Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • Remembering 9/11: A Young Californian’s Perspective

    September 16, 2011

    It hardly seems believable that 10 years have passed since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Such an anniversary is not something that should be passed over lightly. It’s a good time to stop and remember that pivotal day.

    • Worldviews
    • Problem of Evil
  • A Look Back at RTB's Cruise Conference, Part 3

    September 16, 2011

    In parts 1 and 2 of this series Fuz Rana, Hugh Ross, and Jeff Zweerink recounted their experience on RTB’s Cruise Conference. This time we hear from philosopher/theologian Kenneth Richard Samples to hear how this Southern California native fared in the frigid temperatures of the Alaskan Coast.

  • A Look Back at RTB's Cruise Conference, Part 2

    September 2, 2011

    In my last post I caught up with biochemist Fazale Rana to discuss RTB’s Cruise Conference. This week astronomer Hugh Ross and astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink give their take on this year’s conference. Be sure to keep reading to the end because I reveal a special offer for Take Two readers!

  • Science Update Available

    August 26, 2011

    My husband is a big fan of Apple products. Whenever a new operating system or software update comes out, he makes sure to get our electronics up to speed. As the less tech-literate of the two, I am more inclined to hit the “Remind Me Later” button when iTunes tells me version 10.something is available. But, in reality, these little reminders represent Apple’s growth in knowledge and capabilities. Continual research on their part leads to exciting innovation and improved products—and more reasons for my hubby to peruse our local Apple store—even in the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation.

  • A Look Back at RTB's Cruise Conference, Part 1

    August 19, 2011

    A few weeks ago a group of our small staff set sail on RTB’s second Alaska Cruise Conference. If you missed the boat, fear not. For the next few weeks, I’ll connect with some of the key players at this year’s conference in hopes of giving us land lubbers a small glimpse of what went down on the ms Zuiderdam. First up is Fazale "Fuz" Rana.

  • Sifting Fact from Fiction in Biblical Archaeology

    August 12, 2011

    Whether it’s tall tales of daring quests and creepy tombs or documentaries of high-profile discoveries, archaeologycontinues to hold a fascination for many. Biblical archaeology is particularly stirring for Christians who feel the pressure to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, Scripture’s veracity. It may be tempting to use every discovery announced in the media as support for the Bible.

    • Bible Difficulties
    • Geology and the Bible
  • No Comfort at Comic-Con

    August 12, 2011

    There he stood, perched on a box, shouting questions and clenching dollar bills. Curious San Diegans circled ‘round, eager to earn a buck in exchange for a correct answer.

    • Ethics
    • General Apologetics
  • Save the Sharks!

    July 29, 2011

    Just when you thought nothing could be more care-free than a day at the beach, Shark Weekarrives. Beginning this Sunday, the Discovery Channel’s annual summer special will terrify and enthrall viewers with close, sometimes fatal, shark encounters.

    • Global Warming
  • Cowboys & Aliens & Worldviews

    July 22, 2011

    Last week’s Take Two discussed "A Match Made in Heaven"—the happy union of apologetics and evangelism. This week, I dare to suggest another happy union: Cowboys & Aliens. Classic Western and sci-fi. (Check out the trailer here.)

    • Worldviews
    • Aliens
  • A Match Made in Heaven

    July 15, 2011

    I fret whenever I’m not home to make dinner for my husband, Darren. He sweetly assures me he can survive for one night without my culinary skills—after all, he did so before we married. While it’s true that Darren and I lived happy, productive lives before our relationship, we both know we’re much better together. We inspire, cheer, and motivate each other to new and higher potentials. We bring out the best each other.

    • General Apologetics
  • It All Ends

    July 8, 2011

    The end is near—the end of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, that is. A week from today total geek-out will recommence as the epic tale of Harry Potter wraps up. Theatres across the country will no doubt see their share of cloaks, wands, and tears.

    • Christian Life
  • Blockbusters and Bombardments

    July 1, 2011

    This summer is a good one for movie fans, with major blockbusters opening nearly every week. Though most movie-goers don’t walk into action-adventure/superhero films expecting more than spectacular special effects and epic battles, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find quality storytelling in this season’s fare.

  • Still a Fan

    June 24, 2011

    Key leaders are fighting. So-called devotees have assaulted both supporters and cynics. And overall attendance—not to mention morale—is down.

    • Christian Life
  • Answering FAQs: Awesome RTB Resources

    June 17, 2011

    Whether it’s through email, snail mail, or Facebook comments, we receive all manner of science-faith questions (and challenges). Yet some topics—such as dinosaurs, hominids, the multiverse, and much more—remain timeless. These same issues often pop up during Q&A sessions at RTB events.

  • A Hot Cup of Evolution

    June 10, 2011

    It’s not often one feels connected to a microbe. But if there were ever one I’d want to grab a cup of joe with, it would be the bacterium Pseudomonas putida CBB5. (Think that’s hard to say, just try repeating a hipster’s drink order.)

    • Speciation Events
    • Life Design
  • The Truth about the God of the Old Testament

    June 3, 2011

    Atheist Richard Dawkins’ infamous description of Yahweh in his book The God Delusion is enough to make most Christians’ blood boil. Unfortunately, we are not always well-equipped to calmly and reasonably respond to such vitriol. Dr. Paul Copan, a well-respected professor of philosophy, author, and speaker, notes that Christians shouldn’t ignore the charges of Neo-atheists like Dawkins. Rather, “As people of the Book, Christians should honestly reflect on such matters.”

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Knuckle Walking to Knuckle Sandwiches

    May 27, 2011

    Did fighting push early humans to stand upright? According to a study by researcher David Carrier, yes.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
  • Imagine There's No Heaven

    May 20, 2011

    I really don’t like the idea of no Heaven. Last month, when my family buried my grandfather, the belief that I will meet with Grandpa again in Heaven sustained me through my sorrow. But is my hope simply an illusion, invented to keep myself from dealing with the finality of death? According to Stephen Hawking, the answer is yes.

    • Heaven and Hell
  • Turtles and Transdimensionality

    May 12, 2011

    They don’t say much—in fact they don’t speak at all—but Ralphie and Candace have taught me plenty. Their actions, swift and sly, speak volumes and remind me of old habits I’m grateful to have let go of (mostly).

    • Christian Life
  • Doing the Homework: Tips for Deeper Bible Study

    May 6, 2011

    What’s an average Christian to do when trying to study the Bible for all its worth? RTB theologians Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager, along with RTB physicist Dave Rogstad, provide a tutorial in biblical interpretation techniques in a recent, five-part series on Ken’s podcast, Straight Thinking. Entitled “Top 10 (or So) Misunderstood Bible Verses,” this podcast series illustrates how sound hermeneutics and exegesis help believers avoid faulty interpretations.

    • Christian Life

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