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“Being a Dad Who Leads” Book Review

 

I am now officially a father of a sweet little boy and my wife and I are loving it. He is so precious to us. We have been so blessed by the generosity of others. Normally at baby showers, you get great stuff for the baby or for the mommy, but a couple of friends gave me, the daddy, a thoughtful gift. They gave me a book entitled, “Being a Dad Who Leads” by John MacArthur.

Being a Dad Who LeadsI was somewhat familiar with the author and pastor and so I was excited to dig into it, even though our baby was not even born yet. What I love about John MacArthur, remembering from one of his other books, is that he uses so much scripture in his writing and preaching… and he did not disappoint with this book.

In this book, MacArthur touched on a number of key passages and themes dealing with being a father. As men, we are to “love our wives, just as Christ also loved the church.” (Ephesians 5:25) We are called to be Godly examples and leading our wives and children in a way they will notice and hopefully even the outside world will notice. The family is the primary priority – above our work.  Being a Godly father is likened to Christ’s relationship to the church, and also as similar in role to a church leader, so it is important.

MacArthur also exposits the passage in Proverbs 7 about being wise and avoiding the seductress. From that passage, there is a lot of insight, advice, and guidelines for fathers to help train their children. MacArthur also describes the attributes and characteristics of the father in the prodigal son account (Luke 15:11-32) and how that represents God and is an example of how we are to be as fathers.

MacArthur encourages parents to continually share the gospel clearly. Over and over again, he refers back to Ephesians 6:4 which says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” From this verse and MacArthur’s emphasis, I was encouraged to make every moment and every instance a learning experience to relate and teach God’s Word to myself, my wife, and my children. Every circumstance can be used to teach us and point us to God and His Word.

I was very blessed to already have received this book and to have had the opportunity to read it, since I am just starting out. I legitimately think that raising up men to be Godly leaders of their home can change our deteriorating culture. In fact, I may buy this book in large quantities to start giving away and I may even do a book study with the fathers around me. I am even considering including the young, single men around me that will someday be fathers. This is great teaching from God’s Word and it is crucial that we focus on His Word to make a difference in our families and community.

 

Brian Mariani

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The Genesis Flood Updates

 

genesisFloodThe Genesis Flood was written in 1961 by Dr. Henry M. Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb and is truly a classic book. This book has had a huge impact in drawing Christians back to the Truth of the Bible with evidence derived, not only from the Biblical text itself, but also from the science of geology. However, much work has been done in the field of geology since that book was published. We have always wanted to see an update to that book.

Earths-Catastrophic-Past-288x300Finally, two different publications have been produced. The first, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, is a 1,100 page, semi-technical, 2-volume set written in 2009 by Dr. Andrew Snelling – one of the world’s leading geologists in the creation science movement. According to the Institute for Creation Research, “Earth’s Catastrophic Past provides up-to-date geological evidence that demonstrates the authority and accuracy of the biblical account of creation and the Flood. . . with in-depth scholarly research and insight. Topics covered in this two-volume set include: The Biblical Record of the Global Genesis Flood; Non-Geological Arguments Used Against a Global Genesis Flood; Noah, the Ark, and the Animals; The Framework for a Scriptural Geology; and A Biblical Geologic Model of Earth History.” This is a great book for those willing to devote serious study time. (Hardcover; $60/set)

The second book, however, is the one that I recommend to virtually everyone. Make sure you get this book. It is what I would have tried to write but Dr. John D. Morris saved me a whole lot of time! Anyone who has been to one of my seminars knows I like pictures and lots of them. Well, so does John Morris! His book, The Global Flood, Unlocking Earth’s Geological History, is chock-full of wonderful photos and illustrations. It is easy to read, yet concise enough to engage even casual learners.

gen-flood-flatThis 176-page book fills a need, not only for geologists, but for the lay person who wants to know about geologic and Biblical evidence for the Flood and its related issues. Dr. John C. Whitcomb, who co-authored the original classic book, writes this in his Forward to The Global Flood:

“For some, the thought of a worldwide flood is ludicrous. But for serious scientists who research the various formations of the earth and the catastrophic processes that shaped the world we see around us today, the evidence of a global flood is indisputable. The Global Flood presents that evidence in a way that clearly demonstrates why the biblical account of the Flood matters to all of us who want to understand and communicate the truth of the Genesis Flood with confidence. The Global Flood helps to meet a great need today. It is comprehensive. It is aimed at those who are not experts in earth sciences. People everywhere need to understand the true significance of the year-long, mountain-covering Deluge that buried and fossilized trillions of marine and land animals and plants only a few thousand years ago.”

This book not only gives evidence for the Flood, but also answers many of the objections to the Flood. It is a great resource for pastors and Bible teachers, as well as students and laymen. I believe this 8.5” x 11,” hardcover book will have a big impact on a lot of people. I recommend that you invest in the lives of your friends and family by getting a stack of them to give out for Christmas gifts. ($20)

50-Proofs-Old-Testament_lg__38562 1313299628For anyone ordering either of these books or giving a donation to AOI, we will include a high-gloss, full-color booklet showing the authenticity of the Bible from actual archaeological discoveries. Make sure you ask for this free gift,“50 Proofs for the Bible (Old Testament),” when you order or donate.  This offer expires September 30th, 2013.

