On Radio Today at 2:00 pm ET

Paul is guest hosting God321 for his friend Dan Hutchins today, Friday, and most of next week, heard locally in Detroit on AM 1500 WLQV and from anywhere in the world at www.faithtalk1500.com.

On today’s program Paul will share the “Refiner’s Fire” that he has passed through since leaving his position as WLQV’s afternoon host. Also, Paul Washer warns American Christians that persecution is coming. And Paul talks about his Hindu friend, Basin, who showed up at Paul’s church asking to know more about Jesus.  They are now studying the Gospel of Mark together. Here’s a picture of Paul & Basin:

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Wednesday Hosting The Bob Dutko Show

I’m privileged once again to sit in Bob Dutko’s seat from Noon to 4:00 pm ET on Wednesday, heard locally in Detroit on WMUZ 103.5 FM and around the world via live stream here.

Here’s what’s coming up….

The Bob Dutko News Hour (Noon – 1:00 pm ET)

GUEST: Roger F. Noreiga
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs (Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean) and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States; American Enterprise Institute Fellow
TOPIC: The death of Hugo Chavez and the future of American relations with Venezuela

RELATED:

REUTERS: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Dies

FOREIGN POLICY: Venezuelan Roulette by Ambassador Roger F. Noreiga

COMMENTARY: The Death of Another Tyrant

GUEST: Dan Gainor, Media Research Center
TOPIC: Dennis Rodman and the North Koreans

RELATED:

TIME: Could Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trip Affect US Policy?

DAN GAINOR: Media having a ball with Dennis Rodman’s ‘basketball diplomacy’

Other News…

Jewish media leader asks what role Christianity played in the murder of an openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi

Iowa dentist fires his attractive assistant over fears he might have an affair

Church repents of mistreating four former pastors over three decades

Gloria Alred’s Latest Target: Christian college that fired out of wedlock pregnant employee

Founder of world’s largest church indicted for alleged stock scheme

TIME: History Channel’s The Bible is a hit

The Bob Dutko Show (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET)

GUEST: Dr. Bob Burns, Associate Pastor/Head of Staff at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis
TOPIC: Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving

GUEST: Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, OK
TOPIC: Iran & Israel: Wars and Rumors of Wars

GUEST: Dr. Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York
TOPIC: Communicating the Gospel in a Postmodern Context

RELATED:

THE GOSPEL COALITION: Audio & Video Resources from Tim Keller

Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God

Tim Keller on The Gospel and the Poor

Tim Keller’s Blog

GUEST: Robert Morgan, Senior Pastor of Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN
TOPIC: The Lord is My Shepherd: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23

Monday Hosting The Bob Dutko Show

I’m privileged once again to sit in Bob Dutko’s seat from Noon to 4:00 pm ET on Monday, heard locally in Detroit on WMUZ 103.5 FM and around the world via live stream here.

Here’s what’s coming up….

The Bob Dutko News Hour (Noon – 1:00 pm ET)

FORBES: Detroit Tops List of America’s Most Miserable Cities

NY TIMES: Michigan Naming Fiscal Manager to Help Detroit

DETROIT NEWS: Detroit Emergency Manager to Curtail Power of Mayor, City Council

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Detroit Emergency Declared

We’ll focus the entire News Hour on the financial crisis in the city of Detroit. We’ll speak with two pastors in the city to get their perspective on the spiritual state of the city:

Pastor Eric Russ, Mack Ave Community Church

Pastor Christopher Brooks, Evangel Ministries

The Bob Dutko Show (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET)

GUEST: Dr. R. C. Sproul, Jr.
TOPIC: Joyful Suffering and Should Christians Pledge Allegiance to the Flag?

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine.

GUEST: Dr. James Emery White
TOPIC: The Church in an Age of Crisis: The 25 New Realities Facing Christianity

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Serious Times, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts churchandculture.org; ranked Adjunctive Professor of Theology and Culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president; and author of over a dozen books which have been translated into ten languages.

GUEST: Dr. Ron Highfield
TOPIC: God, Freedom & Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture

Ron Highfield is Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. He teaches upper division courses in systematic and historical theology and a general studies course in Christianity and culture. Ron served in the ministry—in preaching, youth and campus ministry—for many years before becoming a professor. He serves presently as an elder in the University Church of Christ, which meets on the campus of Pepperdine University.

GUEST: Dr. Robert Jeffress
TOPIC: Is it time for evangelicals to change the tone on gay marriage?

Robert Jeffress, Jr. is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He hosts the program, Pathway to Victory, which is broadcast on more than 1,200 television stations and dozens of radio outlets as well.

RELATED:

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Tim Tebow Cancels First Baptist Dallas Appearence

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas’ FBC Pastor implies Tebow is a ‘wimp’ for canceling

GUEST: Dr. Larry Rasmussen
TOPIC: Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

RELATED:

SOJOURNERS MAGAZINE: An Earth-Honoring Faith

JOURNAL OF LUTHERAN ETHICS: Review of Larry Rasmussen’s Earth-Honoring Faith

Larry L. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary and winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Forbes: Detroit ‘most miserable city in America;’ an opportunity for the church?

