Archive for 2012

“Portraits” from a University Campus

 

Presenting creation programs on a university campus brings out a variety of students with different backgrounds, different perspectives, and different motivations for coming. It’s quite a challenge to meet these varying needs in one presentation. That’s why we are glad for the Q&A time and one-on-one time before and after the presentations. Here are some “portraits” from just 2 nights of recent university presentations:

 

  • Twenty-year old history major – grew up in a “fundamental evangelical” church – now claiming to be an evolutionist – looking for something “new”—almost seems he is crying, “Convince me.”
  • Middle age man – going back to school to become a middle-school science teacher – church member – taking a class on Evolution vs. Creation – coming to learn more about creation model
  • Biology major – also in the Evolution vs. Creation class – identifies himself as an evolutionist — polite and attentive  — has questions about science and the Bible
  • Graduate student – says as he comes in, “I don’t know why I’m here. Maybe morbid curiosity.” – Lots of objections to creation – leaves halfway through presentation
  • Biology student – also in the Evolution vs. Creation class — says he believes in God – asks some penetrating questions – later says he likes playing the “devil’s advocate”
  • Young man – identified by his smile – lights came on for him when he came to our presentations last year – now a happy and devoted follower of Jesus

 

We plant, others water, but the Lord brings the harvest. Please join us in praying for these students, that God would bring forth abundant fruit from the seeds that have been planted. Pray too, for those who diligently work and witness and build relationships on campus throughout the school year.

 

Dave Nutting

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Those Important Ants

 

My wife has a real problem with ants that move into the house. She has ant traps tucked all over the house (hiding them as best she can from the grandkids) and anti-ant powder sprinkled next to the foundation wherever she suspects they might sneak inside. It is not that she dislikes ants … she just doesn’t like them getting into our food supply.

I am not an ant expert, but I have identified 5 different varieties of ants on our property. Four of these live in the ground … very tiny black ants (these are the ones that like to move into the house), medium size black ants, large black ants and large red ants. We also have at least one variety that is very large and lives in our globe willow tree (carpenter ant?).

The sheer number of ants in the world is truly amazing. Scientists have estimated that there are about 10 million billion ants in the world – more than there are amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.1

God created ants with important useful functions.  Here are just a few those skills:

  • They can be gardeners, scattering and planting more seeds than any other creature.
  • They dispose of 90% of small dead animals.
  • They turn, drain, and enrich most of the earth’s soil (more than earthworms).

We might think ants are pests most of the time, but they have a very significant role in maintaining a healthy earth.

1Most information in this blog from http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/those-amazing-ants

 

Lanny Johnson

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A Misconception of who God is

 

As I was watching the debate between Richard Dawkins and Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Richard Dawkins began talking about the God of the Bible.  As I listened to his description of God, it was clear that he was not talking about the God the Bible proclaims.  How could he have such a distorted concept of who God is?

I believe it starts with the presupposition of whether you believe in creation or evolution.  If you believe in evolution, millions or billions of years, etc. your view of Genesis changes.  My conclusion that Richard Dawkins does not believe in creation or Genesis to be literally true is easy to deduce (you don’t have to listen to the debate very long), and this will affect your view of who God is.

To begin understanding who God is, you need to start in the beginning of creation with Genesis 1:1.  I believe Genesis 1:1 begins the foundational teaching of God’s attributes, so in my mind it is crucial to understand Genesis in the way God meant it to be read and understood.   Genesis is written as true history, to be taken literally.

Not only have I discovered that people who do not attend church have a misconception of who God is, but I have also discovered the same problem within the church.  Sue (my wife) and I not only travel teaching creation, but we also help hurting people.  Much of the emotional and spiritual hurt comes from the misunderstanding of God’s character.  As Sue and I reveal the true God proclaimed in Genesis, most people gain a sense of peace and relief.  I am a firm believer of building a firm foundation of Scripture – and this foundation starts in Genesis.

 

Richard Stepanek

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HEART INSTALLATION

 

Note: after recently having computer problems and talking with several computer service technicians, I was reminded of this parody I had stored in my files … thought I would share it with you. Remember, God is Love!

Customer: I’m not very technical, but I think I am ready to install now. What do I do first?

CS Rep: The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma’am?

Customer: Yes I have, but there are several programs running right now.  Is it okay to install while they are running?

CS Rep: What programs are running ma’am?

Customer: Let me see … I have PASTHURT.EXE, LOWESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

CS Rep: No problem. LOVE will automatically erase PASTHURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE.  However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma’am?

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

CS Rep: My pleasure.  Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE.  Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, I’m done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

CS Rep: Yes it is. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART.  Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

CS Rep: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program.  You need to begin connecting to other HEART’s in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops…I have an error message already. What should I do?

CS Rep: What does the message say?

Customer: It says “ERROR 412 – PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS”.  What does that mean?

CS Rep: Don’t worry ma’am, that’s a common problem.  It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART.  It is one of those complicated programming things, but in non-technical terms it means you have to “LOVE” your own machine before it can “LOVE” others.

