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.
Costs: Renting this building gives our ministry 2 sorts of costs, and, if possible, we would love to have your help.
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.
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.
“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.
A few people have contacted me about this month's news regarding blood vessels in allegedly ancient dinosaur fossils. Researchers have confirmed the presence of this soft material, and its similarity to the soft tissue of living creatures. However, their evolutionary presuppositions do not allow them to draw the obvious conclusion – that these dinosaur fossils are not ancient.
I will be referring to this news item in the next edition of The Mountain and The Word. In the meantime, here is the news item, placed in the same format as the articles cited in my book Where Birds Eat Horses. This download shows all the Fuzzy Word Analysis.
In 2006, I was asked to contribute a chapter on post-Flood animal migration to the New Answers Book 1, which was being compiled by Answers in Genesis (for which I worked at the time). My chapter was entitled How Did Animals Spread All Over the World from Where the Ark Landed?
In this chapter, I put forward a model to help explain the possible migration of animals from the Ark around the world. It was not my purpose, nor that of the publisher or editor, to provide a definitive statement on what all creationists are supposed to believe on the subject. Indeed, I made it clear that “we can build scientific models that help us explain how past events may have come about. Such models should be held to lightly, but the Scripture to which they refer is inerrant. That is to say future research may cast doubt on an actual model, without casting doubt on Scripture.” Rather than laying down the law on the subject of post-Flood migration, which is not specifically explained in the Bible, it was my purpose to provide one possible model. The existence of such a rational model refutes the notion that only an evolutionary explanation of such migration is possible.
Recently, an evolutionist has published an article online, which specifically attempts to refute part of my model – notably, the migration of marsupials to Australia, together with the failure of placental mammals to migrate to Australia in significant quantities. The idea that an evolutionist would reject my model is not startling, and I would not normally respond to such an article, placed on an amateur website. However, Answers in Genesis (UK) received a question about it, from one of their supporters (who I will refer to by his initial J), asking if they could refute the article. Therefore, this response is written, not for Mr. Kuban, but for J.
It is important for Christians to approach such a subject correctly. Our two axioms in building an explanatory model are: 1. To analyze the situation as it is, so that we know what we are trying to explain and 2. To recognize our essential presuppositions that God exists and the Bible is true. The reason for this second axiom is found in a study of presuppositional apologetics. Kuban accepts the existence of God, but rejects the idea that the Bible is true. My friend, Jay Seegert, has explained, in his book Creation & Evolution, why the failure to accept the truth of the Bible leads to error. It is not surprising, therefore, that Kuban’s article contains a number of logical fallacies, as well as an incorrect presupposition.
In criticizing my model of migration to Australia, Kuban states:
Some YECs such as Paul F. Taylor (2007) suggest that perhaps a large land bridge from Asia to Australia existed after the Flood –ignoring geologic evidence that no such recent bridge existed (with the most recent connection to other continents being over 40 million years earlier), and that even if it did, it would not explain why virtually no placental animals used it.
It should be noted that Kuban assumes that there has been no land bridge connection between Australia and elsewhere for 40 million years. This underlines the importance of presupposition. In my chapter, I quote Michael Oard’s research on a post-Flood Ice Age, which demonstrates that such a land bridge, shortly after the Flood, is entirely plausible. It is therefore Kuban who is guilty of ignoring research, not I. His citation of “40 million years” merely underscores his presupposition of the existence of deep time – a concept not found in the Bible. On many occasions, creationists have shown the fallacy of accepting the unscientific concept of millions of years. The very same New Answers Book 1 contains chapters by Terry Mortenson and Mike Riddle which refute the concept of millions of years, and articles by Michael Oard and Andrew Snelling which underscore the reliability of Flood Geology.
Kuban’s objections to my chapter are fourfold. He states:
YECs need to explain:
After the Ark landed, why were almost all the animals that ended up in Australia marsupials and monotremes?
If scores of marsupials could somehow make the journey, why did virtually no placental do the same?
How did animals such as koalas that are slow moving and depend on very specific foodstuffs and environments that would have been sorely lacking after the Flood even survive the required long journey, especially with a major ocean barrier?
How did animals like the flightless kiwi, the blind marsupial mole (which lives only in sand), or the sugar glider (a gliding marsupial superficially resembling flying squirrels, which lives in trees) make the incredible trip?
