​A special holiday gift for the chapter this month as we welcome RTB's staff scholar Fazale "Fuz" Rana, Ph.D. Biochemistry. Ten years ago Dr. Rana's book, "Who Was Adam?" was released as a foundational work in the RTB Creation Model, exploring the latest scientific data on human origins from a creation perspective and making predictions of future findings. In the last ten years the quality and quantity of data on origins have exploded. Dr. Rana has updated this important work, looking back at the outcomes of its predictions and evaluating the viability of the model. Of equal importance in the last few years has been the push by some in the Christian community to argue against the notion of a historical Adam & Eve. Fuz will discuss the origins and impact of such a perspective on the Christian endeavor.

As always, Dr. Rana will not only take questions, but provide satisfying answers to those you might have encountered or that you have yourself. Please do your best to bring a friend with questions to this special year-ending chapter meeting.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
​This month we prepare for the upcoming release of a movie that just about everyone you know will see. Are you ready for the opportunities it will inevitably offer to engage those around you in discussions of eternal significance? "The force," "the dark side," "A galaxy far, far away," "Luke, I am your father!" Do we sit back and enjoy the ride or do we learn something from the movies we watch? This month we'll ask George Lucas how he answers that question as we continue on our theme of movies as the books of our generation. 

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
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This month's chapter gathering will review the April 29th OneJax event. Dr. Messinese will present in more detail on those subjects touched upon in the OneJax dialogue, and we will conduct an event review, identifying lessons learned, ideas and improvements for the future, as well as next steps and follow-up.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
May RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, May 16th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Faith & Reason: Human Origins
This month we’ll discuss the new opportunities and challenges available to the chapter stemming from the OneJax event, and we’ll explore ideas for expanding our reach into the community.  We’ll listen to Dr. Ross field questions at a recent Skeptics Forum as an example of format and content, and we’ll consider what we can do to ensure freedom of competition in the market place of ideas.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
June RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, June 20th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Where Do We Go From Here?
Reasons To Believe has just released its new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book by the same title.  This month the RTB Jacksonville Chapter kicks off this study of the harmony found between the latest scientific discoveries and Genesis chapters 1 and 2.  Please join us and invite a friend who may have science-faith questions to participate in this fascinating presentation of the scriptures and the record of nature.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
July RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, July 18th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 1
Continuing in the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book, we'll cover "Does the Big Bang Contradict the Bible?" This corresponds to Chapter 3 of the book, should you like to prepare in advance. Even if you weren't with us for our first session, you will certainly enjoy the information presented in this lesson. Please join us and bring a friend who may have science-faith question.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
August RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 2
Doesn't the Bible contradict science? That is the subject of this month's study, Session 4 in the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book.  Themes from this session of the study can be explored further in Chapters 4, 5 and 21 of the book. This is an excellent session to which to bring your skeptic friends and your toughest science-faith questions.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
October RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, October 17th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 4
This month we'll cover "Did Life Evolve from a Primordial Soup?" in the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book.  Themes from this session of the study can be explored further in Appendix A of the book. You'll enjoy this session whether you've participated in the prior sessions or not. Please bring a friend with questions!

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
September RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, September 19th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 3
Looking at Days 5 and 6 of the creation account we will begin to understand why the history of life that we see in the fossil record appears the way it does. "Does the Fossil Record Prove Evolution?", Session 5 in the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book provides more fascinating and worldview-changing data to help you engage the world around you. Themes from this session of the study can be explored further in Chapters 6 and 22 of the book.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
November RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, November 21st, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 5
The naked ape ... is that what we are? Is there simply a quantitative difference between us and the hominids that existed hundreds of thousands of years before? Or, as the scripture asserts, is there something qualitatively different about humanity? What do the data say? This month we continue our exploration of Day 6, turning our attention to God's final creative acts, in "Did Humans Evolve from Apes?", Session 6 of the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book. Themes from this session of the study can be explored further in Chapter 23 of the book.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
December RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, December 19th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 6
January RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, January 16th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 7
Creating must be hard work! Otherwise, why would God rest on the seventh day after all His creative works in the prior six? This is a common misconception about creation one can have from a shallow treatment of the scripture. Join us this month as we take a deeper, more integrated view of creation and the record of nature to understand the plans and purposes of God. Session 7, "Why does God Rest?" from the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book always provokes thought and dialogue. Chapters 7 and 9 of the book explore the purpose of God's rest.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
February RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, February 20th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Session 8
"Aren't there contradictions between the Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 accounts of creation?" This question, often raised by skeptics of the Bible, is easily answered when one has a full understanding of God's purposes for the creation. Join us for Session 8 of the new small group study, Navigating Genesis, based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book. Chapters 8, 10 and 20 of the book pertain to this session of the study.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
March RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, March 21st, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Q&A
Our Q&A sessions have been self-sustaining over the last eight months as we've made our way through the new small group study, "Navigating Genesis", from Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book. There is, however, much good information and many answers provided by Dr. Ross in the recorded Q&A for each session. Hence, starting this month we are going to begin working our way through the video Q&A, spending time following each episode to discuss it as a group. Please join us as we explore the questions from the video and any questions you or your friend might have regarding science and the Bible. 

