I wanted to start off with a little pastoral message from JD Greear (The Summit Church). In this sermon snippet, he gives his general interpretation of Gen 1-2 but also talks about being comfortable with not having all the answers.
It's easy to want this issue to be black & white, and often it is presented that way, as if there is only one valid way for Christians to think about origins. I've read at least a few books from each of the 4 major perspectives on creation, in addition to geology and biology texts (not all recently, but over the past 20 years)...and I think each view has strengths and weaknesses. I personally find YEC less compelling that the other three views, but I see why many find it appealing. Regardless of view, it's helpful to consider Proverbs 18:17, "The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him".
Throughout this seminar, I want to follow JD's encouragement and create a space for conversations that promote understanding. "In essentials unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity"