“Being a Dad Who Leads” Book Review

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Books and movies we like, Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  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. I 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...

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Creation Facts of Life – Book Review

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Books and movies we like, Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Dr. Gary Parker is one of my favorite creation authors and speakers, and I was much blessed to take several classes from him years ago at the Institute for Creation Research.  I always enjoyed his enthusiasm and his wonderful teaching style – taking complicated topics and explaining them in understandable terms – weaving together intricate details to create a fascinating “big picture” tapestry.  His unique blend of knowledge, logic, humor, humility, and “down-home” approach made his classes exciting and profitable. That’s probably why Dr. Parker’s book, Creation Facts of Life, has been one of my favorite introductory creation books because in it, Dr. Parker writes the way he teaches – in a clear, understandable way.  He makes complex subjects understandable.  So, I am thrilled that there is now a revised and updated edition of this classic book! The new edition contains many of the same examples and delightful illustrations, but it also includes new and updated topics like irreducible complexity and evidence from the RATE project.  Other topics include: orgin of life, DNA and proteins, homology, embryonic development, adaptation, mutation and natural selection, fossils, and the Grand Canyon. This book would make an informative and enjoyable read for anybody interested in learning more about the science supporting creation.  It would make a great gift both for students and skeptics.  Available from AOI for $12.   By Mary Jo Nutting Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Book Review: Darwin’s Plantation

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Books and movies we like, Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Was Darwin a racist?  Even though he was an abolitionist, most seem to agree that by today’s standards, he certainly held racist views.  You be the judge: The Origin of Species is subtitled The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. A summary of some of Darwin’s points from The Descent of Man include: Humans are divided into sub-species (known as the races) Blacks and Aborigines are sub-species between Apes and Caucasians Inferior races will be driven to extinction Different sub-species have different characteristics, such as mental capabilities Weak individuals should prefer not to marry in order to help the evolution of man. Regardless of what the faithful followers of Darwin say, it is obvious how these ideas from Darwin’s writings certainly contributed to many atrocities in the name of evolution. Darwin’s Plantation, by Ken Ham and Charles Ware, clearly shows the racist roots of Darwinian evolutionism and the devastating consequences when this philosophy is put into action.  The book opens with the gripping account of Ota, a bushman from Central Africa whose family and friends were massacred because of evolutionary racism.  Later, Ota was actually exhibited in a zoo in New York.  Charles Ware gives examples of how evolution became the scientific justification for racism, discrimination, euthanasia, and even genocide.  Then Ken Ham discusses the true origin of the species from a Biblical and scientific viewpoint. The book ends with a note of hope on how Christians can be involved in bridging the gap through true Biblical knowledge, grace, and compassion.  We highly recommend this clear and understandable book which offers solutions to a very complex topic. By Dave Nutting Product Recommendation: Darwin’s Plantation by Ken Ham Originally published in the September/October 2008 issue of Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these subjects.         ...

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The Genesis Flood Updates

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in Books and movies we like, Newsletter, Product Highlights | 0 comments

  The 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. Finally, 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. This 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...

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Did the Continents Split in the Days of Peleg?

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 in Books and movies we like | 0 comments

In the Table of Nations (genealogies) recorded in Genesis 10, most names are listed without additional comment. However, when you get to verse 25, you read: “To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.” What does this little phrase, “in his days the earth was divided” mean? Some Christians have suggested that it means the dividing and separating of the continents occurred during the life of Peleg, but there are some major reasons to reject this idea. The following are taken from Bodie Hodge’s book, Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors (pp. 98-99). 1. When Genesis 10:25 is read within the context of the whole of Genesis 10, the four other verses (5, 18, 20, and 32) speaking of the division clearly emphasize that this was a linguistic and family division of all post-Flood people into different lands (geographical locations). 2. Had the division of continents occurred during the days of Peleg, then the associated catastrophism would have resulted in another worldwide Flood, in violation of God’s specific promise to Noah. [Note: This would have happened due to earthquakes and tsunamis generated by catastrophic movement of continents.] 3. Had the division of continents occurred during the days of Peleg, then the ark (with Peleg’s ancestors) would have had no place to land, as the mountains of Ararat produced by continental collisions would not have yet existed. 4. There is tremendous fossil and geologic evidence for continental division having occurred only during the Flood. Hodge deals with several other objections in his book, but they are out of the scope of this short article. He concludes that the event occurring in the days of Peleg, refers to the division of languages, not the division of the continents. For anyone interested in pursuing this further, I would suggest getting the book and studying it, along with his references. (For more on the division of the continents, see – Drifting Plates or Flying Saucers? Continental “Drift” and Plate Tectonics.) By Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the May/June 2013 Think and Believe...

