Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Interview on Moody's Prime Time America

Paul Butler of Moody Radio's Prime Time America interviewed me today on my favorite subject: the gospel. Paul read an article I wrote entitled, "A Message Worth Fighting For," that appears in the February issue of TableTalk and thought it might be helpful to discuss the simplicity of the gospel on the program.

It is slated to air at 5:20 Easter Time on Moody Radio stations. An mp3 will be available later. I will provide a link once it is accessible. EDIT: Here is the link to the mp3.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Radio Interview Tuesday, January 26, 2008

Kevin Boling of the "Knowing the Truth" radio program will interview me tomorrow in conjunction with their month-long celebration of 2009 as the 500th anniversary of the birth of Calvin. Kevin is interviewing several of the contributors to Burk Parsons' book, John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology. Previous guests on the show include Phil Ryken, Richard Phillips and Thabiti Anyabwile.

I think Kevin wants to talk to me about what Calvin was like as a boy and my memories of him from the neighborhood. :-)

The broadcast can be heard at 1:00-2:00 PM tomorrow on Christian Talk 660 originating out of Greenville, SC. It may also be heard live via the internet here. For more information on Kevin and the program, check out their website (and note the wonders of photoshop in the last mug on the page!).

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Radio interview on Pilgrim Radio

Bill Feltner, of Pilgrim Radio, recently interviewed me about my close encounter with lightning last summer. I mention it here because I continue to receive inquiries about my experience and many encouragements from people who have prayed for me. Bill asked me to describe what happened and give an update on how I am doing today. By God's grace, I am doing very well with very few residual effects.

The interview will be broadcast 3 times on stations reaching several western states. It may also be heard online at the following times:

Monday, November 10, 2008, Eastern Time
5:04 AM
3:04 PM

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, Eastern Time
12:04 AM

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Radio Interview on "Iron Sharpens Iron"

Chris Arnzen will interview me today starting at 3:00 EST on the theological roots of the Southern Baptist Convention.

You can listen to the interview live in New York & Connecticut on WNYG-1440AM Radio or over the internet at or There will be opportunity to call in with questions at: 1-631-321-WNYG (9694)

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Friday, June 13, 2008

KFUO AM, St. Louis, Radio Interview

Paul Clayton of KFUO in St. Louis will interview me today at 9:05 AM about the SBC annual meeting and Resolution #6. The program can be heard on the internet via their website at the link above.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Iron Sharpens Iron radio interview from Indy

Monday, June 9, 2008 I will be interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his radio show, "Iron Sharpens Iron" at 3PM Eastern time. The show can be heard in New York & Connecticut on WNYG-1440AM Radio. It is also can be heard on the web via Chris's blog or at the station's website. We will be discussing the reformed roots of the SBC as well as the resolution on integrity in church membership that I hope will make it out in some form at the Southern Baptist Convention this week.

I met my wife in Indianapolis tonight after preaching at Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky this morning. That is a wonderful church and I was greatly encouraged by the privilege of worshiping with them. Pastor Ted Christman is an old and dear friend. He and his fellow pastors have done a great job shepherding God's people there. I hate to be away from my home church on Sunday but the wonderful time of worship with the family at Heritage made it easier to bear today.

Indianapolis is hot and humid. I am grateful that we are not being affected by all of the flooding that has taken place elsewhere in the state. The SBC Pastors Conference continues tomorrow followed by the annual SBC meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. The Founders Breakfast will take place before the first session Tuesday morning. Eric Redmond will be preaching and we are sold out but trying to arrange to squeeze in a few more who want to come.

Already I have bumped into a few friends and acquaintances. Several have asked if I know when the Resolution Committee will bring out their report. I don't, but I suspect it will be Wednesday morning.

If I have time, I will post any thoughts or reflections I have on the proceedings of the next few days. The presidential election and Resolutions Committee's report are the two main business items on my radar.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Interview on the resolution

Paul Dean and Kevin Boling, hosts of the daily talk radio show, Calling for Truth, have asked me to join them Monday, May 19, 2008 1 PM Eastern time for their program. We are scheduled to talk about the resolution on integrity in church membership that I have submitted to the Resolutions Committee of Southern Baptist Convention.

You can listen to the program live or find an archived version of it after today at the Calling for Truth website. Click on the "Listen Online" button on the top right. Or, if you are in the Greensville, SC area, you may listen at Christiantalk 660. The phone number to use in order to participate in the conversation is 1-888-660-WLFJ(9535).

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Prime Time America interview, and what all the attention on Calvinism indicates

Moody Radio's Prime Time America is scheduled to broadcast a story today for which I was interviewed. I don't know when the segment will air but the show starts at 5PM Eastern time. It is about (what else?) the resurgence of Calvinism in the SBC. Phil Fleischman did a great job with the interview and indicated that he also interviewed Paige Patterson for the story. In addition to being heard on Moody stations it will be available on their website and will be archived after the broadcast.

