Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 3
gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord;
there any works like unto thy works"
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
City of God (4)
Psalms: 66:1-7; 89:1-6; 78:2-8; 48:7-14
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Catechism, Lord’s Day 6; Hebrews 1
I. His Deity
Psalms: 107:1-9; 89:7-12; 102:19-28; 45:1-6
cassettes of the worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean
Quotes to Consider:
John Owen on the church: "Let us be sure to be
found within this garrison and place of defence, and certain that we
have to do in the concerns of Zion, and not of the world; and then shall
we see the mountains all full of chariots and horses of fire round about
us,—Christ reigning, the promise of Christ engaged, and the watchful eye
of God upon the church continually. Our fears arise from the want of
considering these things, and taking a carnal view and measure of things
that are seen" (Works, vol. 9, p. 319).
John Calvin: "In the whole world there is nothing
enduring but the Church ... Her happiness must be considered as
consisting principally in this, that she has reserved for her an
everlasting state in heaven."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We rejoice with the Buchanan family in the birth of a
baby boy yesterday afternoon. Beth and the baby are doing well.
We welcome Martyn McGeown back into our midst
until about the middle of August.
The Standard Bearers are available and include
an article entitled "Christian Gays Asserting Themselves" in the section
"All Around Us."
The new Protestant Reformed Theological Journal
on the back table is a special issue on God’s covenant with articles
dealing with the covenant with Noah, the kingdom of God and the
covenant, and covenant breaking, as well as excellent book reviews.
Some new CPRC brochures are available on the
back table. Feel free to take some and pass them on to others.
Everyone is invited to Sean & Roni Courtney’s for tea
and fellowship after the evening service.
The Council will meet tomorrow evening at 7:30
PM at the manse.
Membership Class: Tuesday, 7:50 PM at the
The Stewarts and Martyn McGeown plan to travel to
S. Wales this Friday. Rev. Stewart will be giving a lecture entitled
"The Psalms versus Common Grace."
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 10
June (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is entitled "Daniel in Babylon"
(Dan. 1:8). Rev. Bruinsma is the guest speaker this summer.
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £574.00.
Website: One German and three Portuguese
translations have been added.
Advanced Notices: The CPRC plans to have a stall
at the Clogher Valley & Antrim Agricultural Shows on Wed. 25 July and
Sat. 28 July, respectively
PRC News: Rev. Slopsema declined the call to
Peace PRC (Chicago, IL).
Creation Museum officially opens (by Ken Ham)
This is not just a historic event in America, but a
historic event in Christendom. Over 1000 people attended, including
numerous invited guests, local county and state government elected
officials, representatives from the state and federal governments, and a
phenomenal number of media groups from around the world. The event
reminded me of the Scopes Trial of 1925, when media from around the
world gathered to hear the Bible openly ridiculed in court. However, on
May 26, media from around the world gathered for the opening of a
one-of-a-kind facility that upholds the authority of God’s Word and
defends the Christian faith against the onslaughts of secular humanism.
Over 130 credentialed media applied to attend the ribbon cutting or the
first day open to the public (May 28). While the ribbon-cutting ceremony
was underway, an evolutionist group opposing AiG flew a banner saying
"Defcon says thou shalt not lie." Many of the media reps chuckled when I
said that the people responsible for this banner did not believe in the
Bible as the absolute authority and didn’t believe in the God of the
Bible and therefore had no basis for deciding right or wrong, and thus
logically could not accuse us of a lie!
During the ceremony, I commented that the museum was
a legacy, and I made special mention of a number of people throughout my
talk in regard to the Creation Museum becoming a reality, acknowledging
the contribution of the thousands of people involved. The audience then
stood as I said that all praise and honor and glory and credit needs to
go to the One who created the universe, then played a video, on which
the names of God from the Bible were dramatically read. As some
commented later, there was hardly a dry eye in the place. Don Landis
then dedicated the museum in prayer, and Buddy played the song that we
discussed 13 years ago he would sing on opening day—"He Makes Dreams out
of Nothing." Then, with a pair of giant scissors, we cut the red ribbon.
