Studying Christian Persecution, Pt. 2

Yesterday began a vital conversation on the state of persecution against Christians in the 21st Century. The 'good news?' There are more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today than ever before. The 'bad news?' The Devil noticed. Persecution is more intense and the suffering of innocent believers more excruciating than ever.

We need to get our minds - and hearts - around that fact.

Then we can discuss what we can do about it... which is what we'll do on today's program as Norm welcomes back Nicholas Kerton-Johnson.

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Studying Christian Persecution, Pt. 1

Why would anyone study "Christian persecution?" Sounds depressing on the face of it, wouldn't you say? Norm's guest today has a very different take on the subject. In fact, we'd say he's got God's take on it. Norm welcomes a new friend: Nicholas Kerton-Johnson.

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Nudge

To effectively share your faith, you've got to really know your bible, right? Well, it certainly doesn't hurt. But is it something that otherswant to know about? Do they care about your bible? Do they care about you? Careful now. The answers might not be all that comfortable to hear.

Now, turn the tables. Do you care about them? Do you care to get to really know people for who they really are? Jesus does. And you might find out He's been nudging them along for a while now. Leonard Sweet is about to turn everything you thought you knew about witnessing on its head. And you'll thank him for it afterward.

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Prayer, Penetrating the Impossible

How far can prayer take you? All the way to heaven? Perhaps. How about all the way to the impossible? Norm's guest today knows a lot about faith and prayer. As a pastor, theologian, author, songwriter and speaker he's had a tremendous impact on the church of this generation. And he believes God can do the impossible. We'll see it if we are willing to pray for it. Norm welcomes Jack Hayford for an important interview.

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The Summit

What does it mean to 'reach the top?' Norm's guest, Eric Alexander, has an interesting - and powerful - take on the subject.

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Faith in the Fog of War

He's seen things he'd rather forget. Horrors we don't want to even imagine. Where could God possibly be in the war-strewn streets of Iraq during the early days of the Second Gulf War? Norm's guest today, tells us. His personal experience stretched his faith to the limit. His commitment was close to shattering. Yet at the very moment of despair some amazing things happened in the heart of Sergeant Chris Plekenpol. We're please to bring his story to you today.

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The Power of Teaching in China

If you can get hold of the rudder, you can steer the ship. It's a foundational principle of physics... and leadership. There are some special people called to serve in a special way - transforming the hearts and minds of future world leaders. David Dickerson is one such person, and he shares his heartfelt passion with Norm, today.

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Triumph Over Terror

Things are always in flux; Things never change. 

So is the paradox of modern life. All life, actually. As much as world events seem to spiral out of control, there are some remarkably consistent truths that have the unlikely power to give us HOPE where there seems only despair. In this classic from the Compassion Radio archives, Norm and Cher discuss what was a very timely issue. It's still timely, and you might be surprised at how well the answers apply today!
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Re-Discovering Bonhoeffer

He was one of the 20th Century's most compelling Christian figures. Tried and executed by the Nazis for 'crimes against the Fuhrer,' he willingly laid down his life in humble submission to his Lord. To many he's a martyr, pastor, poet. To others a political provocateur and insurgent. He's been called liberal and staunchly conservative.

So, who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, really? Norm's guest today, Eric Metaxis, has released a compelling portrait of the man in his new biography. He joins Norm by phone from New York City.

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Joy Junction

He's living the American dream. An immigrant working his way up from poverty to great riches and success. Except this immigrant story turns the concept of 'success' on its head. Jeremy Reynolds didn't come to America to gain wealth and fame. He came to serve. And the kind of wealth he's building can only be counted in another Kingdom. And wherever Jeremy serves, there is an abundance of joy. Jeremy Reynolds and Joy Junction is a very different kind of success story.

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God’s Pantry

How do you go about stocking your pantry? An organized list? Whim? Leading with your stomach? However you go about it, it's all about filling a void. How would God go about it? He has no needs, but His pantry feeds more than bodies. It nourishes souls.


