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February 4, 2014 Posted by | Misc | 1 Comment

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January 1, 2014 Posted by | Misc | Leave a comment

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

December 27, 2013 Posted by | Age of the Earth, Apologetics, Geology, Misc, Origins, Young-Earth creationism | , , , | Leave a comment

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

December 26, 2012 Posted by | Age of the Earth, Misc, Young-Earth creationism | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Misc | Leave a comment

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

June 22, 2010 Posted by | Misc | 2 Comments

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

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Misc | 2 Comments

Blog break

I’ll soon be moving to a new state and a new job, so I won’t be doing much blogging for perhaps a month or more.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

Grace and Peace

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Misc | 6 Comments

Job search update

A few of you have asked how the job search is going. Well… it is still going.

  • I still have a tentative offer from my former employer from before I went overseas to teach. This would be an excellent position (interesting work, great pay and benefits), but the hiring process is excruciatingly long. Until it is a done deal, I’m still looking.
  • I know I’m being considered for a couple of positions in Colorado and Washington that I could do very well at. These are both geospatial/cartography positions.
  • I’m looking for temporary work in the Denver area to fill in the gap until a permanent job comes in. I’m mainly looking at GIS or geological laboratory work, but am open to other things.

Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.

Thanks for asking and for your prayers.

Grace and Peace

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Misc | 2 Comments

Hike — Deer Creek Canyon

The family took a hike in Deer Creek Canyon, at the southwest corner of the Denver metro area last week. This was before it turned cold and rainy/snowy. The trail has a mixture of grassland, scrub brush, and forest (Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, scrub oak, aspen, and others).

Click on images to enlarge.

Poison ivy along the trail

Poison ivy along the trail

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Precambrian gneiss outcrop

Precambrian gneiss outcrop

A forested path

A forested path

Denver skyline from a distance

Denver skyline from a distance

Looking across to Pennsylvanian Fountain Formation, xxx Lyons Formation, Jurassic Morrison Formation, and Cretaceous Dakota Formation

Looking across to Fountain, Lyons, Morrison, and Dakota formations (Pennsylvanian through Cretaceous)

Google Earth view of the trail

Google Earth view of the trail

Grace and Peace

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Misc, Nature | , | Leave a comment

Obama’s education speech

I’m rather embarrassed by the reaction many conservatives have had to the upcoming Obama address to students in America’s schools. The topic will be the importance of education, and giving a speech like this is a very fitting role for the president of the United States.

Read pastor John Piper’s perspective:

I am stunned at the outcry against the President of the United States speaking to the youth of this nation about the importance of education.

I am embarrassed by the governor of my home state saying, that the president’s plan to address them is “disruptive . . . uninvited . . . and number three . . . I don’t think he needs to force it upon the nation’s school children.”

This speech seems, for me, to be an answer to a prayer that I have prayed for the president repeatedly.

Father, the condition of our schools and families is so broken that nothing seems to be working, especially for the poor in our urban centers. Help our president to have the courage to use his amazing place of influence to speak into this situation in such a way that boys and girls would take their studies seriously and put school above sport and homework above hiphop and graduation above gangs.

O, Lord, create a culture where it is not cool to fail. Give our President the courage to call all children, especially ones who feel hopeless about academic work, to fight for knowledge the way gangs fight for turf.

And as the President plans his speech, help him to feel as helpless as he really is to meet the greatest needs of the children, so that he turns to Jesus who alone has the answer for the ruin and the wrongs of our cities. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I hope my daughter hears the speech.

From Desiring God: I Hope My Daughter Hears the President’s Speech

Grace and Peace

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Misc | , , , | 14 Comments

Four Teens

As of today, we have four teenagers in the family. Our youngest turned 13 today; our oldest will be 20 in six weeks.

4teens

Having teenagers in the house has been a blessing in many ways. I have enjoyed the maturing relationships I have with each one, and seeing them grow in Christ.

Grace and Peace

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Misc | 2 Comments

Orcs among us?

