by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
August 24 marked the 1,941st anniversary of the world-famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, making the annual date “Vesuvius Day.” Even to date, this was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history, wiping out the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. Creation scientists would argue that the actual largest volcanic eruptions happened about four millennia prior to Vesuvius, when the earth was rocked by the cataclysmic event of Noah’s Flood. We’ll discuss that a little more in a few weeks, but this week I wanted to point out the common effects of both a worldwide flood and a large single-volcano eruption, namely in the way we can learn from the sedimentary rock formed in the aftermath of each type of event.
What is sedimentary rock?
Billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth.
To tell you more about sedimentary rock, I reached out to my friend Russ Miller, the Off Grid Creationist, for a short interview. Russ has lots of experience at the Grand Canyon and Grand Staircase, as he has been leading Christian-based tours since 2004 and has been teaching on the topic since 2001. He’s taken several thousand people on his tours and has even rafted the entire length of the Canyon a dozen times, including a nine-day trip with a group of ten geologists. Although nobody can really know the whole Grand Canyon, his extensive experience and biblical perspective helped clear some things up for me. I hope you will enjoy reading his answers to my questions too!
TK: How was the Grand Canyon formed?
Russ Miller: The region’s geology could be described as being convoluted. Missing layers, layers interspersed with massive lava flows, and even layers with a mix of sandstone and limestone pose a lot of questions. But considering the massive amounts of stratified sediments that have been removed, combined with the lack of evidence as to where the missing sediments have been deposited, the Global Flood from the days of Noah best explains the formation of the Grand Canyon and the Grand Staircase.
Even then, there are several viable options as to how the Canyon formed. One holds that retreating flood waters removed the missing strata, more than a mile deep in some areas, leaving behind the Grand Staircase, just prior to the formation of the Kaibab Upwarp. Then the upwarp acted as a huge earthen dam that trapped some of the late floodwaters. Later, the dam collected runoff from the Colorado Plateau until the waters it held breached the upwarp and cascaded through, eroding Grand Canyon in a matter of days. Another theory holds that retreating flood waters removed the missing mile-plus of strata from the Grand Staircase region, and as the waters began to dissipate, a water channel formed which cut into the Colorado Plateau and carved Grand Canyon through the upwarp at the end of the global flood. There are other viable hypotheses as well, and ongoing research is trying to determine which option is the most likely to have occurred.
TK: How do modern day volcanic eruptions help us understand the sedimentary rock that was the result of Noah’s Flood?
Russ Miller: For one, in volcanic eruptions and their aftermath, we’ve been able to observe several events that created finely stratified sedimentary layers in a matter of minutes. Old-earth beliefs, which have provided the foundation for Darwinism, Naturalism, Humanism, and the various compromised positions held in Christian circles today, are all based on the belief that the earth’s crustal sedimentary layers formed slowly over millions of years of time rather than quickly during the Global Flood. Thus, such a flood destroys all death-before-Adam beliefs.
Also, the radiometric dating failures on lava flows and rock, observed to have formed as a result of recent volcanic activity, bring into serious question the ancient ages assigned to the sedimentary layers via the Geologic Time Scale. This opens the door for the correct starting paradigm regarding the formation of the earth’s sedimentary layers: the Global Flood that occurred during the days of Noah.
TK: So now we understand that the majority of the Grand Canyon is made up of sedimentary rock that was laid down by waters of Noah’s Flood, but what is under the sedimentary rock?
Russ Miller: There are ten primary sedimentary layers that make up the walls of Grand Canyon and below them, in certain areas, are the Grand Canyon Super Group strata. Below the stratified layers seen in the walls of the Grand Canyon are non-stratified igneous and metamorphic rocks which include various schists and granites. For the sake of discussion, let’s focus on where the Tapeats Sandstone, the lowest of the ten primary layers, sits atop the non-stratified basement rock in the lower regions of the Canyon.
I believe the flood waters eroded sediments and that the moving waters separated those sediments by grain size, weight and density before depositing them to form the sedimentary layers that make up the crust of the earth today. Non-stratified rocks reveal where the erosional event ended, leaving behind what was there prior to the Global Flood: original creation rock.
