SC Flooding

by james on October 10, 2015

in Education, Science and Technology

                    Congaree River during the record flood of 1908, when the river crested at 40 ft…about 9 ft. higher than the current flood event (31 ft).  For comparison, the worst SC floods on record occurred in 1903, 1908, 1940, 1945, and 1990.         […]

Consensus for thee

by james on September 21, 2015

in Uncategorized

Interesting stories from the National Association of Scholars on the use of ‘consensus’ as the blunt weapon to silence those whose opinions are unpopular with the club wielder. Academic “consensus” is in the news. Stetson University professor of psychology Christopher Ferguson, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently gave a run-down on how the American […]


by james on September 12, 2015

in Blog

There is nothing wrong with crying. Sometimes it is necessary. There is a time for every thing under heaven. Yet I am always suspicious of extravangant displays of emotion, whether grief or joy. Think of Tom Cruise doing somersaults on Oprah’s couch (in short order followed by a divorce), or of the purging at the death […]

Although politicians have worked hard to ensure high energy prices at least for the moment we are enjoying less pressure due to lower prices at the pump. This is mainly due to the shale gas revolution coupled with a weak US and global economy. President Obama has done much in his considerable powers to raise […]

Last week US President Obama was in Alaska at the height of summer to talk about global warming and how it is ruining everything. He walked near a glacier and fretted in apocalyptic terms about the end being near and the urgency of doing what environmentalists say. The supposed poster child glacier for global warming […]

This little poem has been a helpful reminder to me about priorities in the short time I have on earth. Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for […]

Nobel Prize winner Ivar Giaever nails it on manmade global warming.

Sustainable Churches

by james on April 28, 2015

in Blog, Environmental

How can the government use the Church to spread the gospel of saving the planet? The EPA has just funded a little project to study the Christian Church in the US to answer just that question. As an anthropologist might scan the habits and thoughts of natives the EPA is concerned to try to understand […]

This is the advertising video from a recent series I did in Panama

Flying Flowers

by james on March 11, 2015

in Philosophy and Religion

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17   A fleet of butterflies glide silently through my garden, miniature galleons sailing the breeze, looking for a place to set anchor. Like the busy bee, butterflies also act as pollinators, […]