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About Cheri Fields

I'm a Bible believer, homeschooler, and writer. The gift God has given me for His kingdom is to understand science (mostly) and share it with others using everyday words. It is a joy to share God's wonders with all kinds of people and especially the next generation!

Jesus: Creator, Redeemer, Savior

This week is the most special time of remembering for all followers of Jesus. We go from the excitement of honoring Jesus as the eternal King on Palm Sunday, through the sorrow of the crucifixion, and out again into the glorious dawn of His resurrection.

At first, thinking about creation doesn’t seem to fit into this picture. But it does!

The reason I posted the audio link on the right is because Dr. Barrick does a wonderful job helping us see how all of history, from the beginning to the end, points to Jesus’ amazing sacrifice.

Here are some articles I wrote showing us what God tells us about creation directly ties to why Jesus had to die:

I’m also including my article on how sin and salvation can be described in scientific terms. It is my favorite analogy to help young children understand why they need Jesus!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

 PS Just ran into a great article talking about creation’s reaction to the event of Jesus’ last week on earth: The Passion of Creation by Ren Blogger

5 Creation Astronomy Links to Know About Today

Plus a few more…

Last week, Missy of Dot-to-Dot Connections offered to do a guest post exchange. I was thrilled. As you may guess, choosing to focus on something even firm believers in Jesus disagree on limits my reach a little. Anyone sharing stuff from here is letting the world know they have chosen to believe God rather than the consensus.

This also means those of us who put our faith in Jesus rather than the scientific view of the moment need to encourage each other! Since Missy’s science post is on astronomy, I decided to collect some other space focused websites for you as well.

Then, I found out there’s going to be a lunar eclipse tonight! (Think God might have been working this all out?)

Vinnie Harned is the author of Creation Astronomy Now. After he finally gets through high school, he plans to get a degree in astronomy. You can tell he’s serious about this because of all the studying he’s doing already. Today is a great time to check out his website because you may be able to catch a glimpse of the April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse depending on where you are.

You can keep up with all the stuff Vinnie posts both on his personal facebook page (moms, be warned, he likes to post photos of himself doing crazy jumps and flips. It’s enough to make me terrified for my boys!) and the official CAN facebook page.

Checking my email just now, I ran into this newsletter from David Rives. He talks about the eclipse and a new creation website, The Creation Club. I can’t wait to find out more about it! Here’s his facebook page.

There’s also the website of the guy who wrote about rocket engineers not believing in evolution. Creation Astronomy mostly shows you how great Spike Psarris‘ books are, but you already know his newsletter is worth getting.

I haven’t spent much time looking around the website of this next one, but am really impressed snooping around today: the 4th Day Alliance. I had no idea it was so big and doing so much. That should change as I just read their about section and signed up to be a FREE member. It’s especially great to see how international a community they are.

If you live in the USA, be sure to check their time table for when the eclipse is happening tonight– Oh, wow, I’d have to stay up until 2 a.m. my time to see it. Maybe if my daughter gets me up we’ll slip outside. :-( :-)

Now for the article that started it off. Missy is part of the launch team for a new astronomy resource. She got to use it with her kids and tell us all about it.

I wasn’t sure whether to share it with you because there are some serious concerns about the interpretations of constellations used in this book. But here’s what I thought:

  • Missy is one of my most raving fans. I like her. You should check out her blog.
  • It’s easy to get so scared of astrology you do your best to avoid certain constellations altogether. As usual, balance is key.
  • I love the hands on projects she does with her kids in this post. It makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of star stickers so my kids can get to know the constellations like her kids are!

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19 

PS, there’s another resource on facebook called Creation Astronomy. It’s not connected to Psarris, but is fun to follow.

Getting to Know You

When I sit at my keyboard to write an article, I can see my own kids running around or studying, but can’t help picturing all the grownups who comment online, too. It would be great to know what kind of readers I really have and the kinds of things you’d like to read about.

In the next few weeks I’m planning some big changes here on CS4K. I’m looking to start alerting you to great creation products with some compensation for me. That way I can finally start a savings account for a trip to the Holy Land and send donations to all my favorite creation ministries.

Not only that, but I want to provide you with the best overall content possible. Which means,

CS4K-Questions

What is the age range of your kids? (I don’t mind if you read CS4K for yourself. I do! :-D )

What kind of schooling do they get?

Do you help in a children’s ministry, if so, what age range?

Do you read the big creation websites often, if not, why not?

What creation science issues you find the most complicated/scary?

Which scientific areas do you most want help teaching your kids?

What kinds of science is your/your kids’ favorites?

Bonus: have you ever used creation science to talk to an unbeliever? What areas came up? What areas has God used in your life to convince you He is the all powerful Creator?

Even if your answer is, “I don’t know, surprise me!” answering these will help me out. It’s always fun running into some new information and knowing there are people who would love hearing about it. :)

You’re welcome to comment on this post, or, you can send me your answers privately with this contact form. The easiest way to keep things straight is to copy and paste the questions.

All email answers will be kept strictly confidential. I really appreciate your time and openness sharing with me. It would be fun to meet in person, but since coming to visit you with 6 kids isn’t easy, this will have to do!

PS I got this idea for learning to help you better from Michael Hyatt. It’s great to have a Christian training us be the most effective communicators possible!

Dino Doo Declares the Designer

Let me take a wild guess:

Which exhibit at the natural history museum is your favorite? The dinosaurs, right? Well, even if you like another even better, you wouldn’t dream of skipping the hall with the giant skeletons!

When you walk through there, what else do you see besides the dinosaurs themselves? Unusual trees and plants forming a strange sort of jungle. (Actually, many of these plants are still around today, I’ve got one in my kitchen!) How do they decide which plants to put in?

“Scientists track the appearance and evolution of plant life by analyzing fossils,” Prehistoric Plants, KidsGardening.org

They assume  whatever plants got fossilized near the dinosaurs were the ones around with the dinosaurs. If no fossils of a certain type of plant were found nearby, they think it’s because those plants hadn’t evolved yet.

You can see the whole time chart they’ve developed for plant evolution based on this thinking on the Kids Gardening page. All a museum builder has to do when designing a new dino exhibit is check out a list like that and plug in the ‘right’ kind of plants to fill in the background.

Easy enough, but does it really work?

One thing you probably won’t see in the dinosaur hall is a green lawn. Why? Because grass fossils haven’t been found with dinosaur fossils. Grass only managed to leave behind fossils higher up in the layering system. Or, did it?

As you can guess from the title, dinosaurs left some rather interesting fossils behind. Their stinky. I’ve not heard of any of it still being soft, like other tissues we’ve found, but we can still learn a lot from it.

Back in 2005, scientists were studying the waste from what was probably a sauropod (longneck) dinosaur. They were amazed to discover it had bits of grass in it. The remains were so well preserved they were able to tell it was rice, and not just that, but a modern kind of rice we grow today.

“We may have to add grass to the dioramas of dinosaurs we see in museums,” palaeobotanist Caroline Strömberg told Nature News at the time.- From ICR’s Dinosaurs Ate Rice

Growing rice field

I looked around for “new dinosaur exhibits” images online and couldn’t find any photos of one with a nice patch of grass alongside.

I wonder why.

Maybe it’s because if kids see dinosaurs in a familiar environment, they might just get the idea dinosaurs and people could have met each other. I don’t know. But, those of us who trust the One Who Was There have no problem with this. We know the Age of Dinosaurs only started a few hours before the Age of Man!

