Information resource is explicitly aimed at church members, not experts, leaders said.
Published on: 10-22-2019
A new website will debut around the time of this year’s worldwide “Creation Sabbath” on October 26, 2019, as an addition to the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) media outreach. The new site is a ministry of the Creation Study Center based at the NPUC regional headquarters in Ridgefield, Washington, United States.
“The Geoscience Research Institute in Loma Linda [in California, United States] has a wonderful website full of advanced articles on origins,” said Stan Hudson, the NPUC Creation Study Center’s director. “They feature a number of topics that have been addressed by PhD’s from around the world. What we wanted to provide [in the new website] was a source of solid scientific and scriptural support aimed specifically at the average church person, by trying to avoid super-technical language.”
Hudson said that Adventist members often go to sources beyond the church for information on creation and evolution. Those sources sometimes include information that conflicts with official Adventist beliefs. The new Creation Study Center website was designed to give Adventists an additional resource that is supportive of the church’s stance on creation.
Thanks to generous donors and the web-developing skills of Curious Media of Nampa, Idaho, the website is now operational, Hudson reported. It features information on the Creation Center’s many services, including the scheduling of Hudson as a seminar speaker. Viewers can watch his seven-part creation lectures from the site or call to order their own DVD set.
The center itself is a museum, recently revamped with new rock and fossil displays and a sizeable new case for artifacts. An “Aaron’s Breastplate” display features stones similar to the original 15th-century-BC settings. Minerals from the Holy Land, natural cross-shaped stones, and brilliantly colored gems can all be seen at the center.
Hudson and a team from NPUC took nearly two tons (1.8 tonnes) of museum artifacts to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July 2019 for the International Pathfinder Camporee. Supported by the church’s Geoscience Research Institute, the exhibit hosted more than 10,000 visitors during the event. The team taught classes for an estimated 1,400 Pathfinders in three areas: rocks and minerals, meteorites, and geology.
Hudson traveled throughout NPUC during 2019, presenting nearly 25 creation seminars in churches and seven week-of-prayer events in Adventist elementary schools. Hudson said he loves encouraging students to study God’s works in nature. “The more we study God’s creation,” he tells them, “the more we learn about Him.”
Study Center staff and a number of NPUC-area pastors and teachers have also been active participants during the past two years with the annual Dino Dig in Wyoming, sponsored by Southwestern Adventist University. An opportunity for pastors, teachers, and students to join the Dig is available in 2020, leaders said.