In answer, I will make 5 points, beginning with point 0!
I do not refer to myself as a Young Earth Creationist. When a creationist defines themselves as a Young Earth Creationist, they are suggesting a comparison with evolutionary timescales, which I reject. I do not believe the Earth to be young. I believe the Earth to be very, very old. I believe it to be just over 6,000 years old! Ken Ham, the President of Answers in Genesis, and the editor of the New Answers Books, also rejects the title YEC. Both he and I prefer the term Biblical Creationist.
When we start with the correct presupposition, it will be seen that my chapter aptly answers each of the four questions that Kuban posed. On the subject of why almost all the animals that ended up in Australia were marsupials or monotremes, the answer is clear – it is because their shorter, or non-existent, gestation periods allow for faster migration. Moreover, Kuban’s objections to my migration model ignores the fact that, of the five existing species of monotreme in the world today, only two live in Australia (the echidna and the platypus); the other three live in New Guinea. It would appear that even an evolutionary position requires a land bridge or similar between New Guinea and Australia, and, given that evolutionary dating systems are based on faulty presuppositions, the date placed by Kuban on such a phenomenon is irrelevant.
The reason why few placental mammals would make the same journey is also due to the speed of migration caused by breeding patterns.
Kuban complains that koalas would be too slow to make the journey. But he ignores two issues; first, that the speed of migration is not really related to the speed of the animal’s locomotion, but rather their breeding patterns, and second that modern koalas have probably developed by speciation (within the biblical kind) from faster moving animals. The dietary specialization of the koala is also probably an adaptation to environment, which would have occurred, after the koala’s ancestors had reached Australia. I need to emphasize that this adaptation is not evolution. It is adaptation within an existing animal kind, by selection from within an existing gene pool, whereas Darwinian evolution requires the spontaneous generation of new genetic information.
Kuban assumes that creationists believe that kiwis arrived in New Zealand flightless. This is unlikely. It is more likely that these birds lost the use of their wings for environmental reasons, and that this would again have happened by selection within an existing gene pool. Speciation of blind marsupial moles and sugar gliders is likewise easy to understand within a creationist framework.
Evolutionists often accept adaptations and variations to their models. Likewise, they should expect that, within a creationist paradigm, there will also be development of scientific ideas and models. So the model that I proposed in my chapter is not presented as the final word, and I would not expect every creationist to follow it or agree with it. The reason for its inclusion in the New Answers Book 1 is simply to show that a creationist model is feasible. When Kuban criticizes the model as being against “the vast bulk of scientific evidence”, he merely commits the logical fallacy known as elephant hurling, whereby an outrageous claim of overwhelming scientific authority is made, in order to hide the fact that he has no real scientific evidence for his so-called “refutation” at all.
 Taylor, P.F. (2006), How Did Animals Spread All Over the World from Where the Ark Landed? In Ham, K. (ed. 2006), The New Answers Book 1, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp141-148
 I am currently engaged in writing a book, to explain presuppositional apologetics and its application in a simple way. I hope that the book (provisionally titled Only Believe) will be published by Spring 2016. In the meantime, for a brief explanation, see the appendix on presuppositional apologetics in Seegert, J. (2014), Creation & Evolution, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp286-298
News items on supposed scientific issues are occurring all the time. In recent months, many news agencies have reported on significant finds made in South Africa, which evolutionists assert are of creatures related to humans and to apes. These reports have been published, since the publication of my book Where Birds Eat Horses, which many of you know is a book which teaches a strategy to help you spot evolutionary pseudo-science in such articles. I could have picked any of the news agencies’ reports, but I have chosen to pick that of the BBC, and have made a worksheet version of the article available here.
The pdf version of the article gives you the basic article, followed by the four stages of mark-up, which I detail in the book.
The article contains a number of fuzzy words, such as “probably”, “suggests that”, and unanswered questions. Two fuzzy phrases not mentioned in the book are worthy of comment here.
“Will shed more light…”. The full sentence is “the discovery is unprecedented in Africa and will shed more light on how the first humans evolved.” Supporters of evolutionism are inclined to overlook the fact that this phrase implies that the previous knowledge possessed insufficient “light”. Paradoxically, the use of the phrase points out the lack of support for their position.
