Indian Drawings of Dinosaurs?

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Nuttings from the Front | 3 comments

Mary Jo & I are currently leading a geology field trip of the Southwest for Jackson Hole Bible College. Besides seeing a lot of rock layers and formations (love that Flood Geology), they have gotten to see quite a few petroglyphs. One of those we saw looks interestingly like a bi-pedal dinosaur (image to the left). In another spot, we saw a petroglyph that looked like a sauropod dinosaur (the first is an actual photograph and the second is the photographically enhanced version). With so many dinosaur images found on rocks, fashioned in or painted on clay, etched in metal, and depicted in ancient mosaics, it is hard to believe that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years before people came on the scene. (See articles from our Think & Believe Newsletter.) It would appear those millions of years really didn’t exist.   By Dave Nutting...

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Creative Ideas for Children’s Ministry

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

We had a very full schedule on our recent speaking trip to the northwest, with lots of opportunities to share the truth about Creation and God’s Word with children, teens, and adults. In all, we did 44 presentations at 22 locations in 2 weeks… Wow! These included churches, creation groups, a university, Christian schools, homeschool groups, and public school kids. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but we are privileged to come alongside so many others who are reaching out to touch people of all ages with truth. I have been especially encouraged by the way some very dedicated churches and individuals are reaching out to children and youth through release time and after school programs. In one community, a dozen churches have joined together to support a Christian Education Release Time class. They raised money to build a facility adjacent to the public high school in which they minister to students informally by providing lunches, snacks, and a place to hang out with friends. They also have a daily Bible class that students can attend as “release time” from public school. This program takes a lot of dedicated time and money, but is reaping fruit in relationships and opportunities for young people to hear the gospel and be encouraged in their faith. In another community, we were privileged to minister to public school students in a creative afterschool program. The school has an “early release” every Wednesday which creates both a challenge for working parents and a wonderful ministry opportunity for a nearby church. The church provides transportation from the school, snacks, a variety of classes, and homework help for grades K-5 students from 1-5 PM every Wednesday. Each week they have a 30 minute Bible class, followed by times for arts and crafts, gym activities, cooking, and other electives – all staffed by dedicated volunteers who give of their time to help parents and enrich the lives of kids. What a wonderful opportunity for the church to serve and impact the community in a positive way. Other programs we have seen, or heard about, on this trip include; a weekly Bible Club in a public elementary school (also part of a release time program), afterschool Good News Clubs, a creative homeschool program that offers lots of electives, science enrichment classes offered by a creation club, and weekly evangelistic outreaches at a university. Some of these even include science activities that encourage creative thinking and offer a Biblical alternative to the strong evolutionary teaching kids get elsewhere. We are much encouraged by the adults who faithfully serve in these programs which minister to students. Wouldn’t it be great if every community had programs like this to reach out and minister to real needs of families while offering creative teaching and activities to enrich the lives of children? What about your community? What might YOU do? How might YOU and your church become a...

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The Drive into a Storm?

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  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 miles 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 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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American University Hostility

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  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: “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 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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Mariani Roadtrip Schedule

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  DCTI ROADTRIP!!! Brian, Aimee, and little Caden Mariani are hitting the road this November for a whirlwind tour. They will be speaking, fundraising, and recruiting for the Discover Creation Training Institute (DCTI – a ministry of Alpha Omega Institute). AOI’s desire is to raise up teachers and leaders all over the country to defend and share their faith starting with Creation so that they can train others! If you are in these areas, come on out and hear their testimony and passion for Creation Training as Brian presents the 5 Common Deceptions in Our Culture and what you can do about it. If you are interested in Creation, come explore how you can get involved! Bring your friends and family and connect with others passionate about Creation Science and Evangelism!  Trip Schedule   Nov 1 – Denver, CO – Summit of Peace Lutheran Church,                 Contact Name: Scott Mauser                                 Number: 970-523-9943                 Location: 4661 East 136th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80602                 Time: 7:00 PM   Nov 2 – Benkelman, NE – Trinity Baptist Church (                 Contact Name: Paul Folk                                 Number: 864-313-6303 (cell) or 308-423-5582 (office)                 Location: 206 7th Ave West, Benkelman, NE 69021                 Time: 10:40 AM Sunday Service Nov 3 – Omaha, NE Area Nov 5 – Springfield – Branson, MO Area Nov 6 – Bartlesville, OK                 Contact Name: Randy Smith                                 Number: 918-327-3129 Location: 1st Floor Conference Room of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2107 SE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006                                 Located behind Freddy’s and Eggbert’s                 Time: 7:00 Nov 7 – Haviland, KS – Heart of America Science Resource Center (                 Contact Name: Stan Bryant                                 Number: 620-862-5654                 Location: 312 E. Hwy 54, Haviland, KS 67059                 Time: 7:00 pm   Nov 8 – Oklahoma City, OK Area Nov 9 – Dallas, TX Area Nov 11 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Bible-based Science Association (                 Contact Name: Scott Lane                                 Number: 210-861-0454 Location: Jim’s restaurant, 9950 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216, Located on the corner of San Pedro and Ramsey – approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410                 Time: 7:00   Nov 12 – Houston, TX Area Nov 14 – Pensacola, FL Area Nov 16 – Atlanta, GA Area Nov 20 – Greenville, SC – Creation Study Group (                 Contact Name: Skip Skipper                                 Number:  864-868-9275 (home) or 864-506-1506 (cell)                 Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 105 River St., Greenville, SC                 Time: 6:30 to visit and 7:00 presentation time Nov 21 – Cary, NC – Colonial Baptist Church (                 Contact Name: Scott Wylie                                 Number: 919-233-9100 or Location: 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC  29518. The meeting will be in room number WC116 (commonly known as the “Parlor”) Guests should use the entrance labeled “East Entrance.”                 Time: 7:00 PM Nov 23 – Charleston, WV Area Nov 24 – Dayton, OH...

