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Ep. 159: Religious Liberty Ruling, Reformed Church in America Splits, ACNA Members Want Investigation

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On today’s program, a federal court ruling protects the right of churches and Christian ministries to hire and fire staff members based on religious beliefs.  And we’ll take a look at how money given to tax-exempt organizations, including Christian organizations, is going to partisan political causes.  We begin today with what appears to be a body blow to a group that claims to be the oldest Protestant denomination in the United States. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Bob Smietana, Alejandra Molina, Steve Rabey, Kathryn Post, Christina Darnell—and you, Warren. Until next time, may God bless you.

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    Ep. 159: Religious Liberty Ruling, Reformed Church in America Splits, ACNA Members Want Investigation

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    On today’s program, a federal court ruling protects the right of churches and Christian ministries to hire and fire staff members based on religious beliefs.  And we’ll take a look at how money given to tax-exempt organizations, including Christian organizations, is going to partisan political causes.  We begin today with what appears to be a body blow to a group that claims to be the oldest Protestant denomination in the United States. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Bob Smietana, Alejandra Molina, Steve Rabey, Kathryn Post, Christina Darnell—and you, Warren. Until next time, may God bless you.
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    Ep. 158: A Conversation About Bible Translation With Jane Schoen

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    Today I have on the program Jane Schoen. Jane is the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Strategic Resource Group, an organization that funds projects to reach unreached people groups in the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called MENA region of the world. Strategic Resource Group is doing something that – if successful – could have a dramatic impact on the way we do Bible translation. They are using a so-called Translation Service Provider – an organization that normally translates contracts, treaties, movie scripts, books, and all manner of other material – to translate the Bible. The company it is using is called Lingua Linx. I wrote an article about this process back in August of last year, and today I check in with Jane, who is leading this project, to see how things are going. You can read more about this initiative, and all of our coverage of the Bible Translation Industry, by going to MinistryWatch.com and typing “Bible Translation” into the search engine. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick . We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, and Casey Sudduth. I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.
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    Ep. 157: Boy Scouts, Preemptive Love Coalition and Lysa TerKeurst

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    On today’s program, news about the sex abuse case involving the Boy Scouts of America. Survivors appear to have rejected the settlement plan. And clergy burnout has become more acute in the era of COVID, but some pastors say sabbaticals are helping them and their families cope. And Proverbs 31 Ministries founder and president Lysa TerKeurst announced on social media Jan. 1 that she and her husband Art are getting divorced. We begin today with a story that we’ve been following here at MinistryWatch for more than two years, and that’s the story of a ministry called Preemptive Love. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Shannon Cuthrell, Bob Smietana, Paul Clolery, Audrey Jackson, and Randall Chase. Special thanks for The Christian Chronicle and The NonProfit Times for contributing material on this week’s podcast. Until next time, may God bless you.
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    Ep. 156: A Conversation With Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner

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    Today, I have on the program a story about the collision of religion and politics that ended badly for both.  In 2018, a Southern Baptist pastor named Mark Harris ran for the U.S. Congress.  Harris had been pastor of one of the most prominent churches in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he had been a strong voice for Christian ideas in the public square.  But what happened next is the stuff of Greek tragedy.  A close election, allegations of voter fraud, and hearings into those allegations that featured Mark Harris’s own son providing damaging testimony against his father. A new book about what has been called the greatest electoral fraud of the 21st century – so far – lays out the details and is a warning to Christian leaders who want to get involved in politics.  And that warning is not to stay out of politics, but to enter carefully. Nick Ochsner, my guest today, is the co-author of that book: “The Vote Collectors:  The True Story of the Scamsters, Politicians, and Preachers behind the Nation’s Greatest Electoral Fraud.” Ochsner is the chief investigative reporter for WBTV, the CBS television affiliate in Charlotte. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick . We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, and Casey Sudduth. I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.
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    Ep. 155: MinistryWatch List of Top 10 Stories of the Year 2021

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    On today’s program, we take a look at the top stories of the year, as identified by you, our MinistryWatch readers and listeners.  These are the stories that got the most page views on the MinistryWatch website this year.  We’ll present the top 10, mention a few others, and provide a bit of commentary along the way.  To see a longer list – a list of the 15 most viewed stories – go to MinistryWatch.com. MinistryWatch published nearly a thousand stories this year, and whether you think these are the most important stories of the year or not, I do think the fact that these 10 received the most page views does tell us something about the state of evangelicalism these days.  What we care about, and how we behave.  That’s why I think such list are important.  And I also want to thank everyone who read our stories this year, and engaged with us.  We ended up with more than 2.25 million page views on our site, and our podcast listenership doubled this year.  So thank you for joining us in our quest to bring transparency and accountability to the evangelical church. I also want to share with folks that this will be our last regular podcast of the year.  We’re going to take off next Friday, New Year’s Eve, from our podcast schedule, though we will be posting stories on the website this week. That said, I hope you’ll therefore allow me to make a special appeal to those of you who like the podcast to give us a year-end gift.  MinistryWatch is unique, even among Christian media outlets, in that we don’t take advertising, we don’t take money from the ministries we cover.  We are completely independent.  We serve our readers, our listeners, and donors who want to be more informed and effective stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them. If we have served you in this way, we hope you will consider a small gift to help us keep going in the new year.  Our year-end goal is $68,000, and as of this moment, we have raised more than $40,000, but that means we still have a ways to go between now and Friday night. As always, we want you to give to your local church first, to carefully researched Christian ministries second, but if we have helped you in your own journey of generosity, please consider a gift to us, too.  To donate, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the DONATE button at the top of the page. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who have made significant contributions to MinistryWatch this year include Anne Stych, Christina Darnell, Shannon Cuthrell, Kim Roberts, Steve Rabey, and Bethany Starin. Until next year, may God bless you.
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    Ep. 154: Dave Ramsey, Russell Moore, Boy Scouts and More

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    On today’s program, financial guru Dave Ramsey gets sued by a former employee.  A pastor who sexually abused a teenager gets 45 years in prison.  And we’ll tell you about churches and ministries who have stepped up to help in the aftermath of last weekend’s tornadoes in Kentucky and neighboring states.  We begin today with the latest in the ongoing story of the Boy Scouts of America. We have had a number of requests from our readers for recommendations.  Which organizations are most effective in these post-disaster situations? MinistryWatch has published a list of organizations that are doing relief work and which have an “A” Transparency Grade and a 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating for Financial Efficiency.  It’s a list of about 30 ministries, and you can find it on the front page of our website.  I’ll also include a link in the show notes to this program.  Link to list HERE. FINAL THOUGHTS:  I want to share with folks that this will be our last regular podcast of the year.  We’re going to take off next Friday, Christmas Eve, and the following Friday, New Year’s Eve.  We’ll be dropping a couple of shorter, extra episodes, but we’ll commence with our weekly news roundups in the new year. That said, I hope you’ll therefore allow me to make a special appeal to those of you who like the podcast to give us a year-end gift.  MinistryWatch is unique, even among Christian media outlets, in that we don’t take advertising, we don’t take money from the ministries we cover.  We are completely independent.  We serve our readers, our listeners, and donors who want to be more informed and effective stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them. If we have served you in this way, we hope you will consider a small gift to help us keep going in the new year.  As always, we want you to give to your local church first, to carefully researched Christian ministries second, but if we have helped you in your own journey of generosity, please consider a gift to us, too.  To donate, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the DONATE button at the top of the page. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Yonat Shimron, Shannon Cuthrell, