GeoChristian most-read posts in 2013

Things have been rather quiet here on The GeoChristian lately, but people from around the world have still been finding things to read. Here are the most-read posts in 2013 (a number of which were written before 2013):

#10 — A young-Earth creationist magmatic model for the origin of evaporites — This is my preliminary analysis of a YEC hypothesis that evaporite layers, such as halite and gypsum, were formed by crystallization from igneous melts rather than by precipitation from aqueous solutions. I’m working on a longer refutation.

#9 — PCA 2013 General Assembly — The YECs get their turn — There are people in the Presbyterian Church in America (my current denomination) who would be very happy if us old-Earthers would just go away.

#8 — The stratigraphic column — not a figment of geologists’ imaginations — Fossils appear in the stratigraphic column in a specific order, which is the basis for designating rocks as Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, etc. Some YECs call this an invention of God-hating geologists, while other YECs come up with all sorts of mechanisms for explaining how Noah’s flood could have produced such an orderly arrangement.

#7 — John Piper and the age of the Earth — What? John Piper is an old-Earther? He must not really believe the Bible. Just kidding. Dr. Piper is firmly committed to the truthfulness of God’s Word, and accepts an old Earth.

#6 — Stegosaurus in Cambodian temple? — The answer, of course, is no.

#5 — Did Ann Coulter really say “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours”? — Why do people listen to this woman?

#4 — Six bad arguments from Answers in Genesis (Part 1) — There are more than six bad answers from Answers in Genesis, but this series examined “Six main geologic evidences for the Genesis Flood.”

#3 — John MacArthur on the age of the Earth and theistic evolution — I really like John MacArthur, but he sometimes makes things black and white that are not black and white.

#2 — Augustine: The Literal Meaning of Genesis — 1600 years ago, Augustine recognized that perhaps the best way to read Genesis 1 is not the “literal” way as 21st century YECs would see it.

#1 — Dr. Dino still in prison — Ever since I wrote this in 2009, it has been the most-read post on The GeoChristian. Popular YEC speaker “Dr.” Kent Hovind is still in prison on income tax-related charges, and is scheduled for release in 2015.

Grace and Peace

Most-read articles on The GeoChristian, 2012

There are still a few days left in the year, but here are the ten most-read articles on The GeoChristian for 2012. Only one of them was written this year.

  1. Dr. Dino still in prison — This has consistently been the most-read article on The GeoChristian since I wrote it almost four years ago. Kent Hovind, a.k.a. “Dr. Dino,” is a favorite of many young-Earth creationists, but is wrong about just about everything, from geology to law to a number of conspiracy theories.
  2. Stegosaurus in Cambodian temple? — Is there really a dinosaur engraved at Ta Prohm? Nah.
  3. Augustine: The Literal Meaning of Genesis — St. Augustine rips into those who use bad science to prop up their Christian faith.
  4. The stratigraphic column — not a figment of geologists’ imaginations — Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian… YEC flood geology doesn’t explain this.
  5. John MacArthur on the age of the Earth and theistic evolution — I like John MacArthur as a Bible teacher, but…
  6. Dinosaur footprints part 3 — Why dinosaur footprints are powerful evidence against YEC flood geology.
  7. John Piper and the age of the Earth — One of many thoroughly orthodox Bible teachers who believes that Earth could be billions of years old.
  8. Seeing God in nature — A quote from author Philip Yancey on the value of God’s creation.
  9. Death before the fall — an old-Earth Biblical Perspective — The Bible does not teach that animals did not die before Adam’s sin.
  10. Young-Earth creationism and the intensity of volcanism — My analysis of a really bad age-of-the-Earth argument from the Institute for Creation Research.

Grace and Peace

50 things I am thankful for

Here is a brief list of things that I have been blessed with in my first fifty years of life. Many of these items could themselves be expanded to lists of hundreds of things to be thankful to God for.

