Category Archives: Vision Forum

Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 109 – Isle of No Return, Part I

I listened to this episode here.

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Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Creation Works. Through these CDs,  they hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.

Plot Summary:

The Creation Response Team accepts a challenge to a competition with the Explorer’s Society, which pits their creation worldview against this evolutionary team at an undisclosed location. But will the CRT’s snap decision lead them to victory, or defeat, as they fight to stay alive on Snake Island? (Taken from here.)

Review:

Overall, the story is somewhat engaging. I think it really depends on one’s tolerance for such stories AND one’s predisposition to like/dislike anything produced by a YEC organisation. Yes, I freely admit prejudice comes into play here.

Kendall Park, Jim Brenan, and Jonathan Park are on Ilha da Queimada Grande, a snake-infested island off the coast of Brazil. They are competing against a “Evolution” team. The team that makes its case — and survives — wins. How and why these people agree to go on such life-threatening adventures again and again — and bring children along — is a matter of suspending belief. The women and girls do not go along this time (phew!… I think).

As always, it is good to remember the basic premise of the creators/producers of this series. There are two — and only TWO — worldviews: Creation and Evolution.

Creation: The universe and everything in it was created by God over a six-day period about 6000 years ago. Genesis 1-11 is to be interpreted literally. Science must be done with the Bible in mind. We know scientific findings are correct when they agree with the Bible. If they do not agree with the Bible, it means we are not interpreting the evidence correctly. Creationists are godly and GOOD.

Evolution: A man-made theory about how life, the universe, and everything came about through random, chance processes over millions of years in an attempt to disprove God. Anything and everything that does not agree with a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11 is lumped as “Evolution”. People who believe in evolution are called “Evolutionists” and are, at best, misguided, and at worst, EVIL.

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Moody Monday: What’s the Deal with the Duggars?

I first heard of the Duggars when they appeared on a television special. There they stood all in a row in age order, smartly and modestly dressed, saying their names one by one for the camera. The youngest one or two at the time were too young to say their names, so one of the parents spoke for them and Michelle ended the lineup by putting an affectionate hand on her belly and said, “…and this is Jackson!”

They looked like such a sweet, adorable, Christian family! And they home schooled!!

What was there not to like?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.

At first I thought they looked so nice. A bit weird in the fashion department, but okay.

Later, I learned that they home schooled with Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute materials. Warning bells. And that they subscribed to Christian Patriarchy and all that entails. Huge warning bells. And then the television show that put them in the limelight. You know the tune.

“They’re a clean, wholesome family,” people said.

“The Duggars are upholding good, conservative, Christian values,” people said.

“I’d rather watch the Duggars than all that other junk that is on TV,” people said.

“The children are modest, well-behaved, role models,” people said.

Let’s talk about that. (Cue the “Good Mythical Morning” music. Or the “Twilight Zone” theme. Take your pick. I recommend the latter.)

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Jonathan Park

The  Jonathan Park Audio Adventure Series, originally created by the Institute for Creation Research, and then produced by Vision Forum Ministries before they closed down, is now produced by Creation Works.

This the screenshot that welcomes you:

Can You Feel the Love?

Watch Out, Evolution Bullies! Here Come the Creationists! 37,000 Familes (sic)!

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Doug Phillips Sued by ‘The Other Woman’

Doug Phillips, the founder of the now-defunct Vision Forum, Inc. and Vision Forum Ministries, is being sued by the woman with whom he had, by his own admission, a lengthy an inappropriate physical relationship.

Although there were many speculations as to the woman’s identity, the woman has now chosen to publicly reveal her identity – Lourdes Toress – the nanny of the Phillips’ children.

The report on World Net Daily is quite detailed. My only quibble with the article is the title which calls Doug Phillips a ‘Christian Giant’. Actually, no, he isn’t. I believe Doug Phillips is only known within the conservative Christian homeschooling community, which itself is a very small slice within Christianity. Most of his followers are in the US, with a smattering in other countries.

The complaint filed against Doug Phillips can be read here. It is a very long, detailed, and very good look at what the Conservative Christian Patriarchy movement teaches. Doug Phillips’ friends and associates are also mentioned.

