Sermons on Worldviews, Apologetics and Creation/Evolution

Sermons on Worldviews, Apologetics and Creation/Evolution

Apologetics 101: The Uniqueness of Christianity (58 min)

Apologetics 101 – PART 5 of 5 Consciously or not, every human being has a worldview; it’s the way they view themselves, the world and all of reality. That worldview has consequences, for what a person believes determines how they live. So what is the correct worldview and how can it be verified? Michael Penfold tests 5 common worldviews against three questions: “Where do we come from?”, “What’s wrong with the world?”, and “How do we solve the problem?”. After…

Apologetics 101: The Rock of Scripture (63 min)

Apologetics 101 – PART 4 of 5 In 1890, British Prime Minister, William Gladstone, wrote a book about the Bible entitled “The Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture”. Battering this rock over recent centuries has been Higher Criticism, one of the off-shoots of the Enlightenment. In an Enlightenment world, where the universe is a self-propelled machine, man is the measure of all things, and reason has replaced revelation, there is no room for miracles, nor for a book about miracles. How…

Apologetics 101: The Lie of Evolution (65 min)

Apologetics 101 – PART 3 of 5 The foundation upon which the secular and naturalistic worldview of the mainstream media, the mainstream political parties and the academic establishment rests, is Darwinism. While the Enlightenment got rid of Scripture and turned theists into deists, it was Darwin who got rid of God and turned deists into atheists. Richard Dawkins has famously remarked that Darwin’s theory of evolution “made it possible to become an intellectually fulfilled atheist”. But what if evolution is…

Apologetics 101: The Folly of Atheism (57 min)

Apologetics 101 – PART 2 of 5 The Bible doesn’t beat about the bush. Twice over it says “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” In this presentation, Michael Penfold expounds this biblical conclusion, as he examines the folly of a system of thought that posits “everything came from nothing by chance”. Rather than acknowledge the existence of God, atheism throws up endless arguments trying to get round the obvious. Why? Not because atheists cannot believe in God,…

Apologetics 101: The Existence of Truth (51 min)

Apologetics 101 – PART 1 of 5  Pilate’s question is still the most fundamental of all: “What is truth?”. In this audio presentation, follow the trail of truth from the pre-modern era, through the modern era to the post-modern era of today. Learn how truth was fractured during the Enlightenment through the radical ideas of Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant. Trace the West’s 400 year descent into madness as it ‘progressed’ from rationalism, to empiricism, to agnosticism, to nihilism, to…

Creation Part 5 – Is the Gap Theory True? (40 min)

PART 5 of 5 – In Part 5 of his Creation series, Norman Crawford takes a detailed look at Genesis Ch 1 and shows how this chapter cannot be reconciled with the theory of evolution (theistic evolution won’t work!). The greater part of his message is taken up with an examination of “the gap theory”, an idea promoted in, for example, Earth’s Earliest Ages by G.H. Pember. Mr Crawford looks at the Hebrew grammar of Genesis 1 and also explains…

Creation Part 4 – Ape Men and a Young Earth (40 min)

PART 4 of 5 – In Part 4, Norman Crawford speaks on numerous subjects surrounding the first man Adam, and also the age of the earth. Adam was the first man; there was no race of men, nor was there death, before him. The fossilized remains of humans around the globe, among which so-called ‘Neanderthals’ are to be included, were mostly buried during Noah’s flood. The earth was created a few thousand years ago as a mature creation by a…

Creation Part 3 – Fossils and the Flood (34 min)

PART 3 of 5 – In part 3, Norman Crawford speaks on one of the main predictions of Darwin’s theory of evolution: that the ground beneath our feet should contain millions of ‘transitional fossils’. There’s only one problem: it doesn’t! But what about fossils? How did they come to be? Mr Crawford explains that the flood of Noah is the reason why there are billions of fossils all over the world, including on the top of mountains. Mr Crawford explains…

Creation Part 2 – The Origin of the Universe and Life (41 min)

PART 2 of 5 – In part 2, Norman Crawford speaks on a wide range of topics, including the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the laws of thermodynamics and the complexity of the human body. He discusses the lives and influence of three men: Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell and James Hutton, all of whom were pivotal in making evolution the reigning paradigm in our culture, all of which contradicts the teaching of Scripture relative to the beginning…

Creation Part 1 – Introduction (34 min)

PART 1 of 5 – In his opening message in a series on the topic of creation vvs evolution, Norman Crawford challenges some of the basic assumptions and presuppositions of the secular scientific community (uniformitarianism etc.) and gives reasons why it is so wedded to a naturalistic explanation of the origin of life and the universe. Mr Crawford defends the use of apologetics and urges parents to make sure they have answers for their children when they come home from…