All of the interest in this subject is good for a variety of reasons. First, it is evidence that a doctrinal renewal is taking place within the SBC. That has been obvious to some of us for years, but it has been harder to convince others. Some simply haven't been too observant, but others, I think, just don't want to face up to the reality of what it taking place, largely out of fear that is based on misunderstanding or at least incomplete understanding. If I believed some of the popular caricatures about Calvinism and Calvinists then I, too, would be afraid of a so-called "Calvinistic resurgence." I should also add that if some of the worst examples of those who call themselves Calvinists are representative of the resurgence, then I would also be fearful of it. But the caricatures are simply that and the radical extremists may make a lot of noise but are very small in number and do not represent the movement.

A second reason this attention is a good thing is that it is provoking some serious investigation into what is going on. Collin Hansen, who wrote the famous, "Young, Reformed, Restless" cover story for Christianity Today last year, has a full length book on the resurgence coming out in early April. I have read the manuscript and found it very helpful in putting human faces on the resurgence. Also, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary's journal, Theology for Ministry, plans to have an article on this in the upcoming May issue. The more this movement is investigated, the more the caricatures will be exposed and the truth will be brought to light. That is not to suggest that there are no negative realities within the movement. There are, and where they exist, they will be brought to light as well. Anyone who is familiar with the history of reformation and revival knows well that the devil always keeps pace with what the Lord does in seasons of renewal. What is happening today is no exception and those of us who count ourselves a part of this movement should not resist the kind of honest critique that others might make of us. In fact, we need it so that we can be helped to see what we otherwise might overlook or ignore.

A third reason that I believe this kind of attention is a good thing is that it will cause some people to take a fresh look at things the Bible teaches. This is always a valuable exercise. Too often we become perfunctory in our Bible reading. Anything that awakens us to reexamine Scripture with greater care will serve us well.

I have to confess some aversion to being asked about Calvinism in the SBC. By trying to answer some of the questions that come my way I find that some people think that this is all that I care about, or what I am most passionate about. That is simply not true. As I stated to some friends recently, my fear is not the the SBC is not Calvinistic enough, but that it is not Christian enough. My understanding of what is happening is this: the revival of biblical Christianity within the SBC is provoking a resurgence of the doctrines of grace. There are many who are genuinely concerned about the former who are not "five-point-Calvinists," and that doesn't bother me at all. What I have discovered is that brothers and sisters in that camp are not fearful about the "resurgence of Calvinism," either. That kind of mutual respect and common commitment provides the groundwork for genuine unity and healthy cooperation. I am greatly encouraged to see it happening on an ever-increasing scale.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Radio Interview on the resurgence of Calvinism

Bill Feltner of Pilgrim Radio interviewed me for 30 minutes recently about the resurgence of Calvinism in Baptist life. The station is non-commercial and is based in Nevada. I love their mission statement:
Our mission is to establish and operate radio stations and related media facilities for the purpose of advancing a program of Christian education using an artful blend of music and Scripture, stimulating instruction, interesting guests, and great books, all done in the public interest.
The interview is scheduled to be broadcast over the airwaves and with internet streaming 3 times today: 5:04am; 3:04pm and 12:04am (on the 20th). All times are Pacific.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Building Bridges Radio Interview today at 1PM (Eastern time)

Kevin Boling and Paul Dean of the Calling for Truth radio talk show will interview me today at 1PM (Eastern time) about the recently concluded Building Bridges conference. The program airs live on the airwaves in SC (and parts of NC, TN and GA) on Christian Talk 660am. A live audio stream is also available via the web at the link above (select the Listen Online button in the top right-hand corner of the homepage) and at Sermon Audio.

Listeners may call 1.888.660.9535 during the program with comments and questions.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Radio Interview with Mike Corley

Mike Corley has invited me to be on his radio show Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 12:15 Central Time. It is available live on the internet from his site and also on the Salem Radio Network. We will be discussing "Do We Need Revival or Reformation?"

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thursday Radio Interview on WNYG

Chris Arnzen of WNYG in New York has invited me to be on his "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio talk show this Thursday from 3-4 PM Eastern time, to discusss Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism. It can be heard live via their website. Archived copies of the programs are also available.

On Friday, September 21, from 3-PM I will participate in a "Pastors' Roundtable" on the same program. It is also available on the links above.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Radio Interview with Dr. Denny Burk

Dr. Denny Burk, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, will interview me about integrity in church membership and the resolution that I have submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention's resolution committee for the annual meeting in San Antonio next month. The radio station is KCBI out of Dallas. Denny is guest-hosting for Dr. Jerry Johnson on the Jerry Johnson Live talk show. It can be accessed online via livestream at station's website. The program begins at 5 PM Central Time today. That is 6 PM for those of us on the right coast.

There is also a podcast for the show: Jerry Johnson Live Podcast which should be available for download tomorrow.

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