SUMMER NEWSLETTER, 2019
Dear friends and family,
I have just completed my first year as a graduate student at Loma Linda University in Southern California where I am studying to become a geologist. It has been intensive but a great experience so far. During the summer quarter, I will be conducting fieldwork throughout the beautiful Navajo sandstones of Arizona and southern Utah. Below are a few of the photographs I took on my latest visit with my friend and co-laborer, Dr. John Sanford.
My time studying here at Loma Linda University is crucial for the continued development of my understanding in the physical sciences. As many of you are well aware, geology lies at the crux of the origins issue—especially with respect to the historicity of the Noachian flood. And why should Christians care so much about boring things like rocks, fossils, radioactive isotopes, and the broader question of origins? A simple survey among middle school, high school, and college students will reveal it is one of the most common reasons for rejecting the reliability of the Bible and as a consequence, reject the free gift of eternal life that can be found only in Christ. That’s what Back2Genesis is all about—to restore a biblical view of origins in the church and culture by upholding the authority of the Word of God and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Photos of the Navajo sandstone from my most recent visit in June 2019.
A panoramic view of a Navajo outcrop where Dr. Sanford and I spent the week studying its structure.
Measurements taken of the “dip angle” of the cross-bedding surfaces are consistent with massive underwater sand dunes that were deposited during the Great Flood. You can see the beautiful banded colors of the cross-bedding marked by the white arrows.
One of the most fruitful and effective ways of fulfilling our vision has been through speaking engagements. My graduate studies occupy much of my time, but whenever possible I have continued to give lectures at various venues on the topic of origins. During the school year, I was invited to speak at Loma Linda University to students and faculty of the Earth and Biological Science Department on the topic of the hominin fossil record (based on our findings in Contested Bones). My most recent talk was at a scientific meeting in Toronto, Canada for an Earth Day Summit conference. Traveling has been difficult for me as a student so I’m trying to limit myself to local speaking events only. A few of my talks have been streamed live to youth group audiences via Skype or Zoom meetings, which is ideal. In early July, I will be speaking to the Creation Science Fellowship of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. I am grateful to God for these opportunities and I pray for those who attend to be encouraged and strengthened.
I would also like to take a moment to thank those of you who have been a blessing to the ministry financially. Thanks to your contributions, a total of $110,000 dollars to date has been invested in the production of our upcoming documentary. We are currently 50 minutes into production and progress has been steady. Please pray for our producers, LaBarge Media, and for the successful completion of this long-awaited project. We are still in need of additional funding for marketing, which will be crucial for promoting the documentary through social media. To learn more about the project, visit our support page.
Members of the LaBarge Media film crew onset at Presque Isle State Park, PA with our host Rebekah Tadros.
If things weren’t busy enough for me this past year, I also found time to get married during my Spring break! Meet my wife, Lauren Gigliotti Rupe... she has just joined me here at Loma Linda University to complete the final year of her residency program.
As always, thank you for all your support, prayers, and interest in the ministry! More updates on the documentary coming soon.