Sunday, April 12, 2015

ALCT Bandung Day-4 (11 April 2015)

Dicky is all set to launch into the Astronomy session with the "moral support" from Danny Faulkner in the background. We were also pleased to have Pak Daniel, a Physics lecturer to come and share with the class on why the Big Bang is not a viable model to explain the origins of the universe. Praise God for the variety of talents and experience we have in the class.

The above is a sampling of the output of the various group discussions and we are pleased with the way that the participants have processed and presented their learning.

James is ready to go on the "How do we know the Bible is true?" session with Tim Chaffey in the background.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

ALCT Bandung Day-3 (10 April 2015)

We are very encouraged by the presentation from the discussion groups which shows their level of understanding of what is taught. The above chart shows their discernment in drawing out what are the facts (observational science) and what are interpretation (historical science).

When Dicky presented the topic of radiometric dating, we had the privilege of a Physics lecturer who volunteered to bring further clarification on why the radiometric dating results in a large variation with even the slightest variable change. We are grateful for such a divine serendipity!

Friday, April 10, 2015

ALCT Bandung Day-2 (9 April 2015)

On the far right is Yogas from the organizing committee - our key logistics coordinator who is super-efficient in getting things organized. It is amazing to have someone like him to look into the operational details while we focus on the training sessions.

For this second day, the crowd is now more "warmed up" and the session facilitated by Dicky was very interactive with a free flow of questions being asked. Although the topic was on "After Its Kind - Evolution & Natural Selection", the most active discussions were around the concept of worldviews.

We had a teacher who brought along the two textbooks for discussion and lo and behold, we discovered that the Biology textbook itself states its worldview at the very onset. Now, if a secular book is not ashamed in stating its worldview, then why should we be?

We had three different case studies today - dealing with concepts of mutation, evolutionary bias, and circular reasoning.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Ever ALCT (Answers Leadership Certification Training) - 8 March 2015

We are thankful for the support given by Answers International, the arm of Answers in Genesis that is solely focused on supporting the global mission of the church by equipping Christians around the world in Creation apologetics and evangelism. Through the encouragement given by Steve Ham and his team, we are now finally conducting the first ever Answers Leadership Certification Training (ALCT) in Bandung, Indonesia. Many thanks to Dicky Sudrajad - our key team member from Indonesia who has tireless worked to coordinate with the many parties in Bandung to make this vision a reality. In addition to conducting creation seminars and training, the key strategy of Answers Academy now is to conduct at least one ALCT event in every major country in Asia with the strategy of certifying and multiplying leaders who are key influence-makers in their respective field. Here in Bandung, we have 25 representing 4 educational institutions and 5 churches. In addition, we also have 16 observers who will be attending the training but not be part of the certification process.

After the opening remarks from Steve Ham on the pressing need for creation apologetics to meet the skeptical questions of our time. With most of the leaders present being from the education field and youth ministry, they are certainly excited about our next 5 days together in this ALCT certification journey.

A distinctive feature of ALCT is that we have group case studies and discussions to train the leaders in articulating their defense of the authority of Scripture. For example, in last night's session - our group case study was an extract from "Sejarah Indonesia" - the local Indonesian history textbook which stated that religion and science do not mix. We had a really good discussion and it was so encouraging to see each group presenting back to us on what they have learned about topics like worldview, observational/historical science, starting points, etc. 

What a joy it is to see the demonstration of clear thinking about origins and finally how it all leads on to a more impactful presentation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!


StrengthsQuest Coaching (14 Sept 2013)

Conducted the inaugural session of StrengthsQuest Coaching for teenagers aged 15-19 years old. The purpose of this workshop is to help teenagers make discerning career and life decisions by first understanding their God-given talents. We made it compulsory for at least one the parents to come - in this way, the strengths-coaching relationship is continued on even after the workshop is over. We had fun! What made it especially meaningful was when we saw the authentic, heart-felt conversations that took place between parent and teenager. Priceless!

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