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Praying for the Military

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest on June 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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Each and every year there are thousands of 4th of July observances all across the country. Military personnel, equipment and stories of bravery are common elements during the many parades and patriotic concerts over the coming days. While it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate our support for our troops, I believe it should also prompt us to pray for those in harm’s way.

Today’s piece features highlights from the May 7, 2009, National Day of Prayer Annual Observance in Washington D.C. with Gen. James F. Amos, Assistant Commandant for the USMC and Brig. Gen. David H. Cyr, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Death of a Christian Aid Worker in Northern Africa

In Current Events, Testimonies on June 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Chris Leggett
Christopher Leggett

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On Tuesday, June 23rd, Christopher Leggett–a Christian Aid worker from Tennessee–was murdered as he arrived at work in the capital city of Mauritania, North Africa.

This conversation with Rev. Jim Gibson, co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, TN, commemorates Chris’s life and the faithful service of his family to the people of Mauritania.

For more information about Christopher Leggett and how you can help his family, click here.

The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Cleveland, TN, at 2pm ET on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.  Directions and information available through their website.

The song “He Gave His Life” was written by Eric McNelley, sung by Leo Lametterey.

Celebrating John Calvin

In Church, Current Events, Family, General Interest, History, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture on June 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm

 John Calvin
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July 10, 2009, marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. This summer there are many gatherings planned to celebrate the reformer’s life and legacy all around the world.

This feature highlights three of these celebrations with:

1. Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum Ministries which is sponsoring the “Reformation 500 Celebration” in Boston, MA, July 1st – 4th.
2. Dr. Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who is speaking at the “Calvin for the 21st Century Conference” sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, August 27th – 29th.
3. Scott Anderson, Director of Conferences for Desiring God Ministries which is sponsoring the: “With Calvin in the Theatre of God Conference” in Minneapolis, MN, September 25th – 27th.

Journalism in a Restricted Country

In Current Events, General Interest on June 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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Over the last few weeks there has been a lot about of attention given to the elections in Iran and the challenge of getting accurate information out of the country; as reporters from around the world have either been prevented from entering the country or forced to leave. However, the lack of freedom for the press is nothing new for this middle-eastern country.

This piece features a conversation with George Thomas, Anchor and Senior News Reporter for CBN News.

George Thomas has produced a number of features on the country of Iran, click the links below for a few of the stories:

1. Inside Iran: Truth and its Consequences
2. Inside Iran: The Young and the Restless
3. Inside Iran: Signs of the Apocalypse
4. Inside Iran: A Rising Chorus

Summer Photography

In Culture, General Interest on June 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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For many of us, summer is a time for family trips and vacations. Besides the customary postcards, pressed pennies or souvenirs, we almost always return from these adventures with photographs…and lots of them. So how can we take better pictures that help transform these trips into life long memories? Curt Wilkinson, Assistant Professor of Communications at the Moody Bible Institute comes with this conversation on taking better pictures and what to do with them once you return.

For more information on Kodak’s composition suggestions, click here; for tips on taking better pictures, click here.

There are many online services that will convert your photographs into coffee table quality books.  Shutterfly is just one such company who provides this service.


In Church, Scripture on June 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Hosea and Gomer
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The book of Hosea is the first of the 12 minor prophets of the Old Testament. It is a vivid picture of God’s enduring love for His people even in the midst of their unfaithfulness. This feature looks at the themes of the book and its message for us as believers today with Stephen Gambill, Senior Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church in Nashville, TN.

If you’d like to hear Stephen’s complete message entitled: “Journey through Hosea” it is available here from Sermonaudio.com.  The complete series up to this point is also available here.

The Power of a Father’s Words

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

 Father and Son
“Father and Son”
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As you read through the book of Proverbs there are many chapters which begin with phrases like: “Hear my children, the instruction of a father” or “My son, pay attention to my wisdom, lend your ear to my understanding…” The words of a father to his children can have incredible impact.

This piece highlights the power of a father’s words with Scott Brown, Director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches; Lyndon Azcuna, Director of the Malachi Dads program with Awana International and some of the men from Christ Fellowship Church in Naperville, IL.

Healing for the Transgender Convert

In Church, Culture, Current Events on June 18, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Woman at the well
“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did…”
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Last week, Chastity Bono—daughter of Sonny and Cher—revealed that she had begun the process of gender reassignment to a man, and that she’s changing her name to Chaz. The announcement has brought renewed attention to the transgendered community, and the story has generated a lot of coverage this week across the media.

Today’s feature focuses on how to reach out to those who have come out of this lifestyle and placed their faith in Christ. How can we as the church reach out to them and walk along side them as they learn what it means to be transformed by the renewing of their minds and to help them find their true identity in Christ.

Guests include Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Randy Thomas, Executive Vice President of Exodus International.

To read Randy’s testimony, it is available through the Exodus International Website.

For Dr. Moore’s article: “Joan or John?”, it is available through his website.

The Public Reading

In Church, Scripture on June 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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Bible Reading, 1941
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During most church services today there is a time when one or more short passages of scripture are read, usually immediately preceding the sermon. But for the first century church it appears that the public reading of the scriptures was a much more significant part of their gathering.

This conversation with Rev. Terry Johnson, Senior Minister of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savanna, GA, takes a look at what that might mean for us today.

“The Public Reading” by Rev. Terry Johnson is featured in the July 2009 edition of Tabletalk Magazine from Ligonier Ministries, available through their website.

Biblical Discipline

In Family, Scripture on June 16, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Auntie Raises Ned
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One of the most common challenges parents have faced through the generations is the issue of discipline. While there are many different perspectives in the Christian community about how to discipline, the Bible is pretty clear as to why we ought to discipline.

This piece features a conversation with two seasoned parents: 1.) Dave Johnson — grandfather, home School father of three and a farmer in central Illinois and 2.) Nancy Campbell — mother of 6 grown daughters, grandmother to more than 30 grandchildren and editor of Above Rubies Magazine, a publication meant to encourage mothers and homemakers.

Today’s conversation was based on an article written by Dave Johnson entitled: A Biblical and Practical View of Discipline in the Christian Home, from the Summer/Autumn 2006 Alliant Magazine, a publication of Illinois Christian Home Educators.  A .pdf of the complete article is available online here.