Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County (AFSC)

                

  
 
 
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NOTE: All AFSC meetings are at Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE, Arlington, WA 98223. Meetings are normally held on the 4th Friday of the month at 7:00 PM. Pastor Rick Long, an AFSC Board member, hosts the AFSC meetings at the church.
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Input to AFSC: To provide suggestions for speakers and/or topics to AFSC, please download, fill out, and email the Survey Form AFSC-Survey.docx to heinz@osta.com.


The Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County (AFSC) helps equip Christians in the defense of The Faith in the postmodern world in three related areas: 1) Creation vs. Evolution, 2) Christian Apologetics and 3) Biblical Worldview. AFSC provides a local Forum in the North Snohomish County area for lectures and DVD programs by knowledgeable presenters on these topics. All presentations are given with the presupposition that the Bible is God's inspired Word and inerrant in its original autographs. The Bible is a total worldview that speaks to all disciplines and areas of our life.
 
Why: Studies done by Answers In Genesis (AIG), documented in the books Already Gone and Already Compromised, show that more than 60% of youth raised in the church leave the church once they leave home. The main reasons are 1) they are looking for more answers to their hard questions, and 2) they are being indoctrinated in secularism and evolutionism. See also this Koinonia House article.
 
How: Monthly AFSC meetings are held at a church in the North Snohomish County area. Each meeting includes a lecture or the showing of a DVD on a topic within the scope of the Forum’s mission. There will be time for discussion on the topic presented, followed by refreshments. AFSC creates a Forum where Christians can learn from each other, ask the hard questions about The Faith, Creation and Worldview, and receive the support of a community of Christian thinkers. The Forum equips Christians with well-researched information on issues that seek to challenge the truth of Christianity as revealed in the Bible.
 
Oversight: AFSC is run by a Board of Directors whose members have knowledge in the topics discussed at AFSC meetings and have a strong interest in providing and supporting an environment for participants to gain well-researched information in the defense of their Christian faith.
 
What We Believe
 
  1. We are always to be ready to give an intelligent, biblically accurate defense of the Christian faith with meekness and fear. I Pet. 3:15; Matt. 22:37; Jude 3, Col. 4:5-6.
  2. The Bible, in its entirety, is God’s inspired word. It is fully inerrant in its original autographs, not only concerning spiritual issues, but also in history and science. II Pet. 1:20-21; II Tim. 3:16.
  3. The universe and all it contains, both living and non-living, was designed by God and created out of nothing in six days as described in Genesis. Biological changes since creation have been confined within the created kinds. Gen. 1:1-31; Ex. 20:11.
  4. The Noachian Flood was an historic event, worldwide in extent. Gen. 6:17; II Pet. 3:6.
  5. Acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, Creator and Redeemer, is mankind’s only path to reconciliation with God. John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16; Acts 4:12; II Cor. 5:19.
  6. The biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God and is the foundation of all we say and do. The Bible speaks to all areas of life: ethics, psychology, sociology, science, law, politics, economics, and history. We engage our culture by thinking biblically. 1 Ch. 12:32; Col. 2:8.
Who: AFSC was founded by Dr. Heinz Lycklama and Rob Overgaard. Dr. Heinz Lycklama has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and is now retired after more than 40 years in the high tech industry. He has been involved in the Creation vs. Evolution controversy for more than 25 years. Heinz is an active member of Creation Association of Puget Sound (CAPS) and is involved with various international Creation ministries. He has given lectures and courses on topics in all three areas of interest to AFSC in different venues locally as well as overseas. [See heinz-bio-talks.pdf &  www.osta.com/messages.] Rob Overgaard has an MA degree in history and an M. Div. Degree, and has served as a pastor with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in Canada and the US for 6 years. He is now employed by Boeing and has been involved with Creation vs. Evolution, Genesis and associated apologetics issues for many years. In recent years he has helped to promote speakers in the area from Creation Ministries International (CMI).

The AFSC Board of Directors consists of:
  1. Dr. Heinz Lycklama, 425-501-5075, heinz@osta.com.
  2. Pastor Rick Long, 360-435-9191, pastor@aflchurch.org.
  3. Rev. Joe McLennan, 425-337-1680, joe_mclennan@msn.com.
  4. Matt Boettner, 360-652-3041, MattBoettner@yahoo.com.
  5. Pastor Rich Farinella, 425-481-1075, pastor@woodinvalleybaptist.org.
  6. Don Fink, 425-330-5680, don.fink@peoplepc.com.

    AFSC Meeting on September 27th - The first meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, September 27th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with more than 75 people in attendance. Dr. Heinz Lycklama spoke on the topic "Does Science Confirm Creation?" A description of the lecture follows.

    The world characterizes the controversy between Creation and Evolution as a conflict between religion and science – it is actually a conflict between two different worldviews. Come and find out why.

    We show how the famous Lucy fossil was falsely made to look like a transitional fossil. What happened to Neanderthal? New find – Ardi?  When we look at scientific evidence in three different areas of science: 1) taxonomy, 2) origin of man, and 3) origin of life, we conclude that science supports Creation much better than Evolution. Come and find out how. There will be time for Q&A after the lecture. Refreshments provided.