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
April RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, April 17th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Navigating Genesis, Q&A (cont.)
We'll pick up where we left off last month viewing the video Q&A for multiple sessions of the new small group study, "Navigating Genesis", based on Dr. Hugh Ross' latest book. After each Q&A segment we'll discuss the various questions and answers, as well as any science-faith questions you or your guest might have.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
June RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, June 19th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Question Coincidence: Ancient Cities
Professional inventor and avid amateur archaeologist, Michael Hughes, presents from his first-hand experience exploring ancient cities of Palestine. Michael founded a non-profit organization that documents the work of explorers and researchers, providing a critical need for unbiased observation at sites of inquiry around the world. You'll be fascinated by the coincidences in Michael's data.

For this special presentation we have a special venue. Not far from our usual meeting place, Books-A-Million coffee shop will provide an excellent opportunity for you to engage others as they are intrigued by Michael's presentation and want to know more. Come early to peruse the books and purchase refreshments. Stay late to talk with new friends and be a blessing to this establishment that has opened its doors to us.
It may be fall in the rest of the country, but summer's still going strong here in Florida. So, we continue our summer review of last Christmas' blockbusters, asking the question, 'Can we engage our culture through this medium?' We'll continue our review and discussion of "Imitation Game" (from July) and we'll kick off a similar review of "Interstellar".  

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
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July RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, July 17th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., "Imitation Game"
Are movies really the books of this generation?  The summer blockbusters continue to be released week after week, but should Christ-followers pay any attention? This month (and next) we will consider that question as we hear RTB scholars Fuz Rana and Ken Samples offer their thoughts on a movie released during the Christmas blockbuster season based on the life of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. We will first listen to a podcast produced shortly after the movie was released, where the scholars will critique the movie, as well as discuss how we may be able to be more relevant in our culture by paying attention to such films. We'll then consider the film itself and discuss our individual thoughts on the value of watching it.

So, grab a bowl of popcorn for you and a guest and come enjoy an evening of thought provoking conversation and film.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
August RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Dr. Reynolds: Pluto & More
The Chapter's own Mike Reynolds, PhD in Astronomy from the University of Florida, will present some of the amazing results of last month's flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons probe on its way to the Kuiper Belt at the outer reaches of our solar system. The data have been trickling in ever since, and the results are amazing. Mike's presentations are always engaging and educational, and this will be no exception. He has also offered an open astronomy Q&A following. So bring a friend and your deepest cosmological wonderings ... Why do they call it a blue moon? ... and join us for a night of fun and learning. 

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
October RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, October 16th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., "Interstellar"
​Continuing the discussion of movies as a means of engaging those around us, we will listen to the scholars thoughts on using "Interstellar" in such a way. Before doing so, however, we will first receive instruction from Ravi Zacharias on establishing a worldview. A workbook for this instruction can be downloaded for printing here. Then, after listening to the scholar team's discussion of "Interstellar" we will look forward to the soon-coming release of another episode of "Star Wars" by looking back at the worldview of its creator, George Lucas.  

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
September RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, September 18th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Imitellar
November RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, November 20th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., A Force to be Reckoned With
December RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, December 18th, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Dr. Fuz Rana: Human Origins
We've still got a lot of ground to cover, but, hopefully, this month we will finish our brief tour of the hominid record, the current state of research on human origins and the technical vocabulary necessary to engage others in discussion on this critical topic. Bring a friend to enjoy the show as we play "To Tell the Truth: The Human Origins Edition".  Will the real modern human predecessor please stand-up!

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
February RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, February 19th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Human Origins (concl.)
Dr. Rana's presentation via Skype last month stirred the interest of our group.  Many have asked to hear more regarding the current state of human origins research. This month we will listen to a few key podcasts from 2015 where Dr. Rana discusses Neanderthal and other hominid data and the scientific and philosophical debates they have created.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
January RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, January 15th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Human Origins (cont.)