What’s so ‘Good’ about ‘Good Friday?’

It's a paradox. God willingly sacrifices Himself for the humanity that boastfully, gleefully kills Him. It makes no sense. There was absolutely no beauty in the torture, the pain, the blood, the death. Everything we hope for in a Savior is savagely obliterated in the violent scene played out in Jerusalem.

And yet...

We can't not look at the Cross. At the broken and battered offering. What is really going on at Calvary? Norm takes a hard and lingering look at what Christ did and continues to do.

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Who’s On Trial Here?

Was it a legal hatchet-job? A tragedy of cosmic proportions? Or something else, altogether?  The trial of Jesus for sedition stands out in history as a seemingly unexplainable injustice. But that's really not the message God intended. What He did intend, and accomplished, goes far beyond our wildest expectations. Today Norm takes a very different look at the story.

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Budapest’s Resurrection Sunday

My how things change... The end of the 1980s brought a sea change in politics and human rights to the European nations of the former Soviet Bloc. And we were there to see it happen in real time. More than two decades later, what is the spiritual fruit of those momentous events?

Well, for a new generation a fresh wind of the Spirit is blowing through these former socialist countries. In an age of social media the evidence is as close as our computer screens.  Our producer, Bram Floria, joins Norm in studio to share some personal storie

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Hagar in Afghanistan

Hagar is an international Christian organization dedicated to the protection, recovery and community integration of survivors of human rights abuse; particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation.

Today we talk to Bronwyn Graham from Hagar in Afghanistan where freedom of religion does not exist and the rights of women and minorities are often compromised. Afghanistan desperately needs the love and peace of God. Hagar serves individual women and children, doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness.

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A Christian Perspective on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The news reports are vague and incomplete from the frontlines in Syria. We're hearing even less from the refugee camps that litter the borders with Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. But Compassion Radio has a long history reaching out to the Church in Syria and we do know enough to help. Right now at least 850 Christian Syrian families are huddled in the mountains of Lebanon waiting out the conflict. The situation is dire. Norm's guest today, Dr. Martin Accad, will help fill in the details so we can pray and act more effectively.

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A Great and Terrible Love

Norm welcomes guest Mark Galli -  a man with a lot to share. Some of it joyful. Some of it painful. But it's all about God. And that means it's holy.

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Pt. 3

Norm and Cher conclude an overview of Norm's recent trip to Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Pt. 2

Norm and Cher continue their discussion on the current state of the refugee crisis in eastern Lebanon.

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Pt. 1

Ripped from the headlines - Norm visits those suffering the most in the tragic, ongoing Syrian civil war. Part 1 of a 3 part series

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Persecuted Christians in Algeria

Youth and Moxie - it's all you need to get ahead in life, right? Well, we all grow up eventually and discover that we can't control everything. Lindsay Vessey's a special breed. She's applied herself with youth, energy and wisdom in the pursuit of God's priorities. She's right in the middle of the ultimately important work of rescuing, sustaining and encouraging those persecuted for Christ around the world.

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An Algerian Disciple

When you think the Muslim world, what comes to mind? The Middle East? Central Asia? What about Africa? Algeria is at the heart of African Islam. It's also the heart of a growing Christian community. With the world rapidly entering a new era of opportunity and peril, it's important for us to know where the news frontlines are.

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Tea with Hezbollah

Of the interesting, intrepid people we interview on Compassion Radio, Carl Medearis ranks at the top. He keeps pace with some of the most adventurous people we know. His newest book "Tea with Hezbollah" is a good indicator. It's not just a gripping real-life account of his journey through the contested territories of the Middle East, it's a modern guidebook to living the story of the Good Samaritan.

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Teaching Around the World

Norm's guest today, Darrell McCarthy, is the kind of person you always wanted as a teacher - knowledgeable, compassionate, involved and inspirational. He's also the kind of person that just might change the whole world for the better.

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On the Road with Compassion Radio

Nurses do an immense amount of good every single day. So, how does someone who serves as a nurse do even more exceptional things? By stepping out in faith.

Victoria Base Smith is certainly extraordinary. As a nurse, professor, missionary and adventurer, she's been just the kind of person that inspires Compassion Radio and thousands of listeners. Today you'll hear more of her partnership with us and how it's opened up some amazing opportunities.

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The Next Child

How do you change the world? One child at a time. Sounds like a great bumper sticker, doesn't it? A more important question might be why change the world, or bother with the children at all? Norm's personal quest for the answers led to some startling, and life-changing consequences.

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

From someone who's seen more of 20th Century American race history than most, comes a powerful story of triumph and struggle. John Perkins has seen it all - from abject poverty to the American dream realized. And the journey led straight through the tough streets of southern cities.

What does his experience have to teach us today, in an age of culture wars and religious intolerance? Plenty.

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Magnificent Martyrdom, Pt. 2

Yesterday, Norm introduced us to one of his spiritual heroes, Marj Saint Van Der Puys. As one of the surviving widows of the Auca Indian attack on American missionaries, she bore the grief and struggle of rebuilding a life with young children. To raise godly, compassionate children in such circumstances would constitute a triumph. But Marj accomplished much more than that. Today these to old friends reminisce and look forward to a future of even more amazing chapters in the Great Commission.

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Magnificent Martyrdom, Pt. 1

It was the great mission drama and tragedy of the 20th Century: Five young, visionary missionary adventurers doing the impossible - bringing the Gospel to the most feared headhunters of the western Amazon Rain Forest. They developed new technologies and methods. They made friendly contact with the tribe. They were unified in prayer and purpose. They worshiped powerfully. They had families absolutely committed to the goal.

Yet they were struck down... and millions of Life Magazine readers were horrified at the images and the seemingly senseless tragedy of it all.

Today and tomorrow, Norm visits with a dear friend who lived through it, Marj Saint Van Der Puys.

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Wilbur Nelson: 50th Anniversary Interview

Today marks the beginning of our 8th Decade of Ministry!

In 2003, this ministry's founder went home to be with the Lord. Wilbur Nelson was 94 years young. And if you asked him that year what his plans were, he probably would have said "To tell the people about the Lord, the Lord's love and the Lord's work." Pretty much what he'd been doing for the better part of a century.

As the baton was passing to the next generation, Norm sat his father down for a more intimate look at the roots of this ministry, the things that have changed and most importantly what has not changed.

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Radio for the Sake of Others

So, why do we do what we do? Why do we bother? Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? Is anyone being helped and encouraged?

We're not afraid to ask the questions. And we're even brave enough to try answering them. Cher joins Norm in studio today.

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Sharing Christ with Muslims, Pt. 2

Last week we reintroduced our Compassion Radio Family to some very good friends, Mike and Samya Johnson from Call of Love Ministries. Today we pick up on the previous conversation about how to really reach out to Muslims in the name of Jesus. It's so much simpler and riskier than we thought!

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Thinking ‘Christianly’ About Muslims

If a Muslim walked in your door you'd know it, right? You'd know basically what he believes, where he comes from and what he thinks of you, right?

Let's stop right there. Consider the possibility - however remote - that you might just have some preconceptions about this person. Perhaps even a mistaken impression or two. OK - are we on the same page, now? We'll leave it to Norm and his guest, Warren Larsen to take it from here.
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