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. ~Jesus Mark 10:6 

For more, check out:

Institute for Creation Research: Digging Into a Fossil Outhouse on more things we’ve learned from dino doo

Creation Ministries International: Grass-eating dinos

I was alerted to the importance of this discovery by Bruce Malone of Search For The Truth. You can get a taste of his presentations HERE

The Whole World Knows There Were Giants

Chang The Chinese Giant c1870Ever wondered if the Bible could be right about a nine foot [3 m] tall warrior? Do we have any evidence outside God’s testimony to such tall people?

Let’s look at some of the things we can check out to compare!

Most of the information we have about giants come from stories passed down as legends around the world.  I’m not going to post a bunch of links because you have to be careful what you read.  As we all know from David and Goliath, giants weren’t exactly God-fearing. In fact, most of the stories people told about them are like Jack of the Beanstalk or Odysseus’ experience.

I found a page with dozens and dozens of accounts of giants or their remains around the world.  Wikipedia has a list of at least 100 names people have given to giants around the world.

The Bible itself lists 7 different groups of Post-Flood giants.  There were the Philistines (with Goliath & co: II Samuel 21:15-22), Amorites (Amos 2:9–10; Numbers 13:29,32), Emim (Deuteronomy 2:10–11), Zamzummim (Deuteronomy 2:20–21),Rephaim [giants] (Deuteronomy 3:11), Anakim [sons of Anak] (Numbers 13:33), and an Egyptian near-giant in 1 Chronicles 11:23.

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osma...All of these groups of people mentioned in the Bible were especially wicked.  As you can see from the accounts of the Emim and Zamzummim, it wasn’t just the Israelites who wanted them dead.  Giants never made comfortable neighbors, although they seemed to make good champions or kings until God caught up with them!

Answers in Genesis has a long article talking about all this. It also has some interesting information on Egyptian records of giants.

There is one more group that the Bible mentions: the Nephilim.  Numbers 13:32–33 says, “And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”  The Hebrew word translated “giants” is the word Nephilim.

This is important to early Genesis study because of an odd account in Genesis 6.  We are told almost nothing about how people lived before the Flood, but the Nephilim are one of the things God wanted us to know about.  Here’s the story:

There were giants [Nephilim] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Gensis 6:4-6

Many people, including me, have wondered what these “sons of God” who had giant, evil children were.  There is a theory that they are actually demons who married human women and bore children.  Jude verse 6 is used to back this idea up.  Cool (and horrible) as this sounds, there are some major problems with this view that make it impossible.

  • Dr. Lisle pointed out recently that Jesus said it is impossible for spirit beings to have phisical relations and therefore children.  Matthew 22:30 suggests this.  It is at least true for good angels
  • If this theory were true, there would have never been any more giants after the Flood destroyed them all and the demons who had done it were chained in darkness.
  • “Sons of God” does not have to refer to spirit beings (although it does in the Old Testament, like in Job 1:6).  Six times the New Testament refers to Christians as Sons of God.

That there were giants again after the Flood by itself makes the demon theory impossible.  This leaves us with some kind of human line being the “sons of God.”  I’ve heard ideas that this is talking about the children of Seth, who were still following God, marrying women from the line of Cain, who had  rejected God’s authority.  I don’t know, but it seems likely that something like that is meant.

God is greater than the largest enemy we will ever face.  The Bible’s stories of Caleb, David, and his mighty men defeating giants is recorded to encourage us to trust God and not follow in the despair of the 10 spies of evil report!

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

I got a lot of my info by starting from this article: Answers in Genesis, Giants in the Old Testament 

You might also enjoy these articles I found:

The Aldworth Giants Rated G

THE QUEST FOR TOM HICKATHRIFT about trying to find the truth behind a giant legend. Rated G

THE CAVE OF THE RED HAIRED GIANTS Rated PG

Human Giants by Gary Nelson. Rated PG (opens with immodest Indian warrior facing away from us)

Science in the Bible: Earthquakes

If you pay attention to what’s going on as you read the Bible you will catch on pretty quickly that the Holy Land is located in an earthquake zone. Sometimes earthquakes are even major players in the action of Bible events.

I’m going to send you to a video with Dr. Steve Austin in a minute, but let’s see some of the times where earthquakes had a part in events recorded in the Bible:

“And the Lord began to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. He caused fire and burning sulfur to fall from the sky. He destroyed the whole valley—all the cities, the people living in the cities, and all the plants in the valley.” Genesis 19:24,25

Although an earthquake isn’t mentioned, how did God get the volcanic stuff to come out? Volcanoes and earthquakes are bosom buddies.

JSC the battle of Jericho

So then the priests blew the trumpets. When the people heard the trumpets, they began shouting. The walls fell down, and the people ran up into the city. So the Israelites defeated that city. Joshua 6:20

Again, the earthquake isn’t mentioned, but God doesn’t do magic; there was some physical cause for the walls to drop.

And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armor bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer slew after him. And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.  I Samuel 14:14,15

No explanation needed here!

Suddenly there was an earthquake so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. All the doors of the jail opened, and the chains on all the prisoners fell off. Acts 16:26

This wasn’t in Israel, but shows God controls events anywhere.

Every once in a while God uses His natural world to accomplish His plan for history. He has more subtle ways of doing this, but when he uses big things like meteorites (Joshua 10:11) and earthquakes, people pay attention! They also have a much harder time hiding the evidence. :-D

One other thought that came to me while watching Dr. Austin: just as God has positioned the world so we can study space, so He prepared the way for us to study these earthquakes. How many lakes in the world are lifeless, so the sediments settle undisturbed for millennia? There are a few, but it is cool to know one of them is perfectly located to preserve a record of God’s truthfulness.

Our God is great, with the most mind-boggling foresight imaginable!

The video starts just a tad dry through the first part of the talk, but after the break it is WAY COOL.

The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, “This has to be the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 The Message

I was alerted to this video by Creation Sensation, you can follow them for yourself to keep up with lots more.

Dr. Austin’s findings have been available at the Institute for Creation Research for some time, which is where I first read about them.

PS I’d really like to ask him just how certain that AD 33 crucifixion date is. It could settle a debate that goes back to the AD 300s!

Genius Babies: Automatic Transforming Systems: Breathing

CS4K-Lungs

Trying out those new lungs….

Six times I’ve gotten to see the brilliance of a tiny baby entering the outside world… really the brilliance of their Creator and Designer. Every person you meet, even you yourself, have accomplished something so complicated it takes a lot of scientific knowledge to even understand. What was this amazing feat?

You started to breathe

Think about it. Before you were born, you floated happily in a hot water bottle. You were never cold (this will be important later), you were never hungry, and there was no air to breathe. Everything you needed came through the supply line in the middle of your tummy connected to your mom’s body. Even the oxygen you needed.

But when you study the human body, you learn all your blood flows through the lungs to drop off carbon dioxide and pick up fresh oxygen supplies. If your growing baby-lungs had that much blood flowing through, it would just get in the way. Your brain is what needs the most help, not the lungs. So, before you were born only about 10% of your blood visited the lungs to keep them happy. How?

Special blood vessels

As a baby you had a blood vessel going right to the supply line, the umbilical cord. Then most of the blood visits the liver before going to the heart. Just look at a drawing of the way the blood flows through you inside your mom. Pretty complicated!

