Friday, April 29, 2011

Jeffrey D. Johnson: The Nature, Purpose, Functions, Worship, Membership, Discipline &; Authority of the Local Church

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Jeffrey D. Johnson, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas, will address the theme of his new book "The Church: Why Bother?: The Nature, Purpose, Functions, Worship, Membership, Discipline &; Authority of the Local Church".

Here is what some prominent Christian thinkers are saying about "The Church: Why Bother?":

"This little book of Jeffrey D. Johnson has a loving and exalted view of the church of Jesus Christ, but it is also aware of its tensions and imperfections as congregations having to live in a fallen world under the holy requirements of the Head of the Church. This book will help you to understand the life of the church, its duties and blessings and it will encourage you to give your years to serving and strengthening the people of God."—GEOFF THOMAS
Pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales

"The idea of church membership today is either an assumption that has never been challenged or considered biblically, or else abandoned by new church starts as a useless relic of the past that is irrelevant for churches and Christians now. We can be thankful that there are pastors such as Jeffrey D. Johnson who address this issue from a biblical perspective and demonstrate the importance of meaningful membership in a local church by Christians today."—DON WHITNEY Southern Baptist Seminary

"I am glad to recommend this new book by Jeffry D. Johnson, which confronts such ignorance in a very clear and Biblical manner. The book is titled THE CHURCH, WHY BOTHER— The Nature, Purpose, Functions, Member-ship, Discipline and Authority of the Local Church. Here is a book which every member of every Baptist church (and even some other denominations) need to read and apply to their churches and their lives. The book is very brief and direct and even applicable and necessary, especially for our day. As the title tells us, the book covers almost every aspect of what a church is and what it should and should not be doing, according to the Scriptures. It can be used by the individual pastor or Christian to learn his duty to his church, or it can be the foundation of a series of sermons to enlighten a church in these areas, or it can be used as Sunday School material or in individual classes or Bible studies.

"If readers say they already have such books, I would tell you I do too. But every age is different, as it seems our churches slip further and further away from Biblical truth, in the passing of time, and they lean more and more towards the use of the latest unbiblical methods and thoughts of church ministry and church life. Here is a book which deals even with the modern age in which we live, and the weakness of the church and churches of our day, and without fear the author sets forth Biblical truth as to what the church of our Lord Jesus Christ needs to be today according to Scripture!"—Dr. Richard P. Belcher

Jeffrey D. Johnson graduated from Central Baptist College with a B.S. in Bible and earned his M. Rel. in Biblical Studies and a Th. D. in Systematics from Veritas Theological Seminary. He resides in Conway, Arkansas, with this wife, Letha, and their son, Martyn.

Jeffrey is also the author of "The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism".

Thursday, April 28, 2011

TurretinFan: The Roman Catholic Dogma of Purgatory and 1 Corinthians 3

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"TurretinFan" (a pseudonym used in order to separate his secular career from his apologetics ministry), a contributor to Dr. James R. White's blog on the Alpha & Omega Ministries web site (, will address: "The Roman Catholic dogma of Purgatory and 1 Corinthians 3".

In 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 we read:
"According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."

Roman Catholic apologists will point to this portion of Scripture as a proof for the existence of Purgatory, which, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, is:

"...a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions..."

Tonight our guest TurretinFan will provide an Evangelical Christian response to the Roman Catholic interpretation of this passage by addressing:

1) The Timing of the Passage (What day is being discussed?)

2) The Subject of the Passage (What people are being discussed?)

3) The Object of the Fire in the Passage (What is the fire testing?)

4) The Meaning of "Saved as through Fire" in the Passage

4) The Meaning of "Suffer Loss" in the Passage

5) The Influence of the Latin Vulgate on the Roman Catholic Argument (with respect to "suffer loss" and "saved as through fire")

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jim Elliff: Book Tribalism: A Call to Emphasize Serious Bible Reading

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Jim Elliff, founder and president of Christian Communicators Worldwide, will address the theme: "Book Tribalism: A Call to Emphasize Serious Bible Reading."

