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George Beverly Shea Turns 100

In Church, Culture, Current Events, History on January 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

George Beverly Shea

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This Sunday, February 1st, is the 100th Birthday of singer and songwriter George Beverly Shea. For more than 50 years, he served the Lord faithfully alongside Billy Graham, singing all over the world. This feature takes a look at his life and ministry through a few program excerpts from the Moody Radio archives.

My thanks to Moody Radio Producer Joe Carlson for locating the archival material and to Becky Perry for alerting me to this story.

The Gospel

In Church, Scripture, Testimonies on January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm


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What do you think of when you hear the term: “The Gospel?”  It’s a phrase we hear many times a week, but what does it mean?  What happens when we begin to lose sight of its core doctrines?  These are a few of the questions this feature takes a look at through a conversation with Dr. Tom Ascol (Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL; Executive Director of Founder’s Ministries) and Norm Wakefield (Founder and President of Spirit of Elijah Ministries).

Dr. Tom Ascol’s article: A Message Worth Fighting For can be read in the February 2009 edition of  TableTalk Magazine, available through Ligonier Ministries.

Norm Wakefield has a series of articles entitled: The Curse of the Standard Bearers which can be downloaded from his website by clicking here.

Transition to Digital Television Delayed

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm


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Yesterday the US Senate unanimously approved to extend the mandated deadline for digital conversion of broadcast television. A similiar recommendation is expected to be approved this evening by the US House of Representatives.  This feature looks at the reasons for the proposed extension with Bob Powers (Vice President of Government Relations for the National Religious Broadcasters), Dave Irwin (Spokesperson for the AARP) and Tricha Anjali (Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology).

Equipping the Saints through Blogging

In Church, Culture on January 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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It’s unclear exactly when Blogging as a form of communication began; but its continued growth—both in the marketplace and ministry—demonstrates its effectiveness in reaching the broader culture. Industry uses blogging to test new products, social advocate’s blog to raise awareness of important causes, and ministries use blogging to assist in the “equipping of the saints.”

Guests include Kent Shaffer (churchrelevance.com), Tim Challies (challies.com and discerningreader.com) and Kendra Fletcher (preschoolersandpeace.com).

If you’d like to see the “Top 60 Ministry Blogs,” click here.

Family Mission International

In Church, Family, Missions on January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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There are many platforms available for living out the Gospel in global missions today: work groups, drama ministry, sports outreach, and ESL are only a few of the many methods used in short term missions. This report highlights one mission who has rediscovered the effectiveness of the time-tested methodology for changing the world through family discipleship.

Guests include Brad Voeller (founder of Family Mission International), Bernie Beall (founder of Great Commission Families and serves as the North American Missions Director for FMI) and Timothy Pent (he and his family served with FMI for two years).

Rick Warren’s Prayer of Invocation

In Culture, Current Events, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture on January 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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Yesterday’s inauguration began with a prayer of invocation from Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church. Today, there is a lot of analysis of his prayer, and it’s receiving mixed reviews. This feature with Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Dr. Michael Rydelnik and Dr. Samuel Naaman takes a look at some of the concern over Warren’s prayer.

The First Inauguration

In Current Events, History on January 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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Many of the elements seen in the inauguration of President Obama have a rich history. From being sworn in by placing a hand on the Bible to tomorrow’s prayer service at the National Cathedral, many of the traditions around this day began at the first inauguration. This piece features Dr. Peter A. Lillback (President of the Providence Forum) and Stephen McDowell (President of the Providence Foundation) takes a look at our first President and his inauguration.

If you’d like more information about George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Dr. Peter A. Lillback (Providence Forum Press), click here.

If you’d like more information about Apostle of Liberty by Stephen McDowell (Cumberland House), click here.

If you’d like to read George Washington’s complete Inaugural Speech, given in 1789, click here.

A Conversation with Micah Bournes

In Testimonies on January 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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Tuesday marks a significant day in American history as Barak Obama becomes our 44th President and the first African American to do so. This feature is a conversation with an African American student who describes the tension many in his community feel between concern over Obama’s policies and excitement that the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr., are beginning to be realized. The feature includes a few excerpts from a project Micah did for my production class on this topic.

Click here if you’d like to listen to Micah’s complete final project.

Don Quixote

In Culture on January 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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The two most significant publications for codifying the English language were the King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare; something similar happened for the Spanish language.  This feature with Dr. Galen Yorba-Gray from Point Loma Nazarene University looks at one of the most significant works of Spanish literature: Don Quixote.

Publications by Dr. Yorba-Gray include:

“Don Quixote till Kingdom Come:  The (Un)Realized Eschatology of Miguel de Unamuno.” Christianity and Literature (Winter 2004): 165-182.

“Scriptural Authority in the Quijote: Target for Subversion?” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 3 (Spring 2002): 31-47.

Sanctity of Life Sunday

In Culture, Current Events on January 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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This weekend, churches all across America will be commemorating “Sanctity of Life Sunday;” a day set aside to remember the almost 50 million abortions that have occurred since it was legalized in 1973. This feature with Pastor James McDonald of Providence Church and Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans Uinted For Life, takes a look at the event and how we can commemorate it.

If you’d like to sign AUL’s petition against the Freedom of Choice Act, click here.

For the text of the speech that Ronald Regan gave in 1984 declaring National Sanctity of Life Day, click here.