Sunday, May 19, 2013

The 10-4 Youth Conference - Complete Details and Information for Parents and Leaders

We are thrilled to announce a new faith-building, question-answering event hosted by Foundations Creation Club at Church of the Foothills,
The 10-4 Youth Conference, a special conference on creation vs. evolution, the biblical worldviewevangelism, and apologetics--for youth

“10-4” is the radio code signal for “understood,” which is not the sign today’s Christian youth are giving in response to their faith in Christ. According to Barna Research Group Studies, 3 out of 4 young people raised in the Church will leave after high school and college. Why is this? According to research done by America’s Research Group and Answers in Genesis, it is because they were never taught why they believe what they believe, how to view things through a biblical worldview, and were never given answers to the questions and attacks our modern culture throws at them. Attacks such as evolution, carbon-dating, the big bang, and ape-men rock the faith of Christian students to the core, and destroy faith in the Bible’s first and foundational book, Genesis. As a result, they are left unable to give answers for the Christian faith which is required of them (1 Peter 3:15), and they lose faith in God’s Word. What can we do to cure this epidemic? We should go to the Bible for the answer. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 declares, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” We need to show them why they believe what they believeequip young people to “think God’s thoughts after Him,” and to share their faith with others, while answering the questions of our day with answers founded in the authority of the Bible.

Where do we come in? - The 10-4 Youth Conference will apply this “10:4 Principle” by teaching students, 5th-12th Grade, to see the world around them through the correct set of glasses --a biblical worldview-- by unveiling the truth about the origins debate and showing how the Bible answers questions about scienceevolutiondinosaursfossilsnatural selectionastronomy, and many others! By doing this, we will show the students that the Bible is not only relevant, but necessary in order to view the world correctly and to share the truth of the Gospel with others.

Pat Roy - "10-4" is a fitting name, as our keynote speaker, Pat Roy, worked in the radio department of the Institute for Creation Research for 12 years, and now is the writer of the radio adventure series, Jonathan Park. Pat's clear presentation of the proofs of creation makes him a dynamic speaker to all ages.
Caleb LePore - As the teen leader of Foundations Creation Club, Caleb has given presentations on creation to children, teens, and adults, and has seen the Lord Jesus use his powerful testimony to reach a wide variety of people with the truth of creation.      

Time and Location: 
- Friday, June 28th from 6:45-8:30pm - Saturday, June 29th from 9:00am-2:00pm.
- At Church of the Foothills in Cameron Park in the Worship Center (2380 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682), for directions click here

Age, Cost, and Other: 
- For Friday night, all ages are welcome.
- For Saturday, 5th-12th grade. Adult attendance encouraged.
- $10 suggested donation per family.
- Please RSVP via email.
- Bring sack lunch for Saturday.
- Bring money if you plan on purchasing resources from the book table.

We hope and pray that we will see you there! For more information, email us at or visit our Facebook page.

In Christ,

Foundations Creation Club ---- Psalm 11:3
Foundations Creation Club is a Christian organization dedicated to equipping believers with answers to their questions (regarding topics like dinosaurs, the age of the earth, fossils, science, evolution, and the Bible), and training young people to defend their faith in an age which is hostile to the truth of God's Word.    

Friday, May 3, 2013

Book Review: Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors by Bodie Hodge

Rating: 5 Stars

Difficulty: Easy to read and understand, layman's terms.

Age Recommendation: Preteens, Teens, and Adults.

Often times, when eating a meal with our extended family, the topic of of ancestry is brought up in discussion. We hear of a famous actor or sports player who was related to us in some distant way, or of a strange marriage arrangement which connects two related families, and so on. Oftentimes, the conclusion of such conversations is simply the old saying, “It’s a small world!” However, the real conclusion should be that we are all one human family...and we all go back to Adam, and more recently, the Tower of Babel

In this eye-opening volume, Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors, biblical history buff, Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, “maps it all out” (literally) from Babel to today, starting from the authoritative history found in the pages of Scripture. One thing that is particularly common with most literature written about the Tower of Babel today, is that it usually starts from a ‘traditionalist’ reading of the Biblical text and not necessarily what the text actually says. Not so with this book, in which Hodge presents a case for the rebellion and dispersion at Babel based on what is clearly revealed in the Word of God, and uses it to explain the world’s cultures, customs, legends, and languages. Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about this book is that it ties the ancient world with the modern world, showing how many of the Earth’s geographical locations and cities are named after biblical patriarchs, how some of the pagan ‘deities‘ worshipped in ancient times are really the ancestors of these people groups who were dispersed from Babel, and how the languages of today would have developed from the language families given by God at Babel. 

After having read Bill Cooper’s groundbreaking work on the genealogy and ancient history of Europe, After the Flood, I was eager to learn more, but was saddened by the fact that there is very little work (much less reliable or biblical) on this intriguing topic. When I received notice that Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing Group) was publishing a new release on this topic, I immediately requested a copy to review. Having read through it now, I am looking forward to distributing this book in our creation club bookstore at our monthly meetings. Here are just a few of my thoughts on this fascinating title:

  • Bodie Hodge has certainly done his homework, and has laid solid ground for further research in this important area.
  • This is a very readable book; any preteen could pick up and fully understand this book.
  • The chapters (with an exception of Chapter 17) are very short (4-8 pages) and meant for easy and timely reading; great for travel. (Note: I read the last 1/3 of the book in a the center aisle of an airplane.) 
  • Chapter 17, though a long read, has been thoroughly researched and includes priceless information on the whereabouts and travels of the biblical patriarchs, which are confirmed by the records of extra-biblical historians and culture experts.
  • The whole of the book is truly challenging (in a good way, ‘as iron sharpens iron’) for creationists, since a majority of the book is focused on refuting some of the formerly held (even by the author) misconceptions about the Tower of Babel event, and giving biblical creationists a wholly biblical understanding which stays loyal to the text of Genesis 10-11.

Conclusion: Everyone wants to know about their family tree. Many non-Christian religions and cults are entirely focused on knowing who their ancestors are. However, as Hodge concludes in this book, it is because we are all one human family through our ancestor Adam that we all need a Savior who is one of our relatives: Jesus Christ. The message of the Bible’s trustworthiness inevitably leads one to the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which is the end-all message of this must-have, faith-building book. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Bodie Hodge’s Tower of Babel