According to our guest, "We read too many books and don't read the Bible." Jim is very concerned that too many schools and Christian leaders that proport to teach the Bible are not living up to their claim, teaching more of the extra-biblical thoughts of popular authors than of the Scriptures themselves. You can read more about Jim's thoughts on this in an article on the same theme here: For further impact, see this video.

Since The beginning of CCW in 1985, Jim Elliff has addressed organizations, groups in educational settings, churches, and pastor's fraternals of various denominations in almost every state of the United States and in numerous foreign countries. Jim has been privileged to address groups in all kinds of settings—everything from a witch doctor's hut to a Communist meeting hall!

CCW has also begun a study center, The Muller Center for Biblical Studies, through which they do serious Bible reading. For instance, their first group of students last year read 132 chapters each week......They ended their year with a trip to Israel to see places they had read about.

Jim has a passion to communicate. He is the author of four books that have been published in the US and overseas, Led by the Spirit, Pursuing God—A Seeker's Guide, Going Under: Discussions on Baptism and Wasted Faith. He has written or edited many booklets which have been published by CCW. Jim’s articles also appear in a variety of periodicals and his messages are frequently heard on radio. He was featured in a seven-part interview called How Children Come to Faith in Christ with FamilyLife Today hosted by Dennis Rainey, and in a five-part series on Revive Our Hearts with Nancy DeMoss. Jim has contributed chapters in several other books, as well as writing extensively for the web. Many of his articles may be found at

In addition to his writing and travel, Jim began Christ Fellowship of Kansas City in 2003. This unique church is made up of home congregations in the Kansas City metro area.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dr. Steven J. Lawson: Pillars of Grace

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Dr. Steven J. Lawson, the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, will address the theme of his latest book: "Pillars of Grace: A Long Line of Godly Men" (see

This is second volume of Dr. Steven J. Lawson's projected five-volume series that traces the unbroken line of men who have taught the truths of God's sovereign grace throughout history.

Volume one, "Foundations of Grace", was devoted to the biblical writers as well as to the Lord Jesus Christ. Volume two, "Pillars of Grace", is devoted to the early apologists, church fathers, medieval theologians, and the Protestant Reformers.

The doctrines of grace are often known as the five points of Calvinism, but they were not the invention of John Calvin or his reforming cohorts of the sixteenth century. Rather, they are biblical doctrines, as Dr. Steven J. Lawson demonstrated in his book Foundations of Grace (2006). Now, in Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson shows that the doctrines of grace have been understood and taught—sometimes in embryonic form, sometimes with great clarity—throughout church history. From the time of the early church fathers to the years of the Reformers, there have been key men in the church, pillars as it were, who stood on the foundation of Scripture and upheld the truth of God’s sovereign role in salvation.

In Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson walks readers through the ups and downs of church history, profiling these voices for the truth. The inescapable conclusion is that the doctrines of grace are no innovation, but the consistent witness of some of the greatest men of the church.

You can hear the previous interview with Dr. Lawson on the first volume in this series, Foundations of Grace", by clicking here: MP3 Available Here

Monday, April 25, 2011

Greg Nichols: The Glory of Christ: Preincarnate, Incarnate, Resurrection, Reign & Return

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Greg Nichols, an instructor in Systematic Theology at Reformed Baptist Seminary in Taylors, SC (see ), and a Pastor at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI (see ), will address the theme: "The Glory of Christ: Preincarnate, Incarnate, Resurrection, Reign & Return".

Tonight's theme is also the theme of the 2011 Southern New England Reformation Conference, to be held at Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence RI, pastored by Rob Ventura & Jack Buckley this weekend April 29 to May 1. This conference is FREE of charge. For details visit or call 401-826-3121.

