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ACSI Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The ICR School of Biblical Apologetics offers periodic ACSI-accredited CEU in-service opportunities for ACSI teachers and administrators. Now you can obtain continuing education credit from an organization dedicated to upholding the authority and accuracy of God’s Word. Not only that, you’ll receive biblical and apologetics training that will aid you as you minister to students and colleagues.

The next available classes will be:


Highland Highlights in Creation Science & Providential History

Illustrating Psalm 148:7-13 in Scotland and the Hebrides

  • Dates: February 21 and 28, 2019 (2 Thursdays)

  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Location: Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229 (Classroom A)

  • Credit: 1.0 ACSI-approved CEU (Bible or Educational/Professional)

  • Instructor: Dr. James J. S. Johnson (ICR-SOBA, ACSI-credentialed CEU provider 2153)


This course begins with an introduction to recognizing God’s providence in the lives and events of Scotland, especially in the Scottish Highlands and the Hebrides (a/k/a “Western Isles”), with special attention to God’s providences during the earliest centuries of the Christian Church, plus the Viking Age (e.g., as illustrated by Somerled), Scottish Reformation (e.g., as illustrated by John Knox), the Covenanter conflicts, and generations thereafter. Scriptures to be reviewed include Genesis 10:5, Psalm 72:11, Psalm 97:1, Psalm 119:46, Psalm 148:7-13, Isaiah 42:10, Isaiah 49:1-7, Isaiah 52:15, Zephaniah 2:6, Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, Acts 17:26, and/or Colossians 3:11. The primary presenter is ICR’s Dr. James J. S. Johnson (who is trained in Bible, Biblical languages, providential history, geography, ecology, law, forensic science, etc., has served as a creation naturalist in ICR-sponsored hikes, and has served as naturalist/geographer/historian aboard 9 international cruise, including service in Scotland). Several examples of regional wildlife will be considered, especially mammals, birds, and sea creatures, from a Biblical creation perspective – including whales, dolphins, seals, finfish, shellfish, seabirds, raptors, passerines, mustelids, rodents, canines, cervids, lagomorphs, and more. This multidisciplinary course also studies God’s providential workings in in the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides, as well as in the family histories of Scots who providentially migrated to America (such as descendants of Scottish reformer John Knox, as well as descendants of Scottish soldier Robert Abernathy), as God’s gracious care for mankind (and His sovereign rule over temporal events) is understood with the advantage of Scripture-informed hindsight. This big-picture review of Scottish history shows that, in God’s providence, there are “no little people, no little places, no little decisions, no little conflicts.” Also, some attention is given to how the Scots conserve natural resources God has entrusted to their stewardship, including Scottish agriculture, aquaculture, and cuisine.

Materials relate to the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 1:8), the Protestant Reformation (esp. Scotland), the early Christianization of the British Isles, Celtic Church history relevant to the Viking Age, ecology studies relevant to Scotland, especially its mammals and birds, and/or maps.

Course objectives

  • To use specific examples of Biblical (and some extra-biblical) history and geography, to appreciate God’s providence, illustrating Rom. 8:28, Gen. 50:20, Eph. 3:20 – esp. Great Commission impacts of the British Isles (with special attention to Scotland’s impacts);

  • To illustrate how to blend teaching Biblical truths with studies in creation ecology, Providential history (including the Scottish Reformation) and/or geography;

  • To appreciate how God rules human affairs, at detailed and panoramic levels, including highlights in Scotland’s Providential history (including God’s providences in the family histories of Scots who migrated to America, including descendants of Scottish reformer John Knox);

  • To appreciate how God superintends His animal creatures, especially mammals, birds, and sea creatures -- at the detailed and panoramic levels, including highlights of Scottish ecology.


$30.00 if attended for CEU credit (6 hours of instruction for 1.0 CEU). Please check in for each session in order to receive your certificate.

For more information, email  msmith@icr.edu , or call  214.615.8322.

For more information about ICR's School of Biblical Apologetics, visit  www.icr.edu .

For more information about the Association of Christian Schools International, visit  www.acsi.org.


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