Radio Interview: Tara McClary Reeves #IsYourDadAPirate

Although interviewing an author for a children's book can present challenges, it was a joy to share 12 minutes with Tara McClary Reeves. Her love for her Savior and her father resonated through the airwaves as she discussed a very special book for children. Telling her own story of her childhood experiences with her injured veteran father, you'll be blessed if you can get a copy of "Is Your Dad a Pirate?"

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on July 21, 2017.

 

Radio Interview: Chad Robichaux #AnUnfairAdvantage

Husband. Father. Marine. MMA fighter. MBA. Special Agent with US Federal Marshall Air Service Program. This impressive list meant little as he also battled PTSD, became suicidal, and was on the verge of divorce...

A man convicted by the Power of God went from holding a gun and contemplating suicide to turning his life around and mentoring others facing the same battle. Join us for an honest conversation with Chad Robichaux as he shares his testimony. Eventually, we did get to discussing his new book, An Unfair Advantage, but that was secondary to the amazing gift of grace! [www.MightyOaksBooks.org]

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on July 7, 2017.

Simply Sad but Hopelessly Hopeful

I confess I’m a bit sad this morning.

Yesterday, the nation was shocked as a lone gunman attacked some of our elected representatives as they prepared for a fun game on a baseball field. This attack somewhat overshadowed an attack at a UPS warehouse in San Francisco as well as other shootings around our country.

While the shootings themselves cause me grief, I believe I’m more saddened by some responses. The “blame spiral” is disconcerting. Possibly even more so, is the perpetuation of some of the things that might well have inspired the attack on the representatives.

This is not a Trump or Ryan problem.

This is not a Pelosi or Clinton problem.

This is not a Democrat or Republican problem.

This is not a Social Media problem.

This is not even a gun problem.

It’s truly not the myriad of things that so many are postulating that it could be. “If only this…” or “If only that…

So, what do I KNOW the problem really is? It’s a HEART problem.

Yes, you can tune me out now – BUT I wish you wouldn’t.

The HEART problem we have is that we don’t care about other people. We are selfish. We are egocentric. We are unloving, uncaring, and unwaveringly bent on finding ways to hate.

Now, before you say, “No, I’m not. That’s not me!” indulge me for just a minute by answering questions:

·         How do you react to a #BlackLivesMatter? Do you get angry and say “All lives matter!” Do you get self-righteous and declare “That’s right!”

·         How do you react when you see a photo of the POTUS? Do you get angry and make some sort of “carrot” reference? Do you get happy and say “He’ll turn things around.”?

·         Do you click on any article against the President? Do you click on any article in favor of the President?

Why do I think the way you might answer those questions might determine whether or not you have a heart problem? It comes down to faith.

What did Jesus do? Jesus loved.

He loved the Jewish people. He loved the Samaritan people. He even loved the Roman people. He loved young people and old people. He loved people from His hometown and He loved people who lived in the next town (and the next…) He didn’t look for ways to divide. He looked for ways to love. He looked for ways to heal. He looked for ways to strengthen. Read through the Gospels and you will find story after story after story that demonstrates Jesus was committed to bringing transformation in the hearts and lives of all people.

I’m FAR from perfect. I know that and anyone who knows me knows that. I get angry, self-righteous, and fall into temptation.

But frankly, I don’t care what color you are. I don’t care what political party you are. I don’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or not, or dirty or clean. I don’t want to put a label on you or have you put a label on me. I just want to sit down, get to know you, and love you.

I’ve been part of Lay Renewal Ministries for just shy of 21 years. Some days I’m discouraged. Other days I’m exuberant. But, when the phone rings and an opportunity presents itself to go to a church and share the story of Jesus, I’m ALL in. I don’t care if it’s a large church in the South or a smaller church in the Midwest or a medium church in the Northwest. I’ll go if I can talk about Jesus.

I believe in Truth. I believe things that other people would criticize as intolerant or ignorant or unscientific or implausible or…  

You know what? I still love those people.

And I’m going to go ahead and hope and pray for the phone to ring OR the pastor to answer the phone or reply to an email. I’m still going to encourage those I know to stop worrying about this and that and to focus on love. Focus on loving God. Focus on loving their neighbor.

Somebody said that those were the most important things of all.

He was right. (He always is.)

And that gives me hope.

Yours in Him,

Marty

 

Radio Interview: John Stonestreet #PracticalGuideToCulture

Would you like some guidance as you try to help the Next Generation navigate today's world? John Stonestreet (President of Colson Center and co-host of BreakPoint) and Brett Kunkle (Stand to Reason - Student Director) wrote "A Practical Guide to Culture" to do just that. Filled with honesty, clarity, and examples to cover the plethora of challenges before us, this is a fantastic resource for ANY Christian to use.

Listen to the 12 minute interview with John Stonestreet as he addressed issues in the book and our culture.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on June 9, 2017.

Radio Interview: Brian Mavis #NeighboringChurch

Brian Mavis, president of America's Kids Belong, joined Encounter to discussThe Neighboring Church, a book that he co-authored with Rick Rusaw. Although the question "Who is my neighbor?" has been asked countless times, Rusaw and Mavis approach it from a hands-on, pastoral perspective. The present a myriad of examples to help you and your church get better at what Jesus said matters most - Loving God and Loving your Neighbor.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 26, 2017.

Radio Interview: Tosca Lee #Firstborn

Over a year ago, Tosca Lee left readers standing at the edge of a cliff as The Progeny ended with a stunning break. Finally, questions are answer and secrets are revealed through Firstborn. Listen to the interview and then visit www.ToscaLee.com to find out more!  

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 12, 2017.

From the book jacket: Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything to protect. A secret so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it. With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last. With the help of a heretic monk and her Progeny friends Claudia, Piotrek, and Jester, Audra will risk all she holds dear in a final bid to save them all and put her powers to the ultimate test. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.

Radio Interview: Paul J Pastor #TheListeningDay

The Listening Day by Paul J Pastor - "The Listening Day is a collection of 90 devotional readings to help you enter God's passionate invitation to know him today. Each entry begins with scripture to meditate upon throughout your day. Paul J. Pastor then invites you to listen in on an intimate conversation with God what he hears the Lord saying through those scriptures and, in one or two lines, his own reply. The reflections are crafted to show us anew our God, who encourages, rebukes, laughs, invites, and instructs. Each day's reading ends with a short prayer and a simple suggestion for deeper response to help you know and experience God's rich presence in your life." www.PaulJPastor.com

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on April 28, 2017.

Radio Interview: Robert Wolgemuth #LiketheShepherd (part 2)

Like the Shepherd: Leading Your Marriage with Love and Grace - "A husband's God-given responsibility to his wife is to be her shepherd: to love her, serve her, comfort her, protect her, provide for her, sacrifice for her, and lead her. Like the Shepherd guides men on how to embrace the role of shepherd, drawing on the wisdom of the Bible to give men practical, powerful advice on how to take responsibility for their relationships and realize the Christian ideal of a healthy, happy marriage."

This interview originally aired on April 28, 2017 on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320.

Radio Interview: Robert Wolgemuth #LikeTheShepherd

Like the Shepherd: Leading Your Marriage with Love and Grace - "A husband's God-given responsibility to his wife is to be her shepherd: to love her, serve her, comfort her, protect her, provide for her, sacrifice for her, and lead her. Like the Shepherd guides men on how to embrace the role of shepherd, drawing on the wisdom of the Bible to give men practical, powerful advice on how to take responsibility for their relationships and realize the Christian ideal of a healthy, happy marriage."

This interview originally aired on April 14, 2017 on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320.