In The Standard Model Conversations, we film conversations between a scientist and their pastor with the aim of showing what their relationship can look like and how they can benefit the wider church, including deeper engagement with both the Bible and Creation.
This video was filmed at One Family Church in St. Louis, MO, with Pastor Brent Roam and graduate student and future ophthalmologist Halle Neyens.
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.
In The Standard Model Conversations, we film a conversation between a scientist and their pastor with the aim of showing what their relationship can look like and how they can benefit the wider church, including deeper engagement with both the Bible and Creation. This video, filmed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill, NC, with Pastor Will Rose and epidemiologist Dr. Whitney Robinson is the first in the series.
What was it in Holy Trinity’s use of The Standard Model that prepared Emily and Rev. Rose to witness to the light of Christ in places known most for scientific achievement?
Today, I’m pleased to introduce The Standard Model (TSM)—our most robust effort yet to show how the church can engage science in a way that bears fruit. It is as foundational to our work as its namesake is to particle physics.
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.”