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday night 7:30pm - 9:00 - The Overview of Christ's Glory

Saturday night 6:30pm - 8:00 - The Glory of Christ's Preincarnate state

Sunday morning 9:30am - The Glory of Christ's Incarnation

Sunday 11:00am - The Glory of Christ's Resurrection and Reign

Sunday 6:00pm - The Glory of Christ's Second Coming

Greg Nichols has over 30 years of pastoral experience. He is the author of "Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Perspective", due in print this August by Solid Ground Christian Books (see ). Greg and his wife Ginger have 5 children.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

James R. White: The Assumption of Mary: An Analysis of the Recent Debate with Robert Sungenis (Encore)

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James R. White, founder & director of Alpha & Omega Ministries , a theologically Reformed Christian apologetics ministry based in Phoenix, AZ, will address the theme: "The Assumption of Mary: An Analysis of the Recent Debate with Robert Sungenis."

On Friday, September 10, Dr. James R. White debated Roman Catholic apologist Robert Sungenis in New Mexico at Calvary Santa Fe on "The Assumption of Mary". According to Dr. White:

"...Robert Sungenis is the only Roman Catholic out there that I know of who will actually stand in public debate to defend the Bodily Assumption--the "big names" know better! They know there is no meaningful way to defend this concept outside of saying, "Look, the Roman Church says it, believe it!" That is all Rome has, really, and that does not hold up well to examination. But I think the Bodily Assumption is the single clearest illustration of the fact that all of Rome's apologists are simply dishonest (or deceived, or both) when they proclaim fealty to "Scripture and Tradition." The Bodily Assumption is found in neither, which is why Sungenis had to take the route, "We don't need Scripture or Tradition." Think how many times you've heard Staples, Akin, Keating, Madrid, et al talk about Scripture and Tradition, and yet in reality, neither is relevant to the dogma of the Bodily Assumption. This dogma is a shining example of sola ecclesia, the Roman Church, and in this instance, the Roman bishop, as the final and ultimate authority. What the listener will find fascinating here is that the Roman Catholic position is left fighting desperately not only against sound exegesis (as it always is), but against a cadre of sound, contextually accurate patristic citations as well. This debate is one of the clearest exposures of Rome's true nature I've ever participated in, right up there with the Stravinskas debate on purgatory."
Tonight Dr. White will provide an overview of this debate, and will also briefly discuss other recent debates he participated in.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ray Yungen: Raiki & the Dark Side of Therapy (Encore)

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Ray Yungen, author, speaker, research analyst, will address: "Raiki & the Dark Side of Therapy".

The Medical Dictionary defines Raiki as "a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy" in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki touch therapy is used in much the same way to achieve similar effects that traditional massage therapy is used—to relieve stress and pain, and to improve the symptoms of various health conditions."

The Medical Dictionary continues: "Reiki was developed in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion. According to the story that has been passed down among reiki teachers, Usui was a Christian who was intrigued by the idea that Christ could heal sick people by touching them with his hands. Searching for clues that would explain the secrets of healing with hands, Usui made a long pilgrimage around the world, visiting many ancient religious sects and studying ancient books. Some reiki teachers claim that Usui found clues leading back nearly 10,000 years to healing arts that originated in ancient Tibet. During his intense studies, Usui claimed he had a spiritual experience, which enabled him to heal with his own hands by becoming aware of and tapping into the universal life force. After that, he dedicated his life to helping the sick and poor. His reputation grew as he healed sick people for many years in Kyoto, Japan. Before his death, Usui passed on his healing insights using universal life energy to Dr. Chujiru Hayashi, a close acquaintance. Hayashi, in turn, passed on the healing techniques in 1938 to Hawayo Takata, a Japanese woman from Hawaii, whom he had cured of life-threatening illness using reiki methods. Takata became a firm believer and proponent of reiki, and during the 1970s formed an initiation program for training reiki masters to preserve Usui's teachings. Before she died, she prepared her granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, to continue the lineage. Takata had personally trained 21 practitioners before she died at the age of 80 in 1980. Along with other reiki masters authorized by Takata, Furumoto formed the reiki Alliance. A faction led by Barbara Ray, formed the American Reiki Association, which was known as Radiance Technique Association International. Today, there are over 1,000 reiki masters practicing around the world, whose methods can all be traced back directly to Dr. Usui."

