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Genesis – Paradise Lost

Genesis Paradise Lost

The Garden of Eden was paradise. The word paradise refers to a park, garden, or orchard. The connotations are that a paradise is a very pleasant place. Eden fits those criteria. God made a world that was perfect. He set Adam and his wife in a garden called Eden, that was to be pleasant and perfect. But then they spoiled it all, and lost paradise, by their sin. Specifically, Adam failed as our federal head, by disobeying God, and plunging every one of us into sin and death.

Outside the auditorium
Outside the auditorium, with our ministry’s display and leaflets.

Today, the majority do not believe this account is true. So, maybe eight or nine years ago, a talented animator called Ralph Strean, set up a company called Sevenfold Films in order to produce a 3D animation, so that people could see how the Creation could have occurred. In 2012, Ralph moved to Pensacola, Florida, to team up with Eric Hovind and his Creation Today ministry, to be able to provide a solid creationist backing for the movie, and also to tap into Eric’s boundless, boyish enthusiasm for the subject. It is his long-term commitment, coupled with his humor, that has kept this project alive. I cannot think of anyone else in creationism, who could have driven a project like this, while keeping so many people on board.

And that is where I need to make a personal disclaimer. You see, at that time, I was working for Creation Today, so I have seen, and supported the project from very early. Ralph often popped into my office to clarify various issues on current creationist thinking. And because I had previously worked for Answers in Genesis, I was able to introduce Eric and Ralph to the folks there. The rest, as they say, is history.

We all know that animations take a long time. But finally on Monday November 13th 2017, the finished movie was shown in movie theaters all over the US.

Was it good? No, it wasn’t good. It was absolutely magnificent!

The 3D effects were amazing. I was privileged to offer a little initial information. But providing some of the factual information for the movie contributes nothing to the sheer artistic genius that is Ralph’s work. A decade ago, I never could have imagined watching a visualization of the first chapter of Genesis. Yet this is exactly how I imagined the creation could have happened! I am confident that the word “genius” is not too high a word to describe Mr Strean, and his work.

The movie also featured so many of my dear friends – Danny Faulkner, Bodie Hodge, Charles Jackson, to name but three.

Movingly, the film did not pull its punches, and concluded with an excellent, biblically sound presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I loved this movie. I haven’t seen the last three years worth of work, so it was a thrill to watch. And theater-goers had the privilege of seeing so much extra material before and after the movie.

I am looking forward to the release of the DVD and video downloads. And there is going to be so much other stuff to go with it, including study guides, and discussion groups. I am thrilled by this movie. If you were not there on Monday November 13th, you missed a treat. But the treats are still coming. And, remember, there is a book to accompany this movie. It is called Genesis.

Geese Fly South

Canada Goose

One of the most fascinating local wildlife sights in November is that of Canada Geese gathering overhead, to fly South for the Winter. I remember such geese in Britain, where they have been introduced — but not as many as you see here on North America’s East Coast. When I took my dogs out for a walk this morning, there were hundreds of these large birds, flying overhead, seemingly following the Cowlitz River.

Why do birds migrate? Of course, in one sense, we know the answer. They are changing their climates. But how does an evolutionist explain why migration occurred, and how they laid the trails of travel to and from warmer climes?

The enormous flocks of flying, migrating geese are an awesome sight. They remind us of the creativity of our Creator, who has made everything so well.

Is Genesis History?

Is Genesis History?
Watch this important film.

Whether Genesis is actual history or not is of crucial importance to Christians today. The historicity of Genesis is under attack as never before, particularly in seminaries formerly considered to be conservative evangelical. Pastors are often teaching either that Genesis is to be interpreted, in accordance with deep time views, or that its interpretation does not matter to Christian theology.

It will surprise nobody that the Mount St Helens Creation Center rejects both these compromise positions, and argues strongly for Genesis not to be interpreted at all, but to be read as it appears—as literal historical narrative. So this ministry welcomes a remarkable new film; Is Genesis History? The film is the brainchild of Dr Del Tackett, and is filmed in 4K. Dr Tackett has visited a large number of places associated with deep-time geology, and shown them to be better interpreted within a biblical framework. His film includes interviews with a large variety of scholars and scientists, who hold to biblical principles and opinions.

The film will be seen at its best in a one-night-only screening, in a variety of movie theaters around the country. I will be attending one of these screenings – probably in Olympia, WA. I urge you all to consider getting a ticket for the movie, and watching it. The tickets can be purchased through the Is Genesis History website – isgenesishistory.com. Although I expect the movie will be available in a variety of formats later, the full 4K effect will be best seen in a movie theater.

