Monthly Archives: December 2009

God Invented the Natural Explanations (Much to the Chagrin of the Atheist)

Yesterday an atheist walked by the hotel. He was wearing a shirt letting the world know it’s okay to be an atheist, okay not to believe in god. That may have been the end of it, but he started talking to a friend of his right in front of my podium, and I had the opportunity to hear him share a laugh when he told his friend how he had ruffled some feathers by wearing a shirt that said “Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season.” Ha ha, kind of clever. We Christians seem to parody enough slogans and hijack them for God, that I suppose we had it coming. In fact, I appreciate the humor. Of course, if he means the season, winter, it’s certainly true enough. But if he means the season, Christmastime–which is generally what is meant when shirts say Jesus is the reason for the season–he has a much harder case to make.

But I would like to have just a little fun with the atheist by showing up in a shirt that says, “Jesus is the Reason for Axial Tilt.” Because he is, you know. Jesus is the creator, and seasons were his idea. And a good idea they were, too. And the mechanisms for bringing about seasons were his design. Jesus decided to tilt the earth 23 degrees from vertical, he decided to make the sun 9,900° F on its surface and place us 93,000,000 miles away from it. In fact, we can exalt Jesus all the more, the more we learn about his matchless wisdom and masterful craftsmanship. So follow this link for a brief and simple explanation of the seasons, and glorify the Creator who is not only the reason for winter, spring, summer, and fall, but entered into time-space once upon a time to save his people from their sins and who is the reason for this Season of festive Christian celebration. Happy winter solstice.

Merry Christmas.


Three-thousand-year-old Mummy was twenty-first century American


A few weeks ago the San Diego Union Tribune ran a story about Egyptian mummies. Or more specifically, a certain Egyptian mummy, Merenptah, who the UT says lived 3,200 years ago. What’s interesting about him is that autopsies show that Merenptah suffered from atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. According to the article, this ailment was supposed to be a “modern affliction resulting from unhealthy lifestyles with risk factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, stress and a rich, fatty diet.” Atherosclerosis leads to heart disease, the leading cause of death here in the U.S.A. But this new finding shows that it isn’t, as we had assumed, exclusively a consequence of the modern American way of life. It’s been around for thousands of years, leading Dr. Michael Miyamoto of UCSD to exclaim, “And now it turns out atherosclerosis is older than Moses!”

What’s the moral of the story? For me, it means that while it’s prudent to be conscience of your health and to make reasonable choices, it’s nutty to be a health nut. You can’t cheat death! We thought you could avoid hardening arteries by avoiding McDonald’s? Tell that to Merenptah. So live a little. I’ve got good news: your arteries are going to harden anyway! Might as well enjoy a rich, fatty diet before they do.

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