Good Shepherd Initiative
Science & Scripture
Seminar Presentations &
Always Free Since 1983
God's WAY is not "survival of the fittest".
Just an OLD sheepdog
of our Good Shepherd Creator, CHRIST
Small Group Summer Series:
Christ's Counsel for His FATHER'S
(FLYER) (POWER-POINT in PDF)
** ONLY the PARENTING videos are uploaded so far (see below)
1. Christ’s Counsel for INDIVIDUALS Monday June 30th 7:PM to 8:30
* VIDEOS: Part-1-30min ... Part-2-30min ... Part-3-30min
2. Christ’s Counsel for SPOUSES Monday July 7th 7:PM to 8:30
* VIDEOS: Part-1-30min ... Part-2-30min ... Part-3-30min
3. Christ’s Counsel for PARENTS Monday July 21st 7:PM to 8:30
* VIDEOS: Part-1-30min ... Part-2-30min ... Part-3-30min ... Part-4-10min
PLACE: Northlake Christian High School Bldg
* 70104 Wolverine Drive, Covington LA 70433
* Rm 107 NCZoo Classroom
FORMAT: Mr. Galloway (& his wife Linda when available) will present practical principles based on their 25 years of counseling and seminars. Q&A discussion will follow and free resources will be give out for further learning.
* Please see the "EVENTS" page for more details
** or download the FLYER
YouTube VIDEO TV INTERVIEW:
Sid & "Charlie" the legless Russian Lizard
(Animal-Assisted Teaching :-)
(see also "EVENTS" page
Apologetic Resources & Seminar Series
Defending our Father's Honor &
the Character of Christ our Creator
NCZoo Classroom View - Biology = the study of LIFE!
Scotty our classroom service Dog wants a hug
Now this is more comfortable :-)
Also see the drop down MENU at the top right for the science courses' resources.
(with my son David when he was 12)
Sometimes in this world it feels like you're just one little pawn.
But together, we can accomplish big things, and ...
by God's grace
"Christ in you",
the King of Kings
can do great things
through your humble
submission & obedience!
NEW Critical Thinking Book Review of:
Stomping Out the Darkness (SOTD) communicates many biblical truths and practical examples to help young Christians live a victorious life for God’s glory. However, some of its messages mirror modern pop-culture's self-esteem extreme more than the full balance of God’s Word. Critical thinking is the most important skill to instill in students, and as Christian teachers we are also commanded by God to practice and model it. So that’s my goal in this review.
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11
GSI PURPOSE? As an absent-minded professor, this personal website developed over the years simply as a place to store (remember/retrieve) my own devotional research, thoughts, gratitude, and awe for our Creator/Rescuer/Lord - Christ Jesus. Possibly some of my rambling ruminations in this resource site might strengthen your own personal relationship with Him as you actively serve others His Way - for His Honor.
Thanks guys for your attentiveness and the great questions!
400-Slide Power Point Presentation Here
A consistent "Worldview"
"the beginning" with questions involving both
theology and science:
(Atheistic-Evolution vs. Theistic-Creation)
Dr. Norman Nevin PhD Professor Emeritus
Medical Genetics, Queen's University
“No coherent, cohesive theology has yet been offered
that would allow Christians to embrace evolution with integrity.
Science has uncovered a great deal of empirical evidence
that is challenging the Darwinian paradigm.
Why then do so many want to embrace it?
It appears that the only possible reason is the fear
of appearing intellectually inferior to the academic consensus.”
The textbooks I use for my various science classes are excellent, SECULAR (Non-Christian) resources providing some of the finest overviews of "operational/observational" biological science available today. However, being SECULAR (Non-Christian) textbooks, their presentation of "historical/origins" science presents an atheistic, macroevolutionary worldview. This is actually good, since it allows our students the opportunity to exercise logikos, critical thinking while evaluating the evidence for a macroevolutionary vs. a creation worldview of life origins. To facilitate this critical thinking, we integrate research from world renowned scientists that are also courageously biblical, Christian/Creationists standing against censorship and peer-pressure persecution to speak the truth about our Creator and His Good Shepherd character. They include:
- inventor of the MRI, Dr. Raymond Damadian MD
- inventor of the Gene Gun at Cornell, professor John Sanford PhD
- inventor of the geophysics model at Los Alamos, Dr. Baumgardner PhD
- respected PhD geologists Snelling, Austin, Silvestru, Thomson, ...
- respected PhD physicists & astrophysicists McIntosh, Hartnett/Humphreys/Lisle, Faulkner, ...
- respected PhD biologists/geneticists/chemists Menton, Jeanson, Tomkins, Truman, Nevin, Barnard, Lumsden, Eirich, Kenyon, ...
* There are actually 1,000's of PhD scientists from all fields,
who accept natural selection (micro-evolution - the selection of existing genes), but reject macroevolution through mutations.
See also - http://logosresearchassociates.org/team/
See also - http://www.answersingenesis.org/Home/Area/bios/
See also - http://creation.com/creation-scientists#modern
See also - http://www.discovery.org/a/2732
New Book Recommended
THE EXPLOSIVE ORIGIN OF ANIMAL LIFE
AND THE CASE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN
by Stephen Meyer PhD Cambridge
Dr. Meyer's first book, Signature in the Cell", masterfully exposed chemical evolutionary theory's foundational problem - new evidence showing "natural" chemical properties could not have created the first coded biological information, much less a living cell (origin of FIRST life). His new book, Darwin's Doubt, reveals macroevolutionary theory's further problem - new evidence showing mutations and selection could not have created the new functionally specified bio-informational systems (genetic and epigenetic) found in the vast diversity of phyla (origin of ALL life). Surprisingly for a book tackling such a technical subject, Dr. Meyer’s conversational style along with numerous practical examples and analogies make the book easily understandable even to non-scientists like me.
As a biology teacher at a private college-prep high school, my primary goal is to train students in the skill of critical logikos thinking. My honors classes begin each year with a unit on the philosophy and history of science, examining the crucial question “What is Science?” Classic works by renowned scholars like Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn have been helpful supplements for my classes in the past, yet Darwin's Doubt is one of the finest examples of analytical, critical thinking I've read in years. Meyer’s profound yet simple explanations of the materialistic definitions of (and demarcations on) "science" that arbitrarily exclude even the possibility of an inference to Intelligent Design will be invaluable for teaching the importance of “multiple competing hypotheses”. Truly objective scientists should follow evidence wherever it leads, even if they eventually end up face to face with a cause or Intelligent Causer they did not want to find.
Our school is implementing an all iPad program next year and I plan to include Darwin's Doubt as a supplemental (counter-balance) reading for my honors biology classes in addition to our primary textbook, BIOLOGY by Miller and Levine. I have no doubt that Darwin's Doubt will be a major force in a type of paradigm shift described by Kuhn as a "scientific revolution" - this one resulting from exciting new discoveries about biological information systems producing teleological function and beauty evident among all living creatures.
** Prayer request regarding Intelligent Design, suffering & death - Once a person comes to the logical conclusion that an Intelligent Mind designed life (coded bio-info), that person must next address the significant theological problem of theodicy (how, why, and when our good God's creation became filled with evil - violent competition, pain, fear, suffering, disease, horror, and death). This problem is inherent to any uniformitarian theory of geology and paleontology that includes an inference to Intelligent Design. Uniformitarianism teaches that fossil bearing rock layers (showing creatures who experienced suffering, disease, and death) were deposited over millions of years before mankind existed and sinned, and therefore were not deposited by a global catastrophic flood after mankind rebelled. Therefore, Intelligent Design mixed with some views of geological uniformitarianism can unwittingly portray the "Designer" as the cause not only of bio-info, but also of original suffering, disease, and death. In contrast, the Bible clearly says that God is good and it was mankind's sin that caused progressive separation from God resulting in devolving disorder (escalating entropy), dysfunction, disease, and death. (Please see the research of Dr. John Sanford of Cornell on Genetic Entropy, Geophysicist Dr. John Baumgardner of Los Alamos and geologists Snelling and Austin on the age of the earth, fossil bearing rock layers, etc. - and Dr. Terry Mortenson on the history of geology and this important theological issue of theodicy.)
Sid Galloway, see below for commendations of DARWIN'S DOUBT from men far more qualified to evaluate this book.
"Stephen Meyer’s new book Darwin’s Doubt represents an opportunity for bridge-building, rather than dismissive polarization — bridges across cultural divides in great need of professional, respectful dialog ...."
Dr. George Church
Prof. of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
"Dr. Meyer makes it clear that these well-documented facts of paleontology pose a serious challenge to Darwin’s theory, the view that has held sway in biology (and well beyond) for nearly 150 years. The issue on the table is not now, nor has it ever been, the fact of evolution (change over time); the issue has always been the mechanism of evolution – is it blind and undirected or is it under the control of an intelligence that had a goal in mind? That’s the nub of the question, and in Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Meyer has masterfully laid out one of the most compelling lines of evidence for the latter."
William S. Harris PhD, Professor, Sanford School of Medicine
Excellent new 30 min video, Evolution vs God",
or as I like to call it (Evo v Theo)
exposes the common failure of students
and even "expert" professors to think logically and critically
about what they believe (have faith in).
facebook.com/sidgalloway for animal-assistant videos
DR. ROBERT GURNEY, MD on the significant theological problem of "theodicy" (why a good God's creation is filled with evil - horror, pain, fear, suffering, disease, and death)
"If the universe is billions of years old, and the fossils represent millions of years of life on earth, [then] God’s method of creation was an immensely long process of death, disease, violence, pain, suffering and waste. This scenario is incompatible with the biblical account of creation. It is also incompatible with belief in a God who is omnipotent and absolutely good. Such a method of creation does not inspire awe and worship. If anything, it inspires contempt. As far as many non-Christians are concerned, God must be cruel and/or incompetent if this was His method of creation."
Does God exist? - YES!
What kind of person is God? - GOOD SHEPHERD!
What is the source of morality, ethics, and law
(sexuality, abortion, etc)?
GOD'S WORD BEGINNING AT GENESIS,
NOT MAN'S CHANGING THEORIES.
Did God design "survival of the fittest" as His Way for LIFE?
NO - HIS "WAY" = THE LION WILL LAY DOWN WITH THE LAMB!
If God is good, why is there so much suffering and death?
Selfish SIN caused SEPARATION from God,
DISORDER, DYSFUNCTION, DISEASE, & DEATH
God's Way is
NOT "Survival of the Fittest"
No HOPE, unless we & our culture CHANGE to HIS Way
SORRY, it seems it's too LATE for the culture.
(BUT, Good News - "YOU" still have time)
<-- * Looks just like me as a baby :-)
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?"
Job 12:7-9 (Rom 1:20; John 10:10-11)
GSI focus for the FUTURE . . . free since 1983
2 Corinthians 3:18
Students, if God can use me in these small ways,
He can use anyone - especially you. 1Cor 1:26-28
Just an Old Sheepdog of the Good Shepherd - It's humbling to remember that even after rejecting Christianity as a young man and spending years researching world religions and philosophies, God's evidence by grace led me to Christ, now serving Him for 30 years in Christ-centered family counseling, science education, seminar speaking, animal-assisted ministry, and writing.
* Who impresses you?
After decades interviewing top scholars of science, philosophy, and theology, plus examining their research and conclusions, there is one person who alone impresses me. His-story and teachings reveal him to be the greatest scholar alive today. In fact, evidence demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt that he is far more than a mere scholar. He is our Creator, Christ, the only Self-existent "I AM" YHWH as predicted for thousands of years in 100's of detailed prophecies - His name is JESUS (Yeshua, meaning "God-Savior").
His wisdom is profound enough for any PhD, yet simple enough for any child.
"... the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "Beware that no one deceive you .... many false prophets will arise and lead many astray ... lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold
.... then the end will come." Matthew 24:3-14
"Beware that no one takes you captive
through philosophy and empty deception,
according to the traditions of men,
according to the elementary principles of this world,
and not according to Christ."
"In the first place,
the proponents of competing paradigms
will often disagree about the list of problems
that any candidate for paradigm must resolve.
Their standards or their definitions of science are not the same."
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
p. 148 University of Chicago Press
God's priority is to protect, rescue, and restore those who are weak and vulnerable both physically and spiritually. Often forgotten is the fact that spiritual deception and abuse is far more devastating than physical. This sad reality is true not only for individuals personally, but even for whole cultures corporately - affecting future generations.
Children, women, and men are being oppressed spiritually and physically by predatory power players here in America & across the world. This escalating problem of "survival of the cruelest" at the expense of the weak in society should be a top priority of ours just as it is for God.
(Psalm 82:3-4; Jude 3-4)
We pray and plead that you will invest your time:
- to protect, rescue, & restore the weak & vulnerable
(especially those oppressed under spiritual deceivers)
- to punish the predatory power players who prey on them
- For the honor of our Creator, the GOOD SHEPHERD
God's Way = Using yourself to meet the needs of others
Man's Way = Using others to get the desires of self
(survival of the fittest, selfish competition, suffering, fear, and death)
"If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,”
but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body,
what does it profit?
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
Vulnerable boys/girls, single moms, young widows, poor men & women:
These are the Good Shepherd's priority. (Isaiah 58:6)
* I'll be gone soon, so young men and women - it's your turn now.
"But whoever has this world’s goods,
and sees his brother in need,
and shuts up his heart from him,
how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue,
but in deed and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18
It's your move. Please don't wait until it's too late!
Children & animals have a lot in common?
(In memory of my leopard friend Mandy - who saved my life)
(Yes students, that's Mandy & me over 30 years ago - only gray hair now)
Yawning is contagious . . . so are cruelty & compassion
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
to visit [to personally help] orphans and widows in their suffering,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world [system].
"A Father to the fatherless, a Defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling."
Cruel is becoming culturally cool
The WAY of "selfishness" subtly saturates every aspect of society.
People are being abused & enslaved like sheep
especially wolves in shepherd disguises - parasitic pastors.
The Good Shepherd said:
"... whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)
The way of the Anti-Shepherd
(the way of "survival of the fittest") . . .
. . . has replaced Judeo-Christian values:
(the way of the Good Shepherd)
- the way of the Cross
The worldview of "survival of the fittest"
is spiritual deception, which always leads to disorder, dysfunction, devolution, and death.
Think - Would a "good" God have designed violent competition as His WAY?
is the perfect protector - not the pinnacle predator
"... With righteousness He will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth
. . . .
... the wolf will lay down with the lamb
... and a little child will lead them
... they will not hurt or destroy in all my Holy Mountain,
for the Earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD."
The "image" of our GOOD Shepherd Creator-RESCUER
is seen throughout His creation and His creatures,
like this monkey trying to save his little puppy friend.
(yet creation is now infected with sin, separation, & suffering)
"Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver out of the hand of the wicked.”
Sid Galloway BS, M.Div.
Just an OLD sheepdog
of the Good Shepherd
"The LORD enters into judgment
against the elders and leaders of his people:
It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people
and grinding the faces of the poor?'
declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty."
Book of Isaiah - Dead Sea Scroll