Biblical Archaeology Conf. with Steven Collins, Sat., Nov. 9th, 9 am-5:30 pm & Church, Nov. 10 & video links0 Comments Published by johnj September 29th, 2013 in General
Biblical Archaeology Conference
Saturday, November 9th,9 am to 5:30 pm
Presented by Avondale Bible Church
17010 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville WA 98077
Free Registration until Nov. 8, 8 am
Or up to capacity of 250 people at:
He will also speak at Avondale Bible Church service
Sunday Nov. 10th, 10 am (see web site for title)
And Adult Class 11:15, Q & A
He will also speak at Cedar Park Church service
Sunday Nov. 10th at 6 pm (See web site for title)
16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell
Our Speakers are Steven Collins, John Johnson, and Preston Geren.
Steven Collins is scheduled to give three presentations:
- “Synchronizing the Bible and Archaeology”
- “Discovering the City of Sodom” (He is excavation director for Tal el Hammam)
- “Will the Real Pharaoh of the Exodus Please Stand Up!”;
Steve Collins will have his books for sale on these topics.
John Johnson will talk on “The Shroud of Turin” in light of Roman crucifixion and Jewish burial.
Preston Geren’s talk is on ”Tel Gezer Water Tunnel Dig Report.”
Download Conference Brochure for schedule and bios:
Journal articles on Tal El Hamman & Sodom proposal
Powerpoint animation of its location
Videos of Steven Collins Talk
Dr. Steven Collins Recap – Calvary Albuquerque April 18, 2012
Drawing from 1 Peter 3:15 and 2 Peter 1:16, Dr. Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth. He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city.
Calvary Chapel Albuquerque 2012 (56:23)
(HD, with closed caption subtitles)
Apologetics Canada Conference 2011 (1:06:11)
Discovering the City of Sodom – Tal El Hammam (2:08:33)
John Johnson web sites
for lecture info see:
For lecture info see:
Steve Collins, PhD.
Dr. Collins has been researching and lecturing in the field
of biblical studies and archeology for more than 30 years. His background as both a Bible scholar and field archaeologist gives him a commanding grasp of the issues involved in demonstrating the historical authenticity of the biblical record.
He has served seventeen years as Dean of the College of Archaeology & Biblical History, Trinity Southwest University, where he also serves as Professor of Biblical Studies and Apologetics in the College of Biblical & Theological Studies.
Dr. Collins is currently Director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan (the site of biblical Sodom). One of Dr. Collins’ passions is guiding people
through the Bible Lands, something he’s been doing regularly for nearly 20 years
Preston Geren, PhD.
Dr. Geren earned a Ph. D. in theoretical physics from the University of Washington
and has over 40 years experience in applied electromagnetics and antenna research.
He has authored numerous papers in network analysis, phased array antennas,
lightning effects and platform effects on airborne GPS systems. He also has 9 patents and 6 Boeing invention disclosures that are in the patent application process.
During May 24 to June 14 this year he participated in the excavation of the TelGezer water system, under the leadership of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
John Johnson, PhD.
John N. Johnson, has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. He has retired from Boeing Company after 31 years in aerospace mathematics. He has also taught academic classes for over 30 years supporting creation science (e.g. biomimicry: animal design technology), and Bible reliability via logic and Biblical archaeology. He has debated many evolutionists and Bible skeptics. He is President of the Creation Association of Puget Sound, He is an Elder at Avondale Bible Church. He is member of Sigma Xi, and SIAM academic societies
Creation Assoc. of Puget Sound (CAPS)
Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 at 7 pm
Refreshments, book table, geology museum at 6:30
At the Geology Learning Center in The Expedition Christian Church
23601 52nd Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace
Topic: DVD – Flight: the Genius of Birds (62 min.)
Shown by permission of: Producer: Illustra Media (June 2013),
see producer’s description and video trailer (2:39) at:
Buy at our CAPS meetings or online at http://store.nwcreation.net/flgeofbi.html
(Buying from this site supports the Seattle Creation Conference)
Intro and Q & A discussion led by biologist Chris Ashcraft.
