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

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

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

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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

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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

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.

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