Gary Gromacki: Grand Canyon Trip

Gary Gromacki: Grand Canyon Trip

Grand Canyon Trip

Dr. Gary Gromacki serves as Associate Professor of Bible and Homiletics at Baptist Bible Seminary. Before coming to BBS, Gary served as a pastor for 13 years in the Columbus, OH, area and taught for 10 years at Cedarville University as an adjunct Bible teacher.

Gary edits "The Journal of Ministry and Theology," a publication of BBS. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Homiletics Society, and the Pre-Trib Rapture Study Group.

He enjoys going on missions trips. He taught the Life of Christ this past May in Ukraine. Gary has been married to Kim for over 27 years and they have three children: Julie (a 2008 BBC grad), Gavin (a sophomore at BBC) and Allison (a sophomore at Summit Christian Academy).

Gary recently went to the Grand Canyon in June 2008 with Canyon Ministries and Answers in Genesis.

Insight Questions

What were some of the highlights of your trip?
I traveled by motorized boat 187 miles down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with 28 Bible teachers and creation scientists. The Grand Canyon is an amazing place. Over 5 million visitors travel to the Grand Canyon each year to experience its breathtaking beauty. The Grand Canyon is approximately one mile deep and extends 278 miles between Lake Powell on the east and Lake Meade to the west.

Our group started the rafting trip down the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry. We went through the Marble Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Some highlights for me included: rafting the rapids in the Colorado River, viewing the rock strata of the canyon, visiting some Anasazi Indian ruins, seeing a petrified log, seeing fossils at Redwall Cavern, listening to a Bible teacher read Genesis 1 in the inner gorge, hiking through the slot canyon at Matkatamiba, surviving Lava Falls rapid, praying as a group to start each day, and taking a helicopter ride out of the canyon.

Why did you go to the Grand Canyon?
I have always had an interest in the creation/evolution debate. When I was at Cedarville University, I took a class in geology and I read the book "The Genesis Flood" by Whitcomb and Morris. Last year, I visited the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. Terry Mortenson from Answers in Genesis and Tom Vail from Canyon Ministries invited me to go on this trip. A scholarship was provided to take care of my expenses. I wanted to go to the Grand Canyon to see for myself the evidence for a global flood. Andrew Snelling, a biblical geologist with Answers in Genesis, gave some excellent talks on the geology of the Grand Canyon and related geology to the book of Genesis.

What are the biggest lessons that you learned?
Most geologists are uniformitarians who believe the Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years as a result of oceans that deposited sediments over the North American continent. I learned from Snelling and others that most of the sedimentary rock layers of the Grand Canyon were laid down during the first 150 days of the global flood. Some sedimentary rocks beneath the Great Unconformity were the result of God making the dry land appear on the third day of creation (Gen.1:9). The basement rocks of schist and granite in the Grand Canyon were also formed on the third day. The Grand Canyon was formed as a result of receding flood waters or possibly the breaching of a post-flood lake or a combination of these two events. The Grand Canyon is a monument to catastrophe: evidence that a holy God judges sin. But it is also great to know that God is gracious as He delivered Noah, his family and the animals from the destructive global flood by having them go into the ark.

Each night we slept outside under the stars. I enjoyed seeing the Milky Way, a shooting star and even a satellite go across the night sky. I came to appreciate in a new way the greatness of God who knows the names of all the stars. I enjoyed interacting with the professors and creation scientists on Genesis and geology and the Grand Canyon.

What was most surprising about the trip?
The rafting trip was exciting and challenging at the same time. Each morning we got up at 5 a.m. and saw the sunrise on the canyon. After breakfast Tim Vail would say, "Let's go boating." Then we would put on our life jackets and get into the boats. I sat at the front of the boat a few times and took the brunt of some big waves in the rapids. Temperature within the canyon was 110 degrees on several days, but the water was always cold (48 degrees). We took some challenging side hikes in the Canyon. I enjoyed jumping into a pool at Elves Chasm and floating down the Little Colorado river.

How will the experience affect your teaching?
This summer I began doing research on a Faculty Forum paper presented at Baptist Bible Seminary entitled "Genesis, Geology and the Grand Canyon." This paper will be an article this fall in "The Journal of Ministry of Theology." I have written some illustrations from my experiences in the Grand Canyon that I plan on using as I teach my classes here at BBC&S.

Contact Information
Phone: 570.585.9395

B.A., Cedarville University
Th.M., Dallas Seminary
D.Min., Dallas Seminary
Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary

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Posted on: 9/24/2008 11:57:06 AM

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