For his bio and programs see: http://ashcraft.nwcreation.net/
Scripture, Job 12:7-10
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9 Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Flight: The Genius of Birds marks the launch of Illustra Media’s new documentary series The Design of Life. Each episode explores a different realm of the animal kingdom and the remarkable biological systems that make life on Earth possible.
Filmed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica, Flight probes the mysteries and mechanisms of a bird’s anatomy, instinct, and embryology to reveal stunning provisions essential for life in the skies.
You’ll marvel at a hummingbird’s unique skeletal, muscular and metabolic systems—all vital to its spectacular aerial acrobatics…
The endurance and navigational abilities of an Arctic tern as it travels from pole to pole during the longest migration on the planet…
The instinctive strategies that enable a flock of 300,000 European starlings to evade predators at break-neck speeds…
The elaborate network of a million component parts that make a feather an aerodynamic masterpiece. And much more.
The poet William Blake wrote that to see an eagle in the air is to observe “a portion of genius.” In Flight the ingenuity of a bird’s behavior and biology showcase unmistakable evidence for design, purpose, and plan. They are displays of genius best explained by intelligence and mind.
In January 2012, the Illustra Media production team first considered producing a documentary about the wonders of avian flight. It didn’t take long to “green light” the project.
The subject matter was attractive for several reasons. First, birds are highly photogenic. To see them in the air is breathtaking. And with new high-speed video technology, dramatic slow motion footage (that would capture the power and grace of an eagle, or the frenetic energy of a hummingbird) was more accessible than ever before.
Flying birds also hold universal appeal. The fascination they evoke transcends age or nationality. At one time or another almost everyone has looked up at a gull or hawk on the wing and asked, “how”?
And, there was another factor that inspired us to produce this film: The biology and behaviors of flying birds offer some of the most compelling evidence for supernatural intelligence, design, and purpose to be found anywhere in nature.
In order for a vulture to soar on a thermal updraft, or an Arctic tern to hover a few feet over the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of complex biological mechanisms and systems must work together in perfect orchestration. A flying bird needs bones that are light weight, but strong and durable; feathers that create a waterproof, aerodynamic shape; an internal gyroscope that stabilizes its head and body in the air; the most efficient respiratory and digestive systems in the animal kingdom–and much more.
Regardless of its species, every bird is the product of a cause that is able to visualize a distant functional endpoint and then bring together everything necessary to achieve that endpoint. Uniquely, in our experience, only intelligence is capable of that kind of causal process.
Birds are both engineering marvels and works of art. We know where engineered objects come from. We know where works of art come from. Why would we attribute a bird to anything other than intelligence or mind?
Flight: The Genius of Birds took more than a year to produce. Eleven cinematographers filmed on three continents to capture footage that offers glimpses of the spectacular beauty and design inherent in every one of the more than 9000 species of birds that inhabit the Earth.
The film is highlighted by computer animation that reveals the remarkable inner workings of avian anatomy, and an original musical score.
Job 39:26-29 (ESV)
Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his nest on high?
On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on the rocky crag and stronghold.
From there he spies out the prey;
his eyes behold it from far away.
Ted Baehr’s Movieguide, Rating: Content +4 (highest), Quality 4 stars (Highest)
Flight: The Genius of Birds – Official Trailer (2:38)
Flight: The Genius of Birds is the first episode in Illustra Media’s new series:
The Design of Life. This remarkable documentary explores the evidence for intelligent design as revealed through the biological systems and mechanisms that make avian flight possible. Photographed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica, this Flight video celebrates birds and the miracle of life in the skies.
Flight – The Genius of Birds – embryonic development (4:10)
or directly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ah-gT0hTto
In this sequence from Illustra Media’s newest documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds you will enter a fertilized egg to witness a bird’s embryonic development. Spectacular animation and live action footage document the extraordinary 21-day process of organization and growth from a few cells into a chicken.
