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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

Syrian Refugees, Need and Difficulty

Usually, you begin to define a nation by its boundaries.That's not so easy with Syria these days. the civil war has spread a large percentage of its population into three neighboring countries. Thousands and thousand more have fled even farther. Just because they've left the violence doesn't mean they're no longer a concern. Our good friend, Samya Johnson joins Norm for a searing look at the situation, and all from a Christ-bound perspective.


The Syrian Refugee Challenge

Compassion Radio is always up for a challenge. And Syria certainly fits the bill! Cher joins Norm in studio today to discuss the what, why and how.


Syrian Refugees in Antioch

Turkey is on the frontlines of the war in Syria. And that means millions of refugees. If the Christian world is going to have any positive impact - especially on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Christians caught in the crossfire - it's time to get an insider's look at the situation. Dr. Mark Gopin is just the guy, and he joins Norm, today.


Sharing Christ with Muslims Pt. 1

Is it really possible to win Muslims to Christ? Not really. Then again, we don't ever 'win people to Christ.' The Holy Spirit does that. But that doesn't mean we're off the hook. There's also something about a little passage called the 'Great Commission' that contains a few items we probably should consider...

How does it all fit together? Does God really want to save Muslims? What's his plan? Where do we start? Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Today we begin a two-part series on what it's going to take to reach this generation of Muslims from all over the world. Hint, it starts with "Hello..."
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Good News From the Roof of the World Pt.2

Norm concludes his discussion with 'George' as they discuss the future of Christian outreach in some of the world's most inaccessible places. Just because it's difficult to get to doesn't mean God is not interested!


Good News From the Roof of the World Pt.1

Norm welcomes his guest 'George' for a timely discussion on the state of evangelism in parts of Asia we don't hear much about.


A Bible For Century 21

To modern sensibilities, the Bible has always been an 'ancient' book; dry, boring and out-of-touch. The truth is much different, of course. But to get us in touch with the power and immediacy of the most important book of all time, it sometimes requires extraordinary measures!

Hanns Manship joins Norm in studio to discuss one translation that is taking this generation by storm...

The Bible Speaks To Everyone

Is the Bible even 'relevant' in this day and age? Depends on who you ask! For those who didn't grow up revering it as the Word of God, it seems a poorly written collection of fairy tales. What could possibly change their minds?

Norm and Jim discuss the problem and the solution, today.

Iraq: Reaching the Diaspora

Iraqi Christians are as scattered as the Church has ever been - running for their lives in the wake of dreadful sectarian violence. The unintended consequences of the Iraq war have made them this century's 'lost generation.' Norm's guest, Enoch Wan, is on a mission to change that.


Lebanon-Holding My Father’s Hand

Lucien Accad has an important story to tell. Before God called him home, he told it to Norm Nelson. And it's important we hear it, especially in these times of increasing tension, fear and despair in Syria. Does God have a way out of the mess? We don't know. But we do know He has a way through for His faithful.


Helping Christians During the Syrian Revolution

Spring came to the Arab world. Something much less promising has descended on Syria. It's an epic struggle of entrenched despotic power vs. a tormented people. Is there any way to tell which way it will go? Possibly. The more important question is "What does God intend for Syria?" Now that question we can tackle with more certainty! More than that, we can share what God is doing right now.

Jim Governale joins Norm in studio for a timely and urgent look at God's work in a time of crisis, and how you can be part of it.


War in Syria

How bad is it in Syria right now? Today's guest knows. Perhaps the more important question however, is "How is the church in Syria bearing up under such horrible conditions?" In the midst of the crisis are there signs of hope? If anybody knows it will be Jim Jennings.  He joins Norm by phone today.


The Syrian Refugee Highway

The American Civil War had its 'Underground Railroad.' In the age of modern unrest in the Middle East, we have  endless streams of refugees.  Where are they going? What can be done to help them? Norm's guest today, Brian O'Connell, has some important information - and more importantly - a God-focused vision beyond the immediate need.