“Current theories need to be re-evaluated” is a phrase similar to the above. It is noteworthy that evolutionary articles will not contain the phrase “current theories need to be abandoned”.
We have defined magic words as those phrases implying that something impossible might actually have happened, if, for example, enough millions of years have elapsed. But this article contains another interesting magic phrase.
“What we are seeing is more and more species of creatures that suggests that nature was experimenting with how to evolve humans…” Nature was experimenting? This is an example of a logical fallacy, known as reification. Nature has done no experimenting. It is not possible for nature to experiment. The concept of such experimentation implies that “nature” had some end-point for the evolution of humans in mind. Yet, evolution is supposed to be a blind process of random chance.
“Homo naledi has a mixture of primitive and more modern features.” The use of the words “primitive” and “modern” is presuppositional. There is no other reason to describe a behavior as “primitive”, unless one has presupposed an evolutionary, upward timescale. The article was peppered with these phrases. Other noteworthy false presuppositional phrases are:
The description of the skull shape as “progressive”
The confidence that they “are going to know everything about this species.” And
Nadeli was capable of ritual behavior and possibly symbolic thought. The concept of “ritual” is being used as if it is a “primitive” behavior, even though it indicates the existence of thought processes.
The Real Science
The article winds up illustrating very little indeed in the way of actual science. The whole fuzzy word analysis (FWA) has revealed only 3 short paragraphs of genuine information.
The fact of wrong or false presupposition is seen in the face of the homo naledi illustrated in the article. There is something vaguely human about the ape-like face. It is caused by the fact that whites of the eyes are shown. Apes do not have whites in their eyes. Yet, without warrant, the photo shows an intelligence behind the eyes of the “ape-man” – even though the original skeleton shows no sign of the creatures’ eyes.
By studying how I have gone about editing this document, we hope that the whole business of “fuzzy word analysis” will become second nature to you.
The raw article is on the first 2 pages of the pdf.
There will be a special book signing at the Creation Center on Saturday October 3rd 2015. Click for details.
With the publication of my new book, Where Birds Eat Horses: the Language of Evolution, you might be interested to read what other people are saying about the book.
Dr. Jerry Bergman, Speaker, Researcher and Author of many books, including “Slaughter of the Dissidents”: “The goal of the workbook is to help students and others think critically about the claims made for Darwinism. In short, Paul Taylor succeeds wonderfully in achieving this important goal. After discussing the basic common fallacies of thinking used by evolutionists in their writing, numerous examples from the evolutionary literature are presented that effectively illustrate these fallacies. First, some actual examples were given that were highlighted to give the student practice in applying the concepts reviewed in the first part of the book, then examples that students can do on their own, or in a group, were provided. Once these keys to critical thinking are pointed out, and the student is given some examples to practices, the student should be able to use these tools to critically evaluate literature intended to persuade readers of the validity of Darwinism.”
Carl Gallups, Pastor and Best-selling author of “Final Warning”: “Paul Taylor's WHERE BIRDS EAT HORSES engrosses the reader from the very first page. His brilliant explanation concerning ‘fuzzy’ words and ‘magic’ words are a real game changer in the analysis of the plethora of pseudoscientific declarations of evolution-speak with which we are continually pummeled. Paul has penned yet another stellar defense of the biblical account of creation. You must have this book!”
Ray Comfort, Evangelist, Author and CEO/Founder of Living Waters Ministries “Darwinian evolution is unscientific, unobservable, unbelievable, but understandable in a world that hates God. Paul Taylor is uniquely gifted with insight into this groundless and godless philosophy. May God use this book to equip millions.”
Carl Kerby, international speaker, President and Founder of Reasons for Hope. “Paul Taylor understands the importance of critical thinking! In a time when so many young people raised in the church are dropping by the wayside there is a great need for practical, straight forward teaching on applying our faith in a world that no longer believes in truth. Paul’s book, ‘Where Birds Eat Horses,’ is one of those tools! The chapter on ‘Fuzzy Word Analysis’ alone is vitally important. Every parent and youth should be trained in ‘HOW’ to think, not ‘WHAT’ to think! My prayer is that the Lord will use ‘Where Birds Eat Horses’ to train many to do just that. To God be the glory.”
