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Rewind: The Works of Rembrandt

In Culture, General Interest, History, Scripture, Testimonies on July 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm


“Denial of Peter”
courtesy of artbible.info

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The works of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt hang in many of the world’s most prestigious institutions and museums. He is considered by most art historians to be one of the greatest painters in European history. The anniversary of his birth was earlier this month, so I recently took a trip down to the Art Institute of Chicago to learn about this famous painter with Dr. John Walford, Professor of Art History at Wheaton College.

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Technology: Omnivorous Engine

In Culture, Science, Testimonies on April 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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This week marks the annual observance of Earth Day.  In 2008 I had a chance to get a tour of the Transportation Research Division of Argonne National Laboratory.

This report looks at a new engine being developed that will be able to burn multiple types of locally produced fuel.  Don Hillebrand is Director of the Center for Transportation Research in the Energy Systems Division for the Argonne National Laboratory.

Conversation: Spoken Word as Ministry with Micah Bournes

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture, Testimonies on April 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

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In the 1980s and 1990’s an art form emerged out of the Hip-Hop and Rap subcultures known as “Spoken Word”–poetry that tended to be critical in nature regarding social concerns or inequities. Since that time, it has become a popular form of expression for more than protest, but continues to be provocative in its focus.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Micah Bournes, a spoken word artist and Senior at the Moody Bible Institute, who uses it as a medium to share the gospel.

If you’d like to contact Micah his email address is: micahbournes@yahoo.com

Here are the complete versions of the spoken word pieces used in today’s feature plus a bonus one:

The List:

When America Dies:

Ex Nihilo:

Trust me:

Conversation: Dealing with the issue of Sexual Abuse

In Church, Culture, Testimonies on April 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

Sexual Abuse is certainly not an easy topic to explore and I do so with some trepidation and much prayer.  My guest is Dr. Andrew Schmutzer, a theologian and professor of Old Testament at the Moody Bible Institute.  He has written about this topic as theologian and as an adult survivor.

In 2009 he published an articled for the Journal of Spiritual Formation entitled: Sexual Abuse and Spiritual Formation: Embodiment, Community and Healing. These features are an attempt to work through many of the challenges facing the church of adequately responding to this issue and being a part in the healing of individuals broken by abuse.

I have included each of the five features as well as the complete 90-minute conversation with Dr. Schmutzer.

Click here for Monday’s Feature (Definitions and Prevalence):

Click here for Tuesday’s Feature (Effects of Sexual Abuse):

Click here for Wednesday’s Feature (Myths and Forgiveness):

Click here for Thursday’s Feature (Why Would God Allow this to Happen?):

Click here for Friday’s Feature (What the Church can Do):

Click here for the complete 90-minute conversation with Dr. Andrew Schmutzer:

Discussion: Affirming Our Daughters

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

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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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.

Book: The Masculine Mandate

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Scripture, Testimonies on March 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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There’s a deep felt need in the church today for “Christian Manhood,” but there are competing visions of what that means; from images of rugged individualism and wilderness quests, to appeals suggesting we get in touch with our feminine side.

What is often lacking is the simple question: “What does the Bible say?”  Richard Phillips is the author of a new book from the Reformation Trust that takes a look at this important topic.

God at Work: Haiti’s 3 Days of Prayer and Fasting

In Church, Current Events, Missions, Testimonies on February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Photo courtesy of BGEA

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Last week Haiti’s president canceled the traditional Carnival celebrations in the days leading up to lent; in its place, 3 days of prayer and fasting.

This report looks at what happened during this season of prayer in the lives and hearts of the Haitian people.

Guests include:

Joe Knittig, CEO of the Global Orphan Project
Jack Dowling, a Chaplain Coordinator with the BGEA Rapid Response Team

Ministry Highlight: Rescue Haiti’s Children

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Missions, Testimonies on February 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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Earlier today officials in Haiti announced the death toll to be more than 230,000 people–a number which is expected to rise in the weeks ahead.

The incredible number of shattered families have led many to look for ways to reach out to the growing numbers of orphans in that country. I recently spoke with Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum Ministries, who with a small team traveled to Haiti to participate in rescue efforts at a number of orphanages destroyed in the quake.

If you liked to watch Doug’s reports from the field, they are available through his Vimeo channel.

Please consider supporting Vision Forum’s ministry: Rescuing Haiti’s Children.

The Bible, the Home and the Christian Life

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest, Missions, Religion and Worldviews, Scripture, Testimonies on January 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I am currently on a two month assignment for another project and am re-cutting features from my previous programs.  Click on the picture for more information about the guests.

I hope you are edified, exhorted and comforted (1 Corinthians 14:3).


Monday, January 4: The Public Reading of the Scriptures with Rev. Terry Johnson

Tuesday, January 5: Planting Seeds of Peace in the Home with Nancy Campbell

Wednesday, January 6: Ultimate Questions with Dr. John Blanchard

Thursday, January 7: Brokenness with Dr. Jerry Benjamin

Friday, January 8: Instructing our Children in the Word with Dr. John Walton and Allen Wolfe

Ministry Profile: The Home School Foundation

In Culture, Family, General Interest, Testimonies on December 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm

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There are more than 2 million children nationwide who are educated at home by parents or relatives. While there are many blessings to home education, there are also challenges facing these families, particularly during these difficult economic times; but when a family faces an additional trial like illness, death of spouse or government interference, it can make it almost impossible. This feature profiles a ministry that reaches out to home school families in need.

Charles Hurst is the Executive Director of The Home School Foundation.