Faith & Science


Have you wondered… Does the universe make sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? Do human beings matter? How do new medical technologies alter our understanding of life & death? Do scientists & people of faith have anything meaningful to say to each other? What does Scripture says about the relationship between faith & science?

SPdLU, our topical adult spiritual learning track, crafted this 5-part series to take a deeper look at the compatibility of faith and science. Resources from each session are below. We hope they invite further discussion.


Series Speakers

Tap or hover over an image below to read about our incredible series speakers. Each of these gifted presenters gave leadership to a different themed session related to faith and science.

 
The Rev. Peter Marsden Wallace is executive producer and host of the Day1 ecumenical radio and internet ministry and president of the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is editor of Faith and Science in the 21st Century–the book which will be guiding our discussions during this series.

The Rev. Peter Marsden Wallace is executive producer and host of the Day1 ecumenical radio and internet ministry and president of the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is editor of Faith and Science in the 21st Century–the book which will be guiding our discussions during this series.

Rev Peter Wallace

Rob Suggs is an author and member of Second-Ponce. He is the incoming lay leader of the Teaching Church team, and the weekly teacher of the Biblical Explorers' class. He is the husband of Gayle Suggs and the father of two adult children.

Rob Suggs is an author and member of Second-Ponce. He is the incoming lay leader of the Teaching Church team, and the weekly teacher of the Biblical Explorers' class. He is the husband of Gayle Suggs and the father of two adult children.

Rob Suggs

Since 1980 David Hull has served as pastor of five very different kinds of churches. Beginning with a rural church in Kentucky, his ministry then moved to a new church plant in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC which was followed by a small town “county seat First Baptist” in Laurens, South Carolina. From the small town he moved to a downtown First Baptist located next to a university in Knoxville, TN and then for twelve years was the pastor of First Baptist Church in the “Rocket City” of Huntsville, Alabama. Each ministry opportunity has broadened his understanding of the church and deepened his love for congregations of all kinds.  In 2014 David transitioned from pastoral ministry when his wife, Jane, was called to be the pastor of Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Watkinsville, GA. He now serves as the Associate Pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. In addition, he is the Southeast Coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches (www.CHchurches.org), a group of coaches and consultants whose mission is “devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers.” David is on the Adjunct Faculty at McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University where he has taught leadership and pastoral preaching courses. Since leaving Huntsville he has served one year as the Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and one year as the Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. David and Jane have two married children, Emily and Andrew and three grandchildren.

Since 1980 David Hull has served as pastor of five very different kinds of churches. Beginning with a rural church in Kentucky, his ministry then moved to a new church plant in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC which was followed by a small town “county seat First Baptist” in Laurens, South Carolina. From the small town he moved to a downtown First Baptist located next to a university in Knoxville, TN and then for twelve years was the pastor of First Baptist Church in the “Rocket City” of Huntsville, Alabama. Each ministry opportunity has broadened his understanding of the church and deepened his love for congregations of all kinds.

In 2014 David transitioned from pastoral ministry when his wife, Jane, was called to be the pastor of Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Watkinsville, GA. He now serves as the Associate Pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. In addition, he is the Southeast Coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches (www.CHchurches.org), a group of coaches and consultants whose mission is “devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers.” David is on the Adjunct Faculty at McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University where he has taught leadership and pastoral preaching courses. Since leaving Huntsville he has served one year as the Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and one year as the Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. David and Jane have two married children, Emily and Andrew and three grandchildren.

Dr. David Hull

Paul Wallace is a teacher, pastor, writer and speaker. He teaches physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and serves First Baptist Church of Decatur as Pastor for Adult Education. He writes and speaks at the intersection of science and religion. Paul holds a Ph.D in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in historical theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and is ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition to Agnes Scott, he has taught at Berry College, Candler and Columbia Theological Seminary. For three years he was a NASA Faculty Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and has twice served on the faculty of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in Dharamsala, India. His published articles range from the scientific to the popular. He writes occasionally at psnt.net and speaks regularly at churches, retreats and conferences across the country. His first book, Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos, was released in 2016 by Fortress Press. Other books are forthcoming in 2019 from Fortress and Cambridge.  Paul is a fan of Johnny Cash, the planet Saturn and birds. He lives in Decatur with his wife Elizabeth, three kids and Louie, their orange tabby cat.

Paul Wallace is a teacher, pastor, writer and speaker. He teaches physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and serves First Baptist Church of Decatur as Pastor for Adult Education. He writes and speaks at the intersection of science and religion. Paul holds a Ph.D in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in historical theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and is ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition to Agnes Scott, he has taught at Berry College, Candler and Columbia Theological Seminary. For three years he was a NASA Faculty Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and has twice served on the faculty of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in Dharamsala, India. His published articles range from the scientific to the popular. He writes occasionally at psnt.net and speaks regularly at churches, retreats and conferences across the country. His first book, Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos, was released in 2016 by Fortress Press. Other books are forthcoming in 2019 from Fortress and Cambridge.

Paul is a fan of Johnny Cash, the planet Saturn and birds. He lives in Decatur with his wife Elizabeth, three kids and Louie, their orange tabby cat.

Dr. Paul Wallace

After over ten years in aerospace engineering, public policy, and academic administration, Karen felt a call to full-time Christian ministry. She holds a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State and a Master of Divinity from Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. Karen supports Faith Development programs at Second Ponce, designs hands-on prayer experiences and leads retreats for churches.

After over ten years in aerospace engineering, public policy, and academic administration, Karen felt a call to full-time Christian ministry. She holds a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State and a Master of Divinity from Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. Karen supports Faith Development programs at Second Ponce, designs hands-on prayer experiences and leads retreats for churches.

Dr. Karen Harwell

 

Session Material

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