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A bumper sticker on a car in our neighborhood

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Misc | | Leave a comment

Updates: job search, upcoming posts

There is nothing new on the job search. I am seeking employment as either a geoscience or geospatial professional (or both combined in one position).

As I told one of my daughters a few months ago: “I’ve found plenty of jobs; they just haven’t found me.”

Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.


I’m just about done with my final post in my “Six bad arguments from Answers in Genesis” series. My next series is going to be “The three pillars of young-Earth creationism,” where I’ll take a look at problems with the three basic YEC Biblical arguments for the Earth being only 6000 years old:

  1. Genesis 1 requires six, consecutive, literal 24-hour days.
  2. Genesis 3 requires no animal death before the fall.
  3. Genesis 6-9 requires a global flood that produced the Earth’s sedimentary rock record.

I hope to demonstrate that each of these pillars rests on a questionable foundation based on what the Bible actually says, rather than what the young-Earthers read into it. The science against young-Earth creationism is a slam-dunk, but I’ll stick mostly (or entirely) to Biblical arguments for this series.

Grace and Peace

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Misc | 13 Comments

Updates: job search, unemployment activities, comments (Is God a malevolent bioterrorist?)

I’m still plugging away on the job search. I know that I am competing against 50 to 100 people (or more) for many of the positions I have applied for. My lovely wife tells me that I should feel pretty good about being a finalist for a number of these positions. Yes, but I’d sure rather be employed than just feeling good about myself at this point.

I still have a tentative offer for an excellent position, but it may not start until 2010, and I can’t wait that long (and they know that). If I can find good temporary work, this might still work out. Until it is a done deal, however, I’m still looking for a permanent position.

Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.


What does one do in a long period of unemployment, other than networking and working on applications?

  • I’ve been taking GIS classes from ESRI to expand and update my skills. The course I’m working on now is “Creating and Integrating Data for Natural Resource Applications.” I also took a course on the geochemistry of gas shales this summer.
  • Long walks in the mountains and foothills. I saw my first western tanager last week—a very pretty bird.
  • Lunch dates with my wife.
  • Reading books.
  • Going to the apartment complex swimming pool with the family.
  • We’re going to a Colorado Rockies baseball game this week. My wife found some seats for $1 each!
  • Writing blog posts on The GeoChristian helps to keep me sane.

The greatest number of comments in the past week have been on my “Seeing God in nature” post. What is the difference between ID and the theistic evolution of Francis Collins? Is God a malevolent bioterrorist?

Grace and Peace

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Misc | 2 Comments

Ten places to take your kids — Yahoo’s list and mine

From Yahoo Travel: 10 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Here they are:

  1. The Brooklyn Bridge
  2. The Pacific Coast Highway
  3. Niagara Falls
  4. New Orleans
  5. Devil’s Tower
  6. Mount Rushmore & The Crazy Horse Memorial
  7. Dinosaur Valley (Glen Rose, Texas)
  8. Gettysburg National Park
  9. National Air and Space Museum
  10. The Grand Canyon

My kids have been to Niagara Falls, Devil’s Tower (which is our camping disaster family memory), and Mount Rushmore. I’ve been to the Pacific Coast Highway (my childhood  memories include car sickness), New Orleans (a rather adult-oriented city in my mind; why is it on the kids’ list?), and the National Air and Space Museum.

One doesn’t have to Texas to see great dinosaur footprints. We live just a couple miles from Dinosaur Ridge, which is west of Denver.

My thumbs up to taking the kids to Niagara Falls, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Grand Canyon (I’ve never been there).

