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The Drive into a Storm?

 

Not long ago, I was reflecting on the goodness of God in our constant travels, and wanted to give an example from a recent event.

The seminar had been scheduled for some time. People were planning to be there that Saturday afternoon in Pinedale, Wyoming. However, the weather stations reported that the temperatures had just reached unseasonable lows in Pinedale (29 degrees below zero). The reports also indicated that snow and winds were likely to make driving the 350 Major stormmiles to the Pinedale seminar rather iffy. What do we do? We are the speakers! Prepare the jeep! Replace marginal tires with high traction ones. Pack some tire chains! Check the antifreeze. Yep! It tested for minus 39! Good thing we recently replaced the battery! Load the jeep with blankets and down sleeping bags, and plenty of cold winter clothing.  We were ready to go. If they didn’t close the highways, we would be there the night before, which would give some margin of safety.

Mary Jo’s sisters, who had come for a visit, were also scheduled to leave that same morning. Janet was heading East, over the mountains, with snow predicted. Carol was heading northwest and right into the middle of the huge storm. It didn’t look very pretty, but neither one thought they could delay their trip.

So then, it was time for the most important preparation! We prayed together and then each of us headed out in different directions. Later that evening, we all praised Jesus for protection and almost totally dry roads! The storm had not yet hit the southern mountain route for Jan. Carol’s daughter, who was following the storm pattern, recommended her going much further west before heading north, where she eventually encountered winter driving the next day.  For us, we could see huge walls of storm clouds just to the east , as well as to the west, while we drove north through a corridor of frequent sunshine (and mostly dry pavement) all the way to the city limit of Pinedale!

The next day’s seminar went great with good attendance and keen interest. Besides that, the Lord warmed it up for us by about 20 degrees, even though temps only raised to just below zero.  He also gave us favorable weather and mostly clear roads for our trip back home to Grand Junction. PTL!

 

Dave Nutting

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American University Hostility

 

I just read an article where Ravi Zacharias, one of the leading Christian Apologists, was quoted as saying that American universities are becoming more hostile to Christians than the Middle East. The online story, quotes Zacharias saying:

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias – Photo from rzim.org

“If you had asked me [which is more hostile, the Middle East or an Ivy League campus] even last year, I would have probably said, ‘Clearly the tension is greater in those parts of the world, because one wrong word and you don’t know whether you’d be boxed and sent back or what,’” Zacharias said on Glenn Beck’s radio program Monday. “But you know, our university campuses are getting pretty hostile, too. I was at an Ivy League school earlier this year and had to walk with security. Unbelievable.”

Although Mary Jo and I did not have to hire security officers to accompany us while teaching Creation this fall (at the 6 universities where we spoke ), we certainly have experienced hostility. As Zacharias points out in the article, the hostility is more ridicule and mocking than physical assault. (Thank you, Lord!)

I would agree with Zacharias about the mocking. In fact, one of the leading spokespersons for the atheists had told his audience that in order to win this battle, his fellow skeptics would have to learn to “mock and scoff.”  That is exactly what we experience on the campus. With this type of hostility, in order to present creation on the university campus, you have to have a tough hide and strong emotional fortitude!

One student came by our booth at the University in Mankato, Minnesota, where the large poster board had the title of that night’s presentation, “Best Proofs of Evolution??  Think Again!” He cocked his head and snorted, “Huhhhhnn!” He turned back, and repeated his routine again before sauntering into the dining hall still throwing his head back several more times and likely repeating, “Huhhhhnn!”

If he thought that would discourage our attempts to present the truth of Creation, it didn’t. I actually caught up with him to deliver a personal invitation to talk about it and come to our presentation that evening.  He didn’t make it that night. His form of hostility – mocking and ridicule — merely made me chuckle at the state of “human evolution” (or lack thereof) on the university campus.

