Next regular meeting: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7 pm
Coming to SABBSA in November
Brian Mariani of Alpha Omega Institute
The 5 Common Deceptions in Our Culture
regarding God, the Bible, science, and Creation. This presentation will create audience interaction in covering questions like:
"Why is Creation important?
"Do we really believe God and the Bible?
"What can you do about spreading Creation?
"How Big is Your God?
Within this presentation, AOI speaker, Brian Mariani will be sharing his personal testimony and passion for Creation Training. He will explain why he is in the creation evangelism ministry and will present Alpha Omega Institute's vision for their new training program, the Discover Creation Training Institute (DCTI).
October 14, 2014
The apologetics classic "The Case for Christ" by Lee Stroebel.
In October we watched Lee Stroebel's the "Case for Christ" and found it to be a great apologetics tool for evangelism.
A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story on record in The Case for Christ. Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, former Chicago Tribune legal editor Lee Stroebel cross-examines a dozen experts with tough, point-blank questions in search of credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was positively the Son of God. This compelling video follows Stroebel's two-year investigation of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ. Topics include: the historical accuracy of the Gospels, the personal claims of Jesus, and His resurrection from the dead.
Although Stroebel is an old Earth creationist, there is no hint of such beliefs in this video.
4th Mondays in 2014 - 2015
FEAST Science Workshops Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis
This year our FEAST Science Workshops will feature the new 12-part series from the Institute for Creation Research entitled "Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis." Viewing this series, you'll walk away with a fresh understanding of the sometimes difficult-to-comprehend issues surrounding creation. Our dynamic host will lead you through discoveries of truth in awe-inspiring locations around the country. We will visit gardens and nature sites throughout Texas, the Grand Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, and the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska.
From discussions on dinosaurs to the Ice Age, the series covers the origin of the universe, the origin of man, design, fossils, Noah's Flood, the age of the earth, ancient civilizations, and more. We invite you to spend fourth Mondays with us at FEAST, 25 Burwood Lane, San Antonio, TX, 78216 at 6:30 pm for this series of videos with two episodes shown each night along with expert commentary and question and answer sessions from the staff of the San Antonio Bible Based Science Association.
Monday, September 22
We had a great "kick off" to this series with a large and enthusiastic groups both in the adult and young children's seminars. In the adult seminar we watched session 1 of the series "Design-Chaos or Creation?" This episode explored the age-old question: Was the universe designed or is it a product of random chance? The first installment begins with a memorable and engaging introduction to the fundamentals and flaws of evolutionary theories and contrasts them with Scripture that illuminates the undeniable evidence of God's creation.
Origins of Life-Plants and Animals. The second episode that evening asked the question, Where did life come from? Was it a chemical accident in a primordial pond or a living microscopic stowaway on an ancient asteroid? Or was it something more intentional? This episode explored the mystery of how life on Earth began. Our experts analyzed the prevailing theories of life's origins and test them against known natural laws, recent genetic evidence, and other data that point to the divine origins of plants and animals.
The following is an overview of the topics that will be covered in this series and the dates on which they will be shown.
October, 27 2014
Origins of Life-Humans. One of the most controversial questions in all of science centers on where humans came from. Did we evolve from the animal kingdom, or were we uniquely and divinely created to hold stewardship over the earth? This episode examines some of the prevailing theories about mankind's origins and presents fascinating new evidence from genetic and medical research that indicates we've been misguided by 150 years of evolutionary theories and teachings. Fossils.
What does the fossil record actually reveal about the history of life on Earth? In this episode, we explore the secrets of the past revealed by fossils and expose how appearances can be deceiving. Astonishing new discoveries from dinosaur fossils cast doubt on mainstream assumptions about the age of the earth and suggest that cutting-edge science is only beginning to uncover the wisdom and complexity of God's design.
January 26, 2015
Noah's Flood. There is little disagreement among scientists that the earth's climate and geology have been drastically altered by water since the beginning of time, but they puzzle over how and when this occurred. Does the great worldwide Flood described in Genesis explain natural wonders like Grand Canyon? Or was it the result of gradual erosion over eons of time? Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis takes this question on location, where one of the world's leading experts in Flood geology puts the evidence on display.
