Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • Personality Profile

    February 3, 2012

    Like Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen fame, I am an introvert. You’re more likely to find me curled up with a book or watching a movie alone than hobnobbing with friends. Though I’m not necessarily shy, social interaction of any kind, but especially with strangers, exhausts me.

    • Image of God
  • Serving up Sweet FAQs

    January 27, 2012

    A casual dinner with my sister reminded me of one of her endearing (and enduring) traits—a penchant­ for sweets. You’d hardly believe it given her small frame, but she readily fesses up that she “eats dinner to get to dessert.”

    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
    • General Apologetics
  • Past Watchful Dragons

    January 20, 2012

    This month’s Chinese New Year celebrations will usher in 2012 as the year of the dragon. These legendary beasties have been a favorite fairytale and mythology staple for eons. But are dragons really just figments of our imaginations? Or are they evidence of ancient humans’ encounters with living dinosaurs?

    • Dinosaurs and the Bible
  • Filing for Spiritual Chapter 11 Protection

    January 13, 2012

    Every other day it seems news breaks about another business going belly up and filing for bankruptcy. Earlier this week Hostess became the latest company to bite the cream-filled dust.

    • Christian Life
    • Salvation
  • Animals in the Spotlight

    January 6, 2012

    In early elementary school I developed distaste for reading. To remedy the situation, my parents bought books suited to my interests—principally, animals. I willingly devoured Zoobooksmagazines, curled up with girl-and-her-horse novels, and thumbed through a well-loved copy of a mammal encyclopedia.

    • Life Design
  • The Most Peculiar Gift

    December 22, 2011

    It was Christmas morning and my godparents’ living room was filled to capacity with kids, a sea of crumpled up wrapping paper, and sparkling new toys. I was a contemplative teenager with nothing left to open (it didn’t take long to open gift card envelopes); so I sat back and, for the first time, beheld the joy that spreads across children’s faces as they unwrap presents. The view was breathtaking.

    • Incarnation
  • Two People I Want To Meet in Heaven

    December 22, 2011

    When I think of important biblical figures—outside of Jesus—my mind is often drawn to leaders like King David or Queen Esther or the Apostle Paul. These people accomplished great things and some of them even held royal positions. But if you were to ask me who would be first on my list for a heavenly latte and chat, I’d have to say Mary and Joseph.

    • Christian Life
  • What Was the Christmas Star?

    December 16, 2011

    A couple of weeks ago Take Two discussed 5 common myths about Christmas. Last week, we looked at the significance of the wise men. This week, we glimpse at another key “figure” in the Christmas story—the star of Bethlehem.

    • Astronomy and the Bible
    • Bible Difficulties
  • We Three Kings

    December 9, 2011

    One Christmastime, Dad surprised the family with a new Nativity scene. The set featured a stylized cherry-wood stable and a host of beautiful porcelain figurines. There was the angel with golden wings and a trumpet held aloft, Mary clad in lavender and blue as she kneeled over Baby Jesus, surrounded by animals galore.

    • Christian Life
  • Top 5 Common Christmas Myths

    December 2, 2011

    Christmastime is here! For many of us, the holiday brings happiness and cheer and longstanding traditions. One that my family and neighbors participated in when I was a kid was Las Posadas (the inn). Basically a procession of “pilgrims” (neighborhood families) goes house to house asking for lodging. The residents refuse (as planned) and the journey continues until the “innkeeper” takes them in. This festivity serves as a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Plus it comes with plenty of singing, tamale eating, and piñata breaking!

    • Historical Theology
  • Top 10 Science-Faith Conversation Starters

    November 23, 2011

    Tens of thousands of people are affected every day by this latest epidemic: the ironic hipster mustache. What may have begun as nothing more than a hairy badge for hipsters has transformed into a movement (fittingly called Movember) to “change the face of men’s health.” And it serves as a fine example of giving purpose to a trivial trend.

    • General Apologetics
  • Scientific Fusion

    November 18, 2011

    My husband and I love watching Iron Chef America, the Food Network show where top-notch chefs go toe-to-toe in an blog__inline—scientific-fusionhour-long culinary battle.​It’s particularly fascinating to watch the competitors deal with a “secret ingredient” that forces them to think outside the box of their expertise. A French-trained chef might play with Asian flavors or an Italian-trained chef might find inspiration in the foods of the American Southwest. The results are intriguing cross-cultural cuisine fusions.

    • Worldviews
    • Solar System Design
  • Holiday Signs and Signs of Design

    November 10, 2011

    Such news might supply a rush of joyful anticipation to the kiddies. Adults, on the other hand, (particularly those with kids whose wish lists include smaller yet increasingly expensive gifts) might feel that same rush followed promptly by a shudder and a quick jotting of mental notes.

  • What's Your Favorite Animal?

    November 4, 2011

    This Monday, Halloween ushered in the holidays. That means that, along with department store sale ads and turkey-themed cooking magazines, our mailbox is stuffed with appeals from charitable organizations. Each holiday season, World Vision (my personal favorite—other than RTB, of course) sends out a gift catalog featuring various farm animals that supporters can help provide for families in need.

  • Hallelujah, Harvest, and Halloween Alternatives

    October 28, 2011

    Say you receive an invitation in the mail for a party on October 31. This party will include candy, costumes, and “illusion” (insert picture of a top hat, wand, and sparkly star). Would you assume you were just invited to a Hallelujah party? Probably not.

    • Occult
  • Spreading the Good News--With Love

    October 21, 2011

    Vibrant foliage colors, exciting festivities, and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes all help make fall my favorite time of year. Although people often say Southern California doesn’t experience “real” seasons, the signs of change are here.

    • Christian Life
  • Evil, Suffering, and Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

    October 14, 2011

    In the years it took Hugh to write Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job, he (and his wife, Kathy) endured profound personal suffering. Some of those trials, including the loss of their fathers and almost losing their son, are shared in his latest book.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Let There Be Light!

    October 7, 2011

    Southern California may not be for everyone, but I love living here. Yeah, it can get a little smoggy at times. But when the wind or rain clears the air, we get breathtaking evening skies streaked with pearly white or neon pink clouds.

    • Creation Passages
  • A Look Back at RTB's Cruise Conference, Part 4

    September 30, 2011

    Over the last few weeks RTB scholars Fazale Rana, Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, and Kenneth Samples have taken us on a virtual journey through the events that took place on the ms Zuiderdam. On this final look back at RTB’s Cruise Conference, we check in with the modestly named Average Joe, host of I Didn’t Know That! and other RTB podcasts.

  • The Benefits of Fantasy

    September 23, 2011

    Earlier this week, RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples invited me, Sandra, and other RTB staffers to participate in a recording of his podcast, Straight Thinking. The​discussion focused on Harry Potter and Christians’ response to this spectacularly popular fantasy franchise. The podcast won’t air for another two months or so, but I love the subject of fantasy literature and film so much I can’t resist writing about it here on Take Two.


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