 

By Dave Nutting

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Dinosaur Track Field Trip

 

Dino Trackway 1 - GatewayLast month I had an opportunity to give some creation presentations at a church in Gateway, Colorado relating to dinosaurs and evidence for the Flood. Afterwards, we took an excursion to a dinosaur trackway which is found on a sandstone layer in the mountains between Gateway, Colorado and Moab, Utah. The question that was posed to me, as a geologist, was how they were made and then preserved. The first thing I jokingly told them is that the dinosaur must have weighed an awful lot to sink into solid rock. I followed that up with a more likely scenario that the layer had to have been still wet sand when the dinosaur walked across it and left his footprints.

Evidently, the dinosaur left the footprints in the sand shortly before a mud layer quickly filled in the trackway. Otherwise the tracks would have been quickly washed away. Further mud and sand layers would have subsequently been deposited above that to a great depth. Minerals from the body of water above would have cemented the mud and sand grains to form mudstone and sandstone.  Later geologic uplift and erosion would eventually expose the layer of sandstone. The mudstone in the track, being softer, washed away leaving the dinosaur imprints for us to see today.

Dino Trackway 2 - GatewayWhen I think of all that wet sand and the huge amount of mud and sand layers deposited above it, it speaks to me about events one might expect to occur during the Biblical Flood. Perhaps the dinosaurs were trying to escape rising Flood waters as they left the tracks, then further catastrophic deposition of layers buried everything.  Later, as the Bible indicates in Psalm 104, the mountains rose up and the valleys sank down. That caused the layers above the trackway to be revealed once again for all of us to enjoy on a field trip.

 

Dave Nutting

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Horn Creek Creation Adventure Report

 

Horn Creek Ropes CourseMary Jo & I recently enjoyed conducting a family camp at Horn Creek Camp near Westcliffe, Colorado. It was our first year doing a Creation Adventure at this camp and everything went great. Families enjoyed the facilities including their lodge rooms, excellent meals, and the meeting room for our presentations. The activities were as intense or as laid back as each family desired.

From the comments we received, everyone benefitted from, and enjoyed, the Creation sessions. We had adult teaching sessions and a special kid’s programs as well.  Teens, as well as the younger ages, enjoyed hanging out with each other and playing some popular games during the evenings and after the sessions.  I would like to think they were discussing creation as they were hanging out, but I’m not betting on it.

For the action minded, there was a giant swing that got the adrenaline flowing for anyone. Also, white water rafting was enjoyed by all who participated. The river we Horn Creek Water Sliderafted is one of the most popular, as there is one rapid after another. Others went horseback riding or climbed a fabulous climbing wall. Families also enjoyed the group dynamic activities that made everyone work together.

The long water slide into the pool was a real attraction for younger children, teens, and even the adults.  Some also tried their hand at bowling, basketball, or carpet pool, but most ran out of time to do all the activities that were available during that week.

It was a great success and we look forward to doing it again at Horn Creek next year. Our tentative dates for you to put on the calendar are June 28 – July 3, 2015. Hope to see you there.

 

Dave Nutting

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Is Teaching Creation Child Abuse?

 

Boup5YcCcAEX7PQAn article in Creation Ministries International’s Prayer News (April 2014) caught my eye. It was entitled: “ ‘Teaching creation is child abuse’? A response to rabid atheist claims.” In this well-written article, Gary Bates exposed their tactics and answered their unscientific claims.

Teaching creationism has been called “child abuse” because it is withholding information from children. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Creationists like Bates and those of us at AOI, do not support withholding information about evolution from children. Rather, we advocate teaching them the whole story, helping them to really understand both the scientific method and the evolution model and teaching them to recognize the underlying presuppositions and philosophical implications of the origins debate.  We want students to learn to think critically, to ask good questions, to evaluate data, and to differentiate between facts and assumptions.

We advocate teaching students to distinguish between operational (experimental) science and historical science, and to learn to recognize what type of science is needed for various types of questions. We encourage them to test competing models, to examine the strengths (and weaknesses) of each, and to evaluate how they fit with real, objective evidence. In addition, we encourage them to research and think deeply about the logical and historical consequences of adopting each viewpoint.

It is not creationists, but evolutionists who withhold information from students. From preschool to university, they are taught a one-sided, biased evolutionary worldview. They are not given the opportunity to examine anything else, or even to hear about the weaknesses of the evolution model. God has effectively been banned from the classroom under the guise of “neutrality,” which is not really neutral at all. If anything is intellectual child abuse, this one-sided, biased approach would seem to qualify.

