Please Pray

March 28, 2009

Some of you know I recently lost my position at the Slavic Gospel Association. I simply ask you all to pray for me and my wife as we search for new work. We are in very initial talks with two churches right now but those could take awhile. We are simply looking for any work right now to pay the bills until God directs us somewhere else. Please covenant to pray for us during this transition in our lives.

Also, if you know of anyone hiring in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph area or the Brantford-Burlington-Hamilton area please let me know! Thank you so much to you all!

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Book Notice – Charles Darwin’s Religious Views by David Herbert

March 23, 2009

2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of the Species.  Darwin’s writings and theories have had a profound effect on Western thought and society.  David Herbert considers the man, Charles Darwin, and the influences on his life which resulted in his journey from creationist to evolutionist.

A fascinating and important study of Charles Darwin, one of the most significant figures of our time.  The book is a tour de force in its analysis of the creation-science debate, as well as an insightful account of the man himself.  It includes a careful and cautious study of the so-called ‘Lady Hope Tract,’ suggesting a deathbed conversion.  I highly recommend it, especially for those embarking on scientific study at any level.

It is published by Joshua Press and available for $20 from Sola Scriptura Ministries International here.


Evolution Necessary for Scientific Discovery?

March 19, 2009

I work in the riding where Gary Goodyear represents the fine people as Member of Parliament in the Conservative minority government. Gary, a former chiropractor, has served as MP of Cambridge, Ontario  since 2004. He is a devout Christian and a member of Forward Baptist Church in Cambridge.

In Tuesday’s Globe and Mail in an article by Anne McIlroy titled, “Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution” we have the finest example of hardcore scientism and secular humanism determining who should serve in a particular office than I have ever seen. Goodyear is the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology. And while not a scientist per se, as a former chiropractor, Goodyear certainly took his share of classes in science in university.

What is the problem that the article is expressing? Essentially, when asked whether Goodyear believed in evolution his answer was “I’m not going to answer that question, I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is important.” What has irked the scientific community is that Goodyear has not confirmed nor denied a belief in evolution.

Jim Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers writes, “The traditions of science and the reliance on testable and provable knowledge has served us well for several hundred years and have been the basis for most of our advancement. It is inconceivable that a government would have a minister of science that rejects the basis of scientific discovery and traditions.”

The assumption is that since evolution is a scientific fact to deny so is to deny the very basis of scientific discovery and therefore Goodyear would be hurting scientific research in Canada. This is of course a non sequitor. Just because someone denies evolution does not mean they are opposed to scientific discovery. The historical reality is that most scientific inventors prior to Darwin and other evolutionists did not believe in evolution but in creation. The biggest issue though here is the continued confusion between facts and theories.

A scientific fact is an objective and verifiable observation. So, in some ways, evolution is a fact in that changes in populations of organisms can be observed over time (these facts only relate to micro evolution [change within a species] not macro evolution [change from one species to another]). The theory of evolution is quite another thing. The theory of evolution is what the scientific community has developed to explain those changes within a population of a species. Therefore, one can interpret those “facts” in a different way, i.e. from a creationist standpoint. One does not have to accept the theory of evolution in explanation of these facts.  It certainly does not mean that one must believe in the theory of evolution to be a firm believer in scientific discovery.

The real problem in this discussion is not whether one must believe in evolution to be the Minister of State for Science and Technology. The real issue is that people do not like Christians. And they especially do not like Christians who seek to consistently live out what they believe.

No one truly believes that there are not reputable scientists in the world who are Christians. The problem is they do not want them to truly be reputable scientists. So they complain, they chide, they do anything besides actually listen to what they have to say. Who are the ones that are against scientific discovery? It is the atheistic secular humanistic scientists who are against it as they do not approve of Christian scientists.

This is of course no surprise to Christians. Christians in the public sphere are always criticized and denigrated. Yet, they persevere and keep moving on. They continue to serve the scientific process because they serve God. And in the pursuit of God’s truth they pursue all truth. Some of the best scientists in the world are Christians, in my opinion, simply because they are scientists.

So, I am glad Goodyear is Minister of State for Science and Technology. He is a great man with a proven track record of faithfully representing the people who has a scientific background. He’s the perfect choice for this portfolio. And, he will be willing to ask the tough ethical questions that come up with regard to the scientific process. I for one am thankful for that. The scientific process is one that, for too long, has been allowed to go it their own without control or guidance. Having a scientific man who is a Christian working in this area will be just what we need to hold scientists accountable.

Goodyear is the man for this job and I applaud the Conservative government for giving him this portfolio. Now, all we need is for all the naysayers to be quiet and actually get to work on all those scientific discoveries that we need. In the end, I’m pretty sure we do not need to believe in evolution to find a cure for cancer or build the tallest building.


Fair Payment for Speakers – John Stackhouse

March 17, 2009

John Stackhouse has written an excellent post on his blog on the issue of fair payment for speakers. This is a major issue that churches need to consider. Read the post here.


Words from St. Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2009

There is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the universe, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father; “and he hath given him all power over all names in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall, confess to him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God,” in whom we believe, and whose advent we expect soon to be, “judge of the living and of the dead,” who will render to every man according to his deeds; and “he has poured forth upon you abundantly the Holy Spirit,” “the gift” and “pledge” of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey “sons of God…and joint heirs with Christ”; and him do we confess and adore, one God in the Trinity of the Holy Name.

St. Patrick (c. 387-461)


God’s Role in Salvation

March 13, 2009

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 4:6, ESV).

This verse is the climax of 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.

Ultimately, God is the one who does the saving. The messengers gave no thought to promoting themselves because of the overwhelming grandeur of the source from which their message came. God, who had once brought physical light out of darkness by His creative command, had Himself shone with spiritual enlightenment in the hearts of believers. At creation light resulted from a command of God. At regeneration God Himself shines as the illumination. This light from God is explained as the knowledge of God as revealed in the face of Jesus Christ. Sin hardens the heart, makes it unbelieving and insensitive to God, and is utilized by Satan to keep men in the spiritual darkness or unbelief. The great mission of Christ is His role as the image of God to reveal the Father’s glory to men when they have a spiritual encounter with His Son.

For Paul this transforming encounter had occurred on the Damascus road more than twenty years earlier. At that time he had been struck down with an overpowering light and had seen the glorious Lord who identified Himself as Jesus. Now others have the opportunity to be blinded by the incredible light that God has provided through salvation. Nothing that Paul or his associates could do can ultimately bring someone to faith. Only God does that. That is why God does not need our gimmicks or our underhanded, deceptive approaches to the ministry and the teaching of the gospel. He does not want us to water it down or make it more palatable. He simply wants us to preach the clear message of Christ and Him crucified. God will use that to bring people to faith. Salvation ultimately has nothing to do with us. God is the one who alone saves people. He simply uses us as the means to an end. Bill Bright once said rightly, “failing in witnessing is failing to witness.” It is not our responsibility to save people. That’s is God’s responsibility alone. We have simply been called to be faithful witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to preach it and teach it clearly. God will use that to bring people to faith!


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March 13, 2009

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