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Newsletter from Anne Habermehl No. 5 September 2016
Time has gotten away on me since the last newsletter, and here it is the beginning of September! We've had unusual drought conditions this summer up here in the northeast, and this has affected the farmers, who are so dependant on our fickle weather. The meteorologists in this area have an unenviable job, with weather forecasts changing daily. The two creeks that cross our street are dry, something very much out of the ordinary. But the aquifer beneath, where our city water comes from, is abundant, and there have been no warnings about water usage. We are fortunate and we count our blessings. Was the weather before Noah's Flood this changeable, I wonder? Somehow I doubt this, but I can't prove it! I shall leave this weighty question to others.
Just over a month ago the Creation Research Society held its annual meeting/conference at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As always, I met a lot of great people, seeing old friends and making new ones. Creationist conferences are wonderful, because all the people there have a common interest. The well-kept Concordia campus was quiet, away from the surrounding city. The dorms, all named after biblical characters, were as nice as any I've ever stayed in (and I've seen more than a few in all the years of attending conferences of various kinds). That two-hour crashing thunderstorm was memorable. As always, there was a wide variety of presentations. Mine was on Thutmose III as Solomon's father-in-law, and timeline implications. My abstract for this subject is here. I can't wait for next year's conference, and already I have a subject in mind for it (no, I'm not telling!).
Speaking of conferences, let me mention again that the Eighth International Conference on Creationism (ICC) is on the distant horizon. The call for papers is out, a sure sign that the next conference must be in the offing. It will be held Sunday July 29 to Wednesday August 1, 2018, in Pittsburgh; you are getting warned well ahead so that you can arrange your life to get to it. This is always an exciting conference, with creationists coming in from all over the world. It's a pity that it is only held every 5 years, and I find that it's always hard to wait for the next one. The Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh, who organize this conference, probably feel that every five years is often enough because it's so much hard work! They deserve kudos for what they have done in establishing this conference. I missed the first one in 1986 because I didn't know about it. After that I've been to all of them. (If you're doing arithmetic here, the answer is that the first ones were only 4 years apart; after the 1998 one they have been five years apart.)
The subject of Ark cartoons has come up recently, reminding me of one of the subjects that I touched on in my ICC2008 paper on the search for Noah's Ark. There are those who frown on what they call cartoonization of the Ark. Admittedly, I've never been bothered by all the cute depictions of the Ark that we see everywhere. Confession: I own a couple of cartoonized model Arks myself! At left is the depiction on a crock that I couldn't resist buying. I know – the rainbow shouldn't be there yet while the Ark was still floating. The artist should have checked the Flood story before drawing this. But it's a nice piece of art. My further thoughts on Ark cartoonization are here.
The world's news carries many stories that can keep a Christian unsettled, if we permit ourselves to worry. These days there are things going on that we would never ever have thought possible. One of these is the current push to permit men in women's bathrooms (under the guise of transgender rights, or whatever excuse they are using). There's a creationist angle to the bathroom nonsense, and I've written a small essay that's here. As a bonus, I include my Handy Habermehl Rule for Liberals.
In going over a list of things I've written in the past, and that are just sitting in My Documents never published anywhere, I found an article offering advice for would-be writers on how to get published. I had to update it because apparently I wrote it before I used the internet very much! If you are interested, you can read all about it here.
Let us not forget to pray for CRS, and all our creationist organizations. They are carrying out a very important work, and the Evil One is always waiting to strike. How comforting to know that God is on our side!
Wishing God's blessings on you for the coming months,
Creationist researcher, author and speaker
Cortland, New York, USA
Web site: www.creationsixdays.net
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