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Fuzzy Dinosaurs

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 in Books and movies we like, Nuttings from the Front, Product Highlights | 0 comments

  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 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...

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Did Ancient Man Hobble to America?

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Books and movies we like | 0 comments

[Editor’s note: Textbooks teach the evolutionary concept that ancient man was primitive. The Bible teaches that Adam and Eve’s close descendants made musical instruments, forged metal, farmed, built cities, recorded history. They did not need to slowly hobble to the Americas as they were not knucklewalking apes. Instead, they were fully human, intelligent, and creative. (Read the book which we reviewed ,”The Genius of Ancient Man,” to see just how advanced “Ancient” man really was.) The following is edited and adapted for T&B by D. Nutting] Paul Salopek is about to start on a 21,000 mile walk from Africa to South America. The Portland Oregonian states: “The Ethiopia to Chile walk, which took human ancestors 50,000 years to make is called Out of Eden…” (Jan 11, 2013) The idea that it took fifty thousand years for our ancestors to make this walk has become standard evolutionist doctrine. Modern evolutionists could walk it themselves in a year or so. Salopec himself is 50 years old, so he obviously expects to make the trip in far less than fifty thousand years. Why do so many believe it took their ancestors so long? Evolutionists generally believe that people came from Africa, and that the ancient people were not as evolved as we are today. One belief fed another and many now believe that fifty thousand years passed before some people walked out of Africa. But what if people were created by God, and are not apes that grew up? When evolutionists consider the billions of years that they believe the earth has been here, fifty thousand years is hardly more than the blink of an eye. The other side of their mind, however is trusting that the people who lived before us were so poorly evolved that a walk which would take a 50 year old modern guy a few months, or at worst a few years, must have taken his ancestors 50,000 years to hobble along! How many years will pass before evolutionists’ minds have evolved to the point that they understand that ideas like this don’t go with the evidence? What if the evidence is right, and people did not evolve from apes, but were created by God as people? That would also explain the lack of the transitional fossils which evolutionists believe should show the basic kinds of animals changing to become newer kinds (apes to people). After all the years since Darwin, animals can still be classified. Even the atheists who read this can tell an ape from a person and a monkey from a donkey. The evidence does not show old basic kinds gradually becoming new basic kinds.  By Guest Writer, Thomas Heinze Originally published in the March/April 2013 Think and Believe...

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The Fossil Forests of Yellowstone

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 in Books and movies we like, Creation Nuggets | 0 comments

Yellowstone! The Tetons! Hot springs, bears, mudpots, hoodoos, waterfalls, and buffalo! Because of its thermal oddities and astounding geology, this area covering 3,400 square miles is like nature’s Disneyland. For creationists, it’s even better. There are so many features that cannot be accounted for by slow and gradual processes that, in some cases, even uniformitarian scientists are talking “catastrophe.” We’ve chosen a few highlights from the True North Yellowstone guidebook to invite your interest and to encourage your faith.   For instance, Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park consists of many layers containing standing petrified trees. These trees were assumed to represent 27 successive forests which were each buried by volcanic eruptions, separated by long spans of time. If this is right, why do trees in different layers have the same ring structure? Where are the soil zones between forests? Why are the roots broken off? The 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption answered our questions and altered our view of the formation of Specimen Ridge forever. It ripped up trees from a single forest and deposited them in mudflows and also in Spirit Lake. There they became waterlogged, sank to the bottom, and were buried upright in distinct layers as if they grew during different times. The multiple forest interpretation of the layers in Yellowstone which assumes very long periods of time had certainly captivated many students causing them to reject the Biblical record or making them take a dimmer view of Scripture. As it turns out, Scripture holds! Actual observation showed how multiple layers with trees standing upright could form within merely a couple of years. Colossians 2:8 warns us not to be taken captive through vain philosophy. Evolution is certainly a philosophy; however, it poses as if it were science. Don’t be taken captive! Stand firmly on the Word!   By Dave Nutting and Mark Sonmor Originally Published in the May/June 2012 Think and...

