grew up in a Christian home. My parents were members of
the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ). All throughout my younger years, I
attended church with my parents, learning about God, and accumulating
knowledge about the Bible.
As a child, I always had
an interest in rocks. My pride and joy in my youth was my rock
collection. As I got older, the interest in rocks was still there, but
dormant in my mind throughout high school.
At the age of 16, I was
encouraged to go forward, and become a Christian. I did so, not out of my
personal belief in Christ, but out of an obligation to my family. After my
so-called conversion, I reasoned that the earth was old, a product of
millions of years, with God actively creating over this time period.
After graduating high
school in 1979, I joined the US Air Force. While going through basic
training, I attended chapel services, and the Lord started to work on my
heart. Realizing my need for Jesus, I accepted Him in basic training,
committing my life to following Him.
My first duty assignment
was in California. After a month in the dorms, two people knocked on my
door, and I was invited one afternoon to a softball game. Little did I know
that my Christian life was about to change forever.
Those two people were
from the Navigators, an organization that ministers on college campuses and
military bases throughout the United States and overseas. After that
initial contact, an older Christian took me under his care, and began discipling me, teaching me how to become an effective Christian. Soon
after, I was in weekly Bible studies, attending monthly Navigator meetings,
and I was going door-to-door seeking people for Christ. Rarely did the
topic of the length of creation come up, therefore I never had to think
seriously about this issue during these four critical years of being
discipled in the Christian life.
After four years, I
separated from the Air Force and went to college. I started out at the
University of Mississippi, majoring in Elementary Education. I met my wife
during my first semester. During my second semester, I took a freshman
level course in Geology, and through this course I decided to change my
major to Geology. My interest in rocks had lay dormant in my mind for many
years, but it was awakened through learning about the formation of these
After this Geology
course, I developed what my wife would view as a mental problem. I have a
natural attraction to rocks on the roadside. I can be driving along, on a
busy Interstate, see an interesting rock outcrop, put on the brakes, pull
over, get out my geologist hammer, and get a few samples (drives the wife
mad!) I’m certain it has driven many a geologist’s spouse mad. It’s
amazing how one can see a tiny fossil on the side of the road at 65 miles
During this time in
college, when asked, I did not hesitate to proclaim that the earth was
indeed old. I saw no conflict between my faith and the science I was
learning. After a school change to Memphis State University, I graduated
with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1989.
Since graduating from
college, I have not had an opportunity to use my degree. However, I have
stayed active in geology by keeping up with the scientific news (and by
stopping at many rock outcrops on busy Interstates).
For years, I had read
the claims of young earth creationists, and shook my head in disbelief at
the ignorance they displayed. With the coming of age of the internet, I
decided to put my desire for geology and God on the internet, in the form of
a website proclaiming old earth creationism. I would take a different
twist, however. I decided to focus not on old earth creationism directly,
but on the faulty arguments of young earth creationists. I decided to
provide rebuttals to their false claims, and reveal the bad science and
illogical arguments of their claims. Thus was born the website which you
are now viewing (known as Old Earth Ministries).
The moral of this
story...if you see a young earth creation science argument, pull over, get out your geologist
hammer, and smash it to pieces. Since you can be a Christian and believe in
an old earth, we can do away with all those faulty young earth arguments.