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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.”

Conversations, Connections, and even Conversion: A Ministry Profile of UCC Vermillion

What started as a joke – what happens when a pastor grabs a beer with a herpetologist? —ended with what could be a Science for the Church newsletter clickbait lede—“Church’s faith and science program inspires former president of student secular society to become a pastor.”

Following the Eastern Star of Epiphany

Many people have proposed different theories about the astronomical events that led the Magi to Jesus. While we might not ever definitely know the scientific event itself, there is enough scientific data to support the idea of a God that can use physical phenomena to accomplish his salvific purposes.

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Are you feeling like the summer’s coming to a close? I am. So I’d like to offer one last encouragement for you to find rest. My focus here will be on the ABCs of these “unforced rhythms of grace.” There’s some surprising science behind them.

Why Care for Creation? Part 3

Why Care for Creation? Part 3

If the church is going to get folks talking about creation care and motivate increasing numbers of us to take our roles as stewards of the earth more seriously, we need more than secular arguments with a Christian gloss. We need robust theological and biblical reasons to care for creation.

Why Care for Creation? Part 2

Why Care for Creation? Part 2

Our churches are often divided over climate change. A discussion of the topic will generate much heat–and whether it is a heat that illuminates or burns is unclear… Yet there are ways to talk productively about climate change.

Why Care About Creation? Part 1

Why Care About Creation? Part 1

“Talk about it.” Those three words are what Katharine Hayhoe tells the church and every other community to do if they want to learn how to support the long-term well-being of Earth and all its inhabitants.

Following the Sunbeam Back to the Sun

Following the Sunbeam Back to the Sun

What sounds of leaves rustling in the wind have I missed when I take a walk with my iPhone and air pods stuck in my ears? Has my vision for the crow or the owl been diminished by the hours I stare into a computer screen? Underneath the electric lamps (both indoors and out), have I lost what the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called “the view of the stars”?

Summer Reading and Watching

Summer Reading and Watching

The summer months can provide more of an opportunity for long-form content. Here, we offer our 2021 recommendations for books and films with the hope that, like us, you have extra bandwidth in July and August to sit with them.

Q & A with Theologian of Science, Edgardo Rosado

Q & A with Theologian of Science, Edgardo Rosado

It’s been one of the serendipities of the past year to have met the Rev. Dr. Edgardo Rosado, pastor, scholar, community leader, and (from what we’ve heard) a rockin’ electric bass player. Rev. Dr. Rosado provides us with fresh insights on connecting faith and science for Hispanic Christians.

Make Your Face Shine Upon Us

Make Your Face Shine Upon Us

Scripture includes veiled faces and countless expressions of emotion. The most famous smile comes in the priestly blessing from Numbers 6: “The Lord make his face to shine upon you.”… It penetrates through the masks that separate us from God and now from one another.

Making Progress Post-Pandemic

Making Progress Post-Pandemic

“Trouble is opportunity.” I don’t think Sir John Marks Templeton was the first to coin that phrase, but I heard it a lot during my decade working for his foundation. It was one of his investment...

Pam King on Stone Age Minds and Human Flourishing

Pam King on Stone Age Minds and Human Flourishing

In Stone Age Minds, we acknowledge that our environments are constantly changing and ask: How do we become like Christ as ourselves, not just some cookie cutter lookalike version of Jesus? The book is focused using evolutionary psychology in a constructive manner to enable people to become who God created them to be.

The Benefits of a Messy Christianity

The Benefits of a Messy Christianity

Connecting real, messy Christianity with science  can be gloriously liberating. (Science is messy too, but that’s a topic for another day.) This interaction can never be this neat. But to admit it is liberation.