Suffering continues around the world. Our brightest scientists and philosophers have dismissed the notion of a God who cares and engages with His creation, much less the wayward people He left in charge of the place. How can God possibly be real? And even if He is, what difference could it possibly make? Norm's guest today, Philip Yancey, doesn't shy away from such questions. In fact he doggedly pursues them with the tenacity of a journalist. He's got plenty to share with us today.
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.
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.
The "Hidden War" is not so hidden anymore. When worlds - and world views - collide, there can be untold suffering. For Christians living in Muslim countries a new wave of religious violence and persecution are threatening the very existence of the church. What should be our response to their plight? More importantly, what is their response to the tribulations they face? The answers will surprise and humble you. Norm is joined by special guest David Witt.
When did the New Testament end?
The living testaments to God's love are still transforming the world in our day and age. Norm's guest, Dr. Michael Green writes and speaks with a fluent energy of the amazing transforming power of the Gospel that yearns to be unleashed in every generation of Saints.
What links Jerusalem, the center of the religious world, to Irian Jaya, the 'outermost part' of the world? Norm's guest today, Ruth Tucker! Today you'll discover how God draws slender threads that link His family in the most unlikely ways.
How did the teenager who became the Mother of God handle the impossible, the unbelievable? Was it all Raphael and Michelangelo beautiful and transcendent? Or was there something more going on? Something more earthy - more real? Norm's guest today, Dan Wooding is an old friend and an imaginative communicator. He shares about his new novel, Mary's Story.
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.
Who were the greatest missionaries of all time - The original apostles? William Carey, Mary Slessor, or Hudson Taylor? Or was it David Brainerd, John Paton, Adoniram Judson, or Robert Morrison? Well, if today's guest has anything to do with it, someone - maybe many - from this generation will join the pantheon of God's 'Lions of the Faith.' Norm welcomes Dr. Timothy Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary for part 1 of an enlightening discussion on where missions and the Church of Christ are headed in the 21st Century.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.