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News & Blog page 22 (latest)
ICC Report and Fossils & the Flood Review9 November, 2023
Paul has written a report on the 9th International Conference on Creationism for October’s edition of Evangelical Times. It’s a very helpful summary of this significant event, which took place in Ohio in July, including some of the research presented. You can read it using this link: A creationist conference like no other!
Meanwhile, Paul’s book Fossils and the Flood has again been favourably reviewed, this time by Dr Jim Gibson of the Geoscience Research Institute. Read the review here on the GRI website. Copies of the book can be ordered from " Is Genesis History? (USA), 10ofthose (UK) or Logos Insituut (Netherlands).
‘Word on the Wash’9 November, 2023
Stephen Lloyd speaking at ‘Word on the Wash’.
At the end of September, Stephen Lloyd was one of the speakers at ‘Word on the Wash’, an annual one day Bible conference in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Nearly 60 people, including local church leaders, attended his seminar on the question, ‘Adam or death: which came first?’ in which he described two contrasting stories of earth history and their theological, pastoral and apologetic implications. (See how to order his booklet of the same title here.)
As well as supporting Stephen with a resource table at ‘Word on the Wash’, Matthew Pickhaver visited Brandon Baptist Church, Norfolk, in mid-September too. Besides preaching, he gave a BCT update and talk for the children, who were looking at the days of creation in their Sunday school.
Geoscience in Germany9 November, 2023
A photo showing Paul Garner at the cross-bedded Permian sandstone.
In September Paul Garner took part in this year’s Wort und Wissen geoscience meeting held at Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg in the Rhineland, Germany. His talk reviewed major developments in creationist research since the publication of his first book, The New Creationism. There were other talks about rapid geological processes, canyon formation, radiocarbon dating and subglacial flooding. Field excursions included visits to a gemstone mine, a superb fossil museum and various rock outcrops in the region (such as the cross-bedded Permian sandstone seen above)!
Watford and Great Ellingham9 November, 2023
A photo showing a fossil-filled rock sample.
During August, Matthew Pickhaver gave ministry updates at a midweek meeting of Grace Baptist North Watford - where he also spoke about why we should read Genesis 1–11 as history - and at Great Ellingham Baptist, Norfolk. There he led two Sunday services, in the morning speaking to children of the long lifespans in Genesis 5 and preaching about Enoch, then in the evening from 2 Peter 3. Use the links to watch these on the church’s YouTube channel. One couple even brought along a large fossil-filled rock sample they had found, for analysis afterwards!
Student Summer School Success9 November, 2023
Paul Garner on 'How old is the earth and how can we know?’
Paul Garner and Stephen Lloyd again participated alongside several other speakers in this year’s Truth in Science Student Summer School. Over 100 young people attended. Paul gave a talk entitled ‘How old is the earth and how can we know?’, while Stephen spoke on ‘Asking the right questions’.
Stephen speaking at the Summer School on ‘Asking the right questions’.
Together they also led a seminar about ‘Being insurgents in a hostile academic setting’. Please pray that these young people will be enabled to honour God in their academic studies and that the Lord will raise up leaders from among them.
A photo showing the participants at the Summer School.
BCT goes Stateside!9 November, 2023
Paul Garner on stage at the 9th International Conference on Creationism.
In the summer Paul Garner and Stephen Lloyd were in the USA for a packed schedule of exciting events and ministry opportunities. On 15 July, they attended Origins 2023 at Cedarville University, Ohio, where the 9th International Conference on Creationism followed from 16th to 19th. There Paul appeared on a discussion panel (pictured above) about Flood boundaries in the geological column and co-presented two papers: on order in the fossil record and radioisotope ages. You can read a useful summary of the ICC from our friends at the ‘New Creation’ blog here .
From there Paul and Stephen headed to St. Louis, Missouri where they spoke at services and a series of meetings at Covenant Presbyterian Church and Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church, covering Flood theology and geology, the age of the earth, ‘Adam, apes & ancestors’, scientific evidence for creation and why the origins debate matters. Guests of the Missouri Association of Creation, there was also time for a field trip to the Mastodon State Historic Site.
Stephen Lloyd speaking in Missouri during the US trip.
Prior to these events, Paul spent a week with his podcast co-host Dr Todd Wood at Core Academy of Science in Dayton, Tennessee, where the town was holding its annual festival commemorating the Scopes ‘Monkey’ Trial of July 1925. They also visited the Great Smoky Mountains to explore the geology.
