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The Edge of Science

by | 09.08.14 | Uncategorized

There is no philosophy, no science, no logic, no theology that can prove God to an encircled mind. . . . I love science, but faith has evidence science will never find. I enjoy philosophy, but faith has reasons Reason cannot fathom. I embrace biblical theology, but theology is cold and distant compared to the Loving One about whom biblical theology revolves.

The Solar System just got a lot more far-flung.

Astronomers have discovered a probable dwarf planet that orbits the Sun far beyond Pluto, in the most distant trajectory known. Together with Sedna, a similar extreme object discovered a decade ago, the find is reshaping ideas about how the Solar System came to be. “It goes to show that there’s something we don’t know about our Solar System, and it’s something important,” says co-discoverer Chad Trujillo, an astronomer at Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii. “We’re starting to get a taste of what’s out beyond what we consider the edge.” Trujillo and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC, recently reported the finding in Nature.

“This is a great discovery,” says Michael Brown, a planetary astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. “We’ve been searching for more objects like Sedna for more than 10 years now.” Finding another one like it reduces the chances that Sedna is a fluke, he says. But astronomers now have to come up with ideas to explain how . . . Read More

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Blood Moons, End Times, and Scripture

by | 09.23.14 | Uncategorized

Prophets of God do not hedge their bets. Charlatans do.

Today, another advertisement for a book declaring “a momentous event” dropped into my e-mailbox from a Christian website. It is one of a long string of e-ads promoting the newest version of End-time insider news.

“The pastor, whose book Blood Moons explains the biblical links between cosmic phenomena such as eclipses and events on Earth, told a live, TV studio audience the current series of lunar alignments ending in 2015 is not a coincidence but a sign from God. The next event in what is known as a “Blood Moons tetrad,” a series of four blood moons occurring in 2014 and 2014 [sic: 2015*] on biblical holy days, will be Oct. 8 [2014]. What will happen when the current string of blood moons runs its course? Perhaps nothing, Pastor Mark Biltz admits, but people nonetheless need to be watching and listening to God and get on His biblical calendar.”  [emphases mine].

Reddish full moons appearing on these four holy days in a row portend “Something great.” That this tetrad of lunar eclipses may mean nothing has not stopped End-timers from . . .

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Cynicism Produces Brain Disease?

by | 06.04.14 | Uncategorized

A Finnish study indicates that on-going cynicism (a negative mental focus, as opposed to the positive attitude of trust) causes the brain to deteriorate. Click here. While the finding is preliminary, and “only shows an association between cynicism and dementia, not necessarily a cause-and-effect link,” it underscores yet again the connection between . . .

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Back After LockOut

by | 05.05.14 | Uncategorized

I have been locked out of WordPress for a while due to a lost password. Just this morning I was able to resurrect it from a forgotten Norton PW cache, and am now back in. I have been posting short reports from Lviv on Facebook, but am glad to get back here.

My second class of students will gather in an hour . . .

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Nehemiah: 4. Success and Opposition

by | 03.29.14 | Leading as Teaching, Thoughts

Nehemiah Remembered, 2014

Nehemiah

4. Nehemiah’s success came through an inspiring purpose and definite aim, though he faced many enemies, external and internal.
A God-given purpose provides . . .

Despite the call of God, and the full support of the king of Persia, Nehemiah’s mission was not easy. The arrival of Nehemiah and his escort in Jerusalem (444 BC) did not sit well with the regional leaders.

Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab (2:19) enjoyed control over the region, including the descendants of the 50,000 Jews who had returned from captivity in 538 BC. They rebuilt the temple (completed in 516 BC), but not the defensive walls surrounding the city. Sanballat and his allies were not happy that the security and welfare of the Jews was about to improve (2:10).

Their first tactic was . . .

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