Thursday, August 23, 2007

In the Beginning

School is almost here, so it's time for that annual event, dig out ( I mean clean) the classroom. I'm pretty sure I had cleaned it at the end of the school year but 2 boxes and 3 trash bags later, I came to the the realization that the classroom breeds trash. It does, I promise. While cleaning and rearranging the classroom I put up a really cool Bible timeline with the MFW timeline that the kids had done the previous year. I didn't measure (of course) so I had more room at the beginning than I had at the end. I studied the problem, and being as I am naturally lazy, I didn't want to take it down again, I decided to add a verse ( oh so spiritual of me, I know). I decided to use John 1:1-3 which says, " In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." It reminded me of the discussions that we have been having regarding creation but here is the crux of the matter - "through Him all thing were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made". Through Him, the Word, Jesus Christ.

As a last fling of the summer we went to Rocky Mtn National Park and camped for the weekend, I read this verse to the kids while sitting out side, eating breakfast with a view that firmly convinces me that it wasn't made by chance, it was designed. Caileigh says it best, "Mommy, isn't God a great artist?" Yes, Caileigh, God is an amazing artist.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Missing the point?

Wow! I am amazed at the responses I have received from my previous postings. I appreciate all the comments even when the viewpoint differs from my own. While I think that creationism is an important, worthy and stirring debate ( and I enjoy a good debate as long as everyone still remembers the golden rule), I find it interesting that none of the comments have spoken to my original point. Why are children leaving the church in droves? What are we teaching our children? Or are we so concerned with our viewpoints that we are missing opportunities to train our children? Are we sending our children to schools that are inundated with secular humanism and then failing to train them at home? Are we sharing our worldview and how to tell the difference between the warring worldviews? There is a battle going on and we will lose the children if we are not pro-active in our training.

Just this morning, I had the opportunity to talk with my children about a pre-school cartoon's casual use of the theory of evolution as a fact. I still maintain that we need to teach our children that God can do what He says He can do and we need to be very careful to teach our children that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that the Bible's authority reigns supreme over what man says, every time. If this offends some, I am sorry for the offense but not the belief behind them. If God is big enough to forgive me for my sins then He is big enough to create the world (pre-fall) without death and destruction as evolution maintains.

I want to see us raise a Godly generation of children ready and able to bring glory to God and to be tools that God can use to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, our debate could rage on but really, what's the point if our children go to hell?


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Raising Godly Adults part II

I recieved this comment from a reader and I wanted to share the discussion with you. Please note that while we disagree, I appreciate that he is willing to comment! My reply follows, what do you think? What's your worldview?

Erm, if Ken Ham quotes such a high percentage of children turning away from the faith of their parents, then perhaps this is because of the tin-foil-hat wearing variety of Christian faith that Mr Ham espouses.

I see a direct correlation between well meaning but scientifically ignorant parents who teach their children that dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark, and teach this 'fact' as a bolster for their Christian faith (precisely the purpose of the Creation museum Ham has opened), and children who then go on to examine these beliefs intelligently and critically and conclude that, since a belief in dinosaur/human cohabitation is the worst kind of benighted nonsense, that maybe what their parents said about God aint too convincing either.

This correlation should be as obvious as anything. I work at a Christian School and am raising my own four year old boy to be a strong Christian. We reject young earth creationism outright as scientifically, factually wrong, and therefore, poisonous to Christian faith if served alongside the Gospel. Perhaps, one day you will see this and your kids will thank you for it.

Besides, Ham is an egomaniacal bully who has fraudulently ripped off a sister Creation ministry in Australia, now the subject of legal action that has Ham angrily hanging up on Christian publication journalists who dare to ask him about it: read some more at


You are wrong to give Ham any credence or respect.


I appreciate you commenting on the blog. I think it's great that you are being pro-active in teaching your son your beliefs. It is what I am trying to encourage, that parents are pro-active rather than reactive in training their children.

Mr. Ham was not the only speaker who commented on that statistic and I think we can all observe in our churches and in families we know, that many young adults are leaving their Godly heritage. I do think that in fighting between Christians only damages our young people further instead of teaching them to learn to agree to disagree.

On the belief that God didn't create the world in 6, 24 hours days, I will respectfully disagree. I believe in a young earth. God was the only one there when the world began so I will have faith that it was done in the way in which He said it happened. Hebrews 11:3 says " By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what was seen was not made out of what was visible." and Heb 11:6 " And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." I personally want to fall on the side of faith that God is omnipotent and all powerful and the creator of all things. from your comments, I think that you are saying that you believe God created the earth but not in 6 days and that evolution may have been a part of that process. I know this is a very popular belief amongst Christians (some of my own friends believe this as well) and I respectfully disagree. I think that dinosaurs did co-habit with people and that God created them on Day 6 and I believe that when Job 41 talks about a Leviathan it's a dinosaur. I think it comes down to your worldview. How you see the world and your beliefs about it. My worldview comes from the Bible first and foremost and I pray that's my children as well. It's not what I say or what experts or scientists say that matter to them, it's God's word that counts. Everything must go back to what God says on the matter. I hope my kids will even question my words and hold them against the word of God to form their worldview.

For more information on worldview and how it seeps into our belief system you can check out the and Summit Ministries at

Thanks again for the comment and discussion. I appreciate it and I pray we both continue to seek God in all these matters.