Friday, January 9, 2015

UNBROKEN – The Rest of the Story

Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini (1917- 2014) was an Olympic distance runner and suffered greatly during WWII.  He was tortured horribly in Japanese prison camps and was very bitter after the war.

Zamperini had nightmares about strangling his persecutors and this led to a serious drinking problem.  His wife went to the famous Billy Graham Los Angeles crusade and was converted.  Zamperini heard the Gospel at the Graham meeting and placed his faith in Christ.  As a Christian he forgave his enemies and the nightmares ended!


Zamperini visited many of the guards from his POW days to let them know that he had forgiven them.  In 1950 he visited the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo and embraced those who knew him and so expressed his forgiveness personally.  Some of the former guards got saved‼

His latest book, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life, was published just a few months ago.

Billy Graham’s organization has an excellent piece on Zamperini.  Here are some videos from CBN.  Here are a few more vids.  Now you know the truth about UNBROKEN and The Rest of the Story (Thx Paul Harvey‼).


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Intelligent Design (ID) implies Young Earth Science (YES)

Harvard grad Phillip E. Johnson was the law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren and taught law for 30 years at UC Berkeley.  Johnson is most known for being the father of Intelligent Design (ID).  Access Research Network (ARN) was Phillip Johnson’s recommended site: [1]
The new Executive Director for ARN is Art Battson (as of 1-1-15).  Dennis Wagner was the prior leader.  Amazingly, Battson’s views support the stability of Essential Types of Life (ETL’s).
A snazzy new book YES – Young Earth Science has a whole chapter on the stasis of ETL’s.  Essentialism has a long history - Aristotle easily observed that wolves reproduce wolves and rabbits make more rabbits.  Given eon’s a sheep will never turn into a shepherd

Even is Darwin’s day all scientists were not convinced.  Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (FRS, d. 1882), chief scientist on the Challenger expedition which revolutionized oceanography, rejected the “theory which refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection.” [2]

YES – Young Earth Science shows that stasis of ETL’s, Catastrophism and a Young Earth are connected.  Thus, Intelligent Design implies Young Earth Science (YES).  There are numerous data which favors YES.  Phillip Johnson is clearly YES friendly.


Notes:
1)  Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds by Phillip Johnson (IVP, Downers Grove, IL, 1997), p. 11.
2)  quoted in “Counting Sheep Since Jacob’s Day” by Brian Thomas, Acts & Facts, Feb. 2014, p. 15.

Monday, December 22, 2014

THE INTERVIEW – Martian Edition






What does Kim Jong-un think about the age of the world?  Does Kim Jong-un know everything?  Consider this truth from Holy Writ:

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.  Who is like me?  Let him proclaim it.  Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient peopleLet them declare what is to come, and what will happen. (Is. 44:6, 7, ESV)
Investigate the truth, study the powerful evidence for Young Earth Science (YES)‼  Search  YES Jay Hall  in Amazon to find this science packed exciting new book on the age of the Earth.  How old is your favorite planet?

Uncle Martin, how old is your Favorite Planet? Why Tim, that’s a Hulk of a question! This is a Scientific Earth Time Holomnesicon invented by the great Martian physicist Dr. Rogen.  You got it, SETH – Rogen. These instructions are too abstruse, what does your device say about Deep Time? Deep Time is a myth, the earth is thousands of years old, we can iron out the details later. [Pr. 27:17] Wow!  What does Kim Jong-un think about the Age of the Earth? Super question!  I don’t know, but  I hope Kim Jong-un reads this new book on Earth’s age.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Adam’s Blog [stardate 23,234.316] - We’ll Make It Go!

