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Oct
3

Mission Imperative – Mike Snavely – Interview

Mission Imperative – Mike Snavely – Interview Mike Snavely of Mission Imperative is one of the best-kept secrets in the Creationist community. I’ve known Mike for nearly a decade. His content is Biblical, engaging and compelling. I wanted to introduce him to you through this interview. Israel Wayne: What led you into a Creation ministry? Mike Snavely: I grew up in South Africa among the Zulu people, where my parents were missionaries. The location of our hospital station was in the middle of superb game country, so we were always surrounded by fascinating varieties of wildlife. I learned from an early age to appreciate all sizes and varieties of living creatures, and through my personal “zoo” I learned a great deal about how animals function in nature. Furthermore, I had no problem understanding from what I was seeing that these beautiful creatures were specifically designed by God and given an astounding degree of instinctive abilities. Based on this, I became an early “creationist enthusiast”. However, I also knew, later on in my life, that I was interested in going into a ministry – somehow – but had no idea what or where. I knew I wanted to use my interest in nature, but there was no outlet for it, no way to use this interest in ministry. I eventually married, and my wife and I went back to South Africa as missionaries and taught at Durban Bible College. It was when we were back in the USA that a certain event happened that changed the course of our ministry. I was asked by one of the pastors of our church to develop and teach an adult Sunday School class on creation (vs. evolution) for one quarter (13 weeks). I enthusiastically launched into this, never having attempted anything like it before. Back then, there was no such thing as PowerPoint or computers – only overhead projectors! So many things were new to me, and I tried to put things together in a reasonable format. The course brought out so many questions from people that it caused me to delve ever deeper into the different subjects for answers – which eventually led to the various seminars I present today. After the completion of the class, I was invited, more and more, to speak in churches on the topic. Word began to spread. Simultaneously, the doors for us going back to South Africa kept closing. After a while, we finally got the hint that maybe the Lord was changing the direction...
May
12

The Foundations – Ken Ham DVD set (A Review)

Ken Ham is the nation’s leading spokesperson for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). Ken has spoken at hundreds and hundreds of events all over the world, talking about how all of the major doctrines of the church, and issues we face in life, have their origins in the book of Genesis. While Answers in Genesis had previously released teaching videos from Mr. Ham on his key topics, they realized that they needed to revise and update those teachings with new state-of-the-art technology and graphics. So they released a newer series entitled, “The Foundations (Psalm 11:3)“. This set contains 12 sessions (30-minutes each) on 6 DVDs. The topics addressed are (each in two parts): Death the Enemy In Six Days Always Ready (Evangelism and Apologetics) One Blood, One Race (Racism) The Relevance of Genesis Revealing the Unknown God As a staunch YEC adherent myself, and as a parent, I want my children to have the opportunity to hear these teachings as a part of a well-rounded instruction on the topic of origins. I believe that a personal Creator God made everything that exists in six literal 24-hour days, but I also teach my children the theory of Evolution, and the Intelligent Design models as well. They need to be presented with all of the views while they are still in my home, so we can discuss them and they won’t be caught off guard later when they hear views that oppose my personal beliefs. I don’t want them to wonder, “Why didn’t Dad tell me about this view? I wonder what he is trying to hide?” I would challenge parents who believe in Intelligent Design (but not a personal Creator), or unguided Macro-Evolution, or other various Old-Earth views of origins, to do what I do and introduce your children to all of the competing theories. I believe you owe it to your children to allow them to hear the YEC model taught and defended, and no one is more famous for teaching that approach than Ken Ham. This is a video set that needs to be a part of your home, Christian school or church library. The DVD set also comes with a Leader Guide and a Participant Guide for group study. Recommended for ages 12-adult. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and the Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is also the Site Editor for...
Apr
10

The Henry Morris Study Bible – Review

My family has recently finished a complete study through the Bible, verse by verse, which has taken us over 6 years to complete. In addition to reading the text of Scripture, we have utilized many other supplementary resources as well. I describe a bit of our approach to studying the Bible as a family HERE. As we have cycled back around to Genesis, there are a couple of resources that we have found to be invaluable. One of the resources I highly recommend is Ken Ham‘s Foundations DVD set, and Answers Academy Curriculum from Answers in Genesis. However, for the actual study of the text itself, I have found no better resource than the verse-by-verse commentary provided by Dr. Henry Morris Study Bible (the co-founder of the modern Creationist movement). I don’t know if anyone ever studied the book of Genesis more intently in one lifetime than Dr. Morris. His commitment to Biblical authority and his deep understanding of the world of Science make this Bible a wonderful lifetime investment. Available in beautiful genuine leather, this KJV translation masterpiece features over 10,000 study notes. This 2,215 page volume uses a 10 point font and a two column format making it easy to read. Inside you will also find the Words of Christ in red, 22 total appendices, full color maps and a concordance. Personally, I would never want to teach through the book of Genesis without this unique resource in my hands. I highly recommend it to your family as a family heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and the Director of Family Renewal,...
Jan
15

Interview with Buddy Davis of Answers in Genesis

One of my favorite people in Christian ministry today is Buddy Davis. I first met Buddy and Kay (briefly) when he was speaking in my home state of Michigan in about 2008 or so. He was speaking at a wild game dinner for hunters and outdoorsmen. A lot of the people in attendance were only there to hear stories about hunting big game, and Buddy’s wilderness adventures. But, as he does, Buddy turned the topic to Salvation by faith in Christ alone. It was great to see his boldness and courage in representing Christ, and upholding the authority of Scripture, even to unbelievers. Our children love his books and his music CDs and DVDs. I highly recommend that you have Buddy in to speak at your church, camp or conference. Also, check out Buddy’s blog and his Facebook page (which is one of my favorite social media pages; there is always something inspiring!). Now you can get to  know him better, through this exclusive interview. — Israel Wayne Israel Wayne: How did you get involved in Creation ministry? Buddy Davis: My Creation ministry came about as a result of sculpturing dinosaurs. When I first started sculpturing I believed in evolution. I was a Christian, but all I ever heard was evolution and I accepted it. Early on, an insurance agent stopped by my sculpturing studio and asked if he could give me some literature on creation from the Institute of Creation Research. I agreed and when I read the material, it was like a drink of water in a desert. I could believe the Bible when it talked about Creation! I didn’t have to believe in evolution. I was so excited and I kept reading and studying. There were many scientists who believed in Creation. My dinosaur models drew youth groups from area churches and when the pastor’s saw I had answers about dinosaurs, they invited me to come and speak to their congregation. That started my journey into the Creation ministry. In 1994, I met Ken Ham who had just started Answers in Genesis ministries in Kentucky. He did a conference in my home town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. After the conference, I showed him my dinosaur models and played him a song that I had written called, “He Makes Dreams Out of Nothing”. That evening opened up my music ministry as well as getting an opportunity to start my children’s ministry. Israel Wayne: How did you begin to do...
Nov
17

Did C.S. Lewis Believe in Evolution?

I have read most of C.S. Lewis‘ non-fiction books, and have always been intrigued with his perspective on the topic of Evolution. He was certainly not a young-earth creationist, but his precise views are a bit obscure. However, this video shares some personal letters and hand-written notations by Lewis in books that he owned and kept in his personal library that help to shed light on this intriguing topic. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal,...

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