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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Religion of Science

The Religion of Science

Tonight I took a group of High School students to see "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." The film is a documentary hosted by the 80's favorite teacher, Mr Ben Stein (Bueller, Bueller, anyone, anyone?). The Documentary deals with the idea that Intelligent Design is not an accepted worldview in modern science, and how those who hold to even the inkling that intelligent design exists are other blacklisted in terms of tenure, or are discredited as believers in fairy tales.

I have to admit, I found the film intriguing. Two thumbs up, for sure! Of course, upon visiting what the critics on thought, I was not shocked to see only an 11% positive rating. Media bias anyone? I have seen higher marks for such cinematic gems as Herbie: Fully Loaded and Crossroads. Media bias, anyone?

I like the questions that Mr. Stein raises regarding the connection between Darwinism and Nilhilism. If we are the result of random chance, why hold to morals? Why value anyone or anything? Everyone should get as much as they can, hurt whoever they want, and have no guilt or shame about the process in which they commit such acts. While I understand the dangerous jump the film makes in connecting the Nazi's to Darwin's theory, the idea is a perfect example of the result of society where there is no absolute truth.

See the the film...and learn why you believe what you believe.

Some good resources to help you along the way can be found at:

1 Peter 3:15-16 -

15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Maryland Trip Musings - Days 3/4

Monday & Tuesday.

Yesterday proved to be one of the most challenging day 1's of any mission trip I've been on. We split our team into three teams -

In the morning, one team sorted food at a local food bank - another served a meal at a local homeless shelter. The third team loaded 200 dozen dunkin donuts into the van and delivered them to local business in White Marsh and Dundalk - just as a random act of kindness from NCC. While 90% of business took them - some were quite puzzled that there was no catch, no sales pitch, and no conversion attempt. only love. CCC got a lot of compliments from people in white marsh, many of whom belonged to business that had received this treatment before. The 10% who didn't accept certainly showed the wall that many have toward the chuch in general in MD. Some were polite - some kicked our students out - some just wouldn't take the donuts. Did they think it was laced with the Jesus LSD? Many of our students, especially in dundalk, realized, "we're not in mega-church land anymore."

The two non-donut teams spent part of the afternoon taking prayer walks through neighborhoods praying for a variety of things .

All three teams ended day three with a process called assessment. As CCC looks to plant in the Dundalk area, one of the steps is to talk to people from the area and determine their physical needs. This helps establish the type of church, a targeted demogrpahic, etc.

Dundalk is a tough town - it's in the city of Baltimore, but not the "inner city." Some of it is quite economically challenged - and some of it is just downright hard. There's subsidized housing, and a large quantity of senior citizens, many of whom are unable, or now too afraid to get out much. There's crime - lots of bars, and, according to residents, much drugs and crime.

As our high schoolers went door to door, asking neighborhoods in Dundalk about their needs, they were treated a variety of ways. Almost every student was rejected/slammed/told to go away at least one time. one was told to leave before a dog was released on him - another was told that they were not allowed to talk to christians, as they were Jehovah's Witnesses. One was allowed to talk, but only from the sidewalk. Each student had a bright spot or two as well.

This treatment, despite the good memories of the day, really took a toll on our students. Most had never been hated for their faith. At group time that night, I really worried for my team.

tuesday brought a fresh day - it also brought warmth and sunshine. It didn't however, bring a renewed interest in assessing

In the morning - 200 dozen more donuts delievered . Another homeless shelter, and a different team to the food bank. A great morning - and great response on the donuts.

The afternoon's sunnyness made for great prayer walking.

As we assessed, many students noticed a marked difference in the people. maybe it was that they weren't shocked anymore after their first day. Maybe it was the sunshine that brought many people outside on their porches, so knocking on the door isn't as necessary. I don't know for sure, but I know that today went 100 times better than the day before. Tonight, at group, the team seemed energized, pumped, and ready to go back out tomorrow.

As I close tonight, having only really given play by play without the color commentary, I must say that I'm excited to see how God works tomorrow. We've seen him here in so many ways and through so many people - christian and non.