Age of Earth. How old is Earth? Understanding the approximate age of the earth is more than an intellectual curiosity-it's actually a critical issue of faith. By taking a closer look at the scientific evidence, this episode reveals why basic assumptions about Earth's age may be flawed. A recent, explosive example provides further evidence that the earth's ancient past may not be so ancient after all.
February 23, 2015
Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs captured our imaginations long before the field of paleontology was established in the 1700s. Dragons, winged serpents, and giant behemoths have inhabited folklore around the world for centuries. Most modern scientists claim dinosaurs became extinct eons ago, while ancient historians and monster-hunters have recorded more recent sightings. Did dinosaurs really die off before the age of man? This segment explores surprising evidence that dinosaurs may have walked the earth with early humans and explains why that matters to Christians.
The Ice Age. Most scientists agree that the earth has experienced long periods of time when glacial ice covered the continents as a result of drastic changes in geology and atmosphere. What worldwide cataclysm could have caused such a dramatic change in Earth's climate? How did it affect the development of civilization? Could it happen again? We will dig into the causes and effects of the Ice Age and what it tells us about the world we live in today.
March 23, 2015
Ancient Civilization. If all living things except Noah and his family were destroyed in the Flood, how and when did civilizations rebuild? Where did the Neanderthals come from? How did the great nation of Egypt develop? Are the Bible stories of Moses and the nation of Israel historical? Using the latest discoveries in biology, medicine, archaeology, and anthropology, this episode unearths man's past to help us uncover the truth.
Origin of the Universe. Modern technology enables scientists and stargazers to explore distant parts of the universe that ancient astronomers only dreamed of. New physics discoveries provoke fascinating and often fanciful theories about how the universe began but offer no tangible evidence. By applying the laws of empirical science and mathematics to the question of origins, it becomes apparent that the biblical account of creation is startlingly accurate. Once again, science confirms Scripture.
April 27, 2015
Uniqueness of Earth. How is it possible that we exist at all, much less on a planet filled with so much beauty and complexity, hanging upon nothing in the endless void of space? Is the earth unique or merely, as Carl Sagan once said, "an insignificant planet of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy" among millions of galaxies? By analyzing the uniqueness of Earth's-and our own-position in the universe, we discover more about God's eternal plan.
The Big Picture. Over the course of these episodes, we will guide the viewer through profound mysteries that have puzzled man for centuries. This final episode reflects on the key questions and evidence and asks the viewers to consider what they have witnessed and learned. Having seen evidence that confirms the biblical account of creation, not just on terms of faith but on terms of science, viewers should acknowledge a greater security and confidence in the Bible's message and purpose.
September 9, 2014
How do Alien Encounters Fit in a Biblical Worldview?
At our September meeting, we watched the video "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind, A new theory about alleged alien abductions" by Gary Bates of Creation Ministries International.
As a renowned Christian researcher into the modern cultural phenomenon of UFOs, Gary has met and counseled numerous people who have seen strange things in sky or have claimed interaction with alleged alien beings. How can we explain these experiences, which can be real, but are not of an extraterrestrial source? Are such occurrences mere fantasies, encounters with aliens or something else entirely within a spiritual realm? Gary's hypothesis is groundbreaking, yet straightforward, using phenomena that are known and understandable to us.
This video shows us Mr. Bates presentation as given at the US Super Conference in 2010.
August 30, 2014, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
How I Know Ministries
On Saturday, August 30 creation evangelists Mario and Danielle Lopez will present their testimonies and creation evidences at Living Way Church's Family Life Center. Their multimedia presentation includes some excellent film clips on various creation science topics and their testimonies reveal the journey of how one came to faith and another found the designs of the Creator!
Their goal is to fulfill the commandment in scripture that we are "always to be ready with an answer" for the
reasons you have the hope we have in Christ! do you know why you believe what you believe? This presentation examines
what we say we believe and why our culture and Christians hold the beliefs each adhere to.
Friday, September 05 at 07:00 PM
Darwinism is a Religion
SABBSA Board member Terry Read will present at "The Hope is in Jesus Church" on Friday,
September 05 at 07:00 PM. The address is 2308 Cincinnati Ave. Terry will give
the "Darwinism is a Religion" presentation showing that the evolutionary theory is not
science, but dangerous philosophy which is tearing down our culture and our kids.
August 12, 2014
Evidence for Creation Seminar, Part III
At our August meeting, we concluded the three part "Evidence for Creation Seminar" by John Heffner which we have run this summer.
