CSA Monthly Meetings

 

2016 Monthly Meeting Topics

 

Main Topic: Current meeting topics are below on this web page.
Date: First Tuesday of the month.
(Except rarely when there is a holiday conflict & Weather permitting.)
We try to post changes on this page, our Home page & our Facebook page.
( CSA is a totally voluntary organization so changes might not be posted as fast as we would like.)
Time: 6:30 P.M. Fellowship. Browse Book Table.
7:00 P.M. Meeting Start Time.
Meeting Format: Announcements: of Safaris and other events
Occasional teachlet, book review, etc.
Main Meeting Topic
Close: about 9:00 PM
Book Table remains open during post-meeting cleanup.
Afterglow: Some of us tend to go out for a treat at Perkins (75th & I35) after the meeting.
Location: Westbrooke Church
Address:

9777 Antioch Rd

Overland Park, KS 66211

Directions:

U.S. Highway 69 in Overland Park, KS. to 95th Street.

East about nine blocks to Antioch, South ~ 2 blocks to 9777 Antioch Rd.

Child Care: Not provided at this time.

 

 

2016 January - June

Monthly Meeting Details

(1st Tuesday of each month; content subject to change; no sign up or registration necessary.)

 

 

January 5, 2016

“What You Aren't Being Told About Astronomy,

Volume I
'Our Created Solar System'” DVD

by Spike Psarris

moderated by Larry Rink

 

In this video, you'll tour our magnificent Solar System. You'll visit each planet through more than 200 beautiful photographs and graphics from NASA and other sources. You will see how each planet uniquely testifies of its Creator.

 

Your host is Spike Psarris, a former engineer in the U.S. military space program. He entered that program as an atheist, and left it as a creationist and a Christian.

 

http://www.creationastronomy.com/

 

 

February 2, 2016

“What You Aren't Being Told About Astronomy,

Volume I
'Our Created Stars and Galaxies'” DVD

by Spike Psarris

moderated by Larry Rink

 

You will travel beyond the Solar System and explore the entire Cosmos, through 130 breathtaking photographs, videos, and graphics from NASA and other sources. Secular astronomy models fail to explain the heavenly bodies. Conversely, the Biblical account of Creation is consistent with what we see.  Also, viewing the Universe in light of Scripture gives us tremendous insight into the Creator's majesty, His character, and what He has done for us.

 

http://www.creationastronomy.com/

 

 

March 1, 2016

“My Thing the Boat”

by Kevin Anderson

 

 

 

April 5, 2016

“Is There Really a God?”

by Bob Farwell

 

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). This opening verse of the Bible is unique. It is the foundation of foundations. It has been said that anyone who really believes Genesis 1:1 will have no difficulty believing the rest of Scripture. Psalm 40:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” Is it logical to accept the existence of the Creator God? Can science prove or disprove His reality? In this session, we will explore various evidences for the eternal “First Cause.”

 

 

May 3, 2016

“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” DVD

Part I

a DVD directed by Timothy Mahoney

moderated by Mary Jefferson /Douglas Roger Dexheimer

 

 (Note: The following is a review by “Focus on the Family,” from amazon.com.)

“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney that chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. The film explores one fundamental question: Is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Twelve years in the making, this provocative documentary reveals new or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites’ descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt, and their ultimate conquest of the Promised Land. Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” builds a case that sheds new light on the story.

 

At the suggestion of Ken Carlson, the dates of the Exodus, as determined by Timothy Mahoney, will be discussed in comparison with the biblical chronology determined by Eugene Faulstich, an engineer who has searched for truth in the Scripture.  He based his study on many parallel chronologies of different cultures extant at the time of the Old Testament.  He compared astronomical events noted in Scripture with NASA’s astronomic catalog.  His initial work, “Biblical Chronology and the Scientific Method,” has been the topic for past discussions in “home” groups (i.e., special interest groups, plus CSAMA meetings).

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z9HS7TU?redirect=true&ref_=s9_cxhsh_co_g74_i2

 

http://www.patternsofevidence.com

 

 

June 7, 2016

“Patterns of Evidence –Exodus DVD”

Part II

a DVD directed by Timothy Mahoney

moderated by Douglas Roger Dexhimer

 

There is a very valuable and worthwhile “panel discussion” of the DVD, which we will also be airing at our meeting.  Moderated by Gretchen Carlson of Fox News, panelists Anne Graham Lotz, Gretchen Carlson, Eric Metaxas, Father Jonathan Morris, and Dennis Prager explore the authenticity of the Biblical account of the Exodus for the documentary.)

 

“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” is a thought-provoking and relevant movie! Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney takes on the hot potato of the Biblical history of the Exodus and matches it up against what archaeologists, historians, and naysayers have to say about the Bible’s accuracy…. Mahoney finds that there is little archaeological evidence of the Exodus during the time of Ramesses, who most historians believe was the Pharaoh who spoke with Moses and initially refused to let God’s people go. Yet when Mahoney backtracks to the Middle Kingdom, some 200 years earlier, the evidence is pretty impressive. Do the other scholars have the time frame wrong? There is controversy in the documentary for sure….