  • Some blood takes a short cut around the liver to go to the heart.
  • In a couple places, blood with lots of oxygen mixes with blood that’s given away most of its oxygen and sent back out to the body
  • There’s a special hole (called the Foramen ovale) in the middle of the heart to let blood from one side through to the other

You can do more studying on this system for yourself on these sites:

The most detailed is on CreationWiki. For some reason we don’t mind admitting how complex the system is and how quickly it must change at birth!

WebMd has the best drawing of the blood vessels in color

How we switch from “breathing” through our belly button to breathing with our lungs

When you come out of your mom’s tummy, you only have a tiny amount of time to switch from never having used your lungs to using them all the time. How do we do it?

For weeks before we’re born, the lungs have been practicing moving in and out to get ready for the big day. They’ve had a little special fluid in the spaces soon to be full of air. In this wet stuff is something called a “surfactant”, a little like dish soap to make the fluid non-stick. Without help, a baby born too early won’t be able to pull his lungs open because this surfactant isn’t there yet.

Remember how the womb we grow in is warm and wet? When we first come out, we aren’t dressed and we’re soaking wet. All of a sudden– we’re cold! Our body was designed to react to this by taking a great big breath. It usually doesn’t take us long to tell the whole world how awful this new place is, and where’s our mommy?

High Pressure- Low Pressure

As our lungs fill for the first time, something amazing happens in our blood system. Squashed lungs push hard on any blood trying to squeeze through them, but lungs full of air aren’t nearly as much work. This means blood suddenly finds it way easier to flow into the lungs.

This next bit is the coolest of all!

When the blood starts flowing into the lungs, it pushs the blood the other way through the heart. That special hole to help blood go around the lungs has two flaps that immediately get pushed together- closing the opening. Soon, cells on both sides begin to grow together sealing off the old opening for the rest of our lives!

And, what happens to the blood vessels that used to flow to our belly button and around the liver and lungs? After a while, they turn into ligaments holding our body together!

Which seems more logical to you: random chance making these systems come together with such great timing, or our genius Creator God?

In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10 

You can read more about how our bodies switch from living inside our mothers to being outside here: ICR: Made in His Image: Baby’s First Breath

And here: National Library of Medicine: Changes in the newborn at birth

Links: Learning Creation is Important for Kids

I’ve had my hands full recently and just can’t squeeze in a post needing a lot of research, but I have been keeping up with the creation materials flowing into my inbox and facebook newsfeed. It was exciting to see a couple of them focusing on the next generation; so exciting I decided to collect all the examples I could find into one place for all of us.

Enjoy!

Creation Moments has been producing radio segments for 50 years now. March 24, 2014, they shared a testimony of a young man who found great assurance in the Bible by learning creation science. Then they had this to say about too many Christian young people:

“They grew up learning about creation and Adam and Eve in Sunday school. As they were exposed to evolution, they desperately wanted the Bible to offer an intelligent alternative to evolution. But no one could ever offer it to them.”

Today, there’s no reason for such a tragedy to still happen!

The Creation Today Show with Eric Hovind has redesigned its format and is now including an experiment segment! It’s buried in the middle, but the rest is well worth watching. The first episode like this is up online and uses a thin garbage bag and hot air to show us something about air and… the Holy Spirit.

Keep it up, Eric! :-D

In case you hadn’t visited them in a while, Answers in Genesis has claimed this as their theme this year:

Standing our Ground, Rescuing our Kids

What’s more, they’re putting their money where their heart is by offering free admission for kids to the Creation Museum through the end of 2014!

Recently, I read the testimony of Dr. Rob Carter, who found Jesus as a child, but felt his faith slipping away until running into creation materials in college. 

I also heard what happened to Albert Einstein when he was left to read secular science books for himself:

“. . . I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.” Einstein, Albert (1979). Autobiographical Notes

It’s enough to break your heart knowing the difference it could have made if he’d heard the truth about science!

Checking around on Creation Ministries International’s website, I ran into an article written so long ago I wished my parents had happened to read it. Of course, being based in Biblical thinking it’s just as useful for us today:

Your children and evolution
Hints for Christian Parents

Most of us are well aware of the need to reach our young people before the world gets its hands on them. The difficult thing is presenting engaging materials worded for people who haven’t gotten to Collegate Dictionary level yet. Praise God, He’s called a number of us to provide these resources!

CS4K-Remember-CreatorP

Quotes by Great Scientists

The other day I was reading a paper and ran into this quote from Michael Faraday:

“Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” ~copied from WikiQuote

He had been asked if he ever wondered what would really happen to him when he died. His answer showed how confident he was in Jesus (he quoted what Paul said about nearing death in II Timothy 1:12). This is such an awesome thing to know about one of the fathers of electrical science!

Many people today want to make being unsure about everything the great virtue of science. According to them, showing absolute confidence in anything is horribly arrogant. So, we creationists are automatically considered bad scientists because we are absolutely confident there is a Creator God who made the universe like He tells us in the Bible.

What would they have thought of Faraday?

Since I’d looked up one quote, I thought I would research more. Here are a few whose names are still famous enough our kids ought to know about them. Why not let them see their faith in God, too?

Each name is linked to a biography page so you can find out what they contributed to our scientific understanding.

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler: “We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing.” ~WikiQuote

Galileo Galilei: “But I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.” ~TodayInSci

Sir Isaac Newton: “The most beautiful system of the Sun, Planets and Comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent being. All variety of created objects which represent order and Life in the Universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the Lord God.” ~Buzzle

Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus: “All the species recognized by Botanists came forth from the Almighty Creator’s hand, and the number of these is now and always will be exactly the same, while every day new and different florists’ species arise from the true species so-called by Botanists, and when they have arisen they finally revert to the original forms. Accordingly to the former have been assigned by Nature fixed limits, beyond which they cannot go: while the latter display without end the infinite sport of Nature.” ~TodayInSci

Do you know what Linnaeus means by “species” here? A lot like what modern Creationists call Kinds (or Baramins for fancy)! I could have picked many more quotes of him giving God the glory, but you can look them up for yourself on WikiQuote. How amazing it will be to talk to him in heaven some day!

Samuel Morse: “It is His work,” he reminded them; “and He alone carried me thus far through all my trials and enabled me to triumph over the obstacles, physical and moral, which opposed me.  ‘Not unto us, not unto us, by to Thy name, O Lord, be all the praise.’”  ~SoulLiberty (the article has lots more great quotes)

These are just starting to show how common it is for love of God to work with love of science. For many of us, learning more about the way God works in the natural world helps us appreciate and understand our Creator in a special way. It sure helped King David praise the Lord….

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. Psalm 145:3-5

I searched for names on the Creation Science Hall of Fame: Deceased Inductees page

And ran into a super-long page covering the World’s Greatest Creation Scientists on the Creation Safaris site for those hungry for more!

Is Your Family Watching the Cosmos Series?

My family doesn’t have time to watch anything on Sundays, so we aren’t keeping up with this program, but that doesn’t mean you all aren’t!

In fact, if you have kids 12+, I recommend watching shows like this. Eventually, one way or another, your kids are going to hear the kinds of ideas presented in the series. The last thing you want to do is leave them ignorant until they’re out on their own, never having thought through the worldview, logic, and assumptions presented as facts by the world.

