The Deluge Story in Stone: A Scientific Classic!

The Deluge Story in Stone by Byron C. Nelson is a marvelous classic work on the history of geology, and it is both illuminating and enjoyable.  I highly recommend it to any scientifically-minded Christian, but it would be of value to anyone willing to question orthodox old-earth uniformitarianism.   Published in 1931--88 years ago--the book is amazingly relevant today.   It is filled with eye-opening scientific observations that point back to a violent worldwide cataclysm, and which directly contradict the assumptions of old-earth uniformitarianism.    The importance of this debate in 2019, of course, has to do with the origin and meaning of life itself.   If men and women are simply the chance result of “billions and billions” of years of godless evolution, then the Bible is just a made-up story, and there is not much hope for us.   If the biblical account is true, however, then man was designed by God on purpose, and life has meaning. Like most of us, the author w

Expunging Hymnals from the Church: A Sign of Apostasy

Over the past 60 years, I have increasingly become annoyed to see Protestant worship services become shallow and tepid, and I think a big reason for this is that the hymnals have been taken out of their racks.   Don’t get me wrong.   I actually like the worship songs, mostly—unless they strike me as whiny, or as Christian “jingles”, or they are used as 7/11 songs: seven verses sung eleven times.   And the choir directors, musicians, and singers are fine people, and earnest Christians.   I don’t expect every music director to be as outstanding as Tobin Davis of Shadow Mountain Community Church (El Cajon, CA).   I can be well satisfied with moderately good selection of music, moderately well played.   But I think the music of the worship service is very important.   As Halley’s Handbook says it, there are two purposes for Christian worship services: expositional Bible teaching and congregational singing.   All that is required for congregational singing is a pianist (or orga

Soft Tissue Discovered in Tyrannosaurus Rex Fossils

The astonishing discovery of flexible soft tissues in the fossilized bones of a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex 1 has been upsetting for those committed to the “old earth” model of Darwinian evolution.   Under ordinary conditions, the body of any dead animal will predictably decay very rapidly, with microbes destroying any soft tissue left by insect scavengers within a matter of weeks.   If the carcass is rapidly buried by sediment, a requirement for fossilization, it would be protected from scavengers.  Furthermore, any rapid drying of the sediment could inhibit microbial growth and slow down degradation of the soft tissue.   However, how likely would it be for delicate blood vessels to remain intact, or tiny red blood cells?   Would collagen remain flexible, even stretchy, for 70 million years?   Dr. Mary Schweitzer published a follow-up study of her initial findings in 2007. 2   Amazingly, she found soft tissue in fossils was not rare: nearly half of their b

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