January 24, 2015
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Proverbs 14:34
In the opening lines of President Obama’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday, he said the following:
“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” (full transcript here)
But is that true? Has “the shadow of crisis passed” in our country? Is the state of our union “strong”? What exactly defines a strong nation?
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will hear sound bites and discuss the content of the President’s address and seek to understand from a biblical perspective just how strong our union is and how pleasing this nation is to God.
January 17, 2015
Guest: Pastor Mark Durie, author and international conference speaker on Islam
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
The world witnessed yet another Islamic rampage in Paris recently, and responded with a large rally in support of free speech rather than denouncing the Islamic ideology that inspired the attack.
Soon after, Duke University, one of the highest rated academic institutions in the country, made the decision to allow the Muslim Students Association to broadcast the Friday Islamic call to prayer over the campus’ bell tower. They said it was due to their “commitment to religious pluralism.” Duke has since changed their mind, citing “security threats.”
Islam continues to advance in violent and non-violent ways, and the West seems to have no understanding what is taking place or how to respond. Fortunately, our guest this weekend does. Mark Durie is an Australian pastor who has written three books on Islam and speaks all over the world on the religion. He will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to explain “Why The World Has No Answer To Islamic Jihad.”
January 10, 2015
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
The most important decision one can make in life is to “receive Christ” (John 1:12). It is a life- and eternity-changing decision, one that involves both God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility (John 1:12-13).
The decision is so major, the circumstances leading to it so varied, and the result so dramatic that Christians often ask each other: “How did you become a Christian?”
Asking the “how” question of salvation is certainly good, but asking “Why did you become a Christian?” may be a better way to not only understand the how of another’s faith story but to discern whether that person truly has been “rescued … from the domain of darkness, and transferred … into the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).
There is really only one “why”, one motivation that leads to genuine saving faith. What is it? We will kick off the first LIVE program of The Christian Worldview in 2015 discussing this most important topic!
January 3, 2015
Guest: S. Michael Houdmann, founder, GotQuestions.org
I know a man in Christ who…was caught up to the third heaven…and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (1 Corinthians 12:2,4)
The Bible contains much that is profound and complex for our finite minds to understand. Questions naturally arise such as: What is the character of God? Is Jesus the only way to God? Do heaven and hell exist?
In addition, a seemingly inexhaustible list of other questions arises on topics like marriage and divorce, homosexuality, women in the church, God’s plan of salvation, and many, many more.
Asking questions is a good thing. The good news is that the Bible, God’s Word, provides answers.
S. Michael Houdmann, founder and CEO of the question-and-answer website, GotQuestions.org, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss some of the crucial and common questions his ministry receives and answers, including the increasing incidence of Christians claiming supernatural experiences and direct revelation from God in light of the popularity of the book/movie, “Heaven is for Real.”
December 29, 2014
Guest: Todd Friel, author, Jesus Unmasked
He was never the president of a nation or a military conqueror. He had little money and lived just 33 years. Yet Jesus Christ is the most well-known and influential person to ever walk the face of the earth.
The four gospels in the Bible are biographies of Jesus’ life. Scores of other books have been written about Him to discover who He really is. Is Jesus primarily a champion for the poor and oppressed? Is Jesus mainly a role model for us to “be good”? Is it even possible to gain an accurate understanding of Jesus, a man who lived 2000 years ago and who has been defined and redefined so many different ways?
Todd Friel, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, will answer these questions and others about the true identity of Jesus. Todd is the host of the syndicated radio and television programs called Wretched. Todd will show that all of Scripture points to Jesus the Christ, from the Old Testament to the New, and that Jesus is who He claimed to be—the Son of God and Savior of mankind.
NOTE: For a limited time, we are offering Todd Friel’s just-released book, Jesus Unmasked, for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.
“Jesus Unmasked will strengthen believers in their faith, and will convict and convince unbelievers to repent and trust in Christ. The book is highly-readable and is marked by Todd’s trademark wit.” – David Wheaton
December 20, 2014
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
The above passage is one that is well-known and oft-read. An angel proclaiming the birth of Christ to shepherds in the fields around Bethlehem. A baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Who were these shepherds and why was this “sign” given to them? Was the sign simply a way for them to identify the Christ-child from other babies in Bethlehem? Or was there much deeper meaning to a baby being wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manager that pointed to the real identity of Jesus?
December 13, 2014
Guest: Michele Lentz, Child Protection League
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
The ink was hardly dry from homosexual marriage laws when the next frontier of our country rejecting God has already come upon us—transgender-rights laws.
The Minnesota State High School League recently passed a law that students who “self identify” as a different sex than the one with which they were born can now compete on opposite-sex teams. For example, boys who consider themselves girls will now be able to play on the girls’ teams starting next school year.
Such is the age we live in where God’s assigning of one’s sex is rejected in favor of radical self-autonomy.
Renee Doyle, President of CPLAction (Child Protection League) and Michele Lentz, State Coordinator of CPLAction, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss this new transgender law, and why, if it’s not in your state now, it will likely be coming soon.
December 6, 2014
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1-2
Who or what is the basis for truth, for what’s right and what’s wrong, for laws, morality, personal decisions, even the age of earth? Is it the Word of God or the ideas of man?
The authority of Scripture has been largely discarded in our society, and explains why, for instance, the Minnesota State High School League just ruled that “transgender” students who “self identify” as opposite their biological gender can compete on sports teams opposite their birth gender. That’s right, students who were born boys but now identify as girls can plan on girls’ teams (and vice versa) … and presumably share lockers rooms and showers as well.
This is yet another example of the rejection of God’s Word, where there is no basis for right and wrong aside from personal opinions, emotional appeals, cries for “equality,” and derision for anyone who dares to say, “Thus saith the Lord…”
Dr. Henry Morris III, CEO of the Institute for Creation Research, has dedicated his life to standing for the authority of Scripture, especially in the context of the history and origins of the earth. He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss the importance of biblical authority in all matters of life.
NEW: The Henry Morris Study Bible, which contains over 10,000 study notes and offers a comprehensive analysis of biblical creation and the authority of Scripture. Dr. John MacArthur calls this Bible, “an invaluable tool for the defense of the Christian faith.” In King James Version with black genuine leather cover, the Henry Morris Study Bible lists for $94.99, but we are offering it for a donation of $75 or more (includes shipping) to The Christian Worldview.
November 29, 2014
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.
November 22, 2014
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
Love 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!