Traveling with a geologist can be a real “experience!” I remember a time a few years ago when we were driving with our friend Johnathan in Minnesota. Johnathan was right in the middle of a deep spiritual discussion, when Dave suddenly flung his arm right in front of Johnathan and exclaimed, “Look at the ripple marks!” Fortunately, Johnathan had a good grip on the wheel and an ability to see through Dave’s arm to watch the road ahead!
Over the years, we have traveled thousands of miles, and Dave continues to be excited by ripple marks, rounded hills, boulder deposits, ancient shorelines, canyons, and other indicators of catastrophic erosion caused by collapse of giant lakes and seas. We’ve also observed volcanoes, lava flows, ash falls, lava tubes, fault zones, arches, bridges, caves, cross-strata, “pushy-ups,” glaciers, moraines, arêtes, as well as petrified wood, dinosaur bones, “clam-burgers,” and all sorts of other fossils, rocks, minerals, and crystals.
Along the way, I’ve learned more about geology than I ever knew there was to know. I’m glad to be learning it from a young-age creationist and to see how all this geology testifies to the truth of God’s Word. It’s fascinating and exciting! But sometimes I just long to sit back, enjoy the beauty, and marvel at greatness of God displayed in His creation!
Mary Jo Nutting
Is the time, energy, and money spent on training worth it? We think so! Below are excerpts from a message we received recently from a former trainee in response to a recent prayer update. She writes:
Hi Dave & Mary Jo!
… So glad you are on twitter now! If you post tweets, I will retweet them when I see them.
July 12-16 I’m headed to Chicago to do a Creation Geology Camp for grades 6 -12. My first time for an audience of this age – and I’m pretty nervous! Please pray if you think of it!
I’m pretty excited also, because my book, “Mystery Rangers ~The Case of the Missing Mountain” is due to come out in September! Yeah! It is in the fall catalog for New Leaf Publishing Group!
I appreciate so much what I learned while at AOI! Your example and knowledge have been a great blessing!
We do pray for Kim – and the others whom God has brought to us for training. We are blessed to see them following the Lord and passing on what they have learned.
Mary Jo Nutting
A short distance outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a small town of Kelly. Approximately a mile away, following the road to Slide Lake, is a small pond. At first glance, it appears to be just an ordinary pond with weed covered edges. However, closer inspection reveals something quite out of the ordinary. Many pockets of bubbles arise throughout one end of the pond. Stick your little toe into the water and you discover the water is warm. Warm water is flowing out of the ground! They have named this little pond Kelly Hot Springs.
If you ever happen to be in the Grand Teton National Park, take the time to drive out and have a look at the Kelly Hot Springs. On the way you might see a moose or two, pronghorns, and possibly a herd of bison. Take along your swim suits and take a dip in the pond (there is a parking lot with a nice toilet facility right there). For a real treat, take a dive mask and snorkel. You will be amazed at what you will find … TROPICAL FISH!
For many years the locals, tiring of the upkeep and maintenance of their aquariums, have been dumping the tropical fish into the pond. The fish have found this pond quite to their liking. Even in the winter the water is warm. If you quietly float along, trying not to stir up too much mud from the bottom, you might see 6 to seven different species of tropical fish. You might also see some yellow perch and large gold fish. If you stick around long enough you might even see some novice kayakers learning to do an Eskimo roll.
This last week on vacation, I had my grandkids out at Kelly Hot Springs. They were having a ball. As I floated along I began to ponder … if this little patch of water was rapidly buried and all the little critters fossilized, how would evolutionary scientist interpret the evidence? Would they say it was an ancient sea where sword-tails (the precursor of a rainbow trout?) flourished? I had to be careful not to smile too big – I did have a snorkel in my mouth!
Even though we live in times of instant communication, I still enjoy receiving a personal, handwritten letter – especially if it contains good news, a personal testimony, or words of encouragement. Well, we recently received such a letter from one of our former students.
She wrote, “Your ministry has encouraged me and taught me to think critically.” She went on to tell us about a workshop on early childhood development she had attended. The speaker was a prominent Ph.D. working in the neuroscience department of a well-known medical school. Our student wrote of this speaker “spouting all kinds of illogical evolutionary/Darwinian ideas” and then the speaker concluding by saying, “You can never prove these evolution ideas.”
The student wrote, “To me the speaker lost a huge amount of credibility. Everything was stated as fact throughout the lecture, but concluded with the premise that it is impossible to know for certain. Thank you for teaching me to recognize fallacies.“
The Bible tells us: “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (II Thess. 5:21-22 NKJV) We are so grateful for opportunities to teach students to think critically and measure all things by the Truth of God’s Word – and we’re glad that some of them really “get it.”
Mary Jo Nutting