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Universe on Edge

Belief in God is not based on blind faith.We are surrounded by the work of God’s creative genius.The artistic splendor and engineering precision of the universe continues to be uncovered by the advance of science.One area where this can be seen is in the exact balance of various forces in nature. Stated simply, the universe appears to be balancing on the blade of a knife.We simply could not exist by mere chance.As scientific instruments become more precise, our awe continues to increase.

The math behind the “fine-tuning” argument for God is easy to understand.Imagine that you are going to eat lunch in a cafeteria.After grabbing a plate, you walk over to a row of food that contains four entrees.When the staff behind the counter asks what you want to eat, you just shrug and tell her to pick for you.All things being equal, you have a ¼ chance of getting your favorite dish.If there are four options for sides and four beverages as well, you would randomly have a ¼ chance of getting your fav…

Things I Don’t Spend Money On

Many people know they should be saving for a rainy day or retirement, but can’t because they have no money left over at the end of the month.  If they only earned a few hundred dollars more each month, they would be able to put some aside.  The sad truth is, most people’s lifestyle is almost exactly equal to (or greater than) their income.  Living below one’s means seems too hard or old fashioned. 
Our family went down to one income years ago when we had our first child.  Since that time, we have made budgeting and stewardship a priority.  Even with a household income well below the median income in the United States, we are able to give, save, and enjoy plenty of great memories together as a family.  One element to this equation is what we don’t spend money on.  Here are a few examples of items that cost us $0 each month. Cable or Satellite TV.  Living without television may sound strange, but it certainly has some benefits.  For most of human history, families figured out how to get b…

Interpretation and Translation

Students often want to know how a specific course will benefit them.  This is especially true for ministerial students who have signed up for Greek or Hebrew.  Learning an ancient language as an adult is not for the faint hearted! 
Even a perfect English rendering of the original language often results in some loss of meaning.  This is because two words almost never have the same semantic range between two languages. To say this another way, words from different languages do not mean precisely the same thing. This can be illustrated by examining the Greek word “logos.”  Many people know it means “word,” but in reality it is also rendered cause (Matthew 5:32), question (Mark 11:29), fame (Luke 5:15), rumor (Luke 7:17), intent (Acts 10:29),  matter (Acts 15:6), mouth (Acts 15:27), preaching (1 Cor. 1:18), doctrine (Hebrews 6:1), and reason (1 Peter 3:15).  Clearly, no one English word is sufficient to cover this entire range of meaning, so several different words are used.
While it is no…