Ross Anderson, B.A., M.B.S., Ph.D. , gave a presentation titled, "EARLY DELVELOPMENT OF THE FRUIT FLY: Evidence of Design and Forethought."
Summary: When one looks around at all the man-made objects, one knows, almost instinctively, that they are designed. All such objects originate in the mind of someone, then eventually make it to market. All the objects are designed with a purpose in mind and are built according to the specifications of the designer to carry out the purpose.
When we view nature and the many living creatures, great and small, we are constantly told that they are the result of random chance events taking place over large spans of time; there is nothing about them that suggests purposeful design. However, when we look at the very early stages, even before fertilization, of a creature that seems so small and insignificant as a fruit fly, we see clear evidence of purposeful design and forethought. If we can clearly see this in a fruit fly, then we can have greater confidence that we, as humans, are purposefully designed and the evidences are clearly seen by any one who has an open, objective mind.
Jim Pamplin comments: In multi-cellular organisms, like fruit flies and humans, every cell contains the same DNA, yet, during development from fertilized ovum to maturity, cells differentiate into many different kinds, (muscle cells, nerve cells, blood cells and blood vessel cells, etc.). Somehow, each cell becomes informed of its position in the body plan/life plan, in terms of both physical location and time, and develops accordingly. Though all cells share the same DNA, which portions of the DNA are activated and when and to what degree they are activated is controlled by "epigenetic" gene regulators.
Dr. Anderson's presentation showed how, beginning in a fruit fly's egg chamber, regions at each end of the chamber produce different chemical signalling factors. Say, for example, cells at the head end of an egg chamber produce signalling factor A, while cells at the tail end produce signalling factor B. The concentration of A will weaken with distance from the cells that produce Factor A at the head end of the egg chamber; likewise, the concentration of B weakens with distance from the tail end of the egg chamber. By sensing the ratio of A/B concentrations, first the egg, then later new cells in a growing zygote "know" where they are between the head and tail ends of the egg chamber. While all cells have the same DNA, each cell receives different data via differing chemical concentration ratios. Software coded in the DNA accepts the data and processes its pre-programmed instructions accordingly, throttling up some genes and their gene products and throttling down others, differentiating the structure and chemical activity of the cell.
Alas, besides Factors A and B from the head and south tail of the egg chamber, there are also signalling factors emanating from the top and bottom and from the right and left sides of the egg chamber. Concentration gradient ratios from all these factors (and many others) divide the space inside the egg chamber into a complex combinatorial matrix. Every location inside that space receives location-specific data, which regulate gene expression inside the cells that come to occupy that location.
But wait, there's more! Cells within the differentiating embryo also produce signalling factors. So, once the fertilized egg is expelled from the egg chamber, it continues to develop and differentiate according to God's exquisitely designed body plan/life plan software specific to that organism.
About our speaker: Dr. Anderson’s expertise is in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. He has taught Biochemistry and helped to direct research projects of graduate and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Genetics Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Houston Neurosensory Center.
Dr. Anderson was a member of both the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. There he taught and directed the research activities of undergraduates and Masters of Science degree candidates in Biology.
Dr. Anderson’s research interests include structure-function studies of DNA polymerizing enzymes and the synthesis and expression of synthetic human genes in bacterial hosts. He has authored or co-authored several publications in major, peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Research Society. Dr. Anderson was recently inducted into Logos Research Associates as a research scientist. Logos Research Associates is a fellowship of scientists and scholars, dedicated to the proposition that good science affirms Scripture.