One has to wonder: if teaching creationism is seen as “child abuse,” how long will it be before teaching about God, even at home, will be labeled as such? You think it couldn’t happen? Open your eyes. Think again. In the communist Russia not so long ago, teaching children about God was strictly forbidden and could result in fines, punishment, and removal of children from the home. In some countries today, you can be killed for teaching the Bible to children. We need to wake up and turn the tide, taking a firm stand on the truth of Scripture; teaching children to be wise, discerning, and bold; speaking the truth in love to a lost and confused generation.

(For more information on this topic, check out Creation Ministries International – creation.com.)

 

Mary Jo Nutting

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Microscopic Structure of Tears

 

hI was alerted to a photographic study, which I managed to find on the web, regarding the microscopic structure of dried human tears. Rose-Lynn Fisher, the photographer, wondered if various tear types dry into different patterns. It appears at first glance that tears of joy yield a different pattern from tears from onions, tears from grief, or just normal tears which continually lubricate the eye.

Although I had never considered that one teardrop might differ from another, it does make some sense. After all, tears released during extreme grief would likely contain different hormones that the body releases compared to those released during times of great joy. If someone gives you an unexpected check for $1000 or when you see a couple getting married, “joy” hormones could be released which would affect the chemical makeup of the tear. Hence, the different chemical properties would cause a different crystalline structure upon drying.

Although the study at this point is quite interesting, I would not say it is in any way conclusive and even Fisher makes no claims. Various temperatures of drying, humidity, etc. could make a difference on the crystalline structure. However, this is how scientific investigation begins. It involves an idea, getting preliminary results, refining the process, and then doing serious controlled investigation. If the results can be shown to be consistent, then perhaps it could later find its way into medical research in determining the state of a person, which might contribute to medical issues, diagnosis, and remedies.

I wonder what someone would think if they accidentally wandered into the research lab and noticed various individuals crying with joy while others are sobbing from deep emotional turmoil, and still others choking on fresh peeled onions.

For more information and various pictures see: The Microscopic Structures of Dried Human Tears from Smithsonian.com

 

Dave Nutting

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Evolution is Not Science, It is Philosophy

 

Mary Jo and I recently spoke at Westland Baptist Church in Katy, TX. The two sermon sessions I gave seemed very well-received, that is judging from the numerous comments and also the desire for more resources on the topics.

in-out-cartoonOne of the points I made is that evolution is not science.  Instead, it is a philosophy posing as though it were science. I expected that the statement would raise a few eyebrows with some of the students who were present at the church. After all, we are very frequently told in school, newspapers, etc., that evolution is science – while creation is religion. After hearing that very false statement often enough, it is easy to be brainwashed into thinking it is true. I really hope that the statement I made sunk in deep with them.

Since evolution is not science but is instead a philosophy, then Colossians 2:8 applies directly:

”See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

Way too many people in the church have been taken captive though the philosophy of evolution. It has weakened their faith, if not destroying their faith all together. A couple years ago, a man commented after the sermon I had given in Oregon that he had struggled with evolution all his life. It had kept him from fully embracing the Bible, God, and his faith. He said that the one statement I made that evolution is not science but philosophy changed his life forever. All of a sudden it became clear to him what the issue really was. Indeed, he had been taken captive by the philosophy of evolution.

I also gave plenty of evidence, during those two sermon sessions, that God’s Word could be trusted and that evolution is not true. I am praying that the message will help more people fully embrace God and His Word!  There is a huge battle of worldviews in our society today. Those who wish to say there is no God would have you believe so based on the “science of evolution.” However, as it says in Colossians, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy. . .  .”

 

Dave Nutting

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Planet Earth: A Great Place to Be

 

http://www.nasa.gov/content/satellite-view-of-the-americas-on-earth-day/#.U1kQ4Vepb1a

http://www.nasa.gov/content/satellite-view-of-the-americas-on-earth-day/#.U1kQ4Vepb1a

If you think a full moon rising over the horizon is beautiful, just imagine being on the moon and seeing your planet overhead in the sky! Now for you couples, that would be romantic!