If you sit down with your kids and examine things like this carefully, they will develop the spiritual muscles they need to discern the difference between fact and fiction. But, this doesn’t mean you have to get a degree in science to help your kids. Others have already, and they love to share with us!

Since I can’t tell you what I think, I’ve looked around for those who have already put up reviews. There aren’t too many yet, but here’s what I’ve found:

Answers in Genesis has a lengthy article just on Episode 1

Creation Evolution Headlines has one that’s not so long. As usual, the editor’s thoughts are in green toward the end.

Then the other day I listened to a podcast on Challenging Cosmos (it doesn’t matter if your kids are in a school system instead). Starting just after the 12 minute mark, the host talks with Jay Ryan of Classical Astronomy, about the first episode of Cosmos. Ryan likes to ramble, so the show is almost an hour long, but you’ll learn a lot if you have the time! You’ll also see not all creationists walk in lock step. In fact, I don’t know too many who do. It’s a science community after all. :-D

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

by Mike Berenstain, published by Zonderkidz

Every once in a while, I’ll run into a book to check out on a general Christian review list. This one looked extra interesting because it’s a kids’ book and the preview mentioned science. So, I asked my 5 year old if he’d like to read it with me and we ordered it. Here’s what I think:

The book is a great way to get kids thinking about why they believe in God while others around them don’t. I was especially pleased that they recognized many non-believers use science to say there is no God.

First, we are introduced to many of the bear cubs’ friends, leading us to a special friend, Ferdy. His dad runs the science museum and they’ve learned all kinds of cool things from him, but then they find he doesn’t give God the credit for the things they see:

“I don’t believe that God created the world,” said Ferdy. “In fact, I don’t believe in God, at all.”

“You don’t believe in God?” asked Brother, surprised.

“No,” said Ferdy, “I believe in science–in things you can see and test and prove.”

Well done! Mike caught a big part of the issue we face. For this alone I‘m glad to have the book around.

Naturally, the bear cubs don’t know what to say to their friend, and soon Mama Bear finds out what’s bugging them. She explains we believe in God because of the Bible and choose to have faith. We also experience God for ourselves in our hearts. Again, kudos to the author!

From this point on I got more annoyed at the book. Unfortunately, I bet it’s all too realistic. When the cubs want to know what faith means, both Mama and Papa pass the buck. At least they know where to take the cubs: the pastor.

The pastor does something wise and gives them a Bible example, telling them the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. That’s fine, the author of Hebrews does the same thing.

But the book gets to the thought: faith = trust and stops.

In fact, Sister’s practical use of her new understanding of faith is rather scary. The family walks home in a thunderstorm and she decides not to be scared.

What was Mama thinking taking her family for a stroll with lightning around?

Plus, neither Sister or Brother do any actual talking to God to strengthen their faith. Prayer wasn’t once mentioned.

So, if you can fit this book in your budget (it retails for $3.99) or run across it somewhere, get it. Your kids will have their appetite whetted to think about this super important question. Then, take the time as their mom and dad to develop answers to questions like theirs.

If you’re a pastor, please give your flock more substance than just saying Daniel had faith and trusted in God’s love!

So, how do we teach our kids about faith?

Looks like I could (and should) write a whole post on this, but here are some resources to get you started:

A great article for parents by Eric Hovind starting with his experience growing up in a Christian home and guiding parents in what to focus on with the next generation.

Answers in Genesis has a set of books for students and leaders. I found the list of topics on the Student Workbook helpful to know where to start.

Apologetics Press has a bunch of articles on Faith and Reason

Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8b

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith from the publisher in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.

Evolution is True, to a Limit

The other week I had an interesting exchange with someone on Google+ who was sure I couldn’t properly understand natural selection since I’ve rejected evolution. From my experience, it seems few ordinary people have any idea what biologists know: there is only one possible mechanism to introduce new information into a creature, and that is mutations.

The last interaction I had with the guy on Google was telling him I have no problem with change. In fact, I expect it. But, I do have a huge problem with taking what we see and assuming we will eventually see an organism to become something completely new with enough time.

Here’s an excerpt from my book manuscript talking about this:

Evolution, Dictionary Definition: Biology. Change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.

[Genetic drift: some perfectly good organisms don't survive to have babies and pass on their variations, others do]

Something evolutionists have to believe is that small changes we can see would add up to big changes after a long time. But are there things stopping change from endlessly continuing? Let’s see what we find in nature:Animal-Dog-Buffon-Dog-Species-Diagram

  • Roses have been bred so some climb to over 30 ft [10 m] up. Others top out at only 3 inches [7.6 cm] high
  • Sugar beets have been pushed to produce up to 19% sugar
  • Finches and lizards surviving a drought can grow thicker beaks or heads
  • Cats have been bred to hang on to some mutations that make their ears flop or so they don’t grow any hair
  • Light colored moths can all get eaten in an area leaving only dark colored survivors
  • Fruit flies have been studied in labs for decades. They have been pushed to grow extra wings (which don’t fly), legs where the eyes should go and other weird things
  • Bacteria pushed to develop new traits can mutate so they surviveCS4K-Sugar-beets

What do all these things show? You can shrink or grow things, you can encourage them to be what you want, but you can’t change them into a different kind no matter what you do to them. No one can get a rose to turn into a daffodil, or a sugar beet to become a living sugar cube. Even the most mutated fruit fly doesn’t turn into a dragonfly (or a superhero!).

Plus, if you let these creatures grow wild again, many of the changes disappear. Today’s peppered moths aren’t all dark anymore and the finches’ beaks returned to their normal varieties once more food was around. People keep the plant features they want by growing new plants from a little piece of the original plant. If they used seeds, the new plants would be back to normal.

Those examples of creatures changing they show you in textbooks as “proof” for evolution are things God had already allowed. Mutations can turn DNA off or on. They can bend things or break them, but mutations can’t get a creature to disobey God’s law to reproduce after their kind.

Extra: We aren’t even sure all these changes are caused by mutations. There is a huge amount of variability built into everything’s DNA. But, even if we go with mutations, it doesn’t help the evolutionists any!

For more info on this variability, you can check out this super-long paper from the Answers Research Journal. Maybe I should translate it for us?

Book Review: Questions God Asks

by Israel Wayne, published by New Leaf PressCS4K-Questions

Have you ever wondered why the God Who Knows Everything asks people so many questions? Or, maybe, like me, you never stopped to think about this much at all. You will be amazed by the wealth of wisdom we can learn from slowing down and thinking through what God is really doing.

A few weeks back, I saw this title come up for blog reviewers and for once wished my own blog had a wider subject because it looked so interesting. Then, through the miracle of social media communication, I was able to ask Israel Wayne himself if there was enough in his book for me to be able to share about it here. He assured me there was plenty- and he was right.

First of all, the book is an easy read. The ideas are big, the vocabulary and style aren’t. So, you could hand this book to your older kids (about 10 or so) without trouble [Warning: there is a bare bones description of the Assyrians' cruelty in the Jonah chapter]. Better yet, you could use it for family study time with the everyone.

Then there are the subjects covered. Do you know the first time God asked a person a question? Yes, indeed, it was when He asked Adam where he was. Why did He ask Adam that? So Adam would have a chance to ‘fess up and face what he’d done and the consequences. Most importantly, God wanted Adam to turn to Him for help rather than trying to fix things himself. All of Adam’s children have needed to face these issues for themselves, including each of us. It’s the starting point for our relationship with our Creator and Savior.

