Christmas Wraptor

December 25, 2009

[This blog appears Christmas Day, 2009, in Ken Ham’s blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” It is used by permission.]

Ever since the first time I spoke before a church audience in Australia more than 30 years ago, I have been a strong believer in the need to get resources—books and videos especially—into the hands of those who are introduced to the creation/gospel message. People just retain the information better, and in turn share it much more effectively, when they have resources to refer to again and again.

In that regard, the “Dragon Hall” bookstore that is part of the Creation Museum is integral to our ministry. (In fact, we often so heavily discount certain of our resources that we barely even cover our expenses. For instance, we’re giving away a $14.99 DVD to every family that attends Bethlehem’s Blessings!)

I’m thankful for the many talented and hard working individuals that God has brought to Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and that certainly includes the team that keeps things working smoothly (most of the time anyway!) in Dragon Hall.

This week an online publication that serves Christian bookstores recognized an idea of Dragon Hall bookstore manager John Bartlett and the design efforts of clerks Amanda Ketron and Christina Richards. Take a look at the special “Christmas Wraptor” display that Amanda and Christina created! This is just another example of how God uses the talents of His people to capture the attention of our visitors. Great job, bookstore team! It’s great to see even a “trade” publication recognizing the quality of the Creation Museum.

FREE GIFT: To remind us of the Free Gift of salvation God has given us in his Son, the Creation Museum is open free to the public today.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Just to show you I do relax some times (even though I had to look up the definition of ‘relax’ in the dictionary), I have included a photograph taken when I and my wife recently attended a performance in Cincinnati of Handel’s Messiah:

Handel's "Messiah" performed in Cincinnati

DEVOTION: They have hardened

(Jeremiah 19:15)  “They have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words. For the defiant lost there is nothing wrong with our Gospel, they have a neck problem, but we continue to compassionately preach so they will not end in hell.”

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying, Ken

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[The following post is by Britt Beemer, founder and president of America’s Research Group. Britt is also the co-author Already Gone published by Master Books. Britt and his family recently returned from a holiday in London.]

The most surprising experience from our London trip was seeing Charles Darwin’s tomb in Westminster Abbey.  When I asked a Church leader, he said, “Darwin was a Christian and the Church now accepts his beliefs!”

I further learned there are very few active members of this Church/Abbey, and on most Sundays they have less than 300 attending their services.  The only way they can afford to operate the Church is by charging tourists like me 30 British pounds for a family of four.  The Church has become a historical building, getting thousands of tourists each month walking through its wide expanse like any large museum.  It’s sad that a once proud building with hundreds of parishioners is now a tourist site.

When you abandon God’s Word, He cannot honor your ministry and now you just show a group of tourists a Christian museum.

It’s a sad state of affairs that the leading proponent of evolution is considered a teacher within the Church and God’s Word is abandoned for a man’s unsubstantiated theory that we evolved from ape-like creatures.

My favorite line from the Church leader was, “You know we don’t get any funding from the government, so there’s no way we could support the Church without all the money from charging tourists.”

I replied, “God’s treasury would be sufficient if you truly followed His Word and taught all the teachings from the Bible.”

His response, “I just doubt it.”

Over half the churches in England are in spiritual decay and physical decay.  The spiritual decay came first and the physical decay followed.  When you start replacing God’s Word with man’s theory, where will it end?  The church there is in decay because there is no truth.

If man evolved from apes, there would be no Garden of Eden, there would be no Original Sin, there would be no reason for Christ to come into the world, and the Bible would be just another book.

Darwin may physically be buried at Westminster Abbey, but I believe his soul is not in a heavenly place today.

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published by Master Books.[

Our book, Already Gone, has quickly become a bestseller. A typical response we are seeing from pastors is similar to what this pastor wrote to the leaders in his church:

Recently several of us have read Already Gone, a powerful and challenging book by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer. The subject is “Why our kids are quitting church and how we can get them back.” Soon a copy of this book will be made available to our Sunday school teachers and deacons without charge, and I believe it will be a tremendous help to all of us in understanding why so many young people brought up in church eventually leave it behind, and what we, as leaders, can do to prevent it.