    Dr. Heinz Lycklama earned a Ph. D. degree in Nuclear Physics from McMaster University in Canada and has worked in the telecommunications and computer software industries for over forty years. He has taught through many books of the Bible and has served as member and Chairman of various Missions Committees as well as Elder/Deacon Boards.

    Challenged in his Christian faith by what he was taught in university in the 1960’s, Heinz later developed a series of lectures on Creation vs. Evolution and Christian Apologetics over the years and presented the material in Sunday school classes, to college students, during church services, at Bible Schools, and other venues in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. With his knowledge of the Bible and science, he has continued to develop and present new material in these subject areas. More on Dr. Lycklama & his lectures at www.osta.com/messages.

    Public announcements of the meeting appeared in the local newspapers - the Everett Herald on September 21, the Marysville Globe on September 24, and the Arlington Times on September 25. The lecture was recorded and is available on the AFSC website here.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
        2
    . Meeting Bulletin Insert
     

       


    AFSC Meeting on October 25th - The second meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, October 25th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with more than 160 people in attendance. Chris Ashcraft, a Christian Educator and Creation Scientist, spoke on the topic "Wonders of the Cell." A description of the lecture follows.

    Cell biology has revealed a microscopic world operating at a level of technological sophistication far beyond anything devised by man. This previously invisible aspect of the creation offers unmistakable evidence of intelligent design through innumerable examples of irreducible and specified complexity. Inside each and every organism reside bio-mechanical systems and molecular machines that Darwin and his contemporaries could never have imagined. Even today, much of what is happening inside cells is still not understood and yet evolutionists hold fast that these remarkable constructs developed without God.

    These two contrasting views of the cell provide poignant illustration of how worldviews impact our interpretation of physical evidence. This presentation discusses the cell as it relates to these opposing views and describes some of these important cellular features which offer testimony to the glory of the Creator.

    Chris Ashcraft is a Christian educator, creation scientist, and speaker employed as high school science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools where he provides instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Life Science. [See ashcraft.nwcreation.net for more details.]

    Chris speaks regularly at churches, Christian schools, teacher conventions, and creation organizations. He is the founder of the Northwest Creation Network ministry and the CreationWiki internet encyclopedia where he serves as senior administrator. He is also the organizer of the annual Seattle Creation Conference.

    The lecture was recorded and is available on the AFSC website here.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
        2
    . Meeting Bulletin Insert

        



    AFSC Meeting on November 22nd - The third meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with about 190 people in attendance. Spike Psarris, an engineer and physicist, spoke on the topic "Creation Astronomy." The Email Announcement for the meeting can be found here. A description of the lecture follows.

    We've all admired the beauty of the night sky. Secular astronomers claim that everything we see in it formed all by itself in a Big Bang event billions of years ago, with no Creator being involved. But the secular model fails to explain the origin of the heavenly bodies, nor the universe within which they exist.

    In this presentation, full of beautiful photographs and videos from NASA and other sources, you'll discover:
        - How planets, stars, and galaxies defy secular origins models.
        - How the Universe is consistent with the Creation model instead.
        - What the Universe reveals about our Creator.
    Join us as we explore the heavens, and see how they declare the glory of God.

    The speaker, Spike Psarris, has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and has done graduate work in Physics. He worked for a number of years as an engineer in the US military space program. He entered that program as an atheist and an evolutionist, and left it as a creationist and a Christian. Today he speaks on creation/evolution, especially as it relates to astronomy, and has published two DVDs on the subject. His website is www.CreationAstronomy.com.

    Spike presented lectures on astronomy at the annual Seattle Creation Conference in 2013.

    Public announcements of the meeting appeared in the local newspapers - the Everett Herald on November 18, the Marysville Globe on November 8, and the Arlington Times on November 8. The lecture was recorded and is available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

          



    AFSC Meeting on December 27th - The fourth meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, December 27th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with more than 100 people in attendance. We showed the film on Evolution Demolition produced by Mark ChampneysA description of the film follows.

    This documentary film premiered at Missions Fest Seattle 2012 and was produced by Mark Champneys with Saints Alive in Jesus, a counter-cult and apologetics ministry.The film demonstrates that Evolution is impossible according to the many good questions that brilliant evolutionists cannot answer. Creation Ministries International (CMI) launched the Question Evolution campaign in 2012 to expose Evolution's fatal weaknesses, and is building on this with the release of a book and documentary called Evolution's Achilles' Heels in early 2014. The Evolution Demolition film points out many of the fatal weaknesses in Evolution using terms and graphics easily understood by the layperson. The film challenges the viewer to ask the basic question - is this fact or speculation? It makes the distinction between micro-evolution and macro-evolution, information and random mutations, accident and purpose, design and chance, and simple and complex organisms to show that Evolution has never been observed, is not occuring now, and indeed cannot happen.

    Mark Champneys was born a 5th generation Mormon, the son of an LDS bishop. Now a believer, he is lay Evangelism Director with Saints Alive and a Fair Ministry Coordinator with Child Evangelism Fellowship. He is the producer of the film "Evolution Demolition," maintains several evangelistic web sites, and as an Evangelism Explosion lay teacher-trainer, has trained missionaries for evangelism.