Our guest tonight, Ray Yungen, has studied religious movements for 26 years. He is the author of A Time of Departing(see and For Many Shall Come In My Name (see His love for Jesus Christ, for people and his exuberance for life is reflected in his writing. A new book on the subject of Raiki by Ray is in the works.

Tonight Ray will discuss such issues as:
How popular is Raiki?
What is the Chakra System?
Spirit guides.
Is Reiki compatible with Christianity?
What should Christians do?

You can purchase Ray’s books at the LighthouseTrails webstore. The toll free order line is 866-876-3910 and their website is

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dominic Aquila: Creationism & Inerrancy of Scripture

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Dominic Aquila, President of New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs, CO (, will address the theme: "Creationism & Inerrancy of Scripture".

Tonight's theme is also the topic of the presentation Dr. Aquila will be giving at a conference this weekend titled "Creation: Faith & Facts", to be held at the Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), in Carlisle, PA (see The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday, APRIL 8, 2011
6:00 p.m. Registration

6:50 Welcome, Dr. King A. Counts

7:00 The Scientific Evidence for CreationMr. Frank Sherwin

8:15 Impact of Evolution ThinkingDr. Jim Johnson

9:15 Questions and Answers

Saturday, April 9, 2011

8:15 a.m. Registration

9:00 Created Fully Functional: Evolution Canno tExplain Design through Gradual ChangesDr. Randy Guliuzza

10:15 Darwin’s Sacred Imposter: How Natural Selection Takes Credit for Design in NatureDr. Randy Guliuzza

11:15 Questions and Answers

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 Age of the Earth Mr. Frank Sherwin

2:45 Creation, Education, and Environment Dr. Jim Johnson

4:00 Closing

Sunday, April 10, 2011

9:30 a.m. Sunday School Middle School & Senior High, Dr. Johnson Adults, Dr. Aquila Creationism and Inerrancy of Scripture

10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Worship

Dr. Dominic Aquila is also a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and Editor of He received his BA from Belhaven University (Jackson, MS), his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), and his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia). Has pastored churches in Virginia, California, Florida and Colorado. He is married, has 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fred G. Zaspel: The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Encore)

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Fred G. Zaspel, author, conference speaker, Bible instructor and pastor, will address the theme of his doctoral dissertation, now available from Crossway: "The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary".

Here is what prominent Christian thinkers are saying about "The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary":

“Serious Christians who have dipped into Warfield find his writings to be a wholly admirable mix of rigorous exegesis, mature theological synthesis, and frank devotion to Christ. Much of his work is known only to specialists, not least because when Warfield first published it, it was scattered over many journals and books. Indeed, a fair bit of it was never published. Zaspel’s Warfield remedies the problem admirably: one hopes and prays that it will entice a new generation of readers to delve deeply into Warfield’s contributions.”—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“B. B. Warfield’s distinguished achievements as a systematic theologian have been obscured by the episodic, ad hoc publication of his major theological statements. But even if Warfield did not think it necessary that he write a single, connected systematic theology, it is nonetheless most welcome that Fred Zaspel has done the job for him! The result is a very useful compendium that gives both admirers and detractors of Warfield a full and coherent account of his theology. All who are in the least interested in Warfield or who care at all about vigorous Calvinist theology will find this a most valuable book.”—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

“B. B. Warfield does not need an introduction for evangelical Christians. He is well known as a major conservative theologian at the close of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. His scholarship in biblical, historical, and doctrinal fields was often without a match. As a Professor in Didactic and Polemic Theology in Princeton Theological Seminary, he was content to use the three volumes of Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology as the textbook and to pour out the fruits of his labor in a flow of searching articles in a number of theological reviews. Many of these have been republished in book form, but they have not been systematically arranged in one text. That is what Dr. Zaspel has done in culling from the great mass of Warfield’s writings his actual statements in the order they could have followed had Warfield written a one-volume Reformed theology. In this form Warfield may enjoy a renewed effectiveness for our age. With great enthusiasm I highly recommend this volume and hope it will receive a wide reception.”—Roger Nicole, ETS Co-founder and its Seventh President