Every decade my love for Eva [Eve] grows stronger and richer.  I think of her love, virtue and beauty day and night.  Two weeks ago during a soft breezy evening I was in a deep dream [Really Entertaining Movies] and I saw Eva’s wondrous eyes:

I imagined that they were spinning around like so:


The very next day a few of my grandchildren, Hugim, Yuren and Jiyanz came to me with a conundrum.  They had a large toy box and wanted to take it to the other side of Lake Noeg.  I promised them “We’ll make it go!”  I was inspired by my dream and Hugim, Yuren and Jiyanz made flat washer shapes from wood and I connected them with a bamboo pole.  We made two sets of these donut-like devices and attached a rope to the front of the box and my grandkids delivered the toys to their friends on the other side of the lake‼  Yuren shouted, “Ruu-Mei-Ow!” in a joyful manner.


I think I will name this device a WHEEL since this whole episode started off with “We’ll make it go!”  The next time you have a deep dream [REM], don’t take it lightly [Gen. 37:5-10].

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In 2011 a small stone car was discovered in Turkey.  Archaeologist Mesut Alp said that the toy car is about 7,500 years old.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Creationism in the Mainstream – David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh (Rush’s bro) has a brand new book out – Jesus on Trial.  This is a well written and compelling work defending the truth of the Gospel. Sean Hannity recently talked with David about the book.  PJTV also has an interview.

David recounts when Steve Springer witnessed to him:

Steve did not fit my perception at the time of the stereotypical young Christian – a judgmental holy roller who accepted Christianity uncritically.  He exhibited an extraordinary measure of grace.  He not only didn’t take offense at my skepticism, but he patiently retrieved his Bible … and began to walk me through a few fascinating verses. [1]

Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias and Paul Little were instrumental in leading David to Christ.  David says this about philosophy:  “I believe philosophy can be a worthy field of study, but I don’t think we can improve on the Bible’s revealed truths in conveying God’s nature and His plan of redemption and salvation for mankind.” [2]

After David had read the Gospel of John several times, he confesses:  “… I was on fire and began reading the Bible and everything about the Bible and theology I could get my hands on.” [3]
David references Ray Comfort in a positive light in his chapter “Science Makes the Case – for Christianity.”  Comfort apparently favors Young Earth Science (YES).
David references Kurt Wise’s Faith, Form and Time which defends YES.  David also quotes Nancy Pearcey who apparently affirms the young earth.  Pearcey was a contributing editor to Bible-Science News for a number of years.  This was published by the Bible-Science Association (founded by Walter Lang) whose motto included “A Young Earth.”
David points out that a large number of Christians,

… believe in a young earth, and of those who do, many are hardly science deniers; they don’t base their beliefs simply on blind faith.  They subscribe to different scientific theories, even if one might find those outside the mainstream of scientific consensus, or they question the unprovable assumptions used in dating techniques … [4]

Amen David‼

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:20-24)


Notes:
1)  Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh (Regnery, Wash. DC, 2014), p. 6.
2)  Ibid., p. 14.
3)  Ibid., p. 15.
4)  Ibid., p. 290.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crevo – James Montgomery Boice

The host of the Bible Study Hour, James Montgomery Boice (d. 2000), produced a fascinating video series on Creation or Evolution?  Boice had one of the greatest radio preacher voices of all time.  Those who
don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.  This video series helps us understand why so many Christians tolerate progressive creation (God created over long ages).  Boice takes a strong stance against theistic evolution.  The Gap Theory is also discussed.

One wonders if Boice read Starlight and Time by Russell Humphreys which uses relativity to deal with the light travel issue (if stars are billions of light years away, how can Earth be young?).  Humphreys’ book came out in 1994.

Most traditional creationists place creation around 4000 BC (Ussher was close).  Boice says that creationists claim the world is between 12K to 20K years old.   

Boice brings up the topic of fossil order as a challenge to Flood Geology, specifically plant fossils.  The vertical arrangement of plant fossils does not necessarily teach us the story of evolution.  As Robert Spicer explains,

Both fluid and biological sorting of potential plant megafossils during transport and deposition processes produce a pattern that has previously been overlooked. ... Vertical differences in species composition need not necessarily reflect temporal changes in vegetation. [1]

The two-dimensional nature of plant materials (leaves, some seeds etc.), changes in density (e.g. waterlogging), fragmentation and bacterial decay are issues that models of depositional sorting must consider.  This is very consistent with a Global Flood.