Dr. Joseph Kezele, M.D., gave a presentation titled, "HEALING." Teaching points included:
2.Soft tissue healing
6.Programmed cell death
7.Spiritual death and healing
About our speaker: Joseph Kezele studied the sciences and music at the University of Arizona, while earning his B.A. in Russian in 1971, and his M.D. in 1975. He then completed a Pediatric Residency and practiced Emergency Medicine for 25 years in the Phoenix area, and was a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is now retired from the practice of medicine, serves as President of the Arizona Origin Science Association, is Adjunct Professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, teaching Human Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pathophysiology, Organic Chemistry and Creation Science Apologetics. Dr, Kezele has also been named a Logos Research Associate. He serves as Chairman of Deacons and teaches Creation Science Evangelism at Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cave Creek, Arizona. He has participated in over 21 foreign mission trips, teaching medicine, standard evangelism and creation science evangelism in India, Zambia, Mexico, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Armenia. Dr. Kezele is one of the principle presenters in the Institute for Creation Research’s 4 DVD series Made in His Image. Last year, he returned to the Ukraine for three intense weeks of teaching Creation Science Apologetics and Evangelism as part of the activities prompted by the proclamation of the President of the Ukraine recognizing the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's sparking the Reformation in Germany. When he spoke to us August 3, Dr. Kezele and his wife, Patty, had just returned from a very busy speaking tour/vacation, which included, Russia, the Ukraine, Holland, and Iceland.
Chris Rupe, (B.S., Biology), a Logos Research Ambassador, described the culmination of four years intense research in the field of Paleoanthropology - his new book, "Contested Bones," co-authored with Geneticist, Dr. John Sanford. Chris is currently a graduate student at Loma Linda University, studying Geology.
New fossil discoveries are being made all the time. These new finding are often promoted to the world as compelling evidence for ape-to-man evolution. [Incidentally, the most strident evolutionary claims are usually made by a very small cast of self-promoting fossil hunters, darlings of the pseudo-scientific media!] Meanwhile, the actual experts in the field (called paleoanthropologists) dispute almost every major claim that is made, including the ancestral status of "Lucy" and the latest findings such as Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi. Unfortunately, the full controversy is not being widely communicated to students and the general public. Does the fossil record actually reveal an ape-to-man progression? Why haven't we been told the full story of these hotly contested bones?
Paleoanthropology hijacked! By the late 1970's, the ape-to-man story was in disarray. Such paleoanthropologist luminaries as Mary and Richard Leaky, Time White, and Donald Johanson had published findings that anatomically modern humans coexisted with the southern apes who were supposed to their ancestors! But then Tim White and Donald Johanson contrived a new story, renaming Leaky's fossils and consolidating a single new species from previously distinguished apes and humans - Australopithecus afarensis - "Lucy." Dramatic differences between the two types of bones were explained away as extreme sexual dimorphism, the tenancy of males and females to exhibit different features. Anatomically human bones were said to be males of the species, while smaller bones with apish features were said to be females! Next, White and Johanson re-dated all the previously discovered human fossils, dropping their ages by nearly half, in order to support the illusion that humans had evolved from earlier ape ancestors.
About our speaker: Chris graduated from Geneseo University in 2009 with a degree in biology. After, he felt led by the Lord to start a creation ministry called Back2Genesis. Since his early twenties, he has been speaking on the topic of creation/evolution as a way to present the Gospel in various settings including local radio and televsiion stations, colleges, universities, middle and senior high schools, teen centers, and church venues from 1st grade to adult-level discipleship classes. Since the fall of 2011, Chris has worked for Feed My Sheep Foundation (FMS). In collaboration with Dr. John Sanford, Chris has been doing numerical simulation research aimed at better understanding the historical problem of Haldane's Dilemma, as well as the problem of fixation of deleterious mutations over deep-time. In August of 2013, Chris presented their research results at the 7th International Conference on Creationism held in Pittsburg, PA. Since then, much of Chris’s research with FMS has focused on the topic of hominin fossils, culminating in the new book, "Contested Bones." Chris is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Loma Linda University.
Evangelist, Dr. Anthony Silvestro Jr., DDS spoke on "BIBLICAL EVANGELISM". Dr. Silvestro was once an unsaved evolutionist but now is an avid Biblical creationist – teaching adults and kids alike that God didn’t create man from baboons, and that the Bible can be trusted from beginning to end, starting with the book of Genesis!
As a graduate of Mike Riddle’s Creation College (former AiG speaker), and after years of study, Dr. Silvestro speaks on Biblical Creation and how science supports the Biblical account of creation as well as the age of the earth. Christians have benefitted by his teaching at conferences, youth groups, and Christian radio shows. He will also come to your church to train your church members to teach others through an abbreviated 1 day class or an extended 12-hour training class, whether it is over a two-day weekend or a 12-week period!