John is a career mathematician and committed Christian. He is currently head of the math department at Kilgore High School. He teaches Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. John also serves on the adjunct math faculty at Kilgore College. John participates in numerous research trips and excavations annually. He has presented hundreds of seminars in churches and schools explaining scientific evidences in light of Biblical teaching. He has appeared on several international TV broadcasts discussing creation.
We found this series to be one of the most concise and well presented creation presentations we had ever seen!
Session 3 included such topics as: "Noah's flood- fact or fiction?"; "Geologic features of the Earth."; "Lessons from the Grand Canyon"; "Age of the Earth"; "Design in nature"; and "God's incredible creatures'.
While the presentation style of Mr. Heffner continued to impress, this was the first video with which we had some issues. His comments on Noah's Flood and the Ark were right on, as were his evidence for a young earth in geology. His use of the "shrinking sun" argument, canopy theory, quick freezing of Mammoths and Walter Brown's theory of hyper-rapid continental division are highly debatable today and perhaps not the best evidence which can be sighted in light of current research.
Overall, we still found this entire series both enlightening and fulfilling.
July 8, 2014
Evidence for Creation Seminar, Part II
In July we continued the three part "Evidence for Creation Seminar" by John Heffner.
We found the first two sessions in this series to be one of the most concise and well presented creation series we have ever seen!
Session 2 focused on evidence for the recent demise of dinosaurs and for men coexisting with dinosaurs. This session includes such topics as: "Dinosaurs all over the World", "Dragon Legends", "Human Footprints in Stone", "Incredible Artifacts", "Excavations in CO, WY, UT and TX" and "Indian Petroglyphs."
June 10, 2014
Evidence for Creation Seminar, Part I
In June we started the three part "Evidence for Creation Seminar" by John Heffner.
Session 1 of this series contained a wealth of "meat and potatoes" creation science shown in one of the most concise and well presented creation talks we had ever seen!
Session 1 included such topics as: "Science plays catch up with the Bible"; "The 6 days of
creation"; "Giant animals of the pre-flood world"; and "Human population statistics"
June 7, 2014
SABBSA and AOI in the Rio Grande Valley
On Saturday, June 7 SABBSA had the honor of collaborating with the
Alpha Omega Institute (AOI) at the 3rd Annual Rio Grande Valley Home School Conference which was held at First Church of the Nazarene, 2001 N. 7th Street, Harlingen, TX 78550.
Scott Lane of SABBSA presented on the topic of "The Theories of Creation." Thanks to SABBSA Treasurer, Dr. Carl Williams who made the trip all the way to the valley and back that day to help us out at the convention providing valley home school families with AOI's excellent materials.
May 13, 2014
The Best and Worst Arguments Against Evolution
At our May meeting we had a vigorous discussion evaluating a list of the best arguments and evidences against the theory of evolution.
We agreed that current evidence that almost the entire human genome is functional is disastrous for the theory of evolution. Among a long list of other good evidences for God's creation and against purposeless evolution were4: design features in all living things; DNA evidence which shows we all came from one primordial man and one primordial woman; evolution seems to violate the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and the Law of Biogenesis to name just a few of the wealth of evidences discussed.
Along the way we explored how some arguments used by Christians and anti-evolutionists are sometimes not the best. While many arguments have a good basis in fact, they may be hard for the general public to understand or be easily confused by an evolutionary debater so we cautioned in the use of such arguments in some scenarios.
April 8, 2014
Things That Go Bump in the Night: Do black holes and dark matter exist?
At our April meeting we saw a video from Answers in Genesis with Astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner who explores the existence of black holes, dark matter and dark energy. He separates the issues of physics and good science from evolutionary musings.
Do black holes exist? What about dark matter? Dark energy?
This video purported to answer these questions. It made a good case for black holes and that is not a point of contention in creation circles. However, the information Dr. Faulkner gives for dark matter is nothing new and is unconvincing as to the existence of dark matter. The topic of dark energy is not covered.
While the video was informative, it did not give us anything which would shake our disbelief in dark matter and dark energy. Further, in our discussion after the video we questioned how pertinent the information presented was to the creation debate and we were hard pressed to find good relevance.
Science Workshops at FEAST in 2014
We will again put on the FEAST Science Workshops on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Family Educational Alliance for South Texas. We thank FEAST for having faith in us to provide this teaching for the seventh consecutive year! Below is the schedule of multimedia presentations we will present for the home school community this school year.
