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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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Getting Buried at the Museum

 

AOI always enjoys opportunities, with two just this past week, to give creation presentations along with museum tours of the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, CO. We have heard that this most recent tour has already had an impact on some of the participants!

AOI Museum Tour 2One was for a group of college students. The other group was a vibrant group of home educators and their children. The children really enjoyed the station where you can “dig” up dinosaur bones. Actually, as you can tell by the picture, some of the students enjoyed burying others in the group as much as digging up bones.

Of course, like most museums across this country (except for a few creationist ones), the amount of evolution presented is daunting. Without a proper creationist introduction, it would be easy for these students to “get buried” by the evolutionary philosophy.  This is happening to a high percentage of students in the public school system, as well as many Christian students.

We encourage you, if you get out to Western Colorado, to contact Alpha Omega Institute for materials or even to arrange for a presentation and creationist tour. You can then take the information back to your church, or so we would hope.

If you are not coming out this way, call AOI and arrange to have one of our speakers come to your church or university, thus bringing the truth of creation into your community.

Another option is to come to one of our family camps or perhaps college age students can come out to take part in our Discover Creation Training Institute.  You can read about these great opportunities on our website!

Whatever you do, fortify your family with the truth!

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

Good Morning!

 

Snowy in MoabAs we were preparing for a full day of field trips, with the Jackson Hole Bible College, this was the scene in what is supposed to be warm and sunny Moab, Utah. It was still snowing! The students had just came from a pile of snow and very cold temperatures in Wyoming, so they likely think this is normal. However, they did have expectations of warmer weather and had to trade in their shorts for something warmer.

We had to delay our excursion a couple of hours from where we were staying in Moab as we really wanted to have them see something other than clouds, as this is a geology and biology field trip – not a meteorology class.

This has been the case for Mary Jo & I as we have led field trips for various groups over the years, including this bible college for many years. You take the weather you get and make the most of it. One year, we were tempted to make a T-shirt which said “I slid the Grand Canyon,” rather than the traditional, “I hiked the Canyon.”

Other times the weather is just perfect and that is what we are hoping and praying to have for the rest of this trip!  But, by the time I had finished this blog (and sent it to Scott), it was snowing even harder!

 

Dave Nutting

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75 Years of Commitment

 

Happy 75th

My parents, Irwin and Barbara Nutting, just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. First of all, that is hardly heard of because of the age attainments necessary. Secondly, many people are amazed at 75 years because of the fact that people these days seem to drift in and out of relationships with little commitment to each other long-term.

I realize that circumstances can make a marriage seem unbearable, but so many trials that cause many people to split apart, can be overcome. Many “unbearable” situations can actually be overturned to bring victory in a marriage and lead to 75 years. But it takes effort and it takes commitment. Enough preaching.

I really appreciate my parent’s commitment to each other and working through the difficulties of raising 4 boys together to achieve this amazing milestone of 75 years. That is a great encouragement and example for Mary Jo and I. Good job, Mom & Dad.

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

 

In Texas …or is this Canada?

 

AirplaneWe thought we were heading to a warmer climate, but it appears like the plane flew in the wrong direction or they moved Texas to the middle of Canada!  Bhrrrrr… It’s cold! Fortunately, we have dodged the sections that had snow and black ice.  We have certainly been praying for clear roads!

Mary Jo and I have been filling in for Richard Stepanek at speaking events he had previously scheduled with creation groups in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.  Due to his wife Sue’s difficult recovery from surgery, Rich needed to stay with her.

I always like a full schedule, so revising and filling up my schedule at the last minute posed a bit of a challenge. However, our schedule worked out fantastically with seminars and presentations at other locations as well. This included a “Classical Conversations” school (homeschool group that meets as a school one day per week). It took place 2 hours after our plane landed. I warned them that if there was a glitch in the flight, they may be doing the program themselves! We also did some church seminars and another full-day homeschool seminar besides the creation groups. So far, this has turned out to be a very full 2 weeks.

