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On What Daring Mission is God Calling You?

February 28, 2015

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Guest: Dr. Steven Lawson, pastor and author, The Daring Mission of William Tyndale

How sweet are Your words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Psalm 119:103

TyndaleMost American Christians don’t consider having a Bible—or multiple Bibles—in their home a notable occurrence.  After all, the Bible is the bestselling book of all time and therefore its ubiquitousness seems rather unremarkable.

That is, until they hear about William Tyndale, a 16th century Englishman who fled his home country and was eventually martyred for translating the Bible from its original languages (Hebrew and Greek) into English.

Tyndale’s daring life mission was to get the Bible into the hands of regular people so that could hear from God directly rather than through clergy who read it in a foreign language and interpreted it wrongly.

Dr. Steven Lawson joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us about the life of William Tyndale and why his daring mission is so relevant for us today.

Order your copy of Dr. Steven Lawson’s book for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

Standing Strong in Christ … Whatever the Cost

February 21, 2015

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Guests: David and Jason Benham, authors, Whatever the Cost

And they [Christians] overcame him [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11

Whatever_the_Cost_s2For millennia, there has been a cost to being a Christian, as all manner of persecution and death have come to Christians around the world.  A barbaric, evil example of this recently occurred when Islamists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya.

For most of American history, there has been comparatively little cost for being a Christian.  Sure, outspoken Christians are shunned, reviled, and looked over for positions of leadership.  The worst persecution—thus far—has been Christians being sued or losing a business for refusing to provide services for a homosexual “wedding”.

Identical twin brothers David and Jason Benham know all about the marginalization of Christians that is becoming increasing common in our country.  Highly successful real estate entrepreneurs, they were contracted to do a real estate reality program on HGTV network when show executives pulled the plug at the last minute over their biblical views.

In light of their new book, David and Jason will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to help us understand how we can stand strong … whatever the cost.

Scripture: Not One Error … Anywhere

February 14, 2015

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Guest:  Abner Chou, Biblical Studies Professor, The Master’s College

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, The Master’s College
2009 Teacher of the Year, TMC
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The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever. Psalm 12:6-7

If we didn’t have the Bible—God’s revelation to us written in a book—what would be our basis for truth, for knowing right from wrong, for understanding how to think and live in our world?

Or, what if the Bible had errors in it, where statements about people, places, and events were proven false?

The perfect truthfulness of Scripture in every word is one of the great foundations of the Christian faith.  For example, if what the Bible says about Jesus Christ is incorrect, our faith, as the apostle Paul states, is “empty” and “futile”.

For the past several years, The Christian Worldview has held an essay contest for students interested in attending The Master’s College in California.  The question that students wrestled with this year was: Define and explain the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and the role that it plays in a Christian worldview.

Great question, but perhaps challenging for some of us to clearly articulate.  The good news is the Dr. Abner Chou, professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College, will join us this weekend—along with the grand prize winner of the essay contest—to discuss the importance of biblical inerrancy.

Understanding the Great Words of Salvation

February 7, 2015

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Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 1:13

There are some big words in Scripture that can seem too long and too hard to understand.  Words such as justification, propitiation, imputation, regeneration, reconciliation, and many others.Sadly, many pastors shy away from teaching these great words of salvation for fear of preaching over the heads of the congregation.  Some modern Bible translations remove the words altogether, considering them out of date and therefore out of relevance for people today.

But is there something we are missing by not being intimately acquainted with the great words of salvation?  What do they actually mean and why are they as relevant today as ever?

Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we investigate the meaning and application of these words.  Because, if we are to believe in the gospel, we must know what it actually is.

How Political Correctness Stifles Necessary Truth

January 30, 2015

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Guest: Franklin Graham, president, Samaritan’s Purse

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor…”  Ephesians 4:25

Political correctness is defined as “demonstrating progressive ideals, especially by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, especially concerning race and gender.”

In our day and age, there are two additional subjects that political correctness demands nary a discouraging word be spoken: Islam and homosexuality.

Which is surprising considering how Islamic jihadists murder and terrorize all over the world, and how the homosexual movement in America seeks to punish individuals and businesses who take a stand against it.  One would think that speaking up would be the right thing to do.

Franklin Graham, president of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is well aware of the speech boundaries put up by the “PC Police.”  He has been lambasted as an “Islamophobe” for speaking out against Duke University’s decision (since rescinded) to allow the Muslim Students Association to broadcast their Friday call to prayer over the campus’ chapel bell tower.

Franklin will be our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview.

What Really Is The State of Our Union?

January 24, 2015

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Guest: Bryan Fischer, host, Focal Point

“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.

Why The World Has No Answer To Islamic Jihad

January 17, 2015

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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.”

Why Did You Become a Christian?

January 10, 2015

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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!

Heaven is for Real. Yes, But I “Got Questions” About That. – rebroadcast from 05/03/14

January 3, 2015

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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.”

Jesus As He Is (Not As The World Portrays Him) – rebroadcast from 09/20/14

December 29, 2014

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Guest: Todd Friel, author, Jesus Unmasked

jesus unmasked thumbHe 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

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