Dr. Silvestro also enjoys teaching presuppositional apologetics, the biblical apologetic method, to help equip Christians to proclaim the Gospel. He teaches presuppositional apologetics for the layperson so that anyone can use it.
Dr. Anthony R Silvestro, Jr., resides in the city of North Royalton, OH, with his wife Julie, and his son, Anthony III. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College, he attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and received his dental degree. Dr. Silvestro practices general dentistry in Middleburg Hts., OH, and is also trained in most of the dental specialties.
Pat Roy showed and discussed a DVD titled, "FAITH ON THE EDGE _ Exploring the biblical & scientific case against a flat earth."
Surprisingly, the myth of a Flat Earth is growing in popularity. Worse, an increasing number Christians are falling for its fallacious arguments !
Pat Roy of Creation Quest, and co-host of The Creation Guys, will show a DVD detailing the history of Flat Earthism, and illustrating both scriptural and scientific evidence that the earth is round. Following the DVD, Pat will host a lively round of Q&A with the audience.
About our speaker - Winner of the Creation Hall of Fame Gish-Morris-Whitcomb Award for the year 2015 is Patrick Roy, radio personality and media director, for his unstinting advocacy of the creation message in mass media.
Patrick Roy was the Director of Broadcast and Radio for 12 years with Institute for Creation Research and was very instrumental in the program: Science Scripture and Salvation, by Dr. John Morris.
Patrick Roy found himself behind the pulpit in churches presenting ICR and the need for Creation to be taught and heard and during this time, Pat and his wife, Sandy, would have parents asking for material for their children to learn and really did not have child oriented content. So in 2000, Pat and Sandy Began Jonathan Park Creation Radio Dramas: Writing, directing, and producing, Jonathan Park Creation Adventures for 15 years. (2015) Which requires a lot of scientific research and connections with scientists all over the world!Beginning to see the need for lessons geared to children about creation, Pat also began writing booklets to go along with their audio series with games and experiments. He also taught many presentations, hosted Creation oriented camps and cavern tours, thus beginning Creation Quest. And Creation Worldview Classes.
During this process on the side, he also enjoys interviewing young people with the Evolution/Creation issue.
Pat’s experience in audio media has opened doors of blessing for others as he would travel far distances to help start or mentor other Christian Organizations launch Radio Ministries, and has written multiple Scripts and stories to further the Creation and Salvation message for many different ministries and Creation Organizations.
Currently, Pat and Sandy Roy continue to further the Creation message through lessons, presentations, and interviews. They also hope to begin a new Creation Drama to further reach young people for Christ.
Meanwhile, Pat works for Dr. Biddle with Genesis Apologetics working with highschool students and providing truth to reach those in the school system while continuing to have a big heart for homeschoolers with Creation Quest. Pat also founded Creation Quest and co-hosts and produces The Creation Guys with filmmaker, Kyle Justice.
Although radio and media is his expertise since 16 years old, Pat Roy’s work with the scientists at ICR gave him Over 12 years of Creation Research inside the box with scientists like Dr. Gish, Dr. John Morris, Frank Sherwin, Dr. Ham, Dr. Hovind and multiple others.
His zealous personality makes him an amazing speaker, researcher, and Creation Voice that has reached across the world for over 39 years!
A SIMPLE EXPERIMENT
Those who believe the earth is flat also believe photos from space of a spherical Earth have been faked, and the testimonies of astronauts who have seen Earth from space are lies. Any evidence of a spherical Earth is regarded with strong suspicion. But, here is an experiment anyone can perform with the help of trusted friends who live in far-off places.
Which makes more sense?
Joe Gaona, of TAAM 15/30 Apologetics, gave a presentation titled, "WHERE DO MORALS COME FROM AND WHY?"