In particular:

  • Teach Them Diligently (operated by David Nunnery)
  • Family Covenant Ministries (operated by Jon Summers)
  • National Center for Family Integrated Churches (operated by Scott Brown)
  • Voddie Baucham Ministries (operated by Voddie Bauchum)
  • Advanced Training Institute Conferences (operated by Tim Levendusky)
  • Generations with Vision (operated by Kevin Swanson)

I would add Ken Ham and Kirk Cameron to the list of friends and associates.

Julie-Anne over at Spiritual Sounding Board has a more extensive timeline of events.

Read the file!

Jonathan Park Survey

I have been inspired to create a survey to study the habits of Jonathan Park listeners and fans with regards to the series.

Please take a few moments to answer the questions. The survey does take into consideration people who have never listened to a single episode, so if you fall into that category, you are not excluded from taking the survey. I am interested in seeing how many people have actually heard of this series among other things, so please do not ignore the survey.

There are 13 questions, and the survey should take no more than five minutes (at the most!) to complete.

Please go here to take the survey.

Thank you.

Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 79 – The Race for Space, Part 1

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Plot Summary:

As The Manta speeds back to base, the Creation Response Team confronts Alex DeMarcus about his real motivations and discovers a plot that runs much deeper than they realized. Join the CRT as they learn that their voyage into the deep was only to prepare them for an even bigger adventure!

(Taken from here.)

There is NO Study Guide for Volume 7.  You’re on your own!

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

Topics:

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 76 – Journey to a Thousand Fathoms, Part 2

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Plot Summary

The Creation Response Team joins their eccentric host, Alexander DeMarcus, aboard the electromagnetic submarine The Manta as they embark to study the mysteries of the deep. But will they be able to survive the attack of a giant squid? And why would Alexander allow The Manta drift into the dangerous waters and extreme temperatures of a volcanic vent? (Taken from here.)

Topics

  • Starlight Problem and Faith
  • Barreleye Fish
  • Whale-bone Eaters and Symbiosis
  • Black Smokers

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 75 – Journey to a Thousand Fathoms, Part 1

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Plot Summary

The Creation Response Team joins their eccentric host, Alexander DeMarcus, aboard the electromagnetic submarine The Manta as they embark to study the mysteries of the deep. But will they be able to survive the attack of a giant squid? And why would Alexander allow The Manta drift into the dangerous waters and extreme temperatures of a volcanic vent?(Taken from here.)

Topics

  • Swimming Sea Cucumber
  • Stoplight Loosejaw
  • Dumbo Octopus
  • Starlight Problem

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 73 – The Creature of Cape Cod, Part 1

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Plot Summary

The Creation Response Team is called upon to examine a plesiosaur that has washed ashore in Cape Cod. When they get there, they and another mysterious creature that seems to have the locals living in fear. The CRT decides to investigate, but what they discover about the creature leads them into a voyage beyond their wildest imagination! (Taken from here.)

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

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Random Thoughts

I know I have been rather slack with blogging.

Vision Forum is no longer. The website is still up (at the time of writing this), the blog is still there, the About page is still there, and it even looks like the catalog is up.  However, when you click on the product pages, it says that no products match your selection.

Vision Forum Ministries’ webpage is still up, but shows that all events are cancelled.

The San Antonio Christian Independent Film Festival website is closed.

The Hazardous Journeys website is closed.

The Jonathan Park website is still up. (What’s up with that??)

On the topic of Jonathan Park, I found Volumes 1-7 at my local library.  How long they’ve been available, I am not sure.  I almost never go to that section of the library, but while in another library (same city council, different branch) whose Audio Section was more ‘accessible’, I saw them on the shelf! I remember a homeschooling mum saying something about them being available from the library, but I thought she was talking about a Christian library, not the local council one! (I even went to the Christian library to enquire, but they didn’t have it. I almost felt like I had to explain, ‘No, no, you don’t understand! I’m not wanting to borrow for listening pleasure!’)

BlueBehemoth is still up and one can still purchase downloads of Jonathan Park episodes and albums.

 

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