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The Constellations - Leo the Lion

The Constellations - Leo the Lion

October 21, 2020

This is the second episode in our series on the constellations from a biblical perspective. Leo is our featured constellation on this episode. We talk about Leo's kingly nature, a little bit of its legend and lore, and explore a few of the sights you can see within this ancient pattern of stars. 

 

The Bible says that the heavens declare the glory of God, they do not predict the future nor tell anyone what their fortune is. But they can and should remind us of God's glory and His faithfulness to us. 

 

So enjoy stargazing! Learn all you can about the heavens and all their hosts and how they point us to the glory of God in Christ Jesus. Here are some references mentioned in the broadcast. Not all sources mentioned specifically endorse the Christian faith, but they are good references for astronomy and the history of star and constellation lore. 

From the International Astronomical Union

https://www.iau.org/public/themes/constellations/

Burnham's Celestial Handbook
https://www.amazon.com/Burnhams-Celestial-Handbook-Observers-Universe/dp/0486235688/

Constellation Guide website

https://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-map/zodiac-constellations/

Good Heavens is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship

https://www.watchman.org/

 

 

Let There Be Science! Why God Loves Science and Science Needs God

Let There Be Science! Why God Loves Science and Science Needs God

October 13, 2020

Join us as we have a lovely chat with physics professor and Fellow of the Royal Society, Dr. Tom Mcleish and physics & science teacher David Hutchings, both from the UK. We discuss why science and the Christian faith are not only not incompatible, but that science truly needs God, specifically the Lord Jesus. 

Their book, the the title of this podcast episode, is not a superficial Christian sticky-note attached to a highly secularized scientific methodology. No! Rather, it is a very easy-to-grasp, edifying, Christ-centered, tour-de-force from which readers of all ages and backgrounds can appreciate and learn something about the intersection of science and Christianity. They have written an excellent and accessible book on this topic and give us the confidence and encouragement to see how God is for "good science" and why good science must have Christ as its foundation. 

Jesus came to reconcile man with God, but that reconciliation includes reorienting our minds (Rom. 12:1-2) to see all of creation as a reflection of God's nature, of His invisible attributes, expressions of his wisdom (Job 28; 38-41). Creation as seen through the lens of Scripture, gives us reason for exploring and investigating it (Ps. 111:2) and is what inspired many of the great scientists of the past, as Tom and David point out through the many stories and examples in their book. 

So come and have a listen to our fascinating discussion about God and science, for the glory of God! 

Find out more about Dave and Tom's  book - "Let there Be Science, Why God Loves Science and Science Needs God".  Available at  https://www.amazon.com/Let-There-Be-Science-science/dp/0745968635/

Image credit:  NASA/JPL Caltech (Galex mission)
Third Anniversary Episode - Lessons for today from Johannes Kepler

Third Anniversary Episode - Lessons for today from Johannes Kepler

September 30, 2020

Johannes Kepler lived a remarkable life during equally remarkable times. On this special Third-Anniversary episode of Good Heavens, Wayne and Dan talk about Kepler‘s accomplishments and his character.  He lived during the Catholic Counter Reformation in a time when there was much superstition.  In spite of great hardship and personal loss Kepler influenced people away from superstition and made revolutionary discoveries about the planets.  Kepler's Mother was accused of witchcraft in a time when many women were being wrongly executed for witchcraft.  But Kepler did a legal defense of his Mother and eventually she was freed.  He demonstrated remarkable character and faith in difficult times. 

 

Thank you to everyone for listening for 3 years!

 

For more information on Kepler check out these links:

 

Article by Wayne for this podcast

https://creationanswers.net/biographies/SuperstitionToModernScience.htm

 

Amazon link to Kitty Ferguson's book

https://www.amazon.com/Tycho-Kepler-Kitty-Ferguson/dp/0802713904

 

Website about Daniel and Wayne's book, "The Story of the Cosmos" (2017):   https://thestoryofthecosmos.com/

 

 

 

The Constellations - Orion the Hunter

The Constellations - Orion the Hunter

September 20, 2020

This will be a new series on the constellations - short audio stories & astronomy facts about the visible constellations known today from the northern hemisphere. Each episode will hopefully be less than ten minutes. 

Our first featured constellation will be Orion the Hunter. A hunter, a god, a fool, a warrior, with many beautiful astronomy sights you can see with your own two eyes. These celestial audio vignettes will also consider how these constellations reflect the glory of God. 

Dan is going to try and cover all the visible constellations visible to us in Europe and North America. Pray for him! We hope you enjoy them. Let us know what you think! 

For more on the constellation Orion

https://www.ancient.eu/Orion/ - Legends about Orion

https://nineplanets.org/orion-constellation/

https://thestoryofthecosmos.com/ Our book:  a Biblical and integrated look at how the heavens declare the glory of God.

 

Image from on https://wallpapersafari.com/w/eJf0WO

 

The Wonder and Majesty of Binary Stars!

The Wonder and Majesty of Binary Stars!

September 18, 2020

Cultivating a deeper appreciation and understanding of what God has created is an act of worship. God has given us two books, the book of nature and the book of Scripture. They are meant to be read together. As Psalm 19 shows, David speaks of creation in the first six verses and then speaks of God's revelation in and through His word in verses 7-13. He then concludes the Psalm with a prayer "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, my Rock and  my Redeemer." 

In contemplating both the heavens and the word of God, David is inspired and exhorted to pray that God would accept him. And in Christ, God answers that prayer not just for David, but for all of those who would call upon the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation. 

So how might a knowledge of binary stars enrich and encourage us in our faith? If David's contemplation of God's creation ultimately led him to pray, so too can our meditating on what God has made lead us in a similar way. 

The way, the truth, and the life. 

