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Risen without a Doubt

Celebrate Easter at Mount St Helens

Please take the time to come to Creation Center, and watch some of this amazing video series on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each showing will last about 1 hour 15 minutes, including and questions afterwards. The video is a discussion between Eric Hovind and Tim Chaffey, and is in 6 parts; we will watch two of them.

The showings start at 6pm – Sunday April 14th and Sunday April 21st (Easter) 2019.

Click on the image to watch the trailer.

Center Volunteers

Being a volunteer at the Creation Center is fun! You get to meet interesting visitors, and have time to chat, as well as find out more for yourself about how creation and apologetics. You do not need to be an expert on the subjects of creation or the Bible. You just need to be able to point people to where our exhibits are.

Would you be able to help?

When I am taking groups on an excursion to the volcano, I have to close the Center for the day, unless I have a volunteer to look after it. Please consider volunteering, to help out. You will be shown how to operate the Point of Sale equipment, and also the Audio Visual equipment – and both of these tasks are easy.

If you think you could help out, please fill in the form below, and we will get back to you with some dates that we need to fill.

Volunteer Form

 

New Season Appeal 2019

Mount St Helens from I-5



The new season for 2019 will be beginning soon. Already, we are taking bookings for excursions for the Summer. And, as often happens for ministries of our sort, the coffers are depleted from the long winter months when we get few visitors. So we are launching a special New Season Appeal, and asking that you will prayerfully consider helping us to meet these exciting new season goals.

For the new season, we are hoping to have a number of special things in place. Check out the gallery, and the descriptions below for details of what we are hoping to achieve.

Building Signs

The outside of our building looks so good, now that it has been painted. However, it now needs professional looking signs, that can easily be seen from the street. These are likely to cost about $3,000.

Presentation Area

The presentation area needs a partition sheet-rocking to the ceiling. Have a look at our gallery, so you can see what I mean. Then we need a large, permanent screen, and the projection equipment must be properly installed. Cost – about $500.

Displays

New displays cost money. It costs about $300 to get a museum standard display of four boards produced. Then we need new display stands, to show the displays off effectively. These cost about $500 each, and we probably need two.

Audio Features

I have been developing two audio displays. To complete these – one of which I built from a Raspberry Pi computer kit – will cost about $200 in parts.

Human Resources

Obviously, the most expensive cost for this Center is the human resource aspect. The only person who gets paid is the Director. Please help make sure that there are enough funds to pay him for the next couple of months.

Conclusion

So, you can see that we are likely to need a boost for the Center of about $10,000. Thank you for all your prayerful support in the past. Please pray that we can achieve this goal. Any funds collected through this appeal will go into our General Fund, and I will report back on how your gifts have been spent for each of the items mentioned above. Please use the special Giving Button above or click here for the special donations page.

 

A Great New Look!

New look for the Creation Center

If you drive into Castle Rock, to see our Creation Center, you will not fail to notice that we have had a facelift! The Creation Center now has a beautiful new paint job.

The exterior walls of the building have been repaired, sealed, and painted in a lovely color, called Serious Gray. I think you will agree that, with the brick red detail work, it looks stunning.

Castle Rock has a fine, picturesque downtown area, and many of the other buildings have been painted and repaired in the last two years. Hopefully, the new look for the Creation Center will enhance the appearance of Downtown Castle Rock, as the Council and the Chamber of Commerce seek to attract more visitors.

Creation Center
Long morning shadows with the new look Creation Center.

Opening Ceremony

Creation Center Opening

When we were able to get access to our current building, in 2017, the tourist season was already underway, and with all the necessary plans, we did not really get chance to stop and consider a proper Opening Ceremony. This year, we wanted to correct that. So, Saturday March 26th 2018 was our Opening Ceremony.

As many of you know, this ministry was begun by Lloyd and Doris Anderson, who used the name “7 Wonders Museum” for the center that they operated at their former house, in Silverlake, Washington. Lloyd and Doris did us the very great honor of performing the Opening Ceremony, by cutting the ribbon, and praying for the Center. After the ribbon cutting, everyone piled into the Center, and both Lloyd and Doris spoke at more length about their time operating the ministry. Geri and I were able to present Lloyd and Doris with flowers, and an inscribed clock, and also with a celebratory plaque, which is now displayed in the Center. Then, I was able to share a few words about the future of the ministry.

Finally, light refreshments were served, and ,any people stayed for quite a long while, chatting, and reminiscing. It was a most enjoyable day, as you will see from the photographs in this gallery below.

