A Welcome with DNA

For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful.
My soul knows that very well.
My frame wasn’t hidden from you,
when I was made in secret,
woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my body.
In your book they were all written,
the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16

As part of my church’s service on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I had the opportunity to welcome everyone into worship with a science experiment.  The welcome introduced people to their own DNA, what both makes us all human and makes us each unique from each other.  The rest of the service focused on showing the compassion of Christ to those different than ourselves and in following the path God has written for us. Below is the welcome. Continue reading


Shining in the Darkness, Part 4c: A New Song

O sing unto the Lord a new song
Psalm 96:1 (KJV)
Prepare ye the way of the Lord
Matthew 3:3 KJV

Music interpretation is something I’m not good at.  So when I proposed that the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) could be a song, I knew I was going to be stretching myself to explain that (that’s why it took so long to publish part 4b).

It’s perhaps a stretch to call CMB a song.  There is just one note, slowly getting quieter and lower in pitch.  While there may be words to this song, we don’t know what they are.  It’s not even something we can perceive with our eyes or our ears.  As far as songs go, it’s not much of a song and rather inaccessible to us. Continue reading

Shining in the Darkness, Part 4b: An Old Light (or, A VERY old John the Baptist)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
– Genesis 1:1 (WEB)
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
– Genesis 1:3 (WEB)
The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
– John 1:9 (WEB)

For the first 378,000 years of the universe, it was effectively dark.  The universe was so hot that protons and electrons were too energetic to form atoms.  This chaotic soup of energetic protons and electrons constantly interacted with photons, preventing the photons from freely traveling through the universe.  Over time, the universe expanded and cooled, and the protons and electrons came together to form the first atoms.  With matter less energetic, photons were able to travel freely throughout the universe.  Light shined in the darkness.

This light from the beginning (Genesis 1:3)[1] points towards the Light that was in the beginning (John 1:1-9).  This created light (Genesis 1:3) points towards the creating Light (John 1:9-10).  Both lights are still with us today. Continue reading

Shining in the Darkness, Part 4a: An Old Song

If we were able to perceive more of the light, what would it reveal to us?

It would reveal a song, first performed long ago.  Long before the New Testament books were written and long before Jesus came to bring salvation.  Before the oldest of the Old Testament books was written and even before people existed, this song was performed.

Despite its age, the song is still around today.  We can’t hear it with our ears or see it with our eyes, but it’s still there.  It’s a song of hope and salvation.  A song of God’s greatness and the good things He created.

We’re told of the song in the first chapter of Genesis and we’re told the song’s greatest meaning in the first chapter of John’s Gospel.  However, the Bible never gives us a name for the song, nor does it give us the lyrics.  We’ve come to call this song “Cosmic Microwave Background”, but its lyrics are still somewhat a mystery to us.

I’ll explain in the next post.

Oxyrhynchus Hymn

Shining in the Darkness, Part 3: The Unseen Lights

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.
John 1:5 (WEB)

and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it
John 1:5 (YLT)

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:5 (KJV)

In part 1, I talked about light from stars shining through the darkness of space.  Glimmers of hope and salvation in a sea of blackness.  The picture below is of our night sky (focused on the Milky Way), showing those glimmers.

Picture of the night sky, just visible wavelengths of light.  From: http://www.chromoscope.net/?w=v

Picture of the night sky, just visible wavelengths of light. From: http://www.chromoscope.net/?w=v

My difficulty with this perspective is that there is still a lot of blackness.  Is God’s love for us sparse?  Of course not.  God’s love for us is abounding (Psalm 86:5,15; Psalm 103:8); His glory fills the sky.  The night sky is also full of light shining down on us. Continue reading

Shining in the Darkness, Part 2: A Blind People

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Isaiah 9:2 (WEB)

We can live in almost complete darkness and not even notice.

Our eyes are adapted to seeing light with a wavelength between about 380 nm and 760 nm[1].  This range encompasses the Sun’s strongest output, meaning that a lot of the light given off by the sun is visible Continue reading

Shining in the Darkness, Part 1: Stars

The light shines in the darkness…

John 1:5 (WEB)

When I read John 1:5, I always picture stars shining in the night sky.  A sky of darkness punctuated by points of light.  In times of darkness, sadness, despair, when all hope seems lost, it is never completely dark; God’s light shines down on us. Continue reading