Actually, Wayne doesn’t even start his book with Genesis, so this is the 2nd question he covers. The first chapter of his book opens with this bedrock question:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Job 38:4

How many people get their whole way Processed with MaxIm DLof looking at the world wrong because they think they should be the ones asking the questions and making God prove Himself?

The whole book is this practical for helping us to think God’s thoughts after Him.

Each chapter is like listening to a well-done mini sermon, or even a workshop on how to live the Christian life. From one of the many personal examples Israel Wayne presents, this isn’t surprising since he’s been speaking at conference workshops since he was a young man.

Oh, yes, there was one chapter I’d never seen in the light Wayne shines on it. Do you remember God asking, “why did Sarah laugh?” when announcing Isaac was coming? I’d always imagined it was God’s way of talking to Sarah when she’s behind the tent door. I’d never thought of God actually addressing Abraham (and through him, husbands) with that question.

Origins science is directly covered in the book as well. It’s even part of the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon so you can check it out right away (starting with page 10).

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

Find more reviews at New Leaf Publishing Group’s blog post: Questions God Asks

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic version of Questions God Asks from the publisher in return for this review. The thoughts are my own; no one made me write nice things about it.

And, congrats to Israel Wayne and his wife. They had their 8th child a few days before my own daughter was born!

Earthquakes and Earth’s History

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up… Genesis 7:11

One of the most interesting things I’ve learned from creation geologists is how much information they get from this one verse. Yes, the rain comes right after, but the event starting the world-wide Flood in motion was from underground.

What were those “fountains of the great deep”?

How deep were they?

What else was in there besides H2O?

What happened when they were “broken up”?

Some of these things are still puzzled over and discussed among Bible believing scientists, but one thing we are pretty sure about: when the ground broke up, there were earthquakes and more.

We know when God made the world, He said everything was “very good”. Genesis 1 even talks about all the waters being gathered into one place, which means the dry ground would have been in one piece, too. Nowadays, most geologists recognize this as most likely too and even have a name for that massive continent: Pangaea.

But the world doesn’t look like this any more! Something huge rearranged the whole landscape, forcing up mountains, and leaving the whole world under enormous tension.

Every giant piece of earth’s crust is trying to shift positions to get more comfortable. But there are snags holding them back: at least for a time. Whenever there is an earthquake, a little of this tension is released. Nice for the earth, rotten for those of us living nearby!

But it’s not going to always be this way:

[Jesus,] whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Acts 3:21 ESV

The Bible even gives us some really cool clues about how Jesus is going to restore all things to a “very good” state again. Have a look at these verses:

     And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; Revelation 6:12 
     And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. Revelation 8:5 
     And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. Revelation 11:13 
     And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. Revelation 11:19 

     And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. Revelation 16:18 

Let’s see, that’s five earthquakes, including one so huge earth has never seen anything like it! I could go back to the Old Testament and find more mentions of earthquakes, like in Ezekiel 38:19, but you get the point.

When I read about these things happening, it looks like God is planning a couple of things. Sure, it’s going to be awful for Jesus’ enemies who refuse to submit to Him, but it’s also going to help the earth finally finish settling down from the Flood. From the time of the last great earthquake on, things will be far safer along the world’s coasts, in California (if it survives), and anywhere else you never know will get a serious shaking today.

Oh, yes, about that lightning. Remember what we’ve discovered about earthquakes and electricity? Cool stuff!

God may not have written the Bible as a “science textbook”, but we can sure learn a lot by comparing what He says and what we’ve discovered. :-D

Check out ICR’s a nice long article about:  Continental Drift, Plate Tectonics, and the Bible 

No Engineer Believed in “Evolution” for the Apollo Moon Landing

A guest post taken with permission from Spike Psarris’ Creation Astronomy Newsletter. I read this the other week and thought it would be great to share with you all while I’m on maternity leave. Enjoy!

You’ve probably heard about the upcoming creation-evolution debate on Tuesday between Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham (arguing for creation) and science popularizer Bill Nye (arguing for evolution).

There’s been a lot of discussion in the media about this debate, and about anti-creation remarks that Nye has made previously. However, some of these remarks have a very interesting implication for astronomy and space exploration—which nobody seems to be discussing.

Nye said that anybody who believes in creation can’t be scientifically literate. Nor can an evolution-denier be an engineer who builds stuff and solves problems.

Lord Kelvin

Really? Apparently Nye, who claims to be the “science guy,” doesn’t know much about the history of science. Most of the giants of science—great scientists like Newton, Galileo, Faraday, Maxwell, Pasteur, Mendel, Kelvin, and the list goes on and on—were creationists and Christians.

These men would be very surprised to learn that they weren’t actually scientifically literate. (For that matter, there are thousands of scientists today who reject evolution.)

But I’m more interested in the second part of Nye’s claim—that denying evolution means you can’t be a good engineer who builds stuff and solves problems.

Let’s take a specific example from the space program. One of the most challenging engineering projects that humanity has ever faced was…

Going to the Moon and Back

Imagine laying your hand flat on the floor, palm facing up. Now balance a long pencil on the end of your index finger, straight up and down, with the eraser resting on your finger and the sharp end of the pencil on top. Keep it there for a few moments. How stable is the pencil?

Now imagine moving your hand straight up from the floor all the way to the ceiling, keeping the pencil perfectly balanced straight up and down the whole time. Oh, and you’re not allowed to touch the pencil at all (except for your index finger underneath)—you can’t straighten it or keep it steady. You can only balance and “steer” by pushing up from below.

And you can’t stop pushing either, even if you need to stop and regain your balance—the pencil has to move upwards at a steadily increasing rate until it reaches the ceiling.

And while you’re trying to do this, a friend stands next to you, blowing on the pencil from random directions.

Oh, and you get only one chance to do this. If the pencil tilts over and falls off your finger, you lose the game and something bad happens. (Perhaps you have to pay your friend some money or something).

This is the kind of problem that engineers have to solve when launching a rocket

A rocket’s propulsion comes out of the bottom, similar to the support your finger provides to the bottom of the pencil. But the rocket is a long, thin tube that must balance itself perfectly on its column of fire, with no other support.

And it must do this despite a tremendous amount of inherent vibration, buffeting from winds going in different directions as it reaches different altitudes, shock from breaking the sound barrier, etc.

Oh, and it also has to steer and remain true to its course.

And this is only one of the major problems involved in a launch. Another is producing the propulsion—you must release a massive amount of energy in a short time.

Usually, a device that does this is called a bomb.

[I had to cut some of the cool details about the Apollo Rocket here, sorry]

But how many of these engineers believed in “evolution”?

If we take Bill Nye’s logic to its conclusion, we would say that these engineers couldn’t have been “scientifically literate” enough to do their jobs unless they believed in the usual evolutionary theory about the origin of the Moon.

But none of them did.

Am I saying that all of them were creationists? No, of course not. Some were, but many believed in secular theories for the Moon’s origin.

But here’s the thing. During the Apollo missions, there were three secular theories of lunar origin (the capture theory, the nebular theory, and the fission theory).

Later, all three theories were discarded. (The rock and soil samples that the astronauts brought back disproved all three theories for various reasons.)

Today, most secular astronomers believe that the Moon formed from a giant impact 4 billion years ago, when a Mars-sized object hit the Earth. (This idea has also been disproved, but we’ll set that aside for now.)

