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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: February 21 and 28, 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 Western 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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