Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • 42: The True Story of An American Legend

    April 12, 2013

    On this spring afternoon, a young baseball player sporting the number 42 would take first base and change the history of the game forever. The support and criticism following Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the “color barrier” in baseball served as a microcosm of the racial tension that persisted across the country in the 1940s. Nearly 66 years later, Jackie Robinson’s story unfolds onscreen in the feature film 42.

    • Christian Life
  • Oh, What a Rain: Earth’s Remarkable Water Cycle

    April 5, 2013

    I imagine that sort of “rain” would be more like a sugary hailstorm (à la Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). While our Creator did not see fit to endow the skies with a candy dispenser, He did create a sweet water cycle perfectly suited to support life and human civilization.

    • Geophysical Design
  • The Heart of Christianity

    March 28, 2013

    It’s no wonder Holy Week is so special to believers. As RTB theologian Kenneth Samples writes, “Jesus’ being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics).”

    • Resurrection
  • A Review of HISTORY'S The Bible

    March 22, 2013

    In recent years, HISTORY has treated the Bible as a source for sensationalistic material, airing a steady stream of shows based usually on liberal scholarship. So it was with a fair bit of skepticism that I sat down to watch producer Mark Burnett’s miniseries The Bible. Yet the evangelical leaders supporting this project (not to mention the celebrity endorsements) made me hope for a pleasant surprise. Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank) and his wife, actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), are the brains behind this project. Now that the series is three weeks in, I’d like to offer some brief comments.

    • Historical Theology
  • Beware the Ides of March—and Conspiracy Theories

    March 15, 2013

    The murder of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BCE, is one of the most famous assassinations in history. It resulted from a conspiracy of 60 Roman senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, in an effort to prevent Caesar from turning the Roman republic into a tyranny

    • Conspiracies
  • DNA and Proteins' Excellent Adventure

    March 8, 2013

    At first look, this scene might not seem relevant to a discussion on the origin of life. But when you’re trying to explain mutually interdependent systems to a 16-year-old, you take what you can get. To the 16-year-old (my son, in this case), the idea that DNA and proteins (mutually interdependent) could emerge simultaneously on early Earth made as much sense as trying to get Eddie Van Halen on guitar by getting Eddie Van Halen on guitar.

    • Youth
    • First Life on Earth
    • TCM - Life's Origin
    • Primordial Soup
  • Whales, Jellies, and Fish--Oh, My!

    March 1, 2013

    Ocean life is a wonder to behold, whether on a Discovery Channel show, at an aquarium, or in the ocean itself. My husband and I have developed an interest in marine animal parks and, fortunately, California offers several good ones. On a recent visit to SeaWorld San Diego we got up close to sharks, Galapagos penguins, flamingos, bottle-nose dolphins, sea lions, and the park’s star attractions, killer whales. Feeding and petting the bat rays was my personal favorite.

    • Whales
  • For Your Consideration

    February 21, 2013

    While we here at RTB might never win an Oscar for feature-film endeavors, we do have a few new podcast features to offer for your consideration. Listeners of the I Didn’t Know That! podcast might be familiar with our longstanding segment, Stump the Scholar. But if you missed the last couple of episodes, we unveiled several new segments for your listening pleasure.

    • General Apologetics
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness

    February 15, 2013

    These verses, from a book whose title refers to “the act of expressing grief,” influenced the lyrics of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” A staple of church hymnals, this beautiful song celebrates the goodness of God in the lives of believers. It has lately become a favorite of mine as I’ve paid closer attention to the words.

