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Just As I Am

I heard a news story on the radio Sunday that the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., had a transgender clergy officiate at their Sunday service for the first time. Someone (the newstory didn't identify him) said that this showed that God loves LGBT people just the way they are. There's an element of truth to this, but it actually distorts the Gospel.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 23, 2014

Religious Toleration

Thomas Helwys was one of the early Puritans in 17th century England. He and his fellow Protestant believers met in secret to avoid punishment for dissenting with the state religion. Helwys' wife was imprisoned and banished after her sentence. Helwys wrote the first defense of religious liberty in English, challenging the religious authority of King James I.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2014

End of Life Care Includes Euthanasia in Quebec

Wesley J. Smith reports that Quebec has created a new right – the right to be euthanized with the help of a medical professional. Positive rights such as this law create obligations on others. In this case, every institution that provides medical and nursing care in the province is required to find a medical person to administer aid in dying.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 13, 2014

Generations of Medical Missionaries

Rev. Dr. John Scudder, Sr., founded the first Western Medical Mission in Asia in Ceylon in 1819. He also founded a family of medical missionaries whose combined service covers four generations, 42 members, and 1100 yeas of service, mostly in India.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 12, 2014

A Reverent Scientist

William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, helped lay the foundation for modern physics. He was also a mathematician, engineer, and inventor. His most significant work was developing the laws of thermodynamics with James Joule. He invented submarine telegraphy and worked on the project laying the trans-Atlantic telegraph line. He was the first scientist to be honored with a peerage and received 21 honorary degrees. His work "portended the relativity theory and quantum theory."

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 5, 2014

George Cuvier – Zoologist, Biologist, and Christian

George Cuvier launched modern vertebrate paleontology. He originated the major classification of living things based on the nervous system: Vertebrata, Articulata, Mollusca, and Radiata. He also proved persuasively that animals did go extinct, which was doubted at the time. He was a Christian who believed God had created the world with all the variety of living things and that all modern species descended from their original pairs.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 29, 2014

Father of Modern Taxonomy

You've seen plants referred to by their scientific names, such as Rosa rubiginosa. That form of naming plants and other living things was introduced by a Christian who was a scientist named Carolus Linnaeus. He was born in Sweden in 1707 to a Lutheran pastor. He showed interest in nature from his childhood, and eventually pursued science at the University of Uppsala.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 22, 2014

Science, Purpose, and Design

William Harvey was a physician and scientist in the 16th and 17th centuries who was the first to demonstrate how the circulatory system worked. He described how the arteries, veins, valves, lungs, and heart worked to circulate blood – and he was amazed at God's design and purpose in the systems of the body. He enjoyed studying how God had made things to work.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 15, 2014

Literature and the Gospels' Genre

C.S. Lewis is well known for being an apologist and writer. But first, he was a literature scholar. His remarks about claims that the Gospels were legend draws from his experience. He wrote this essay in 1959, and the original title was "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism." It is still a quite timely and apt observation on the current Biblical critics:

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | May 14, 2014

Science, a Worthy Christian Vocation

"For some, the wonder may be that a monk contributed anything at all to science. Don't people in monasteries spend all their time praying, singing, and fighting off dirty thoughts? Not so the friars of the St.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 8, 2014