Passion Conferences, 2007. (Available in Australia from Koorong Books.)
This DVD is one of a number of messages recently recorded by Louie Giglio. The American pastor has produced a number of talks highlighting the amazing nature of the universe which we live in. The presentation is a combination of lecture and PowerPoint presentation, which powerfully and informatively presents the case for a creator, and more.
Indeed, this is a unique presentation. There are plenty of more or less dry scientific presentations from believers, and there are plenty of powerful, dynamic yet content-less presentations as well. Giglio manages to combine the best of both worlds. Giglio is very intrigued with science, but he is also a passionate, Spirit-filled believer, who presents an exciting and dynamic message. It is a good combination indeed.
This DVD is a recording of one of his recent public presentations, and covers similar ground to some of his earlier talks, including his “Indescribable” DVD. Those who are familiar with some of the science shared here may not learn all that much new. But the presentation is both captivating and uplifting, as Giglio reels off fact after fact and statistic after statistic, combined with striking images of our world.
The result is a quite moving and overpowering presentation. Just the complexity and size of the universe is so very mind-blowing, and the way it is presented here really makes one appreciate the grandeur and wonder of our creator God. Making use of amazing NASA colour images of the cosmos, Giglio unpacks biblical themes which remind us not only of the greatness of God, but of the amazing fact that we have cosmic significance in this vast universe.
Indeed, in this DVD he goes from the majestic to the miniscule. We tour the solar system, and we also tour the smallest components of the human body. Those who like the big ticket items of science, such as astronomy and cosmology, will marvel at the images of our solar system. And those who are in awe of the tiniest of what life is all about will be fascinated by the inner workings of cellular life, and what the molecular biologists are telling us.
Consider our universe. The sun, which is 93 million miles away from our earth, is so large that 960,000 earths could fit inside it. And that is just a relatively small star. Betelgeuse, which is 427 light years away, is twice the size of the earth’s orbit around the sun. It is so humongous that 262 trillion earths could fit in it.
The largest known star is Canis Majoris. It is so incredibly massive that seven quadrillion earths could fit inside it. Yet the same God who breathes out the stars from his mouth (Psalm 33:6) is the one who cares intimately about us, and seeks to rescue us. As Giglio puts it, the star breather has become the sin bearer. The universe maker is also our redeemer.
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth. This quick look at the vastness of the known universe must humble us, and cause us all to bow down and worship the creator of all things. The heavens certainly declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).
But we are also fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Our beginning lies in one microscopic cell from our mother, and one from our father. These form one new cell, with a totally new and unique set of DNA. It contains three billion characters of code. This one tiny cell contains all the information and instructions needed to produce us.
This one cell divides, and soon an embryo becomes a baby which becomes a child which becomes an adult. The single cell now gives way to 75 trillion cells in the human body. Every one of these cells has all three billion bits of our genetic code. Every three seconds 50,000 cells die and are replaced in our bodies.
We are truly amazing creations of a truly amazing creator God. Giglio takes these marvellous truths of science and ties them in with biblical lessons which should encourage and stimulate us all. This is not dry science but living lessons from both the Word of God and the world of God. The two bear witness to each other, and give us a picture of an amazing God, and of us, the crown of his creation.
This DVD, like his others, is well worth viewing and sharing with your friends. In an age of secularism and cynicism, we need to be reminded of the greatness and grandeur of God. And we need to be reminded of how remarkable it is that we are made in the image of this awesome God.