• Biblical Studies,  Blog,  Theology

    Thinking About Genesis 1-2: Introduction

    In today’s ideological climate, some sectors of both modern science and evangelicalism commune with each other about like oil and water. In other words, they don’t. When it comes to substantive issues, scientists and evangelicals have been known to disagree (to put the matter gently). Because both sides tend to have certain adherents who choose to drink from the well of various enlightenment assumptions, the “science side” and the “religious side” often find it difficult to reconcile their respective beliefs. This strain is especially pronounced for evangelical scientists. Often, they feel the need to choose between either (a) remaining true to the empirical data they work with or (b) believing…

  • Blog,  Devotional Musings

    Alas, Discouragement

    Walking through a period of discouragement is like traversing a dark valley coated in tar. Wrapped in darkness, you’re unable to see where you’re going. Neither can you so much as lift a single foot without some serious sweat. The muck of the valley is tightfisted, a jealous demon of sorts; your feet, its helpless prisoner. Life, no doubt, is full of curveballs (to switch metaphors). But that is not the same as discouragement—an altogether different thing. You can hit curveballs, after all. Discouragement, on the other hand, often paralyzes you such that you can’t even swing the bat. To make matters worse, discouragement has a concomitant associate, namely, depression.…

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    Off-The-Cuff Musings on Faith, Hope, Love, and Tacos

    My Bible reading this morning took me to 1 Thessalonians, and I was struck by a few things Paul had to say. When he writes to the Thessalonian church, Paul begins by extolling them for their Christian virtues – that is, for their way of faith, hope, and love. He says, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thess. 1:2-3 (ESV) I think what he says here is super instructive for many Christians. In much of…