“B. B. Warfield was without doubt the greatest of the theological minds of Old Princeton, and he remains a towering influence within both his own confessional Presbyterian tradition and wider conservative evangelicalism. Nevertheless, while his writings are still in print, clearly written, and very accessible, their occasional nature means that there is no convenient way of gaining from them a good grasp of the overall shape of his theology. Until now, that is. In this volume, pastor-theologian and passionate Warfield aficionado Fred Zaspel has produced a work of historical and theological synthesis that sets Warfield’s thought in context and offers a comprehensive account of his thought on the major loci of theology and the controverted points of his day. In this, Fred has left us all—the veteran Warfield fan and the neophyte—deeply in his debt.”—Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean and Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Well before the transdenominational convergence of what we now call the evangelical church, B. B. Warfield spent forty years as the Presbyterian Horatius, holding the bridge that leads into the citadel of the Westminster Standards against those he saw as spoilers from the wastelands of liberalism. A heavyweight academic and a complete player in the fields of systematic, exegetical, historical, and polemical theology, he scattered his wisdom in hundreds of articles, which this book surveys and integrates with great skill. Warfield can now be seen in his full stature as the godly giant that he was, thanks to Fred Zaspel’s labor of love. Best thanks, and hallelujah!”—J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God

“This work is long overdue. That a theologian of the stature of B.B. Warfield should not have had a comprehensive overview of his entire corpus such as this one by Dr Zaspel says far more about the thinking of Evangelicals and the ranks of the Reformed in the twentieth century than it does about Warfield. This truly excellent and eminently readable work will serve both as a primer to Warfield's thought as well as an outline of the systematic theology he never wrote. Highly recommended.”—Michael G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director, The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies

“B. B. Warfield was the last towering figure in a long line of Old School Presbyterian intellectuals known for their unshakable faith in the truth of Scripture and their practical, experiential Calvinism. That strain of scholarly conviction had a long history in New England, especially in Princeton. Its seeds were planted by New England’s earliest Puritan ministers—men such as John Cotton and Richard Mather. It gained widespread influence (and set down roots in the soil of Princeton) under the ministry of Jonathan Edwards. It gave birth to Princeton Theological Seminary under the leadership of Archibald Alexander. Charles and A. A. Hodge carried on the legacy at Princeton Seminary, and when the younger Hodge died in 1886, B. B. Warfield became that institution’s fourth Principal. He also was its last great conservative theologian. Both profound and prolific, Warfield produced an invaluable body of theological and polemical writings that remain immensely influential—because the issues Warfield contended with are virtually the same issues that trouble the church today.

“Fred Zaspel’s work is the first detailed, readable digest of Warfield’s theology, and it is an immensely helpful volume. Dr. Zaspel puts Warfield’s published writings in clear perspective against the theological issues that dominated that era. He also shows how those same issues—and Warfield’s clear and persuasive teaching—remain relevant to us today. Dr. Zaspel writes with such clarity and simplicity that this volume will be a valuable help and encouragement to lay people and serious theologians as well—a highly recommended addition to anyone’s library.”—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

“The great B. B. Warfield was essentially an occasional writer. His works are largely made up of learned articles, encyclopedia entries, and popular journalism. Fred Zaspel had the great idea of rendering this vast body of material into a compendium, a Warfield systematic theology. He clearly has what it takes to do the job superbly well: a love for his subject, care and attention to detail, and, above all, a thorough knowledge of Warfield’s writing. The result is a book that does not replace the Warfield volumes, but provides an accurate, thematic entry into them. It will be of inestimable benefit to all students of this outstanding Reformed theologian. Well done!”—Paul Helm, Teaching Fellow, Regent College; author, Faith with Reason

“The ‘Lion of Old Princeton’ roars and purrs in this helpful survey. The author finely displays the passion and wit as well as intellectual credibility of Warfield’s remarkable work.”—Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Our guest tonight, Dr. Fred G. Zaspel, was for many years pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Pottsville, PA and adjunct professor of New Testament at Penn State University (Schuylkill Campus). He is now a part of the pastoral ministry of Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA (, and instructor in Bible and theology at To Every Tribe Ministries in Brownsville, TX. He is a third generation Christian, the son of Baptist pastor / evangelist Dr. James A. Zaspel.

