The Miracle of Bethlehem Bible College

Yesterday we introduced you to Bethlehem Bible College, a modern-day miracle. Just knowing that faithful Christians are bearing witness to the risen Christ in the city of His birth is encouraging enough. But to learn that they are training Palestinian pastors and evangelists to expand that witness throughout the Middle East ought to move us to celebration!

In this literal 'Cradle of Christianity,' Bethlehem Bible College fearlessly follows their Lord and plans to execute the Great Commission. Today, Norm and Cher discuss some of the amazing people they met at the 'Christ at the Checkpoint Conference.'


Discovering Bethlehem Bible College

It's  sleepy little town in the shadow of a big city. And between them stretches a slender thread that holds the salvation of all mankind.  At least that's the image we like to keep in mind. Today Bethlehem stands in the shadow of distrust, politics, militarization and miles of reinforced concrete.  The wall that now divides the Holy Land rivals the Great Wall of China in its height and interruption.

But God is at work in those shadows... in a big way. And one institution, just steps from the birthplace of Jesus, is bringing His light and life to the West Bank and all the occupied territories. Norm invites good friend and expert, Terry Madison, to explore the real issues facing today's Middle East pastors and evangelists - and what Compassion Radio is doing to help.


Journey of the Magi, Pt. 2

O star of wonder, star of light, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.

Across the desert sands Robin Wainwright and a gathering of latter-day wisemen followed in procession, this time discovering Jesus all along the way. Norm and his guest conclude their discussion on this most unusual anniversary celebration of one history's most famous quests.


Journey of the Magi, Pt. 1

It's said we follow in the steps of others. Sometimes those we follow are giants of history and remarkable men. Norm's guest, Robin Wainwright did that in a very literal way! He followed the path beaten out across the Middle East by the most famous of 'seekers' - the Wise Men of biblical fame. He found much more than mere echoes of a bygone era. Today and tomorrow he shares what he discovered.


Teaching China’s Best at Peking University, Pt. 2

Norm picks up on yesterday's theme with a new friend and colleague, Bill MacFarland. How do Christians make a impact on a generation of Chinese students? By teaching them well, of course. But how do Christians make an eternal impact on a generation of Chinese students? By getting to the heart of the matter...


Teaching China’s Best at Peking University, Pt. 1

In the Summer of 2014, Norm and Cher hit the road for the academic equivalent of the Olympics - teaching the top-flite students of the world's largest nation. It was also the launching point for new avenues of ministry, as you'll hear today and tomorrow. Cher joins Norm in studio.


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. In this classic Compassion Radio broadcast from the tumultous years after 9/11, you'll hear about our amazing partnership with herand how it's opened up some amazing opportunities.


Power in Persecution

"I find I am strong when I am weak..." So the Apostle Paul lays out one of the foundational paradoxes of the Christian faith.  It's a living reality for the persecuted Church of China. We've seen that paradox close-up, and it changed this ministry for good.


The Two Sides of Thanksgiving

Hope you're having a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! While we enjoy the fellowship of loved-ones and lightheartedly venture out into 'Black Friday' for shopping adventures, it's more of a genuine struggle for our Christian family around the world. 

The believers in Baghdad, Iraq, for example, have learned that 'gratefulness' and 'cheerfulness' don't always go hand-in-hand. They've had a tough row to hoe for some time now. But there's no mistaking their passion, faith, and even joy in extraordinary difficulties. Paul says "I've learned to be content in all circumstances - in plenty and in want..." So there are really two sides to Thanksgiving. Cher joins Norm in studio for this truthful, faith-building and even sobering look at how those far from our comfort and ease give thanks today. As a result, perhaps you'll give special thanks for them on this special holiday.


The Word for the World

What can a bible in China do? Save a soul? Encourage a believer? How 'bout "Change the World?" That is precisely what the Word of God is doing through the believers in China. Cher joins Norm in studio for this enlightening and powerful look at the real impact of scripture in the world today.


Impossible People, Pt. 2

Secular society seems to be convinced that people of faith are 'impossible to live with.' Ironic, in that it's a society committed to free expression and conscience that provides for a stable secular government.

The question is not religion, but Truth. Are there some things on which people of faith should never yield? If so, what? And does that make society less stable, or more? Bram Floria welcomes back Os Guinness to discuss the roll of civility, kindness, respect and courage in today's world. His new book "Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle or the Sould of Civilization" shows the way!


Impossible People, Pt. 1

Os Guinness has a lot to say. And we'd be wise to listen! This prolific Author, Thought Leader and Apologist for the Gospel does not shy away from the tough questions. Yet his answers are truly wrapped in graciousness. He's a walking, breathing testament to the power of civility to win hearts and minds, especially in places where the Truth has not been so welcome. 