Tom Sweeny joins Norm for a discussion on what you might find in God's Pantry.
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South Sudan’s New Opportunity

Somewhere in the feeble shade of a parched tree in South Sudan, a child is dreaming of becoming a doctor or engineer. The odds are stacked against  her. That is, until now. Canon Alan Bartlett has a plan to radically change the lives and futures of thousands of children. And it's already happening!

Norm reports from Durham, England on this exciting new project.
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A Better Idea for the Middle East

The road to (you know where) is paved with good intentions. We need to build a different road. When disciples of Christ lay down their lives for the Gospel - and the people Jesus loves - they provide access to heaven to those who most need it. 

Compassion Radio is supported by such 'living stones.' In the very places where 'wide is the path that leads to destruction' let's build a road to safety. Cher joins Norm in studio to show the way forward.
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A New Bible for Muslims

How do you reach Muslims for Christ? With the Gospel, right? And where do we find that? In the Word of God, of course. But which Bible is  the right Bible for the task? Now that's a more complicated question, and not so easily answered... until now.

Norm's guest knows a thing or two about reaching people for Christ in the world's hotspots. He's about as intrepid as they come and can hold his own in any discussion on the Great Commission. We're glad to welcome back our old friend, Dr. Viggo Olsen.

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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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Moving Forward @ Compassion Radio

We go places others fear to tread. But our ministry partners are the really intrepid souls. We give them a voice. You give them tools. They supply the sweat. God proclaims the victory.

Today, Jim and Norm provide and update on the progress of this month's major outreach in Iraq, and a sneak peak at what's around the corner... 
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On the Road in Sri Lanka

The 'Gospel Explosion' in South Asia is impossible to miss - if you're looking for it... In 25 years, a village to village movement launched in Tamil Nadu, India has blossomed into a an international phenomenon, with millions of new Christian disciples. The transformation in war-ravaged Sri Lanka was the most powerful example. 

And then the Tsunami hit. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of thousands lost their lives and thousands of young churches were decimated. Was it the end of Christianity in Sri Lanka? Not if God and IGL had anything to do with it! Demi Floria brings the remarkable story of steadfast faith and resurrection and a praise report from her own mission field among this year's class of IGL nursing students. She joins Bram by Skype from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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On the Road in India

Our South India correspondent's been a busy lady - documenting the 'Third Wave' of Gospel explosion in the world's most populous country. Today, two very personal stories bring it all into sharp focus. Demi Floria joins Bram by Skype from Salem, Tamil Nadu.

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The Mission of God, Pt. 2

Yesterday began a fascinating look at the life and work of Dr. John Stott, with someone who knows him best. Today Norm continues his discussion with Dr. Chris Wright, and accomplished author and thinker with his own rich list of book projects.

What is God up to? Where is the Church headed in the 21st Century? No one's better able to tackle those questions than Dr. Wright.

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The Mission of God, Pt. 1

Perhaps no one in the past century has had a more profound impact on world Christianity than Dr. John Stott. His many books have shaped the lives and ministries of millions. And no one knows him better than today's special guest Dr. Christopher Wright.

Today Norm and Chris discuss the capstone of Dr. Stott's career and final book, "The Radical Disciple - Some Neglected Aspects of our Calling."

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St. George’s Church in Baghdad

It's widely recognized as the world's most dangerous parish. It's inner-city, it's poor and it's old. And it's literally located in the navel of historic Christianity.

Yet this church isn't really 'poor' at all - at least not in the measurements that mean the most. St. George's is rich, full of joy and reaching an entire nation with the Gospel of Jesus. It grows daily in numbers and influence. It's the 'bleeding edge' of modern Christianity in more ways than one, as you'll hear today.

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Iraqi Refugees In Denmark

Your country is being overrun by Muslim refugees. A political backlash ensues. What's the Christian response? First step - the TRUTH. Norm's guest, Birthe, is facing the reality of misconceptions and xenophobia in one of the world's most tolerant countries - Denmark.

First surprise - the river of refugees from Iraq into northern Europe include tens of thousands of believing Christians. Whatever their religion, they need to see the love of Christ in action...

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