Tuesday, March 18, 2014
There's a lot of talk this week about the exciting discovery of the initial waves of gravity as the Big Bang expanded, verifying what's known as inflation. It appears that the universe expanded faster than the speed of the light in the first split-second of the existence of the universe, and then began to expand at a steady rate for quite a while.
Click here to read about the new discovery, which is probably going to earn a Nobel prize
This is important, not least of all, because it shows the universe didn't always exist. So why would it start, that's a question that involves a choice making entity. An intelligent being exercising willpower.
The amazing part about the whole discussion is not how divided we are on the questions of the Big Bang between believers and nonbelievers, but that people will study the universe looking for a "cause & effect" that can be measured, tested and analyzed, but not think that there was an ultimate cause.
Science isn't the enemy of faith, and in fact discoveries like we read about this week need to be celebrated. I see nothing whatsoever in Big Bang cosmology that comes close to contradicting Genesis 1:1. Science can help us understand "what" we see, but the job of science isn't to give a "why." The big question remains, since we see these ancient waves of gravity from the early moments of the Big Bang, like ripples in a pond, who made the big "splash" in the pond?
Monday, March 17, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Am I the only one, or does it seem like we are becoming a restless people? Why are we so restless these
Only a few generations back, our ancestors usually lived and died within 10 to 20 miles of their birth. Today it's nothing to jump in the car and drive several hundred miles for an event with our favorite hobby or to visit family. We do this without much thought. We move a lot too, but that's old news and not really at the heart of the issue.
It's not just that we are unsettled, when we are settled, it seems we are fidgety, distracted even. We are like school children gazing out the window the last week before summer break. What's up?
I love Bear Grylls and other survival shows. Admittedly, none of these are filmed in our backyard -- part of the allure is the exotic locations. Within 10 miles of our home they are building one new Bass Pro shop and two Cabela's. The outdoors await, easier to conquer than ever!
I think part of our problem which keeps us fidgety and easily distracted is our craving for adventure. The adventurous spirit of exploration and testing our mettle dies hard. Ah, maybe not. Probably not. Why go in search of a challenge when you haven't beat Angry Birds or Candy Crush yet? I guess it's just easier to live vicariously through a favorite athlete or to settle for reruns.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
(Kingsport Times news, 11/23/13)
I was starting the grill tonight (I use what's called a "chimney coal starter") and I almost burned this clipping (yes, I have old newspapers in a bin for this). I'm not sure how I missed this little gem. Preachers live for sermon illustrations like this clipping. We open newspapers, scouring them for such pieces as this!
Look again at the clipping. When Kennedy was assassinated, the "big" news of the morning here in Kingsport was a new leader at Eastman. Is a transition in leadership important? Having been close friends for several years with the recently retired CEO of Eastman and living in this town whose economy is tied closely to Eastman's successes, I can tell you it is a big deal in this town. But, it's not that big enough of a deal to overshadow the real news of the day.
This clip reminds we can let the insignificant overshadow what's really important when we lose our focus. This newspaper clip illustrates how an inward-narrow focus can blind us to bigger things outside our immediate realm.
Are you going through a painful separation of sorts, losing your job, grieving the loss of a loved one? God has a way of using painful times to shape us -- it's not that He caused the pain, but He sure can use it to mould us (Think Joseph, Gen 50:15-21)
I'm not saying your pain isn't real, or isn't valid, I am saying, typically there's more to the picture than meets the eye. It's hard, nearly impossible, to see past the pain, but that's where faith & hope come in.
I Cor 13:12-13, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
II Cor 4:16-18, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
II Cor 5:7, "for we walk by faith, not by sight."
Pray for eyes to see eternal/consequential realities and for guidance to walk life's path when the lines get blurred.