Archive for May, 2011

“Whatever”

Daryl Witmer wrote in his newsletter to me that there seems to be a switch in our society from a “prove it to me” mentality to a non-committal, “Whatever.” Think about it. I wonder how many times we just let things slide with a casual “whatever” when we should be taking serious action.

Many parents have taken the “whatever” approach to what their children are getting in school, especially relating to evolution.  The frequent result is that their children sink deep into the evolutionary mire which in turn can devastate or greatly weaken their faith. Having spoken on many university campuses, I see firsthand how evolutionary indoctrination is pushing kids over the edge of a cliff toward unbelief.

That is something NOT to say “whatever” to. That is a time to take action!

If you have attended one of AOI’s Discover Creation seminars or have been reading Think & Believe, I am sure you have been shown a reason to agree that the Creation/evolution issue is not just a “whatever” issue. It is a matter which has eternal significance!

If you see this as a foundational issue - would you help the ministry of AOI? Please don’t think “whatever” or that “someone else will do it.” You can help AOI’s ministry even today by prayer or financial partnership. Thanks!

Dave Nutting

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Battling Tomatoes

I just finished getting our small garden planted. Because we travel so much, especially during the summer growing season, I plant only a small garden which I have set up to be watered with a drip system – 6 tomato plants (3 varieties), 1 yellow neck squash, 1 acorn squash, and some carrots and dill ( for making pickles).

As I planted the tomatoes, I thought about a recent article I read from Creation Moments about the defense mechanisms God gave plants to help protect themselves from attacking insects.

When a beetle begins to eat a tomato plant, the tomato goes into a defensive mode by producing chemicals in every leaf of the plant. The chemicals can either give the beetle indigestion or even kill it.

While the tomato is making chemicals to protect itself, it is also sending out a chemical warning signal (methyl jasmonate – commonly found in perfumes) to other tomato plants, which pick up the signal and begin to produce these protective chemicals as well.

Could evolutionary chance and accident come up with such a complicated system of defense? To come up with a defense mechanism as described above, the plant would not only have to be a chemical genius, but also be an expert on the biochemistry of the beetle.

Plants have amazing abilities which defy evolution …those abilities point to a Creator!

Lanny Johnson

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A Flight, a Laptop, a Boy, and Thanks

On a recent trip, I boarded a plane from Grand Junction to Denver; my final destination was Belding, MI.   Usually I am seated by adults, but this time I had the privilege of sitting by a twelve year old boy from Canada.  He was a bright young lad and, would you know it, was interested in dinosaurs! As soon as it was ok to turn on laptops, I fired mine up and started teaching about dinosaurs.  He was thrilled, and so was I!  He had never heard of this information before. 

This is usually the case.  Even in churches, it seems many people either haven’t heard, heard very little, or have forgotten much about what they have been taught about creation.   As I travel about and teach, I realize the increasing need for creation evangelism.  On my Michigan creation tour, I taught at a church youth activity where most of the youth at this function were not attending church.  Again, most of the youth had not heard of the abundant scientific information for creation and the flood.  They were excited to know the Bible is true and Jesus Christ loves them and He died for them.

Rich Stepanek

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Ducking the Tornadoes

Mary Jo & I are in Springfield, Missouri, right now conducting a week of creation training. To get here, we drove right through Joplin, Missouri, less than 2 hours before it was devastated by the huge tornado. A third of the city of Joplin was hit hard as you have seen on TV news reports. There are still 750 or more people missing with 122 reported fatalities. (Pray for those families!) Had we not gotten on the road much earlier than we anticipated on Sunday, we would have been in the midst of the tornado. We are grateful for missing that one!

Earlier that same day, we went right through the area in Oklahoma City that was hit with a tornado yesterday. Last night, the weather service is reporting a significant chance of tornadoes where we are staying just outside Springfield. YIKES! We are hoping the Lord allows us to duck those as well.

