[by Dean Smith] During the day, Edgar Nernberg is a backhoe operator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but at night he promotes his favorite pastime — Creationism. He even helped build the Big Valley Creation Science Museum in Big Valley, Alberta and sits on the museum’s board. The museum was set up to counter Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell museum in Drumheller, that promotes evolution. Edgar even wants to have creationism included in the curriculum of Alberta schools. Contrary to evolutionary theory, Edgar believes the world is about 6,000 years old. Nernberg was excavating a basement in a northwest Calgary subdivision when a sandstone with odd markings caught his attention. It is now being heralded as one of the greatest fossil finds in Alberta in recent decades — a significant claim considering Alberta is renowned for its fossils.
[by Dean Smith] Land has an unusual place in Scripture. It was God’s “Promised Land” that enticed Abraham to leave Ur and follow God’s calling. For the patriarch and his descendants, this new land would not only be a place of destiny, but blessing as well — overflowing with milk and honey. But it seems land can also be affected by the sinful actions of men and women who walk upon its soil. After Cain murdered his brother Abel, God said, “Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10 NASV). This verse suggests that when horrific crimes occur, the effects are embedded in the soil. In Leviticus 18:24-28, God speaks about the land being defiled by man’s sin. Filled with iniquity, it can reach a point where the land will vomit out its inhabitants. The “Promised Land” eventually did this very thing to Israel.
I was reading a post on NBC.com about Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. According to reports, there is a 90% chance he will seek the Republican nomination for President. Of course, this doesn’t mean he will win the Republican nomination and if he does that he will win the American presidency in elections scheduled for 2016. But he is definitely a Christian and the NBC article focused on some statements Cruz recently made at a Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. Throughout his career, Cruz has been forthright about his Christian faith. In a rare move, Cruz spoke about his troubled life because of the alcoholic lifestyle of both his parents. In his speech, Ted said that faith in Christ rescued his family. When he was three years old, his father abandoned the family. Cruz said: