THIS SUNDAY, 7/2
NOTICE: No small-group Bible Study; ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30am; Adult Choir, please meet me in the choir room at 10am where we will polish up Wilhousky’s “Battle Hymn.” AND…. this is the last Sunday we will sing until we resume Wed. evening activities/rehearsals in late August.
Choir: Battle Hymn
Is Genesis history? One of my friends from the apologetics program at HBU replied, “Yes – ever since Phil Collins went solo.” LOL (I agree!)
I recently watched a program on Netflix titled, “Is Genesis history?”
Interviewed are scientists with Ph.D’s in geology, paleontology, biology, microbiology, marine biology, astronomy, and archaeology. (The interview that blew my mind most was with the marine biologist.)
One of the scientists interviewed, Arthur Chadwick, has a Ph.D in Taphonomy – the branch of paleontology that deals with the processes of fossilization. He said:
“It’s one thing to have faith – I have faith that God was the creator. That’s substantiated by [the evidence] I see around me. To say I have faith that evolution produced [dinosaur fossils] – I can’t even see how it could have happened. That’s *blind* faith.”
The show includes a significant amount of discussion regarding the age of the earth i.e. “young earth” (6 to 10,0000 years old) vs “old earth” (hundreds of millions of years old). This is a non-essential for the Christian faith. It makes for intriguing dialogue but it’s not critical what one’s belief is where the age of the earth is concerned.
Oxford professor of mathematics, Dr. John Lennox, wisely writes,
“It is important to take on board right away that both the young-earth and the ancient-earth creationist views go back a long way. Neither of them is a recent invention.”
While some hold to a hard-line position that the word translated “day” (Hebrew “יוֹם” or “yom”) recorded in the creation narrative is, without question, a 24-hour day (in my opinion, the Hebrew word “yom”, when interpreted systematically, does, in fact, suggest a 24-hour period of time), there are multiple committed Christian scientists – and theologians – who hold to an “old earth” position or, at least, are open to the idea. Bottom line: it doesn’t matter. (What matters is that Christ died on the cross outside Jerusalem 20 centuries ago and rose from the grave three days later.)
Whatever the age of the earth, it is interesting to know that biblical scholars cite that more time transpires in the first 11 chapters of Genesis than in the rest of the Bible combined.
Of course, as a professing Christian, I personally believe Genesis to be narrative history. What was powerful (to me) in the 90 minute show was the intelligence of the dialogue. Very compelling. Again, Christianity certainly requires faith – but it’s not blind faith.
NOTE: I mentioned Dr. Lennox. For further study on this topic, I would recommend his fine book, “Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science.”
Hats off to Netflix for making the program available. You can read a small blurb about the show here. (You must be a subscriber to Netflix to be able to view this show at this time.)
EVIDENCE OF RESURRECTION LEADS FORMER ATHEIST/DOCTOR TO FAITH IN CHRIST
I share these stories to, hopefully, remind people that, certainly, Christianity requires faith, but it’s an intelligent faith.
Paul, the disciples, Luke, Mark, Cornelius, the Philippian jailer, the Greek philosophers at Mars Hill, Apollos & Aquilla, etc., (people recorded in the New Testament who placed their faith in Christ) were not simple-minded, gullible, backwoods morons. These were intelligent, critically-thinking people who made a deliberate choice to trust that Christ was exactly who he said he was – much like Dr. Greg Viehman here.
Access Dr. Viehmann’s story here. (A video testimony follows the article.)
WHO KNEW PACKING A 20 POUND LIVE LOBSTER IN YOUR AIRLINE LUGGAGE WOULD BE A PROBLEM?
Read the crazy story here.
OLD FARMER’S ADVICE
I grew up working my summers on my grandparents’ farm. I know these to be t
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble-bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Do not corner something you know is meaner than you.
When you wallow with the pigs, expect to get dirty.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he’s too old to fight, he’ll just kill you. 🙂
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
The late British evangelist Gypsy Smith once quipped, “There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Christian, but most people never read the first four.”
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
During a visit to the doctor, a patient asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in a old-age home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” the patient said. “A normal person would use the bucket to empty the bathtub because it is bigger than the spoon or teacup.”
“No,” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”
GRACE NOTES: Pascal’s Wager
Blaise Pascal (pronounced “pas-KAL”) was a 17th century French philosopher, mathematician, scientist and inventor. He was also a Christian who is famous for what is commonly known as Pascal’s Wager. This article was published in the regional magazine, Lubbock Metro Leader. View the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick