Darwin’s Dead End: And Young Earth Creation

The question of creation versus evolution is a foundational question. If Christians give away the store on this, they are not just giving away the store — they have relinquished all the foundational patents, the manufacturing plants, the delivery trucks, the loading docks, and the entire chain of stores. Certain issues are related directly to every other issue. The issue of how our world got here and when it did is one of those issues.
This year’s Grace Agenda will seek to inspire Christians to gratitude for the fact of their creation, and equip them to discuss it with those who are unpersuaded of young earth creation.

This year, we are going to try an experiment in grace. And that means we are not charging for the conference. We would love to have you at the Grace Agenda conference free of charge. In keeping with this spirit of grace, we are accepting free will donations on the registration page and at the door.

*Out of Town Guests: Please see important hotel information in the Venue section.

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Speakers

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    Doug Wilson
  • Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is a founding board member of Logos School, a Senior Fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College, and he serves as an instructor at Greyfriars Hall, a ministerial training program at Christ Church. He helped to establish the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) and is the author of numerous books on classical Christian education, the family, the church, and the reformed faith. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the submarine service, he completed a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Idaho. Douglas and his wife Nancy have three children and a bunch of grandkids.
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    John Sanford
  • Dr John Sanford, a Cornell University Professor for more than 25 years, has been semi-retired since 1998. His Ph.D. was in plant breeding and plant genetics. While a professor at Cornell, John has trained graduate students and conducted genetic research at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. During this time, John bred new crop varieties using conventional breeding and then became heavily involved in the newly-emerging field of plant genetic engineering. John has published over 80 scientific publications and has been granted over 30 patents. His most significant scientific contributions involve three inventions, the biolistic (“gene gun”) process, pathogen-derived resistance, and genetic immunization. A large fraction of the transgenic crops (in terms of numbers and acreage) grown in the world today were genetically engineered using the gene gun technology developed by John and his collaborators. John also started two biotech enterprises derived from his research, Biolistics, Inc., and Sanford Scientific, Inc. John still holds a position at Cornell (Courtesy Associate Professor), but has largely retired from Cornell and has started a small non-profit organization, Feed My Sheep Foundation. A scientific convert to six-day creation, his groundbreaking new book Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome demonstrates why human DNA is inexorably deteriorating at an alarming rate, thus cannot be millions of years old.
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    Gordon Wilson
  • Gordon Wilson was a faculty member (residential campus) in the Department of Biology at Liberty University from 1991 to 2003. Starting in 1999 he began working on his doctorate at George Mason University and in 2003 received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy. His research focused on the reproductive ecology of the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). Before moving his family to Virginia, he worked as a Scientific Aide in molecular biology at the University of Idaho for about two and a half years under Scott Minnich. Prior to that, he received an M.S. in Entomology (1989) and a Bachelor's degree in Education (Secondary Education/Biology -1984) from the University of Idaho. Since 2003, Gordon has been a faculty member at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and is currently a Senior Fellow of Natural History. He teaches a year-long biology course (Natural History Colloquium) and several upper level biology electives including Marine Biology, Herpetology, Entomology, Botany, and Ornithology. He also teaches another elective on the Creation/Evolution controversy called Origins. Hobbies include reading good books (mostly on natural history), teaching students about nature in the great outdoors, and hiking with family and taking photos of inconspicuous creatures. Related to this is his lifelong love of herping (catching, identifying, photographing, and studying reptiles and amphibians). Gordon also enjoys regularly writing for AIG's Answers Magazine on the wonders of various gee whiz creatures. He has been been married to his lovely wife Meredith for 32 years, and they have four children and five grandchildren.
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    Tim Edwards
  • Timothy Edwards is Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID where he teaches the Theology Colloquium as well as Biblical Hebrew. A seasoned rugby player and coach, Dr. Edwards' presence adds a bit more experience to the college's annual pumpkin rugby match. Before coming to Moscow, Timothy taught at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and continues as the Hebrew Editor for the BibleMesh Biblical Languages program. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and completed his M.A. in Jewish Civilization from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also taught Old Testament, Biblical Theology, Psalms and Marriage and Family at various Bible schools in Europe and Russia. Timothy and his wife Anna have 6 children.
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    Nate Wilson
  • N.D. Wilson is a best-selling author and Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College. His book Death by Living won top honors in Christianity Today's 2014 Book Awards in the spirituality category. He received his B.A. from New Saint Andrews College in 1999 and an M.A. from St. John's in Annapolis, MD, in 2001. Wilson is the author of several titles, including Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Ashtown Burials series, the 100 Cupboards trilogy and Leepike Ridge. He is also a film producer and screenwriter.

Schedule

  • Friday, April 8th

    • 8:30am

      Church Leaders’ Seminar Registration

      Nuart Theater
    • 9:00am

      Femina Seminar Registration

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 9:00am - 3:00pm

      Church Leaders’ Seminar For Men

      Nuart Theater
    • 9:30am - 3:00pm

      Femina Seminar For Women

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 3:00pm

      Grace Agenda Registration

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 6:00pm

      Grace Agenda Kick-Off

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 6:30pm

      Genesis in the Psalms: Creation and the faith of Israel {Tim Edwards}

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 8:00pm

      Fantastical Realism {Nate Wilson}

      Church of the Nazarene
  • Saturday, April 9th

    • 9:00am

      7 Evolution Busters {Gordon Wilson}

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 10:45am

      All Creation Groans: The Genetic Fall-out of the Curse {John Sanford}

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 11:45am

      Breakout Sessions

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 12:15pm

      Lunch Break

    • 2:00pm

      Darwin as Wrecking Ball: The Cultural Destructiveness of Darwin {Douglas Wilson}

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 3:30pm

      Roundtable Discussion

      Church of the Nazarene
    • 4:00pm

      Manifesto of the Grace Agenda

      Church of the Nazarene

Pre-Conference Seminars

  • Dangerous Women
    Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm | Church of the Nazarene

    In every age Christian women need faith and courage to follow Christ, but this is all the more pressing today with our culture's attack on marriage and motherhood.  A woman who is not threatened by the current tides of opinion, but who finds her identity and satisfaction in following Christ will always be a dangerous woman.

    A lunch hosted at the Ladies' Seminar is available for $7. Please save your spot on the registration page.

    Identity, Calling, and Joy

    Rachel Jankovic

    A Biblical Femininity

    Bekah Merkle

    Faithful Not Fearful

    Nancy Wilson

    Your Life Now

    Heather Wilson

    CHILDCARE

    Childcare (9 months and up) will be available during the Ladies' Seminar on Friday. There will be no childcare during the main Grace Agenda conference (Friday evening and Saturday). However, an unmanned nursery with audio will be available. If you plan to use childcare during the Ladies’ Seminar on Friday, please sign up here

  • Sexual Apologetics
    Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm | Nuart Theater

    We live in a time of sexual pandemonium, which is not really the same thing as living in a time of widespread immorality. The target is not sexual taboos, but rather Western civilization -- with the weaponizing of breaking sexual taboos. With that in mind, we need to be equipped, not in the defense of particular sexual customs, but rather equipped for the defense of the West.

    A complimentary lunch is available for a limited number. Reserve your spot at the lunch on the registration page.

    Reason as an Attribute of God

    Douglas Wilson

    True Truth and the Escape to Commitment

    Doug Wilson

    Pomosexuality and the West

    Doug Wilson

    Civil Disobedience: Preliminary Thoughts

    Doug Wilson

GA Kids Science Camp

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    Saturday 8:30am - 12:15pm | Church of the Nazarene

    HIS, Inc. is partnering with the Grace Agenda conference to provide a Saturday morning science camp for kids. Two age groups (5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds) will launch into creation with LEGO Robotics, Art, and Creature Characteristic classes with two sessions per each group. Each age group is limited to 20 children so sign up at the link below soon!

    There is no registration fee but donations will be warmly accepted at the door to help cover the camp costs.

    Register your child HERE!

  • Registration: 8:30-9:00 AM

    (at the Nazarene Church near the GA Vendor Area)
     

    First Camp Session: 9:00-10:30 AM

     

    5-8 year olds: LEGO Robotics: We are made in his image! Learn to think like a designer. Make LEGO creations and get introduced to the world of computer programming.

    9-12 year olds: Creation Art: With artists Tyler and Meghan Antkowiak. Learn to hone your observation skills through art! Sketching different creatures and landscapes makes you look at God's magnificent handiwork in new and exciting way. Take home your artwork!

    Break: 10:30-10:45 AM

     

    Second Camp Session: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM

     

    5-8 year olds: Creature Characteristics: With homeschooling Mom and microbiologist, Theresa Adams. Learn animal anatomy interactively with a lively presentation and giant paper cutouts. Pin the tail, head, heart, lungs, and more on the donkey!

    9-12 year olds: LEGO Robotics: We are made in his image! Learn to think like a designer. Make LEGO creations and get introduced to the world of computer programming.

Additional Events

Venue

Church of the Nazarene

Femina Seminar for Women & Grace Agenda Conference
1400 East 7th St. Moscow, ID

 

Nuart Theater

Church Leaders’ Seminar for Men
516 South Main St. Moscow, ID

*Please note for out-of-town guests*

A large event scheduled at the University has filled the local hotels.  Hotel rooms are available for GA conference attenders in Lewiston (30 minutes south of Moscow).  You can find hotel information at the link below.  Please book your room sooner than later as the hotel will release the rooms that are not booked 1-2 months before the conference.  We are sorry for the extra hassle!

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