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Same-Sex Marriage Case in NY

In Culture, Current Events, Family on August 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm


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Same-sex marriage is one of the defining issues of our day.  Not just answering the questions of how we define marriage and who can enter into marriage but also if each will state recognize the “legal unions” from other states.  This feature takes a look at one case in New York that might influence other states around the country when thinking through these issues.

Today’s guest is Tom Brejcha, President & Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Society.

Galileo, his Telescope and the Church

In Church, Culture, General Interest, History, Science, Scripture on August 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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This week marked the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s famous telescope demonstration in Venice. While Galileo didn’t invent the telescope, his improvements to the Dutch invention made it possible to study the movements of the planets and debunk the false ideas of a geocentric universe.

Galileo is often used by secular scientists as an illustration of what happens when religion interferes with science, but is this really his legacy ? I spoke with Dr. Danny Faulkner, Professor and Astronomer at University of South Carolina – Lancaster, to find out.

AIM Air Crash

In Current Events, Missions on August 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm


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All around the world today many missionaries still rely heavily on the support services of missionary aviation. Earlier this month, two AIM Air missionaries were killed in a plane crash in Nairobi, Kenya.

This feature with Ken Smoll and Mike Delorenzo reports on the events surrounding the crash, how God is already at work through this tragic accident and how we can pray for the families, the mission and missionaries these men served in the region.

For more information on the Memorial Funds for both the Toews’ and the Williams’, visit this page on the AIM Air website.

A number of stateside memorials will be occuring in the months ahead:

Frank Toews’ memorial service is Sept. 19th at 2pm
Haines Creek Baptist Church, Leesburg, FL
The church phone number is 352-742-2442

Ryan William’s memorial service is September 26th, First Baptist Church of Oviedo, FL.
A second memorial service will occur on October 10th in Holland, MI (Location TBD).

Both Dawn and Tiffany are updating their personal stories through their blog sites:

Tiffany Toews 
Dawn Williams

Agronomy and Urban Farming

In Culture, General Interest, Science on August 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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When you think of science, what comes to mind? Maybe the space program, nuclear physics or genetics…how about farming? Most of us probably don’t think of agriculture as a science, and frankly, neither did I–until recently, when I had the opportunity to speak with a farming scientist, Mr. Greg Brown, Agricultural Specialist for GoSO Organization and Operations Manager for Cleanstreet.

For more information on Urban Agriculture, visit http://www.letsgoso.org/.

The Life and Legacy of Paul Rader

In Church, Culture, History on August 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

photo courtesy of the Billy Graham Archives at Wheaton College 

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August 24th marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of evangelist and religious broadcasting pioneer Paul Rader. He was raised in the wild-west, would become the Senior Pastor at Moody Church and fed an incredible number of Chicago’s Northside residents during the great depression.

These special features look at the life and legacy of Paul Rader.  The audio comes from a 1-hour documentary I produced in 2003 entitled: Save Them: The Life of Paul Rader, Christian Radio Pioneer. The video is available to download at Behemoth.com and is also available on DVD or VHS. Copies are available for purchase. If interested, email me at paul.butler@moody.edu.

Guests include:

Mark Ward, Christian Radio Historian, author of Music in the Air
Larry Eskridge, historian at the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals
Paul A. Rader, former President of Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
James Snyder, historian and author of Paul Rader: Portrait of an Evangelist
Art Rorhiem, co-founder of Awana International Ministries

Human-Ape Hybrid

In General Interest, History, Science on August 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Dr. Ilya Ivanov, courtesy of wikipedia.org

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There are many bio-ethical issues that face this generation: human cloning, the ability to influence the genetics of children in the womb and invtro fertilization. This feature looks at group of experiments from the 1920s which tried to make a human/ape hybrid and what we might learn from it for today’s bio-ethical issues.

Today’s guest is Dr. Jerry Bergman, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Toledo Medical School in Ohio. The Acts and Facts publication published a short article by Dr. Bergman on this topic in their May 2009 edition.

Ultimate Questions: A Conversation with Dr. John Blanchard

In Church, General Interest, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture, Testimonies on August 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm


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There are many resources available for us today to help us share our faith. From wordless books to The Four Spiritual Laws, tracts and pamphlets have been an important tool in evangelism for generations. This feature looks at one such resource that has been available in Europe for many years and is now being made available in the U.S. The author is Dr. John Blanchard, Apologist and Evangelist from England.

If you’d like to order copies for yourself, click here.

If you’d like to order a larger quantity for your church or ministry, click here.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

In Current Events, General Interest, Science on August 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm


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Here in the western hemisphere the tropical storm and hurricane season has once again begun with storms like last week’s Ana and now Hurricane Bill headed toward Canada’s maritime provinces.

This feature with Dr. Gerry Bell, Lead Seasonal Hurricane Forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Dr. Larry Vardiman, Chairman of the Astro/geophysics Department for the Institute of Creation Research; takes a look at these powerful storms and how they’re an important part in the global weather system.

Technology in the Classroom

In Culture on August 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

A “Smart Classroom”
photo courtesy of the University of Baltimore

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Over the last 30 years, technology has become an integral part of higher education; from wireless networks to smart classrooms, universities and colleges are investing billions of dollars to update their facilities with the latest tools. But not all educators are convinced that learning has improved with all the attention given to technology.

This conversation with Jose Bowen, Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, challenges faculty to reconsider how we teach and technolog’s role in the process.

The Chronicle for Higher Education recently featured Mr. Bowen in the article: When Computers Leave Classrooms, So Does Boredom.

Cynicism vs. Discernment

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Scripture, Testimonies on August 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm


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In the Christian community today there are tens of thousands of  “faith related blog sites.” Most are for staying connected with friends or family but some can be places of intense criticism of both real and perceived weaknesses in the evangelical church—often under the guise of “spiritual discernment.”

This feature is an informal discussion with three bloggers who say there is a big difference between discernment and what is often behind these blogs…cynicism.

Guests include:
1. Steven Wedgeworth, Assistant Pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (CREC) in Clinton, MS; teaches High School Humanities at the Veritas School in Jackson, MS; and blogger ( Wedgewords)
2. Steve Walden, Freeland Writter and blogger ( Waldenswits)
3. Scotty Smith, Pastor of Preaching, Teaching and Worship at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN.

The idea for today’s feature came from this recent post on Steven Wedgeworth’s blog.