On Sunday, May 17th Tim and his wife’s group UNITY hosted a special Local Christian Music Showcase at his church in South Bend, Indiana. The evening featured the first live performance by UNITY in over 2 years… as well as other amazing local talent including WFRN D.J. and worship leader Cody Collier, Fort Wayne area rockers Filthy Rags, Pulse FM Superstar Amanda Baugh, and hip hop artist L.P – the Lyrical Poet. See some highlights from this event below…
DISCLAIMER: This is not meant to be the start of a debate. The debate has been on-going for ages. This is to prove that creationists who accept the Bible first have a logical basis for accepting the Bible and a literal 6-day creation. This puts the Bibles claims to the test versus the evidence.
When a scientist digs up a dinosaur bone it does not have a nametag on it saying 65 million years old. Scientists use the best information available to them to make educated guesses about the past. In fact, creationists and evolutionists have the same evidence. We have the same fossils, the same rocks, the same laws of science. Where we differ is our starting point.
Evolutionists believe they start unbiased, but this is impossible. Scientists come up with a hypothesis and then collect information to either validate or dismiss that claim. But have they already assumed an old-earth during their research? Are they encouraged to prove their finding financially? These lead to bias and presumptions before the research even begins. How about leaving out a crucial piece of evidence the Bible.
Most scientists will not use the Bible as historical evidence because of popular belief that it is such an ancient document it cannot be trusted, without even researching that position. Current Biblical translations can be compared to much older original manuscripts, and it still holds up. A study of the real processes involved in Biblical translation is awe-inspiring. Scribes would destroy entire hand written scrolls if they misspelled one word. And how about over one hundred Biblical characters verified outside of the Bible itself? How about archeological evidence pointing to physical locations and characters in the Bible? How about the fact that it is a collection of 66 books, written by over 40 authors, on 3 continents, over 1500 years, yet telling a cohesive prophetic non-contradicting story? How about the fact that its principles and promises have been tested time and time again by billions of believers and proven to be reliable? What we have is a historical written account of thousands of eye-witness testimony verified over and over again.
Now let me ask you this how do you know the U.S. Revolutionary War happened? Were you there? Did you see it happen? What kind of proof do you have? Well, we have written documents, eye-witness testimony, and archeological evidence. The same things we have in the Bible. Why now, can we not use the Bible as a historical, reliable document? If we cant, does that mean that people a thousand years from now may doubt the Revolutionary War happened, just because of time? Thats absurd isnt it.
The Bible is unique because it claims to be the inspired word of God, written down by His appointed followers. There is actually a way to test this. In Genesis, the Bible makes a lot of bold claims about historical events: a 6-day creation, an originally perfect world made corrupt, a worldwide flood, people groups created at the tower of Babel. Now, if we look at the evidence science has collected through a Biblical worldview does it still hold up?
The Bible (and Jesus himself) claims over and over that the world as we know it was created in six literal days. Many Christians have re-interpreted the Genesis account to fit into modern old-earth theories, but this doesnt hold up with further scriptures that talk about taking a Sabbath day once a week because God only took six days to create the entire world and rested on the seventh. The original Hebrew word for day in Genesis in yom which always means a literal 24-hour day, especially when combined with the phrasing of evening, then morning, the next day. Any other understanding of the creation story requires us to re-interpret what is plainly written. This becomes very dangerous for a Christian. If we re-write this part of scripture, what stops us from re-writing any part that doesnt fit our opinions?
Well then, why do we supposedly have so much evidence for an old earth? There are actually several explanations for this. Radiometric dating of rocks makes several critical assumptions before they even begin their dating methods. They assume original and ongoing conditions of the rock have remained unchanged and uninterrupted. But the Bible tells us there was a worldwide flood that would have disrupted the genetic makeup of every rock on the planet. But if we assume the Bible is correct, when God created the world he would not have created it in an infant stage. The animals and the people would have had no one to raise them. If the plants and world was in an infant stage, there would have been nothing to eat, or insufficient air to breathe. God had to have created everything in that week in its adult stage, therefore inferring age. We would have looked at a plant, or tree, or animal and seen many years, but in actuality they would have only been minutes old. Therefore when modern scientists use presumptive dating methods and see an older earth than it really is, this is actually what they should be seeing without the information the Bible adds to the equation.
But couldnt have God just used evolution to do his creation? No. With millions of years of creatures living and dying before man is even created, weve undermined and destroyed the doctrine of sin, and ultimately Jesuss reason for dying. The Bible teaches that our world was created perfectly and when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, death was introduced for the first time and the land was cursed. This is contrary to millions of years of things dying before humans were even around.
