Diversity of Life

The History of Life

The following is a short article about how living things got to be the way they are. It assumes the truth of supernatural creation, followed by natural variation during the time life has been on the earth.

Because this article is fairly long to be read online, you may choose to download either a two-column two-page PDF or a trifold PDF which produces an easy-to-share brochure.

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Person Bench Beach

Is God Through with You?

Have you ever come to a point in your life where you wonder if God cares what you spend your time doing? I don’t mean good vs. evil behavior; I’m talking about what work you do, your job, your calling, your ministry. Can there come a time when God has no more plans for you in this life?

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No Corn

Fructose Will Kill You

Because I have an intolerance to corn products (a nuisance, but not life-threatening like an allergy), Gail has to shop carefully to avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other bad stuff. A new study shows that HFCS, in addition to contributing to obesity, causes the heart muscle to grow out of control.

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Girl Praying

Christian Idolatry

The title above may seem like an oxymoron, but please stick with me and I think you’ll see it’s appropriate.

There is an email going around the Christian Forwarders Network (I just made that up) which relates “a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.” In a conversation with a Muslim imam,

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What Are You Against?

Jon Acuff has a blog I respect, Stuff Christians Like, and this post was Reacting to Anne Rice. Jon said Christian bloggers are required to respond to Anne Rice’s recent bombshell, so here goes.

Here’s what Rice posted on Facebook:
For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian.

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Pro-Life? What Age Are We Talking About?

Most Christians, and many other theists (God-believers), consider abortion to be the murder of babies. And perhaps as many (or more) are opposed to the euthanasia of the elderly as murder of those at the other end of the age spectrum. These believers would consider themselves firmly in the “pro-life” camp.

Almost everyone is pro-life for some parts of the age spectrum from conception to death.

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Gopher Tortoise

In Memory of Poly, a Gopher Tortoise

Poly was just four years old when she came to live with the Lesters in 1964. Lane Lester was teaching high school biology then in Orlando, Florida. One of his students brought him the baby gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), probably in hopes of mercy at grading time.

Poly lived for 30 more years as a wonderful pet,

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto

The Lone Ranger and the Hurricane

I remember the day an episode of “The Lone Ranger” was coming on the radio. It wasn’t just any episode; this one would tell how the Lone Ranger became the hero he was, how his faithful Indian companion Tonto joined him, and even how he got the great horse Silver.

Since this was in the 1940s,

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Women Talking

I Know What You Should Do

Seth Godin wrote the following on his website:

I know what you should do. Actually, I don’t.
I know what I would do in this situation, but I’m not you.
I know what your customer should do, but I’m not her.
I know (and you know, and we all know) what we would do in a given situation,

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Big Bend

The Big Bend: A Terrific Adventure/Mystery

As one who grew up in Central Florida, I was first attracted to The Big Bend by its setting. And indeed, the accurate references to Floridian geography, flora, and fauna stimulated good memories. I was quickly drawn into the story as its characters took on flesh and bones in my mind. Their good times and bad times became adventures I cared about…

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