At Grand Canyon, the Tapeats Sandstone sits atop non-stratified creation rock and reveals where creation physically met with God’s judgement. In fact, I can take you to where you can put your thumb on creation rock and your fingers on flood layers. Powerful proof in favor of the truth of God and His Word.
TK: Can you tell us a little more about your ministry?
Russ Miller: Our ministry is basically my wife, Joanna, and I. We went into fulltime creation ministry back in 2000, and since then God has allowed me to share thousands of church service messages; author five creation-oriented books, including COSΤ; write and illustrate two kids’ coloring books; develop twenty PowerPoint seminars, our Grand Canyon & Grand Staircase tours, and “Off Grid Creationist” videos; and more. I’ve shared on college campuses and at national conferences, and I’ve appeared on many worldwide Christian television programs: always encouraging people to believe the Bible—word for word and cover to cover.
Though raised in a Christian home, I strayed from God during college (I have over 170 college credits), where I was an all-division baseball player. I was on my “road to Damascus” when, at the age of thirty, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to return to Him and I started attending church again. Ten years passed, and I became a church Trustee, though still believing that God had used “millions of years leading to evolution” to develop His creation. During this time, I also spent eighteen years developing a nationwide management firm while building houses “on the side.” Then I obtained video tapes of several creation speakers and God used them to light a fire in me to study the creation-evolution issues, obtaining knowledge from creation speakers, scientists, and even the die-hard Darwinian faithful.
I felt God’s calling to do something more important than making money, and in late 2000, I gave my business to a valuable co-worker and began Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries.
TK: Thank you, Russ Miller, for taking the time to answer my questions!
If you’re looking for a way to avoid being sedentary, a visit to the Grand Canyon could be just what you need! And you could even let Russ give you an up-close tour of the sedimentary layers. Find out more at creationministries.org.
Don’t just take our word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/geology/sedimentary.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.
Instead of taking a long, one-week, vacation, this past summer our family did two extended weekends away. Our first trip was to Cincinnati and Kentucky. The first day held a Cardinals versus Reds game at the Great American Ballpark, in the over ninety-degree heat. Even though it was hot, the Cardinals beat the Reds with a final score of twelve to eleven, and since we are Redbird fans, the evening was awesome.
Day two of our weekend vacation meant indoor air-conditioning and the Creation Museum, both of which I was excited to experience. My husband and I had the privilege of visiting the museum a few years after it opened in 2007. However, this was the first visit for our fourteen-year-old son, and parents know experiencing things through the eyes of your child is priceless. Whether you are planning to visit for the first time, or you have been before, this list will provide you with the terrific tips for making the most of your time there. You can also find our top ten tips for visiting the Creation Museum’s sister attraction, The Ark, here.
The Creation Museum highlights our amazing Creator and is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in exploring a visual representation of the book of Genesis, and the history of the world. Located in Petersburg, Kentucky, make plans to experience this state-of-the-art facility, where millions of people have been impacted by the way the Bible comes to life!
10. DO THE 4-D SHOW. Right after you enter the museum, the 4-D theater is on the right. Our son wanted to do this half hour show first thing. A clock outside the theater counts down until the next viewing. The workers give you 3-D glasses to wear once inside, and there is a caution given for people who are sensitive to flashing lights or are prone to seizures. The 4-D elements are water and wind. We were one of the last guests to enter, so we had to sit on the end of a front aisle. We didn’t feel any water but children next to us did. We did feel bursts of air during those thematic parts. It was an incredible show on the six days of creation, and we think it’s a must see for everyone who visits the museum.
9. LISTEN TO THE GUEST LECTURE. Georgia Purdom was the staff lecturer of the day, and we listened to her hour-long presentation after we finished the 4-D show. If you’ve never heard any of the speakers from Answers in Genesis, they offer fantastic presentations answering tough questions in easily understandable language. I’ve heard the material before, and it still was interesting to me! Click Here to watch her talk: youtu.be/yt0LdAtNLe0
8. STOP FOR FUDGE. Our family loves chocolate, and our fourteen-year-old couldn’t resist Uncle Leroy’s fudge shop, right outside the lecture hall. They carry many different varieties, including mint chocolate, buckeye, and maple pecan. We settled for a half-pound of plain chocolate, and it was delicious.
