Dr. Jason Lisle Conference

When Eli was 4, Kris and I needed to keep him occupied while we packed our house up ahead of a move… so I found a video by Answers in Genesis and put it on. Eli discovered an interest in the solar system. He liked it.

A lot.

For the next several years he studied the planets.

Made drawings of planets

Created the asteroid belt…

Made the solar system out of balls…

Made the solar system out of dinosaurs…

Represented it with Legos…

Another Lego Solar System…

Drew Orbits.

His interest in astronomy has not waned so we were excited when we found out Dr. Jason Lisle was coming to our church for a conference. It was held last Friday/Saturday and one of the best conferences I’ve attended.

Dr. Lisle is a Christian astrophysicist. Has held positions at Answers in Genesis, Institute for Creation Research (ICR), and now the Biblical Science Institute. One of my favorite papers by him is about the Anisotropic Synchrony Convention and I’ve enjoyed his debate with Hugh Ross and read a number of Jason Lisle’s Books over the years.

His sessions covered a foundation on Genesis, Astronomy, Science, Fractals, and a few Q&A sessions (he answered Kris’s questions about the multiverse and Kuiper Belt). The conference was recorded so if you’re interested you can watch it below:

Eli’s second love is math, so his favorite part was the session on how God thinks about numbers, which spent a good deal on fractals on Day 2.

Earlier this year while attending a home school curriculum conference I was reminded that there is no subject that can be taught from a neutral perspective. You are either for God or against God. Even math. You can either teach it from a secular perspective which is to ignore God and avoid the question of where math comes from or perhaps try to come up with some explanation about why math exists and even works; or you can teach it from the worldview that that all things including abstract things like math are created by God and therefore have beauty and reflect His nature. By studying math we are discovering what God thinks about numbers and would therefore expect to find beauty in numbers. There is no neutral position. Dr. Lisle’s presentation made this more apparent.


“I was merely thinking God’s thoughts after him.” – Johannes Kepler

Genesis and the State of the Culture

Kris and I finished watching the Genesis and the State of the Culture speech that Ken Ham and Dr. Georgia Purdom gave at the University of Central Oklahoma.

A Battle of FoundationsTo give some context, the LGBT group at UCO tried to stop Ken Ham from giving this speech.  At some point the student body that invited him was pressured into revoking the invitation [1].   Later Ham was re-invited by UCO President Don Betz.

This is a well done overview of what Christians believe and why it is reasonable.   Ken ham gets to the heart of the issue which is foundational and shows how making your foundation God’s Word or Naturalism affects ones beliefs on race, gender, abortion, etc.   After Ham’s presentation, Dr. Purdom makes the distinction between Natural Selection and Evolution (this is an important difference that even my University professors were not all aware of) and gives several examples of how Evolutionists do not have a mechanism to generate novel traits which is necessary for molecules to man Evolution.

I highly recommend watching it:

“So, one of the things I am saying to you is from a biblical perspective we’ve got the answer to racism.  We’re all descended from one man.  We’re all equal before God.  We’re all sinners.  So we should be treating each other as people who are all family.”

— Ken Ham

 

“There are evolutionists that still say junk DNA is junk even though there have been multiple observable science research studies showing it is not, showing it has function.  It shows you that this is a worldview issue.  Even though the evidence is staring them in the face, they refuse to believe.”

— Dr. Georgia Purdom

 

[1] https://answersingenesis.org/religious-freedom/university-denies-free-speech/

Snowcicles | Hoarfrost or Rime?

Beauty in God’s creation.  Sunday morning I walked outside to see all my trees covered in small inch long gravity defying icicles.   But they’re not icicles.

Snow spikes all over treeClick on the images to get a larger size.

Snow SpikesTouching one they’re more like snow than ice.  I’m not sure if this is hoarfrost or rime.  It melted away as soon as the Sun came out.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.