This book has the potential, if the Lord so allows and blesses, to have a tremendous impact on the church (and the church of course to have an impact on the culture).

You can purchase this book in single copies or discounted in packs of 10 or case lots of 48 from AiG’s online bookstore.

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published by Master Books.]

An anti-creation website has published an article attacking the recently released book Already Gone (which is quickly becoming a bestseller—it’s in its third printing in less than three weeks). Once again, as is often the case with our books, it appears the author (Greg Neyman) of the article hasn’t read the book and considered the serious research conducted by a very respected marketing research company (America’s Research Group). The article states:

While obviously written from a young earth perspective, it falsely puts the blame on compromising Christians. In reality, the reason people leave the church is not because of compromise, but because of the teachings of young earth creationists. If Ham wants to see why people are leaving the church, he needs to look in the mirror. The message of young earth creationism (YEC) is that the Bible teaches the earth was created in a six day period (24-hour days), 6,000 years ago. However, science affirms that this is not true. The YEC message to our youth is that either 6,000 years is correct (and the Bible is right), or it isn’t (and the Bible is wrong). When youth look at science, and determine that the earth Read the rest of this entry »

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published by Master Books.]

The head of an Atlanta-area organization (who has attacked our ministry before)–one that promotes (as a big part of its emphasis) a particular view of eschatology—yesterday posted a web article that attacked our new book Already Gone. The reviewer also gave the impression of being open to rejecting young earth creationism in favor of an old earth belief.

We found it strange that in his book review that criticized the book’s findings, the writer did not put Already Gone in the lengthy endnotes, and it seemed to me (and others who read the article) that this person wrote a critique of the book mostly based on reading an article that appeared recently on WorldNetDaily.

This person seems to get the idea that the book’s main and virtually only thesis is that the teaching of an old earth has driven young people from the church. Based on my reading of his critique, I find it hard to believe he read the book before writing his review of Already Gone. Accordingly, he needs to seriously consider the results of the actual survey done by respected researcher Britt Beemer for our book. Read the rest of this entry »

Bestseller Already!

June 1, 2009

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published by Master Books.]

Our new book, Already Gone, has already hit the bestsellers list on AiG’s website. We are now starting to receive feedback, reviews, etc. on this book, which we believe will shock and challenge the church. We call for a “revolution” in the church (akin to a new Reformation). Onenewsnow.com is one of the first Christian news websites to report on this new book. Their report states:

“A new book, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It, co-authored by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, reaffirms past surveys that have shown most children who grow up in the church will leave it as they become young adults. But it also indicates that such disenchantment with the church often begins at an early age.

“Ham and researcher Britt Beemer surveyed 1,000 young adults who have left churches and found that Christian churches are “losing many more people by middle school and many more by high school than [they] will ever lose in college.”

T.A. McMahon, executive director of The Berean Call, believes the failure to keep evangelical youth interested in and excited about the Bible is a consequence of abandoning teaching them in favor of trying to entertain them.

“I think it’s the result for the most part of the consumer, seeker-friendly approach to church growth, which I believe has really done more to wean the church off the Bible than any trend in this century and the last one,” he contends. He agrees with the survey’s conclusion that “on the whole, the Sunday school programs of today are statistical failures.”

You can read the entire report at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=545862

[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including Already Gone published byMaster Books.]

Yesterday I was thrilled to receive the first copy of Already Gone sent from the binder last night.

Already Gone

Already Gone

Ken Ham, co-author of Already Gone

Ken Ham, co-author of Already Gone

As I have stated in other blogs, I believe this is the most important book I have ever participated in. On the back cover is written:

If you look around in your church today, two-thirds of the young people who are sitting among us have already left in their hearts: soon they will be gone for good. This is the alarming conclusion from America’s Research Group led by respected researcher Britt Beemer. The results may unnerve you—they may shake long-held assumptions to the core—but these results need to be taken seriously by the church. Already Gone reveals: Read the rest of this entry »