Customer: So what should I do?

CS Rep: Can you find the directory called “SELF-ACCEPTANCE”?

Customer: Yes, I have it.

CS Rep: Excellent, you are getting good at this.

Customer: Thank you.

CS Rep: You’re welcome.  Click on the following files and then copy them to the “MYHEART” directory: FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT, and GOODNESS.DOC.  The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming.  Also, you need to delete SELFCRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over My HEART!

CS Rep: Then LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle It from here. One more thing before I go…

Customer: Yes?

CS Rep: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet.  They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some really neat modules back to you.

Customer: I will. Thank you for your help.

 

Lanny Johnson

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Charles Darwin Gets 4000 Write in Votes

 

During the recent election in Georgia, Charles Darwin received about 4000 write in votes against Republican Paul Broun who is a physician and member of the House of Representative’s Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Since Broun was running unopposed, the Darwinists mounted the campaign to get him out. Why? It’s because Broun is not only a creationist, but he had the audacity to call evolution and the Big Bang Theory lies originating from the pit of hell.

This is certainly in keeping with what we see across the nation. A teacher or professor who even questions evolution loses their teaching position. School Board members who say there are issues with evolution are voted down. The hush on Darwin dissenters goes further into the political arena.  Actually the Darwinists even used this against presidential and VP candidates as well.

From what I understand, Broun ran unopposed because of having done a lot of good things for his state and district. That speaks loudly no matter which party a qualified candidate adheres to. However, the message seems clear from the atheists and evolutionists: Conform to status quo, majority rule in science philosophy, or you are out! This certainly flies in the face of real scientists who are not motivated by atheistic or naturalistic worldviews/religions and assumptions. Note that I used the word philosophy. That is because evolution is actually a philosophy that is posing as though it were science.

It’s a good thing that Broun’s 200,000 + votes defeated Charles Darwin. I would certainly hate to see a dead man and his ideas win out over a living and thinking man who is not afraid to express his convictions.

 

Dave Nutting

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Evolutionary change in my teaching

 

There is an evolutionary change in my teaching style over the last two years.  I still present my normal creation science topics for seminars at churches, home school groups, Christian schools, public schools, colleges, etc., but there has been a shift in my teaching for home Bible studies.   The disadvantage of teaching at home Bible studies is it limits the number of people who can attend.  The advantage is the more intimate teaching style.   With fewer people and of course a more homier atmosphere, people seem to feel more comfortable about asking questions.

I normally teach my Genesis series in these settings, because of the questions it provokes.  I have discovered as Christians understand the creation science message they have a deeper hunger to understand Genesis.  There seems to be some confusion about the first few chapters of Genesis, and this is what stirs up the questions.

Just last weekend, I presented a Genesis series at a home Bible study in Denver, CO.  Over thirty people attended, with many being children.  On Saturday night we started at 4 p.m. and ended about 11 p.m.   That evening we covered parts of Genesis chapter one and three.  Then on Sunday afternoon, the teachings started around 4 pm, and ended around 10 pm.  We had a number of breaks during the session.  The breaks consisted mostly of questions and some eating.  In the four or five hours of teaching, we were only able to cover Genesis chapter one.  What surprised me was the involvement and participation of the children.

This study is very in-depth, but the children understood the concepts very well.  I believe it is because they haven’t had the years of exposure that adults have had to humanistic teachings.  Many times I did not have to answer the questions, because the children answered them instead.  Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  I have discovered this statement to be so true.  Children have no problem understanding the literal reading of Genesis and its Biblical concepts.  Out of the mouth of babes!

Rich Stepanek

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Whale Power to Air Power

In our travels around the country, we encounter many wind farms, churning away, generating electrical energy. In an effort to make wind turbines even more aerodynamically efficient, biology professor Dr. Frank Fish and Stephen Dewar (founders of Canadian-based company WhalePower) turned to biomimetrics [copying or being inspired by design solutions from nature].

Dr. Fish noticed that the bumpy, irregular surface on tail fins of the humpback whale and some dolphins increased their aerodynamic efficiency as they travel through water. These bumps, called tubercles, inspired scientists and engineers at WhalePower to come up with what has been named “tubercle design”.

One of the problems with wind turbines is their efficiency at different wind speeds. At high wind speeds, most turbines function well. However, turbine blades stall as the wind speeds drop, thereby losing their lift. To compensate for this, most conventional wind turbine blades are arranged well below the optimal angle for generating power.

According to Fish, by adding tubercles to the edge of a turbine blade, “You can modulate the pitch of your windmill so that it operates at higher angles of attack without fear of stalling.”1 This in effect increases lift, decreases drag and reduces the risk of a stall. The end result is a 20% increase in generated power compared to conventional turbine blades.

So far, WhalePower is selling technology for  highly efficient industrial ceiling fans, with wind turbine blades still in the near future.

Whether they acknowledge it or not, many scientists and engineers are looking to God’s designs in nature for solutions to modern day problems.

