The GeoChristian

The Earth. Christianity. They go together.

The GeoChristian Stats for 2014

I only wrote 23 posts in 2014, so my readership was down a bit. That’s OK; I just have a lot of other things going on. Because of this, nine of the ten most-read posts on The GeoChristian were actually ones written in previous years.

The top ten most-read posts on the GeoChristian in 2014:

10. John Piper and the age of the Earth — a respected Evangelical pastor who is an old-Earther.

9. The stratigraphic column — not a figment of geologists’ imaginations — Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian…  The rocks really are stacked in this order.

8. Creation Creeds — What I believe as an old-Earth Christian.

7. Antarctic ice cores: a window to ice age climate change — We cannot understand the present nor the future if we don’t understand the past.

6. Stegosaurus in Cambodian temple? — Humans and dinosaurs did not live together in Southeast Asia.

5. Augustine: The Literal Meaning of Genesis — St. Augustine did not believe that Earth was created in six literal days.

4. John MacArthur on the age of the Earth and theistic evolution — I use some of John MacArthur’s commentaries in my personal Bible study, but here I point out why he is wrong on the age of the Earth and biological evolution.

3. Six bad arguments from Answers in Genesis (Part 1) — The first in a six-part series, outlining why the six best YEC geological arguments for a global flood are bad answers from Answers in Genesis.

2. Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye post-debate analysis — Ken Ham and Bill Nye were both wrong about both the Bible and geology.

1. Dr. Dino still in prison — I wrote this post in 2009, and each year since then it has been the most-read post on The GeoChristian. Popular young-Earth creationist speaker Kent Hovind (who does not have a real doctorate) will be released from prison in 2015.

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A few more stats:

The GeoChristian was viewed 72,889 times by 42,740 visitors in 2014. This is down from a high of 153,654 views in 2009.

There were 217 comments made on The GeoChristian in 2014.

I wrote 23 posts in 2014.

My all-time daily high for views was February 5, 2014, the day after the Ham-Nye debate. There were a total of 2,109 views on that date.

I hope that The GeoChristian was a blessing to you in 2014, and pray that I would continue to build up the body of Christ, and point non-Christians to Jesus in 2015.

Grace and Peace

January 1, 2015 Posted by | Christianity, Creation in the Bible, General, Geology, Old-Earth creationism, Young-Earth creationism | | 2 Comments

Excuses and plans

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much lately.

Here are my basic excuses:

  • I have had a very busy summer at work.
  • The family keeps me busy.

These are both good things, but they haven’t left much time for writing. My third excuse is that I’ve had a bad case of writer’s block. I sit down to write and come up with nothing worth publishing on the blog.

I have no shortage of writing ideas, including:

  • The gospel for geoscientists.
  • A series on the pillars of young-Earth creationism, explaining why YEC is not Biblically necessary.
  • A more in-depth review of some of the recent rants written by YECs.
  • A series on Biblical environmentalism.
  • Re-writing what I view as some of my more important blog posts.
  • Geology of Montana.
  • The usual day-to-day tidbits I come across on the internet.

I am considering some changes, such as:

  • Getting my own domain.
  • Creating a greater variety of content, such as videos that could be placed both on The GeoChristian and on video sites such as YouTube.

In all of this, my goal continues to be to glorify my Creator by building up the church and pointing non-believers to the Savior.

Thanks for reading The GeoChristian, and for your prayers.

Grace and Peace

September 22, 2012 Posted by | General | 4 Comments

1000

This is my one thousandth post on The GeoChristian.

I haven’t written very much so far in 2012. It isn’t that I have run out of ideas, but life has been busy and the blog has been pushed aside by more important matters.

I started this blog six years ago because I was passionate about Christ and the gospel, and about science and science education. Those passions are still alive. I believe firmly in the truthfulness of Christianity, and that its core message is Good News (gospel) for every person on the planet. I want to continue to proclaim Jesus and his incarnation (God becoming human in Christ), crucifixion (as a substitute on our behalf), and resurrection, both to unbelievers and to Christians, for whom these truths have daily transformational power.

