Nessa finished her first book report for school this weekend. I really enjoyed working with her on that. Elizabeth is well underway with her last college course!

I am glad be home from Calvin College with the Alcuin Fellows, but my time there was very good. I was also there with my new boss and the high school science teacher from Logos. Both of them really appreciated their time as well. The talk that I gave was still very far from polished, but several folks said it had some good stuff in it. I’ll share it if it gets posted online any place. Lots of great conversations and insights as usual during the week. Some of my personal favorites were after hours. But several of the official conversations were really good too. David Smith gave an remarkable talk called “Schools as Gardens of Delight.” It mostly focused on the gardens created by Mesopotamian kings (very cool biblical stuff here) as well as the writings on education by John Amos Comenius. There was also a panel discussion that featured research fellows from Reason to Believe and Discovery Institute alongside the president of BioLogos. These three organizations have not sat down at the same table for a conversation very often! It went very well, and all three said that their interactions while talking together with the Alcuin Fellows were unique and productive in ways that they had not anticipated. Pretty exciting. These two books both got a lot of high praise from multiple folks that I respect:

1) Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga
2) Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer

So it’s back to school tomorrow and plenty to do there…. Please pray for me. Love to all!

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