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Steadying the Wobbling Evangelical Church

November 28, 2014

Guest:  Iain Murray, author, Evangelical Holiness

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.  1 Chronicles 16:8

We at The Christian Worldview wish you and yours a Thanksgiving weekend marked by gratitude to God for His immeasurable blessings of life, family, country, and most of all, His Son.  We are thankful for your encouragement and support of this ministry.

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, 82-year-old Iain Murray, the respected author of more than 25 books and founder of Banner of Truth Publishing, joins us from Scotland to discuss four pressing issues within the church: holiness and spirituality, the attack on the Bible, apostasy, and the benefits and dangers of controversy.

These issues make up four of the five parts of Iain Murray’s latest book, Evangelical Holiness.  Mr. Murray is a keen observer of the leaders and trends that impact the Evangelical church and was the assistant to perhaps the most influential minister in 20th Century England—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in London.

Love and Loss—Universal Experience. Grace—Universal Need.

November 22, 2014

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And He [Jesus] said to me [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

mbb 3D 400pxLove turning to loss is a nearly universal human experience in our fallen world.  We encounter these trying stories everyday: the death of a family member or close friend, the dissolving of a marriage or relationship, the loss of a job or a home to disaster or foreclosure, or perhaps the end of a long-awaited dream.

To varying degrees, all of these losses cause pain and grief.  They destabilize and consume us.  They make life seem bitter and God far away.

If love turning to loss is a universal human experience, then God’s grace is the most universal human need.  But what is grace?  The word is spoken frequently, but how does God dispense grace and how do we receive it?

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will be discussing two elements of God’s grace—His saving grace and sustaining grace.  This grace is the culminating message my new book, My Boy, Ben—A Story of Love, Loss and Grace.

While the circumstances of your own story of love and loss may be different, it is God’s grace that we all so desperately need.

NOTE: Thank you to all of you who made the launch of My Boy, Ben such a blessing!  We were touched by how many listeners attended the launch event and by how many books were ordered this first week.  As a thank you, we are offering listeners to The Christian Worldview $2 on all orders of My Boy, Ben through the end of the year when you enter “DAVID” in the coupon code field.  Thank you!

My Boy, Ben—A Story of Love, Loss and Grace

November 15, 2014

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LIVE from the My Boy, Ben Book Launch Event at Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Special Host: Lee Michaels, Salem Communications, Twin Cities

Guests:
David Wheaton, radio host and author, My Boy, Ben
Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners of Tristan Publishing
Bruce and Mary Jane Wheaton, David’s parents

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“May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10

God can and will use most anything to reveal Himself and impact a life.  In the case of David Wheaton, God used a yellow Labrador named Ben to expand David’s understanding and appreciation for God’s saving and sustaining grace.

This Saturday, November 15, is the release date of David’s new book, My Boy, Ben, and to celebrate, The Christian Worldview invites you to come or tune in to the book launch event at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN (in the Grace Cafe by door 4)

8-9 am: A LIVE broadcast with special host Lee Michaels of Salem Communications Twin Cities interviewing David, Brett and Sheila Waldman of Tristan Publishing, and David’s parents.

9:30-11 am: David, his parents, and the Waldmans will make brief remarks at 9am followed be a time of fellowship and book signing from 9:30-11am.  A light breakfast will be served and admission is free.

Full preview here, including short video trailer

NOTE: If you are not able to come to the book launch event on Saturday, Nov. 15, the Grace Church bookstore will be hosting a My Boy, Ben book signing with David on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10am to 1pm.  Church services take place at 9am and 10:40am if you would like to attend one.

Political Conservatives Need to Be Born Again Too

November 8, 2014

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Guest: David Limbaugh, author, Jesus on Trial

Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:14-15

David Limbaugh grew up as the youngest of two boys in the small Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  You may have heard of his older brother—radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Despite being part of an educated, politically conservative, church-going family, David entered adulthood as a skeptic with regard to the Christian faith.  But when he applied his attorney’s skills to honestly investigate Scripture, David repented of his sin, placed his faith in Christ, and became a born-again Christian.

So what exactly did David Limbaugh discover in studying God’s word?  His most recent book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, already a New York Times bestseller, dives 406 pages deep into the historicity, prophecies, and paradoxes of Scripture, along with investigating the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  David joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to make the case for Christ and Christianity.

Five Things to Keep in Mind for the Mid-Term Election

November 1, 2014

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I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

The mid-term election is coming up on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. Senate and House seats, governorships, judgeships, and many other state and local positions are at stake.

One of the biggest questions is whether Republicans will win enough seats in U.S. Senate races to become the majority, thus controlling both sides of Congress and having more leverage to push back against President Obama and his likely surge even further left in his last two years in office.

With so much on the line, elections like this often bring out the worst in candidates and voters.  False accusations, misrepresentations, fraud, strong-arm fundraising are all too common.

In the midst of the maelstrom, how is a Christian to gain clarity in order to vote in such a way that honors God?