Please note that, although this ministry supports this movie, we are not part of the production, and will not gain financially from it. However, we would like YOU to gain from it. For that reason, we are offering our book “The Biblical Age of the Earth” for the special event rate of $4 (normally $6.50). In addition, you can have the book sent via free shipping! Simply purchase the book, applying first the coupon code “isgenesishistory” (without the quote marks, and with no spaces), and make sure you select the “free shipping” option that will appear, after the coupon is applied. This special offer, to celebrate the launch of Is Genesis History will end on Friday February 24th 2017.

We Need a New Commentary

I am taking part in a study on how to read the Bible. I will not name the study guide; there is much in it which is good, and much which is not. However, reaching a section on how to interpret narrative history, like Genesis, a commentary recommendation was made. As soon as I saw the name of the author of the commentary recommended—Bruce Waltke—I knew that I could not recommend that commentary.

The Six Days of Genesis
Perhaps I need to expand this book, to cover the whole of Genesis.

It isn’t good to be negative all the time. So what commentary would I recommend? This is where I hit a problem. The overwhelming majority of the commentaries on the whole of Genesis are written from an old-earth, or evolutionary point of view. Granted, there are some very decent books about Genesis; The Book of Beginnings, by Henry Morris III, Understanding Genesis by Jason Lisle, and Jonathan Sarfati’s excellent partial commentary, The Genesis Account, which covers up to chapter 11. Even I have written a commentary on the first 11 chapters. The only whole book commentary, remaining faithful to the early chapters, appears to be Henry Morris The Genesis Record—but this was published in 1976, and the science (though not the theology) needs to be developed.

Perhaps this is too great a task for one person. Perhaps we need a small team to produce a good commentary. Or maybe I need to get on with expanding my “The Six Days of Genesis”.

Whatever the answer is, it definitely needs doing—fast! If someone is writing such a commentary, please let me know. If someone would like my input to a team implementing such a project, let me know. But let’s have a proper chapter-by-chapter commentary on the whole of Genesis, and let’s try to see it done within 12 months.

Wretched in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

One of the first Christian podcasts that I ever got into listening to was Wretched Radio. This show is presented by my good friend Todd Friel. It often seems like I have known Todd forever. However, I recently came across a show that we recorded the very same day that we first met.

Todd’s show is usually live every day. But during this holiday period, Wretched Radio is rightly broadcasting some old shows. Yesterday (Wednesday December 28th 2016) they broadcast a show recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland. Todd was visiting various places in Europe. At the time, I worked for Answers in Genesis at their UK office in Leicester, England. I flew up to Edinburgh for the day, and we recorded several segments – climbing up the Castle Mount steps to Edinburgh Castle, talking about the father of old-age geology James Hutton, and sharing part of my sermon on Can and Abel – this latter was recorded in the car, while they were driving me back to Edinburgh Airport!

I have taken the liberty of grabbing the show and placing it here, so that you can enjoy it over again. It was recorded, I think, in 2009, and it was great fun to do.

Cross Encounters

Cross Encounters
“A Decade of Gospel Conversations”

Cross Encounters is the name that evangelist Tony Miano uses for his ministry. It is also the title of his new book, which is clearly a labor of love – love for the lost, and love for the Savior.

What is the difference between a teacher and a mentor? A teacher instructs the class and offers explanations. A mentor lives by example, and invites you to imitate him. A good teacher will often be a mentor, and vice versa. Tony can fulfill both roles. I have heard him teach in evangelism conferences. But in the book Cross Encounters, Tony fulfills the role of mentor. The subtitle of the book is A Decade of Gospel Conversations. Page after page, Tony explains how and why he got into conversations, and he reports on those conversations. As readers, we are invited to get as close as we can, in the pages of print, to watching an evangelist in action. The advantage of reading these encounters, rather than just watching, is that we are able to get inside Tony’s head, because he explains what he was thinking at the time.

Part of the mix in the book is a set of helpful Evangelism Tips. My favorite one is #5 – “Hello Officer”. You must remember that Tony is a former Law Enforcement Officer. He has also seen the “other side”, having been arrested while evangelizing in London, England, and in Scotland. In “Hello Officer”, he explains how one must remain polite and respectful, while maintaining a gentle and firm witness. Tony’s wisdom is illustrated in quotes like this:

“It is important for Christians to keep in mind that while the Declaration of Independence promises citizens ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ God makes no such promises to His people in His Word. Sadly, somme Christians take to the streets convinced that they must fight with people for ‘their rights’ instead of fighting for the souls of people through the proclamation of the gospel.”

When I first saw the reports of this book’s advent, I hoped that Tony would be exercising the work of a modern day Ichabod Spencer (look him up…). I was not disappointed. If you are already involved in street evangelistic ministry, you need this book, to encourage you. If you are not yet so involved, you need this book to encourage you! Christians, you need this book.


(I will be trying to get hold of copies for our bookstore. In the meantime, use the link below)

Buy Cross Encounters here

The Voyage Begins Again

The Ark Encounter
The Ark Encounter, by Answers in Genesis

Our friends at Answers in Genesis have built a full-size replica of the Ark. This magnificent construction, in Kentucky, is witness to God’s grace and His work of salvation. This is how their Ark Encounter website describes the project.