Jim Allen – Questions and Answers about Creation (55 min)

Jim Allen answers questions on the topic of creation and evolution. On a Saturday evening in February 1999 a large crowd gathered to hear Mr Allen speak for 20 minutes on the foundation of the earth, the fall upon the earth, and the flood that engulfed the earth. Mr Allen then fielded written and verbal questions for 35 minutes on a variety of subjects including the age of the earth, where Cain got his wife, the ice age, dinosaurs, and…

Is Adam our Earliest Ancestor? (48 min)

Jim Allen examines a central claim of the theory of evolution that man, rather than being a creation of God from the dust and made in His image, has simply evolved by chance mutation and natural selection from an ape-like ancestor. Mr Allen discusses numerous so-called missing links and finds them all wanting, and also tackles the issue of the origin of life, proving that the spontaneous generation of life is a scientific impossibility. The second half of his message…

Do Fossils Prove Evolution? (45 min)

Darwin’s theory of evolution, propounded in his book On The Origin of Species (1859), would never have seen the light of day had it not been for Charles Lyell’s earlier book The Principles of Geology (1830-1833). Lyell’s work single-handedly convinced multitudes of people that the fossil record wasn’t laid down during the catastrophe of Noah’s flood, but rather over millions of years of history by processes visible in the world today. This idea became known as uniformitarianism, and the whole…

Can We Trust Genesis? (51 min)

Jim Allen visited us in 1982 and one evening gave us a powerful presentation on the topic of creation vs evolution. He described the fairy tale of accidental cosmic, chemical and biological evolution, and contrasted it with the truth of divine creation as outlined in the inspired record of Genesis. In a similar recording given at Ballymena 31st Oct 1981, Mr Allen sets out the truth of God’s word in relation to the beginning of the universe, life and human…

Fossils, Dinosaurs and Apemen (58 min)

PART 6 – David Vallance explains that the world’s geological layers and its vast number of fossils were not laid down over millions of years by natural processes, but in a short space of time by the worldwide flood described in Genesis Chs 6-8. Dinosaurs did not live millions of years ago! David discusses numerous issues in this presentation, including ice cores, coal seams, the Cambrian explosion, radiometric dating and finally so-called “ape-men” (Message given 3rd Mar 2019) (PowerPoint Slides)

DNA and Design (60 min)

PART 5 – Principally referencing DNA, David Vallance presents the teleological argument  for the existence of God (the argument from purpose or design). The complexity of the genetic information system at the heart of biology is such that no natural explanation can come close to explaining it. On the contrary, DNA shouts “design” and points to an all wise Creator. David tackles commonly proposed arguments for evolution such as antibiotic resistance in bacteria and what is known as ‘homology’ (Message…

The Universe and the Big Bang (53 min)

PART 4 – David Vallance critiques “big bang cosmology” and takes aim at the idea that something can arise from nothing (although evolutionists don’t really mean ‘nothing’ when they say ‘nothing’!). Among other things he discusses the second law of thermodynamics (entropy), the apparent great age of the universe, and the anthropic principle, sometimes called the “fine-tuning” of the universe (Message given 2nd Mar 2019) (PowerPoint Slides)

Worldviews and the Scientific Method (52 min)

PART 3 – David Vallance explains that the Bible is not anti-science. Quite the reverse. A biblical worldview is essential to provide a basis for real science. After giving a history of scientific discovery, pioneered by theists such as Kepler, Newton, Boyle and Faraday, David explains the difference between the inductive and deductive methods of inquiry and criticises the broader scientific community for starting from the premise of naturalism. Quote of the day: “The only thing you can know for…

Days, Ages and Gaps (80 min)

PART 2 – David Vallance outlines the stark choice facing us all. Which is right – “the Bible” (Genesis), or the grand theory of “evolution” (cosmic, molecular, biological etc.)? Starting with Darwin’s “origin of species”, David helpfully distinguishes between “horizontal variation” (observable) and “vertical evolution” (a fairy tale for grown-ups). He finishes by explaining why he rejects 5 compromise positions: the gap theory, the day-age theory, progressive ages, the literary framework hypothesis, and theistic evolution (Message given 1st  Mar 2019)…

The Value of Apologetics (48 min)

PART 1 – David Vallance outlines what the Bible means when it uses the Greek word “apologia” (answer, defence – 1 Pet 3:15). A consistent Christian life, combined with a gracious personal testimony to God’s truth and grace is the best apologetic of all! He then outlines the difference between evidential, presuppositional and classical apologetics and gives biblical examples of each (Message given 28th Feb 2019)

Was “Genocide” Committed in Egypt and Canaan? (38 min)

