In response to the doctrinal compromise in the early chapters of Genesis, I have developed over the past ten plus years a seminary class on biblical creationism. As an outgrowth of this class, I have condensed the material of my seminary class into a series of six messages that I use at some churches in our area. On August 24 & 31, I had the privilege of conducting a Biblical Creation Seminar at Westside Baptist Church in Jenison, Michigan. The pastor and founder of Westside is Pastor Sam Hendrickson, a 2003 graduate of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (for more information about Pastor Hendrickson and his wife, Jill, go to the church website and click on the Pastor’s link on the left side of the page).
I gave the following six messages on Biblical Creationism at Westside.
1. What was the nature of God’s special creation?
2. When and how did death become a part of God’s created universe?
3. Is there a ‘gap’ between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2?
4. What is the nature of and result from the Noahic flood?
5. Why does God delight in His special creation?
6. What is the significance of creation, the fall, and the flood?
My wife, Linda, and I had the privilege of getting to know some of the good people of Westside Baptist. On the last night of our meetings, we got a picture of some our new friends.
While we were in Jenison, Sam and Jill showed us some of the highlights of Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 30. One of the places that we saw was the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. I got a picture of the Museum as Jill and my wife walked towards it.
After strolling past the Museum, Linda took a picture of Sam, Jill and I in a big, tilted red button designed for children, as well as for those who are young at heart.
We next walked a mile or two along the Grand River. While walking on the riverwalk, Jill took a picture of Linda and I.
With this past August, Linda and I were able to celebrate 36 years of marital bliss. The Bible Conference in Jenison gave us a chance to slip away from Allen Park for a couple of days over the last two weekends in August. As you can tell, the years have been better for my wife than I. Not only did the seminar go well, but, as the above pictures reflect, we were able to mix a little pleasure with business. Both weekends were good on both account. This seminar gave us the opportunity to become better friends with Pastor Sam and Jill. As church planting has its ups-and-downs for all church planters, the Hendrickson’s face the same challenges as other church planters. Let me encourage you to regularly pray for them, as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission in Jenison, Michigan.