Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Still Time to Come to the Retreat!

There is still time to register for Salem's fifth annual Adult Retreat (March 26-27). It is less than two weeks away!

Although it is called "Adult Retreat," we do encourage young men and women to join us as well - especially since junior high and high school students are particularly under attack by teachers and "scientists" who are afraid to present evidence that opposes the atheistic evolutionary worldview. There are indeed a myriad of scientists from across every conceivable scientific discipline who hold to a creationist understanding of our origins - a scientific perspective that vindicates, rather than attacks, the biblical account from the Book of Genesis.

Ken Ham's and Britt Beemer's provocative book Already Gone posits that the reason so many young people are leaving the church (and at increasingly younger ages) is our failure to defend the faith against the ubiquitous assaults of our culture that opposes the Christian worldview. Science is on our side. Philosophy is on our side. Reason is on our side. Most of all, truth is on our side. All of these ought to be employed by Christians in defending the faith of the Scriptures and of Jesus Christ - as St. Peter implores us to do in 1 Peter 3:15. Here is a video that puts it into stark perspective.

Rather than sit idly by watching our young people be led astray, we need to take the Apostle Peter's exhortation, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, to heart. But how do we even start?

This is why we're very excited to announce that our speaker will be Dr. David DeWitt, biochemist, neuroscientist, and biology professor at Liberty University. He is also the director of Liberty's Center for Creation Studies and a speaker for Answers in Genesis. Dr. DeWitt is also an Alzheimer's researcher, has been published in many scientific journals, and is a Missouri Synod Lutheran. You can see some of his publications here. You can see some sample video of Dr. DeWitt here and here. The Washington Post ran an amazingly balanced article about Dr. DeWitt last year, and you can read it here. The picture gallery alone is worth a visit to the article.

Dr. DeWitt's four intriguing topics he will present at our retreat are entitled:
  • War of the Worldviews
  • Noah’s Ark—not just a bath tub toy
  • Image of God or Planet of Apes
  • A Day is a Day
Our retreat will begin on Friday, March 26 at 5:45 for dinner. Friday's portion will run through approximately 10:00 pm, closing with worship and some free time to get acquainted. We will start again Saturday morning at 8:00 am for breakfast, and the day will conclude around 7:00 pm with dinner, worship, and an ice cream social. Due to schedule constraints, Dr. DeWitt will be leaving Saturday afternoon. Pastor Beane will make a presentation, and we should have time for some discussion.

The cost is $30 per person, meals included. The retreat is onsite at Salem in Schmid Hall. You don't need to be a member of Salem to attend. For more information, please contact Mrs. Lisa Matherne at lisamatherne70053@allstate.com or call her at 504-340-2612 (home) or 504-366-0774 (office).

Note: This announcement is cross-posted from the Salem Renaissance. Please feel free to offer comments there!