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Book Review: The Lie

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The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years (25th Anniversary Edition), Ken Ham.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2016.  Paperback, 236 pages.

When I was growing up in Edmonton, one of the biggest things that helped me stay convinced of the biblical view of creation was attendance at a number of presentations organized by the Creation Science Association of Alberta.  One in particular stands out in my memory:  Dr. Steven Austin at the Jubilee Auditorium in about 1985.   I remember because his name struck me:  I thought I was going to go and listen to the Six Million Dollar Man.  I also remember because, even though I was only 12 years old, his presentation on Mt. Saint Helens drove home how drastic geological changes can take place in a brief period of time.

Since coming here to Australia, our church has been invited to a couple of similar presentations.  One was from…

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Ten Most-Read Posts of 2019

As we get to the end of another year, let me share with you the ten most-read posts here on Yinkahdinay in the past 12 months.  Interestingly, only three of them were actually written in 2019.

10.  Position Statements on Reformed Churches and Sexual Abuse

9.   The Synod of Dort and the Sabbath

8.  Pastoral Q & A:  Vaccinations (always a contentious topic that gets a lot of interest — for better or for worse)

7.  Isaiah Reveals a Message No One Will Believe: A Good Friday Sermon on Isaiah 53:1-3

6.  The Case that Went Nowhere:  Willis De Boer in the CRC

5.  Can a Christian Eat Black Pudding? (glad that people continue to take an interest in this delicacy!)

4.  What’s Wrong with Hillsong?

3.  The ESV Study Bible vs. The Reformation Study Bible: A Comparison (fourth year running that this post has made the top ten!)

2.  Piper: No Desire to Read the Bible?

1.  Tetelestai:  It is Finished (this one always surprises me — one little Greek word gets a lot of attention!)

And with that, I’m taking my summer vacation beginning January 1 and so I’ll be taking my usual break from blogging.  Hope to see you here again in February!


Creation/Evolution: Ideas Have Consequences

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Dr. Geoff Downes is the director of Forest Quality Pty. Ltd., a private research company in Tasmania seeking to develop and apply technology for non-destructive evaluation of wood properties in trees.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Melbourne in Wood Science and Forest Nutrition.  He works on a voluntary basis for Creation Ministries International.  The Free Reformed Church of Launceston recently welcomed Dr. Downes to speak on the topic of “Creation/Evolution: Ideas Have Consequences.”

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Theistic Evolution and the Creation of “Human Beings”

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Back in late 2009, some ministerial colleagues and I were discussing with concern the apparently growing influence of evolutionary thinking in the Canadian Reformed Churches.  What could we do about it?  Five of us decided to collaborate on an article, “Ten Reasons Why Evolution is Dangerous and Evil.”  Authored by Walter Geurts, George van Popta, John van Popta, Jim Witteveen and yours truly, this was published in the January 1, 2010 issue of ClarionYou find it online here.

At the beginning of March 2010, an 11-part series of responses began to be published on the Reformed Academic blog.  It’s not my intent to interact with those responses as such.  Rather, I want to point out one particular point of response.  It relates to something I’ve read more recently.

One of the “ten reasons” was that “Evolution must regard Genesis 2:8 as mythical.”  Rev. John van Popta argued…

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I Believe in Theistic Evolution

My most recent post at Creation Without Compromise.

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I recently realized I believe in/affirm theistic evolution.  Depending on your perspective, have I sold out or have I finally come to my senses?  Neither.  Let me explain.

It has long perturbed me that those who affirm or allow for Darwinian macroevolution to be compatible with a biblical worldview will sometimes call themselves “creationists” or will claim to believe in/affirm biblical creation.  They do this knowing that biblical creation is usually understood to refer to a view that holds to God having created in six ordinary days on a timescale of some thousands (rather than millions or billions) of years ago.  By claiming to believe in creation they lay concerns to rest, whereas all they have really done is disguise their true position.

Stephen C. Meyer has helped me to see I could do the same thing with theistic evolution.  Meyer wrote the “Scientific and Philosophical Introduction” to Theistic Evolution:…

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