Updating Privacy Policy

At present, we have very few clients domiciled in the EU. Of these, all but one are in the UK, which will cease to be part of the EU in 2019. However, it is possible and likely that we will have others on our mailing lists eventually in the EU, so our website and organization are moving to ensure compliance with the terms of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Until our new privacy policy is in place, this temporary notice should reassure you that your personal information is used only for our records, and to ensure our tax compliance. No personal information is ever given to anyone else, without your direct, unambiguous permission to do so.

This statement of intent is given without prejudice, and remains in force until the board and leadership of the MSHCC are able to put an approved privacy policy in place.

Paul Taylor
Director

Rumblings at the Volcano

Bean Creek

I have had a number of inquiries to the Center in the last several days, asking about reports of rumblings at Mount St Helens. A little research shows that there have indeed been a number of earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St Helens, since the start of 2018. Those earthquakes – one of which reached magnitude 3.9 – are focused on the Bean Creek valley – a tributary of Smith Creek, which, in turn, flows south to join Muddy River, and hence drains into the Lewis River basin. To view a larger version of the map, please click on the small map.

There have, of course, been rumblings before, in recent years. There were a number of tremors in 2016. Magnitude 3.9 is fairly substantial. It is possible for an earthquake that size to cause a little damage, and it could certainly be felt. However, Bean Creek happens to be in a remote area of the Gifford National Forest.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network report that this cluster of tremors is due to local fault lines in and around Bean Creek, and is not associated with magma under Mount St Helens. It follows that these events are not likely to be linked to a possible forthcoming eruption of the volcano.

Nevertheless, it must always be remembered that Mount St Helens is the most active volcano in the contiguous 48 states. There is always a danger of further eruptions. An eruption on the scale of that of 2004 is not unlikely, though we probably do not expect something as violent as the 1980 eruption.

Alien Intrusion Movie

Alien Intrusion banner

In the space of the last 12 months, three creation-based movies have been seen as one-off events at movie theaters, distributed by the theater event company, Fathom Events. The first was Is Genesis History – a documentary compiled by Del Tacket, and featuring creation scientists such as Andrew Snelling, Robert Carter, and Danny Faulkner. The there was Genesis: Paradise Lost, which was created by my friends Eric Hovind and Ralph Strean, with a galaxy of creationist stars such as Ken Ham, Charles Jackson, Andrew Fabich, Bodie Hodge, David Menton, Georgia Purdom, and many more.

Now there was Alien Intrusion, which was a bit different. I went to see this at the movie theater on Thursday January 11th 2018. Based on the book by Gary Bates, this movie follows Bates, as he describes his research into the phenomenon of alien visitation and abduction. Most such phenomena can be explained by naturalistic means, but there is a minority of such experiences where there is clearly something real that has happened to the experiencers, that has affected their lives. In most cases, these people want the experiences to stop, and are left depressed and anxious by them. Bates analyzes these more realistic phenomena from a biblical perspective and comes up with an explanation which is at once startling, but, in my opinion, convincing. I think you need to read the book or watch the movie to get the explanation.

The movie included several other experts, as well as some fascinating personal testimonies. There was also some excellent film sequences, to accompany the argument. The topic is difficult for some Christians to accept, but I suggest it is an important topic, and am pleased that the movie worked so well.

Are there any negatives? Just two small negatives. The first is really not the fault of Bates or his ministry (CMI). The other two films that I mentioned were screened at my local theater in Kelso, WA. But the number of theaters being used for Alien was much less, and I had to drive for an hour to the state capital, Olympia. This also led to small audiences. The theater auditorium that I was in had just 12 people in it, compared to a full auditorium for both the other movies. The second is that the movie did not start with a solid biblical presupposition. Indeed, one of the participants early in the movie started by mentioning the “Law of Causality”, but was really quoting the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I have explained in my book, Only Believe, why I believe we should not use the KCA.

These negatives are minor, compared to the importance of the subject. I was glad that I had watched it, and I will definitely be wanting to get hold of the movie for screening in our Creation Center, if I am able.

Genesis: Paradise Lost

Our friends at Creation Today and SevenFold Films have now got a release date for the wonderful 3D film, Genesis: Paradise Lost.

Here at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, we are so excited to be able to endorse this film, and to recommend that you go to see it. On November 13th, at a movie theater near you, you will be able to go and watch it in normal vision, or in 3D.

Just watch the trailer, and you will be as excited as we are!