Philosophy and Religion

From the Westminster Larger Catechism   Q. 168. What is the Lord’s supper? A. The Lord’s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, […]

  Related Pages Introduction to the Christian Faith The Doctrines of Grace Worship Godly Living The Church A Godly Society Confessional Standards The Scottish Communion Season David Murray One of the major results of the Scottish Reformation was an intense carefulness in the administration of the Lord’s Supper. I will take you through the Scottish […]

What is the final frontier? Whenever I ask my Earth Science 101 students they answer that the final frontier is space. This is no doubt because they have been acculturated by the ubiquity and glamour of space exploration in the popular imagination. The Apollo program conceived in early 1960 during the Eisenhower administration ignited the […]

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 […]

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, […]

Flying Flowers, part 2 (part 1 here)   And then suddenly, without warning, the caterpillar grows quiet and sluggish, mastered by some new urge. Surely it is not meditating on the meaning of life. Marshaling all its energy—the worm knows not why—it awaits some secret signal and then acts without hesitation, building an iridescent chrysalis […]

It seems that the nature of light is puzzling. What is it, wave or particle or… wavicle?! The ambiguity in understanding highlights important points about the nature of truth, and knowledge. No human has ever seen or touched a photon. We don’t even know quite how to describe it, yet we are asked to believe […]

When Love Dies

by wanliss on December 16, 2014

in Blog, Philosophy and Religion

  . But godliness with contentment is great gain . 1 Timothy 6:6   Taking care of plants is real work. My farmer friend likens it to a game of chess, trying to remain at least one move ahead of the weather, diseases, and pests. Most of us do not grow plants for a living, […]

An excerpt from a physics text that I have written: “In the previous four modules, we discussed units, vectors, and motion.  In these discussions, we concentrated solely on how to describe physical situations.  We can predict how long it will take to make a journey, how fast an object will be traveling after a certain […]

Transcript of a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of Confraternidad Latinoamericana Iglesia Reformada, Panama City, Panama, September 2014 by James Wanliss, PhD   Part 2 here Part 3 here Part 4 here Many nations now enjoy prosperity unprecedented in history, but many people in those nations despair and lack confidence that this prosperity can continue much longer. […]