For what its worth, here is my list of ten great places I’ve taken my kids to, in no particular order:

  1. Yellowstone National Park — How in the world did this not make the Yahoo list?
  2. The Eiffel Tower, Paris — I’m sure it beats the Brooklyn Bridge hands down.
  3. Bucharest, Romania — Doesn’t make most people’s list of top spots, but my children have tons of wonderful memories of spending over five years of their childhoods in Romania.
  4. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah — A wonderful family vacation.
  5. Mountain biking near Red Lodge, Montana, and Reutte, Austria — I wish I could do this with the family a whole lot more often.
  6. Great nature museums — The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  7. Great art museums — The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, and the St. Louis Art Museum.
  8. St. Louis, Missouri — Free zoo, free art museum, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
  9. Beartooth Highway, Montana and Wyoming — The most amazing and scenic highway in America.
  10. Whitewater rafting, Arkansas River, Colorado — I did this with two of my kids this summer, plus rappelling.

Places we haven’t been that I’d like to take my kids to:

  1. The Grand Canyon — my dream trip.
  2. Glacier National Park, Montana — I’ve been there, but the kids haven’t.
  3. Ekalaka and Miles City, Montana — I had to go there as a kid, why shouldn’t they? And the museum in Ekalaka has a two-headed calf!

Grace and Peace

P.S. The entire family says, “No, not Miles City and Ekalaka!”

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Misc | , , , | 4 Comments

Third anniversary of The GeoChristian

The first post of The GeoChristian was on March 16, 2006. At first I called the blog The Earth is not Flat, but later changed the name to The GeoChristian. The name GeoChristian indicates two important things about me. The first is my Christian faith, which is a core part of who I am. The second is my interest in the subject of geology, which isn’t at the core of who I am, but close.

Here are a few statistics from my first three years of blogging:

  • 178,213 hits (not counting my own page views)
  • 659 posts
  • 414 comments (thank you!)
  • 3,516 spam comments deleted

I believe that The GeoChristian is close to unique in the blogosphere. There are plenty of excellent Christian blogs, and there are a number of excellent geology blogs. There are not many that combine the two.

The most commonly viewed post on The GeoChristian is one about Despair.com, which people find through search engines. This post doesn’t really fit into my overall theme. Here are my favorite posts from the past three years:

Thanks again for reading The GeoChristian.

Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone be the Glory

Grace and Peace

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Misc | 1 Comment

Conversations

I’ve had a couple of posts that have generated a number of good comments and questions in recent weeks:

I’ve found the dialog to be helpful.

Grace and Peace

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Misc | Leave a comment

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the United States, a day to honor the slain civil rights leader, to celebrate how far we have come, and to reflect on how far we still have to go as a nation.

Here’s some suggested reading: “Letter from Birmingham jail.” It is a succinct overview of the injustices faced by blacks only a few short decades ago, and outlined the reasons why MLK advocated nonviolent resistance to these outrages. It includes the famous quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Grace and Peace

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Christianity, Misc | Leave a comment

Piano or video games?

piano_keyboardI’ll ask some more easy questions: Would you rather have your child play the piano or play video games?

Which will be more valuable for the child?

Which will be more valuable for the world?

From Asia Times: China’s six-to-one advantage over the US:

Thirty-six million Chinese children study piano today, compared to only 6 million in the United States. The numbers understate the difference, for musical study in China is more demanding.

It must be a conspiracy. Chinese parents are selling plasma-screen TVs to America, and saving their wages to buy their kids pianos – making American kids stupider and Chinese kids smarter. Watch out, Americans – a generation from now, your kid is going to fetch coffee for a Chinese boss. That is a bit of an exaggeration, of course – some of the bosses will be Indian. Americans really, really don’t have a clue what is coming down the pike. The present shift in intellectual capital in favor of the East has no precedent in world history.

The world’s largest country is well along the way to forming an intellectual elite on a scale that the world has never seen, and against which nothing in today’s world – surely not the inbred products of the Ivy League puppy mills – can compete. Few of its piano students will earn a living at the keyboard, to be sure, but many of the 36 million will become much better scientists, engineers, physicians, businessmen and military officers.

Grace and Peace

HT Crunchy Con: Chinese play classical music; Americans play Xbox

Piano keyboard picture from Wikipedia: Piano

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Misc | , | Leave a comment