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we’ll discuss “five things to keep in mind for the mid-term election.”  What are they?  Well, you’ll just have to tune in and find out!

Holiness: Our Greatest Need, Our Greatest Lack

October 25, 2014

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Guest: Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness and Holiness Day by Day Devotional

“ … like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”  1 Peter 1:15-16

The attributes of God are endless—He is all-powerful, all-knowing, always present, forgiving yet just, loving yet perfectly wrathful.  But God’s most distinguishing quality above all these, one that completely separates Him from us, is holiness.

“Holy, holy, holy” is the way the angel in Isaiah 6 describes God, emphasizing that just one “holy” isn’t enough to capture His inconceivable righteousness.

And then there’s us.  Fallen.  Prone to sin.  Weak in our flesh.  And yet God calls us to “be holy, for I am holy.”  But how?  What does being holy even mean?

We have just the right guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss holiness.  84-year-old revered author Jerry Bridges will join us to talk about “the pursuit of holiness” (which is also the title of his bestselling book) and how we can make progress in a world and in a body that pulls us the opposite way.

NOTE: Our NEW FEATURED RESOURCES for a donation of any amount are Jerry Bridges’ books, The Pursuit of Holiness (softcover, 179 pages, $12.99 retail) and Holiness Day by Day devotional (hardcover, 336 pages, $19.99 retail).  Either or both would be great to read yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose one for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.  Or better yet, bundle them for a donation of $30 or more.

 

The Journey from False Profession to Assurance of Salvation

October 18, 2014

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Guest: Pastor Greg Lundstedt, Equipping the Saints radio program

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

One pastor called the above passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount the scariest statement in Scripture.  Imagine the horror of going through life thinking you’re a Christian and headed for eternity in heaven, but then standing before Christ on Judgment Day and hearing Him declare, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

According to this passage, a person can profess Christ as Lord and do amazing works in Christ’s name, yet not possess a genuine saving relationship with Him.  So the question is: When we examine own our profession of faith, how can we know if we are truly saved?  Is it a matter of praying the right prayer or doing the right things?

Pastor Greg Lundstedt of Vancouver (WA) Bible Fellowship and Bible teacher of Equipping the Saints radio program will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his own journey from being a professing—but unsaved—Christian to being a true follower of Christ with assurance of salvation.  I hope you will join us for this important discussion.

Proclaiming Christ in a Troubled Urban Culture

October 11, 2014

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Guest: Christopher Brooks, Campus Dean, Moody Theological Seminary

“Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10)

While poverty, government dependency, fatherless families, educational lag, out of wedlock births, abortion, and drug use exist all across America, the large urban centers of our country are particularly characterized by these problems.

The people who populate these urban areas are mostly minority groups, such as blacks and hispanics.  Even 50 years after the civil rights movement and now with a black president, cries of “structural injustice” and “institutional racism” persist as being causal for urban plight.

Whatever the reasons for the problems, how should Christians and churches be reaching into urban areas with helpful solutions, and most importantly, the gospel?

Christopher Brooks, an African-American pastor in Detroit and the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about urban culture in light of his recent book, Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City.

Taking a Time Out to Discuss Spanking

October 4, 2014

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Guest: Dr. John Street and Dr. Ernie Baker, Professors of Biblical Counseling, The Master’s College

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:13-14

A national debate on spanking children has been taking place over the last few weeks (watch, for example, a recent segment on ESPN NFL Countdown) after one of the National Football League’s top running backs, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with child abuse after spanking his four-year-old son, causing visible cuts and bruises.

The Bible, most specifically in the Book of Proverbs, commands parents to physically discipline their children (Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15).  And yet our culture today—and even many professing Christians—say that a child should never be subjected to corporal punishment (i.e. spanked).  In fact, parents can have their child taken away if the state decides that “abuse” is taking place.

What is the difference between spanking and abuse?  Why does the Bible command “using the rod,” and for what kind of transgressions should a child be spanked?  Are other forms of discipline just as effective as spanking?

Dr. John Street and Dr. Ernie Baker, Professors of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others on spanking.  Between them, they have raised ten children, and thus have the experience to go with their expertise.

Why Christ Needed To Be Fully God and Fully Man – rebroadcast from 04/19/14

September 25, 2014

Guest: Greg Gilbert, pastor and author, What Is The Gospel

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

What took place on this weekend 2000 years ago was the most significant event in all of history.

Jesus Christ, having lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, satisfying God’s wrath and justice for our sin. And then Christ rose victoriously over sin and death three days later, thus providing the one way for all of mankind to be reconciled with God.

To accomplish His work, Jesus Christ was and needed to be fully God and fully man. This is known as “the hypostatic union of Christ.” Why is this and how can that be? And what aspects of the gospel message are sometimes overlooked by biblical Christians? And what does the Christian’s union with Christ mean?

Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and author of What Is The Gospel, joins us this Easter weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others.

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