    • Christian Life
  • Grand by Design

    February 8, 2013

    It’s as busy as Grand Central Station. This New York landmark, correctly referred to as Grand Central Terminal, is often thought of as the epitome of chaos. Rightfully so. I happened to be there on its 100th birthday, February 1, 2013. The terminal teemed with performers and cameras, with local commuters undeterred from their path, and with overwhelmed tourists trying to soak it all in. Displayed above the chaos: an astronomical mural framed by intricate architecture.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me

    February 1, 2013

    Over the last several months my family has faced a number of challenges—ranging from specific illnesses and injuries to general life hurdles. Through it all we’ve been surrounded by the loving support of family and friends. Whether through encouraging Facebook comments, prayer groups, or meals and flowers, everyone has a different way of letting us know they are standing with us.

    • Christian Life
  • Demystifying Prayer

    January 25, 2013

    Technology begets humility. Just ask my coworker and I how long it took us to sync a new keyboard to my Mac. What should have been a quick setup took a few phone calls to our onsite Mac guru and a lesson on how to find the power button. (We’ll take some whipped cream with that humble pie, please.)

    • Christian Life
  • The Human Genome: Useful and Beautiful

    January 18, 2013

    The blogosphere is replete with advice for taming clutter and getting organized—helpful reading for any upcoming spring cleaning. While I’m not exactly a Martha Stewart of organization, I do have my husband’s junk-filled man cave/household office slated for a good purging. Unless they have a useful purpose (or sentimental value), all those unread textbooks, random cables, and various odds-and-ends have to go. Without function or beauty, the objects in an office (or any room) end up as clutter.

  • Why Would God Allow Natural Disasters?

    January 11, 2013

    No one likes natural disasters. They can devastate entire areas and cause human suffering and death, leaving people to wonder why God would allow such calamities. If God created the earth for the benefit of humanity, why is it sometimes inhospitable to its inhabitants?

    • Natural Disasters
    • Problem of Evil
    • Moral Evil
  • Anticipating the Future of Science and Faith

    January 4, 2013

    The start of a new year provides opportunities to remember, but most of all it’s a time to look forward. What do we feel when we face the horizon of the future—hope or dread?

    • Junk DNA
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Christmas Reflections from Take Two

    December 20, 2012

    Lunchtime conversations at RTB run the gamut from comics to Christian doctrine to the qualities of a good churro. Recently, we shared what our favorite Christmas carol is. Digital Outreach Director Phil likes “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” even if its lyrics are a bit creepy. Copyeditor Elissa admits N Sync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is her favorite because it brings back wonderful childhood memories. And blogging cohort Maureen likes “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” In particular, she loves the third verse, which declares that Christ was “born to raise the sons of earth.”

    • Incarnation
    • Historical Theology
  • Big Truths from The Hobbit

    December 13, 2012

    When you’re a hobbit, adventures are “nasty disturbing uncomfortable things” that make you late for dinner, which a hobbit never wants to be. So you can imagine poor Bilbo Baggins’ frustration when an unexpected party of 13 hungry dwarves and one tenacious wizard (the only expected guest) showed up at his door craving food and drink, and then Bilbo’s company on their quest.

    • Christian Life
    • Youth
  • Star of Wonder

    December 7, 2012

    Every holiday season, a man living in the hills above my hometown lights a star of Bethlehem display. The star is over 20 feet high and, on clear nights, can be seen for miles around. Just a few years ago, an October fire tore through the foothills. My father, a firefighter, told me the house with the star was among the property lost to the flames. But despite personal loss, the star’s maker still lit the beacon that December.

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Reasons to Believe in the Season

    November 30, 2012

    When the Christmas budget (for some) is virtually zilch and perhaps hearts are heavy over missing a loved one, it’s easy to lose sight of the “reason for the season,” so to speak. Yet often it’s in the difficult times that believers gain deeper insight into the truth of God’s character and care for us.

    • Christian Life
  • Take Two's Thanksgiving List

    November 21, 2012

    Have you been following Take Two’s list of things we’re thankful for this year? Family, friends, and God’s faithful provision are obvious bringers of gratitude. Our list, however, includes lesser-known objects—meat-loving critters and the big bang, to name a few. Here we add two more to our odd collection of things for which we’re thankful this and every year.

    • Image of God

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