What a time to speak at conferences in Wisconsin! It’s winter and very cold up there! But this month, AiG has three forages into Wisconsin.
First, Dr. Terry Mortenson and Dr. Jason Lisle spoke at Northland International University. This is one of the very few Christian universities that take a stand on Genesis and the authority of Scripture as we do at AiG. You can find out more about Northland at: http://www.ni.edu/
Terry and Jason taught a course in biblical creationism and creation apologetics for their graduate school. Here is the report Terry sent me:
Thanks for praying for the course at Northland Int’l University in frigid, snowy northern Wisconsin. It was an excellent time as first I and then Dr. Jason Lisle each gave 14 hours of lectures to 34 men and a couple of women in full-time ministry. Most of them were pastors (from all over the USA) and a few were missionaries in Latin America or the South Pacific. This course was part of their studies to get an M.Min. or D.Min. degree.This Sunday and Monday, Dr. Lisle and I will be speaking at a full AiG conference in Brookfield, near Milwaukee. This conference includes Sunday services and school assemblies on Monday night, as well as sessions on Sunday and Monday evenings. You can find out the details on AiG’s outreach website.
Many of them had not studied the question of origins much before they started reading the 1100–1500 pages of books we assigned them to read before the lecture week. They were very attentive and asked good questions. Most of them grew up believing Genesis and many commented that they had no idea how much compromise there is in the church today regarding Genesis 1–11. They were also shocked to see some of the video clips or quotes from compromised theologians and Bible scholars that they have previously been helped by through their writings.
A youth pastor who had not studied this issue before said that he now realized that he had a lot to learn and he needs to teach his youth on this subject.
A Christian school principal who also teaches AP biology likewise said that although he has taught his kids some on this topic, he needs to do a lot more and make sure the other teachers do the same to equip the kids with the knowledge to defend against the false ideas they will get in Christian and secular universities. He shared that one of their school’s brightest students had gone off to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he lost his faith in Genesis (he had not been taught adequately to defend that faith). Then he went to Bethel Seminary where he got more compromise. Now his life-calling seems to be to show that “young-earth fundamentalists” are wrong.
A missionary in Latin America told me that he is training national pastors who are the fruit of C.I. Scofield’s ministry and that he has a task in weaning this national pastors from Scofield’s compromise via the gap theory which he taught in the marginal notes of his famous study Bible.
So, these grad students in ministry are better equipped to teach the kids and adults in their ministries and it is exciting to think of the ripple effects of this course in their diverse ministries scattered around America and the world.
From Milwaukee, I then travel on to Northland International University where I will be speaking at their “Men’s Heart Conference.” On their website they state the following:
Join us for Men's Heart Conference on February 1–4, 2011. This year's theme is “The Gospel to a Changing World.” Please take note of our great lineup of dynamic speakers who will address topics directly related to your ministry. Workshop tracks on preaching, counseling, current issues, and leadership will encourage and rejuvenate your spirit during those cold winter months!You can find out more about this conference on their website or this page of our outreach site.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,