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History: Select Readings from “Of Plymouth Plantation”

In Culture, Current Events, General Interest, History on November 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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We’re all familiar with the story of the Pilgrims; their journey to America, and the hardships they faced in the first years here. Not many of their names are familiar to us today, yet their legacy lives on. This feature takes a look at the life of one of these pilgrims, William Brewster—through the eyes of Governor William Bradford and his history entitled: Of Plymouth Plantation.

Here are a few select portions of the book.

Book: Paul on Trial

In Church, Culture, Scripture on November 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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The book of Acts, like the gospel of Luke, is written to someone referred to as: “most excellent Theophilus.” There are many differing explanations of who this may be—one common suggestion is that he is some sort of Roman official.

This feature is a conversation with John Mauck, a lawyer who believes Theophilus was a legal official in Rome, which leads him to conclude that the book of Acts is actually a legal brief.

Paul on Trial is published by Thomas Nelson and available through Amazon.com.

Round Table: Christian Scholarship

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture on November 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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In 1963 Harry Blamires published his classic book entitled: The Christian Mind. His opening words are memorable, he writes: “There is no longer a Christian Mind.”

In the 46 years since, Christian philosophers, theologians and scholars have fought to recapture lost ground. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with three theology professors from the Moody Bible Institute to talk about the issue of “Christian scholarship.”

Guests include:

Bryan Oneal, Assistant Professor of Theology
Marcus Johnson, Assistant Professor of Theology
Dr. David Finkbeiner, Professor of Theology

Follow this link if you’d like to read Alvin Plantinga’s article: Advice for Christian Philosophers.

Study: 1 in 5 Women Experience Health Complications after Chemical Abortion

In Culture, Current Events, Science on November 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

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A few weeks ago the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal published a research study from Finland comparing the complications of both chemical and surgical abortions over a 6 year period. This feature takes a look at the findings with Dr. Randy O’Bannon, Director of Education and Research for the National Right to Life Committee, and Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.

Testimony: Nobody Tells a Dying Guy to Shut Up!

In Family, General Interest, Testimonies on November 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

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James chapter 1 encourages us as Christians to look differently at the trials of life: “knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience.”  Almost sounds easy doesn’t it? It’s one thing to say it when life is going well, but a different thing all together when it comes time to live it out.

I recently spoke with Beth Chilcoat about her family’s experience with ALS and how they learned first hand the truth of James 1.

Beth is the editor of a new book entitled: Nobody Tells a Dying Guy to Shut Up, excerpts from her husband’s on-line journal which he kept throughout the disease.

Book: Who Made God?

In Culture, General Interest, Religion and Worldviews, Science on November 13, 2009 at 4:12 am

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Atheists claim that God doesn’t exist.  Many, like Richard Dawkins attempt to use science to support their claim.  In response, many Christians have pointed to creation as evidence for design, which infers a designer or ultimate cause.  This in turns often leads the Atheist to ask: “So who made God?” It’s a challenging question; Dr. Edgar Andrews helps us answer this question.

Who Made God is published by EP Books and is available through their website or through CBD.

For more information about Dr. Andrews, visit his website.

Christian Living: A Call to Unity

In Church, Scripture on November 11, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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In John chapter 17 Christ prays for his disciples and the future church that “they would be one as He and the Father are one.” The Apostle Paul often prayed that the church would be “humble and like-minded.” Unity is an important mark of a healthy church, both locally and globally.

Pastor Anthony Carter of East Point Church in East Point, GA, helps us think about this issue.  He has an article in the upcoming December 2009 edition Table Talk Magazine entitled: “Out of Many, One.”

On two previous occasions we have discussed this basic issue, the features are available below:

Click here for my October 2nd conversation with Dr. RC Sproul, Jr. on “The Christian Conscience and Liberty”:

Click here for my September 1st conversation with Dr. Mark Ross on “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essential Liberty, In All Things Charity”:

Study: Abortion and Women’s Mental Health

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest on November 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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The British Journal of Psychiatry recently published the results of a New Zealand study looking at the increased risk for mental health issues after an abortion. Today’s guests looking at this issue include:

Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Executive Director of Priests for Life
Dr. Vince Rue, Director of the Institute for Pregnancy and Loss
Amy Sobie, Spokesperson for the Elliot Institute
Paula Talley, Missouri State Leader for Operation Outcry

Ministry Focus: Faith Comes By Hearing

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Missions, Scripture on November 9, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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Over the last month, many stations across the Moody Network have been involved in a fund-raising campaign with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  The Last Languages Campaign seeks to introduce the Word of God into the remaining 2400 languages of the world.

Once a translation has been completed there are many ministry partners who come along side Wycliffe to see these translations get into the hearts and minds of a community.  One such ministry partner, Faith Comes By Hearing.  Morgan Jackson is the ministry’s Director.

Click here for a feature I produced on The Last Languages Campaign earlier this summer:

Click here for a feature I produced recently on the need for Oral Scriptures:

A Conversation with Tim Hawkins

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest, Testimonies on November 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Tim Hawkins
Tim Hawkins with the Butler kids…

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We’ve all heard the adage: “Laughter is the best medicine” but sometimes events in our lives or in the world around us make it difficult to laugh or experience joy. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Christian comedian Tim Hawkins about faith and keeping a sense of humor in the trials of life…