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 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.]

One of the people in the group of almost 300 atheists/agnostics who visited the Creation Museum a few months ago wrote this on his blog:

It is in the minds and hearts of our children that the battle will be fought . . . .

Secular humanists understand that if you can brainwash children from an early age in evolution and an anti-Christian philosophy, they will capture their hearts and minds. Sadly, they are being very successful at this. As we have shown in the book, Already Gone—based on statistically valid research conducted by America’s Research Group—the two-thirds of young people who are leaving the church really are doing so because the church is not countering what the world is doing to indoctrinate them against the Bible’s history (particularly in Genesis).

All over the world, the secular humanists (who are a minority in the culture) are gaining ground, capturing new generations of kids. The Already Gone research also showed that children from the church are being lost much earlier than most people think—40% by the end of middle school and another 45% by the end of high school.

Sadly, the secularists have already scored another victory in England to capture the hearts and minds of young children. Here are excerpts from a report from the BBC (by the way, as you read this, keep in mind that primary school is the equivalent of elementary school in the USA):

Primary school children in England will have to learn about evolution . . . .

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker says the subjects will be compulsory elements of a new primary school curriculum being introduced in 2011. Scientists and humanists had lobbied ministers for the inclusion of evolution in the theme-based timetable. . . . The British Humanist Association (BHA) had led a campaign to have Darwin’s theory of how life evolved through natural selection made a compulsory element of the new primary curriculum. It organised a public letter signed by more than 500 from scientists and supporters.

Andrew Copson of the BHA said: “This is excellent news. Evolution is arguably the most important concept underlying the life sciences. Providing children with an understanding of it an early age will help lay the foundations for a surer scientific understanding later on.” He added: “Public authorities clearly need to do more to tackle the growing threat to the public’s understanding of science from creationist-inspired beliefs and other pseudoscience”.

Evolution is already taught in secondary schools and many primary schools, but under the curriculum changes, it will become compulsory for primary pupils, with the recommendation that they are taught the subject in their later years at school. The new curriculum says schools must “investigate and explain how plants and animals are interdependent and are diverse and adapted to their environment by natural selection”.

Professor Sir Martin Taylor, vice-president of the Royal Society, said: “We are delighted to see evolution explicitly included in the primary curriculum. One of the most remarkable achievements of science over the last two hundred years has been to show how humans and all other organisms on the earth arose through the process of evolution.”

By the way, as any of you who have heard AiG speakers or read many of the articles on the AiG website, we totally agree with natural selection—it is an observable process—but it has absolutely nothing to do with molecules-to-man evolution. In fact, when properly understood, it is easy to see it is the opposite of the molecules-to-man idea and confirms the biblical account of God creating distinctkinds of animals and plants—after their kind.

Now, think about this in regard to the USA. Students in almost all public schools are already taught evolution as fact from a young age. Also, Christianity was thrown out of the public schools in the USA years ago and replaced with the religion of naturalism (or atheism). Ninety percent of kids from church homes attend public schools. That is why every parent needs to read the book Already Gone to understand what is happening to their children if they attend a typical public school.

[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 impact of the research in our book Already Gone as to why so many young people are leaving the church continues to grow. Here are just two feedback items we received this past week:

I just wanted to send a note of encouragement to your ministry. My husband and I attend [a church in] Michigan. Today our Executive Pastor highly recommended your new book, Already Gone, during the Sunday sermon. We are doing a fall sermon series on mentoring the next generations, and today our pastor described some of the research in your book. In fact, our entire pastoral team is going to study your book this fall. My husband and I are really excited to order and read the book.

We visited the Creation Museum last summer, and we often visit your website and are so blessed by your ministry. Thank you for standing so strongly on God’s Word and being defenders of the faith. We will continue to support your ministry through prayer and financial gifts as we are able! Thank you again, and we look forward to reading your book!

And:

Had a good turn out in church this past Sunday for the showing of Ken’s Already Gone DVD; the response seemed to be very positive, especially from families with middle- and high-school-age children I was observing as everyone was watching the DVD. Everyone seemed to be paying close attention.

Had a great introduction by our pastor at the beginning; he read from the Parade Magazine interview with Dan Brown concerning how the church let him down with questions he had concerning Genesis, and our pastor read a brief part of an article that was in our Grand Rapids Press religion section of this past Saturday’s paper . . . there was a big front page article on how area colleges here and around Grand Rapids are accepting the teachings of Darwinian evolution . . . Hope and Calvin to name two (I will send you the article). Our pastor felt it was God’s providence that these two articles came out about the same time this DVD would be shown in our church! Our pastor than prayed for AiG’s ministry to be blessed…

At the end of the DVD, our friend . . . gave his testimony on how this [AiG ministry was used by his] girlfriend and now his wife . . . and her family to take him from being an atheist and help bring him to know the Lord. But, he still had questions concerning dinosaurs/millions of years. . . .