NASA recently came out with a remarkable “Earth Day” satellite photo of our planet.

Besides being breath-taking, one of the things it shows is the circulation in the atmosphere as noticed in the partial cloud cover. That is so important for us to have a home where we can breathe and thrive.

Do you also realize that if we were a bit further out in the solar system, we would be frozen ice cubes? Or perhaps if we were a bit closer to our sun, we would be scorched corpses? Then again, we could have an atmosphere where we would be gassed to death with noxious fumes.  If we were closer to our moon, we may be drowned because of huge ocean tides.

Yep, I think God positioned us and outfitted our planet just right and exactly where it should be in our solar system! As beautiful as it would be, I am also glad to be on Earth admiring the moon rather than on the moon admiring our planet.  After all, it is hard to hold hands or kiss your bride with those big old spacesuits!

 

Dave Nutting

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Ancient walk on the beach

 

Beach scene in Costa RicaPeople have asked me about the reports of footprints of a human ancestor, which were uncovered by recent tides, being found in England. An article came out a couple of weeks ago in The Telegraph (April 21, 2014)  in regards to some tracks that were preserved in soft sedimentary rock. It referenced an older article (Feb, 7, 2014) by Richard Gray, a science correspondent, entitled 900,000 year old footprints of earliest northern Europeans discovered. Researchers think the tracks may have belonged to primitive human ancestors referred to as Homo antecessor, or “Pioneer Man.”

Sure enough, the tracks look good. In fact, they look too good to support any evolutionary interpretation. Rather than an “ancestor of humans,” they certainly look like modern human tracks.  Of the 49 tracks, not only do 29 show an arch, but many show clear outlines of the foot, and one shows a detailed toe print. All of this makes the tracks look like modern human tracks. Therefore the only “ancestral to humans” I get out of it is not “ape-like creatures,” but perhaps more like great, great, great, uncle Bill.   (For more information on this discovery, see Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell’s article, Ancient Footprints Place Humans in England Early In the Ice Age,  published February 18, 2014.

In 2009, ICR also reported on other tracks that were supposedly even older (1.5 million) that also looked like modern human tracks. (See Ancient Human Footprints Look Modern by Brian Thomas, M.S.)

The point in all of this (especially in this set of 49 footprints of adults and children), is that our great, great, great, grand families, just like families today, liked to take walks as a family on the beach. The tracks likely belonged to perfectly human great, great, grand children of Noah. Also, those millions of years didn’t exist.

 

Dave Nutting

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Those Stubborn Mules

 

Impossible foal

Photo and caption from the original Denver Post story linked below

I really appreciate people sending me articles. Thanks, Frank, for the one regarding the mule!

One of the tests we have imposed on the term “species” is that of reproduction. If two animals can reproduce and if the offspring is viable (meaning the offspring can reproduce), then we say the original pair are of the same “species.”

It has been a common thought that mules, which are the hybrids between horses and donkeys, do not reproduce. That would mean that the donkey and horse are 2 different species.

Leave it to a mule to be stubborn and defy genetics!  A Denver Post article posted July 26, 2007 and updated in August of 2013 was titled, “Mule’s foal fools genetics with ‘impossible’ birth.”

According to the article, “It’s an event so rare that the Romans had a saying, ‘when a mule foals’ — the equivalent of ‘when hell freezes over.’”

Yes it is a rare event, but not “impossible.” The article mentioned that there are about 50 such cases of mules having offspring. Genetic researchers certainly are intrigued about this and are trying to figure out how this works.

Unfortunately, the young foal died last August from complications after having slipped on the ice earlier in the winter. While alive, it was the center of genetic attention and seems to have opened up new areas of genetic research. This case, and many others like it, should make us question our definition of a species. At the very least, it also shows that the Biblical definition of a kind is a whole lot more useful than our man-made term, “species.”

To read the original article, see: Mule’s foal fools genetics with “impossible” birth.

 

Dave Nutting

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