Jay Seegert, Author and Managing Director of the Creation Education Center. “Paul Taylor has done the creation community a service by providing a book that not only draws attention to a common problem with evolutionary literature, but has also taken it a step further in helping the layperson to spot these errors as well. In a society enamored with and too often intimidated by science, we frequently blindly accept everything in print when it comes from a scientific source. With wit and wisdom, Paul helps cut through the fog and exposes the “just so stories” that are too pervasive in education today. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to be better positioned to spot error and defend their faith.”
Every couple of months someone identified with conservative evangelicalism feels it is their duty to exercise their theological machismo by deliberately contradicting the plain reading for Genesis 1. Today, it has been the turn of Justin Taylor, of The Gospel Coalition. In an article entitled “Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods”1, he claims that the text does not actually describe the creation days as literal 24-hour days.
Justin Taylor is determined directly to contradict what people like me say about Genesis 1.
Contrary to what is often implied or claimed by young-earth creationists, the Bible nowhere directly teaches the age of the earth.
Now, I have explained before why I am not a fan of the term “young-earth creationist”, because I can only be described as a young-earther by contrasting my views with an unbiblical deep-time worldview2. I consider the term “young-earther” to belong to an incorrect presupposition. Therefore, you would expect me, as a biblical presuppositionalist, to take the position that the Bible does indeed directly teach that the creation days were literal 24-hour days. The issue is actually one of hermeneutics – and, in particular, not interpreting one passage of Scripture so that it would contradict another. My book, The Six Days of Genesis3, contains more information on this subject, but, in brief, we should look at how the Hebrew word for day – yom – is used. In fact, yom is very similar in use to the English word, and it can mean a 24-hour period, or the hours of daylight, or a period of time. The context of the word tells us clearly what it means in each place. And of the 2,301 occasions in which the word yom appears in the Old Testament, it is only in Genesis 1 that people have any problem with what it actually means. So, it is worth looking at how the word yom is used elsewhere in the Old Testament.
For example, have you read Numbers 7 recently? It is one of those boring sections that you would rather skip over in your Bible reading plan, forgetting what 2 Timothy 3:16 says! Well, in Numbers 7, the tribes of Israel bring their gifts for the Tabernacle to Moses. In Numbers 7:12, we read that the tribe of Judah brought their offering on the first day. On the second day, the tribe of Issachar came (Numbers 7:18. Zebulun brought their offering on the third day (Numbers 7:24). Since a day with the Lord is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8), was poor old Moses sat there for 12,000 years, waiting for these offerings? Of course not! These were 12 literal 24-hour days. And the grammar of Numbers 7 is identical to that of Genesis 1. In fact, outside of Genesis 1, there is not a single example of the word yom being used with a number, where it does not mean a 24 hour day4. So, there is no reason to interpret Genesis 1 in any other way than to state that it refers to 24-hour days.
In his article, Justin Taylor claims five reasons for saying that the Genesis text does not require actual 24-hour days. I will now use his headings, and answer each point.
Genesis 1:1 describes the actual act of creation out of nothing and is not a title or a summary
The reason for this distinction is so that he can claim that the creation of the universe out of nothing was not part of the biblical six days of creation. Justin Taylor rightly points out that the phrase “heaven and earth” is a merism – i.e. a figure of speech, referencing totality, and in this case referring to the universe as a whole. (English examples of merisms include “I searched high and low”, which, if you lived in a house with three floors, would not imply that you didn't search the middle floor). However, the fact that “heaven and earth” refers merismically to the universe does not help his case. He brushes off the fact that Exodus 20:11 makes clear that God's creation of the heavens and earth took place within the six days of creation. Moreover, he attempts to use Joel 3:15-16 to claim that the heavens “encompasses the sun, the moon, and the stars”. On the contrary – it is the merism “heavens and earth” which includes the sun, moon and stars, but this does not imply that those bodies existed in Genesis 1:1, because that chapter is about incomplete creation. God made the universe in stages, so that He could set the weekly pattern for us to use.
Justin Taylor uses a table to illustrate the well-used formula that there is a parallel in the six days of creation, showing that these cannot be real days. He links day 1 with day 4, day 2 with day 5 and day 3 with day 6. However, this linkage is not perfect. For example, God made the firmament of space, and stretched it out, between the waters above and below, on day 2, so this should be a parallel to day 4, cutting across this neat hypothesis.