Where Mary Jo & I live in Grand Junction, Co, we are happy to report that they have not spotted a tornado for almost 100 years. So, right now, we are certainly enjoying the teaching time we have with this group, but there are pangs to be in our own hometown where we don’t have to sleep with one ear tuned for the tornado sirens!

Dave Nutting

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Be Ready in Season and Out of Season

On Mother’s Day, I was getting ready to leave home and go to the church my Mother and youngest daughter attend. Ten minutes before I was to leave, my son-in-law who teaches a Bible study class for deaf adults, called and asked if I could teach for him that morning … our youngest granddaughter had the flu and he needed to stay home with her. This was because his wife, my daughter, was interpreting for the deaf during the church service. Also, he teaches Children’s Church, and asked if I would also do something for them. Ten minutes is not much warning, especially with two very different age groups. However, I was prepared!

I have a computer and projector that I use to teach with throughout the year. They are all packed in one travel bag, along with all the necessary cords, remotes, etc. All I had to do was grab the bag, load a projection screen into the car, and I was ready to teach.

As I drove to church, I chose the subjects I would teach. I chose a simpler subject for the adult deaf class, with lots of visual images, because the interpreter would have even less time for preparation than I. For the children (ages 5 years old to 12 years old) I did one of my favorites – Design in Animals.

God calls all Christians to be ready to share the Word. “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

Lanny Johnson

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Bryce Canyon

 

Part of the student requirements for the geology field class that Mary Jo & I led to the Southwest was a written Travel Guide for the trip. The students were divided into groups of 4-5 and each group wrote their own “Guidebook” complete with photos and written descriptions of the sites visited.

Part of the reason to have them do this is to have them think more deeply about what they are seeing and to have something to remind them of the trip. One of the student groups wrote the following about Bryce Canyon:

“Bryce Canyon, a winding labyrinth of canyons and gorges, [is] a place where beauty and hostility meet to form this wonder of geology. Towering Hoodoos (erosional remnants) dominate the landscape, giving the impression of sentinels guarding a priceless treasure. Deep in the remote areas of the canyon you can find several mini ecosystems. These range from the damp cool northwest to the dry deserts of the south. If you look hard enough you could find a noble Douglas fir or a golden Aspen. Don’t forget to look down though. A vast variety of floral and animal life abounds along the sides of the park’s 50 miles of trails. Living in the shelter of small scraggly bushes you can find many species of lizards, bugs, and a vast assortment of other animals. For the more intrepid explorer, the park offers more advanced trails that lead you to quiet streams and shady glades. For the beginner, a wide selection of easier trails is offered that lead you to stunning overlooks.

            When viewing such a splendid landscape, one question is always asked, what caused this? Rangers and park staff will say that it is the result of erosions over millions of years. However the evidence for this is scarce. When looking at the make-up of this canyon, we see what appears to be hardened mud. How did that mud get there?  . . .

If the Bible is true and if there was a global flood, then you would have a lot of mud being deposited in a very short time. Then if you believe what Psalm 104 says about the mountains rising and the valleys falling, you can explain the broken state of the landscape. Add the post-flood run-off of water through the broken landscape and you get canyons. Add also the fact that as the mountains were rising, there would have been natural dams forming all over the world. After a period of time these dams would burst. This would unleash a torrent of water across the countryside, deepening the already existing canyons. Thus what would have naturally taken a huge amount of time is accomplished extremely quickly. When you visit Bryce Canyon, I hope that you are reminded of Noah’s Flood and the impact that it had on our earth.”

Dave Nutting

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A Note on the Midwest Creation Fellowship Seminar

It was great to see the interest in the topic of ‘Astronomy and the Glory of God’ at the monthly meeting of the Midwest Creation Fellowship.  I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleased to have a packed room of eager listeners to speak to. 

Many people came because they were curious about the topic of astronomy and the Bible.  Some in attendance believed that God had used the ‘Big Bang’ to create.  I thought I might have some opposition to the presentation, since I exposed some of the problems with the Big Bang, but no opposing views were voiced.

