lean into and benefit from engaging difficult, potentially polarizing issues.
A Recipe for Enduring Success
What’s the recipe for lasting change in discussing thorny topics in general, but especially those in faith and science—whether origins, climate change, or racism?
Keeping the Change
Can a leopard change its spots? (Jeremiah 13:23). Can people really shift their views, or do they ultimately snap back to where they started? This is the problem of persistence and change. We tend to go back to old patterns unless we keep working at change.
Tools for a Divided Nation
While faith and science debates—such as the Intelligent Design paradigm, an old vs. young Earth, or a literal Adam and Eve—seem peripheral to our political division, the experience of having those conversations offer us tools that translate to our current predicament.
We’re always curious to know what interests you, and one way to figure that out is by noting which newsletters receive the most views. These are your top choices for 2020, beginning with (in my opinion) the most provocative question of the year.
Prepping for the Exam
As Science for the Church wraps up its first full year, we hope you’ve learned something about us. Are you ready for the test? Not to worry, here’s a handy study guide.
Hope to Lighten a COVID Christmastime
When we look at 2020, when we look at this world—a year marked by the exposure of racism in America, political division, and the deadly COVID pandemic—can we have either optimism or hope?
COVID Christmas and the Wilderness of Grief
The present moment finds us still in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. We face the harsh reality that the world as we once knew it has indeed already passed. We remain unsure of what or when the world to come will arrive. And so we now live within a liminal space between the “what was” and the “next….” How, then, are we to navigate our present circumstances as people of faith? By entering into the wilderness of grief.
Prepare the Way for a COVID Christmas
If you are anything like me, you are feeling a general uneasiness as we enter Advent. We’re still isolated and beginning to ponder the likelihood of a virtual (or at least socially distanced) Christmas Eve. How can we remember when we are not gathered, telling the stories of young Mary and John the Baptist? What is lost when we don’t light candles and sing Silent Night, Holy Night?