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Every December my church puts out a schedule that helps you read through the Bible in a year. There are many such schedules, some of which get you through the Bible in a year and others that proceed at a more leisurely pace.

Answers in Genesis has a link to a resource that lets you go through the Bible in a year using audio files instead of reading it aloud or to yourself. You can use the default plan or change the settings if you want to do it differently. The version they use is NIV and the audio files require a RealOne player; their page has a link if you don’t have that kind of audio file player.

I was thinking about reading through the Bible in a year recently. Someone in my Sunday school class shared an interesting idea about that a few months ago. The idea was to read through the Bible each year using a different translation. I tend to be a one-translation type of gal. I like the NASB and I tend to stick with that. But earlier this year I purchased a Holman Christian Standard Bible and I also have an English Standard Version that I haven’t read much. There are lots of ways to read through the Bible in a year. If you have a favorite method, why don’t you post about it in the comment section below?

I recently discovered a creation science podcast that is really full of wonderful information.

It’s also a radio show, if you happen to live in the Portland, Oregon area, Denver, or Phoenix (which I don’t). So I downloaded the first few episodes and listened to them in my car. I learned a lot, was reminded of a lot of things I already knew and just generally appreciated the comfortable, informative teaching style of Bob Knopf, the host and creator of Exploring God’s Creation.

This is an excellent way to learn the basics of creation science or to introduce someone to it. But it’s got a lot of good information for those who think they know a lot about the subject, as well. I’m looking forward to listening to more. As of this writing, there are 46 episodes online and I have only heard 5 or 6.

I don’t want to make it a practice to review things I haven’t seen, but these books look really good. Answers in Genesis has a series of Pocket Guides and right now, they are on sale (saving you almost $10 if you buy all 5 of them).

The description says that these are meant to be concise and powerful and that they are illustrated. There are 5 topics:

  • The Global Flood
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Social Issues
  • Charles Darwin
  • The Bible

Each has 96 pages and is softcover. I took a peek at the table of contents of the one on the Flood and there are several authors, and many sub-topics, so though there are less than 100 pages, it seems like the book is packed with information.

In our increasingly busy society, this is one way Christians can quickly keep informed on the main points they need to know about these important issues. I’d love to read comments from anyone who has seen or who owns these.

I just heard the fascinating story of Dr. Carl Werner. Someone challenged him to prove evolution, when he was in college. He thought about it for a long time, trying to devise an experiment that could give evidence as to the truth of the theory of evolution. He finally figured out a way to perform such an experiment, and he and his wife traveled around the world interviewing scientists and visiting archeological dig sites. Somewhere along the way, Dr. Werner changed his mind; he started out believing that evolution was true and ended up believing in creation.

He has written two books on the subject and also has a DVD available.

On the page at New Leaf Press where you can find out about his book, you can also download 3 audio files where he talks about the project in more depth. Click on the “podcasts” buttons (though they’re really not podcasts in the sense that it’s not a regularly recurring episodic type of show, just three recordings you can download).

Ouch. That would be a painful choice. There are so many good books about creation science. The books I own on the subject cover a couple of feet of bookshelf space, at least. But I want to tell you about the book that first started my interest in the subject.

It was originally called The Answers Book, when I first got it many years ago. The new version is called The New Answers Book and it’s supposed to be the most popular book on the subject. They now have a second volume with answers to even more questions. But the first one is the classic. It answers 27 common questions people have about creation science. Questions like Where did Cain get his wife? What really happened to the dinosaurs? Doesn’t carbon-14 dating prove the earth is old? and Couldn’t God have used evolution? You can read it online if you can’t wait to find out the answers to some of these questions.

I think it’s important that all Christians know these answers so they are prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks.

I found a link to this article from a homeschooling  Twitter feed that I follow. It’s not surprising, because homeschoolers like to teach about logic.

The basic point is about a complex question and how it can be used to steer people off course or throw off an opponent in a debate. The age-old example of a complex question is, “When did you stop beating your wife?” The question implies something, so no matter how you answer, you’re likely to implicate yourself. You have to be careful how you respond.

This article shows some examples of complex questions that can be used to confuse the issue and make it look as if creationists don’t have a good answer or a valid truth to stand on.

This morning I got an email from CMI with a listing of new DVDs they have for sale, one of which seems to go along with this subject. It’s called Leaving Your Brains at the Church Door? and it sells for $13, but they have a set of 19 DVDs on sale (including that title) for $169, which amounts to around $8 per title.

I haven’t seen any of these DVDs (though I have the book, Unwrapping the Pharaohs), but many of the titles look really interesting. This set would be a great investment for a church library or for use in an adult Sunday school class or Bible study.

The Internet is an amazing thing. More and more creation ministries are cropping up, and creating vast archives of material that’s available free, online, for anyone who wants to learn more about Creation Science. I’m going to share lots of examples in the next few weeks, but I’ll start with video.

Answers in Genesis has 175 different videos you can watch online (many of them are titles that have 2, 3 or 4 parts, so the number of individual topics is not as high as that). A sampling: The Bible Explains Dinosaurs, What the New Testament Really Says about Creation, Wild, Wild Weather: The Genesis Flood & The Ice Age, Where Did God Come From? and In the Beginning Was Information. You can watch online or add a video to your playlist.

Creation Ministries International has an ever-growing collection of episodes of Creation Magazine Live. Topics include whether God used evolution to create life, the Gap theory, progressive creation, the tower of Babel and the origin of the nations, radioisotope dating, and how Noah’s Flood is the key to the age of the earth. Videos are in low and high resolution Windows Media Player format and also Quick Time. They are free to watch and copy.

If you know of other video resources online, please feel free to post a comment or contact me and let me know.

There are also many creation science DVDs available. I purchased a whole box full at the beginning of the summer, when they happened to be on sale at CMI. I’ll be posting information on those periodically.