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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.

One Church’s Goal to Go Carbon Neutral

Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in Cincinnati, Ohio is one of many churches in the Presbyterian denomination that takes part in the...

On Debates, Differences, and Dismissals

Unlike my reaction to the previous debate, I was pleasantly surprised by Dawkins v. Collins. There was mutual respect. Dawkins expressed his gratitude for all Collins did to care for their mutual friend, Christopher Hitchens. He also deferred to Collins’s expertise and leadership around Covid-19. It was clear they generally share the same understanding of evolution and science. They also share a common pursuit of truth, especially around the biggest question, Is there a God?.

Easter: An Epistemological Rearrangement of Hope

Easter: An Epistemological Rearrangement of Hope

Hope is like magic, in that it rearranges our epistemological perception of what is real and what is possible. It makes the impossible appear possible. But Dr. Nagib posits that hope is more than magic. Hope is the inner voice that whispers (or shouts) that anything is possible, even in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation.

Considering Culture

Considering Culture

Our brains develop and continually change immersed in specific cultures and, as a result, culture literally embeds in our neuroanatomy. We acquire motor and social skills from our culture that impact how we move and think and function.

This is why the nature vs. nurture distinction is problematic: through culture, nurture becomes part of our nature.

Mutual Curiosity: An Interview with Pastor Brent Roam

Mutual Curiosity: An Interview with Pastor Brent Roam

I’m definitely always curious about what scientists are thinking and what they’re doing. I want to learn from them and grow by listening. As a result, scientists seem to be interested in what I’m doing as a pastor, like teaching theological ideas—that’s just my normal thing. But it’s interesting because there’s a mutual curiosity there.

Jesus and Love: The Bible and Science Tell Us So

Jesus and Love: The Bible and Science Tell Us So

Love is, however, the language of God, even God’s very own essence. It should be the language (and work) of the church. This week I want to consider the intersection of human evolution, the Bible, and love to see what the Book of Nature has to offer the church.

In Our DNA: J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

In Our DNA: J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

On February 18, 2022, my beloved mentor Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen joined the Church Triumphant.  With Christ as our cornerstone, Science for the Church is also perched on the shoulders of giants like Wentzel.

Meditating on the Two Books

Meditating on the Two Books

Meditating on God’s two books, the Bible and God’s creation, is one key practice for creating a scientifically engaged spirituality. As Psalm 19 proclaims, God is revealed both in Scripture and in creation.

Activated: A Conversation with Technologist Matt York

Activated: A Conversation with Technologist Matt York

Pretty much every day, I rack my brain to find examples for how churches can connect with science and technology to enhance their ministries.

On one such day, I thought of my friend Matt York, Executive Director of illuminAid, which “brings life-saving information to remote communities without access to internet or electricity.” Because the intersection of technology and science can be activated in almost any congregation in America, I decided to ask what led him to use his skills in video technology for the kingdom of God.

The Standard Model (of Particle Physics)

The Standard Model (of Particle Physics)

The Standard Model is the fundamental starting place for anyone trying to understand the stuff within God’s creation. Or to quote Kepler, the Standard Model is one of many ways we are now “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”