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, September 29, 2005

How many different kinds of radio are there?

I've been trying to think of all the different kinds of radio formats in the U-S today. With all the different formats out there, why is Christian radio trying to focus on just a few formats? You have AC, CHR, INSPO and Talk as the most popular formats. With 82 percent of Americans who 'favor' Christianity over all other religions, why are we so myopic?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Church response great

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has proven a couple of things.

1. Christians care. The evangelical church has really stepped to the plate to help people. God protected many of them. Naturally, these churches became centers for relief and outreach. Many Christians stopped everything to help. Many churches sent teams of people to help with relief and rescue efforts. Now churches are collecting money and sending teams to rebuild churches, homes and communities. What a testamony this is to non-believers. Where are the Muslim groups? Where are the Hindu groups? Where are other religious organizations? They're not around. Christians love people...all people.

2. Despite these acts of God, Americans still ignore the need for Christ. I'm amazed at how when times of trouble hit, they blame everyone...they get angry...they grieve...but they fail to understand that Christ is the only answer to their problems.

While the church has responded, the question is 'how' have they responded? Yes, they've provided food, water, and other physical needs. But, have they shared the most important need -- the Gospel? What has Christian radio done to inspire people to share the Gospel, along with the aid their providing? I think everyone's so focused on physical need that they think the Gospel will be the end result. But, unless the Gospel is intentional, it will never be shared.

What do you think?

Monday, September 26, 2005

We're getting close

I had a very busy day today. Got to work at 6:00 am and got some paperwork done. I only go some of it done as I had to play racquetball. (I lost my first match this fall...that's another story).

I got back to the office about 8:15 and finished my paper work. I started making calls to get my our lead for today and it just didn't happen. Sometimes it's tough being in the news business.

Last week I receive a message from one of our major networks overseas and they asked if we could stop talking about Hirricane Katrina. They told me that it was just like any other disaster in the world. It's all 'perspective' isn't it?

We didn't get deadline done until 4:00 pm, which is kind of late for us. But, we got everything done.

I'm trying to make some minor changes to the web site. I've got some things to think about, but I'm excited about the direction we're heading.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Daily post

I have gotten away from posting on my blog. I've been really busy. But, I'm going to make it a priority.

Here's an update on what's up with MNN these days.
1. MNN Spanish is getting ready to launch October 3rd. Transcripts on the web first and then the radio broadcast in 2006.
2. We got a call from Italy. A man with a news organization wants to translate MNN into Italian.
3. We've added 12 new stations to our broadcast network in the last two months.
4. Hurricane Katrina has taken up a lot of our airtime and our stations overseas aren't very happy about that.
5. I hired Laurie Link to help us in Public Relations. I'm really excited about this.

All in all, things are going well. Bottom line, we're seeing more and more people get involved in missions. It's exciting!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Social Gospel vs The Gospel

I've been doing some thinking about what strategies Christians are using in their evangelism quest. I'm talking 'social gospel' vs the 'real Gospel.'

Have you heard this? "People won't listen to the Gospel if they have an empty belly." I've heard that, too, but I'm not so sure I agree with it. If you feed someone before you share the Gospel, you still have a sinner who needs Christ...but now he or she is now full and ready to move on.

The danger of the 'social gospel' is you spend so much time trying to figure out how to 'lure' people in, that many times groups forget about sharing the gospel. I've talked with agencies that proport to be a Christian ministry, but when asked about how they share the Gospel as they help, they say things like, "We don't do that...we just try to feed or clothe them and IF the ask, we point them to the local church." What kind of evangelism is that?

I think there's something to be said for 'breaking ground' in evangelism...a friendship evangelism initiative. However, the goal isn't to cloud the Gospel initially. The goal is to win trust with the individual so that over time you can begin dropping 'nuggets' of the Gospel, earning the right to talk about Christ.

In the Hurricane Katrina disaster there are many groups helping with relief, but there are only a few groups that are using this opportunity to share the REAL Gospel, the only Gospel that gives real hope. Any other gospel is what Paul calls, 'another gospel.'