The important thing is this: the giant-impact idea wasn’t proposed until the mid-1970s, after the Apollo program had finished.

So this means that…

None of the Apollo engineers believed in today’s evolutionary theory for the Moon…

because that theory hadn’t been invented yet.

Thus, according to Bill Nye’s claim, none of them should have been able to do their jobs. But they did do their jobs, and spectacularly well.

Cheri~This kind of quick change happens all the time in Evolutionary thinking, yet they never abandon the theory. Without it, they have no choice but admit there is a Creator God who gets to set the rules.

The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:9 

Baby Vacation

I’ve got a few things prepared to post over the next few weeks, but felt I owed you all an explanation for how quiet things have been this week.

My doctor decided it would be best for both of us to move my daughter’s arrival earlier than expected. So, I’ve had exciting happenings in real life galore!

Here’s my little one: 7 1/2 lbs [3400 g]. As many mutations as we’ve all collected, she still manages to be just about perfect. :-D

CS4K-Baby

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5

God Likes to Create Beauty From Tragedy

Every time I look at a majestic landscape, the kind that leaves you speechless, I can’t help seeing the Flood in it.

The whole world is filled with signs of erosion, sedimentary deposits, and major movements. There’s so much, it makes it hard to even guess what the “very good” landscape God first created looked like.

I’m sure it was beautiful because God was pleased with it.

Today, though, many of us find the most delightful and inspiring places are the way they are because of the worldwide judgment God used to destroy that first land.

This got me thinking about us as people.

We don’t look anything like what we would have if Adam and Eve had turned their wills and hearts over to God. We have all been hurt by mutations, tough environments, and the sins of our family, others, and ourselves.

But God has made some amazing promises to us:

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

This verse isn’t just talking to people who live in Israel because the first verses in Isaiah 61 were quoted by Jesus to explain why He came. Jesus came for every person who would believe in Him!

Here’s what Paul thought about all the bad things that happened to him. Some were physical, some were even memories of the rotten things he’d done:

Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong. II Corinthians 12:10

Some things we go through aren’t going to show their true beauty until Jesus comes back.

These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. I Peter 1:7

What do we learn about who God is from both the world around us and His promises in our lives?

God isn’t a waster. If He allows something to happen, He’s going to use it for good. Not everything will be lush, green, and fruitful like it would have been. But it can all be beautiful!

Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Psalm 76:10

Is Jesus Really THE TRUTH?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

There never was a more beautiful, but disliked, verse than this one. People don’t like the reality that you can’t get to heaven without Jesus, no matter how nice and well meaning you are (it is heartbreaking to know how many won’t make it). Many more are sure they are quite alive on their own, thank you very much, and don’t recognize how “dead in sins” (Ephesians 2:1) we all are without Him.

Then, those of us who have found Jesus to be right about these things sometimes have trouble believing He is completely accurate. When we each stand before Jesus to give an account for our lives, it wouldn’t be surprising if all of us have explained away some uncomfortable statement Jesus wanted us to understand. The trick is to submit our mind to God and be willing to see His truth when the Holy Spirit tries to show us.

And [the serpent] said unto the woman, Indeed, has God said, Genesis 3:1

It is a sad fact that millions of people who have enough faith to trust Jesus when He says He’s the Savior of the world don’t believe when He says He’s the Creator of the world. Or, rather, they believe He created, but not the way He described. They believe the popular science of our day has “proved” evolution and/or millions of years are real, so God must have used them.

The problem is, Jesus was clear about what HE believed about creation.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Mark 10:6

That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel… Luke 11:50-51a

For had you believed Moses [who recorded Genesis], you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? John 5:46-47

So, how do people who want to have Jesus be right about sin, but wrong about creation keep from exploding? They explain Jesus’ words away.

Some will tell you Jesus was “just going along” with the popular ideas of His day. The people wanted to believe God created not too long ago in a week, He gave it to them.

Does this sound like the Jesus we know?

Matthew 5:21, 27, 33, 38, 43 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, …. But I say unto you,…. And dozens of other times He got people mad enough to kill Him for rejecting their beliefs.

Jesus knew what the people wanted to hear, but that’s not what He gave them.

Others go even further. They tell us, without blinking, that Jesus had shrunk so small to become a human being, He really believed what He said. But He was wrong. God had hidden from the human Jesus the truth of evolution and/or millions of years, so Jesus wouldn’t shock His listeners. They even take what Jesus said in John 5:46-47 about Moses being trustworthy as mistaken.

Because, of course, modern scientists are way smarter than the people 2,000 years ago (including Jesus) were.

It is possible, even likely, many of the teachers telling us these things will make it to heaven. You don’t have to get every idea right to belong to Jesus, just trust Him to rescue you from your sins by His death.

But can you imagine standing before Jesus and telling Him this to His face? And, what about the people they witness to? Why should they believe one area of the Bible so strongly they are willing to turn their lives over to their Savior if other areas are clearly “proven” wrong?

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve through his false wisdom, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3

We aren’t surprised when people (and the spiritual powers behind them) try to knock down the authority of God and His Word. It’s been happening since the beginning.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the tricks of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

God has given us powerful protection and weapons. Our job is to learn how to wear and use them. Learning more about science and about the Bible are big parts of our training.

I’ve heard these claims in several places, but the best, super-long discussion about it is:
Jesus, Scripture and Error: An Implicatation of Theistic Evolution by Simon Turpin

Thoughts About the Nye/Ham Debate

Bunches of people have put out their thoughts about the debate already, so I thought about not writing. But Ken Ham himself has put up a great article today and there are a couple of points no one else seems to have mentioned, so here goes.

Ken Ham reminds me a lot of my dad, white beard and all. Because of this, I could tell he was really nervous during the debate. It’s not too often we know the things we say over the next hour are likely to end up in the history books. From the beginning of discussions about having the debate, Ham knew his words adding up to less than 60 minutes could affect the eternal destiny of untold numbers of people. But, he knew this was his task, much like Esther was given.

If you follow CS4K anywhere on social media, you’ve already seen the photo Buddy Davis posted from just before the debate. It was awesome to see Christians banding together around Ham; especially because we all know this is just a guy, willing to be a spokesman for Jesus in a position few of us will ever experience.

As many of us have known from the beginning, the debate couldn’t help but be frustrating. Decades ago, Dr. Duane Gish, an amazing creation scientist, did a bunch of debates with evolutionists. He had a habit of using his time to throw out so many problem areas for evolution, there was no way to respond to them all. It became known as the Gish Gallop. Eventually, most evolutionists decided it was always a bad idea to debate a creationist because they ended up fumbling around trying to deny accusations.

Of course, the same technique works both ways. And we saw it again on Tuesday night.

I would imagine a lot of you listening to Bill Nye were thinking, “that’s an assumption”, “but the truth points to a Creator there!” and such. It wasn’t fun knowing there was no way to deal with every detail in a convincing manner. In fact, as Grace With Salt points out, Ham was able to respond to, or even point out in advance, about half of Nye’s best arguments.

I’m going to send you on to Ham’s nice and chatty blog post from today. Most of what he explains I’d guessed had been part of his strategy. It is exciting to see things are already happening as a result and God is clearly working.

It was especially great reading how Ham relied on the vast amount of creationist material available online for people to search out themselves. Even a little site like mine saw this working out. Within a few months of starting my blog, I’d researched Ice Cores. Of course, just starting out, I’d had maybe a dozen people ever read those articles. That’s changed!