    His website is at http://www.mormonsneedhope.com.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

         



    AFSC Meeting on January 24th - The fifth meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, January 24th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with more than 160 people in attendance. Patrick Nurre, a geologist, spoke on the topic "Creation Geology: The Key To Unraveling Earth History.A description of the lecture follows.

    If the world is truly billions of years old, we would expect to see this in the geologic record - the rocks, minerals and fossils.  Secular geologists tell us emphatically that the earth is billions of years old, having been sculpted by slow and gradual geologic processes, punctuated by brief, local catastrophes.  But is this view based on scientific facts or a philosophy framed by biases?  Come take a journey with us as we unravel this history and discover just how accurately the Book of Genesis explains the geology of the earth.  We will look at 1) how the rocks and minerals fit within a Genesis view, 2) the significance of fossils, and 3) how the global flood explains geologic formations around the world.

    Patrick Nurre was trained in the secular view of geology. Over the past 40 years he has been actively involved in the Creation/Evolution issue in the field of geology. He has spoken to hundreds of college students, and is a popular speaker at many conventions and homeschool conferences. In 2005, Patrick created Northwest Treasures to provide opportunities to study geology from a Biblical perspective.  In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a geology museum/educational center located in Mountlake Terrace. Patrick leads field trips each year to many geological sites including his annual field trip to Yellowstone Park in August.

    His web site is at www.northwestrockandfossil.com (Northwest Treasures).

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert


            


    AFSC Meeting on February 28th - The sixth meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA with about 215 people in attendance. Bruce Barton, CAPS Vice-President, spoke on the topic "Dinosaurs: Monsters of The Ancient World.A description of the lecture follows.

    Evolutionary theory holds that dinosaurs dominated the earth during the Age of Reptiles, some 230 to 65 million years ago, before mammals evolved.  Then they were all killed off by some catastrophic event, generally supposed to have been an asteroid strike.  But mounting evidence indicates that although there was a cataclysmic event in the past, some dinosaurs survived.  Hundreds of clues from many different cultures around the world lend support to the contention that they were around much more recently than 65 million years ago. If this is true, serious questions are raised about dinosaur evolution and the evolutionary timescale.

    This talk will introduce the subject of dinosaurs, and present evidence from paleontology, archaeology, legends, old chronicles, and the Bible that stories of ancient monsters were more than just myths.  This evidence will undergird the case for recent creation and the accuracy of the Bible.

    The speaker, Bruce Barton, has degrees in meteorology and theology, with studies in engineering and graduate work in atmospheric sciences.  Mr. Barton was an instrumentation engineer in R&D for Weyerhaeuser Company until retirement.  He has a broad background as a teacher and speaker to groups of all ages in a wide range of subjects including science and technology, aviation, and Bible topics, particularly apologetics.  He has been speaking on the Creation – Evolution controversy for ten years.  Bruce also serves on the Board of Directors for the 7 Wonders Creation Museum of Mount St. Helens.

    His web site is at monarch.nwcreation.net.

     
    The recordings of the lecture are available.
    Meeting Documents:

        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert


         


    AFSC Meeting on March 21st - The 7th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, March 21st at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Mark Champneys, Evangelism Director with Saints Alive in Tacoma, spoke on the topic "Christianity Re-Defined By Mormonism." A description of the lecture follows.

    Among the most devious strategies of the Enemy is word-play. Mormonism is diametrically opposed to Biblical Christianity, yet continues to be mistakenly considered a "Christian" church. Mark Champneys will give a presentation based on his experience from both sides--as a born-and-bred Mormon, and now a Christian evangelist, explaining the devious deception of re-defining virtually all Christian terminology.

    Included will be the story of his journey out of Mormonism, a review of his dual glossary of religious terms, "Christianity Re-Defined By Mormonism," and some "war stories" from 20 years of leading mission teams to Utah to witness to "his beloved people." He'll also bring you some tips on reaching your Mormon family and friends with the gospel.

    The speaker, Mark Champneys, was born a 5th generation Mormon, the son of an LDS bishop. Now a believer, he is lay Evangelism Director with Saints Alive in Tacoma, is the King County Fair Ministry Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), and he produced and directed the film "Evolution Demolition." Mark has had the blessing of training dozens for evangelism, and by God's grace, of leading hundreds to Jesus. Web sites: MormonsNeedHope.com, EvolutionDemolition.info, EvangelicalBeliefs.com.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert


          


    AFSC Meeting on April 25th - The 8th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, April 25th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Dr. Phil Fernandes, President of the Institute of Biblical Defense in Bremerton, WA spoke on the topic "Evidence For Jesus' Resurrection." A description of the lecture follows.

    In this lecture, Dr. Fernandes will make a strong historical case for Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead. He will argue from core historical data, accepted by virtually all New Testament scholars today, to the reality of Christ’s bodily resurrection. Fernandes will argue that if Jesus did not bodily rise from the dead, there would be no hope for mankind—death would be victorious over man. Mankind’s only hope for deliverance rests on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Fernandes uses a minimal facts case for the resurrection, he will warn his audience from falling into a minimal facts Christianity. Fernandes believes that even though we may feel led to defend mere Christianity (i.e., just the essentials of the Christian Faith), we should believe much more than mere Christianity. We should not allow human reason or historical methods to deny clear miraculous events recorded in the Scriptures.


