Get to know the staff here at A Bit of Orange:
Bryan: He’s an average bowler and remembers lyrics to far more Barry Manelow songs than even he knows, even though he only likes Copa Cabana. The number of Star Wars t-shirts he owns is legitimate cause for alarm. His wife could have done much better (a fact her father will never forget) and his daughter could read at a 3rd grade level while still in Kindergarten, so prepare to hear ALL about that. Sarcasm is his spiritual gift, and he exercises it more than he does any other gift, including his body which is starting to look as old as it is. He is friends with Eric Hovind (which he is willing to brag about in the right circles), but Eric’s mother doesn’t like them hanging out too much because he is a bad influence on Eric- a fact Bryan doesn’t deny.
Author’s Note: The above is actually the bio I wrote for Creation Today, and then wisely chose not to submit. The less interesting truth is below.
Actually, most of the above IS true, but the stuff below is probably more pertinent.
Bryan Melugin has been writing on apologetics for more than a decade and has taught science and art professionally for a few years longer than that.
His teaching career has taken him through private schools and public schools, primarily teaching middle school and high school classes in science and the visual and performing arts. His students and their parents have always had very positive things to say about his teaching styles, such as this comments from a former student;
“While some teachers settled for simply teaching, homework, and visuals, you took the extra parsec to ensure that we truly learned the material. And had fun doing it! Looking back, it was remarkable how you found the perfect balance of making us laugh our heads off and think our heads off.”
and from parents;
“Rarely have I encountered a teacher so able to pass along their enthusiasm for the subject matter they teach.”
Now he has turned his teaching styles toward helping others learn that the Bible can be trusted from the very first page.
What is Our Mission?
Our mission is simple- to teach the American Church that they can trust the Bible from the very first page to the very last. Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science all agree with the Bible, and they can be great tools for building faith and understanding. We believe that Apologetics should be simple, fun, and useful. It is not merely for helping nerds win debates, but to help Christians be good evangelists and friends. The end goal is to strengthen the faith of Christians and to prepare them to be friends to people who have questions of their own, so that believers will think, and thinkers will believe.
What is the Creed of A Bit of Orange?
A very valid question which deserves a friendly answer. We agree with the Apostle’s Creed (see Below).
And we identify as a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) on grounds both scientific and scriptural. While we considers the issues contained therein to be very important, we readily admit that the issues are not determining factors in one’s personal salvation. We are saved through Jesus Christ, not through accurate knowledge of science.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
What’s with the name?
The phrase “A Bit of Orange” originates in the writings of C.S. Lewis (See below). In this opening section of Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis is arguing for the universal knowledge that objective morality is real, thereby make a case for the fact that we all know God is real. To prove that we all know this, he doesn’t dig through history into the philosophers of the past, nor scale the ivory towers of academia to quote the scholars of his own day. He shows us some ordinary people talking about something as ordinary as a bit of orange, and from there be builds his case.
This is the philosophy of A Bit of Orange: The average person doesn’t need a PhD in biochemistry, genetics, or Quantum Mechanics in order to understand why they can trust the Bible. If you can understand a rubber duck, or a toaster, or a bit of orange, you can be very confident that the Word of God is true, the Gospel is certain, and Jesus is Lord. We thank God for the men and women who do search the deep history of the church or scale the towers of academia in order to defend the Bible, but we find that most people, at least at the very start, just need a bit of orange.
The following is from Mere Christianity, By C.S. Lewis
The Law of Human Nature
EVERY ONE HAS HEARD people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”–‘That’s my seat, I was there first”–“Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm”–“Why should you shove in first?”–“Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine”–“Come on, you promised.” People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.
Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behavior does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behavior which he expects the other man to know about…