March Blog Highlights
Earlier this month, Pastor John Van Sloten shared a unique sermon on The BioLogos Forum, tracing the source water of the Bow River near his home in the Rocky Mountains. Through interviews with scientists who study hydrology, Van Sloten learns some surprising facts about where the river’s waters come from—and in the process, he reveals some insight into the power of God’s grace at work. It’s a fascinating sermon that offers both scientific and spiritual truth.
Elsewhere on the blog, interim web editor Emily Ruppel interviews Doug Lauffenburger, head of the department of biological engineering at MIT, on how bioengineering will likely influence technology and medicine in the 21st century.Beyond featuring one of the world’s leading minds in the field, the interview also containts Lauffenburger's thoughts from a Christian perspective of where he sees God in the midst of modern technological advances.
We also caught up with “scientific and medical doxologist” Jimmy Lin, a biomedical researcher at Washington University in St. Louis. A year and a half ago, Lin and a few of his colleagues started the Rare Genomics Institute—a crowd-sourced, crowd-funded platform for studying rare diseases using human genome sequencing. In this post, we feature excerpts from an interview Lin conducted with the Emerging Scholars Network on how he defines “scientific doxologist” and lives out his faith in his scientific work.
Finally, BioLogos fellows Dennis Venema and Ted Davis continue their respective new series on the Forum. This month, Dennis took a look at Charles Darwin’s early work on biogeography (the study of where species are distributed across the globe) and introduced us to variation and selection as he continues to illuminate some of the basic science undergirding the theory of evolution. Ted’s series on John Polkinghorne, meanwhile, explores his views on the theology of nature and the resurrection of Christ, focusing especially on the latter in keeping with the Easter season.