Henry Morris provides 64 biblical reasons for the global nature of the Flood and 36 scientific, historical and cultural arguments. [2]  Boice, though not holding to all the tenets of Flood Geology, held that much geologic data “must be explained by a flood of worldwide dimensions.” [3]  He also said that, “a flood of that duration [377 days] is not a local flood!” [4]  Boice wrote a whole chapter on Flood Traditions and concluded that, “Hundreds of flood stories abound throughout the world in various cultures and are therefore evidence not merely of the historicity of the flood but of its universal extent.” [5]  John Byl rightly states, “… since animals were originally vegetarian, there was no animal death before Adam’s fall.  Thus all animal fossils must post-date Adam’s fall.”  Once one accepts a Global Flood, such as ID leader William Dembski, Young Earth Science (YES) is not far behind. 
We heard Dr. Boice in Oklahoma City just a few blocks away and a few days before the bombing of the Federal Building.  Boice’s legacy includes his influential work with Bible Study Fellowship.


Notes:
1)  "The Importance of Depostional Sorting to the Biostratigraphy of Plant Megafossils" by Robert Spicer in Biostratigraphy of Fossil Plants ed. by David Dilcher and Thomas Taylor (Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Stroudsburg, PA, 1980), pp. 171, 181, emphasis added.
2)  The Genesis Record by Henry Morris, (Baker Book House, 1976, Grand Rapids, MI), pp. 199-205, pp. 683-686. 
3)  Genesis: An Expositional Commentary (Vol. 1) by James M. Boice, (Baker Books, 1998, Grand Rapids, MI), p. 366. 
4)  Ibid., p. 349, emphasis in original. 
5)  Ibid., pp. 354, 355.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

God, Adam & You

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals has a very helpful audio resource – In the Beginning:  God, Adam and You.  This is an excellent defense of the historicity of Adam.  The speakers include Joel Beeke, Kevin DeYoung, Liam Goligher, Richard Phillips and Derek Thomas.  The Lord Jesus Christ is "the last Adam" (1 Cor. 15:45) so this topic is important.  Dr. Beeke has a video describing his talk.

One speaker is confused on the toledoths (“these are the generations of”) in Genesis.  P.J. Wiseman has provided strong evidence that these appear at the end of a section.  Thus, Adam, Noah and Shem provided eyewitness accounts and Moses compiled these.  Adam is mentioned in the genealogies so he is a real historical figure (1 Chr. 1:1, Lk. 3:38 etc.). 

It is often said that Genesis tells us why God created but not how.  One presenter counters that view (Heb. 11:3, Ps. 33:6, Gen. 1:3,6,9 etc.).  One speaker misses the mark on the dinosaur and large aquatic reptile mentioned in Job 40 and 41.  The fact that Adam was prophet and priest is detailed.

The views of Tim Keller and BioLogos are confronted.  Theistic evolution goes against what we read in Psalm 8:

What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet (Ps. 8:4-6, NIV).
One of Rich Mullins' (Ragamuffin) songs is even referenced:

Well, they said, "Boy you just follow your heart"
But my heart just led me into my chest
They said, "Follow your nose"
But the direction changed every time
I went and turned my head

And they said, "Boy you just follow your dreams"
But my dreams were only misty notions
But the Father of hearts and the Maker of noses
And the Giver of dreams, He's the one I have chosen
And I will follow Him
The moral of this song is that we should not fall to the pressure from academic elites who want us to deny a real Adam.  Jesus believed in an historical Adam so should we (Mt. 19:4,5; Mk. 10:6-8).  I saw Mullins twice and was deeply moved.  Mullins was part of an event where creationist leader Paul Ackerman (It's a Young World After All) spoke at.

We can’t go back to Eden; the Flood destroyed it, but if we could would there be a sign there saying “Former Home of Adam & Eve”?