    Dr. Phil Fernandes is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship and the President of the Institute of Biblical Defense. Fernandes founded the Institute of Biblical Defense in 1990 to help train Christians in their defense of the faith. He also teaches Bible, philosophy, and world religions at Crosspoint Academy and the Gateway School of Ministry in Bremerton, WA. He has completed doctoral work in both philosophy of religion (Greenwich University) and theological studies (Columbia Evangelical Seminary). He has authored several books dealing with the defense of the Christian faith. Many lectures/debates/sermons are available on his website.


    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert


           


    AFSC Meeting on May 16th - The 9th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, May 16th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Dr. Larry Vardiman, former Vice President of the Institute for Creation Research, spoke on the topic "Thousands Not Billions: Nuclear Evidence For a Young Earth." A description of the lecture follows.

    The age of the earth stands out as one of the most important issues among Christians today! An old-earth interpretation clouds our view of the accuracy of Scripture. It supports the theory of evolution. It affects our perception of God. If Scripture can’t be trusted on the age of the earth, how can it be trusted on other issues?

    But have we been misled about the reliability of radioactive dating methods? The RATE group believes we have. The RATE group, consisting of eight young-earth creationist geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, physicists, and a Hebraist, cooperated to research the issue of Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth. They dared ask the tough questions and found an alternative explanation for the billions of years conventionally assigned to rocks. They found answers like:

    The RATE researchers have solved a major portion of the radioisotope riddle. Larry Vardiman was the director of the RATE project and senior editor of the two technical books written in 2000 and 2005 reporting on the project.

    Dr. Vardiman retired from the Institute for Creation Research in 2012 after 30 years of research, writing, teaching, and speaking on creation. Prior to his full-time ministry in creation science he conducted 15 years of field research in cloud physics and weather modification for the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Air Force, and Colorado State University. He obtained his B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri at Rolla, a B.S. in Meteorology from St. Louis University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. He has written over 30 technical articles, 10 books, and many conference papers. He was Director and Editor of the RATE Project, a study on Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth. For the past 10 years he has been conducting numerical simulations of climate and weather during the ice age. He used conventional research models and data supplied by NASA and NOAA to study storms enhanced by warm oceans heated through catastrophic events of the Genesis Flood. He continues to conduct limited research, writing, and speaking in the Northwest. Dr. Vardiman lives on Camano Island, Washington, is married to Jeannette, a registered nurse, has 4 children, and expects to soon have 6 grandchildren.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

                 


    AFSC Meeting on June 27th - The 10th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, June 27th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Dr. Heinz Lycklama, co-founder of the Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County, spoke on the topic "Answering The New Atheists." A description of the lecture follows.

    We have seen the publication of some bestselling books over the last ten years by some very aggressive atheists. They include "The God Delusion", "God is not Great", and "Letter to a Christian Nation." The four most popular atheist writers (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett) are often referred to as the "Four Horsemen." They make some outrageous claims about the Christian Faith, Creationism and Evolutionism. In this talk we address some of their more popular claims such as:
        1. Faith is blind
        2. Atheism is not a religion
        3. Science has disproved God
        4. There is no evidence for God
        5. Religion poisons everything
        6. Evil and suffering disprove God
        7. Morality does not come from God
        8. Belief in Miracles is superstition.
    Many books have been written by Christian writers refuting
    the claims made by these atheist writers. "Gunning For God", "The Atheist Delusion", and "Letter From a Christian Nation" are some of the more popular responses to the claims of these new atheists. We examine the claims made by the atheists, and respond to them one by one. We conclude that the atheists have become much more aggressive, but offer no new evidencefor their belief system. Theism offers a more rational answer than atheism. The New Atheists don't have a case!

    Dr. Heinz Lycklama earned a Ph. D. degree in Nuclear Physics from McMaster University in Canada and has worked in the telecommunications and computer software industries for over forty years. He has taught through many books of the Bible and has served as member and Chairman of various Missions Committees as well as Elder/Deacon Boards.

    Challenged in his Christian faith by what he was taught in university in the 1960’s, Heinz later developed a series of lectures on Creation vs. Evolution and Christian Apologetics over the years and presented the material in Sunday school classes, to college students, during church services, at Bible Schools, and other venues in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. With his knowledge of the Bible and science, he has continued to develop and present new material in these subject areas. More on Dr. Lycklama & his lectures at www.osta.com/messages.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

                


    AFSC Meeting on July 25th - The 11th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, July 25th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Michael Oard, a Creation scientist specializing in Atmospheric Science, spoke on the topic "The Ice Age: Only The Bible Can Explain It!A description of the lecture follows.

    There are many earth-science challenges to the biblical worldview. Two of them are: what caused the Ice Age and could it occur in the short biblical timescale? However, secular scientists also have severe challenges when it comes to the ice age. That is why they have over 60 theories, and its origin is still a major mystery.


