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Hope in a Hopeless Time

We need hope grounded in God. I’m willing to call it theological hope. It’s the conviction that God is active when we don’t see it. It’s the promise that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

By Popular Demand

To shed light on these texts, Reyes-Ton’s words and Bustard’s images put biblical passages in conversation with what we currently know about flatworms, nociception, microtubules, corals, fox dens and what has sometimes been called the Jesus Christ lizard.

What About Evolution? Greg Talks with a Theologian and a Biologist

Can Christians with a high view of scripture accept the biological theory of evolution? These authors respond with a resounding, “Yes!” As Todd Wilson, co-founder and president of the Center for Pastor Theologians, commented, “The authors guide us through a complex thicket of issues—biological, theological, biblical, and pastoral—with both wisdom and grace.”

James Webb Telescope: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

James Webb Telescope: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

From ancient times, we have peered into the skies seeking to understand the magnitude of God’s handiwork… This quest has led theologians and scientists alike to peer into the skies for clues to help them build and support cosmogonic theories. So, following this great tradition of scientific and theological inquiry, the James Webb space telescope images provide us with the latest window into God’s creative impetus.

How Do We Really and Truly Relate our Faith with Science?

How Do We Really and Truly Relate our Faith with Science?

How do we bring science to our faith? And what difference does it make in our church ministries? I’m certainly fascinated by the first question, but it’s the second one I’d like to focus on here. Why? Because it’s our actions that demonstrate what we truly believe. They do in fact speak louder than words.

How Judaism Engages Science: My Conversation with Geoff Mitelman

How Judaism Engages Science: My Conversation with Geoff Mitelman

…in Jewish discussion of texts, such as the Torah and the Talmud, there’s a good deal of argumentation—“show me the text”—it’s like science (and to some degree, like Canon Law in Catholicism). We call this havruta or “pairs,” since two people learning together are better than one learning alone. It’s therefore not lectio divina—a silent reflection on Scripture. Instead, there’s lots of gesticulations and textual work. Traditionally, in the Jewish school or yeshiva, it’s cacophony.

Psychology for the Church: Q&A with Erin Smith

Psychology for the Church: Q&A with Erin Smith

I worked with a professor who had a research program probing religious cognition. They were asking fascinating questions around how we know and how we come to decide what is real. The implications in their research for both religion and science were really important.

Engaging Science with Marginalized Communities of Faith

Engaging Science with Marginalized Communities of Faith

We know that science engagement ranks low for marginalized communities of faith. However, we remain committed to helping all churches embrace science as a means for spiritual growth. As a result, SftC is committed to finding ways to foster science equity for BIPOC, engaging and leveraging diverse voices, and strengthening relationships with marginalized communities of faith.

Science Says: Take a Chill Pill

Science Says: Take a Chill Pill

Vacations are good medicine. Science proves it, as we’re about to show you. So be sure to take that vacation before the summer ends. And even during the busy school year, be sure to find some Sabbath time each and every week.