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Can We Still Believe the Bible? A Conversation With Dr. Craig Blomberg

Can We Still Believe the Bible? A Conversation With Dr. Craig Blomberg

November 25, 2019

You have probably had a non-Christian friend, coworker, someone in social media, or a family member ask you a difficult question or two about the Bible. Isn't it full of contradictions? How can you believe that stuff? Miracles? What about all those translations? Science has disproved the Bible, and what about all the errors and mistakes it contains? The Bible is simply unbelievable. 

Not at all. There are no new criticisms under the sun of the Word of God. It has survived the test of time and any objection to its trustworthiness, inerrancy, reliability, and inspiration have been answered. 

But the questions will continue and we must be ready to give a defense. 

In this special episode of Good Heavens, Dan chats with Bible scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg about his very accessible and helpful book Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions. It's a great book for anyone with questions about the Bible's trustworthiness, how to properly understand its construction, how to understand the world of translations, and how to answer many of the questions non-believers ask and the objections they raise regarding the construction, compilation, and canonization of the Scriptures.  

The Uniqueness of Earth with Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez

The Uniqueness of Earth with Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez

November 20, 2019

Is the Earth a typical planet? Is our Sun just a humdrum, mediocre star? Is our solar system common in the universe? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? Is there life in the cosmos beyond life on Earth? Come and listen to a down-to-Earth conversation with astrobiologist and astronomy professor Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet and one of the contributors to The Story of the Cosmos. Dr. G breaks down just how unique our planet is in the cosmos and how it all points to the glory of God in Christ. 

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens & NOAA.

A Conversation with Sasha Sagan

A Conversation with Sasha Sagan

November 9, 2019

An informal chat with Sasha Sagan, the daughter of the late Dr. Carl Sagan. Dan talks with her about her new book, her iconic father, her Jewish roots, and her quest as a new mother to find meaning, purpose, and tradition in the universe, without belief in God. This recording was done in conjunction with Watchman.org and the Atheist and Christian Book Club for the November 2019 meeting where the group discusses Dr. Sagan's book Pale Blue Dot. This conversation was more to get to hear Sasha's stories and learn about her experiences rather than to debate the existence of God. We hope you enjoy it.

To find out more about the Atheist and Christian book club, see https://atheistchristianbookclub.com/

The Works of His Hands with Dr. Sy Garte

The Works of His Hands with Dr. Sy Garte

November 1, 2019

On this episode of Good Heavens! Dan talks with biochemist and former atheist Dr. Sy Garte about his new book about his personal journey from atheism to Jesus and some of the glorious wonders in the chemistry of biological life. It is a rich and heartwarming tale of science and faith and how the hand of God brought the heart of Sy gently to His side. From Boston to biochemistry to the Big Bang, Blue whales and the Bible, Sy's book is worth a read. So come along and meet Sy and hear his story on this episode of Good Heavens! 

Find out more about The Works of His Hands! 

Arp! What Light Through Yonder Telescope Breaks?

Arp! What Light Through Yonder Telescope Breaks?

September 29, 2019

The strange and wonderful world of galaxies, part II. Come along with Wayne and Dan as they take a quick ride through some fantastical stuff about galaxies, including some hair-raising facts about our own! Seems as though the more we discover, the less we know what the universe is really like! 

Come and see! 

Galaxy pair - NGC 4676 - NASA/ESA/STScI/Hubble

The Solar Eclipse of 2017

The Solar Eclipse of 2017

September 15, 2019
This was the very first episode of Good Heavens!  We've been saving it for Podbean listeners.  Wayne and Dan explore all the excitement, wonder and meaning behind the phenomenal American solar eclipse of August 21, 2017! Come see how the eclipse brought people together and how it still amazes. 
 
Good Heavens - It’s been two years!

Good Heavens - It’s been two years!

September 11, 2019

This program is a short announcement about a special podcast coming soon.  We would like to thank everyone who is listening to the Good Heavens podcast!  This short program tells about the beginning of the Good Heavens program in 2017.  We've been saving the first podcast for a time like this.  September 2019 is the two year anniversary of Good Heavens.  The first podcast was about the solar eclipse of 2017.  So, very soon we are making available the program on eclipse of 2017 to celebrate two years of Good Heavens!  

Again, thank you to everyone out there listening and telling others about the program!

Music credit for the background goes to https://www.fesliyanstudios.com/

Re-enchanting the Universe with Dr. Paul M. Gould

Re-enchanting the Universe with Dr. Paul M. Gould

September 2, 2019

On this apologetics-focused episode of Good Heavens! Dan talks with Christian philosopher Dr. Paul M. Gould about his latest books, Cultural Apologetics and The Story of the Cosmos.  They both speak to our culture of fragmentation, disenchantment and pragmatism. Paul presents us with a renewed Gospel vision of hope and wonder, beauty and truth, in the midst of our disillusionment. 

Dr. Gould inspires us to renew our commitment as believers to read both creation and Scripture with great care and utilize them creatively, imaginatively and wisely in engaging our culture for the glory of God. 

 

Find out more about Paul's work by visiting his blog, http://www.paul-gould.com/

Look for his book on Amazon: Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World

Also look for our book on Amazon:  The Story of the Cosmos: How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Galactic Wonders Part 1

Galactic Wonders Part 1

August 29, 2019

Galaxies are the chandeliers of our universe. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors and styles, and hang from the vault of the heavens reminding us of God's glory. Our knowledge of them today is less than a century old. But what exactly is a galaxy? How did they form? Why do we study them? Most importantly, how do they point to the glory of God? Join Wayne and Dan as they enjoy smoothies from their favorite coffee shop and chat about galaxies in a way that is down-to-earth and accessible for everyone! 

For more on galaxies including some pictures check out Wayne's blog here!  

Apologetics in the Cosmos with Joel Settecase

Apologetics in the Cosmos with Joel Settecase

August 10, 2019

This episode features Dan being interviewed as a guest on the podcast of Joel Settecase of The Think Institute in Chicago.  https://thethink.institute/ . Dan and Joel discuss The Story of the Cosmos book and apologetics and how the can help us refocus and renew our minds of thinking more holistically about engaging the culture with the Christian Gospel. 

This is the first in a series on apologetics from Good Heavens! In addition to Wayne and Dan talking about cosmological and astronomical topics, we will also feature some episodes on apologetics with interviews from a variety of different people, authors, speakers, teachers, and pastors.