The Earth, darkness, and water are created before “the First Day”
This is a corollary of the first point. So, if the first point does not apply, then neither does this. We have seen, above, that the creation of the heavens and the earth must have occurred within the six days of the creation week.
Justin Taylor wants to make much of the two Hebrew words bara (create – implying ex nihilo creation) and asah (make – implying something being formed out of pre-existing materials). But this is a false dichotomy. For example, there are several verses in the Bible which use asah, yet clearly refer to God's creation of the Universe ex nihilo (out of nothing). See Exodus 31:17, 2 Kings 19:15, 2 Chronicles 2:12, and Isaiah 37:16.
The Seventh “Day” is not 24 hours long
Justin Taylor uses the familiar claim that God is still in his “Sabbath-rest”. This is not the case. He argues that, for us to “enter into His rest”, then His rest must still be continuing (Psalm 95:11). However, that is not what Psalm 95 is implying, and it requires a considerable eisegesis to force the Scripture to say this. A normal reading of Genesis would suggest that God was setting the pattern for the regular weekly cycle, in Genesis 1, and that there must surely have been a Day 8, Day 9 and so on. Indeed, James Ussher showed that, if the events of Genesis 3 occurred on Day 10, then this would correspond to Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement!
The “Day” of Genesis 2:4 cannot be 24-hours long
Justin Taylor is correct on this point. But the day of Genesis 2:4 clearly refers to a period of time, by context, because it does not have a number with it.
It is at this point that Justin Taylor suggests Hosea 6:2 as an example of a numbered day that was not literal. Let's quote this verse, so that we can examine it.
After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
Justin Taylor has already acknowledged one Hebrew idiom – the merism. He now needs to notice another; the X / X + 1 construction frequently used as an indicator of inexactitude. Thus, in Hosea 6:2, the phase as a whole refers to a vague number of days, but only makes sense, because we know the exact 24-hour meaning of the word day, in the context of a number. Although this idiom may be unfamiliar to us, I would suggest that we use a remarkably similar construction in English. For example, if I am going on a short vacation, I might say “I will be gone for 2 or 3 days”. You would not necessarily call me a liar, if I actually stayed away for 5 days. The phrase “2 or 3 days” is vague, whereas neither “2 days” nor “3 days” are vague expressions. This construction does not just apply to days. I have 6 or 7 pens in my laptop case! How many pens do I have? If you opened up my case and found 9 pens, would you say that I had lied? The Bible uses similar formulae to Hosea 6:2 in other places. See, for example, Job 5:19, Proverbs 6:16, Proverbs 30:15, and Amos 1:3.
The explanation of Genesis 2:5-7 assumes more than an ordinary calendar day
It is not necessary to spend much time refuting this, as we have already seen that Genesis 2:4 does not have to refer to an ordinary day. Justin Taylor's problem is that he assumes that the passage refers to a continuous sequence of events; i.e. there is no wild vegetation, because there is no rain, therefore God sent rain clouds. It is not necessary to read this sequence into the passage. He should concede that it makes at least equally good sense to assume that the passage is simply referring to the totality of God's creation. The other refutations of his ideas that we have given should stand alongside our interpretation of this passage. Even if we were to concede that his reading is a possible interpretation of Genesis 2:5-7 in isolation, it cannot stand alongside a plain reading of Genesis 1.
Justin Taylor began his article, and also finished it, with comments stating that great theologians of the past, did not hold to literal 24-hour days. This line of reasoning is, of course, fallacious, as it constitutes an argument from authority. Even if I accepted as true every other word that these scholars wrote, that does not mean that I have to acquiesce to their views on the days of creation, especially if the Bible clearly means something different from what the theologians say. In this matter, as in all matters, our most important plumbline is the word of God, and it is against that, and not against the words of theologians, however eminent, that we weigh our case.
When Exodus 20:11 reminds us that God made the heavens and the earth in six days, it is in the context of God giving a reason for His Commandments – the Law. It is only by the Law, says the apostle Paul, that we can understand sin, and that we are sinners. Therefore, it is only by the death and resurrection of the One who came to fulfill the Law that we can be saved. It is not an exaggeration to say that Exodus 20 shows that, if the six days were not literal days, then the Commandments cannot be literal either, for why would God expect literal adherence to the Law, if it is based on a non-literal timescale. So, if the Commandments are non-literal then they are not Commandments – they are merely Ten Suggestions. And if they are Suggestions, then it cannot matter if we re-interpret them to suit ourselves. So the breaking of these Suggestions cannot be classed as sin, so we are not sinners, and we do not need a Savior. And you thought this was just a minor argument about 24-hour days. It isn't. It is about the Gospel. A writer for The Gospel Coalition ought to know that.
