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  • Christmas Controversies

    December 3, 2010

    The weekend following Thanksgiving, my husband and I decked the halls of our apartment with wreaths, garland, and a Nativity scene. And next week, we’ll drag home a heavenly scented Douglas fir to decorate with lights and sparkling ornaments. Christmas is my favorite time of the year, as it is for many people. I love the food, songs, decorations—everything! The festive spirit of the season buoys my own spirit.

    • Christian Life
    • Worldviews
  • The Take Two Thanksgiving Spectacular 2010

    November 24, 2010

    I grew up in a great neighborhood, surrounded by friendly families with kids my age—but they aren’t the only neighbors I’m grateful for. I praise God for Earth’s neighbors, too, specifically the gas giants.

  • The Star of Bethlehem: An astronomer, astrophysicist, and theologian's perspective

    November 19, 2010

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. Where stores are decked out in garlands and bows, aisles of ornaments glisten and glow, and rolls of gift wrap rise like hands to be chosen. Inevitably, tucked somewhere in the sea of snowmen and reindeer, sits the familiar image of three wise men and their guiding star.

    • Christmas
  • What's the Bother with Harry Potter?

    November 18, 2010

    It might seem like just another day, but to countless fans across the country, Friday, November 19 is a day to celebrate. On that day, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—or HP7, as fans have come to call it—finally hits the big screen. (Some are already itching to get in line for the midnight show.)

    • Occult
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  • Let Us Pray...and Ask Questions

    November 12, 2010

    “It’s time to Stump the Scholar!” Six little words that strike fear into the hearts of Hugh, Fuz, Ken, Jeff, and Dave at the end of each I Didn’t Know That! podcast. Although my trivia questions may perplex the scholars at times, I am always impressed by the way our team excels at offering answers to the truly difficult questions. From Jesus’ conception to the Nemesis Theory*, each week the scholars bravely grapple with our listeners’ outstanding science-faith questions in an effort to follow the command found in 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

    • Christian Life
  • Good Eats

    November 5, 2010

    After a long day of work, one of my favorite ways to relax is cooking dinner. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me: I love to cook. Nothing fuels my creative juices like trying a new recipe. Shopping for ingredients, mastering a new technique, even chopping vegetables—I relish it all. My infinitely patient husband calmly endures my culinary experiments. Tomorrow I’m subjecting him to butternut squash soup in pumpkin bowls. Of course, the best part is earning rave reviews.

  • A "Chocolat"y Perspective on Halloween

    October 29, 2010

    The sly wind, in this case, is Halloween. It blows in the faces of Christians, stirring up words like pagan, occult, and chocolate. And where some prefer the tranquil village life, as a matter of tradition or conscience, others stand with open arms, welcoming the gust with gusto.

    • Occult
  • 12 Fallacies to Avoid in Communication

    October 22, 2010

    Sandra and I both love to crochet. She is the Jedi master and I, the humble padawan to whom she taught the craft. As I’ve developed my skills with hook and yarn, I’ve learned different techniques for improving the quality of my creations—and I’ve learned what things to avoid doing.

    • General Apologetics
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  • The "Best Of" Post: So It's Come to This

    October 15, 2010

    That’s what people will likely say when I finally creep out of the 10’ x 15’ foot cave* (my office) I’ve been held up in for the past few weeks. Though, considering how busy the rest of the editors are, it’s unlikely anyone will have noticed my self-imposed ostracism.

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • Relationship Status

    October 8, 2010

    What was the first thing I did after getting home from seeing The Social Network? That’s right—I checked my Facebook page.

    • Worldviews
  • Goldilocks and the Three Pairs

    October 1, 2010

    The search was long and arduous. The findings up to that point, though notable in their own right, weren’t what was hoped for.

  • Sunday School Lesson

    September 24, 2010

    Last week presented me with a challenge: teach creation to a group of children at a church that defaults to the 24-hour view—my church.

    • Image of God
    • General Apologetics
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  • To Be or Not To Be Hip

    September 17, 2010

    What’s in a name? That which we call a hipster by any other name would wear superfluous scarves.

  • Fearless Faith

    September 10, 2010

    It rained on Wednesday—I could tell because I spotted at least five cars stopped along the freeway (and one right in the middle lane). Rain does something to Southern California drivers—it messes with our heads and puts us in a muddle.

    • Christian Life
  • What's It to You?

    September 3, 2010

    Flashback to a year ago. I was creeping down the 10 freeway, indifferent to the usual landscape of my commute. So when I spotted a bumper sticker with a peculiar mixture of religious symbols spelling “coexist,” my overactive imagination quickly envisioned people of different backgrounds and religions singing songs in perfect harmony and buying the world a Coke. It was a nice diversion.

    • World Religions/Cults
  • We're Having a Heat Wave

    August 27, 2010

    Diana, the scholars’ assistant, and I don’t always agree on the ideal temperature for the office space we share. She prefers to keep things cold, but I like it hot—or at least comfortably warm. One thing we can agree on, however: it’s way too hot outside today.

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  • It's Not Nautical Nonsense

    August 20, 2010

    Imagine this: You’re an underappreciated short-order cook at a fast food restaurant, your boss is a miserly crab, your coworkers hate you, and you rely on public transportation because, despite years of schooling, you can’t seem to pass the driving test. Now imagine that despite all of this you’re relentlessly optimistic.

  • Getting Away with Murder

    August 13, 2010

    I love it when a movie provokes thoughtful discussion. Last weekend, my husband and I spent half an hour talking over the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express. Despite having read the book and seen the 1974 version I wasn’t prepared for the darker direction this movie took the story.

    • Moral Evil
  • New Research Suggests Latent "Superpowers"

    August 6, 2010

    If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Invisibility? The ability to fly? Have stretchy limbs? How ‘bout heal yourself?

    • Stem Cells/Cloning
  • Making a Splash

    July 30, 2010

    Ask people about their summer vacation and many will tell you they spent their time at the beach, the river, or the lake. In fact, as you read this blog, I’m enjoying a relaxing swim in the sapphire blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

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