Each one of these titles represents a multimedia presentation with embedded films and pictures to enhance each presentation. We will offer a companion young children's program to go along with the youth and adult's program described.
January 27, 2014 - Biology in a Created World
February 24, 2014 - God, Man and Dinosaurs
March 24, 2014 - What If God Wrote the Bible?
April 28, 2014 - The Discovery of Genesis in Chinese
A synopsis of each of these presentations are available on our resources page.
March 11, 2014
Tower of Babel
Do you know how Babel points to Jesus Christ? We viewed a video from Answers in Genesis in March which does just that.
An exciting new video "The Tower of Babel: Can the "Story" be trusted today?" answers the most important questions about the Tower of Babel in Genesis and the intriguing topics related to it.
Many Christians, including many theologians and academics believe the events the Bible describes
at Babel are myths or legends, and need to be reinterpreted. They attack the account, saying it
cannot possibly be based on fact. But are these assaults on the Bible warranted? Apologetics expert
Bodie Hodge says the Bible is accurate and answered such questions as:
*Who built the Tower of Babel?
*What did it look like?
*Who was Nimrod and what was his part in the rebellion?
*Did the continents split at the time of Babel?
*Why did God confuse the people with multiple languages?
*By what means did the people travel?
*Where did all the different people initially go?
*Why the sudden decrease in longevity?
*What do extra-biblical sources say of a language split?
*How does Babel point to Jesus Christ?
The Babel account can be trusted as written, and it is a key to understanding evangelism and the lands and people of the world today! After viewing this video we had spirited debate about whether the videos interpretation fo the separating of the continents occurred only during the flood or for hundreds of years thereafter. We would endorse this video as a thought provoking exercise!
February 11, 2014
Dave Nutting, Alpha Omega Institute
Dave & Mary Jo Nutting are the Directors of Alpha Omega Institute. They were college math and science instructors when they first grappled with the problems of evolution and became convinced of the evidence for Creation. Their personal contact with students convinced them of the importance of the issue, not only in science, but in evangelism and Christian growth. Since founding AOI in 1984, they have spoken extensively throughout the USA and overseas to young and old alike.
Dave gave us multiple examples of how man continually copies designs in nature because God has
already worked out problems we wish to solve today in engineering, medicine and many other fields, and God
has done so far better than our best attempts and far beyond our abilities to duplicate at times. Design in nature points to an Intelligent Designer, not random chance and accidents.
These fascinating examples from the living world support the claim that
"The evidence cries out: Creation!"
February 4, 2014 at 7 pm
Creation vs. Evolution Debate
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) vs. Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
Tuesday, February 4 at 7 pm at FEAST, 25 Burwood, SA TX 78213
Live Streaming Event on the big screen
Scott Lane of SABBSA will moderate and answer questions
Wednesdays in February 2014
Creation Science Seminar
Starts February 12 at Castle Hills First Baptist Church
All presentations on Wednesdays at 6 pm in Castle Hills Baptist's Grace Chapel
Schedule of Events -
Feb. 12 - "What If God Wrote the Bible?" pt. I
Feb. 19 - "What If God Wrote the Bible?" pt. II
Feb. 26 - "Introduction to Creation Theories"
March 5 - "Biology and Missing Links"
A synopsis of each of these presentations are available on our resources page.
January 14, 2014
Set in Stone
"Set in Stone" from Truth in Science and Illustra Media, takes the viewer on a visual odyssey of discovery shot in high definition on location around Britain. It takes us to spectacular scenery, awe inspiring landscapes and beautiful coastlines. It presents evidence for Earth's catastrophic past to enable the viewer to ask important questions.
According to modern geology, our world is over four and a half billion years old, and its geological features have been sculpted over vast eons of time. Everyone knows that Planet Earth is unimaginably ancient. It's common knowledge that geological forces have acted slowly over millions of years to form the rocks beneath our feet. But what if what everyone 'knows' is wrong?
Were the rocks around us formed slowly and gradually - or suddenly during catastrophic events?
Did the history of the world unfold over vast eras of time or much shorter periods? And what do
the rocks really tell us about the geological history of our world? Our evaluation of this video was very positive
we believe it would be an invaluable educational tool for high school education.