Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • Matters of the Heart

    July 23, 2010

    There are certain things that come with being a part of a large extended family—particularly one that is close, geographically and otherwise. For instance, weekend get-togethers look more like family reunions, with three, sometimes four generations gathered in a modest home, reminiscing as if they hadn’t just seen each other last weekend.

    • Life Design
    • Stem Cells/Cloning
  • Explosive Debates: Putting Out Fires and Dodging Verbal Bullets

    July 16, 2010

    We human beings are a passionate bunch. We vigorously defend our countries, families, and worldviews. While back alley brawls, gunfights, and kung fu showdowns might be more violent, verbal spars can get ugly, too.

  • Checking out the Menu

    July 9, 2010

    Peanut butter and jelly. Cookies and milk. Chocolate and just about anything. When you consider all the great food combinations of the world, perhaps the last grouping that comes to mind is chicken and waffles. But if you’ve tasted the two together, you understand why there’s always a wait outside of Roscoe’s.

    • Theistic Evolution
    • Creation Miracles
  • The Role of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    July 2, 2010

    It must have been like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Late 1947, in the dry, dusty cliffs around the northwest corner of the Dead Sea, a Bedouin youth scrambles up the hillside in search of a stray goat. What he finds instead is a cave containing several old clay jars and ancient parchment scrolls. The shepherd wonders if the scrolls might fetch a good price in the nearby towns—little does he know that he is holding an artifact of immense religious and historical value.

  • Monkeys and Mix Tapes

    June 25, 2010

    Just when you think you’ve got something all figured out, it changes. For instance a few decades ago cassettes were the business—portable, durable, and mix-tape friendly. Though CDs were around, they hadn’t yet gained much ground. But over time the world grew accustomed to the new format and cassettes died a slow but inevitable death. And now MP3s put CDs on the endangered list.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
  • To Infinity and Beyond!

    June 18, 2010

    Fifteen years after Toy Story made animation history as the first feature-length computer-animated film, Toy Story 3 hit theatres today. As one of the kids who fell in love with the first movie back in 1995, I am impatient to see the latest adventures of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends, but in the meantime, I’m happy to see Pixar’s eleventh production rack up good reviews.

  • Thinking about Ink

    June 11, 2010

    It was one of those moments I’ll never forget. A respected professional told a room full of believers how she went from hating the establishment to loving Jesus in one fell swoop. As she shared her story she showed a picture of a guy with tattoos, facial piercings, and a green Mohawk. These words slid like molasses out of her unpierced lips: People who dress like this are angry and don’t want you to talk to them.

  • Why Do You Believe?

    June 4, 2010

    Catholic monk St. Francis of Assisi is frequently credited with this popular proverb: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” No doubt you’ve heard this advice somewhere, whether on the radio, in a book, or on a website.

  • What's on Page 123?

    May 28, 2010

    If you’re part of the blogosphere or are on a social networking site, chances are you’ve seen (or been “tagged” with) the “page 123” meme. Though it’s been around for a while, it resurfaces now and again.

  • Putting Beliefs to the Test: 9 Ways to Know if Your Worldview Is Reliable

    May 21, 2010

    Taking a page from the doomed Greek philosopher’s book, RTB’s own philosophy expert, Kenneth Samples, asserts, “The unexamined worldview is not worth believing or living out.”

    • Worldviews
  • Iron, Man

    May 14, 2010

    How many of you saw Iron Man 2 last weekend? If you did, you’re not alone. With over $128 million in ticket sales, the second film in the Iron Man trilogy now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film debut of all time.

  • Happy Mother's...DNA?

    May 7, 2010

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner—time to bust out cards, flowers, and breakfast-in-bed to let those special women know just how much they mean to us. We value their love, wisdom, and long-suffering patience. We’re also thankful if we inherited Mom’s eyes or smile. But that’s not all we have to thank Mom for.

    • Human Origins and the Bible
  • Blog of the Living Dead

    April 30, 2010

    I love zombies. Always have. As kids, my brother (also a big fan of zombies) and I would gurgle lines from classic zombie films and record them as the outgoing message for our answering machine. Our mother was less than thrilled.

    • Worldviews
    • Christian Life
  • Why Would a Good God Create That? Part 4

    April 23, 2010

    Director James Cameron’s titanic blockbuster Avatar was released on DVD yesterday in conjunction with Earth Day. With a worldwide gross over $2.5 billion, Avatar topped the all-time box office charts and the film’s surreal setting made for intriguing headlines.

  • Let's Dance!

    April 15, 2010

    What were you born to do? I posted that question on Twitter earlier this week. The responses I received varied, with people claiming they were born to teach, protect, and even hit others. (The latter was my favorite, just because it was funny.)

  • Why Would a Good God Create That? Part 3

    April 9, 2010

    Every day I use an inhaler to control asthma symptoms. Since childhood I’ve struggled with asthma and although a cure does not yet exist, I can’t help yearning for a day when this weight will be lifted from my lungs.

  • It Is a Good Friday

    April 1, 2010

    As I kid, I remember thinking there was nothing good about Good Friday. I wanted to fast forward to Easter—when Christ was alive again—and not focus on the pain he endured prior to his death on the cross. But I was literally surrounded by visual reminders. The Stations of the Cross ached across the walls they lined, guiding to the center of the church where Jesus hung, silent and lifeless.

  • Why Would a Good God Create That? Part 2

    March 25, 2010

    Remember when March of the Penguins hit theatres? Though family-friendly, the documentary doesn’t shy away from the perils of an emperor penguin’s life. One scene shows a leopard seal snatching up a mother penguin on her way to deliver food to her mate and chick. Her death meant the demise of the chick because starvation would force the father to abandon it.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Grappling with Grace

    March 19, 2010

    Most writers are probably familiar with the saying “Writing is easy…just open a vein.” We pour passion into our words. And once pen hits paper, our vulnerable selves are open to critique. Sometimes the response is harsh, à la “Nobody reads your blog.” Other times the response is constructive, like “This would work better if...” The latter is what we always hope to hear, but it doesn’t often work out that way—especially when those words are on the Internet. (Anonymity has a way of breeding cruelty, does it not?)

  • Why Would a Good God Create That? Part 1

    March 12, 2010

    As little girls, my sisters and I deeply mourned our pets’ deaths, be they lizard, fish, bird, or other. But no pet of ours experienced a demise as gruesome as did our lop-eared rabbit, Chewy. We allowed Chewy free reign of the backyard. But one afternoon it dawned on us that we hadn’t seen her for a few days. Had she escaped? Was she hiding? My youngest sister solved the mystery of Chewy’s disappearance when she visited the nearby field. Around the base of a eucalyptus tree known for housing red-tailed hawks and owls she found tufts of soft, white fur. Poor Chewy, it seemed, had become some creature’s lunch.

    • Problem of Evil
    • Animal Death Before Adam

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