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I have a few minutes this morning to update you on my current status and the status of Core Academy, but those minutes are going fast unfortunately.  Over the Christmas break, my friend who is the chemistry professor at Bryan College contracted COVID and spent a month in the hospital, and the college asked me to fill in for him.  I genuinely hoped it would be a temporary arrangement, but you know how COVID is.  I'll be there to the end of the semester, teaching three classes and running labs Monday through Thursday.  I can only guess that God wanted me back in the classroom, and I am grateful that I am able to step in and help my friend (who is recovering nicely now).  I'm also very grateful for my lab assistant, without whom lab would be 10x more work than it is. Meanwhile, the staff at Core Academy are keeping things humming along there, especially with production of our new "Let's Talk Creation" podcast.  I mostly just show up to the assigned recording days, an

Introducing "Let's Talk Creation"

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I've teamed up with Paul Garner to start our own podcast!  This is a pretty new venture for me, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to talk about creation.  Many, many thanks go to our staff at Core Academy, especially Brynna Frantz, for making this entire thing work.  We wouldn't be doing this without her excellent production efforts. You can watch the video here on YouTube: Or you can visit our podcast page coresci.org/podcast for more information on how you can stream us on your favorite podcast platform. We do hope you like it, and we'll be working hard on the next installments very soon.  If you'd like to leave us feedback, the address is podcast@coresci.org. Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you. Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

To a theologian on the subject of hominins

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The following is an open letter to a theologian friend who recently asked how he might sort out his own views on fossil hominins.  I thought this might be of interest to others, particularly theologians or pastors who have regular contact with those in the sciences, so here are my thoughts on the subject.  Enjoy! First of all, thanks for asking.  I find too many theologically-trained individuals either disinterested in the many questions raised by fossil hominins or intimidated into a simplistic response.  For those of us Christians working in the sciences, fossil hominins are among the most challenging issues that we might face.  It's always struck me as so very odd that the source of so much anxiety in believing scientists is shrugged off as uninteresting or unimportant by theologians who are supposed to be trained to help.  Your question is already a glimmer of hope.  Now if only more theologians would ask such questions! So you want to know about hominins?  I couldn't possi

Fallen Idols

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Just before Christmas, a surprising announcement acknowledged that famous Christian preacher and apologist Ravi Zacharias was guilty of longstanding sexual harassment and misconduct .  The announcement came from the multimillion dollar ministry that he left behind when he passed away in May 2020, which is what makes it so surprising (at least to me).  Even this small honesty is sadly uncommon in recent years. When Zacharias passed, I was still on Facebook fairly regularly, and my feed was full of adoring eulogies for this man.  This morning I poked around on Facebook a little bit looking for public reactions from those same eulogizers.  I found mostly silence. Then again, what do you say?  The guy evidently duped a lot of people.  If you were a fan and believe the allegations, you have to feel at least a little gullible, and if you still don't believe the allegations, it's hard to argue with the ministry he left behind admitting that he did it.  It's hard to scream "fa

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

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This is waaaaay outside my usual type of article, but it's a big question on the minds of Christians everywhere, and I've been asked: Is the vaccine safe?  Should I get it? Let's begin with COVID-19: Is it really a threat?  YES.  Yes, it is.  Globally, there have been nearly 85 million cases with 1.8 million dead.  The US accounts for nearly a quarter of the cases and 20% of the deaths.  Those numbers are very likely substantial under estimates, meaning that the real total is probably quite a bit higher.  I personally know one person who has died from COVID and three who have been gravely ill in the hospital for more than a week with COVID and COVID complications.  None of those people I know were in any category of high risk.  This disease is real.  The threat is real.  Those who say otherwise are mistaken, to put it as charitably as I can. The tricky thing about COVID is that only a small fraction of people have a really bad reaction to it and only a small fraction of peo

Please help!

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Just a quick note to ask for your support.  If you've enjoyed my work or the work of Core Academy, please consider a last-minute gift for 2020.  We're still looking for about $8,200 (we've had a few contributions since I made this video). Whatever you can do for us, we greatly appreciate.  You can give by clicking that donate button at the bottom of this post.   Thanks! Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you. Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

Thankful

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In just a few days, 2020 will be a memory, and I'll be glad for it.  COVID will still be a threat, but vaccinations should go a long way to dulling its impact.  Life should return to something resembling normal by summer time, I hope.  The sting of loss will linger for years, decades even.  But the present pain will be over.  I am thankful. Meanwhile, Core Academy still has $11,000 to raise to end the year entirely in the black.  I realize it's a lot to ask, and I want to be realistic about it.  I also know that God's not broke, and he's promised  to provide our needs.  Sometimes that means the miracle of last-minute donations, and sometimes that means providing in other ways.  I'm ready for whatever he wants, and I'm always grateful for his provision. If you'd like to be part of that last minute miracle, you can click that Donate button below, or visit coresci.org/donate to find out how to donate in other ways.  Thank you. Feedback? Email me at toddcharle