    The talk shows how the radical climate change required for an Ice Age can be explained by the climatic aftermath of the Flood. After the Flood, volcanic particles would reflect some of the sunlight back to space, cooling the land mainly in summer. The oceans would be warm after the Flood, from pole to pole and top to bottom, which would cause much more evaporation for the abundant snow needed for an ice age. So, all the ingredients are set for a rapid ice age.


    The timing of the Ice Age depends upon how fast the oceans cooled to today’s temperatures. Based on heat inputs and heat outputs, this time can be estimated. It comes out to 500 years to reach glacial maximum. The ice sheets would also melt rapidly in less than 200 years. So, the total time for the Ice Age results in an ice age that took only 700 years! Evidence will be presented that there really was only one Ice Age and there will be no future ice age.


    By sticking to biblical starting conditions, we have solved many earth science challenges and can solve many more in the future.

    Michael Oard earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Washington. For six years he was a research meteorologist at the University of Washington, and has published several research articles in journals and technical monographs of the American Meteorological Society. Michael retired in 2001 after 30 years of employment by the National Weather Service. Since then, he has been engaged in full time research, writing, and speaking in creation earth science. He has also authored, coauthored, or served as editor of twenty creationist books, and has published over 200 related articles in the creation science technical literature.

    Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Creation Research Society, and is an adjunct speaker for Creation Ministries International. Additional material written by Michael on the Flood and the Ice Age may be found at his website http://michael.oards.net/.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

        
     

    AFSC Meeting on August 22nd - The 12th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Dr. Don Johnson spoke on the topic "Life's Information Systems." A description of the lecture follows.

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    Life's Information Systems” is based on the “Programming of Life” book which has been a best-seller in molecular biology, and on which a PoL video is based.  This updated presentation begins with a quick review of the Biblical basis for studying science and God's awesome fine-tuned creation.  After a review of terms related to life’s information, the reality of every cell’s computers and computer programs is examined, including the coding systems and algorithmic requirements that have no naturalistic explanation.  Several difficulties of naturalistic scenarios will be highlighted, including the probabilities randomly forming life’s components, the reality of the fitness decline in each generation, and the lack of any possible undirected mechanism to produce life’s hardware and software.  Darwinism asserts that random changes (via DNA mutations) in real biological computer programs sometimes produce better programs, a concept that has no basis in computer science.

    Scientific evidence is examined to compare creation and evolution scenarios as explanations.  The fall of Darwinism and the Extended Synthesis as a likely replacement is discussed.  Intelligent design is contrasted with creationism.  Evolution and atheism are shown to be religious, as verified by court decisions, with ramifications in the education system and all other aspects of society.  The importance of being informed on scientific truth, especially life’s information, is critical when confronting what is promoted as “science,” but is actually speculation that has no scientific basis.

    Don Johnson earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences and in Chemistry. He was a senior research scientist and consultant for over 14 years, and taught 20 years in universities in the US and Europe. Since "retiring" as an APU (Christian university) professor, he has done consulting, speaking, and writing (4 books, including best-selling “Programming of Life,” and several peer-reviewed papers). He has made Christian and secular presentations across the US and on most continents.  His www.4iam.org Christian Website has links to the “Programming of Life” PoL video (over 236,000 on-line views),  several video presentations and printable flyers, as well as links to his two secular science Websites.  For over 20 years he believed, taught, and defended the evolutionary scenarios, until science convinced him of the bankruptcy of those beliefs.

    NOTE: Don was available for other speaking engagements in the Greater Seattle area, Aug 20 - Sep. 15.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert

        
     

    AFSC Meeting on September 26th - The 13th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, September 26th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Pastor Shahram Hadian spoke on the topic "Chrislam Exposed." A description of the lecture follows.

    In
    "Chrislam Exposed" Pastor Shahram Hadian exposes the seductive lie of a common God between Christianity and Islam. He shares his journey of becoming a Christian, exposes the false teachings of "Chrislam," and uncovers Chrislam’s growing and devastating implementation into our churches and missions both in America and oversees.

    Shahram speaks around the nation with a heart to awaken America, and especially the church. As a former Muslim, he is deeply grieved over Christian pastors and missional leaders promoting this false gospel in their effort to be culturally sensitive to Muslims. Despite Chrislam’s proponents, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.

    Shahram was born in Iran and came to America at the age of 7 to escape an oppressive Islamic regime. He is a proud US citizen. He experienced a transformational life change when he committed his life to Jesus Christ 14 years ago. He has served his local community as a pastor, police officer, teacher and coach and was a candidate for WA State Governor in 2012.

    "You cannot be a Muslim and a true follower of Jesus Christ. Chrislam not only endangers the hope of salvation for Muslims but threatens to lead many Christians astray from the truth of God's Word."    

                                                                                          - Shahram Hadian

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert


       


    AFSC Meeting on October 17th - The 14th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, October 17th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Spike Psarris spoke on the topic "Debunking The Big Bang." A description of the lecture follows.

    Was our Universe created by God, as described in the Bible? Or did it form itself in a Big Bang event, billions of years ago?


    Secular scientists say that the Big Bang model is correct. But a closer examination reveals that this model is riddled with serious problems. It violates important principles of physics, it has absurd implications, and it even contradicts itself. Join us at the October AFSC meeting as we discuss these problems and debunk the Big Bang model.