About our speaker: Joe Gaona is the Founder and President of TAAM 15/30 Apologetics. He has dedicated his life to being immersed in theology, apologetics and creationism. He has spent the past decade faithfully evangelizing and teaching others how to witness at college campuses, malls, conferences and special events. He has spoken at churches, schools, conferences, and camps. Joe has been an Associate Pastor, Sunday school director, Bible study leader and worship director. Joe is highly involved in the efforts of the Creation and Earth History Museum and has been under the training of ICR, Southern California Seminary, Educate for Life, Way of the Master and Creation Training Initiative. Currently he is teaching 15/30 apologetics at high schools, college campuses, and special events.
Joe has been happily married to his wife Stacey since 1994 and has three grown children and five grandchildren. It's Joe and Stacey's mission to give others an answer for the hope that is in them.
BIll Morgan gave a presentation titled, "DEFENDING NOAH'S ARK & THE GLOBAL FLOOD"
About our speaker: Bill Morgan has recently retired after serving the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years as a mechanical design engineer. He also leads the Creation Science Fellowship of Calvary Chapel WestGrove, in Garden Grove, California. Before founding the Creation Science Fellowship of Calvary Chapel WestGrove, Bill served as vice-president of the former Creation Science Association of Orange County for nearly a decade and a half. He has developed a comic book format which communicates Creation vs Evolution issues that are easily understood by junior high and high school students.
Bill frequently stands on public sidewalks outside public schools, passing out comic books to eager students. Bill has publicly debated nineteen (at last count) Evolutionists, and has delivered more than 1,000 talks on Creation versus Evolution to youth groups, university classrooms, and adult groups across California and in other states. If you know an atheist or evolutionist willing to debate, please call Bill Morgan at 714 898 8331; or if you know someone struggling with evolution, likewise please call Bill.
For more information about Bill’s comic books and free lessons, please visit www.fishdontwalk.com. Or, call 714 898 8331.
MAY 4, 2019
We watched, "DNA BATTLES - Were Adam & Eve Historical?"
We watched the 59-minute DVD by Evidences Press, "DNA Battles," followed, after a short break, by 19 minutes of bonus features.
From the DVD Jacket:
The June, 2011 cover article in Christianity Today (CT) lays out several postions for the historicity of Adam and Eve. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, started the Biologos Foundations. Biologos is leading the charge for the position that Adam and Eve, if they existed at all, were part of a collective of some 10,000 hominids.
The CT article states, "A Biologos paper by Venema and Falk declares it more flatly: The human population, they say, 'was definitely never as small as two . . . Our species diverged as a population. The data are absolutely clear on that.'"
But are the data as clear as they state? What has recent research revealed about mitochondrial DNA? Does recent research on nuclear DNA support evolutionary predictions?
We heard from 7 scientists and two theologians who cite strong scriptural and DNA evidence that point to humanity's two ancestral parents, who quite were RECENT, only about 6,000 years ago.
APRIL 6, 2019
We watched two DVDs,
MILLIONS OF YEARS
"This highly enlightening video introduces the men and the theories that helped popularize the idea of millions of years of earth history. Using high-quality illustrations, Dr. Terry Mortenson races through the last century and a half to reveal that what one believes about the age of the earth is a worldview conflict of foundational importance! Viewers will understand that the issue is not science vs. religion but anti-Christian ideas vs. the clear teaching of Scripture."
About our video speaker: Dr. Terry Mortenson earned a PhD in the history of geology from Coventry University in England. His thesis focused on the "scriptural geologists," a group of men in the early nineteenth century who fought the rise of old-earth geological theories. A former missionary (mostly in Eastern Europe), Dr. Mortenson has researched and spoken on creation and evolution for many years. He is now a speaker, writer, and researcher with Answers in Genesis-USA.
PROFESSOR AND THE PROPHETS
DId the Bible prophets speak by divine authority or from imagination? What chance do human prediction have of coming true and how do fulfilled Bible prophesies compare? In "Professor and the Prophets," Dr. Irwin Moon of the Moody Institute of Science interviews Professor Peter W. Stoner, who applies the principles of mathematical probability to prophecies concerning Babylon, Jerusalem, Tyre, and Petra and uncovers some amazing facts concerning the authorship of the Bible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zQXgJ-dXM4 This is one of many YouTube videos featuring Dr. James Tour.