Mervyn Hall preaches on the judgment that God meted out to Egypt (and its gods) and later to the Canaanites. In each case, Mervyn outlines the context of the judgment, the charge made against Christianity because of the judgment, the cause of the judgment and the conclusions to be drawn from the judgment. He explains that atheists are “borrowing from God” when they complain about Joshua’s destruction of the Amorites (Message preached 11th Nov 2018)

Where is History Headed? (50 min)

PART 4 – Mervyn Hall completes his series on the ‘Christian worldview’ by addressing what the Bible says about where history is heading. He shows that history is not meaningless (just a series of unrelated random events) or even cyclical (the same things happening over and over again), but is linear, purposeful and controlled by God. He concludes with a stark warning of final judgment – the Great White Throne – and shows that sinners can be cleared from judgment…

Is There Any Hope? (41 min)

PART 3 – Addressing the third of four major questions, “Is there any hope?” Mervyn Hall turns to the Bible and expands God’s way of Salvation as presented by Paul in Athens – Jesus and His resurrection. He underlines the futility of hoping in society, or government, or charity, or self, and points to Christ as the only means of salvation (Message given Oct 16th 2016)

What Went Wrong with the World? (49 min)

PART 2 – What is the solution to the world’s ills? Social justice? Politics? Economics? In a wide ranging message, Mervyn Hall tackles a number of related questions in this field of enquiry: “What actually is wrong with the world?”, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” and “If there’s a God, why all the suffering?” Central to his treatment of these issues are “human free will” and “human sin”, the latter of which he defines Biblically as “when…

Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? (44 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall poses the most fundamental of all existential questions – “Why is there something rather than nothing?” How did space, time and matter come into existence? Was it created by God or did it create itself? Using a presuppositional approach, Mervyn explores whether or not the Bible gives a credible answer to this big “worldview question” (Message given Oct 2nd 2016)

Was it Right for Israel to Destroy the Canaanites? (26 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the issue of the “moral dilemma” posed by Israel’s destruction of the Canaanites in the time of Joshua. How could a “God of love” have commanded such a thing? Dan highlights the holy character and long-suffering nature of God, and the sovereign way in which He visited judgment on the sins of the Canaanites, but also later visited the same judgment on Israel when they sinned in like manner (Message preached 19th Apr 2015)

Why Are We Cleverer but Less Wise? (47 min)

Universal access to formal education has been enshrined as a basic human right by UNICEF. Yet despite the obvious benefits of global education, the world’s moral, social, economic and political problems show no sign of disappearing. Scientific and medical advances have not brought the utopia that was anticipated. Head Teacher David Castles takes us through a history of learning and ponders why we seem to be cleverer but not wiser. David relates his own journey through Oxford University and homes…

Why Are We Richer but Less Satisfied? (47 min)

Studies and statistics show that the acquisition of more and more money is not matched by increased life satisfaction. As our society wrestles with this existential crisis, politicians, psychologists and philosophers have proposed various answers to the problem, yet the problem has not gone away. How come? Mervyn Hall, a Christian who is also an economist by profession, takes us on a journey to discover the answer to the question “Why are we richer but less satisfied?” and outlines the…

Why Are We Freer but Less Happy? (49 min)

What if people are allowed to be totally free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want – as long as it doesn’t harm anyone – will this produce personal fulfillment and happiness? Is such “freedom” actually freedom at all? Former hedonist Paul Thomas relates his life story, which serves as a good test case for this proposition. He pursued an unbridled party lifestyle for a number of years, but found himself becoming a slave, not a…

Economists and Politicians (42 min)

Mervyn Hall examines the history and nature of politics and ecomomics in light of the truth of God’s word, the Bible. Socialism or capitialism, or neither – what does the Bible teach? Starting in the early chapters of Genesis, Mervyn explains that “sin in the heart of man” corrupts the thinking and undermines the efforts of governments both to rule and to manage their finances. He also gives helpful insights into how Christians should view government and the economy and…

Entertainers and the News Media (39 min)

Michael Penfold examines the power and influence of the entertainment industry and the news media. Under the headings of consumption, consequences and cure, he describes a world addicted to “the screen” and the corrosive output of Hollywood. The negative impact of  “53 hours a week in front of the screen for the average teenager” on independent thinking, Biblical discernment, good use of time, and holiness, are immense. The cure? Recognise the devil’s strategy and refuse to conform to it…”Walk in…

Ecumenists and Charismatics (39 min)

Michael Penfold examines the history, beliefs and influence of two dangerous forces within Christendom – the Ecumenical and Charismatic Movements. The ideas and assumptions of these closely allied movements have permeated the entire globe and left unprecedented confusion and compromise in their wake. Terms like interdenominationalism, ecumenism, inter-faith and syncretism are defined. Warnings and guidance are given from scripture, combined with an exhortation to “Come out from among them and be separate” (2 Cor 6:17)  (Message preached 18th May 2014)

