A Tour, or Two, at the Dinosaur Museum

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Just last month, preschoolers from Alpine Christian Academy and some homeschoolers from Basalt, Colorado came to the Grand Junction area to tour the dinosaur museum in Fruita.  We began at the AOI office with a program teaching them the truth about dinosaurs and preparing them for what they would see presented at the museum.  We then proceeded to the museum.  I answered a few questions, but the young children were mostly interested in looking at the exhibits and having the...

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“Whatever”

Posted on May 31, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Daryl Witmer wrote in his newsletter to me that there seems to be a switch in our society from a “prove it to me” mentality to a non-committal, “Whatever.” Think about it. I wonder how many times we just let things slide with a casual “whatever” when we should be taking serious action. Many parents have taken the “whatever” approach to what their children are getting in school, especially relating to evolution.  The frequent result is that their children sink deep into the...

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A Flight, a Laptop, a Boy, and Thanks

Posted on May 26, 2011 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

On a recent trip, I boarded a plane from Grand Junction to Denver; my final destination was Belding, MI.   Usually I am seated by adults, but this time I had the privilege of sitting by a twelve year old boy from Canada.  He was a bright young lad and, would you know it, was interested in dinosaurs! As soon as it was ok to turn on laptops, I fired mine up and started teaching about dinosaurs.  He was thrilled, and so was I!  He had never heard of this information before....

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Ducking the Tornadoes

Posted on May 25, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Earlier that same day, we went right through the area in Oklahoma City that was hit with a tornado yesterday. Last night, the weather service is reporting a significant chance of tornadoes where we are staying just outside Springfield. YIKES! We are hoping the Lord allows us to duck those as well. Where Mary Jo & I live in Grand Junction, Co, we are happy to report that they have not spotted a tornado for almost 100 years. So, right now, we are certainly enjoying the...

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Bryce Canyon

Posted on May 20, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

  Part of the student requirements for the geology field class that Mary Jo & I led to the Southwest was a written Travel Guide for the trip. The students were divided into groups of 4-5 and each group wrote their own “Guidebook” complete with photos and written descriptions of the sites visited. Part of the reason to have them do this is to have them think more deeply about what they are seeing and to have something to remind them of the trip. One of the student groups...

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A Note on the Midwest Creation Fellowship Seminar

Posted on May 19, 2011 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

It was great to see the interest in the topic of ‘Astronomy and the Glory of God’ at the monthly meeting of the Midwest Creation Fellowship.  I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleased to have a packed room of eager listeners to speak to.  Many people came because they were curious about the topic of astronomy and the Bible.  Some in attendance believed that God had used the ‘Big Bang’ to create.  I thought I might have some opposition to the presentation, since I...

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Kodachrome Basin

Posted on May 18, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

The name says it all, especially if you are familiar with the older slide film called Kodachrome. There is so much beautiful scenery there just waiting for the camera! However, to me it may be one of the most significant sites that we took our caravan of 40 to on the Jackson Hole Bible college geology field trip of the Southwest.   Why is this significant? Here we find columns or pipes of light-colored sandstone protruding through a  very red-colored Entrada sandstone...

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Onward to Zion!

Posted on May 17, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

No, we didn’t go to the Biblical Zion, but our caravan of 40 headed to Zion National Park. It is a beautiful place with sheer sandstone cliffs reaching 2000 feet above. This place is a rock climber’s dream and for the climber’s mother, a nightmare! Much of the sheer cliffs are of Navaho sandstone. In some places, the sandstone is heavily cross-bedded leading the Park officials to think that the sand was put down over millions of years in ancient wind-blown desert sand...

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A Visit To The Chicago Field Museum

Posted on May 11, 2011 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Visiting the Chicago Field Museum was an interesting experience.  It was a busy area with many school groups taking tours. Our very first exposure was to the exhibit entitled, “The Evolving Planet.”  It was heartbreaking to hear the guides explaining to the children how the atmosphere was so toxic in the beginning that no life could possibly exist.   It made me realize again just what a battle we are in, and how sad it is.   These young innocent lives were being...

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Wupatki Anasazi Ruins

Posted on May 3, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

The Anasazi. They are called the Ancient Ones. Where did they come from? Where did they go? Heaps of rock where villages once stood, leftover pottery, various artifacts and drawings on the rocks are all that remain. What made these ancient ones abandon their homes, farms, and villages? Was it drought? Perhaps they fled from hostile tribes – or perhaps volcanoes rained down hot material on them. Some people think the Pueblo and Hopi Indians are their descendants. No one...

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Resurrection Day Drive and Blessing

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

When we are on speaking trips, even our “holidays” can sometimes be spent on the road or traveling. This last one was a very special time for Mary Jo and me! We began on Friday evening by joining friends in Payson, Arizona, for a Passover Seder sponsored by their church. The visiting minister explained the details of Passover and how it relates to Jesus and our faith. The next morning we had great fellowship with our friends before heading toward home. Since it was getting...

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Grand Canyon

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Following some pretty iffy weather heading north from Scottsdale, we were very glad that the weather was just great for a hike in the Grand Canyon. Part of the group saw the sites on the canyon rim, while Mary Jo and I led 18 of the students for a 3 mile hike into the canyon. Although we only went a fifth of the way down into the canyon, it was just far enough for the students to get a little appreciation for the immensity of the canyon and the nature of some of the...

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