Death is the result of separation from God. God left our physical presence in the garden. Ever since then our world has been gradually degrading. This is evident in our current social relative morality decline, the increasing amount of disease and sicknesses, mental illnesses, anxiety, wars, and famine. Natural selection is actually a testament to the fall as well. Every mutation we have studied in a laboratory has always turned out to be a loss of DNA information, never an increase. There is some re-arranging of information, and sometimes physical characteristics have adapted to the environment around them but it is always a result of a loss of irrecoverable information. This is the exact opposite of evolution. Scientists have this evidence, they know this. What is represented is that species develop within their own kind, but do not change into another species, exactly what the Bible tells us. Again, with a Biblical worldview, these occurrences start to make sense as should be expected in a fallen and gradually declining world that the Bible describes.
The next fantastic claim the Bible makes is that God destroyed the world through a worldwide flood, saving only two of each animal, Noah, and his family. Does the evidence make sense of this? Absolutely. In fact, the evidence is overwhelming, its practically everywhere you look. Rock layers all over the world that stretch continents, canyon layers laid down rapidly from massive water flow, a fossil record of millions of animals killed instantaneously, polar ice caps, and the fact that the earth is still two-thirds water. Evolutionists make the claim that because animals are in the fossil layer before humans, then animals came first. But according to the Bible, all animals were created on day five, and two humans on day six. Thats a big outnumbering of animals. Therefore in the first 1500 years of existence before the flood, the animals would have reproduced in much greater quantities than humans. The animal to human ratio would have been astronomical. So again, animals in the fossil record (laid down by the flood) before humans make sense according to what the Bible tells us.
The final topic I will tackle today in the story of the Tower of Babel. After the ark, humans were encouraged to spread out and populate the earth. They did not listen. They stayed together and rebelled against God. At this point God decided to confuse their languages as to separate them out. This is what caused all the different races we see today. But according to the Bible, we all come from Adam and Eve. This would make us genetically only one race. The Human Genome Project confirmed that there is only one race the human race. This is another example of different kinds within a species, but only one species, one race. This is consistent with what the Bible teaches.
In these few short paragraphs I have presented a basic defense of using the Bible as a reliable historical document, a literal 6-day creation, the fall of man, a worldwide flood, and the Tower of Babel; and that each of these accounts align perfectly with the evidence of the world when properly interpreted. Creationists do have logical reasons for believing what they believe. We can debate the various issues, but classifying creationists as illogical is a horribly flawed argument. In fact does logic and science make sense outside a God-created world? In a completely random universe how would science and logic work? Wouldnt they be constantly changing and unreliable? I am not claiming that my accounts are hole-proof, but Ive obviously displayed that neither are the secularists claims. Choose for yourself. Mans word or Gods word. Its up to you.
All are welcome as we come together to witness an adventure into what is coming for all believers in these last days.
Cloud Ten Pictures (producers of the Left Behind series) presents:
THE APOCALYPSE SERIES
A sequence of four stories that take us through a realistic vision of the tribulation.
Beginning on a low budget “Apocalypse” (1998) tells the story of a lost people in chaos in the midst of
the rapture. On the heels of the first films overwhelming success came “Revelation” (1999), then
“Tribulation” (2000), and “Judgment” (2001). As the budgets grew, so did the star power yielding such
actors as Jeff Fahey, Carol Alt, Gary Busey, Margot Kidder, Howie Mandel, Corbin Bernsen, and Mr. T.
Over the course of that weekend in August, we will see extended clips from each film, as well as discuss
and dissect the possibilities and theories developing in each story. In addition to the films we will also
have a great time of fellowship with each other through praise & worship, scripture, prayer,
lessons, food, and of course – The WORLD PULSE FESTIVAL 2007 featuring
Krystal Meyers, Superchic[k], Sanctus Real, Kutless, Third Day, and Michael W. Smith!
My brothers and I have made a music video that we entered in a contest for the best TobyMac fan video! It turned out REALLY good and got selected as a FINALIST, and for the next 8 days you can vote once a day for us.
There are only 9 finalists and 4 winners! Numero Uno winner gets tix/plane/hotel/food to Creation Fest next month as well getting to hang out wit Toby and get our video premiered on the screens in front of the tens of thousands as well as released on his next DVD! Other three runner-ups get video iPods.
So, please please please – head over to http://www.hearitfirst.com/tobyvideocontest and vote for “Gilleand – I’m For You”, you’ll want to anyways, we’ve got one of the best, so we really stand a chance with all ya’alls help!
Thanks – and YES, I’ll keep reminding (buggin) ya’all about it! Yes, you do have to register at the site, but just use some throw-away email account like I do! Anywho – thanks!
VOTE EVERYDAY – TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT – THANKS!!!
