Category: Book Reviews

The Influence of Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp is a New York Times best-selling author with a large following among Christians, particularly Christian women. Many have said her books about pain and brokenness have helped them connect in a deeper way with God.

But Voskamp is not without her critics. Some believe her writings promote unbiblical mysticism and emergent theology.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to discuss Voskamp’s books and influence, along with continuing our discussion from last month on challenges facing the Christian Church in America. Today we focus on the gospel that is often presented in churches these days. Is it the one, true gospel and consistent with God’s Word? Or a dangerous path away from God?

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Dead But Still Wielding Power & Influence

All people eventually die, but some continue to impact generations of people for a very long time. While there are certainly positive examples of this, today we focus on seven people who have died but continue to have an incredibly destructive, negative influence on the world. From evolution with Darwin, psychotherapy and humanism with Freud; progressive education with John Dewey, and the economics of John Maynard Keynes, these individuals left a legacy that has led to a heap of problems.

Our guest this morning, Pastor Randy White, discusses a book by David Breese titled 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave.

Though their bodies lie cold and dormant, the grave cannot contain the influence these seven men have had on today’s world. They continue to rule because they have altered the thinking of society. They generated philosophies that have been ardently grasped by masses of people but are erroneous and anti-scriptural. Today these ideas pervade our schools, businesses, homes, even the church. As we continue to unkowningly subscribe to their philosophies we keep the grave open for: Charles Darwin, Julius Wellhausen, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud, John Maynard Keynes, Soren Kierkegaard and Karl Marx.

In the final segment today, we cover a controversial article about another disappointing voice influencing the Christian community.

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Apostasy & Lies: Will Fans of ‘The Shack’ Care?

Can we at least agree, as Christians, to hold up Young’s words and beliefs against the truth of God’s Word revealed to us in Scripture? As we approach this program today, we should ask what your thoughts are and do you think Young’s description ad understanding of God line up with the Bible or contradict it?

The Shack appeals to our human desire to be loved and forgiven, but it discounts what is required by God: confession and repentance. The movie plays right into the growing mindset in America about wanting benefits without responsibilities. It’s overall message is that God conforms to us instead of our need to be transformed into the image of Christ which produces holy living. The Shack is the prefect message for people who want to think we are all basically good in nature and character.

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Using “The Shack” for God’s Glory

The Shack is a very controversial book within professing Christian circles that is now out in a movie that many professing Christians are excited to see. And Christian churches, ministries and radio stations (not ours) are promoting it heavily under the guise that it can be a tool to share the gospel with unsaved friends. But there is a slight problem: the true gospel does not even remotely appear in the book or the movie.

This morning we discuss The Shack with James Walker of Watchman.org and look at the life and theology of the author, comparing the movie’s theology with the Word of God. And we will attempt to equip you to accomplish what the promoters are claiming the movie can do: reach the lost with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Grace Relations: One Race, One Blood, One God

What is the truth about racism and how do we respond as Christians to a culture confused about the answers? We have a very special guest today, Dr. Charles Ware, President of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. Dr. Ware co-wrote a fascinating, in-depth book, One Race, One Blood, examining the roots of racism that have permeated evolutionary thought, and the Bible’s response to this disturbing issue.

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Visual Learners Will Love This Book

This new full color, hardcover book is called The Bible Graphically Presented, which is a set of 43 graphics that help the student of the Word comprehend the story of redemption found in the pages of Scripture. It is prepared from a dispensational perspective and will be found helpful by students, pastors, and teachers. Each graphic has a short description and space for note taking.

In The Bible Graphically Presented, Dr. Randy White provides a bird’s eye view of the Scripture. The materials in this volume are perfect for individual learning or to use as a teaching resource.

Presented from a dispensational perspective, the charts give the student a means of seeing the overall scope of the Scriptures. With note-taking space provided for each chart, the student can create a resource that will be kept by the desk for many years to come, and often referenced for Biblical and theological knowledge.

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Your Questions & Comments

It’s another Friday and we love turning the microphones over to you, so to speak, and we get to talk about matters that are important to our listeners. Today’s topics include:

The Willow Creek leadership Summit
Jehovah’s Witnesses and a one world government
“White privilege”
the life, death, and legacy of Billy Graham
Who are Yahwists?
The epidemic of LGBT ideology infecting today’s young people
Public Indoctrination, I mean, ‘Education’
Roman Catholicism and the Last Rites sacrament
School violence and proposed gun control legislation
Self-proclaimed “Discernment Ministries”

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Did You Ever Imagine These Things Could Happen?

The response to our Listener shows on Fridays where we talk about your questions and comments has been overwhelmingly positive! It’s been great hearing from so many Christians every week, but is has now reached the point where we have continually been unable to get to all of the comments in a one hour Friday show. This has been a consistent pattern over the last several months and we typically carry them over to the next week. So in our second segment today, we will take some additional time to read your comments and answer your questions.

First, we will listen to and discuss a thought-provoking message from Jan Markell of Understanding the Times Radio titled “I Never Thought I Would See the Day.” This program just aired over the weekend across the country. We’ll also share our thoughts on the events and happenings in our lifetime that have been disappointing or shocking.

Tomorrow we will continue with YOUR comments and questions about: Billy Graham, gun control, Christian marriages, transgenderism, the political divide, Roman Catholic “last rites,” and believers being unequally yoked – to mention a few!

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Religious Freedom Update, and the Death of Billy Graham

God’s Word instructs parents to raise their children based on His Word and principles. But as our beloved nation strays more and more from God there is a slow but steady movement to limit the free speech of Christians and raise our children as citizens of the world, void of Christian values. Through federal legislation supporting the United Nations’ attempt to indoctrinate our children, we are seeing the authority of parents undermined at every turn.

This morning we look at a few chilling court cases that underscore the agenda to indoctrinate our children and usurp parental authority over them. In our first segment we are joined by Brad Dacus of The Pacific Justice Institute to look the continuing attacks on Christians in America. Are we on the brink of losing our freedoms to raise our children in the way of the Lord and live by our Christian values?

We also touch on the breaking news of Billy Graham’s death. He passed away this morning at 99 years old.

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Addressing the Growing Crisis in Public Education

Last week, an expelled student known for erratic behavior and run-ins with police returned to his former High School in Florida and murdered 17 people. Predictably, the liberal media’s primary message and solution is “more gun control”—a simplistic response to a complex crisis. Rather than looking deeper at the spiritual, it is made a political, Democrat vs Republican issue, which I believe is irresponsible.

Instead of taking the time to understand the underlying causes for these tragedies, liberals continue to blame guns–inanimate objects that only do what the person holding them makes them do. Why does the left spout this continuing response to violence? Because the only alternative is to acknowledge that sinful man can be evil—a direct contradiction to their liberal and often atheist beliefs.

So what can be done? Dr. Randy White joins us to discuss public education issues as well as some possible solutions. Then we’ll tackle the latest fad hitting higher education in our nation: White privilege.

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