Christian Radio

This blog has been established to talk about Christian Radio (the industry) and to encourage those who are working in the industry. I would like to talk about news, music, programs and whatever else comes up. My goal is to get listeners and the professionals to talk about the issues to help make the ministry even better and stronger. Tell all you know about this blog.

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I'm the Executive Director of Mission Network News, a broadcast network servicing more than 900 radio stations in North America, New Zealand, Eucuador, Romania and Moldova

Thursday, July 28, 2005

It's been a while...

Sorry, It's been so long since I've posted anything. I've been kind of busy and kind of out of the country.

As many of you know, I traveled to India to see, first-hand, the work of Gospel for Asia. What an incredible organization. It's empowering the nationals to do evangelism, church planting and missions work, not only in India, but in surrounding countries as well. While I understood in my head that nationals need to do the work, now I know they are doing the work and it's very effective. But, American Christians are needed. No, not to do the work, but to help with financial support. For as little as $1 a day you can begin supporting a pastor, evangelist or church planter in India. Within a year of receiving the training they need, they'll start at least one church. What an investment. Go to GospelForAsia.org to help them.

On another subject, I've been talking with some of the national program producers and it looks like we're going to be starting a Christian Program Producers Association. The goal of this organization will be to talk about trends in our industry and talk about the consultants, who are having a major impact on Christian radio ministry today. Many consultants have advised to move long form programming to time nobody's listening, or drop them altogether. This is having an impact on everyone, even the short features. I was recently told the reason MNN was dropped from a radio station's program schedule was because a :10 sample didn't test well. How can a :10 sample of a news broadcast be enough to test well? At any rate, we're hoping to have our first meeting at National NRB. So far, Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Truths for Life, Moody Broadcasting, Gospel for Asia, have said they will participate. More to come later.

That's it for now. If you'd like to see pictures and hear a wrap I did for Moody about my trip to India, go to MNNonline.org/special.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

A great Midwest NRB

I just returned from a wonderful Midwest NRB Chapter meeting. Over 100 people attended on the campus of Moody Bible Institute. It was great seeing people that have become good friends through the industry.

The week started Wednesday with the new president of Moody, Michael Esley talking about broadcasters sticking to the word and not preaching another Gospel. He even gave some examples and even talked about a major network that was guilty of allowing someone to broadcast on the air, even though the person was preaching another Gospel.

Crawford Loritts also spoke on a similar topic, saying if you care more about ratings than you care about souls you were in the wrong business. He also told us that the Gospel doesn't change, we only need to communicate in clearly and stop taking verses out of context to fit 'our' purposes.

We also got Christian Worldview training from two guys at Cornerstone University, Dr. Michael Witmer and Dr. Mark Blocher. We were told many Christians forget that Christian worldview thinking must keep in mind creation, the fall and the resurection. Many Christians think creation was bad so we should hate this world. In reality, creation was good (God said so seven times), but man fell creating a fallen world, which makes life bad.

It was a great three days. I needed to recharge my batteries and I'm ready to continue serving God. Have a great week. I'll be in India July 18-25. I'll try to post as I'm able.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Have you ever written about nothing?

I feel like posting tonight, but I really don't have much to talk about. I guess I'll talk about my Sunday.

I went to church this morning and was on the 'worship' team. It went pretty well, but I did blow it. After the solo, I was going to ready a few verses that went along with the soloists song, which I did. But, then, I was supposed to say something like, "Now let's listen to Chris sing the firs verse of an old hymn of the faith....as the children go to 'promise land' (children's church). But, I totally forgot about Chris. Since Chris was supposed to sing by himself...there were no words on the overhead screen...so...we all sang with him...since I never said what I was supposed to say.

Then, in the evening my family went to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Center to hear Joe Stowell. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. I've always enjoyed, doctor Stowell, but I didn't this time. He talked about the sovereignty of God. He says God IS sovereign and has a providential plan, but he allows people to make their own choices...own decisions.

While many people believe this is true, I don't. The Bible clearly teaches He's sovereign over ALL things, not just most things. If He's not soveriegn over all, he's not God. I have a hard time believing that God is sitting on His hands hoping and praying that we make the right decisions. I truly believe he gives us our very next breath and that's He's even sovereign over the fact that He ordered this e-mail to take place.

But, I'm sure there are others who disagree with me. But, that's okay. You'll see I'm righ when we get to heaven. That is...if you made the right choices, decisions, etc, in order to get there. ;)

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

It's July already

Wow, it's hard to believe it's July already.

We continue to see more and more radio stations add MNN, despite the trend with music stations to cut programming. I'm glad we increasingly being viewed as a news product (which we are). I'm amazed at how far we've come in the 10 years I've been here.

We've added stations in a couple of good sized markets, Atlanta and Tulsa in the last couple of weeks.

Explain this to me. Is it that we're 'packaging' it right, or are we just presenting the news and God's work that's selling itself?