Changing Lives in Nigeria, Pt. 1

What does it take to change a life?  What kind of change is needed? In the populous, tumultuous and rapidly changing nation of Nigeria, the answers might surprise you. Bill & Dorothy Ardill join Norm in studio for the first of this first part of a two part series.

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Who’s in Charge in Nigeria - Boko Haram or God?

Jim Jennings spends some time with Norm giving insight and perspective on another hot spot of religious persecution - Nigeria.

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Who’s in Charge in Nigeria - Boko Haram or God?

Jim Jennings spends some time with Norm giving insight and perspective on another hot spot of religious persecution - Nigeria.

The Pastor

"If you love me, feed my sheep."  Famous words from Jesus to Peter in John chapter 21. It's followed by an arguably more important exhortation that we don't talk about much. Jesus tells the first great pastor that he will suffer for his flock. "Follow Me," says Jesus. In what? The way of suffering. Today, Norm has an important discussion with a great man of letters, a prolific author, but most importantly, a faithful shepherd.  You might have seen his name just past the flyleaf of your Message translation bible.  His name is Eugene Peterson.

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Understanding John Wesley

Together with his brother Charles, John Wesley transformed the spiritual topography of the 18th Century. His unabashed enthusiasm for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ turned the staid religious traditions of the day on its head. But how did he come to experience the 'Power that Transforms?'

Norm's guest, Andrew Atherstone is a resident expert and scholar on the life of John Wesley and shares with us from those hallowed halls of Oxford University where it all began.

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Understanding Christian Mission

It seems simple enough - 'preach the Gospel to All Peoples.' That's the Great Commission, right? Things tend to get a little more complicated when we actually try to accomplish this simple command. We're talking about reaching 7 billion people, after all. But does it need to be that way? Is the Gospel really like a bloated government program that no one really understands or can get a handle on?

Or can it be... simpler? Scott Sundquist has some intriguing answers and insights for us, today.

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There is a River

Where is the Spirit flowing? Where is God's will moving? Well, a well-laid bed holds a river. If we follow the contours, we'll find out where it's headed. Better yet, let's jump in and get fully immersed. Then we'll get the full experience! Jim Governale joins Norm in studio, today.

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Heart for Iran

Mike Ansari wants you to see the world differently. More specifically, the nation with roots reaching millennia into the past. The land that gave rise to the mighty Persian Empire. The land of Absolute Muslim Rule. The land where the Church of Christ is growing the fastest.

Yes, the Church.
After what you hear today, you too might just gain a 'Heart for Iran.'
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Heart for Iran

Mike Ansari wants you to see the world differently. More specifically, the nation with roots reaching millennia into the past. The land that gave rise to the mighty Persian Empire. The land of Absolute Muslim Rule. The land where the Church of Christ is growing the fastest.

Yes, the Church.
After what you hear today, you too might just gain a 'Heart for Iran.'
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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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One Nation Without God

As patriotic citizens in America we often say things like "It's what unites us that makes us strong." But what if what 'unites' us actually 'divides' us... from God?

Norm's guest today, David Aikman, asks a provocative question - "What would an America without God look like?" The quick answer - "Just look around you!" Troubling, indeed! But is it hopeless? Well if you know anything about Compassion Radio by now, you'll already know our response! If you don't enjoy the subject matter today, perhaps you'll at least find it eye-opening, challenging, even motivational...
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Mission to Malawi, Pt. 3

Norm concludes his in depth interview with Dick Day and Moira Chimombo about the astounding growth of Christianity in the emerging African nation of Malawi.

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Mission to Malawi, Pt. 2

Norm continues his in depth conversation about Christian outreach in the emerging nation of Malawi.
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Mission to Malawi, Pt. 1

Things are changing in Africa. And in some places change is coming at a blistering pace. Some change is not so good - others are profound and for the best. Norm's guests today sort out the differences in one important corner of what used to be the 'Dark Continent.'

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Have This Mind In You, Pt. 2

Norm concludes his discussion with Mark Labberton, newly installed president of Fuller Seminary.

Have This Mind In You, Pt. 2

Norm concludes his discussion with Mark Labberton, recently-installed president of Fuller Seminary.

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Have This Mind In You, Pt. 1

Mark Labberton is making a big impact in his new job as President of Fuller Seminary. Norm finds out how and why, today.

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Faith That Endures: Power of the Persecuted Church, Pt. 3

Norm wraps up a fascinating three day series on the persecuted Church with his guest Ronald Boyd-MacMillan, as they discuss where the Church is going in the future and the challenges that lie ahead.

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Faith That Endures: Power of the Persecuted Church, Pt. 2

Norm continues his discussion with Ronald Boyd-MacMillan on the history of Christian persecution, and what it means for today.

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Faith That Endures: Power of the Persecuted Church, Pt. 1

Today begins a very special series with one of the world's most knowledgeable experts in human rights and religious persecution. Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the world, the church and thousands of years of history! Norm's guest for the next three programs is Ronald Boyd-MacMillan.

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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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Christians Under Fire

Every day news reaches our inboxes from around the globe detailing the suffering of Christians, punished for no other reason than simple hatred of their faith. Frankly, it breaks our hearts. But it also reminds us of something else - the incredible spiritual and numerical growth that results when true believers are put to the test. We remember those today who stand unspeakable tests of faith endurance, and honor their Lord in the process. And, we rejoice that it means a latter day miracle in places once impenetrable to the Gospel.

A dear friend, Steve Snyder knew all this intimately. His untimely death left an incredible void in our knowledge of the suffering church. But what he had to say before God called him home we need to pay close attention to.

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