The ICR’s Acts and ‘Facts’ – May 2012

Mary Ruth Smith | pg. 22 | link

SOBA Student Profile: Lucien Tuinstra

The final article in the May Acts & Facts edition is a profile of Lucien Tuinstra, a student at the ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics.

Lucien first studied through the ICR Graduate School, planning to obtain his M.S. in Science Education. He transferred to SOBA’s program and has already used the information from those courses in his apologetics teachings at his church in Scotland. Lucien’s job occasionally brings him to the United States, and he has spent time at ICR during those visits.

And so on. He has apparently tried to spread the Word himself, but hasn’t had all that much luck:

On a recent ten-day mission trip to Russia with a retired pastor from his church, Lucien leaned on his SOBA training in efforts to reach out to others. He spent the very first night discussing the age of the earth with their host. “We went at it (in a Christ respecting manner) for over an hour, and I think the quote from Exodus 20:11 [‘For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it’] resonated with him, although he is still not convinced.”

So ends this month’s edition, save for a poster for a conference at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, which the ICR will be attending along with a former NASA astronaut, and another ad, this time for
stuff by Morris III:

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One thought on “The ICR’s Acts and ‘Facts’ – May 2012

  1. I’m enjoying this post. I particularly like your discussion on page 3. The fact is that, as you say, “good isn’t the same thing as perfect.” Too often, YECs hold that “very good” means the universe had been made as some kind of cosmic playground for humans. I don’t see this in the text at all. The theology of YEC is very skewed in that they hold God’s purposes are all about making things great and wonderful for us. It’s very anthropocentric, and it doesn’t seem to reflect Biblical teaching.

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