Weekend Teaching Series: Q (week 2 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: A study of the scientific evidence points to an Intelligent Designer.
Service Length: 75 minutes
Understandable Message: This week guest speaker Sean McDowell took a look at evidence that contradicts Darwinism/evolution that specifically points to an Intelligent Designer (Creator God) of the universe. He used some great pop culture nods [Family Guy, Friends] that demonstrated the pressure on us to believe evolution because it is rational and has tons of evidence to back it up. But then he started to demonstrate evidence and ideas that put those things into question – how perhaps the gaps and holes in the evolutionary theory actually point us to the Creator, and how even evolutionists are starting to admit it. Some really good stuff, so glad he’s here to help our students get this stuff.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students jumped in on most of the supporting roles of the weekend – greeting, cameras, lights, sound, control room, etc. The student band was also great, and adult volunteers jumped in for conversations and greeting. Several new volunteers this week, which is always GREAT!
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: During the countdown again this week we used www.polleverywhere.com to have students send in captions for a photo (I posted a screenshot of one as an example above). We kicked off the weekend with a cleaned-up version of some Rick Gervais stand-up act about Creation that was done live by Phil, the latest member of the HSM staff. He’s a full-on British import, and nailed it perfectly.
Music Playlist: Run, Indescribable, Cannons
Favorite Moment: We had fun with Rebeckah Holley this week – she’s been an intern on the HSM staff for the last year and a half who is finishing up in August. She got engaged this past week (to Brian, the student pastor from Saddleback’s Corona campus), so we brought her on stage to tell the story and have some fun teasing her about her new last name. Cute!
Up Next: Q: (series finale, week 3 of 3)