[H]e found a book titled The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! in the church library. Aaron explained after reading this book he became an on-fire Christian because he had his questions answered! . . . Talk about God’s timing, this is where i get goosebumps just thinking about this.

A year ago I became our church’s librarian, and because God used AiG to re-ignite my faith for the Lord, I eagerly put new books from AiG into our library. One was Ken’s The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! . . . .

We will be working on getting . . . other apologetic curricula into our youth Sunday school classes in the near future also . . . .

I’m praying God will use apologetics and AiG to get our church excited again . . . . In the near future, [we] are going to bring up the idea of a church bus trip down to the museum, and a good possibility of getting a speaker to come too! (this is so fun :) ).

[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.]

In Parade magazine published this past weekend (9/13/2009), an exclusive interview with Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code), called “Life After ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” included the question, “Are you religious?” Dan Brown responded:

I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy, cosmology, and the origins of the universe. I remember saying to a minister, “I don’t get it. I read a book that said there was an explosion known as the Big Bang, but here it says God created heaven and Earth and the animals in seven days. Which is right?” Unfortunately, the response I got was, “Nice boys don’t ask that question.” A light went off, and I said, “The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes much more sense to me.” And I just gravitated away from religion.

I have heard people testify to similar sorts of circumstances in their lives in what seems like countless times to me over the years—and it is one of the reasons the Lord has raised up ministries like Answers in Genesis. As I have talked with literally thousands of young people over the past 30 years, so many have told me they didn’t get answers to their questions concerning whether the Bible can be trusted because of what they are taught at school about the big bang, evolution, millions of years, etc.

The research conducted by America’s Research group (detailed in the book Already Gone) on why young people are leaving the church (two-thirds statistically are leaving the church) showed clearly that these young people are not being taught—at church or home—a defense of the Christian faith against the secular onslaughts of today’s world. Dan Brown is obviously another casualty of not getting the right answers. However, we praise the Lord so many people over the years have received answers from the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis resources and conferences.

Continuing to Impact

September 15, 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 book Already Gone continues to have a tremendous impact on individuals and churches. We receive many encouraging comments, like this one:

… just wanted to compliment you on the book “Already Gone” Ordered one and not even through with it, I just ordered a bulk shipment. It is right on the money on hitting on the main reason I left the church after high school. I am thrilled by your work and thank God for your ministry. Keep it up!

You can order Already Gone from the AiG website. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying

Ken

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[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.]

On May 27, copies of the first printing of our new book Already Gone arrived in the AiG warehouse. Just over seven weeks later—with four printings and 75,000 in print in just 4 months. As far as we know, no other creation book published by Master Books (the leading creation book publisher in the world) has ever achieved such results.

I have done more interviews (mainly on Christian radio stations—though a few secular ones, too) in recent weeks about Already Gone than any other book we’ve released. (In fact, the only other time I recall such intense media interest was when the Creation Museum opened in May 2007.) When it first came out it was ranked around 500 in sales on Amazon—and consistently for the first few weeks stayed in the 1000–2000 sales rank figures.

We are hearing of churches that are revamping the entire way they teach every age level—how they choose (and now train) teachers for Sunday school. As one pastor said to me recently after reading the book and hearing me speak, “I am going to dissolve everything we do in our church and start all over again.”

There have been many great reviews—here are excerpts from another one we saw on the Internet yesterday:

Ever think a book of statistics could keep you up at night? This one may be it, especially if you’re a parent and/or involved in Christian education.

This book is the result of a collaborative project between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group to survey 1,000 young adults who grew up in solid, Bible-teaching churches but have left the church either permanently or temporarily. Typical thinking in Christian circles is that young adults leave the church in college due to teachings and culture that challenges their Christian beliefs. Ham and Beemer’s findings run contrary to this assumption, and they are shocking and disturbing.

You can read the entire review here.

We now also have a DVD, called Already Gone, that goes along with the book. Also, the hour-long State of the Nation DVD deals with the Already Gone statistics, as well as the spiritual problems in the USA (and other nations around the world).

You can obtain copies of Already Gone book and DVD—and The State of the NationDVD—from the AiG Online bookstore. The State of the Nation high quality video is also available for download from the AiG website.