Expert disagreement - 2023 April
When the [scientific] experts disagree, you get to make up your own mind. -Eric Hedin
This is a word-based universe [both] scientifically and religiously. … There is more than the material world. - John Lennox
Problems with Standard Cosmology2023 Feb 4
The standard Big Bang cosmological model is the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (ΛCDM) model. It apparently provides a reasonable account of observed properties of the cosmos, including (from Wikipedia):
- the cosmic microwave background
- the large-scale structure in the distribution of galaxies
- the observed abundances of hydrogen, helium, and lithium
- the accelerating expansion of the universe
I can accept some aspects of the this model, however, I have doubts this model is correct because I see some serious and (what seems to me to be) fatal problems with it.
Touring St. Edwards Lodge2022 Nov 24
A decade ago I was able to get a private tour of the St. Edwards Seminary building. In the years ever since then, they were worried that the building would fall into such dis-repair (from water damage) that it would have to be condemned. Finally an arrangement was made for it to be turned into a private hotel. They renovated the building and the work has been completed since the end of last year.
Late this afternoon I was back walking at St. Edwards State Park. I had never gone inside the old seminary building since then, so at the end of my walk I checked it out. Outside the lighting is quite elegant, with gas lanterns along the walkway.
Two Cello Pieces2022 Nov 6
Last night was my cello teacher's studio recital and I played two pieces.
Why I am Still a Christian2022 Sep 14
I was born into a Christian family. However, today my view on Christianity is not the same as it was when I was a child.
Often a person remains in the religious belief system they grew up in. If they do leave their belief system it may be for reasons that involve experience, rationales or evidence. I however am still a Christian, and it is because of evidence, reason and experience.
Kayak Camping Ross Lake2022 Jul 1
I kayaked-camped at Ross Lake with an interesting group of guys. We had good company and beautiful scenery.
The Ross, Diablo and Gorge lakes are a series of reservoirs that create hydropower for the city of Seattle. Ross is the longest at about 23 miles and at its north end it crosses about a mile into Canada. There is no road access to Ross from the US side. However, you can drive to Diablo and then travel by boat to Ross. We did this by putting in at Colonial Creek Campground.
I write about things on this website. What agenda do I have?
- A simple, coherent, orthodox and practical Christian spirituality: see the Good News.
- A family that works toward good relationships, mental health, maturity with fun, and care for others.
- The scientific theory that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than a natural process: Intelligent Design.
What is Leadership?2022 Jan 23
When I went to Trinity Western University they had a motto about all their students becoming leaders. However, I did not understand this because it was unclear to me what they meant by a leader. And it seemed obvious that not everybody can be the leader; followers are needed too.
The clarification that was needed here matters substantially. Initially in my view, there were limited openings for leaders. If they were speaking of "elite" leaders, then most people have no part in leadership.
However, I have learned that leadership actually is something that everyone can have a part in. The key is to understand how and why.
Good News: Read all about it!
Find out about
- The Simple Good News
- values that you (and others) can choose that strengthen relationships
- that this makes sense of spiritual things that are otherwise confusing
- and please choose this way of living
This is an approach based on what Jesus taught and is pragmatically useful both for those that follow Jesus or for those that just admire him.
I'm Larry Grove, and my wife is Melanie. We have three adult sons and our family has continued to grow.