INTRODUCING DR. JAMES TOUR
via YouTube videos
James M. Tour, B.S. (Chemistry), Ph.D. (Synthetic Organic and Organometallic Chemistry), is an outspoken Messianic Jew, who, arguing strictly from science, destroys naturalistic origin-of-life fables.
About our video speaker:
After spending 11 years on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, he joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in 1999 where he is presently the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. Tour’s scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, graphene photovoltaics, carbon supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, CO2 capture, water splitting to H2 and O2, water purification, carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications, graphene oxide, carbon composites, hydrogen storage on nanoengineered carbon scaffolds, and synthesis of single-molecule nanomachines which includes molecular motors and nanocars. He has also developed strategies for retarding chemical terrorist attacks. For pre-college education, Tour developed the NanoKids concept for K-12 education in nanoscale science, and also Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero science packages for elementary and middle school education: SciRave(www.scirave.org) which is currently used by over 450 school districts and 40,000 teachers with over 1 million student downloads.Tour has over 650 research publications and over 120 patents. He was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2015. Tour was named among “The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by TheBestSchools.org in 2014; listed in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch.com in 2014; and recipient of the Trotter Prize in “Information, Complexity and Inference” in 2014; and was the Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Hebrew University, June, 2014. Tour was named “Scientist of the Year” by R&D Magazine, 2013. Tour was ranked one of the Top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade. He won the Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology in 2008, the NASA Space Act Award in 2008 for his development of carbon nanotube reinforced elastomers and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society for his achievements in organic chemistry in 2007. Tour was the recipient of the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in 2007. He also won the Small Times magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2006, the Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Innovator Award in 2006, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Department of the Navy in 2006, the Southern Chemist of the Year Award from the American Chemical Society in 2005 and The Honda Innovation Award for Nanocars in 2005. Tour’s paper on Nanocars was the most highly accessed journal article of all American Chemical Society articles in 2005, and it was listed by LiveScience as the second most influential paper in all of science in 2005. Tour has won several other national awards including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chemistry and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in Polymer Chemistry.
Tour is the founder and principal of NanoJtech Consultants, LLC, performing technology assessments for the prospective investor. Tour’s intellectual property has been the seed for the formation of several other companies including Weebit (silicon oxide electronic memory), Dotz (graphene quantum dots from coal), Tubz (graphene nanopillar electrodes for energy storage devices), Rust Patrol (corrosion inhibitor), NeuroCords (spinal cord repair), PanCare(treatment of pancreas cancer), Aqua Forma (water purification based upon laser-induced graphene), and Carbon IP Holdings (an intellectual property deployment vehicle). He has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, on the Chemical Reviews Editorial Advisory Board, the Governor’s Mathematics and Science Advisory Board for South Carolina, the Defense Science Study Group through the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Defense Science Board Chem/Nano Study Section, the Department of Commerce Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee and the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center’s Competitive Grant Renewal Board. He has been active in consulting on several national defense-related topics, in addition to numerous other professional committees and panels.
March 9, 2019
Jerry Bergman, A.A. (Biology & Behavioral Sciences), B.S. (Psychology), M.Ed. (Education, Counseling), Ph.D. (Evaluation & Research, Psychology), M.A. (Sociology), Ph.D. (Human Biology), MSBS (Biomedical Science), M.P.H. (Public Health), M.S. (Medicine), gave a presentation titled, "EVOLUTION JUSTIFIES ABORTION."
About our speaker:
Dr. Bergman is newly retired from teaching biology, biochemistry, and anatomy at Northwest State College in Archbold, Ohio, and was an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Toledo Medical College. Dr. Bergman has been named a Logos Research Associate. He recently for the Institute for Creation Research. Dr. Bergman has 9 degrees, including two doctorates, one from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His over 1,000 publications are in both scholarly and popular science journals. Dr. Bergman’s work has been translated into 13 languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Czech, Chinese, and Swedish.
His books and, or books that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print.
He has spoken over 2,000 times to college, university and church groups in America, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific.
"STARLIGHT, TIME AND SPACE TRAVEL