Forbes Magazine recently named America’s Most Miserable Cities for 2013. Three major cities in Michigan are in the top ten (#7 Warren, #2 Flint, #1 Detroit). Each of these cities are within 30 miles of where I sit.

The criteria used by Forbes in making its determinations included “violent crime, unemployment rates, foreclosures, taxes (income and property), home prices and political corruption.”

Forbes cites a “four decade decline” in the Detroit economy (including the city’s debt rating being cut to junk by Moody’s in 1992), the highest violent crime rate in America, net migration leading to dismal revenues, cuts to essential city services, and plummeting home values. Forbes summed up their justification for naming Detroit it’s number one miserable city in America by saying, “…declining tax revenues from a shrinking city will soon make Detroit a ward of the state.”

The response from Detroit’s political leadership is predictable.  Mayor Dave Bing protested that “Detroit is in the midst of a transformation.” City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said, “The perception doesn’t really meet the reality.”  He then cited the new restaurant offerings in the city as evidence that Detroit isn’t really all that miserable.

At the risk of sounding overly simplistic, there is an answer to this crisis. The church of Jesus Christ in the city is uniquely positioned to reach the one constituency within the city that is key to its thriving: the urban poor. The solution is not top down (government and community leaders), but rather bottom up. The solution is not more programs funded by non-existent tax revenue. The solution is individual followers of Jesus Christ with skills and passion, taking those skills and passion without cost to the city’s poor and personally mentoring them and discipling them in the name of Jesus Christ.

The church of Jesus Christ serves a Savior of whom it was said, “Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor” (2 Corinthians 8:9). The ministry of Jesus appealed to and attracted the poor more than any other economic class. Jesus blessed the poor, and in blessing them he gave them encouragement to move toward a life of productive labor which provided a way out of poverty.

The church of Jesus Christ must reclaim the mission of Jesus by taking the gospel to the poor. Not a ‘social gospel’ focused simply on feeding and clothing, but the actual gospel of the Word made flesh, identifying with us in “the likeness of sinful flesh, condemning sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:1-3);  the gospel that calls for an abandonment of sinful indulgence, placing hope in what Jesus accomplished in his death and resurrection for us and for our salvation; the gospel that ends racism, because it causes us to esteem others better than ourselves; the gospel that renews that which has been corrupted and makes it new in the image of its Creator. When the gospel transform the individuals who comprise a community, then and only then will the community experience cultural transformation.

The external transformation of street lights and blight follows the internal transformation of the heart by the gospel. When the internal transformation takes place, there is a greater chance that the poor will begin to take personal responsibility for and delight in their communities, with greater care for each other – because that’s what the gospel produces.

Much more on this subject could be said and needs to be said. The misery index in our cities provides an opportunity for the church. Will the church seize the opportunity?

RESOURCES:

Tim Keller: The Gospel and the Poor

Mack Avenue Community Church

Woodside Detroit

Evangel Ministries

Guest Hosting The Bob Dutko Show Today

Paul will be the guest host on The Bob Dutko Show today from Noon to 4:00 pm ET. The program can be heard locally in Detroit on 103.5 FM WMUZ or anywhere around the world by clicking here.

Here’s some of what we’ll be talking about today:

The Bob Dutko News Hour: Noon to 1:00 pm

RIP: Howard Hendricks

News Hour Special Guest: David French
Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice
Topic: Are Drone Strikes Legal and Moral?

David French: The inherent difficulty of the drone debate
David French: Yes, Drone strikes are legal and moral

More News Hour Topics…

New app to keep you tweeting after death

Gas prices could reach record high in 2013

Another business visited by Obama closes

Teen wins right to have baby after suing parents

Walter Williams on Rethinking Abraham Lincoln

102 Year Old kicks 82 year smoking habit

John Boehner: The President is raging against a budget crisis he created

 SNL skit shows Jesus slaughtering His enemies

 Todd Starnes: NBC: Bullies or Bigots?

The Bob Dutko Show: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Paul’s View: THE Question every Christian should be asking about Downton Abbey

Huffington Post: Faith and Downton Abbey

Paul’s View: History indicates that Dietrich Bonhoeffer may not have been the Evangelical Eric Metaxas wants us to believe he was.

Guest: Alice J. Wisler
Topic: Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache
In 1997, Alice’s four year old son, Daniel, died after 8 months of vigorous cancer treatments.

Guest: Dr. John Mark Reynolds
Provost and Professor in Philosophy at Houston Baptist University
Topic: Questions to Ask Your Christian College

Guest: Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon
Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice
Robert Gagnon: Time for a Change of Leadership at Exodus?

Guest: Dr. Timothy Witmer
Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary
Author of The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church