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Wager the Wild Land

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 in Books and movies we like, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

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 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...

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

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in Books and movies we like, Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

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 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...

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Wonders of Creation Astronomy Book

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 in Books and movies we like, Creation Nuggets | 0 comments

This Biblically based book by Dr. Jonathan Henry is a great introduction to the universe that will capture the attention of any budding astronomer.  Every page has color pictures with text to beautifully illustrate your journey through the universe. Henry uses a logical progression starting with what is astronomy and the overwhelming immensity of the universe.  Before the galactic tour begins, he has two very interesting chapters: “Why did God Create the Heavenly Bodies?”  and “Space Exploration.” Throughout the book, God is honored as the Great Creator of the Universe and all the wonders it contains.  Many scriptures are quoted with explanations.  For example, the effects of sin touched every portion of the universe.  Henry goes on to explore the rest of our solar system. One of my favorite parts is about the sun.  Life on earth would be totally impossible if our sun were a variable star.  Unlike other stars, our sun varies only a few tenths of one percent.  Thank God for our constant sun! The facts about age and origin of the moon were equally amazing.  As a 9-year-old on July 20, 1969, I followed the moon landing with a passion and knew nearly every crater’s name.  My young mind wondered, “When will astronauts visit the sun?”  This humorous example shows that even younger children will read and re-read this book. Henry concludes with:  “Catastrophes in the Solar System.”  He even touches on “Did an Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs?” The Astronomy Book by Dr. Jonathan Henry By Andrea Korow Originally published in the May/June 2001 issue of Think and...

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How Blind is the Watchmaker? – Book Review

Posted on Apr 20, 2004 in Books and movies we like, Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

When I started reading How Blind Is the Watchmaker, by Neil Broom, I was strangely reminded of a cartoon.  Although I can’t remember the source, it illustrates the all-too-frequent practice of modern science.  Words like “meaning,” and “purpose,” are covered up because they go against the prevailing notions of materialism – that we exist in a vast, meaningless, cosmic machine that is driven completely by chance. Ironically, to fabricate their story, scientists can’t escape using terms like, “advantage,” “struggle,” and “survival” to describe the process of evolution.  These words imply a purpose and intention that should not exist if life is a product of blind chance.  Broom says (p.188), “We find the entire living world operates within a rich gradient of meaning…It is a world driven by an overwhelming “urge” to live and to keep on living.  It seeks to “attain,” to “achieve,” to “improve.”…All of these attributes…lie completely outside and beyond the power of (secular) science to explain.” This is the central theme of the book which is reiterated in various ways. I believe most people, at one time or another, have felt at the mercy of what Broom terms, “aristoscience” – or a secular priesthood where only a few scientists have access to truth and dispense it on their terms.  By citing the shortcomings of modern science and the questions beyond its scope, the author helps the average person dismantle these ivory towers and see their philosophical shortcomings. These inconsistencies are revealed further in sections dealing with proposed scenarios of the origin of life.  Although he thoroughly refutes them, I appreciated Broom’s desire to respond to the more “reasoned” attempts put forth to explain naturalistic origins. At times, the illustrations used from the author’s field of research and other areas of biology, were a bit daunting for someone with a rudimentary science background.  However, the philosophical conclusions the author arrives at make it worth the struggle. The section I found most rewarding was the Appendix.  There, Broom recounts the rise of modern science and the way many God-fearing men used science to dispel superstition and discover laws and physical properties operating in the universe. However, this mode of thinking also opened the door for subsequent generations to exalt man’s ability to observe and reason and assume that everything can be explained by strictly material causes. Although I appreciate the clarity with which the author exposes the problems of materialism, he appears to be partly trapped in a compromise of his own.  In a footnote on p.135 Broom states,     “Creation science…makes the dubious assumption that Gen 1-2 must be read in a strictly literal sense…It is not at all clear to me that the language is literal and even remotely scientific in its intent.  The passage contains a very simple story line that is timeless and relevant for all people for all time.  But is it...

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