Video clip from: Flight: The Genius of Birds – Skeletal system (1m 22s)
A bird’s entire skeletal system can account for less than 5% of its total body weight. Yet its bones are strong and flexible enough to withstand the constant stress of flapping, take-offs and landings. In this sequence from Flight: The Genius of Birds you’ll observe the elaborate infrastructure of girders and struts that support the interior of the largest bones in a pelican’s wings.
Video clip from: Flight: The Genius of Birds – Hummingbird tongue (3m 22s)
In order to fuel its heart and wings that can flap up to 100 times-per-second, a hummingbird must eat several times an hour. This groundbreaking sequence from Flight: The Genius of Birds illustrates the system of mechanisms that enable a hummer to consume several times it body weight in nectar each day.
Origins – Formed to Fly with Dr. David Menton (dinosaur – bird evolution refuted) (26m 32s)
Lecture by David Menton Origins TV (2011)
Evolutionists have long argued that birds evolved by chance from reptiles. However, in this lecture, you will see that no two classes of vertebrates differ more dramatically than do reptiles and birds. Unlike the dinosaurs, from which birds are said to have evolved, birds are truly “formed to fly.” With the aid of a scanning electron microscope, Dr. Menton examines the feathers of birds and compares them to reptile scales. Contrary to the claims of evolutionists, feathers are profoundly different from scales in every respect. It is biological nonsense to claim that one evolved from the other by chance.
Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Interview with Paul Nelson about the film Flight (4m 27s)
Hank Hanegraaff and Dr. Paul Nelson discuss how the ingenious design of birds poses insurmountable difficulties for Darwinian Evolution, as depicted in the film, Flight by Illustra Media.
Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (53m 11s) WNET TV (2010)
Video Clip: Hummingbirds -Magic in the Air Introduction
Full length video: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, in HD (or lower quality) online (53m 11s)
Hummingbirds are the tiniest of birds, yet they are some of the toughest, most energetic creatures on the planet. Their unique flying abilities give them unmatched maneuverability, but at the cost of a supercharged metabolism that keeps them on the edge of survival. Hummingbirds spend most their lives in fast forward, but now high-speed video lets us enter their world
Video Clip: Hovering Hummingbird (4m 15s)
Biologist Doug Altshuler has turned his lab into a kind of hummingbird training center, where he can test the limits of their aerial agility. The key, he says, is hovering.
Video clip: Hummingbird Babies (2m 51s)
Hummingbird mothers build nests out of soft leaves, feathers, or lichens. They usually lay two tiny eggs, and the chicks hatch in a couple of weeks.
Video clip: Hummingbirds – Expert Hunters (3m 30s)
Although hummingbirds are built to feed on nectar, they cannot live on nectar alone. Hummingbirds fill out their diet with protein by hunting insects. Check out this high-speed video footage of hummingbirds catching bugs.
Creation Articles on Birds
For info on CAPS see: http://caps.nwcreation.net/
Creation Association of Puget Sound (CAPS)
Special meeting on:
Tues. Sep. 24, 2013
At the Geology Learning Center in The Expedition Christian Church
23601 52nd Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Two Presentations by: Don Johnson, (come for either or both)
7 pm: Programming of Life *
8 pm: Mass and Energy: Origin and Fine-Tuning**
Bio: Don Johnson has earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He was a senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields, served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years, and taught 20 years in universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Europe. Since “retiring,” he has done consulting, speaking, and writing (4 books & several peer-reviewed papers). He has made presentations across the US and on most continents.
His Biblical Creation & Science web site is at:
His secular Intelligent Design Web site is at:
Also see his sites on:
BOOKS by Don Johnson
Programming of Life (See same name DVD and lecture below)
Big Mac Publishers, Sep. 2010
Description: “This book expands the information and its processing that was introduced in the “Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability” books (scientist and “Lite” versions). No proposed scenario so far has dealt in a feasible manner with this critical topic. The non-material reality of information is stressed, especially with respect to instantiated algorithms, controls, and symbolic codes. The book stresses an information science perspective, taking no stance on philosophical or theological issues that could be envisioned.”
Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability : A Call to Scientific Integrity
Book Surge Publishers Mar. 2009 & Updates Nov. 2010)
Description: Update Nov, 2010 from Mar, 2009 original. The author once believed anyone not accepting the “proven” scenarios for chemical and biological evolution that were ingrained during his science education had the same mentality as someone believing in a flat earth. With continued scientific investigation, paying closer attention to actual data (rather than speculative conclusions), he began to doubt the natural explanations that had been so ingrained in a number of key areas including the origin and fine-tuning of mass and energy, the origin of life with its complex functional information, and the increase in functional complexity in living organisms. It was science, and not religion, that caused his disbelief in the explanatory powers of undirected nature using scientific-sounding concepts that in fact have no known scientific basis. Scientific integrity needs to be restored so that ideas that have no methods to test or falsify are not considered part of science. Too often “possible” is used by scientists without considering that “possible” has a scientific definition within the nature of probability. For example, one should not be able to get away with stating “it is possible that life arose from non-life by …” or “it’s possible that a different form of life exists elsewhere in the Universe” without first demonstrating that it is indeed possible (non-zero probability) using known science. This book reviews the many prevalent scenarios that are widely accepted, but need closer examination of their scientific validity. It will also examine the scientific validity of Intelligent Design (ID) as a model that can be empirically detected and examined. For example, the book uses known science (including Shannon, functional, and prescriptive information principles) to prove that it is impossible (zero probability) for life’s complex information system, with thousands of interacting computers in each cell, to have an undirected natural source. The usefulness of the ID model for furthering scientific inquiry is also analyzed. One chapter is devoted to exposing fallacies, presuppositions, and beliefs that attempt to prevent acceptance of ID as “science.”
Probability’s Nature And Nature’s Probability – Lite:
A Sequel for Non-Scientists and a Clarion Call to Scientific Integrity
Big Mac Publishers (2009)
Description: “This is the sequel to the well received “Probability’s Nature And Nature’s Probability which was written in depth for Scientist and Professionals. This new book has the same wonderful foundation, but has been revised and put into layman’s terms so anyone can understand it. (See that book’s description)
Programming of Life and its Prerequisites
Big Mac Publishers, Sep. 2010
Author’s description: “This book expands the information and its processing that was introduced in the “Probabilitiy’s Nature and Nature’s Probability” books (scientist and “Lite” versions). No proposed scenario so far has dealt in a feasible manner with this critical topic. The non-material reality of information is stressed, especially with respect to instantiated algorithms, controls, and symbolic codes. The book stresses an information science perspective, taking no stance on philosophical or theological issues that could be envisioned.”
Programming of Life Prerequisites: Physical Constants and Properties Requirement
Big Mac Publishers, 64 pages, Nov, 2010
Programming of Life (2012 Telly Award winner for best educationalfilm) (44:05)
Description: An exploration of microbiology, information science, and the origin of life.
Programming of Life, film documentary excerpts (3:53)
VIDEO – lectures by Don Johnson
Science Every Christian Needs to Know:
a 10-min excerpt, not overly technical
6-Part Lecture Series
Intro to Creation, Evolution, & Science Facts
To play all six see the play list
(plays each sequentially and automatically goes to the next video) at:
Part 1 of 6
Creation, Evolution and Scientific Facts (48:23)
or better quality on http://vimeo.com/11369746
Part 2 of 6
** Mass and Energy: Origin and Fine-Tuning (1:00:18)
Part 3 of 6
Life and Its Origin (1:00:17)
part 4 of 6
Evolution (macro vs micro) Species and Kinds, (55:00)
Part 5 of 6
The Flood, Catastrophic, Fossils, and Time (1:03:17)
Part 6 of 6
Scientific Reliability of the Bible Part 6 of 6 (47:28)
* Programming of Life (POL) Documentary film (44:06)
A documentary film featuring Don Johnson but not a lecture
* Programming of Life (lecture) (1:05:46)
Radio interview Southwest Radio Church (swrc.com)
Programming for Life TV program (24:30)
Audio for 6-part series on Creation (play or download mp3 files)