    The speaker, Spike Psarris, has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and has done graduate work in Physics. He worked for a number of years as an engineer in the US military space program. He entered that program as an atheist and an evolutionist, and left it as a creationist and a Christian. Today he speaks on creation/evolution, especially as it relates to astronomy, and has published two DVDs on the subject. His website is www.CreationAstronomy.com.

    Spike presented lectures on astronomy at the annual Seattle Creation Conference in 2013.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:
        1. Meeting Flyer
       
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert 


       


    AFSC Meeting on November 21st - The 15th meeting of the Forum was held on Friday, November 21st at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Dr. John Byl, Professor Emeritus at Trinity Western University, spoke on the topic "War of the Worldviews: Christianity vs. Naturalism." A description of the lecture follows.

    It was widely claimed that science has undermined belief in Biblical miracles and the Biblical God. The myth is that objective, rational science is pitted against subjective, irrational religion. However, in science we must distinguish between hard observational data and subjective theory, which tries to explain the data. Scientific theory is very much worldview-driven. Worldviews reflect our most basic presuppositions about reality. Which worldview should interpret the data? The war is really between naturalism and Christianity. The presuppositions of naturalism lead to a number drastic implications, such as a denial of purpose. Naturalism has difficulty answering many basic questions about reality, such as the interactions between matter, mind, and math. The defense of naturalism is ultimately self-refuting. Christianity, on the other hand, gives coherence, meaning, purpose & hope.

    John Byl has a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of British Columbia. He is Professor Emeritus at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, where he taught for over 30 years, and was chair of the department of Mathematical Sciences. He has written two books, "God and Cosmos: A Christian View of Time, Space, and the Universe" (2001) and "The Divine Challenge: On Matter,Mind, Math, and Meaning" (2004), as well as numerous articles on science, Christian worldview, and science/religion issues. His blog http://bylogos.blogspot.ca/ promotes a Biblical worldview.

    The recordings of the lecture are available.

    Meeting Documents:

    1. Meeting Flyer
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
    3. Announcement JPG File
        


    AFSC Meeting on December 12th - The 16th meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. J.D. Mitchell, P.E., BSME, MBS, will speak on the topic "Polystrate Fossils & Petrified Forests." A description of the lecture follows.

    Any fossil that crosses two or more sedimentary layers is called a poly (many) strate (strata) fossil. Polystrate fossils have been discovered all around the world and polystrate fossil trees are quite commonly found in coal mines. Other types of polystrate fossils can be found in various locations and situations of sedimentary strata.

    These geological and paleontological evidences are compelling arguments against uniformitarianism and millions of years of earth history. The most plausible alternative explanation to the “deep time” secular view is that these fossils were rapidly buried, a concept that is in line with the biblical creationist view that most of the sedimentary layers of the world were laid down during the Genesis Flood at the time of Noah.

    In this PowerPoint presentation by J.D. Mitchell, a number of examples of polystrate fossils will be examined including fossilized trees, complete forests, trace fossils and several kinds of animals. Possible explanations for these types of fossils found in thick as well as thin multi-layers are provided based upon biblical creationist presuppositions.

    J.D. Mitchell is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and Washington and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has also completed his Master of Biblical Studies in Biblical Creation Apologetics from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

    J.D. is Executive Director of the Institute for Creation Science of Oregon, and speaks and writes regarding the creation versus evolution controversy as a part of his creation science ministry (Creation Engineering Concepts).

    Meeting Documents:

    1. Meeting Flyer
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
    3. Announcement JPG File

         



    AFSC Meeting on January 23rd - The 17th meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Patrick Nurre, a geologist, will speak on the topic "Egyptian Chronology and the Bible." A description of the lecture follows.

    Many will dismiss what the Bible has to say simply because they believe the Bible can't be trusted in the area of historical accuracy.  Egyptian Chronology  is the lynch pin for this.  During this presentation we will include a discussion of the latest in archaeology as it relates to Egyptian Chronology.  At issue is the debate that rages over the accuracy of the Egyptian Chronology, long held to be the "gold standard" in historical chronology.  This presentation will give you great encouragement in your efforts to believe the Scriptures and help equip you to trust the historical accuracy of the Bible.

    Patrick Nurre was trained in the secular view of geology. Over the past 40 years he has been actively involved in the Creation/Evolution issue in the field of geology. He has spoken to hundreds of college students, and is a popular speaker at many conventions and homeschool conferences. In 2005, Patrick created Northwest Treasures to provide opportunities to study geology from a Biblical perspective.  In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a geology museum/educational center located in Mountlake Terrace. Patrick leads field trips each year to many geological sites including his annual field trip to Yellowstone Park in August.

    His web site is at www.northwestrockandfossil.com (Northwest Treasures).

    Meeting Documents:

    1. Meeting Flyer
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
    3. Announcement JPG File
         


    AFSC Meeting on February 20th - The 18th meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, February 20th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Paul Taylor, the new Director of the Mount St. Helens Creation Center, will speak on the topic "No Compromise." A description of the lecture follows.

    Today, people and churches, that identify themselves as Bible-believing evangelicals, have a number of views on Genesis, other than that of a literal six-day creation. We address such views as:

    The Gap Theory – suggesting a time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 (or sometimes before Genesis 1:1), allowing for millions of years, while still accepting a six-day (re)creation.