Science, particularly origins science, continues to be a divisive issue among theologically conservative Christians. The Christian school and home-school market is dominated by young-Earth creationist curricula, and many leaders in this movement are adamant about excluding other perspectives. But, as I have demonstrated on a number of occasions, young-Earth creationism is neither necessary Biblically, nor viable scientifically. Because of this, it is counterproductive at best and downright harmful to the work of the kingdom in many cases.

My hope is to be able to get back into writing soon.

Grace and Peace

May 4, 2012 Posted by | General | 35 Comments

Airplanes of the future?

From FoxNews: NASA Shows Off Planes of the Future

Grace and Peace

January 20, 2011 Posted by | General, Technology | Leave a comment

Time Magazine — Top 10 scientific discoveries for 2007

Time magazine’s top ten science stories for 2007 include:

#1 — Stem cell breakthrough. It looks like we can now do everything from a person’s own skin cells; there is no medical need for research with embryonic stem cells. As pro-life advocates have been saying all along, therapies developed from a person’s own cells are far more promising than therapies developed from an embryo, because there is no longer the risk of an immune response to foreign tissue.

But of course, the pro-abortion people still say “embryonic stem cell research must continue.” But why?

#4 — Hundreds of new species. Biodiversity is a good thing: “And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” (Genesis 1:20 ESV)

Check out the complete list at time.com.

Here’s one personal thought on their list: Some of their items were picked for their level of human interest rather than on whether or not any great “scientific discovery” was made. Take for example, #10: “Real life kryptonite.”

Grace and Peace

January 1, 2008 Posted by | Environment, Ethics, General | 1 Comment

Geometry Movies

There are two types of people in the world: those who preferred geometry in high school, and those who preferred algebra. I preferred algebra. But whether you liked geometry or algebra–or even if you hated them both–you will enjoy the following geometry movies.

Not Knot Part 1 and Part 2 — All about knots.

Outside In — How to turn a sphere inside out.

Grace and Peace

(Thanks to: SciAm Observations)

November 2, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Free advertising

The Evangelical Ecologist recently promoted my site; I’ll return the favor. This is a site I go to daily.

Ron Schott’s Geology Home Companion recently added The GeoChristian to his blogroll. This site is for the more geologically-minded.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Why Blog?

The version of WordPress that I am using for The GeoChristian gives me better statistical information about my blog than I got back when I blogged at “The Earth is Not Flat!” I not only get a count of how many views I have on a day to day basis, which I had before, but I also get a much better idea of how people find my blog, what posts they read, and what links they click on. For instance, in the past week some people have found my blog by searching for information through sites such as Google and Yahoo. They found me by looking for things like:

  • inner life of the cell extended
  • geography and maps 2007
  • enature online movie
  • deadly popcorn
  • miller living environment chapter 5
  • smart car kilometers per liter
  • unicorn in the bible
  • taking care of creation bible quotes
  • teaching geology from a christian standpoint
  • is christianity to blame ecological crisis

I don’t know who these people are. I’m sure many of them take one look and decide I don’t have what they’re looking for. I hope that some of them do find the information they are looking for. I also hope that some will find more than what they were looking for.

My hope and prayer is that some of these people, wherever they are in the world, will find one of two things:

  1. If they are a Christian, my prayer is that they will be built up in their faith in Christ through their reading of entries on my blog. Perhaps they will be edified by quotes from Packer or Bonhoeffer. Maybe they will gain a greater appreciation for the truthfulness of Scriptures by something I have written about science or apologetics. Or they might gain a better understanding of the Biblical basis for taking care of the Earth.
  2. If a reader is not a Christian, my prayer is that they will be pointed to Christ. I think about someone who found the blog this week by searching for “unicorn in the bible.” That person very well could have been a skeptic looking for evidence against the reliability of the Bible, and I hope that I can be used to show them that the Bible is trustworthy, and perhaps even soften their heart and mind so that the seed of the Word of God can be planted in them.

That is why I continue to blog–to build up the body of Christ, and to point others to Him.

