Fine-Tuning


iStock_000016241087SmallA song I sing to my little daughter as I get her ready for the day goes like this:

If all of the raindrops
Were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

I imagine that sort of “rain” would be more like a sugary hailstorm (à la Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). While our Creator did not see fit to endow the skies with a candy dispenser, He did create a sweet water cycle perfectly suited to support life and human civilization. (more…)

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I’m convinced our neighborhood garbage men have “nap detectors” on board their trucks. They show up when, and only when, my daughter is napping. I cringe every time I hear the truck rattling around our apartment complex, and pray the little one will sleep through the commotion below her window. (more…)

Next Saturday night (September 29) we’ll have a full moon over Southern California. As the legend goes, a full moon means an increase in lycanthropy—more commonly known as werewolf transformations! Monster-movie fan Sandra finds plenty of theological meat to chew on while watching her favorite creature features (like 1941’s The Wolf Man). She explains, “Werewolves are both human and monster. In a sense, they outwardly represent the inward struggle we all have between our greatness and wretchedness (the imago Dei and our sin nature).” (more…)

My husband and I have experienced a spate of “interesting” next-door neighbors over the last year. As a new set of neighbors recently moved in, I couldn’t help praying they’d turn out to be a nice, normal family—with a sense of volume control. Having grown up surrounded by such families, I appreciate the value of good neighbors.

Similarly, Earth needs good neighbors, too. The solar system’s occupants influence Earth’s ability to support life. Take the gas giant planets, for example. (more…)