    Progressive Creation – that God created objects and creatures progressively, over the alleged 14 billion years or so since the supposed Big Bang.

    ANE-Tabernacle Models – a small variety of models, associated with the BioLogos Foundation, mostly suggesting that biblical writers were products of their time, and therefore unfamiliar with the scientific advances of the modern world. These models usually take a particular view on Ancient Near East philosophies and are used in conjunction with justifying a theistic evolutionary position.

    The talk affirms the biblical position, of God creating everything in six literal 24-hour days and resting on the seventh, to be the correct position.

    Paul Taylor was born and grew up near Manchester in the North of England. He studied piano at Chetham's School of Music, but read Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Paul taught Chemistry, Physics and Science in government (“public”) schools in England and Wales for 18 years, eventually becoming a Head of Science, with a Masters in Science Education and Management from the University of Cardiff.

    Paul was saved at the age of 15. He came across creationist literature in his late teens, and quickly became involved in speaking and writing on the subject of creation and evolution, Genesis and apologetics. Since 2005, he has been a full-time creation speaker, having worked for Answers in Genesis (UK/Europe) and Creation Today. He and his wife are now the directors of the Mount St Helens Creation Center. Paul is married to Geri, and they have five children between them.

    Meeting Documents:

    1. Meeting Flyer
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
    3. Announcement JPG File
       


    AFSC Meeting on March 27th - The 19th meeting of the Forum will be held on Friday, March 27th at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington, WA. Chris Ashcraft, a Christian educator and Creation scientist, will speak on the topic "Planet of the Apes?A description of the lecture follows.

    Secular Paleoanthropologists assert adamantly that humans are the descendants of ape-like ancestors. Darwin's seminal theory led naturalists inexorably to this conclusion, but the Bible clearly states that we were created distinct from the animals and in the image of God.

    This presentation examines the evidence used to support human evolution, including Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecines. Are these ancient hominids really missing links capable of substantiating human evolution or has the truth been distorted to support the materialistic evolutionary worldview?

    Chris Ashcraft is a Christian educator, creation scientist, and speaker employed as high school science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools where he provides instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Life Science.

    Formerly, Chris was a research technician, specialized in plant tissue culture, and genetic transformation technology. He served as a research technician at the Cotton Fiber Production Laboratory at Texas Tech University, he then provided technical support at the Plant Transformation Facility at Oklahoma State University, and lastly was employed as the Plant Transformation Specialist for EDEN Bioscience in Bothell Washington.

    He obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from Wayland Baptist University in 1989, a Master of Science in biology from Texas Tech University in 1996, a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 2008, and a Master in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2012.

    Meeting Documents:

    1. Meeting Flyer
    2. Meeting Bulletin Insert
    3. Announcement JPG File
         


    Email Announcement of AFSC Meeting on December 12:

       

    The Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County (AFSC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church, 6905 172nd St. NE, Arlington, WA.

    Live Streaming is available for those unable to attend in person.

    J.D. Mitchell, P.E., BSME, MBS, will give a lecture on "Polystrate Fossils and Petrified Forests." A description of the lecture is provided on the AFSC website at http://apologeticsforum.org.

    [Flyer, Bulletin Insert and JPG files are attached to this email.]

    We will have exhibits with books, DVD's, and booklets at the meeting. The lecture is followed by refreshments and time to visit the exhibits. At this meeting we will have:
        1. Selected books and DVD's for sale at the CAPS table.
        2. Programming For Life book by Dr. Don Johnson for sale.
        3. Northwest Treasures & Geology Learning Center resource table.
        4. Copies of Ray Comfort's DVD's on "Evolution vs. God", 
           "180 Degree Turn", and "Joe Average" for sale.
        5. Copies of Ray Comfort's booklets on "Why Christianity?"
            and "Scientific Facts in the Bible" for sale.
        6. The CMI book and DVD "Evolution's Achilles Heels" for sale.
        7. Dan Greenup's book "Generation Why?" for sale.
        8. Various CMI Booklets for sale.
        9. Various Rose Publishing Booklets for sale.
        10. Information on a Lending Library.

    Here are some ways that you can help us get the word out about the AFSC meeting on Friday, January 23rd:
        1. Post the Event Flyer in the church/school foyer.
        2. Include an entry like this in Coming Events section of bulletin,
            newsletter and/or organization website:
                    January 23rd - Lecture on "Polystrate Fossils and
                    Petrified Forests" by J.D. Mitchell, P.E., BSME, MBS, at the
                    AFSC meeting at 7:00 PM at Atonement Free Lutheran Church.
                    Details at http://apologeticsforum.org.
        3. Include the Bulletin Insert in the church bulletin on Sunday,
            January 18th.
        4. Send this email notice out on appropriate church/school email
            distribution lists.
        5. Make announcement about the next AFSC  meeting at your
            school and/or from the pulpit on Sunday, January 18th. You
            can also use the attached JPG file on the projector.
        6. If this email was forwarded to you, send an email to heinz@osta.com
            and ask him to put you on the direct AFSC mailing list.
        7. Forward this email to others with an interest in Apologetics.