1 Taylor, J. (2015),Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods, < http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/01/28/biblical-reasons-to-doubt-the-creation-days-were-24-hour-periods/ >, accessed 1/28/2015
2 Taylor, P.F. (2014), Not a Young-Earther, < http://justsixdays.com/j6db3/2014/02/not-a-young-earther/ >
3 Taylor, P.F. (2007), The Six Days of Genesis, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books)
4 Justin Taylor claims he has an example in his article, from Hosea. We will examine this shortly.
Tony Breeden, a pastor, creation speaker and author, developed the idea of Creation Sundays a couple of years ago, in response to the Evolution Sundays. Evolution Sundays, which fall on the nearest Sunday to Darwin's birthday (February 12th), were devised by the atheist Michael Zimmerman, with his infamous Clergy Letter Project, whereby he got signatures from well-known clergy, supporting the syncretism of Christianity with evolutionism. Tony decided that we could and should celebrate that Sunday, but that we could use it to explain to our congregations why they can trust the biblical account of creation. Accordingly, the Mount St Helens Creation Center will be organizing a Creation Sunday event, and are encouraging churches to do likewise. To see how your church can take part, read on…
So how exactly does one celebrate a Creation Sunday?
It’s not as difficult as you might think. You don’t have to invite a special speaker, though you certainly can. You don’t have to put on an elaborate presentation.
All that’s required is a willingness to dedicate a service to the doctrine of Creation. If we’re honest, most churches do something like this at least 3 to 4 times a year. At Christmas, we dedicate a service to the Incarnation. On Good Friday and Easter, we dedicate a service to celebrate the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. Many churches have a Gideon Sunday, where the emphasis is on missions. Most houses of worship in the United States focus on patriotism and our nation’s Christian heritage around Independence Day.
There are several areas where you can tweak your regular service to create a Creation Sunday celebration.
1. Scripture Reading. Many Christian traditions regularly incorporate Scripture readings into worship services. Some of these are responsive readings, where a worship leader reads one verse and the congregation reads the next in response. Some recommended Scriptures are:
1 Corinthians 15:19-26, 45
2. These Scriptures could also be included in your church programs/bulletins.
3. Music. Many of the church’s hymns are expressions of worship of the Creator God. Some recommended selections include:
All Creatures of Our God and King
Fairest Lord Jesus
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!
How Great Thou Art
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Morning Has Broken
My God is There Controlling
Our God is an Awesome God [by Rich Mullins]
This Is My Father’s World
We Sing the Greatness of Our God
4. A Sermon upon the Topic of God’s Creation. The Bible is our Authority! Any one of the Scripture texts provided above should provide ample fodder for a stirring message affirming God’s Creation. There are a lot of good ideas to incorporate at http://creationsciencemessages.org/. You might also find our Fact Sheets helpful!
Some of the points you will want to make are:
We do not follow cleverly devised fables, but rather the revealed Word of God. [2 Peter 1:16-21]
The Genesis record describes a literal 6-day Creation, as affirmed by the 4th commandment. [Exodus 20:11]
The Bible states that the Creator God is evident through His Creation [Psalm 19:1-6] , so that the world is without excuse [Romans 1:16-25].
The belief that the Earth and universe are billions of years old and man’s existence represents only the tiniest tail-end of that history contradicts Christ Jesus’ affirmation that God created man, male and female, “from the beginning.” [Matt 19:4; Mark 10:6]
The belief that Man is the product of evolution, an endless cycle of death and mutation, contradicts the Biblical standpoint that death is the wages [deserved earnings] of sin, that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” and that, rather than being a natural part of existence, Death is the Last Enemy which shall be destroyed [Rom.5:12; also 1 Cor. 15:22 & 15:26].