A local secular humanist group, led by an ardent
atheist, is going to be protesting the first open day. They are already
setting up tents and a stage for a rock band outside the museum gates.
This opposition hates the fact that the Creation Museum is showing the
world that the Bible’s history is confirmed by real science—and that if
the history is true (which it is), then the gospel based in that history
The guests and even the secular media expressed
praise for the professionalism and quality of the exhibits. Rejoice with
us for this historic day and please continue to pray as many more media
descend on the Creation Museum, which has created a buzz in the secular
media (and Christian media) worldwide.
Here are just a couple of the recent media reports:
1) ASSOCIATED PRESS (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL)
(This article is appearing in many other news sources)
And what museum would be complete without fossils? Those dusty
artifacts are also found here—hung in large glass cases in a room
visitors spill into after taking a tour of Old Testament history. Ham
says most fossils, like the ones stored in natural history museums
around the world, were created by the massive flood detailed in the
book of Genesis.
"The Bible doesn’t talk about fossils, but it gives you a basis for
understanding why there are fossils around the world," he said.
Ham says the stories of the Bible are supported by science—a notion
that has drawn the ire of science educators around the country.
"They make such a point of trying to make it appear scientific," said
Lawrence Krauss, a physics professor, author and outspoken critic of
the museum. "Instead of shying away from those things that clearly
disprove what they’re trying to say, they use those things for
Krauss, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland,
said the exhibits rival that of a "very fancy natural history museum,"
making them enticing to young visitors.
Fancy might best describe the facility’s multimedia rooms, where no
expense is spared. After a stop at its digital planetarium, museum
guides with olive-green vests steer visitors into a 200-seat
special-effects theater with seats that quiver as the sound system
rumbles. Up on the screen, two angelic characters proclaim to the
audience that "God loves science!"
But the creation story found in Genesis is the centerpiece of the
museum. Patrons walk through a lush recreation of the Garden of Eden,
see life-sized models of Adam and Eve frolic and then get banished.
Then it’s on to the era of the Great Flood, where animatronic workers
are busy building Noah’s giant wooden ark, which rises two or three
stories inside the museum.
2) EDUCATION WEEK
Creation Museum Draws Scientific Community’s Wrath
The museum has drawn objections from a coalition of scientists and
organizations, including the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, or
DEFCON, a Washington-based group that says it seeks to combat the
political influence of religious conservatives. In a May 24 conference
call with reporters, those opponents said the museum is presenting a
distorted view of evolution and the earth’s history.
Eugenie C. Scott, the executive director of the National Center for
Science Education, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization that supports
the teaching of evolution, called the museum a "creationist’s
"I have trouble referring to this place as a ‘museum,’" Ms. Scott told
reporters. She worries that science teachers who try to explain
evolution to their students would soon be hearing from students, "‘I
went to this fancy museum this summer, and you’re teaching us a lie.’"
Ms. Scott estimated that there are a "couple dozen" privately run
museums around the country that present creationist views of human
development in one way or another. She said the Petersburg museum, as
a privately run facility, has a right to present exhibits from a
religious point of view. But Ms. Scott and others said they have an
obligation to explain why the museum’s displays are inaccurate from a
scientific standpoint. DEFCON officials said they were arranging a
protest at the museum on its opening day.
But Mr. Ham dismissed the critics’ complaints. He said the museum
presents a view of evolution that the public has a right to hear. He
also said the primary audience for the museum is the public at large,
and not school-age children, specifically.
"What they’re really saying is that they don’t want to see
Christianity legitimately defending itself, and using science to do
it," Mr. Ham said of the museum’s critics. The museum’s opponents are
"dogmatically asserting" their beliefs about evolution without respect
for opposing views, he argued.
The critics "are the same people who say [society] should have
tolerance for everything, but not when it comes to us," the museum’s