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Weather:  I’ve never seen this before…at first I thought it was a hoax – snow rollers.

Movies: Some good questions to ask when watching films from John Frame. (HT: JT)

Health: 10 Tips To Save Your Vision.  Read it, know it, live it.

Listening: Recent sermons from great speakers at the NEXT 2009 Conference.

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Evangelism: A two part article from Grace Community Church (John MacArthur) called “Evangelizing Children.”  Part 1, Part 2

Historical Theology: An essay titled What Happened at Nicaea by Fred Sanders, covering the early church Arian controversy.

Science:  The illusion of the curve ball.  Does it really curve?  (HT: Abraham Piper)

Historical Theology 2: Another set of essays from Fred Sanders at the Scriptorium Daily called Why Protestants Should Read Thomas Aquinas (4 Parts)

Biography: I’ve read a lot about this guy in Runner’s World and TIME Magazine, but never actually read his book “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner” .  Last night at Barnes and Noble, I spotted it on a shelf and started reading…before I knew it I was nearly 3 chapters deep.  This is guy is incredible.  He completed 50 marathons in 50 days straight, ran a 200 mile relay race solo, and completed a 350 mile run.  Here’s his Wiki.

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News: Global Warming Beliefs Among Protestant Pastors.  Interesting article on the percentage pastors who are “believers” of global warming.

Listening:  This is gold…John Piper recently spoke at Park Community Church in Chicago on “The Pastor as Scholar.”  He gives a basics outline of his life leading up to becoming a pastor.

If I am scholarly, it is not in any sense because I try to stay on the cutting edge in the discipline of biblical and theological studies. I am way too slow for that. What scholarly would mean for me is that the greatest Object of knowledge is God and that he has revealed himself authoritatively in a Book. And that I should work with all my might and all my heart and all my soul and all my mind to know him through that Book and to make him known.

Photography: 9 years of change in Dubai from NASA.

Blogging: John MacArthur offers some practical teaching on “Knowing Christ.”

We err greatly if we think of intimacy with Christ as some lofty level of mysterious, feelings-based communion with the Divine—as if it involved some knowledge of God that goes beyond what Scripture has revealed.

Science and Religion: A new theistic evolutionist – like website from Francis S. Collins and Co., the director of the Human Genome Project and author of The Language of God, called The BioLogos Foundation.  What is the site for?

The BioLogos Foundation promotes the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms, and seeks to harmonize these different perspectives.

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News: Apparently, not only was I raised in the best county in the U.S. for raising children (see previous post), but now I’m living in the “Happiest Place in America” according to ABC news.

History: 64 years ago today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed due to his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.  Fred Sanders at Scriptorium Daily writes a small piece on the the topic.  Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Bonhoeffer in his classic work, The Cost of Discipleship:

Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. (p. 59)

The only right and proper way is quite literally to go with Jesus.  The call to follow implies that there is only one way of believing on Jesus Christ, and that is by leaving all and going with the incarnate Son of God. (p. 62)

Also, for an excellent documentary on his life, watch Bonhoeffer.

Science News: Ever wondered why scratching relieves that itching feeling?  NYT reports.

Reading/Listening: Dr. Albert Mohler responds to President Obama’s statements to the Muslim world in Turkey.

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I decided to follow Jason’s lead and post some notes from a recent message I listened to.  Dr. John Mark Reynolds of Biola University lectured at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary a couple of weeks ago on the topic of the relationship between religion and science.  His first lecture, called We Beheld His Glory: How a Christian Worldview Produced Science, argues “it is fundamentally, the incarnation, that made modern science possible.”

The rest here is either quoted directly or paraphrased from his lecture.

-the scientific revolution did not grow out of Greek and Roman thought.

-Greek/Roman thought was incapable/inadequate of producing science.

-they (Greeks/Romans) believed that below the surface, there was not order but disorder or chaos.

-understanding matter or flesh was then deemed meaningless, since it was only chaos.  Nobody wants to study chaos.

-Birth of philosophy was due to the reaction to the meaningless existence to perform out what was best in the world.

-Christianity presented the idea of Logos – or order.

-if God can put on flesh, you can surely study it, it is the incarnation that makes matter good without making it God.

-nature is not God, but it is good, so it is worthy of man’s time and intentions.

Reynolds’ final admonition:

Just as it is inexcusable to stand on this side of the incarnation and hear about it without wonder, so it is unacceptable for us, the heirs of Western Christendom, to refuse to think well, to refuse to defend God’s Word with intellectual integrity, to refuse to understand science, even when science has gone awry.

The temptation is to take Darwin and either never read him or to worship him.

The temptation is to take nature and never study it because we are engaged in theological abstraction or to worship it.

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Listening: John Mark Reynolds of Biola University lectures at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on the relationship between science and religion.  This is excellent stuff!  See the following post for notes on the first of three lectures.

  1. We Beheld His Glory: How a Christian Worldview Produced Science
  2. Full of Grace and Truth: An Epistemology of Belief in a Skeptical Age
  3. The Glory of Jesus Christ: The Way Forward in the Dialogue Between Religion and Science

Weather pix: Satellite images of Denver, CO before and after the recent early spring snow storm.

More Weather Photos: 30 photos of the Red River flooding in North Dakota.  Incredible.

Blogging: Trevin Wax puts on a good Screwtape as well.

Health News:  Do I need another reason to drink coffee?  Probably not, but I’ll take it!

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