Current Events Articles: August 2008

Tourism in Israel Rises Dramatically posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Company for the Development of East Jerusalem reported 28 percent growth in the number of visitors to the historical sites in and around the Old City's walls during the first six months of 2008.

Why not travel to Israel with ABR in 2009 while we look for the lost city of Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir and tour sites in the Holy Land? Please join us! Click here for further details:

Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir: The Search for Joshua's Ai

Confessions of a Former Atheist posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

After mocking those who believed in God, a former atheist came face to face with the weaknesses of his own claims. Find out how God transformed him.

Mercury’s Magnetic Field is Young! posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Messenger space probe reports from Mercury confirm biblical models of formation of planetary magnetic fields. Dr. Russell Humphreys comments on this important subject.

Further Challenges to the Shroud of Turin Carbon 14 Dating posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A Colorado couple researching the shroud dispute radiocarbon dating of the alleged burial cloth of Jesus, and Oxford has agreed to help them reexamine the findings.,0,3478153.story

For more on the Shroud of Turin see:

Latest Developments on the Shroud of Turin: Part I

Latest Developments on the Shroud of Turin: Part II

Why Students Abandon Their Faith posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

When it comes to the spiritual life of teenagers, the statistics are not very encouraging. According to a recent study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, after three years in college, the number of students who frequently attend religious services drops by 23 percent. The research also confirms that 36 percent rated their spirituality lower after three years in college.

ABR Represented at International Conference on Creationism posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Associates for Biblical Research has been represented as a vendor at the ICC 2008 conference, held every four years in Pittsburgh, PA. Many attendees have shown great interest in the ministry of ABR, purchasing merchandise, asking alot of questions about archaeology and the Bible, and signing up for the ABR Newsletter. Rick Lanser, Henry Smith and ABR volunteer Trent Schneider have been spreading the word about the ministry and the important apologetic task given to the ABR staff and board.

"What do you mean 'Noah's Ark isn't on Mt. Ararat?'"


Seal of King Zedekiah's minister found in Jerusalem dig posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a seal impression belonging to Gedaliah son of Pashur, who served as an official in the reign of Zedekiah (598–588 BC).  Gedaliah, along with three other officials, came to Zedekiah to demand the death of the prophet Jeremiah for predicting that Jerusalem would fall to the Babylonians (Jer 38:1–4).

Excavations Lead to New Discoveries at Sardis posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

After 154 years of excavations in the ancient city of Sardis, where the first gold coins were made, new artifacts continue to be unearthed, adding to the richness of Turkey’s legacy as a crossroads of civilizations.

ABR Represented at Conservative Congregational Christian Conference posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

ABR recently had a booth at the 4C's Conference (Conservative Congregational Christian Conference) in Buffalo, NY. Ben Felker served as an ABR volunteer at this event. Ben is enrolled in Wheaton College's undergraduate archaeology program. Ben indicated that many visitors expressed an interest in the ABR ministry and the time was fruitful. Please pray for Ben as he continues in his Biblical archaeology studies.

The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference website is:

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