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A Shooting in the Badlands

I have to tell you…I was stunned at the beauty here. Pictures don’t do it justice. We are now about a mile above the “basement rocks” and the “Deadwood Formation” that we were examining earlier. It is amazing to think that there could be that much sedimentary material, but this is actually not as deep as we might find in other places where it can be 17,00...

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A Shooting in Deadwood

Sounds like an old Western headline, doesn’t it? Actually, we just finished at short week of the Genesis filming in South Dakota and the first half was dedicated to examining the geological layers called the Deadwood Formation that extends from the Dakotas and Montana up into Canada. It is named after the town Deadwood, where we spent our first night. Dr. Marcus Ross, a paleontologi...

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Mt. St. Helens Filming, Day 5

This is a picture of Spirit Lake. It may not look like a lake, but it is. What you see in most of the foreground is a huge log mass that has been floating for over 35 years. But there are several things that you don’t see. One is that before the 1980 eruption Spirit Lake was 800 feet lower. Another is the scoured condition of the mountain slopes around the lake and, most importantly, what...

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Mt. St. Helens Filming, Day 4

This is a picture of “Step Canyon”. It is just below the current dome of Mt. St. Helens. In March of 1982, another explosive eruption melted a thick snow and ice pack that had built up in the crater since the 1980 events. The resulting water and mudflow cut through the bedrock at the edge of the crater. In a matter of hours, as if it were a hot knife going through butter, the mud...

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Mt. St. Helens Filming, Day 3

This is a picture from inside “Little Grand Canyon” at the base of Mt. St. Helens. The obvious is the film crew, Tom, Michael, Thomas, and Ian. Dr. Steven Austin, an incredibly smart geologist, is there as well (in blue). The other obvious things are the layered canyon walls and the stream. Here’s what is not obvious. Even though it might look really old, like a lot o...

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Mt. St. Helens Filming, Day 2

I took this picture from Johnson Ridge. It is named after the geologist who was killed in the Mt. St. Helen’s eruption. He was alternating every other day with another geologist taking turns being flown in by helicopter to monitor the mountain. On May 18, 1980, it was his turn and it was to be his last. When the mountain erupted, he radioed his final words: “…this is it.&rdqu...

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Mt. St. Helens Filming, Day 1

I am in the state of Washington to film part of a 90-minute documentary that we are nominally calling “Is Genesis History?” We already filmed one of numerous segments in the dinosaur digs at Hanson Ranch in Wyoming and now we are looking at the incredible destruction and geological formations created rapidly by the volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. On May 18 at 8:32...

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The Power of Blue Media and Blue Journalism

The role of media in a culture, especially in our modern world, is difficult to overstate. Quite frankly, it is huge and, I believe, it is THE MOST influential element in our society, bar none. Although it has become a tired cliché in Christian circles to complain about the media, this should not fool us into dismissing the reality of the incredible weight and sway that it carries. And, ...

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Ethical Nonsense from an AP Article

Jared Fogle, the advertising face of Subway, pled guilty to paying for sex with minors and for possessing child pornography. Both are a crime in this country not only because we find these actions to be unethical, but also because we find that it is in the best interest of our society to have those actions criminalized and subjected to the punishment of the state. Not all unethical actions are ...

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Court Rules: Baker Can't Say No; ACLU Calls it a Proud Day

A few miles up the road from me, in Lakewood, CO, a baker is fighting for what he believes is morally right. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2013. The gay couple, rather than respecting his beliefs, took him to the authorities, because this isn’t about getting a cake or flowers or photos, this is about forcing you to bow th...

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