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Dinosaur Track Field Trip

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Last 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. When 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 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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Horn Creek Creation Adventure Report

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Mary 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 rafted 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 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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Learn Through Experience

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in Marianis from the Front | 0 comments

  There is something spectacular about getting to live what you are learning. I didn’t think much about that until the years I spent working at a Christian Living History Camp in California. Each day as my fellow guides and I stepped into costume and into character, we experienced both history and ministry from a firsthand perspective. And that experience wasn’t limited to ourselves – we were privileged to provide countless 4th grade campers and their parents with that same unique opportunity. We were blessed to watch as campers, who had been learning about the California Gold Rush for months, were able to practically live history with us. We got to watch their excitement at finding gold in the river, and their disappointment when they realized that it truly wasn’t an easy task. We encouraged them to think outside of their normal lives and consider what the lives of California miners were like. And best of all, we got to do all this away from their “comfort zone,” which for many of them consisted mostly of indoor activities, cement, video games, and comfort drawn from the fact that they knew the nearest Starbucks was less than five minutes away (yes, we definitely drew the parents out of their comfort zones as well as the kids!). In fact, the crux of our ministry at Rock-N-Water was, and is, founded on the basis of getting kids (and parents) out into creation….experiencing God through adventures in His creation, that through witnessing firsthand what He has made, they might see Him more clearly. My experience at Rock-N-Water Christian camp has laid the foundation for me to be very excited about the camping ministry we have and are continuing to develop here at AOI. Our summer camps and tours offer the opportunity for youth, families, kids, and everyone in between to get out and experience Gods creation while being strengthened in their faith through amazing, and even life-changing creation science teaching. We are excited to be able to provide the chance to get out and see what God has made, as well as to provide the background pieces of scientific information that will allow people to see the beauty of creation with new eyes. While this information is powerful and impactful in any setting, I personally feel strongly that there is a unique power and impact when it’s coupled with the chance to observe the evidence of the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. As guests of AOI’s summer adventures “discover creation,” my prayer (along with all of us at AOI) is that they will be spurred on to “worship the Creator” who has divinely orchestrated a world scarred by catastrophe brought on by sin to still exhibit a breathtaking display of beauty. It’s not too late to register for AOI’s summer Creation Adventures. Take a look and give us a call. We pray that you and your...

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A Spiritual Battleground

Posted on May 29, 2014 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  In April, I was invited by Master Plan Ministries  to speak on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. The Auraria campus is the home of Metro State College, University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver and approximately 40,000 students. Auraria is the largest campus in Colorado and has a very sizeable international student population from some of the most closed nations in the world. I was invited to speak on the “hot” topic of Creation at the weekly evening meeting (AMP). I shared with a larger than usual crowd on “Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate?,” which received a good response and lots of one-on-one Q&A time after the meeting. During this evening meeting, Scott (a staff member with Master Plan) invited everyone to the talks I would be doing the next day at the science building on campus … “Age of the Earth”, “Hand of God”, and “Miracle of Life.” Scott went on to share, “Today, as Jesse (Director of Master Plan Ministries, Auraria campus) and I were hanging up posters for this event, we had a professor come up and say, ‘No offense, but I will be tearing all these posters down.’ We respectfully responded explaining that we have a right to put posters up as a club and asked that he not tear them down.” Master Plan had been doing many Creation events at the science building and advertising them with posters … the posters kept disappearing! After taking the science professor to task, the posters have remained after posting. It would seem that an “unbiased” scientist was not so unbiased after all. While on campus I saw many posters advertising many events and functions – from different religions, alternative life-styles, benefits of drug use, abortion clinics, etc. All of these were tolerated. Yet any mention of the Bible and Creation is considered intolerable by some! Please pray for the truth of the Word of God to be delivered to the campus through the staff and volunteers at Master Plan Ministries. They are on a spiritual battleground!   Lanny Johnson 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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Getting Buried at the Museum

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  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! One 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...

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Good Morning!

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  As 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 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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In Texas …or is this Canada?

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  We 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...

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