 

1 http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/wind/biology-inspires-better-wind-power

 

Lanny Johnson

 

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All Fossils Are Transitional – Hmmmmm..

 

I figured out why evolutionists don’t blush when they say that transitional fossils are found throughout the fossil record.  I just read a response to the criticism by creationists that there are no transitions found in the fossil record. It said, “All fossils are ‘transitional’ as species continue to change and evolve.”

How do you like that argument? I found it rather amusing since it shows the expression of the worldview that says evolution is fact.  The assumption of evolution and that all things are continuing to evolve, even ever-so-slightly, allow that statement.

So, if you find a fossil trilobite, snail, clam, bat, tiger, flower, or whatever, each one is a transitional form… even though we have the identical form living and thriving today. Wow, I’m really impressed. How could I have been so completely ill-informed as a creationist not to understand that? Rather than museums being devoid of fossil transitional forms, they are actually packed full of transitional fossil forms on every shelf, and in every nook and corner.

I guess, too, that every zoo contains as many transitional forms as the total number of animals they have in captivity. This is quite the novel argument for evolution!

 

Dave Nutting

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The Riddle of the Freezing Frogs

 

I have a holding pond for irrigation water on my property. Within a few weeks after the incoming water is shut off in mid-October, the pond drains. What is left is a thick layer of mud that freezes during the winter. I have always wondered what happens to several of my “pet” frogs during the winter.

Several years ago, I had to deepen the pond during the winter. As I was digging through the frozen mud, I exposed two of those frogs. They were frozen! I carefully reburied them, and when spring returned, and the pond was once more filled with water, there were the frogs. The pond sits on the point of a hill, and its only source of water is through a 2 inch supply pipe. These frogs are much bigger that the supply line, so these were not new frogs that were carried to the pond through the pipe. The frogs I have were actually transplanted to the pond many years ago by some young boys whose family was borrowing our house for a short time.

So how did the frogs survive through the winter? Interestingly, just today I read an article from Creation Moments about freezing frogs …

 “… science has a growing list of creatures that do, indeed, freeze in the winter, and thaw and resume life in the spring. Scientists recently added three species of tree frog to that list. As the cool, fall weather sets in, these northern tree frogs usually burrow beneath the forest’s leaf litter. However, if there is little snow, the frogs have no protection from freezing. Scientists assumed that the frogs’ bodies manufacture antifreeze, as do some insects and polar fish.

“When scientists collected some tree frogs for laboratory study in the late fall and winter, they received a surprise. Up to 35 percent of the frogs’ body fluids froze when the frogs were cooled to several degrees below freezing. When thawed, the frogs returned to normal activities. Scientists discovered that the frogs’ bodies produced glycerol. This alcohol acts as an antifreeze. What is more important, it prevents ice crystals from forming in a way that destroys cells.”

http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/frozen-frogs

I have not felt inclined to dissect any of my frogs to see if they are packed with glycerol. However, I am awed that, whether it is antifreeze or not, they are able to survive the freezing winter. Scientists can observe what they do, but how that process came to be can only be contemplated upon. One of the questions I could not satisfactorily answer when I believed in evolution would have been, “How many times did they have to die before they learned that neat little trick?” It seems to me that they were created with the right system for survival, rather that the process of chance and accident, because you don’t get a chance to fix things once you are dead!

 

Lanny Johnson

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University Student: Change in Gene Frequency = Evolution

Mary Jo & I recently had 2 weeks of speaking at 3 universities in Minnesota. We had about 1.5 hours of presentations each night, then at least as long, or longer, times of questions and answers.

We had a lot of good interest and quite a few students expressed their gratitude that we came to speak. Several said the programs were a big help and a breath of fresh air. Of course, as usual, we had our “fan club” of die-hard atheists who came to protect their turf! That always made for lively discourse.

One skeptic said that evolution is basically changes in gene frequency. Therefore, since this is happening daily, it demonstrates that evolution is true. First of all, that is a very narrow definition of evolution and cannot be extrapolated to prove cells can turn into people. The different dog breeds from Chihuahuas to Great Danes do demonstrate changes in gene frequency, but not evolution in the broader sense. The reason for this is that the genetic information for the different breed characteristics is already present in the genetic pool of the basic dog kind. When dog breeders are at work, they are selecting traits that are already exhibited in the genetic pool. So, we can say there is no evolution because there is no new genetic “stuff.” It was already there. Evolutionists have to explain where all that genetic variability came from in the first place.

In fact, evolutionists have to explain how no genetic information in the very raw material that “accidentally” formed the first cell managed to expand to the millions of volumes of encyclopedic genetic information that is in the DNA of each human cell. This has always been a nagging difficulty for evolutionists.

It is pure speculation that the type of minor variations, such as those observed in the various characteristics of dog breeds, could potentially mount up over vast eons of time to allow goo to turn into you by way of the zoo. So rather than a demonstration of evolution, the extrapolation of the data is merely a demonstration of the faith of the evolutionist.

 

Dave Nutting

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