Grace and Peace

P.S. Christianity Today recently had an article called The Death of Blogs, which states that even though there are three million new blogs started worldwide per month, most of them don’t have much to say and last for only a short time. The opening paragraph reads:

As weblogs proliferated earlier this decade, Andy Warhol’s famous aphorism was modified to read, “In the future, everyone will be famous to 15 people.” Now it looks like Warhol was right after all: Thanks to widespread blog burnout, everyone will be famous to 15 people for 15 minutes.

I’ve got a few more readers than 15, and have lasted longer than 15 minutes. Even if I never get more regular readers than I have now–I’m averaging about 70 views per day–I’ll try to keep on blogging as long as I’m pointing people to Christ.

October 6, 2007 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

Change of Name, Change of Location

The Earth is Not Flat! is moving, and is changing its name.

The new name is The GeoChristian.

The new location is geochristian.wordpress.com

Here are some of the reasons:

  • The name “GeoChristian” reflects who I am much more strongly than “The Earth is Not Flat!” did. I always had to explain what I meant by “The Earth is Not Flat!” but the name “GeoChristian” says two important things about me: I am a follower of Christ, and the area of my greatest passion in science is the Earth sciences.
  • The blog is cheaper and easier to manage at wordpress.com than it was when I had my own address.

The old blog will be online for a few months, but will not be updated.

My hope and prayer is that this blog would be used to build up the body of Christ, and to point non-believers to Him.

I’m looking forward to seeing you here at The GeoChristian

Grace and Peace

September 1, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Back into blogging

We had friends over for dinner last night, and I was asked, “Why aren’t you blogging anymore?” I really had no good answer, so here I am, back in front of the keyboard. I pray that my blog entries will help to keep you informed, stimulate your thoughts, sometimes entertain you, and always glorify the Creator of the universe and Redeemer of my soul.

Grace and Peace

August 1, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

NOVA and Frontline programs online

PBS has made some of its NOVA and Frontline programs available online:

NOVA Online

Frontline Online

I watched “Life’s Greatest Miracle” last night, which is about human sexual reproduction (It is a remake of the older “Miracle of Life” video). It was excellent; though I wouldn’t want to show the extended bikini-babes-on-the-beach scene in class.

Grace and Peace

May 7, 2007 Posted by | General, Web Site of the Week | Leave a comment

Is anybody out there?

No, this is not a post about SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence).

A few months ago, someone emailed me asking for links to blogs that are similar to mine. I said that I didn’t know of any. The only other science-related blog by a Christian that I regularly read is The Evangelical Ecologist, but it has a narrower focus than this blog does.

Perhaps Intelligent Design the Future is in this category, but I don’t regularly read it. It doesn’t allow comments, so it isn’t a typical blog.

I don’t know of any others. Does anybody have any links?

Grace and Peace

April 25, 2007 Posted by | Blogs, General | Leave a comment

Yippee!!!

I had a busy week at school, with several 12-14 hour days.

I preached this morning at our church, Biserica Trinitatea (Trinity church), and preparation for that consumed the rest of my life.

Now I have a few hours of freedom (I think).
Yippee!!!

Grace and Peace

April 15, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Back in business

Those of you who tried viewing The Earth is Not Flat! in the past week were greeted with an “out of order” message from WordPress. I couldn’t get any further, and at one point was informed by the Yahoo Small Business people that I may have lost everything. I have backup files, but because of database issues that I don’t completely understand, I couldn’t just slide those backup files back in place. Apparently this wasn’t just a problem with my blog, but was widespread in the WordPress blog world. I am happy to be back in business now. Thank you to those of you who sent me “Did you know your blog is down?” messages, and for those of you who pray for me (I had asked some of you to pray specifically about my blog problems).

Grace and Peace

April 3, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

One year of “The Earth is Not Flat!”

Happy Birthday to “The Earth is Not Flat!”

“The Earth is Not Flat!” had its humble beginning on March 16, 2006. This is the 209th post, and I have had 6170 page views (whatever that means — is that visits by people, or are many of those visits by automated systems?)

I named this blog “The Earth is Not Flat!” because one of my primary purposes is to dispel the myth that Biblical Christianity stands opposed to a valid scientific understanding of the universe. For example, the Church–including the medieval Catholic Church–never taught that the Earth is flat. Despite this, there are many–both inside and outside of Christianity–who have the suspicion that either the church once taught this, or that it is hidden away in some obscure Old Testament passage.

