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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:


Filling America’s Great West

God’s Providence & Mankind’s Stewardship

  • Dates: September 19 and 26, 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)


How does America’s Great West exemplify God’s providential care for mankind and the animals that live,
ecologically speaking, as mankind’s neighbors in America, west of the Mississippi River (including such classic
lands as the Great Plains, America’s hot and cold deserts, and the Rocky Mountains)—as both people and beasts
busy themselves by being fruitful, multiplying, and filling the earth? Principles of divine providence will be
analyzed according to Old & New Testament Scriptures, especially as those Scriptures are relevant to the
providential history of the West’s exploration, settlement, development, and domination (including
industrialization, agriculture, and commerce) by Americans of many walks of life.

Selected examples will include pioneers (including hunters, farmers, ranchers) who explored and/or settled
territories, as well as missionaries, church planters, and Bible teachers who served in Christian ministries
throughout the West—plus adventurers (including the famous “Abernathy kids”, Catch-’em-alive Jack Abernathy,
Snowshoe Thompson, etc.), and many more.

God’s life-promoting purpose applies to all of earth’s habitats, including various kinds of saltwater
environments (such as the ocean, bays, inlets, etc. Because God loves variety, we see great diversity of
creatures (e.g., seabirds, marine mammals, fish, shellfish, etc.) and their activities in their saltwater
habitats. Specific sea animals to be reviewed include whales, seals, sea otters, polar bears, sea gulls,
penguins, crabs, oysters, barnacles, sea urchins, lobsters, tunafish, salmon, trout, herring, cod, anglerfish,
sturgeon, zoöplankton, etc.

These highlights of our Western heritage are reviewed in conjunction with the West’s geography and ecology
(studied from a perspective of Biblical creation), with special attention to wonderful and weird creatures like
Great Plains buffalo, “winter Texan” migratory birds, roadrunners, Mexican free-tailed bats, Texas horned
lizards, Triceratops and T-rex, coyote, wolves, prairie dogs, squirrels, beaver, marmots, mustelids, lagomorphs
(pika, rabbits), pronghorn, dung beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, vinegaroon scorpions, venomous
snakes, giant red-headed centipedes, etc.—as well as Western plant-life, including sages, tumbleweed,
mesquite, Colorado blue spruce, ponderosa and pinyon pines, yucca, juniper and cedar trees, prickly pear cactus,
sunflower, Texas bluebonnet, etc.

Related Genesis-based creation science and apologetics insights are analyzed (until time runs out!), linked to
Biblical creation stewardship aspects of both the Genesis Mandate and Great Commission.

Course objectives

  • To appreciate creation science/Biblical apologetics aspects of America’s Great West (especially selected examples of West-of-the-Mississippi-River animal and plant life), informed by relevant Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments;

  • To appreciate some of the less-publicized episodes of Christian history in America’s Great West;

  • To illustrate the developmental context of the West’s wildlife and geophysical environment from a Biblical creation stewardship;

  • And to recognize many example of God’s glory “hidden in plain view” — in the history, geography, and ecology of America’s Great West.


$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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