Our schedule also allowed us to swing by the Institute for Creation Research. It was good to visit with old friends there and catch up on some of the latest, and quite interesting, research they are conducting there.  Hopefully, we will be able to be report on that as it gets to the point where it can be shared in publications. We are so glad that ICR is continuing with their desire to promote high quality research and materials for us to share with others.

It is also good to see creation associations springing up all over, just like the ones we have spoken to on this trip. We have also spoken to other Creation groups across the country, including: Pittsburg, Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. If you live in any of these locations and want to be part of one of these groups, let us know and we will put you in contact with them.

The Creation movement has certainly spread.  We hope that our readers will also continue to light the creation fires!

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

God’s Timing is Impeccable!

 

Whitewater adventure 1A couple of weeks ago, I called a friend of our ministry, Don Holmes, to see if he would help spread the word regarding AOI’s family camps as well as our Creation Action Boot Camps.  These are camps which we are offering this coming summer for teens and families with teens. I knew that Don helped in connecting a lot of churches and youth groups, both in Texas and in other states, with appropriate mission and camp opportunities. I also anticipated that those youth groups would really like to be fortified with creation and the problems of evolution, especially in Colorado, as they take part in AOI’s summer Rock and River Adventure. After all, how could Texas youth groups pass up the lure of 5 days of whitewater river rafting,  and rock and mountain climbing in Colorado??

Yellowstone 1Don’s answer to me was, “You can’t believe the timing of your call! I was just typing out an email that was going to a large number of youth groups listing opportunities.” Then he said that it was also quite unlikely that I would have caught him at his office number. He was  heading up to Colorado the very next week with a group of youth pastors and would like to have me speak to them about creation and the reliability of the Bible. Which I did just the other evening. Now, some of those youth workers are looking to have me speak at their churches.

The following morning (after speaking to the youth pastors), while I was talking to one of the youth pastors at a breakfast at the hotel, a couple who was not part of the group just happened to sit down at a table next to ours and overheard the conversation. They asked for information about our camps, training institute, and as well, seemed interested in checking out our information to see if their church would like to have us speak.

I can only say, “God’s timing (not mine) is truly impeccable!”

 

Horn Creek 3Dave Nutting

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“Keep on Keeping on”

 

There is one specific New Year’s resolution that I have had for many years. It can be summed up by the words of encouragement to Mary Jo and I from a person who was deeply impacted by the creation message. She wrote, “Keep on keeping on!”

Since that note almost 25 years ago, that encouragement has been on our lips and now is also on the lips of other staff at AOI. The battle for the hearts and minds of our young people is huge and it is not going away any time soon. So we will “keep on keeping on!”

hSeven years ago, I wrote, “Yes, the battle is big, and we need your help. I am not talking only financial (although that would be great!) but I am stepping into a recruiter role: ‘Uncle Dave needs you!’ We need you to help carry the message to your own families and churches. AOI staff will keep dropping those depth charges on the evolutionary strongholds and continue to train others to do the same in their own communities. Will you take an active role in this battle for hearts and minds? If so, let us know so we can come along side of you.”

Keep in mind the passage from Hebrews 12:1, about running the good race: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (NKJV)

This verse is especially descriptive as stated in The Message: “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.”

We at AOI purpose to do exactly that this year as we start a charter class for the 1-year Discover Creation Training Institute in August. We also hope that YOU, too, will resolve to “keep on keeping on” and reach out to many around YOU as you run this race in the battle for the heart and minds of this next generation.

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

Bacteria Shredding Insect Wings

Bacteria Shredding Article

Some interesting research published a few days ago holds a huge promise for reducing incidences of bacterial infection. Wings of dragonflies and the Cicadae are constructed with ultra-microscopic-sized (nano) spires which literally shred bacteria. To read about this go to: Germ-killing nanosurface opens new front in hygiene.

