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Geophysics and the Ground of All Being

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Today's sermon features John Van Sloten. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of BioLogos. You can read more about what we believe here.

Most of us know a bit about what physics and geology study—motion, matter, and forces; rocks and soil and the ground beneath our feet—and most folks could probably even tell you what astrophysics and geochronology are more specifically concerned with: motion, matter, and forces in the heavens; the exact age of the rocks and soil and ground beneath our feet.

But how does geophysics stitch together these two different scientific disciplines, and how does doing geophysics enhance our appreciation for God’s handiwork in the natural world?

In this sermon for New Hope Church in Calgary, pastor Jon Van Sloten enlists the help of geophysicist Marc Chen to help shed some light on what geophysicists do and how they do it—also, why the process of “listening in” on the depths of the earth provides spiritual insight and inspiration for both faithful geophysicists and the interested Christian congregant.


John Van Sloten is the senior pastor of New Hope Church in Calgary, Canada. Previously, he worked as a real estate developer in Toronto (planning and constructing shopping centers, office towers, etc). For the past 10 years, he and others have been building the unique vision and community of New Hope Church.

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