4 comments June 24th, 2009
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We received a letter from a teacher after Rick’s lecture at Calvary Chapel, San Jose that shows the lack of tolerance for any opinion that counters Darwinism has been around for a long time: “You gave a thrilling presentation and I will be sharing these DVDs with folks. I have my master’s in English and Comp. Lit. and (I) well remember the incredible ridicule and resistance (I received), not only in my science classes, but in history, literature, and the social sciences, regarding any ideas that challenge Darwinism in all its pervasiveness. God bless your ministry in the Spirit of truth!”
One of our desires is to present information that would hold the interest of scientists and non scientists. A professor from Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo, CA confirmed Rick is doing just that. After reviewing Rick’s DVD, “Faith without Excuse,” the professor called and told Rick that the DVD held his interest for the full four hours. He said he watched it in one sitting. He said Rick made the scientific information and principles easy to understand. He said Rick never lost his interest, but Non science people will be able to understand because you brought it into every day language.
A former co worker from Mount Hermon Christian Camps, CA wrote Rick an e-mail after several years since he spent time talking with Rick and attending Rick’s lectures at Mount Hermon’s family camp. He is now a teacher in another state. “I wanted to thank you for all the conversations we had over the years about science and religion. I had a chance to use them.” He explained a student expressed her frustration over having to learn (macro) evolution and not being able to talk about God…She also had concerns about having her Bible taken from her and getting detentions for speaking her mind. He finished with, “It was nice to have the background to have an intelligent conversation (with her). Thanks.”
After visiting with Pastor Jeremy Higgins, “Now to the blessing God has set before us. Dr. Rick Oliver was in my office today, in Tempe, AZ.” (After the visit was in progress Jeremy invited Rick to speak in the church Jeremy pastors in Cedar Rapids, IA) and he states, “Dr Oliver will be speaking at our church (Calvary Chapel Cedar Rapids) on Wednesday, August 12 at our 6:30 p.m. service as well as Sunday, August 16, 2009 at a special Sunday evening service at 6:30 p.m. What and excellent opportunity to grow in our understanding of God’s perfect Creation, Praise the LORD.”
These quotes and thoughts are a few examples of how the mission statement of Confound the Wise Ministries are being accomplished: “To proclaim the true and unerring Word of Jesus Christ revealed in the Holy Scriptures within the realm of science and technology.” And we also are within the boundaries set by the scientific community in their resolution documented in 1976. In this document it is stated that a scientist can go where ever his studies lead him without retribution. But the scientific community is not living by its own resolution as many scientists and professors have lost their jobs and their fellowships because they either talked about or refused to stop their scientific discoveries that went against the accepted scientific theories of our day. This fact is well documented in Rick’s “Faith without Excuse,” DVD and the 2008 film by Ben Stein, “Expelled.” And that is why we are compelled by our Lord to continue…to present alternatives to the …”Science so called (1 Timothy 6:20).” We encourage people to believe the unchanging truth of God’s Word.
2 comments June 22nd, 2009
November 11, 2008
To Whom It May Concern
I have known Rick Oliver and his ministry for many years. First as an employee at our Youth Camp, then as he set up a Science Education program for Mount Hermon Conference Center. Rick has recently started a new ministry, “Confound The Wise” in which he goes around to different churches and groups to present an excellent defense for the accuracy of the Bible from a scientific standpoint. In these days when there seems to be so many unfounded attacks on the Bible from the worldly science community, that have damaged the faith of many, it is vital that our people receive sound scientific evidence as to the accuracy of the scriptures concerning creation and other issues. Rick comes from a solid science background, and is well qualified to talk to our people on these issues, in order to reaffirm their faith in the Word of God. I believe that you and your church will be greatly benefited by Rick’s presentation.
Pastor Chuck Smith
Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
3800 South Fairview Rd. Santa Ana, CA 92704 Phone (714) 979-4422
Add comment November 28th, 2008
For those of you who do not know that this new Ministry, “Confound The Wise” is fully dependant on Christian Support for all of our financial and Prayer needs. My wife Susan and I have taken a great leap of faith to step out as Missionaries at this time in our lives.I it with sincere Thankfulness to those who have already sent us support and prayer that has allowed us to manage thus far. You can read our Mission Statement on this blog to find out more details of our beliefs. My goal is to spend a large part of the year on the road speaking on Science and Creationisom at churches, Camps and schools al around the country as well as Europe. I have teamed up with Roger Oakland at “understand The Times Ministries” to do conferences as well as with “Calvary Way Ministries, with Don McClure and Calvary Chapel Tri-City in Tempe Arizona. You can check these Ministries out on the links to this web page.
I am attaching a copy of our support Card for those of you that would like to Join in supporting this Ministry finacially or by Prayer or both.
Thank You all for all you do to support this Mimistry.
Rick and Susan Oliver
2 comments July 28th, 2008