 

Dave Nutting

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Fuzzy Dinosaurs

 

I received an Email from Terry Beh, who is the author of a new kid’s book on Dinosaurs which we sell at seminars. It is called T is for T.Rex - Some of Gods Most Amazing Creatures from A-Z. (Available from AOI for $20 includes shipping, just mention in the comments that you saw it here).

Terry Beh mentioned, in his email, that he has just recently visited the Witte Museum in San Antonio. Currently the museum is featuring a traveling exhibit on dinosaurs. Terry was certainly “impressed” with the amount of artwork, but also noted a definite lack of actual evidence for that artwork in the exhibits. It is evident that the main thrust of the exhibit is to convince all the kids who come to the displays that dinosaurs evolved into birds – despite the lack of solid evidence. Why the big push?  I think it is to help children connect with evolution at the youngest possible age. Since dinosaurs are always a huge attraction to kids, start them off with a bang by introducing them to the idea of evolution through dino’s evolving into birds.  Here is what Terry wrote:

Would you believe feathers on a T.rex? How about Velociraptor? I’m talking long, stringy, hair-like stuff that evolutionists are calling “protofeathers”–and that make some of these dinosaurs look like refugees from a nightmarish hippie convention. This is exactly what I found recently at a new dinosaur exhibit at the Witte (“witty”) Museum in San Antonio, where the latest in secular scientific propag…er, that is, education, is on display at an exhibit called, “Dinosaurs: Bigger, Better, Feathered…”. To read the whole story, read my article, “Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibit Not Too Witte,” at http://tisfortrex.com/?p=383.

Parents, make sure you understand the hype, and the rationale for that hype, so that you can guide your children correctly in truth!

 

Dave Nutting

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Wager the Wild Land

Years ago, I met Dave Harper, who would eventually become an AOI Board member. A few hours after meeting, we joined Dave and his wife Barb in a restaurant. After I offered a prayer for our lunch (which I didn’t realize until later had shaken him to the core), he riveted his attention on me and asked how I, as a geologist and a Christian, reconciled the teachings of Genesis with evolution. Dave had become a Christian a short while before, but was almost afraid to open Genesis, thinking it ran cross-ways with everything he was taught about “science.”

That one question was all the invitation I needed to give a month of teaching in the next 15 minutes. Being quite a reader and deep thinker, he later devoured the material I had recommended. We later became good friends and exchanged many such conversations. Mary Jo and I also gained a deep appreciation for his down to earth approach to life and deep insights into the core point of an issue, an asset that we welcomed when he became a Board member of AOI.

I also appreciated that even though an accident at age 16 left him in a wheel chair, he never let that stop him from doing things that other men only dream about. Just this month, he published his first book which had my endorsement on the back cover. Here is what I wrote:

“After getting to know the man behind this book, I anxiously awaited opportunity to read this potential best seller. If it reflected just part of Dave Harper’s core being, I knew I wanted to learn from it. Before reading the book, I thought it would be an encouragement to any person with a physical limitation. I was wrong! It is a huge horizon-builder for anyone who is limiting their potential by psychological barriers. After reading this book, you may never again say, “I can’t do that.”

If you allow it, this book will split your gut laughing, it will make you cry, and it will lift you to new levels of achievement. This iron-horse cowboy’s life story reflects what I have often heard him say: “I might be crippled, but I am not handicapped!”

If you want to appreciate this man like we have and get to know one of our Board members, call the office at 970-523-9943 or toll free at 1-800-377-1923 to order Wager the Wild Land, A Paraplegic’s Triumph Over Tragedy. We are offering it at 14$. If you are a Kindle or Nook user, you can also pick it up from those respective stores for your device. We will also offer it on our online store in the near future.

 

Dave Nutting

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New Book: God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

Dr. John Lennox, a professor of mathematics from the University of Oxford, just released a short 96 page book which challenges Stephen Hawking and his book, The Grand Design. Hawking, the very popular and “prestigious” atheist scientist, claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God.

Lennox’s book is titled God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? A review of this book gave the following quotes from page 32:

“What all this goes to show is that nonsense remains
nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.”

“What serves to obscure the illogicality of such statements
is the fact that they are made by scientists; and the general public, not
surprisingly, assumes that they are statements of science and takes them on
authority. That is why it is important to point out that they are not
statements of science, and any statement, whether made by a scientist or not,
should be open to logical analysis. Immense prestige and authority does not
compensate for faulty logic.”

Having been familiar with Lennox’s down to earth way of unraveling scientific and philosophical nonsense, I ordered the 96 page book today. From my experience of speaking on the university campuses and interacting with “elite” professors and their student protégés, I certainly can echo those quotes. I also wish those “parroting” students would understand that they are being snowed by prestige and arrogance rather than sound logic and verifiable science.

I hope the book arrives quickly as Mary Jo & I are scheduled to speak at 4 universities in a few weeks where I fully expect Hawking’s faulty logic and book will be touted as the latest “science.” It will be good to show the students that Hawking does not have the final word.

Dave Nutting

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