7. WALK THE GROUNDS. The botanical gardens are beautiful and offer over one mile of paved walking trails. You can stroll through a butterfly garden, wobble along a suspension bridge, or take a selfie by a small waterfall. It was an abnormally hot day, in the mid-nineties, and there was enough shade, so it was not unbearable. The gardens are meticulously maintained and easy to navigate.
6. ENJOY EXCELLENT EATING OPTIONS. For lunch we ate at Noah’s Café, which is located on the top floor, inside the museum. They have hot items like paninis, cheeseburgers, and chicken, or cold sandwiches, such as wraps, chicken salad, and more. There is a small salad bar, fresh fruit, and yogurt as well. Another eating spot, the Palm Café, is located downstairs, and it had pizza. We also stopped at the Noah’s Coffee (which is next to Noah’s Café), where we all had ice cream before we left.
5. PICK FROM PLENTY OF PICNIC SPOTS. While our hot day didn’t warrant weather for outdoor eating, there are plenty of picnic spots with long tables available. If you have young children, you could eat lunch outdoors and then enjoy the new playground. These are in close proximity to each other on the grounds.
4. ESTIMATE AT LEAST AN HOUR FOR THE 7 C’s EXHIBIT. Whether you’re looking to visualize what Adam and Eve may have looked like, see an animatronic dinosaur, or compare differences between the evolutionary story and Biblical history, the 7 C’s exhibit is the place to go! It will take about an hour to walk through it quickly. Plan for more time, if you want to stop and read the information more thoroughly.
3. GET A PARKING PASS. When you exit the gated museum, you will need to have a parking pass. You can get them at the Creation Museum Admissions or Guest Services. Estimate $5.00 for a standard vehicle and $10.00 for an oversized vehicle.
2. ZIPLINERS SHOULD GET A RESERVATION. One of the many side attractions at the museum is ziplining. If you want to do one of the many different packages of ziplining courses, the museum recommends you make a reservation in advance. If you call 859-586-3568 the Screaming Raptor Ziplining service line will ask you to leave a message, if they don’t answer.
1. SEE THE SHOW AT THE PLANETARIUM! Hands down, the most impactful experience for all of us, this time at the museum, was seeing the Created Cosmos at the Stargazer’s Planetarium. There are two shows to choose from, the one we saw, or Aliens: Fact or Fiction. The shows are 23 minutes long, and separate tickets are required. We had a lifetime membership pass, which included the $9.00 per person cost of the show. The thirty-foot-diameter dome helps simulate a space-like experience, and the content of the show humbled us, making us feel the awe and wonder of our amazing God.
by Rick McGough
Local Church Apologetics Founder and Director
Local Church Apologetics was birthed in 2016 to respond to the growing need within America for local churches to equip their people in how to defend their Christian faith from the onslaught of a skeptical, unbelieving culture. After pastoring an Assembly of God church in Moline, IL. for 34 years, my wife and I stepped out in faith to follow the Lord’s call to this new ministry venture. Our mission is to impact believers and local churches throughout the nation; challenging, inspiring and equipping them in the area of apologetics.
While pastoring, a growing burden developed in my heart as I saw the attacks upon the Christian faith increasing and the numbers of Christian young people walking away from the Christian faith by the time they graduated from college. I began to study apologetics about 25 years ago and began to incorporate apologetics into my ministry at the church in various ways. Many local churches in America today do not address the issues of apologetics in any way and many others only touch on these issues lightly. I believe this must change! I devoted the remainder of my life to help see this change come about.