 

“I just wanted to know the truth,” says Mahoney, and he went to a lot of trouble trying to find it. This documentary chronicles his travels from the U.S. to Egypt, to Israel, and to England.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z9HS7TU?redirect=true&ref_=s9_cxhsh_co_g74_i2

 

http://www.patternsofevidence.com

 

 

July 5, 2016

“Origin of Oxygen”

by Martin Barthalow

 

When talking to our youth, or to someone undecided about the harmony of scripture and science, a productive way of helping him to begin exploring these ideas is to ask neutral questions.  One such question is “How did our oxygen-rich atmosphere, which is necessary for life as we know it, originate?”  The question is “neutral” in the sense that neither Scripture nor science makes a doctrinal claim for truth on this particular subject, and there are, therefore, few preconceived notions to bias the discussion in either direction. 

 

However, the best scientific hypothesis suggests that not only is our oxygen atmosphere necessary for life, but also that atmosphere cannot have formed haphazardly.

 

 

 

August 2, 2016

“Computer Simulation

vs.

The Modern Evolutionary Synthesis”

by Stuart Warkentin

 

All historical claims of evolutionary biological development are dependent upon the existence of an undirected, generative process of variance and selection, as described by the modern evolutionary synthesis. However, the generative capability of such a process has never been observed or tested in any biological system. This lack of observation has been justified by appeals to vast time scales that put the process out of the reach of biological experimentation. Through computer simulation, however, the observational barrier of such time scales can be overcome, and processes of undirected variance and selection can be directly demonstrated to possess no generative capability.

 

 

September 6, 2016

“The Descent of Man: Darwin's Second Work”

by Bob Farwell

 

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859.  Few know, however, that twelve years later (1871), Darwin published his second great work, entitled The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.  In his introduction to this work, Darwin gives a “brief account of how it came to be written”:

It seemed to me sufficient to indicate, in the first edition of my “Origin of Species,” that by this work “light would be thrown on the origin of man and his history”; and this implies that man must be included with other organic beings in any general conclusion respecting his manner of appearance on this earth.

He continues:

The sole object of this work is to consider, firstly, whether man, like every other species, is descended from some pre-existing form; secondly, the manner of his development; and thirdly, the value of the differences between the so-called races of man.

This presentation shall focus on “highlights” of this latter work -- a critique based upon true science and Scripture.  For man was created “in the image of God.”

 

 

 

October 4, 2016

“Black Holes and Gravity Waves”

by Dave Penny

 

A presentation of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and its numerous “godchildren”: singularities in time (time dilation, time worm holes, multiverses, etc.) and singularities in space (gravity-warped space, space contraction, black holes, Big Bang, gravity waves, etc.).  Additional factors will be considered, based upon the speed of light from special relativity-inflation theory, and the size/age of the universe and of the Earth.

 

 

November 1, 2016

“GENESIS FLOOD”
RELIGIOUS MYTH OR HISTORICAL FACT

by Ken Carlson

 

When it comes to Science and the Bible; parents, pastors, and youth leaders often do not have a "ready answer" (I Peter 3:15), and students often leave the church feeling that "science has the answer". They, like doubting Thomas/Didymus, must observe the evidence to remove their doubts and believe (John 20:27-28).

 

Come see and hear the evidence for a worldwide flood during the days of Noah that many willingly ignore. See photos and video of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens that illustrate the rapid formation of coal, canyons, and ancient fossilized forests. We will examine the geologic and laboratory evidence that supports a global flood, like that described in Genesis. The fossilized creatures that are now found in water deposited rock layers all over the world were buried during that flood.

 

Topics that will be covered include the following.

 

  • Science and the Bible
  • Is Faith all You Need?
  • Flood legends from cultures around the world that describe a worldwide flood
  • Biblical References to a Global Flood
  • What we observe---the Evidence
  • Source of water, and why it rained for forty days and forty nights
  • The role of Plate Tectonics (separation of continents), Volcanism, and Hypercanes (Hurricanes with wind speeds several times those observed today)
  • Demonstration of Flood
  • Genesis Flood and the Origin of Coal
  • Evidence for Rapid Coal Formation
  • Answers to your Questions about Origins

Photographs, Video Clips, Flood Demonstration, and Exhibits are included to help facilitate understanding.

 

Invite your agnostic or unbelieving friends. They will be glad you did.

 

The presentation is given by Ken Carlson. Mr. Carlson is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with a B.S. and M.S. (Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics) in Mechanical Engineering. He is a retired Fuels Consultant for an international engineering company and has visited and photographed the water deposited rock layers and coal deposits at coal mines all over the world.

 

 

December 6, 2016

“To Be Announced”

 

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