In fact, as soon as I saw people were finding the first post, I had to edit it since I’d forgotten to link up the rest of the series to it.

The point is, people are researching the scientific evidence for themselves. Ham was wise to focus on the worldview issues we have to be aware of first. He focused especially on the consequences for Christians who compromise with the world against the Bible. If even a fraction of people who didn’t care before think things through and decide to trust God in every area, God will have many more effective workers in His kingdom!

Oh, yes, I wanted Ham so badly to mention that Forensic Science is a subcategory of Historical Science. It would have been perfect to point again to The Eye Witness.  Plus, as every good mystery reader knows, just because it looks like the butler did it, doesn’t make it so!

And for the sake of those of us who know Jesus, it would have been nice if Ham had mentioned a sentence or two about how he’s experienced God in response to one of the questions. I know there are concerns about relying on experience, but you know a man like Ham has tasted that the Lord is good.

But, if I’d been in his shoes, I would have been a twitching heap on the floor from the beginning, so I’m very grateful God gave this opportunity to Ken Ham instead. :-)

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

Fossil Formation: Preserved by No-Oxygen Water?

Anoxic: without oxygen

Remember how Uniformitarians want to believe a lake can only lay down one layer of mud in a year? But, then they have to figure out a way to explain the fossils sticking up through several or even lots of these layers.

How could these animals or plants not rot away before they had a chance to turn into fossils? They’ve got a pretty good sounding answer to this problem:

Put them in water with no oxygen until the sediment builds up around them. It’s called Anoxic Preservation and we can see this happening today.

The coolest place I found where the water works like this is in Florida. There is a sinkhole called the Little Salt Spring almost full of anoxic water. Nothing lives in there now, although a lot of Ostracods [microscopic clam-like creatures] lived there up to at least 800 years ago.

We’ve learned a lot about the Ice Age people in the area from things they put or dropped into the water. There are bits of wood and even a human brain we know are 1,000s of years old. So, the water there is certainly good at preserving things!

None of them have been turned to stone, though. Even the little things buried in more than 30 feet [10 m] of sediment are still “fresh”.

There are some other places around the world where the water doesn’t have any oxygen in it. Most of these places would normally be rich in creatures because of the good flow of nutrients for things to live on. The problem is, the oxygen-using algae and stuff grow so fast, the oxygen-makers can’t keep up. If there’s not a good flow of new oxygen-rich water, you end up with Anoxic conditions especially at the bottom.

“Dead Zones” without oxygen around the world

One place off the west coast of Canada has a sort of underwater bowl, keeping water from moving in and out near an inlet bringing in fresh nutrients. It is especially interesting because the sediments pile up just like they tell us in annual layers, called “varves”.

But, the only “fossils” anyone is reporting are diatoms and microfossils. Things way smaller than an annual layer’s thickness.

The Black Sea has the largest area of anoxic water. Pretty much the whole bottom is a “dead zone” of water without enough oxygen for life. So, it’s a perfect place for fish and other creatures to sink to the bottom and get preserved. Especially since the 20th Century was really hard on them.

Even there, the only preserved lifeforms getting scientists excited are the miniature ones. No one is talking about anything bigger than a millimeter.

What happened to the big guys?

There’s something else extra special about that Florida spring: it doesn’t have “anoxic microorganisms”. Most everywhere else, there are tiny creatures designed to fill even places like pockets at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea where there is never any oxygen. What do these things eat?

From the Role of Microbe in Ecosystems, University of Michigan: “But in shallow waters, coastal oceans, lakes and estuaries, 25-60% of the organic matter produced may settle out of the upper waters rapidly and be decomposed anaerobically.

“Anaerobically” means done without oxygen. These little guys are busy, not much escapes them in a recognizable form!

The Baltic Sea is having a hard time with falling oxygen levels and anoxic conditions from too much algae. There are plenty of large creatures dying and sinking to the bottom. Yet, no one is claiming they can see them turning into fossils. There are too many decomposers happily digesting away.

The fossil record is full of a lot more than plankton, algae, and diatoms. Before they can expect us to believe it was anoxic conditions over a long time preserving these fossils, they need more evidence. And, it doesn’t seem the scientists are even interested in studying this out.

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Genesis 1:22-23

PS According to this interview, the first people living in Florida, “”had a very well developed technology, and they took full advantage of the natural resources of their environment. The more we learn about them, the more impressed we are with their technology.”…. “There was nothing primitive about them as human beings,” [the scientist] said.”

Kids’ Book Review: Exploring Geology with Mr Hibb

by Michael J. Oard, Tara Wolfe, and illustrated by Chris Turbuck

Huzzah, a serious Creationist kids’ book to review!

Click to go to CMI’s product page

Just after the New Year, we had a small order to get from CBD. To qualify for the free shipping deal, we had to purchase a bit more. I’d been wanting to get a copy of this book for a while and, sure enough, they had it! Thank you, Lord. :-D

The book is a nice sized hardcover with fun illustrations decorating it. Even better, every page inside has similar drawings to hold your interest as well.

I was a little worried when reading the vocabulary in the preface that the whole thing would go over kids’ heads. That didn’t end up being a problem at all. The writing does have a tendency to slip into school textbook style, except when the authors remembered it was supposed to be about Mr. Hibb, but it’s always a quality textbook!

I’ve been rather hogging the book for myself until writing this, but have no doubt my 10 year old can handle this on her own. An 8 year old who likes geology and can read well is going to have no problem either. The best part is all the pictures. They match what’s being talked about in the text and are really well done. Even my 3 year old wants me to snuggle with him and look at Mr. Hibb and his crazy adventures!CS4K-Mr-Hibb-Interior

.OK, I took a break to do just that. My 3 year old sat for over 15 minutes as I ad-libbed what the illustrations showed. Now, my 10 year old is hogging the book: “whoever made this did a really good job.” And my take, “the illustrator is genius.”

Besides the illustrations, the best feature of this book is the Hands On Activities. A dozen times throughout, there are simple things for kids to do picturing what they’re learning or even recreating a process. Since I like to keep my hands clean, I just read about them, but next Summer I’ll hand the book to the kids to do them for themselves!

There’s a fair amount of worldview thrown into the book. It’s not designed for teens and adults, rather more than less presuming the Bible is completely trustworthy. But, there are whole books written about those topics for later.

The main points of the book are:

  • Introduction to rocks with later descriptions of metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
  • The World-Wide Flood:
      • a. Noah’s ark
      • b. The power of rushing water
      • c. Sedimentation processes
      • 1. Making sense of fossil formation (some of the best i‘ve seen on dinosaurs, their tracks, and eggs)
      • d. Late flood runoff processes
      • The Ice Age

That last section is particularly well done since Michael Oard is the author. He’s spent vast quantities of time studying the Ice Age and written other books on it. His viewpoint comes through quite strongly and this book makes a great case for him.

The one area I wish they’d been more careful to address is the Geologic Column. Without it, Evolutionists don’t have a leg to stand on. So, you’ll have to supplement there, but it’s not too hard. :-)

Altogether, I’m putting this at the top of my “suggested resources” list. Geology is the strongest area the Evolutionist and Uniformitarian has. Even Bible believers who understand the problems with Evolution are often deceived by the case geologists make for slow, gradual changes in the rocks.

This book gets things down to a 10 year old’s level clearly and attractively.