Philosophers and Psychologists (44 min)

David Castles examines “Philosophers and Psychologists” and traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the “modern period” in the 1600’s down to today’s “post-modern” era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of…

Materialists and Secularists (41 min)

Mervyn Hall examines “Materialists and Secularists” and unravels the bankruptcy of the godless humanistic worldview that rules University life and Western European society in the 21st century. Referencing Luke 12, he explains that secularists substitute self for God, the body for the soul and time for eternity. He further points out that without God moral absolutes have been swept away, leaving man as his own god in a culture dominated by self and pleasure and heading for judgment (Message preached…

Creation vvs. Evolution Part 1 (56 min)

CREATION vvs. EVOLUTION (Part 1) – Michael Penfold sets out the scientific bankruptcy of Darwinism. In this presentation, 14 ‘proofs’ for the theory of evolution are refuted and 8 of its major problems are discussed (Message preached in May 2005)

Creation vvs. Evolution Part 2 (63 min)

CREATION vvs. EVOLUTION (Part 2) – Michael Penfold outlines the philosophical bankruptcy of Darwinism and discusses the dark shadows it has cast over theology, history and morality. Reveals Darwin’s influence over Hitler and Stalin etc. (May 2005)

Creation vvs. Evolution Part 3 (69 min)

CREATION vvs. EVOLUTION (Part 3) – Michael Penfold puts forward Biblical creation as the true explanation for the origin of life, matter, intelligence, morality and much more. Includes numerous evidences that the Bible is the word of God (May 2005)

Obstacles to Atheism Part 3 – Christ and His Followers (42 min)

Part 3 – Dr Bert Cargill delivers a message on “Jesus Christ and His followers.” Who was Jesus? A mere figure of history, or more? Is He who He claimed to be? Did He rise from the dead? A challenging presentation on the unique person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Sept 9th 2022). (Photo: Sea of Galilee)

QUESTIONS – The Bible and Its Truth (15 min)

Part 2 – Question Time. Dr Bert Cargill answers questions on the Bible. Are there any contradictions in it? How were the books of the Bible chosen? Is the Bible anti-women? Does Genesis 1 contradict Genesis 2? How is the Bible a morally good book when it records the slaughter of the Amalekites? (Sept 8th 2012)

Obstacles to Atheism Part 2 – The Bible and Its Truth (54 min)

Part 2 – Dr Bert Cargill delivers a message on “The Bible and Its truth”. Is the Bible the word of God? Can it be trusted? How do we know it hasn’t been changed over the centuries? These and other issues are addressed, as Dr. Cargill gives evidence for the reliability and truth of the Bible. (Sept 8th 2012) PDF

Obstacles to Atheism Part 1 – The Universe and Its Origin (43 min)

Part 1 – Dr Bert Cargill delivers a message on “The Universe and its Origin”. Why is there something rather than nothing? What of the Big Bang? How did life originate? Major objections to atheism are highlighted in this enlightening presentation. Bert Cargill has both a degree and a PhD in chemistry (Sept 7th 2012) PDF

What About the Meaning and Origin of Life? (63 min)

PART 3 – Dr. Bert Cargill speaks on the topic “What about life?” He explains how the origin of life, and the complexity of even the “simplest” living forms, are huge problems for the evolutionist. He explains that genetic mutation, the supposed engine of evolution (along with natural selection), could never accomplish the job ascribed to it by evolution theory. (Mar 27th 2011)

What Do The Fossils Show? (63 min)

PART 2 – Dr. Bert Cargill speaks on the topic “What do the fossils say?” He deals with the question of the age of rocks and fossils, the geological column, radiometric and radiocarbon dating. He proposes the Noahic flood as the answer to the fossil question, rather than millions of years of evolution. (Mar 26th 2011)

What Does Science Say? (68 min)

PART 1 – Dr. Bert Cargill speaks on the topic “What does science say?” He defines science, evolution and creation, and takes a fascinating look at some of the laws of science that contradict the theories of chemical and biological evolution. (Mar 25th 2011)

The Results of Postmodernism (29 min)

In the second of a two-part look at postmodernism, Mervyn Hall deals with some of its results – egoism, hedonism, materialism etc. He also examines the ideology behind environmentalism (Message preached Sunday Sept 19th 2010)

The Road to Postmodernism (39 min)

In the first of a two-part look at postmodernism, Mervyn Hall deals with its origin and history. He traces postmodernism’s fascinating path through existentialism, relativism and pragmatism (Message preached Sunday Sept 12th 2010)