Archive for July, 2008|Monthly archive page

Marketing Food To Kids

In Current Events, Family on July 31, 2008 at 3:30 pm

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The CFDCP reports that 1 in 5 children under the age of 19 are overweight.  Earlier this week, the FTC released a report on the advertising expenditures aimed toward children of 44 food companies.  This feature includes an interview with Dr. Susan Linn, Director of Commercial Free Childhood, as well as comments from Dr. Tom Benton, a pediatrician and member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Sound from the FTC press conference courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission — used with permission.

In God We Trust

In History, Scripture on July 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm


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On July 30th, 1956, Congress resolved to establish “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America.  Dr. Barry Hankins of Baylor University and Dr. Marshall Foster of the Mayflower Institute explore the history behind and the significance of this important axiom.

Ministry in the Nation of India

In Missions, Testimonies on July 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

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Stories like “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling have long captured western minds with the nation of India.  I recently had the privilege of speaking with the Ramble family, founders of RAJ Ministries, about their call to this unique country.

Time Management

In Scripture on July 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm


This audio file is no longer available for streaming.  However, if you’d like to hear this feature, email me at paul.butler@moody.edu and I’ll send you the mp3.

Motivational speaker Michael Altshuler once said that: “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”  While I’m not sure of his theological foundations for saying so, there is a nugget of truth here.  Many of us struggle with time management, but a lot of this struggle can be traced back to our own poor planning or unwillingness to be intentional to honor Christ with our schedules.

10 years ago I produced a program which interviewed Norm Wright on his book: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE (Tyndale, 1998).  This feature is taken from that conversation.

For a more theological look at the issue of redeeming the time, read this chapter from Richard Baxter’s A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

In Culture, Family on July 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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One of the most significant modes of communicating truth through story in our culture today is the medium of filmmaking.  Doug Phillips, President of the SAICFF, provides helpful insight into the theological foundations for Christian Filmmaking and has an important announcement for this year’s Jubilee Award.

Independent Christian Filmmaker John Moore also joined this discussion.

If you’d like more information about this years festival, click here.

For a great CD set of lectures on Christian Filmmaking available from Vision Forum Ministries, click here.

Here’s an audio clip that couldn’t make it into the feature today due to time constraints.  Hear why Doug Phillips believes this is a great time to be a Christian Filmmaker. 

In February I produced these three features on Isaac Botkin’s book: OUTSIDE HOLLYWOOD which provides further challenge for the Christian Filmmaker.

Part I

Part II

Part III

The Importance of the Old Testament

In Church, Scripture on July 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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Part I

Part II

How important is the Old Testament for today’s Christian?  Dr. Richard Hess and Dr. Tim Sigler help answer this question.

The Scopes Trial

In History, Science on July 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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July 21st marks the conclusion to one of the most memorable trials of the 20th century, the Scopes Monkey Trial. Dr. David Menton of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, helps put this historic case in perspective.

If you’d like to read transcripts of some of the Scopes Trial preceedings, click here.

If you’d like to watch a lecture by Dr. Menton on this topic, click here.

Here’s a clip that didn’t make it into the feature today due to time constraints of Dr. Menton explaining his concern about buying in to the “Old Earth” hypothesis.

How to Listen to a Sermon

In Church, Uncategorized on July 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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This weekend nearly 300,000 sermons will be preached across America.  I wonder how well they’ll be heard and remembered.  I know that in my own life, I have heard a lot of great sermons, yet I realize that I don’t remember most of them.  This led me to interview Arthur Jackson of Holy Trinity Church in Hyde Park as well as James McDonald of Peoria’s Providence Church to help me better understand how to listen to a sermon.

For a great article on “Expositional Listening” (how to listen to a sermon) CLICK HERE.

Here are a few extras of clips that didn’t make it into the feature.



A Tour of Lawndale Christian Health Center

In Missions, Testimonies on July 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm


Wayne Detmer and Arthur Jones

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A new report was released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation ranking states based on their funding of health programs for the unemployed and uninsured.  While states are striving to meet the challenges of rising health costs for those who can least afford it, there is a growing number of ministries that are looking for ways to reach out to those who need it. 

One such ministry is the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, IL.  Wayne Detmer takes us on a tour and Art Jones tells some of the history.

The Salem Witch Trials

In History on July 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm


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This Saturday, July 19th marks the 316th anniversary of 5 women who were hanged on Gallows Hill for the offense of witchcraft.  Dr. Paul Jehle, Puritan Historian and Pastor of The New Testament Church, Plymouth, MA, helps us understand this tragic event.  To order an hour-long lecture by Paul Jehle on the Puritans vs. Witches, click here.