So come and listen to professor David Bradstreet with us.  Be fascinated by the wonders of binary stars and learn how they point us to the glory of God and His love toward us in Jesus. 

A short video on binary stars.  

More about Dr. Bradstreet.  

A short video with Dr. Bradstreet.  

More about Dr. Bradstreet's chapter in The Story of the Cosmos.  

Dr. Bradstreet's book Starstruck.  

The Gift of Discovery - Part 2 with Astrophysicist Dr. Tim Hamilton

The Gift of Discovery - Part 2 with Astrophysicist Dr. Tim Hamilton

September 7, 2020

On part two of our discussion with Dr. Tim Hamilton, we chat about something he discovered while sifting through images taken by Hubble!  The world is still filled with God's gifts, waiting to be discovered. You don't have to be an astrophysicist to receive from God's bounty! You don't have to be a scientist to make a discovery! God freely gives us gifts because He loves us, not because we earned it or deserved it.

When David considered the heavens, it reminded him of God's care for Him. 

So we hope Tim's story of discovery will do the same. We hope it can inspire and encourage you to consider that God also longs to give you gifts, the gift of forgiveness, of love, of mercy, or whatever else you need, maybe inspiration for your job or some difficult situation for which you see no answer. Fear not! Jesus knows, He sees, and your way is not hidden from Him. 

So come and hear Tim's story! 

 

Hubble, Discovery, Science, and Faith with Dr. Tim Hamilton

Hubble, Discovery, Science, and Faith with Dr. Tim Hamilton

August 28, 2020

Do cutting-edge astrophysics and the Christian faith go together?

Yes!  On this episode, we speak with Dr. Tim Hamilton, an astrophysicist who recently made an exciting and unexpected discovery looking through images from the Hubble Space Telescope as he was studying quasars. The object TIm discovered is tentatively called by a colleague of his "Hamilton's Object".

 

Tim is also a Christian who enjoys contemplating how God's actions in the physical world might best explained. What are miracles? How did God created the universe? Can science find out everything God did in the beginning? 

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says of God, "He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end."  

This, however, does not mean we should not keep looking to make discoveries, of course. Every new discovery about the cosmos reveals something more about the One who created it all. We read God's two books, the book of nature and the book of Scripture.  Both point us to the risen Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

We hope part one of our chat with Tim will encourage you to see that science is no threat to our faith in Christ, but it fact informs it, shapes it, and gives it life. So come along and find out more about how an astrophysicist contemplates the heavens and God's sustaining power throughout. 

For more on Tim's work, click here!  

 
Part 2 of God, Stephen Hawking, and the Multiverse

Part 2 of God, Stephen Hawking, and the Multiverse

August 21, 2020

Does the Physics of the Universe do away with God?  Of course not!  On part 2 of our conversation with David Wilkinson and Dave Hutchings, we explore further the implications of the late Dr. Hawking's engagement with the idea of God and what the implications are for a universe bereft its Creator.  The late Dr. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist whose pioneering work in black holes forever impacted the way we look at the universe. But what of the implications of his thoughts about God? Ought we to assume Hawking's brilliance in trying to understand the cosmos is transferable when he speaks of God?

The late Dr. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist whose pioneering work in black holes forever impacted the way we look at the universe. But what of the implications of his thoughts about God? Ought we to assume Hawking's brilliance in trying to understand the cosmos is transferable when he speaks of God?  So we hope you will be encouraged by this program. There has yet to be a scientist whose theories and ideas have come anywhere close to unseating the Lord Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. The heavens are still declaring His glory! 

Here is more about Professor Wilkinson:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/staff/profile/?id=2006

To get the book, God, Stephen Hawking, and the Multiverse, click here:

https://www.amazon.com/God-Stephen-Hawking-Multiverse-matters-ebook/dp/B083TY4J8B

And, Let There Be Science, by David Hutchings and Tom McLeish 

https://www.amazon.com/Let-There-Be-Science-science/dp/0745968635

 

God, Stephen Hawking, and the Multiverse Part 1

God, Stephen Hawking, and the Multiverse Part 1

August 8, 2020

Dr. Stephen Hawking was a brilliant Cambridge theoretical physicist whose pioneering work on black holes and the origin of the universe put him in the public eye and imagination. His book A Brief History of Time was a runaway bestseller, with some 10 million copies having been sold worldwide since its publication in 1988.  Despite the limitations of ALS, Dr. Hawking went on to father children, write more books, give lectures, travel, and continue to do research. Remarkably, he lived to the age of 76, much to the astonishment of the entire watching world. His life and work define a generation of our understanding of the universe. 

 

On this two-part episode, we explore the life, work, and beliefs of the late Dr. Hawking with two distinguished gentlemen from the UK, David Hutchings, a high-school physics teacher and Dr. David Wilkinson, astrophysicist and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Dr. Hawking believed science had replaced God.  But he did not really engage the God of the Bible.

 

To get the book by the same title, go to this link:

https://www.amazon.com/God-Stephen-Hawking-Multiverse-matters-ebook/dp/B083TY4J8B

 

The Sun and Moon Stand Still - Encouragement From Joshua 10

The Sun and Moon Stand Still - Encouragement From Joshua 10

July 22, 2020

Critics of Scripture have dismissed it. Skeptics mock it. And even some Christians will attempt to explain the heavenly events described in Joshua 10 as "natural" phenomenon or that Joshua's words were simply poetic or an allusion to something else. 

Did the sun and moon really "stand still" in the Valley of Aijalon as described in the Bible? What really happened? How can this passage from the Old Testament be an encouragement for us today in these troubling times?  Tune in for Wayne and Dan's discussion.  We hope it will remind you of Jesus. 

 

For more on the Long Day of Joshua see this article by Wayne:

http://creationanswers.net/answersblog/2013/11/23/joshuas-long-day/

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