Local Church Apologetics involves 4 main focuses of ministry. We seek to assist individual believers in becoming better equipped in how to defend their faith, but we our primary goal is to assist local churches in becoming better equipped to equip their people in these areas. Our 4 focus areas are as follows: (1) Preaching and Teaching in Churches, Schools and Conferences, (2) Producing Apologetics Materials for All Ages (I have recently published my first book entitled, “Faith & Reason Made Simple” and we are now working on a children’s ministry curriculum to be used in local churches to teach their children apologetics.), (3) Coordinating Truth Conferences (see description below), & (4) Developing a Web Site at “localchurchapologetics.org” that will eventually offer Materials for Local Churches to Teach Apologetics at Every Age Level.
In my book “Faith & Reason Made Simple” I have attempted to present the complicated areas of apologetics in a simplified way so that the believer who does not have previous apologetics training can easily digest, memorize and utilize key points which will help them defend their faith. For example, the book explains 6 Scientific Flaws with the Theory of Evolution and gives 8 Levels of Evidence that confirm God Created Everything. It also presents 8 Areas of Evidence which Confirm the Bible is the Word of God. In addition, the book deals with evidences confirming who Jesus Christ is, differences between Christianity and other religions, answers to the questions of skeptics, and a Christian response to issue of Homosexuality. These are all key issues that Christians are facing today.
In the Truth Conferences we bring together speakers like Josh McDowell, Chris Brooks, Eric Hovind, Charlie Campbell, and many others to offer people a full day of training and inspiration. Topics covered include Creation vs. Evolution, How We Know the Bible is the Word of God, The Person of Jesus Christ, Christianity & Islam, The Christian Response to Homosexuality, and Answering the Questions of Skeptics. Phil Stacey, former American Idol finalist serves as our worship leader during the conferences. We believe that apologetics and worship go hand in hand!
In all of our ministry efforts we seek to help believers understand that apologetics and reasoning must be combined with the love of Jesus flowing through our lives and the power of the Holy Spirit guiding our words and actions if we desire to be effective in both defending our faith and reaching the lost for Christ!
Our current focus is the development of a children’s ministry curriculum to be introduced in a future Truth Conference and offered to local churches across the nation to help them teach apologetics to children in their churches.
You can learn more about Local Church Apologetics at localchurchapologetics.org. You can contact me at email@example.com. Please pray for us as we seek to follow the Lord’s calling! Thank you and God bless you!
by Steven Craig Policastro
International Association of Creation Founder/COO/Executive Vice President
Prayer is the foundation of the ministry efforts of the International Association of Creation (IAC). My friends and I unknowingly launched a unique organization by simply praying for one creation-affirming museum in Washington State back in 2012. Once the museum directors began to see the Lord answer their requests, they gave other museum friends our contact details. We began praying for them. We also see intercession at work as we connect people together as prayer partners through the IAC ministry. Today, IAC is an international network of creation ministries and museums that serve local communities with the love of Christ and the truth of His word.
Our passion for Jesus and declaring His glory through the Word and the truth of creation drives our efforts. In this, we remember that it is Christ who holds all things together, including the important connections between apologetics, creation, and the Gospel. As the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, it is this truth which should compel us to share a defense of our faith (an “apologia"), and facts about our Creator God's design and purpose. This is the mission of the International Association of Creation.
Nationally, our footprint is represented through learning centers and tour groups in major metropolitan areas including Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Nashville, Cleveland, St. Louis, Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle along with many locations spread across the United States. Internationally, we have member locations across Canada and Europe, as well as missionaries throughout the 10/40 Window, including the African continent and across the Asia-Pacific Region.
We equip families through IAC affiliated ministries by helping them to know God and understand His purpose in their lives. Our network of creation learning locations, speakers and missionaries are excellent local resources. We offer participating members growth through professional development opportunities including accreditation, faith-affirming resources, unified guest experiences, youth development programs, national events and strategic guidance for tactically advancing the biblical worldview. Our global platform provides communities the opportunity to experience God's creation first-hand and advance the biblical worldview across the Earth through individual and small group ministries.
We look forward to educating, empowering and reaching your local communities with the biblical worldview and the love of Christ. We want to encourage you through our organization, network and resources to advance the message of our Creator, Savior, and Lord.
Learn more about our work and join us at: www.AssociationForCreation.org