Today and tomorrow, Os discusses with Bram Floria the struggles Believers face in  post-modernist world, and how they've always faced unreasonable demands. How they do it is almost as important as the Gospel itself...


The Value of the Word in China, Pt. 2

What makes a man rich in this life? Wealth, power, possessions? How do Chinese Christians rank on the scale of wealth? Well, if we're talking about God's economy, they are very rich, indeed.


The Value of the Word in China, Pt. 1

How important are bibles to the growth of the Chinese church? This two part series will take you deep into the 'life' of a Chinese bible.


The Power of the Gospel in a Dangerous World, Pt. 3

Bram Floria and David Aikman conclude a far-reaching and inspiring discussion on the state of World-Christianity.


The Power of the Gospel in a Dangerous World, Pt. 2

David Aikman continues a far-ranging and inspiring discussion with Bram Floria. When politics seems to be, paradoxically, the bane and hope of mankind, is there something more solid on which to hang our deepest dreams and desires? We'll find out part of that answer on today's segment of this special series.


The Power of the Gospel in a Dangerous World, Pt. 1

Desperate Times - Desperate Measures.  People are increasingly motivated by desperation, it seems. Yet, that's not the way our Lord would have it. It's time to get some perspective, and today's guest is the best there is. As an International Journalist, Commentator, College Professor and Successful Author, David Aikman has seen a lot more than most.

He's also seen how Eternity can change just about everything in the here and now. And that's a story we desperately need to hear, right about now. He joins Bram Floria by Skype from his home office in Virginia for this special series.


CHINA-For Better and For Worse, Pt. 3

Christian Persecution; Unintended Consequences; Spillover; God's Plan. It's interesting how they're all related.

In the almost 70 years of systematic persecution of Christians by the Communist Government of China, a strange phenomena has manifested itself. Christians have grown patient, faithful, passionate, committed and far more numerous. It's driving the Chinese Regime mad. The same thing can be said, in even greater degree, of North Korea. And now the Believers of China and North Korea are coming together, not just out of necessity, but out of mutual respect and confidence that God Himself is behind it all. And together they're responding to new threats - not the least of which is the emerging violent cults infiltrating their meetings.

C. Hope Flinchbaugh, celebrated author and emerging authority on persecution in authoritarian regimes, concludes a three-part series on the subject. She joins Bram Floria by Skype from her home office in Pennsylvania.


CHINA - For Better and For Worse, Pt. 2

Yesterday, Bram Floria re-introduced us to C. Hope Flinchbaugh, a successful novelist and writer of inspiring and motivating articles. Her work has been featured in numerous Christian publications. Her "Daughter of China" series of books brought the struggles and triumphs of the booming Church in Asia to a vast new audience and radically motivated many to action.

Today they continue their discussion of the rapidly changing situation within the world's largest Christian Nation, and how it's spilling over into countries all across Asia - even the seemingly impenetrable 'Hermit Kingdom' of North Korea!

CHINA - For Better and For Worse, Pt. 1

How does someone go from  'Suburban Housewife' to 'International Expert on Persecution' and 'Best-selling Author?' Well, it's a funny story... the kind we like to tell here at Compassion Radio. 

When C. Hope Flinchbaugh heard the news about the suffering of the Christian Church in China, she couldn't sit back and do nothing. Her heart was seared by the reality that persecution - like that suffered by the 'Founding Fathers of the Faith' - was back and raging through China. So... she did something about it. And when you say 'Yes!' to the Lord's prompting some pretty amazing things can happen. Along the way, Hope has brought to light the reality of Christian suffering around the World, how it's advancing the Kingdom of Christ, and how that booming Church is rapidly transforming the world. Hundreds of thousands have been inspired by her books to do something themselves! Over the next few days, you might just be moved to join them.

Hope joins Bram Floria by Skype from her home office in Pennsylvania.

The Church That Grows

If you've listened to Compassion Radio for any length of time, you know how impressed we are with the modern day explosion of the Church in East Asia. Hundreds of millions of new believers in only two or three generations. Some have tried to dismiss the phenomenon economically or politically. But the Chinese believers know the real reason - God's Word unleashed.

Norm is joined by 'Brother Josh' today - someone who really knows the power of the Word and the power of the Church that knows how to wield it as a potent spiritual weapon.

He is Shining on You

Have you ever read a poor translation of Chinese product instructions? Often something seems to be missing, like the instructions. We may be amused or frustrated, but when something's lost in translation, we often miss a marvelous opportunity to learn something important. What about God's Word?

Today Norm and Cher discuss a simple request from Korean hosts to preach on the subject "He is Shining on You." A simple if ambiguous request. When they took the time to investigate, they discovered there was much more to the theme, and God's plan, than they anticipated. And it has impacted this ministry ever since.