  1. God’s grace expressed to me in and through Jesus Christ.
  2. My beautiful wife. We’ve been dating for only 33 years, and married for 27 years. Off to a good start.
  3. My four wonderful children, each of whom is an incredible blessing to me.
  4. My parents. My father has passed on but my mother is doing great.
  5. My brother and sister.
  6. My grandparents, all of whom are now gone.
  7. Having been a part of Christ Community Church since we moved to St. Louis in 1988.
  8. The other churches I have been a member of, each of which has played an important role in my growth as a Christian: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Billings), Grace Bible Church (Bozeman), Community Evangelical Free Church (Pullman), and Biserica Trinitatea (Bucharest).
  9. The Bible.
  10. Many good Bible studies and other small groups over the years.
  11. People who pray for me.
  12. The role Campus Crusade for Christ played in clarifying my understanding of the gospel.
  13. A good education in the Billings public schools.
  14. Close friends in high school, especially Ken, Jeff, and Scott.
  15. Having a great girlfriend in high school. She is special enough to get mentioned again (see #2).
  16. Books.
  17. My first two years of college at the University of Utah. It wasn’t the best years of my life academically, but I had good friends and enjoyed the skiing.
  18. While at Utah, I skipped a few days of classes to go to Canyonlands N.P., which resulted in my change of major to Geology.
  19. My remaining years of college at Montana State University. The first year was lonely, but I had good friends in my second year, and the third year was spent in marital bliss. MSU was a great place for field geology, not only for summer field camp, but for afternoon field trips.
  20. My graduate education in Geology at Washington State University. I had lots of good Christian fellowship within the Geology department, and I am thankful for the foundation that was laid in Geology.
  21. Thirteen years of working at a cartographer and geographic information systems (GIS) professional, primarily in the production and maintenance of topographic maps and associated databases.
  22. Great coworkers.
  23. Working as a high school science teacher for eight years. I loved being able to teach a variety of subjects, especially high school Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry.
  24. The schools I have taught at: Providence Christian Academy (St. Louis), St. Louis University High, and Bucharest Christian Academy.
  25. The students I had in my eight years of teaching, many of whom I have been able to stay in contact with through FaceBook.
  26. The best friends I’ve had in my adult life in Bucharest, Romania.
  27. The privilege of serving with ReachGlobal (the international mission of the Evangelical Free Church of America).
  28. Traveling in Europe, especially to Austria, Germany, and France.
  29. Growing up in Montana.
  30. Moving back to Montana soon.
  31. A better than average amount of international travel: Canada, Mexico, Italy, Romania, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, South Korea.
  32. Lots of travel around the United States, both as a child and as an adult. I’ve been in 46 states.
  33. That I don’t have to travel for work very often.
  34. Skiing as a youngster (Red Lodge, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Vail), and cross-country skiing now that I am a bit older.
  35. Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains, including a six-day backpack trip from Cooke City to East Rosebud.
  36. Christikon camp south of Big Timber, three summers.
  37. Growing up close to Yellowstone National Park.
  38. My adult Sunday School class on the book The Reason for God earlier this year. I was in my niche.
  39. My year of unemployment in Colorado. It was a difficult year, but not a bad place to be when you don’t have work.
  40. My cats: two are still with us (Gracie and Cinder) and two have moved on past their nine lives (Buddy and Graywacke).
  41. Four seasons, each of which is the best season when it comes.
  42. Many material blessings — food, clothing, shelter, electricity, luxuries — that I take all too often for granted.
  43. Laughter.
  44. Food.
  45. Work. I don’t intend to ever truly retire.
  46. The Earth that God has given us, with its geology and wonders of life.
  47. The readers of The GeoChristian.
  48. Did I say my children? They bring much joy to my life.
  49. Did I say my wife? Marriage started out good, and has gotten better with time.
  50. Did I say Jesus? I could lose everything else on this list, and I would still have Jesus.

I could go on.

Grace and Peace, and Thank You

Still alive

Though my presence on the internet has been rather meager since November—and entirely absent since March—I am still alive and kicking. My primary excuses are (1) I’ve gone from not working to working long days plus Saturdays, and (2) being down to one computer in the household. Thank you to those of you who have emailed letting me know that you miss posts on The GeoChristian. I have a lot of topics I want to write about and will try to squeeze blogging into my schedule at least once a week.

Grace and Peace

New job, new state

It has been a rather long break from blogging, but I am back at it. I moved from Colorado to Missouri in mid-November, but the family didn’t make the move until just before Christmas. We just got internet in the home today.

I applied for close to 400 jobs over a stretch of 18 months. The one I ended up with was certainly in the top 5% of these, in terms of pay, benefits, and the work that I will be doing, so I am very thankful. I know that some of the jobs I applied for had over 100 applicants for one opening, which says a lot about the current state of the job market.

Thanks to all who prayed for me or kept in touch in one way or another. Your friendship is deeply appreciated.

Grace and Peace,

Kevin N