In fact, any person who doesn’t feel silly having the main character be a four-legged grasshopper (picky, picky, I know) is going to learn a lot from this book. I’d heard a tiny bit about sea mounts and water gaps before this. The book lets you “see” how things can happen.

Oh, yes, part of why I’d not handed the book over to my kids yet is I need to get out some tape to reattach the glossary at the back. The book is published by Creation Book Publishers and whatever stitching machine they used let a whole section fall out.

Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on The Case of the Missing Mountain also produced for Creation Ministries International. :-D

Review: Transformed by the Evidence

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Edited by Doug Sharp, B.S. and Jerry Bergman Ph.D. Published by Leafcutter Press

A year ago I told you about one of the most delightful creation books I’d ever read (after the one on Mount St. Helens). Persuaded by the Evidence is a book it would be wonderful for every family with older kids to have in their home library.

I was excited to hear the editors had just published a second book of testimonies and I could even get a review copy straight from them! :-)

As in Persuaded, Transformed by the Evidence is a collection of stories by over 20 people somehow connected with the Creation movement. Some of the authors get rather eye-crossing with their science speak. A few turn their section into a display of the scientific evidence rather than personal experience. Plus, the book wasn’t published by Master Books and could have used a bit more editing in spots.

But, none of these dampen the impact of the accounts of people who have found Jesus as their Savior and had their lives turned upside down by recognizing God as Creator.

Several of the writers were superb in their ability to express what their lives were like before and after finding their Creator, drawing us into the process. A couple weeks after finishing the book, one lady’s transformation (they picked the right title) is still incredible to me. A missionary kid’s testimony of his parents warning him to stay away from science completely is a wake up call for us parents.

I was especially pleased by those who had gone some distance down the path towards destruction. None of them did any glorying in their sin. Usually, you were left guessing just what was so awful about their behavior. The focus was always on God and His power.

There is one account where the author is serving a life sentence for what he did. Nothing graphic, but the barest of facts are sad enough. It will be important for my kids to understand just how far evolutionary, godless thinking can take a person when they hit their teens, but I’m not going to hand them this book before then.

Many of the stories in both books would make great family reading. Dad or Mom could read through them first to find appropriate ones for their family. This would naturally lead to questions and opportunities to discuss what happened in each life and the kinds of worldview issues our kids need preparation for.

Some of the stories are just awesome reminders of the power God has to draw people to Himself.

There were several authors whose names I’d run into online but didn’t know anything about until now. The testimony of the guy who started (Grand) Canyon Ministries, Tom Vail, is amazing. I’d met Karl Priest online a while back and now know a lot more about him. I’d heard of Dr. Jean Lightner a tiny bit through Answers in Genesis and Creation Today. Now I wish I had a couple hours with her to ask questions about chromosomes and homeschooling!

If I were just building my creation library, this would be in the 2nd set of books I’d get. Like Persuaded, it is a book about people. People Jesus interacts with and draws to Himself using His natural world as a major tool.

As mentioned, I received a free review copy of Transformed by the Evidence from the editor/author. He didn’t tell me what to say, just to let you all know what I thought about it. Thanks, Dr. Bergman!

To get your own copy, check out the Revolution Against Evolution, which is run by the other editor, Doug Sharp. You can even get it cheaper as a set of both books. Or, find it at any number of places, except Christian Book Distributors- yet.

Parents: Utilizing the Foolishness of Preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I Corinthians 1:21 

Last week I ran into a book trailer video for a Hebrew scholar willing to stand for God’s Word meaning what He says about Adam. It was exciting to pass the 3 minute video around my social media so you could all “like” the video as well. You still can HERE. The scholar’s name is Dr. William D. Barrick.

Someone helped me find Dr. Barrick’s website and it was fun poking around to see what he offers. Being a podcast junkie with discriminating taste, it was especially exciting to see all the audio teachings he offers. As usual, I was expecting him to use big words to communicate big concepts aimed at well-educated grownups. I was in for a surprise.

The first talk I downloaded came from Dr. Barrick’s section on end time talks. I find that stuff fascinating, so even if his style was dry as dust I would learn something. His sermon titled

How does the doctrine of last things complete the doctrine of first things?

seemed the perfect place to start since Creation Science is the expanded study of the “doctrine of first things”.

Praising something too highly tends to backfire, so I won’t say much more about it. But here are some important things:

My husband could hear me shout from the other floor when Dr. Barrick said this:

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Nuf said.

The whole sermon is a beautifully symmetrical layout of the storyline of Scripture. How the End and the Beginning tie together, a bit about the middle sections working toward the center, and a grand close with the “focal point” of eternity:

Jesus: His life, death, burial and resurrection.

The language Dr. Barrick uses is remarkably accessible. He introduces a few fancy terms, but describes them clearly. You might want to discuss what “inverse order”, “metaphorical”, “restoration”, “finite” (I used the analogy of a battery running down), and “intimation” (hint) mean with your younger kids, but other than that, an 8 year old can understand just fine.

I do wish he’d tightened things up a trifle. The whole sermon is 50 minutes long, which means you might need to take a break at some point.

God has chosen preaching above all things except His Word to bring people to Himself. Recognizing this, I’ve put a permanent link to Dr. Barrick’s sermon page in the sidebar so you don’t have to hunt for the link. My plan is to have my family listen every 6 months or so. We’ll be able to develop a framework to hang Scriptural ideas on and have a delightful reminder of why all we study matters.

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Do Rock Layers Equal Time Charts? Part 2 Experiments

Continued from Part 1:

Today’s reading:

“Geologists studied the rates of processes they could observe first hand, such as filling of lakes and ponds by sediment, to estimate the time it took to deposit sedimentary rock layers. They quickly realized that millions of years were necessary to accumulate the rock layers we see today. As the amount of evidence grew, scientists were able to push the age of the Earth farther and farther back in time.” US Geological Survey National Park Service

And 3 minute video:

These scientists were doing “real” science, working with experiments we can still do today.

So, I guess we have to go along with their “slow, boring ages” and throw out the Bible. Or, do we?

Can you think of something they forgot to include when thinking of ways to get sediment to collect in layers? How about an enormous, world-wide, watery Catastrophe!

What would the water have been like during Noah’s Flood? Still and quiet like a tranquil lake today? Or, perhaps like a small glass of muddy water? Hardly. It would have been moving around like crazy. We call this movement:

Water currents

There’s a scientist named Guy Berthault who decided to see for himself what happens to the bits of mud, sand, and rocks when you put them into flowing water. Here’s one of his videos (30 seconds):

And a sample of a large scale experiment showing the different layers after the water drained away (1 minute):

There’s no talking on these videos because Berthault speaks French, so we get a taste of what non-English speakers get every day. To find out more about his experiments and discoveries, check out Sedimentology.fr, which is all in English! On the left, click on “Experiments” and “Experiments (cont’d)” to read all about the videos and how they did them.

One of the first experiments Berthault did even took the same idea the Uniformitarians expect. He poured the sedimentary bits into still water:

You can do this for yourself with a Sand Art picture any time you like!

It will take a couple more minutes to read, but have a look at the sand layers that formed when a ship covered a beach with a mixture of sand and muddy water. They know exactly how long it took for the hose to pour all that out: less than one hour.

Do these experiments help you see slow, boring years as you examine rocks?

It all comes back to what you expect and want to see.

More coming up!

Ps 24:1  « A Psalm of David. » The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.