Dr. Zaspel was converted to Christ and baptized at an early age. During his teen years he sensed God's gifting to the preaching and teaching ministry, and since that time he has pursued further education to equip him for it. He holds a Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam, and is a graduate of Bob Jones University (B.A., M.A.) and Biblical Theological Seminary (M.A., Th.M.). His studies have concentrated in the various fields of Biblical-related study such as Greek, Hebrew, Theology, Church History, Ancient History and Archaeology. Among his awards is Biblical Seminary's coveted certificate for excellence in Greek exegesis (1993).

In addition to the book we are discussing tonight, he is the author of a series of booklets published by the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute (IBRI), entitled, The Continuing Relevance of Divine Law (1991); The Theology of Fulfillment (1994); Jews, Gentiles, & the Goal of Redemptive History (1996). Along with Tom Wells, Dr. Zaspel has co-authored a major work entitled New Covenant Theology. He is the author of many other booklets and articles.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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WILLIAM HUGHES, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coconut Creek, FL, will address: "THE JOHNNY FARESE STORY: THE TRIAL & TRIUMPH OF TRUE FAITH."
JOHNNY FARESE has been disabled since birth, is paralysed in both arms and legs, and has been unable to sit up for over 10 years. Johnny lives in Florida with his brother Paul and sister-in-law Janis and their four children. He enjoys a very productive life, is keenly interested in a variety of sports, and has a special involvement in information technology, including the maintenance of his own web site,, which includes what is most likely the most extensive directory of Baptist churches that are theologically Reformed in the entire world.

During today's broadcast, WILLIAM HUGHES, Johnny Farese's pastor, will describe Johnny's deeply moving, inspiring and humbling testimony of growing up since infancy with a life-threatening and debilitating illness, and how Johnny abandoned the superstition and vain hope of Roman Catholicism after discovering the glorious, awesome Grace of Jesus Christ. Pastor Bill will also describe how Johnny jettisoned his former belief that he was the victim of "bad luck" and joyfully embraced the fact that his disability was the design and foreordained plan of an omniscient, Sovereign God.

Johnny Farese cannot conduct live interviews of this length on his own due to the fact that he is unable to swallow and requires a suctioning machine to clear his throat frequently. During this broadcast you will hear a portion of Johnny's testimony in his own voice that has been prerecorded. You can email Johnny at

Monday, April 4, 2011

James White: Love Wins by Rob Bell Examined & Critiqued

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James R. White, founder & director of Alpha & Omega Ministries , a theologically Reformed Christian apologetics ministry based in Phoenix, AZ, will address the theme: "'Love Wins' by Rob Bell Examined & Critiqued".

Rob Bell, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has written a new book that is flying off the shelves of bookstores titled Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. According to the publisher of Love Wins:

"Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this 'good news'?

"Troubling questions—so troubling that many have lost their faith because of them. Others only whisper the questions to themselves, fearing or being taught that they might lose their faith and their church if they ask them out loud.

"But what if these questions trouble us for good reason? What if the story of heaven and hell we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if what Jesus meant by heaven, hell, and salvation are very different from how we have come to understand them?..."

Tonight, our guest Dr. James R. White will seek to offer a Biblical response to Pastor Bell and his book.

James R. White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter's Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Islam, Roman Catholicism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, has been married to Kelli for more than twenty-eight years, and has two children, Joshua and Summer.

You can read articles about Rob Bell on Dr. White's website for Alpha & Omega Ministries here:
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