Flood Heat Problem Latest17 July, 2023
Our associate researcher Dr Bill Worraker has had another paper published investigating the huge amount of heat likely generated by processes involved in the Flood. Appearing in the open-access Answers Research Journal, this fourth study focuses on Flood and post-Flood magmatic activity. Read the article here.
Fossils and the Flood: Glad News, Sad News17 July, 2023
All 800 copies of the first print run of the Dutch translation of Paul’s book have already sold! A second batch of 800 has been printed while the English edition continues to sell well too. You can still order one from 10ofthose (UK): here, or ‘Is Genesis History?’ (USA): here.
We have just learned that Jeanne Elizabeth, the remarkable artist behind the book’s beautiful watercolour illustrations, has gone to be with the Lord. After her move to the West Country Paul had the opportunity to visit Jeanne last year when despite declining health she was typically indomitable! See again the interview they recorded on that occasion here.
Flood Talks at King’s Lynn (and other recent meetings)17 July, 2023
Matthew Pickhaver’s ammonite.
In May King’s Lynn Evangelical Church in Norfolk hosted Matthew Pickhaver for another Genesis-themed weekend. On Saturday he gave a two-part presentation asking ‘Was there really a worldwide flood?’ Then on Sunday he led the morning worship service, including a BCT update, a children’s talk using an ammonite fossil and a sermon from Genesis 5 about the ‘walker who took a short cut’!
Paul Garner has also led a Sunday afternoon worship service at Barton Mills Baptist Church in Suffolk. As well as sharing briefly about the work of BCT, he preached from Romans 8 about the groaning and redemption of creation. He showed how this passage helps us explain the natural evils we see in the world, and points us towards the hope of a new heaven and earth and the redemption of our own bodies.
Meanwhile ‘Life in God’s Universe’ was the title of a sermon based on Proverbs 10 that Stephen Lloyd preached in his regular Sunday ministry at Hope Church Gravesend. With the main message beginning at 35:50, watch the service on YouTube here or listen on audio onlyhere.
New Book about TE reviewed in ET17 July, 2023
A Biblical Case Against Theistic Evolution, edited by Wayne Grudem.
Matthew Pickhaver’s review of A Biblical Case Against Theistic Evolution by Wayne Grudem and others, published by Crossway, has appeared in May’s edition of Evangelical Times. With a free online subscription, you can read the review on the newspaper’s website here.
The Flood for Friston Youth13 July, 2023
On 1 April Matthew Pickhaver spoke at a youth event organised by Friston Baptist Church in Suffolk. The evening began with a quiz based on Genesis chapters 6 to 9, during which the young people present showed a good knowledge of the Flood account.
Matthew then showcased various evidences for it in the world around us such as global patterns of sedimentary rock, rapidly-buried fossils and widespread flood legends. Finally he looked at its significance in the Bible’s timeline and gospel application.
There was an enthusiastic response with discussion continuing over refreshments. Further questions were asked about how Noah knew God, what the ark ‘kinds’ were like and the importance of reading Genesis as history.
Genesis and the Cross13 July, 2023
One Sunday morning recently Stephen Lloyd spoke about the finished work of Jesus on the cross. This was part of a series on the later chapters of John in his regular ministry at Hope Church Gravesend. At one point he explains the importance of our creation ministry in this way: "It’s about the cross. It’s about the gospel. It’s about why Jesus had to die. That is why it matters…If Jesus’s death is a payment for sin then death can’t have been part of creation from the beginning. It only makes sense to say Jesus’s death is a payment for sin if death has come in as a curse on Adam’s sin…John ties the cross and Genesis together." You can see the whole message (from 36:20 to 1:13:45) here or an audio only version of the sermon can be heard here.
Paul at Pershore13 July, 2023
In February Paul spoke about Noah’s ark at a meeting organised by Pershore Evangelical Church. He began by considering what the Bible says about the flood, and then gave a history of how Christians have thought about the ark down through the ages, from the time of the Church Fathers on. Then he tackled some of the questions sceptics like to raise, including: Could the ark accommodate all the animals? How were the animals cared for? Are wooden vessels of ark size even possible? And is there evidence outside the Bible of a worldwide flood? Attendance was encouraging and he had some good conversations afterwards.
New ‘Let's Talk Creation’ Website13 July, 2023
Paul and Todd’s ‘Let’s Talk Creation’ podcast now has its own website! With the tagline ‘Learn, Grow and Worship’, you will find there an archive of past episodes, show notes, more information about your hosts, how to support the show and even some podcast merchandise! Go here.