Today in church I used a unique intro audio segment I created to lead into our time of worship. The piece was inspired by Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God Tour and leads into a performance of Chris’s “Indescribeable”. Check it out below…
2006 was once again a booming year for TMG Productions.
Fresh off the Timothy Michael CD release of Everything and Nothing all at Once, the year kicked off to a good start with a warm online welcoming of Tims John Denver tribute song/video The Water is Singing. Tim produced a record 7 music videos for the Everything album, including This World from the Gilleand Brothers forthcoming movie Extraordinary. Early on in 2006, Timothy Michael compiled all his new music videos with all his past videos and released Everything and Nothing the complete music video collection on DVD containing all 25 clips.
Work on Extraordinary, the long-awaited original action/drama full-length movie from the GBs, continued on into its second year of work into the post-production phase. Throughout the year, the brothers worked on finalizing special effects, final editing, voice-over work, and sound effects. The project is by-far the biggest project to date for the brothers as displayed in the exciting DVD Trailer and completed First 7 Minutes of the movie released online this year. The movie is expected to be completed Spring, 2007. The brothers also released three new short films this year parts 2 & 3 of The Continuing Story of Stewart A. Pehd and an improve comedy sketch Questions Only.
2006 was also the year of YouTube! By the end of the year, TMG Productions has uploaded over 80 original videos – amassing hours of free content ranging from Timothy Michael music videos, to Gilleand Brother short films and promos, and much more – with a year end total of over 72,000 views for our videos. Some of the most viewed were TMG original fan videos to Superchicks We Live (13,021), a Dawsons Creek comedy montage (6,9888), a Michael Jackson unreleased fan video (6,351), and much more. The most viewed original TMG Productions artist video was to Timothy Michaels rendition of I Can Only Imagine (3,960).
This year also saw some changes in the More Than Song band line-up. Heading into their third year, Tims Christian band lost bassist Nathan Smith to the Army. They spent half the year re-working their line-up and by summer had landed Jeff Kamp on guitar and Brent Kattau on drums. Tim moved to bass. The band performed at about a dozen performances throughout the summer and fall including Mishawaka Summerfest, Freedom in Christ, Rhythms of Grace, Sonlight Fellowship, and more. The changes in lineup encouraged a change in their style and sound. The band moved from a softer worship sound to a more upbeat performance style with powerful covers like Chris Tomlins Not to Us and David Crowders Revolutionary Love. After the bands final performance of the year Tims wife Marcy also announced that she was leaving the band to focus more on her own music. The band is currently looking to fill that spot. The band also suffered a blow when they too quickly lost friend, founder, and co-lyricist Ken Henderson to cancer. Ken wrote the words to the bands Freedom in Christ song and also organized the yearly music festival with the same name. He will be missed, and the band will continue to honor his life and ministry through his music.
Tim continued his own ministry at Sonlight Fellowship Wesleyan Church as their weekly worship leader this year. He also used his affiliation with the church to host a unique worship program called The Experience. The Experience was an under-wraps project Tim felt led to organize that put an emphasis on the community and corporate worship aspects of the church. The program featured live worship music from More Than Song, a hilarious skit with Tim & Dave, a moving open testimonies time, and a special Q&A session with the pastor. Tim and the church are currently discussing a second Experience for sometime in 2007.
For Tim, 2006 also saw him and his wife Marcy turn 27 (another notch closer to 30!!) does that mean we have to start acting like adults some time soon?? Michael turned 3 to an exciting Cars B-day party! And Tim left his Night School teachers assistant position of 5 years, to become a substitute for the South Bend Library system. 2006 also saw the spread of MySpace.com to the entire family: Tim, Marcy, Andy, David and special sites dedicated to More Than Song, the GBs, and Timothy Michaels solo music (featuring the first ever digital download pay service for Tims music). This year, we also re-vamped TMGproductions.net into a blog-style news layout.
Overall, 2006 was an exciting and developing year – and with the long-awaited upcoming release of Extraordinary, a second Experience, a demo recording from More Than Song, and new music from Marcy 2007 promises to be even more exciting. Happy New Year everyone, and as always stay tuned!
Here is the skit that Dave and Tim performed at THE EXPERIENCE. It is 8 minutes in length and yes, features the first live in-person appearance of Stewart A. Pehd.
Filmed after More Than Song’s Saturday night rehearsal for The Experience. “Something Beautiful” is a Newsboys cover song from Tim’s EP “GOING”. The video was directed and edited by David Gilleand for DWG Pictures.
This is footage from More Than Song’s rehearsal for The Experience at Sonlight Fellowship in South Bend, IN on Dec. 2, 2006. This fly-on-the-wall video includes outtakes of discussions and run-throughs of Newboys “I Am Free” and Chris Tomlin’s “Forever”.