To my amazement, the believers in the Big Bang were excited!  They and others found the topic very enlightening, and learned some new information that they had never heard before.  I have discovered that many people, who believed in evolution and the Big Bang, have not heard the scientific problems with these ideas and the vast amount of evidence supporting creation and God’s Word.

Rich Stepanek

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Kodachrome Basin

Kodachrome Basin Pipe

The name says it all, especially if you are familiar with the older slide film called Kodachrome. There is so much beautiful scenery there just waiting for the camera! However, to me it may be one of the most significant sites that we took our caravan of 40 to on the Jackson Hole Bible college geology field trip of the Southwest.  

Why is this significant? Here we find columns or pipes of light-colored sandstone protruding through a  very red-colored Entrada sandstone layer. The light-colored sandstone was pushed up through the upper layer from a layer below like toothpaste. You can see the markings on the “toothpaste” pipe from its intrusion from below. Some of the pipes can be seen in the red sandstone. Others are now standing upright with all of the red sandstone having eroded away leaving the harder and denser lighter-colored sandstone behind.

So what’s the problem? According to standard geology, the pipes of light-colored sandstone come from a layer of sandstone which is supposedly 25 million or more years older than the upper red Entrada sandstone. In 25 million years, the lighter sandstone should have turned into solid rock. In fact, this would have occurred in just a few hundred years. The fact that it squeezed up through the Entrada, tells us that it was not solid, but fluid at the time. That means that those millions of years never existed.

These features certainly fit with the rapid deposition of layers of sediments during the Noahic Flood, but don’t fit the standard models of geology.

Dave Nutting

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Onward to Zion!

No, we didn’t go to the Biblical Zion, but our caravan of 40 headed to Zion National Park. It is a beautiful place with sheer sandstone cliffs reaching 2000 feet above. This place is a rock climber’s dream and for the climber’s mother, a nightmare!

Much of the sheer cliffs are of Navaho sandstone. In some places, the sandstone is heavily cross-bedded leading the Park officials to think that the sand was put down over millions of years in ancient wind-blown desert sand dunes. One of the videos we showed to the students along the way was Andrew Snelling’s on the Grand Canyon. In it, Dr. Snelling gave several lines of evidence which indicates that the sandstone was originally deposited as water dunes not wind dunes. Hence this and other deposits fit nicely with Flood geology!

Checkerboard Mesa

You can see some of the cross-bedding at Checkerboard Mesa in the Park. They are the horizontal and angled layers. According to the signpost, the vertical cracks are due to freezing and thawing. Perhaps, but they could also be related to pressure/stress release and even other causes.

The students certainly enjoyed their hikes amidst the splendor of the colors, the vastness of the canyon, and the many waterfalls and pools.

A Friendly Inhabitant

The night, however, wasn’t as pleasant. The winds picked up making it inadvisable to have a nice warm campfire. Sparks would have blown directly toward the nylon tent city which would not have been a good thing! The temperature dipped down that night and some of our students likely either vowed never to camp again, or at least determined to be more prepared the next time they did (as the college encouraged them to do).  Anyhow, they all survived with good stories to tell.

Dave Nutting

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Indescribable

This last week at church our worship team led us in the song “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin. It is a wonderful reminder of how awesome our God truly is:

 

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea

Creation’s revealing Your majesty

From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring

Every creature unique in the song that it sings

All exclaiming

 

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.

You are amazing God

All powerful, untamable,

Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim

You are amazing God

 

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go

Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow

Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light

Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night

None can fathom

 

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name

You are amazing God

All powerful, untamable,

Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim

You are amazing God

You are amazing God

 

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.

You are amazing God

 

All powerful, untamable,

Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim

You are amazing God

 

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.

You are amazing God

 

Incomparable, unchangeable

You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same

You are amazing God

You are amazing God

 

Lanny Johnson

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