Much of the apparent conflict between Christians and science is due to misunderstandings by one side or the other. A common theme in my writing and teaching is that all truth is God’s truth. God has revealed himself in Scripture and in his son, Jesus Christ. God has revealed himself in nature as well. There are many things that we could never know about God if we only studied nature. We might infer the existence of a deity, and speculate about his attributes, but there is much that we could never discern. Similarly, there are things about the universe that we will not learn from the study of the Bible. Here is my firm conviction: When there appears to be a contradiction or conflict between what we learn from science, and what we learn from the Bible, then either we don’t correctly understand nature, or we don’t correctly understand the Bible. If God is the source of both, then in the end, there will be no contradiction between the two.

I also hold that the conflict between science and Christianity is actually quite small; small enough that I really don’t worry too much about it.

I appreciate every one of you who reads this blog, and appreciate your prayers as we minister in Romania, and as I write this blog. I’ve had fun, and I hope I have stimulated both thought and faith in Jesus Christ. Suggestions for improvement are welcome. You can post a suggestion here, or email me at kevin(at)nelstead(dot)org. Not everything I write is profound–and some of it is not meant to be profound–but I hope there is enough depth and insight here to strengthen and encourage you.

As can be seen on the “Page Views Report,” I have a considerably larger number of viewers than I did in March 2006. This means that I can start recycling old blog entries without boring everyone!

Grace and Peace

Note: The myth that Christianity once taught that the Earth is flat didn’t originate until the 19th century. The true story is best explained in, of all places, Stephen Jay Gould’s essay “The Late Birth of a Flat Earth,” which is included in his book Dinosaur in a Haystack.

March 15, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Nobel Prizes 2006

The three 2006 science Nobel Prizesfor physics, chemistry, and medicinehave all been awarded to Americans.

  • Chemistry awarded to Roger Kornberg of Stanford University, for his work on the transcription of DNA to messenger RNA.
  • Physics awarded to George Smoot of UC-Berkeley and John Mather of NASA for their discovery of small variations of the microwave microwave background radiation.
  • Medicine awarded to Craig Mello of the U Mass Medical Center and Andrew Fire of Stanford University for their work on RNA interference in cells, which helps to understand the function of individual genes.

American science is far from being dead.

Grace and Peace

October 4, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Still on the road

I’ve not been posting much, and that won’t change until sometime in mid-August. We have been in 17 states in the past eight weeks (all by automobile), visiting supporters, supporting churches, family, and friends. Most of the time we have had dial-up internet access, or no access at all. We have plane tickets to return to Bucharest, Romania on August 9th, and I hope to get back to regular blogging sometime soon after that.

Thank you to all who faithfully pray for us and support us financially in our work with the Evangelical Free Church of America International Mission at Bucharest Christian Academy.

Grace and Peace

July 31, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Birthday gifts #2

I also got a “An Earth Scientist’s Periodic Table of the Elements and Their Ions.” The “normal” periodic table is useful for chemistry, but not as useful for the earth sciences. In the earth’s crust the elements almost always exist in the form of ions: oxygen as O2-, silicon as Si4+, the metals in their ionic forms, such as Na+, Cu2+, Fe2+, and Fe3+. Because of this, this periodic table lists ions rather than elements, and many elements occur multiple times in different parts of the table.

It will take me some time to figure out everything on this table, but I look forward to it.

esci_periodic_2

esci_periodic

Grace and Peace

May 18, 2006 Posted by | General, Geology | Leave a comment

Birthday gifts #1

Not only was yesterday (May 17th) Norwegian Independence Day, it was my birthday. Shirley bought me a Martin Luther mug. On the other side it says:

“The Bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst.” –Martin Luther

Thanks, Shirley.

Grace and Peace

May 18, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Christian Scientists (????)

Here’s a pet peeve among those of us who are “scientists who are also Christians.” The natural phrase would be “Christian scientists” but we can’t say that; the phrase has been hijacked by a cult.

Grace and Peace

May 16, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment