The Paul Edwards Program for Wednesday, February 19


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BARNA: State of the Church 2020

According to the report, three-quarters (72%) of Protestant pastors identify the impact of “watered down gospel teachings” on Christianity in the U.S. as a major concern. That’s especially true for pastors in non-mainline denominations (78%). Mainline pastors (59%) are less concerned.

About two-thirds (66%) of pastors say a major concern for Christianity is “culture’s shift to a secular age,” followed by 63% who identified “poor discipleship models” as a major concern and 58% who named “addressing complex social issues with biblical integrity,” the survey says.

Guest: David Kinnaman

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good FaithYou Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

Five Trends Defining American’s Relationship to Churches

MORE INFORMATION ON BARNA’S STATE OF THE CHURCH 2020


Crain’s Detroit Business: State panel OKs $3.5 billion in bonds for roads. Here are the projects that will pay for.

WDET: Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Whitmer’s Roads Bond: ‘Any Option Better Than This One’


The Left is having a cow over President Trump’s pardons, but ‘for every one person President Trump has granted a pardon or commutation, President Obama granted over 77’

NBC NEWS: Some Big Names Got a Measure of Mercy From President Obama

US Department of Justice: PARDONS GRANTED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (2009-2017)


Openly Homosexual Mayor Pete says President Trump’s conduct is incompatible with the Bible. Seriously?

CP: Episcopal Church will cease to have Sunday worship attendance in 30 years, seminary pres. warns


AUDIO: Dr. Brian Grim on religion in the workplace

Paul spoke with the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, Dr. Brian Grim, on Monday, February 17 about the treatment of religion in some of America’s largest Fortune 500 companies. The audio is below.

Brian Grim, Ph. D., is the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, a corporate trainer, and a leading scholar on international religious demography, and the pioneer of the study of the socioeconomic impact of religious freedom.

Brian is the creator of the first fully global measures of religious freedom for countries of the world, and the Corporate Religious Equity and Diversity Inclusion (REDI) Index, which establishes a new benchmark for annual assessment of the state of corporate America’s inclusion of religion as an integral part of its diversity initiatives. His widely reported research finds that religion contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, more than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology U.S. companies including Apple, Amazon and Google.

RNS: More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

More than 20% of the Fortune 100 have established faith-based employee resource groups, according to an AP examination and there’s a high-powered conference taking place this week in Washington aimed at expanding those ranks.

“Corporate America is at a tipping point toward giving religion similar attention to that given the other major diversity categories,” says Brian Grim, founder and president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation that’s co-hosting the conference along with the Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business.

CT: Google, Tyson, and Target Rank as Top Corporations for Religious Inclusion


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The Paul Edwards Program for February 18th


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CP: Conservative Baptist Network launched amid ‘woke’ trend in SBC, emphasizing Scripture, evangelism

THE PATHWAY: Adrian Rogers: Prophet of the Conservative Resurgence

GUEST: Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Conservative Baptist Network Spokesman

Dr. Brad Jurkovich is a man committed to reaching this generation with the hope of Jesus. He is the Senior Pastor of First Bossier in Bossier City, LA. He received his BA in biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological College, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. D. Greear, current president of the SBC, responds . . .

Dr. Albert Mohler responds . . .

Albert Mohler’s veiled tweet opposing the new Conservative Baptist Network

RNS: For now, Southern Baptists stick by Hosanna Wong, spoken word artist and pastor

SBC VOICES: SBC Pastor’s Conference organizer responds to critics


GUEST: Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon on Transgenderism and the Bible

Robert A. J. Gagnon is Professor of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University. Previously he was a tenured Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, teaching there for 23 years (1994-2017). He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001) co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003)

Dr. Robert Gagnon: HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS RESPOND TO THE TRANSGENDER PHENOMENON?

Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject ‘Transgender’ Behavior

Dwyane Wade speaks about his 12-year-old child coming out as transgender

CP: A detransitioner in agony recounts how gender doctors manipulated him into castration, hormones


CBC: What Canada can learn from this Michigan city’s use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals


AUDIO: Dr. Albert Cheng on Cardus’s Report on American Colleges & Universities

On Friday, February 14 th Paul spoke with Dr. Albert Cheng, lead author of Cardus’s Report on American Colleges and Universities:

Dr. Albert Cheng

CT: Christian College Grads Care More About Helping, Less About Money

Dr. Albert Cheng is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education Reform in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches courses in education policy and philosophy. His research focuses on character formation, faith-based schools, and school choice. He is a Senior Fellow at Cardus, an affiliated research fellow at the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, and a former math teacher at James Logan High School in Union City, California. 

Cardus is a non-partisan, faith-based think tank and registered charity dedicated to promoting a flourishing society.

CARDUS: A Report on American Colleges & Universities

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The Paul Edwards Program for Monday, February 17


PRESIDENT’S DAY: George Washington on the Blessings of Religious Liberty


RNS: More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

More than 20% of the Fortune 100 have established faith-based employee resource groups, according to an AP examination and there’s a high-powered conference taking place this week in Washington aimed at expanding those ranks.

“Corporate America is at a tipping point toward giving religion similar attention to that given the other major diversity categories,” says Brian Grim, founder and president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation that’s co-hosting the conference along with the Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business.

CT: Google, Tyson, and Target Rank as Top Corporations for Religious Inclusion

Today’s Guest: Dr. Brian Grim

Brian Grim, Ph. D., is the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, a corporate trainer, and a leading scholar on international religious demography, and the pioneer of the study of the socioeconomic impact of religious freedom.

Brian is the creator of the first fully global measures of religious freedom for countries of the world, and the Corporate Religious Equity and Diversity Inclusion (REDI) Index, which establishes a new benchmark for annual assessment of the state of corporate America’s inclusion of religion as an integral part of its diversity initiatives. His widely reported research finds that religion contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, more than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology U.S. companies including Apple, Amazon and Google.


CONTROVERSIES IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION:

RNS: For now, Southern Baptists stick by Hosanna Wong, spoken word artist and pastor

CP: Conservative Baptist Network launched amid ‘woke’ trend in SBC, emphasizing Scripture, evangelism

Albert Mohler’s veiled tweet opposing the new Conservative Baptist Network

Albert Mohler: A Word to Southern Baptists

Is Dr. Mohler suggesting in the above link that because missions and evangelism are the ‘animating passions of the SBC,’ the present controversies over gender roles, critical race theory, and intersectionality should be ignored?


CT: Four reasons tithes and offerings are about to drop dramatically