“The Cross is the greatest reminder for us of the salvation we can have in Jesus Christ. The Creation Museum was built as a reminder that we can trust the authority of God’s Word in every area. Other than the Cross, the Ark of Noah is one of the greatest reminders we have of salvation. The Ark Encounter project was born out of a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people across America and the world.”

The full-size Ark will house a wonderful, God-honoring and faith-building exhibition about the Flood. We commend AiG Ken Ham, and all his colleagues, on this achievement, and pray that it will be mightily used of God to bring people to salvation in Jesus Christ.

The opening date for this project is Thursday July 7th 2016.

For more information, please see their special Ark Encounter website.

Meanwhile, the link below opens up their latest drone footage of the project.

 

Origins TV

Origins TV

Origins TV

During 2015, I recorded 4 shows in the Origins TV series, broadcast on the Cornerstone Network, in which I was interviewed by presenter Dr. Donn Chapman. These shows can be viewed, using the Cornerstone Network, or through their Roku channel. Or you can watch them here!

To enable us to keep these sort of activities going, please give generously, using the donation button on the right.

The Language of Evolution
Deconstructing Dawkins
Truth, Lies and Science Education – Part 1
Truth, Lies and Science Education – Part 2

 

New Location for 2016

Mount St Helens Creation Center

We are very excited to announce that we have a new base for the Mount St Helens Creation Center for the season of 2016. We are going to be located from May 1st 2016 at The Silver Lake Grange, 3104 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, WA 98611.

Directions: to find us, simply leave Interstate I-5 at junction 49, signposted for Castle Rock and Toutle. Use State Highway 504 Eastwards towards Toutle, and Mount St Helens. After 5 miles, you will see the state-run Mount St Helens Visitors Center on the right. We are just less than a mile after this, on the Left. You will therefore reach our new Center 3 miles before our old center.

Directions to Silver Lake Grange
Directions to Silver Lake Grange

Costs: Renting this building gives our ministry 2 sorts of costs, and, if possible, we would love to have your help.

  1. We need to pay rent for just 6 months for the building. Please consider whether you could give us a regular donation of $50 per month for just 6 months. We only need a small number of such donors to cover this rent.
  2. There will be some temporary signs, paint, portable display units and a portable projection screen needed. If you have such items to donate, please get in touch, or please consider a one-off gift to enable us to purchase the items. We estimate that we need to spend about $2,000 to get the Center working for the season, and we need that money as soon as possible.

You can give for either or both of these targets by going to our donations page, or using the link to our FaithLauncher appeal below. We will also shortly have some exciting options, whereby you could pay for a private family tour of the mountain area now, at a discount of as much as 50%, to be used later in the Season! Please come back for details of these offers within the next day or two. These offers will be listed as products in our store.

FaithLauncher Appeal

Many thanks for all your help. God-willing, we will have a very successful new season with the Mount St Helens Creation Center, @ Silver Lake Grange.

Silver Lake Grange
Silver Lake Grange

A Presuppositional Young Earth Creationist

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood

“Why are you a Young Earth Creationist?” I often get asked. It has taken me a while to get the answer right on this. But I now know what the answer is. I am NOT a Young Earth Creationist.

Shock! Horror! Is this international creation speaker backsliding?

No. For the record, I will not budge from the biblical truth that God made the world in six literal 24-hour periods approximately 6,000 years ago.

But why do you call me a Young Earth Creationist? Because I believe the world is only 6,000 years old? So, is 6,000 years young?

Six thousand years is only a young age if you start from the paradigm that the Earth should be 4.5 billion years old. Compared to that, 6,000 years is young. It’s all relative, right?

Wrong! I do not believe the world is 6,000 years because some evidence has convinced me that the 4.5 billion years is wrong – even though there is plenty of evidence inconsistent with 4.5 billion years. I believe the 6,000 years because the Bible says so, and it is my presupposition that the Bible is true. If I call myself a Young Earth Creationist, the very term “Young Earth” is predicated on the existence of the mainstream view that the earth is a lot older than that.

In the village of St. Nicholas, near Cardiff, in Wales, is one of my favorite megalithic monuments, called Tinkinswood Burial Chamber. This structure is dated by secularists at 6,000 years old. It cannot be that old, obviously, but I am willing to accept it must have been built by the earliest post-Flood colonizers of Great Britain. When you stand there, you are in the presence of something ancient. The Earth is older than that! The Earth is 6,000 years old! That is ANCIENT! The Earth is not young – unless you have borrowed from an evolutionary paradigm. The Earth is, in fact, very old. It is 6,000 years very old.

I am not a Young Earth Creationist.

I am a Biblical Creationist.