    Additional Notes:
        1. You will find the AFSC website contains some significant updates
            since last month. We are in the process of updating the website
            using Wordpress. If you have some Wordpress skills we could use
            your help in adding content to the new Wordpress-based website.
        2. There is a Survey Form AFSC-Survey.docx on the AFSC website
            that you can use to provide input/feedback to AFSC.
        3. Check the AFSC website for ways to Get Involved.
        4. AFSC meetings are FREE. However, we do provide an opportunity
            to participate in a free will offering to cover expenses.

    See you at the AFSC meeting on Friday, the 23rd of January.

    Helping Equip Believers in the Defense of The Faith,

    Heinz

       


    Lending Library - Heinz Lycklama maintains a library of books and DVD's that he uses to prepare his messages and lectures. These are available to be lent out to those who have an interest in learning more about the topics covered in lectures given at AFSC meetings. You can find out what is available by downloading these lists:
    1. Books available to be lent out - HeinzBooks.pdf
    2. DVD's available to be lent out - HeinzDVDs.pdf.
    If you have an interest in borrowing one of the available books or DVDs, please send an email to Heinz at heinz@osta.com with the details of your request. If you make a request in between meetings, Heinz will bring the item to the next meeting for you.



    Get Involved:

    We have identified the following tasks which should be done to meet the objectives of AFSC. Some of these tasks will be performed by AFSC Board members. Other tasks can be performed by volunteers. Let an AFSC Board member know if you wish to volunteer for one of these tasks.

    1.      WEBSITE DESIGN/BUILD: The AFSC website is currently coded in text only using the free Kompozer website builder and maintenance tool. We are in the process of switching to the use of Wordpress  to build and maintain the AFSC website. The structure of the website is pretty well settled. We could use some more help to enter content on the website. Wordpress experience is not required.

    2.      NON-PROFIT ORG: Apply for AFSC status as a 501 ( c )(3) non-profit organization. This should be done at the WA State level in Olympia first so that we can set up a bank account.

    3.      “WINDOWS ON APOLOGETICS”  MESSAGES: Compile a list of sources for meeting “tidbits” such as video trailers, testimonies, etc. that can be presented at meetings before the lecture. The major Creation organizations (AIG, CMI, ICR) offer some of these. We could feature an Apologetics event or news item. Providing an answer to an Apologetics question would also fit in here. Book/DVD/Movie review is another one. Promotion of a local Apologetics group or event.

    4.      EXHIBITORS: Having exhibitors present at AFSC meetings gives attendees one more reason to come to the meetings. We now have Geology Learning Center, CAPS book table, and Faith Alive book table coming. We should look for others to invite.

    5.      CAMERA(WO)MAN: We might want to find someone to take pictures of some meetings so that  they can be posted to the AFSC website.

    6.      VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS: The lectures have been recorded in audio and in video. The recordings need to be uploaded to the AFSC website for easy listening and viewing. Might want to offer the recordings on CDs/DVDs in the future [as done by DSA]. Would also like to implement Live Streaming soon.

    7.      BUSINESS CARD: Card with AFSC Logo to be handed out to interested parties.

    8.      OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We can always use additional help at meetings for  a) setup and teardown for meeting, b) assistance with book/DVD sales and with manning other exhibits, c) assistance with audio/video equipment used at meeting, and d) providing and serving refreshments at meeting.

    9.      EMAIL DISTRIBUTION: We use the Thunderbird email client to distribute email to distribution lists for AFSC. Mail Chimp, MailJet, and Constant Contact are possible commercial email distribution tools that we should use eventually. Yahoo Groups is another tool we could use. We want to try using Mail Chimp soon.

    10.  PUBLICITY: Compile a list of event calendars in local newspapers and online websites for sending AFSC meeting announcements to. Maintain a list of church and school leaders who need to be informed of upcoming AFSC meetings.

    11.  CHURCH STRATEGY:  Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the believers in churches with an interest in Apologetics. It would be good to develop liaisons with local church leaders to improve AFSC meeting publicity.

    12.  BROCHURE: A one-page brochure to be used as a hand-out.

    13.  HOME SCHOOL STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the home school groups with an interest in Apologetics.

    14.  CHRISTIAN SCHOOL STRATEGY: Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the Christian school students with an interest in Apologetics.

    15.  COLLEGE  STRATEGY:  Develop a strategy for addressing the needs of the believers in local colleges with an interest in Apologetics.

    16.  CHILDCARE: Determine the need for childcare and implement a solution if needed.

    17.  LENDING LIBRARY: Set up procedures for the operation of a lending library of books and DVD. Initially this will include books and DVD’s in Lycklama’s library.

    18.  DEVELOP AN INTERN PROGRAM:  Define and design an “Intern Program” that would seek to develop skill sets for volunteers in such areas as IT, web design, audio/video recording, social media, field trips, photography, publicity, public relations, etc. that would enhance and expand the services offered by AFSC.

    We are interested in volunteers who can help with some of the various tasks identified above. If you, or someone you know, have an interest in volunteering for some of these tasks, please email Heinz at heinz@osta.com or call him at 425-501-5075.

     


    Heinz Lycklama - heinz@osta.com
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