Doubting the historicity of the Fall [Genesis 3] undermines the foundational basis of the Gospel, for if the literal First Adam did not literally Fall there is no need for literal sin debt to be paid by a literal Savior. [1 Cor 15:45]
To call a literal Adam and Fall into question is to call into question Our Blessed Hope, for the Apostle Paul, in the quintessential chapter on the subject, stated, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” [1 Cor 15:21-22]
We will be bringing forth more information on how to prepare a Creation sermon in the very near future!
5. Show a Creation DVD. Answers magazine suggests “a church might show a DVD on the relevance of Genesis during the morning church service while the children watch a DVD on dinosaurs during the Sunday school hour. For an evening service, churches might show DVDs on dinosaurs and the origin of races. Participants then have an opportunity to discuss what they saw. At the same time, the church can make other resources available and show what’s available in the church library.” [Answers magazine. Jan-Mar. 2009, p.14]
6. Invite a Creation Speaker. While any preacher with unction and a willingness to study up on the subject of Creation can deliver a Creation sermon, you may also want to consider a Creation speaker. A Creation speaker can offer presentations that capture the congregations attention and explore the scientific side of the Creation/Evolution debate, which is an awesome complement to a Biblical argument for Creation! This might also provide your church with a creation evangelism outreach opportunity, especially if you decide to hold a weekend Creation Conference!
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Better Christian leaders than I have their end of year messages planned well in advance. Many have probably been edited before December 1st. Me? It's December 31st, and I thought I ought to get something out! So I will probably miss a lot – but what you get is genuine, even down to the typos.
One year ago today, where was I? My family and I were in Pensacola. I was working with an established Christian ministry. We had just moved into a new house. I had no knowledge that things were about to be radically different.
Within a month, a financial crisis had meant that I was out, seeking my own support for my family, with no regular income. God was good. Bookings did not pour in, but sufficient bookings emerged to keep the wolf from the door. I made some lovely new contacts. And during the first half of the year, iit turned out that I was needed to preach regularly at the church we were part of.
Early in the year, we experienced the worst ever storm I have ever seen, when over a month's worth of rain fell in 12 hours overnight. Although we were not badly effected, large areas of the city were declared a disaster zone. Geri joined the efforts of a Christian relief organization, bringing help to devastated families and communities.
As the year matured, we heard of the need for ministry here in the Pacific North West. The little ministry at the foot of Mount St Helens needed a transition, because the ministry's founders badly needed to retire.
So, to cut a long story short, in September, with all our boxes packed into a Penske truck, we made the 6-day epic journey, driving across the United States, from Florida to Washington State. Now we are living and ministering in a new community, with lots of new friends and supporters across the PNW.
The past 12 months have seen lots of events significant to our family and ministry. The Noah film produced a renewed interest in my book “Don't Miss the Boat”, and Kent-Andrew Hovind produced the DVD of my talk of the same title. My older 3 children – Gemma, Adam and Jack – came over from the UK to stay – an event which proved a spiritual turning point for at least one of them. My stepdaughter, Beth, got engaged to Josh. And the new ministry appointment was not just for me – it was a joint appointment for Geri and I, and Geri threw herself into the ministry wholeheartedly and effectively. One notable indication of this was Geri and Beth's planning and execution of a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend event at the Mount St Helens Creation Center. It was also great fun to sit in the stands at the local school, and watch my stepson, Joe, play his first game of American Football.
I love the scene, as I look out of the French windows of the little ministry house where we now live. It was through these windows, last Sunday, that Geri saw her first herd of elk, traveling across the valley. This morning, the frost leaves the air crystal clear, so that I can see the snow-capped volcano about 30 miles away. As the sun emerges over the mountains, and reflects off the swamp, I see the beauty of the scenery and know that He is good, and has great plans for us. I do not know what these plans are, but we are ready and willing to do His will, and part of His reward is to place us here in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.
One of the most unusual events, celebrated at Christmastime, is the account of the Christmas Star. This is mentioned in Matthew 2. But what was the event all about? It seemed to involve a star, and a group of Wise Men or Astrologers from the East. What an unusual mix? What can we make of it?
Paul Taylor discusses these issues in a special Christmas talk.
Material for the production of the content of this video owes a great deal to:
Lisle, Jason, “What was the Christmas Star?” in Ham, K. (ed. 2008), The New Answers Book 2, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp179-184
Fruchtenbaum, A. (1998), Messianic Christology, (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries), pp142-145