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Rewind: Christian Community Demonstrated

In Culture, Family, General Interest on July 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

This past weekend there was a second fundraiser for Greg Wallace.  God richly blessed the evening as we raised more than $12,000 for additional medical expenses.  Here’s the post from the first fundraiser…


Which Pie is Best? Photo courtesy of Trivium Pursuit

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Jesus said that His disciples would be known by their love. This feature highlights a benefit fundraiser for Greg Wallace that illustrates what Christian community looks like for someone in need. I hope that it challenges you to look for ways to bring loving community to those in need around you…my thanks to Laurie and Harvey Bluedorn, Greg Wallace and his family, Dick Moeller, Melody and Jason Hemmer, Paige Christiansen, Sage Dahlby and Pamela Butler for participating in this feature.

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Rewind: Family Integrated Churches

In Church, Family, Scripture on May 29, 2010 at 2:20 am

A two-part series I produced in 2008 on the Family Integrated Church movement:

Click here for the first feature on the Family Integrated Church (9:45):

Click here for an extended version of the second feature on the Family Integrated Church (16:40):

From the early church councils and creeds to the revivals in colonial America, the church is constantly being called back to those things which are most important.  This feature with Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Jeff Pollard and Voddie Baucham highlights a movement of reform occuring in the church today.

For more information regarding the National Center for Family Integrated Churches, click here.

Ministry Profile: Awana at Home

In Church, Culture, Family, Scripture on April 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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60 years ago Awana’s ministry to kids began in a Chicago suburb. Today, more than one million children and youth participate weekly in Awana groups around the world.

Recently they unveiled a new initiative to equip parents to be more involved in family discipleship: Awana at Home.

My guest is Michael Scarbrough, Director of U.S. Programs for Awana.

For more information about their 60th Anniversary Celebrations, click here.

Book: The Journibles (or the 17:18 Series)

In Church, Family, General Interest, Scripture on April 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Over the last few decades the practice of journaling has become greatly regarded as an important part of each believer’s spiritual routine.

This feature highlights a new tool intended to help us bring this discipline together with our reading of the word, its called The Journibles.  Their creator is Rob Wynalda, a printer in Belmont, MI.

Guests also include Jeff Tolsma, elder at Maranatha Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and Dr. William Brown, President of Cedarville University in Ohio.

The Journibles 17:18 Series can be purchased through the Reformation Heritage Books website.

Pro-Life: States’ Rights and New Bills

In Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest on April 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

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There was a lot of attention given to the abortion issue during the recent Health Care Reform debates.  While the reform bill was passed, there are a number of resulting legislative movements addressing this important issue in its wake.

This feature takes a look at a few of these stories with Dan McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs with American’s United for Life, and Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.

Profile: Coffee Ambassadors

In Culture, Family, General Interest on April 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

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Today’s feature is from Scott Visk, one of my radio production students at the Moody Bible Institute.  He produced this piece for me in November and Prime Time America is airing it this week as a part of his internship.

It features a coffee shop on Chicago’s North side that is doing what it can to improve the life of coffee producers.  Tim Taylor is the founder of Coffee Ambassadors and is Scott’s guest.  If you’re interested in any of their product, you can visit their website.

p.s. Scott got an “A” on the assignment.

Report: Memorial Service for Haiti’s Orphans

In Church, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Scripture on March 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, there are thousands of orphans who have truly lost everything. In one moment, all they knew was taken away. For many of these children, they have never had the chance to say goodbye.

Doug Phillips in cooperation with local pastors returned to Haiti earlier this month to organize a memorial service for more than 100 orphans.

To watch the moving video report on the Memorial Service, visit Doug’s vimeo page here.

My thanks  to Leclerc Brothers Motion Pictures for their assistance with the audio excerpts for today’s feature.

Current Events: Health Care Bill’s Impact on Cost-Sharing Ministries

In Current Events, Family, General Interest on March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

photo courtesy of the Washington Post

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The top news story of the day is of course the passage of the health care bill so hotly debated over the last few months. The passage of the bill causes a number of concerns for faith-based clinics and doctors, but this feature takes a look at a unique ministry that may be impacted adversely by the bill as well.

James Lansberry is Vice President of Samaritan Ministries.

Audio excerpts of last night’s debate (Nancy Palosi and John Boehner) is courtesy of C-Span.

Study: The Social Costs of Pornography

In Church, Culture, Family on March 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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Most of us as believers understand the scriptural and moral grounds against using and/or producing pornography. There is a growing body of research which suggests that the use of pornography — especially Internet pornography — can damage people of all ages, negatively impacting relationships, productivity, and happiness (confirming what many religious advocacy groups have been stating for years).

A new study from the Witherspoon Institute entitled: The Social Cost of Pornography details the growing list of social problems caused by pornography.

Today’s guests include:

Mary Eberstadt, Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution and a primary drafter of the Witherspoon Institute Study
Mary Anne Layden, Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested in ministry resources for reaching out to those struggling with pornography addiction, click here.

Internet Extras:

Here is one part of the interview with Mary Eberstadt which wasn’t included in today’s feature on the use of the term “porn.”

Here is a portion of the interview with Mary Anne Layden which I couldn’t fit into today’s feature on what motivates pornography providers.

Here is a music video produced by one of my former students, Sam Sanchez. The video has been a powerful tool in convicting men secretly struggling with pornography and was featured in a CBS expose on Internet Pornography (viewer discretion advised):

Discussion: Affirming Our Daughters

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest, Testimonies on March 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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Godly womanhood is under attack in our culture. How do we as dads protect and encourage our daughters in the midst of the battle? One part of the answer is strong relationships between fathers and daughters.

I recently attended a Father-Daughter Banquet hosted by the Christian Heritage Church of Orland Park, IL.  While there I spoke with Norm Wakefield, Founder and President of Spirit of Elijah Ministries, about affirming our daughters.

Norm has a number of resources on this topic, you can visit his website for more information.