I always like to say that God has given us a vast array of things in nature for us to glean from in order to “invent” amazing technology that will help us mortal humans. That is exactly what is happening with this new discovery. Material emulating these insect’s technology is smooth to the touch and, if placed on door handles, will shred bacteria left from people’s hands.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly Image: Wikipedia Commons

Is it really logical to believe that this insect technology, or myriads of other technologies, we glean from in nature could have happened by accidents of evolution? They appear to be the product of our amazing Creator.

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

In the Dark about Dark Matter

 

Russian anti-god posterAtheist argument: “How can you believe in a so-called-god when you can’t see him/she/it even through the best Hubble telescopes?”  Clear back in 1965, after their space launches, the Russian government posted anti-god posters meant to dissuade people from believing in God. The caption at the bottom of the poster (on the right) basically says, “The bright light of science has proven there is no God.”

So, the basic argument is, “If you can’t see God, He doesn’t exist.” Now let’s look at “modern science” and see if the same thinking is being applied.

Chet Brokaw’s Oct 30, 2013 Associated Press article entitled, Search for dark matter comes up empty so far, describes research taking place a mile underground to find traces of what scientists call “dark matter.” It is called that because you can’t see it or, even after this latest research, detect it.

So how do we know it is there? Good question! According to modern theories in astronomy, it has to be there. In fact, 25 percent of the entire universe should be made up of this dark matter, but right now it is just plain missing. Scientists themselves say they have “no clue” or are completely “in the dark” about this “ghost-like” dark matter. Others wonder if they should be looking for something entirely different.

The point is this: Even with the bright light of science looking as hard as it can, with its most sophisticated instrumentation, 25% of the universe (This amounts to 5 times the amount of observable matter!) is still missing – it can’t be seen. Yet scientists ardently believe it is there. That is a type of faith, isn’t it?

Keep in mind that the absence of proof does not mean there is no proof or that none will be found in the future. So scientists will continue to look even more diligently with even more sophisticated (and costly) instrumentation. Some hope they will find it to support the Big Bang Theory. Others think it will “prove God doesn’t exist” which is a very faulty logic anyhow. After all, many of the researchers have deep faith in God.

What about the argument that since the best Hubble telescopes haven’t revealed God, He can’t exist. Perhaps they are looking in the wrong fashion or direction. Keep in mind the Scripture says, “The heavens declare the glory of God!” Perhaps their search should then take them deep inside of the Bible or into their own heart.

The HUGE question is this: What would happen if the same scientists, who claim to be atheists because they can’t now see God, would spend their time vigorously searching for Him? The answer according to the Bible in Jeremiah 29:13 is “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

 

Dave Nutting

 

If you want to read an article about this dark matter, go to Dark Matter Experiment Has Detected Nothing, Researchers Say Proudly.

 

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.

A Close Call

 

Good to SeeIt is good to be writing this blog — especially on THIS computer. Let me explain. Mary Jo and I were speaking on creation at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. After our time there, and a very late dinner followed by a 1.5 hour drive back to the home where we were staying, we arrived about 1:30 in the morning.

I had just dropped into bed at 2 AM when Mary Jo asked if I had packed her laptop computer. It was not in her bag. I told her I didn’t, but as I thought about it (as clearly as I could at 2 AM), it suddenly dawned on me that I had indeed packed her computer, but in my bag thinking that it was mine. Oh, no, I had left my computer in the back of the room where we were speaking.

Thoughts of panic went through my brain and body as I was no longer sleepy. “Would I ever see that computer again?”   “What all was on that computer?” Also, I had just finished putting together my program for one of the next nights of speaking in Minneapolis and had not backed it up yet. What was I going to do?

Well, prayer was a great place to start. Mary Jo & I committed that computer and my dumb mistake to the mercy of our Lord. After some time, we did manage to get to sleep. At 7 AM, I called the student center office in the building we were in. I was certainly relieved to hear that the computer had been tuned in to Lost & Found. Thank You, Lord Jesus! So, now you know why it is great to be writing this blog on THIS computer!

For the person who was honest enough to turn it in to Lost & Found, THANK YOU! And to Jed, thanks for bringing it down!

 

Dave Nutting

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your partnership.