Sadly, another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has been beheaded by the incredibly ruthless group ISIS, as this report from CNN confirms.
For those interested in learning more about this unprecedented terrorist army-state, I recommend Graeme Wood’s article at The New Republic, “What ISIS’ Leader Really Wants.”
Author/Blogger/Speaker, Jen Hatmaker, will join me this morning on “Front Page” on WWIB and WWIB.com from 10:15 to 11am to discuss her new book, “Interrupted,” her new reality show, “My Big Family Renovation” on HGTV, and her past book, “Seven.”
A week from today Willow Creek kicks off their 20th annual Global Leadership Summit. My wife and I have attended many of these summits over the years, and are pumped up to watch next week’s summit at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire via satellite. If there’s ANY possible way you can make it, I urge you to join us at Bethesda or at one of the many satellite locations hosting the summit Aug. 14 and 15.
Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor, Bill Hybels
June 5th on FP my guest for the full hour discussing his book “Love Hunger” was David Kyle Foster. Amidst the powerful interview on overcoming sexual addiction, including his days as a male prostitute, Foster talked about his new documentary movie. Well it’s out and it’s called “Such Were Some of You,” a two-hour documentary designed to equip church leaders and laity in how to more redemptively minister to homosexuals. Having seen the trailer, I can’t wait to see the whole thing! Watch the trailer yourself right now and tell me what you think. Who wants to be the FIRST church to bring it to the Chippewa Valley, and La Crosse and all over the state?
It begins with people on the street vs biblical experts like Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Robert Gagnon, and Dr. Neil T. Anderson. Then it moves into interviews with more than two dozen former homosexuals (led by Dr. Julie Hamilton) who talk about how they developed homosexual attraction, what the gay lifestyle was really like, how they came to Christ, and what God has done since to bring healing and change to their lives.
Available to screen in churches and conferences, it also comes on DVD in two versions: a Regular Edition and a Leader’s Edition (that contains a discussion guide for use in Sunday School classes, home fellowship groups, support groups, seminars, counseling sessions, etc.)
An invaluable discipleship tool that the Church has needed for generations.
This past Friday, Wisconsin became the 15th state in the last year alone to have its marriage protection amendment overturned by a federal judge. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful just to look and see what does the Holy Bible actually say about marriage:
Genesis 2:18-24………………..Marriage is God’s idea
Genesis 24:58-60……………….Commitment is essential to a successful marriage
Song of Songs 4:9-10……………Romance is important
Jeremiah 7:34………………….Marriage holds times of great joy
Malachi 2:14-15………………..Marriage creates the best environment for raising children
Matthew 5:32…………………..Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of trust, the foundation of all relationships
Matthew 19:6…………………..Marriage is permanent
Romans 7:2,3…………………..Ideally, only death should dissolve marriage
Ephesians 5:21-33………………Marriage is based on the principled practice of love, not on feelings
Ephesians 5:23-32………………Marriage is a living symbol of Christ and the church
Hebrews 13:4…………………..Marriage is good and honorable
It’s graduation season! So who’s given the best commencement address? I believe it’s this TREMENDOUS message given by Admiral William H. Mc Raven, given to the Class of 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Easter season has arrived, and a variety of new films introducing Christian topics and themes have come with it. One highly anticipated movie comes from the NY Times bestseller list, “Heaven Is For Real“. The story of 4-year old Colton Burpo, who, as the book explains, went to heaven but returned to earth with all manner of heavenly knowledge.
The film includes Greg Kinnear as Colton’s father, who himself struggles to believe his son actually went to heaven. However, he is convinced when Colton begins to impart knowledge that could only be revealed to him by God. With the introduction of the topic of Heaven, there is bound to be criticism from both the secular and spiritual sides. Some are wondering if the film is biblically sound, if this idea is being used solely to turn a profit. The fact that the book made the NY Times bestseller list shows that Christians and non-Christians alike are interested in the idea of life after death. What are some thoughts on this topic? Some of Hollywood’s outpouring of “Christian” films of late aren’t biblically sound, but this story seems to follow the gospel message closely and could be ideal for those “seeking” the faith.
What is the real future of Obamacare? Ben Domenech does a great job of telling us in this piece in “The Federalist.”
Two days after announcing it would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision has reversed its decision.
After being disappointed with their initial decision, I applaud them for having the courage to recognize the error of their ways and promptly deal with it.
On the March 5th “Front Page” on WWIB, I talked with Trinity Equestrian co-owner, Toni Mattson, about her recent testimony before the Veteran Affairs committee of the Senate and the Assembly in Madison. She spoke out strongly in favor of SB 613 and AB 805, legislation that will allow the Secretary of our state Department of Veteran Affairs to access and make available by a grant process already set aside money to Wisconsin non-profits(like Trinity) that are providing services to our state’s vets.
Toni says this is a HUGE move forward. Toni is thrilled she was able to testify before the committees regarding Trinity’s story, the progress they’ve seen with their equine therapy with the many vets they’ve served, and to tell how amazingly helpful this legislation would be to many WI non-profits if passed.
Take Action–Toni is asking as many folks as possible to call State Senator Jerry Petrowski’s office and express support for SB 613 and AB805. You can do this by calling 608-266-2502. Thanks!