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A Look at Men’s Ministry

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Testimonies on September 30, 2009 at 4:55 am

photo courtesy of Rockdale E.M.C.

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Most evangelical churches today have some sort of men’s ministry. There are dozens of books, study guides, and weekend encounters—all designed to encourage men together in their journey of faith.  This series looks at finding genuine male relationships and their importance in the life of a godly man through the testimony of two men whose lives have been deeply impacted by other godly men.

Guests include Kirk Baker, Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies, and Ernest Gray, Special Instructor of the Bible.  Both men are on faculty at the Moody Bible Institute.

While these features are not meant to promote any particular men’s ministry or approach, Ernest Gray does mention the impact that “The Crucible Project” has had in his life as he learned to wrestle through the issues facing us as men today.  Click on the link for more information.

Aging and Ministry

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest on September 25, 2009 at 9:25 pm

rocking chair

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There are nearly 40 million Americans over the age of 65. Retirement has become the cultural norm—saving and investing for the future so we can stop working and spend the last years of our lives in rest.  But what happens when this mentality moves out of the workplace and into personal ministry?

Today’s guests include:

1. Alex Chediak, author of With One Voice: Singleness, Dating and Marriage to the Glory of God and a professor at California Baptist University.
2. David Butler, Ministry Operations Director for Trans World Radio, serving on the island of Guam.


Alex Chediak describes two relational challenges facing older Christians:

David Butler offered this recommendation on moving from leading a ministry to mentoring younger leaders in ministry:

Bible Translation for the Non-Reader

In Church, Missions, Scripture on September 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm

photo courtesy of Trans World Radio

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Worldwide, 1 in 5 people cannot read, and while it’s difficult to measure, nearly half of the rest of the world’s population, read very poorly or choose not to read at all. So how do we reach these people with the truth of God’s word? Some ministries focus on literacy, and others are encouraging the church to consider new approaches to sharing the scriptures with non-readers.

This feature with Dr. Viggo Sogaard, Senior Professor of Communication at Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, and Theo Asare, Founder and President of TheoVision International, examine reaching these people with the Bible.

Dr. Sogaard recently wrote an article entitled: Advancing Bible Translation for Non-Reading Audiences for the Lausanne World Pulse publication.

Click here if you’d like to hear more about the ministry of TheoVision International from in a two-part series I produce in 2003.

United Nations and Reform

In Current Events on September 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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The 64th UN General Assembly is under way in New York. President Obama spoke earlier today as have many other world leaders. This report takes a look at the United Nations and the growing movement calling for its reform.

Today’s guest is Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation.

Click here to hear his response to President Obama’s speech today before the General Assembly:

Click on the link for more information about his book: Conundrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives, (published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

The audio of Muammar Gadhafi is courtesy of the United Nations.

A Critique of H.G. Wells

In Culture, General Interest, History, Science on September 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

H.G. Wells, photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

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Today marks an anniversary in the life of the most influential science fiction writer of the 19th century: H.G. Wells–born this day in 1866. His more well-known books include: The Time Machine (1895), War of the Worlds (1898) and the Invisible Man (1897).

Besides his fictional works, he was also a very important writer on popular scientific issues of his day; like his 9 book, 3-volume series with Thomas Huxley entitled: The Science of Life (1929-1930).

His writings continue to be influential today, but what is the true legacy of this compelling author?  This report with Doug Phillips, President and Founder of Vision Forum Ministries, and Dr. Jerry Bergman, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Toledo Medical School in Ohio, takes a closer look at this question.

Click the link to read Dr. Bergman’s article: H.G. Wells: Darwin’s Disciple and Eugenicist Extraordinaire (as published in TJ, 2004).

Click the link to read a brief biographical sketch on H.G. Wells by Doug Phillips from the website of Vision Forum’s upcoming film: Mysterious Island.


I asked Doug Phillips about his vision for Science Fiction. Click here to listen to his answer:

Vision Forum has produced a wonderful resource on this topic entitled: Christianity and Science Fiction: Reclaiming the Genre for Christ. It is available through their website.

Fall Leaves

In General Interest, Science on September 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Next week, fall officially begins. That means for much of the country, the leaves will be changing and the season of raking begins. Dr. Jay Wile, author of the Apologia Science Curriculum and Dr. Frank Sherwin, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Creation Research, return to help us understand what’s really happening to make this amazing display of color.

If you’d like to listen to the two-part feature we did this Spring on leaves and trees, click here.

Constitutional Law

In Current Events, General Interest, History on September 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted as the supreme law of the land.  Arguably, no single document is as important to American politics—both past and present—as the Constitution, yet it seems to have fallen on hard times.

Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, and Dr. Frank Guliuzza, Chair of the Government Department at Patrick Henry College, take a look at the Constitution’s purpose, interpretation and application.

More information about Patrick Henry College is available here.

Last year, I produced a two-part series looking at the history of the U.S. Constitution. 
Click here for Part I 
Click here for Part II

Death of a pro-life advocate in MI

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Jim Pouillon

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This summer has seen a number of violent deaths in both the pro-life and pro-abortion advocate communities. This conversation with Joe Scheidler and Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League looks at this most recent murder as well as the impact these events are having on the ongoing national debate over abortion.

For more information about ordering the free 96-page booklet: Sharing the Pro-Life Message, click here.

If you’d like to support the work of the Pro-Life Action League, click here.

Psalm 104

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

“Noah’s Flood” courtesy of Answers in Genesis

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Throughout the history of God’s people, the Psalms have been a wonderful tool for expressing praise, confessing sin and presenting our cares to God; but the Psalms are more than just good devotional reading–they also tell us much about God and the world He created. One such psalm is Psalm 104.

Dr. David Barker, the W.H. MacBain Professor of Pastoral Studies at Heritage Theological Seminary, helps us take a look at this Psalm in order to understand the contention over what it is speaking about: the creation week, the flood or both.

If you’d like to read Dr. Barker’s 1986 article entitled: The Waters of the Earth: An Exigetical Study of Psalm 104:1-9, originally published in the “Grace Theological Journal” (7.1, 57-80), click here.

A Charge for Christian Radio

In Church, Culture, Scripture on September 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm


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There are thousands of radio stations across the country today which play Christian music. A recent study looked at Christian Music Radio to determine what sets it apart from its mainstream counterpart. But the study didn’t look at the music itself, but what was said between the songs—and what they found may surprise you.

Guests include Mark Seignious, Associate Professor of Electronic Media Communication at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN and Ripley Smith, Professor of Communication at Bethel University, also in St. Paul.