2 Peter 3
<marqee>Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.</.marquee>
MY BACKGROUND I was born January 15, 1953, in Peoria, Illinois. My father returned from serving with the Marines in the Pacific in World War II and became an electrical engineer at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, and my mother was a public school kindergarten teacher. Both of them were first-generation children of Norwegian immigrants and retired from their jobs and began a second career in real estate founding Hovind Reality in Groveland, Illinois I am their third son, followed by one daughter. I had a (mostly) wonderful Leave It to Beaver type childhood in the suburbs, surrounded by miles of woods between East Peoria and Morton, Illinois. My parents took our education seriously and to help enlarge our view, took us on vacations every summer that were scheduled full of things to see and places to go. Growing up I traveled to more than 40 states, Mexico, and Canada. We learned just about everything about fixing cars, motorcycles, and construction from dad and a lifetime love for reading and learning from mom. As a family we designed and built several houses from the ground up, raised scores of different pets, from hamsters (300 of them!) to alligators. We lived in the same neighborhood and all attended the same elementary school about a mile and a half away and East Peoria High School about five miles away. RELIGION When I was an infant, our family was Lutheran. When I was about age 7, we joined the Mennonite Church across the street from the elementary school and at about age 11 or so, the Methodist Church in Morton, Illinois, where I was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle at age 15. On Feb. 9, 1969, at age 16, I accepted Christ as my Savior and began riding a church bus to the “independent, fundamental” Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin, Illinois. There I taught fifth-grade boys Sunday school class, taught junior church, and drove a church bus. Then, after three semesters at Illinois Central College, a two-year junior college in East Peoria, I transferred to Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, where I graduated in the class of 1974. Over the years since then I have continued schooling and have gotten two masters and three doctorates in education, theology, and biblical ministry. This dissertation is the final requirement for #4. After graduation I moved back to become assistant pastor at Bethel and at the ripe old age of 23, became pastor. I immediately started a Christian school (the fad in those days) and fell in love with teaching! I married my high school sweetheart, Jo McGinnis, on July 14, 1973, and we have (at this writing) three grown married children, born 1977, 1978, and 1979, all of whom work in the ministry with us and live next door. We have five grandchildren, who were born in 2002, ’03, ’04, ’05, and ’06. My wife, Jo, is an incredibly accomplished pianist and piano teacher. She has two master’s degrees in music. She is active, helping in the ministry, teaching piano lessons, and assisting in various aspects of the church music ministry. I taught high school math (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry) and science (earth science, biology, and physical science) for 15 years before moving the family to Pensacola, Florida, in January 1989. That same year, we began the Creation Science Evangelism ministry, which defends the Bible as being scientifically accurate in every detail. Our ministry has produced about two million videos and DVDs in more than 30 languages that have been used of God to draw many into His kingdom. The award-winning 18-hour Creation Seminar is the most popular, followed by the 20 debates (out of 100 I have done) on creation versus evolutionism taped live at various universities. Most of these videos can be downloaded and watched for free on www.drdino.com. Our ministry exists to win souls and strengthen the faith of believers in response to Jesus’s command in Matthew 28 and Mark 16.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:as it is written, The just shall live by faith.