Creation Seminar (Notice for the Chapel and other interested parties)


Creation Seminar

Dr Mark Harwood will be at Weltevreden Chapel, this week Saturday. Click the image to enlarge.

The greatest story ever told kicks off with the line,

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…

Want to hear the verse in context? Genesis 1 – 7
What is this about?

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know that Dr Mark Harwood is in South Africa again (he came to speak last year here at Midrand Chapel). He will be at Weltevreden Chapel, this week Saturday. The details are as follows:

Saturday, 24 April 2010, 9:00am-12:30pm, Creation Seminar hosted by Weltevreden Chapel, 3 John Vorster Road, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort.

Here is an excerpt from the website: “Dr Mark Harwood has over 30 years of experience in satellite communications. He has studied the issues surrounding science and the Bible for many years and is convinced of the accuracy of the historical record of the Bible. The evidence in the world and cosmos around us overwhelmingly supports the biblical timeline of history and shows the hallmark of brilliant and intricate design. If life is the result of a Creator then there are implications for every single human being”… read more on http://creation.com/2010-mark-harwood-tour

I’ve written previously regarding CMI. Check out the posts:

The Voyage That Shook the World (Notice for the Chapel and other interested parties)


The Voyage That Shook the World The Voyage That Shook the World

Darwin had a ridiculous beard but a brilliant mind. Was he right? Was he wrong? Come join us on the 28th November between 4 and 5 pm to watch a fascinating documentary on The Voyage That Shook the World. Click any image to link to the source.

The greatest story ever told kicks off with the line,

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…

Want to hear the verse in context? Genesis 1 – 7
What is this about?

About 7,000 years later (no guesses for where I stand) Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. His Theory of Evolution profoundly rocked the way that the human world perceives its place in the universe. Now, 150 years later, with the benefit of hindsight and scientific insight, a one-hour HD documentary, The Voyage That Shook the World, traces Darwin’s journey to the Galápagos Islands and investigates some of the ramifications and foundations that his works rests on.

So, if you’re a member, a regular visitor or just interested to find out what Darwin actually said and where we stand as a church on evolution, creation and everything in between please come and join us on Saturday, 28th November between 4 and 5 pm.

The Voyage That Shook the World The Voyage That Shook the World
The Voyage That Shook the World The Voyage That Shook the World

The spender and beauty of the Galápagos Islands is brought to life in High Definition in this one-hour documentary billed by Dr Ted Baehr from movieguide.org as “Fascinating and profound insights… one of the best produced documentaries ever made.” Click any image to link to the source.

The documentary will be shown at Midrand Chapel, 151 Pitzer Road, Glen Austin, 1685 on Saturday, 28th November between 4 and 5 pm. Wanna find it:

Watched the movie yet? What did you think? Want more information? Go and check out http://thevoyage.tv/trailer.aspx.

CMI: Dr Mark Harwood


Dr Mark Harwood

Last week I felt a bit like a Raphus Cucullatus. Raphus Cucullatus is what well educated people call the Dodo. I remember sitting in Biology class in Standard 6 listening to a teacher citing the Dodo as evidence that evolution is happening right around us. In case you missed the memo the Dodo was a flightless bird that has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. You see, I’m a fundamentalist (now that I’m out the closet how do I get back in?). Maybe I should qualify that: I’m not a fundamentalist in the dirty-modern-crazy-zealot-strap-on-a-terrorist-bomb kind of way but rather in the traditional doctrinally conservative way (maybe you think that’s still a bit bonkers). I believe in such outdated truths as the inerrancy of Scripture, substitutionary atonement, the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection of Jesus and the 6 day creation of the universe. Not easily palatable by modern standards hence my fear of being on the verge of extinction. Turns out though there’s more Dodo’s out there than I thought.

This morning the church I attend hosted a Creation Seminar. The speaker was Dr Mark Harwood, an affable (no, not infallible), middle aged, bearded Australian “rocket scientist” touring South African churches chatting about Beginnings (yes, with a capital B). He spent the morning covering an entire volume of interesting information such as man, the flood, the tower of Babylon, dinosaurs, planets, galaxies, red shift, blue shift, radiometric dating… (you get the point I’m sure). Much of presentation I had heard in bits and pieces of before, but never compiled and addressed in a single sitting.

Being a green and gold South African I often find Ausies painful to listen to and with the conference scheduled from 9 and 12:30 things could have turned out awfully. My concerns amounted to nothing. He had a resonate voice, fascinating content and a good solid doctrinal bent. When he spoke of salvation he spoke of sin, man’s ineptness to stand before an awesome and holy God by means of his own works, faith and grace.

The balloon

A lot of the content I fully bought into. The most fascinating to me was a brief presentation on redshift (click on the link to see a well researched document with 60 footnotes). It was also the only part of the presentation that left me with questions. The premise was: “all galaxies are moving rapidly away from our little neck of the wood so our galaxy is the center of the universe.” My thinking was (and I may have missed the point entirely) if the universe is likened to a balloon and galaxies are represented as painted dots all over the surface, then, as the balloon is inflated all the dots would move away from each other at equal speed. Movement wouldn’t mean center, it’d just mean movement. The analogy has three dimensions, but I’m sure it fails in other ways, it’s just the way I understand it, which means I missed the way the presenter understood it. I struggled towards the end. There’s only so much I can take in before my head starts to implode and I think 3 hours of lectures may have been a bit excessive.

The seminar was a success. The gospel was presented in part. People got to chat and engage in “the conversation” (ha, I practically sound emergent). God was exulted and glorified.

If you’re interested in creation in general or have specific questions www.creation.com is a must view website. Also if this subject interests you, you might find edification by reading The heavens were put there for a reason, Science vs Religion and What do you do with foolish 6 day creation thoughts?.

What do you buy into? The gap theory, evolution, old earth, young earth, the world resting on the back of four elephants standing on the back of a turtle floating through space?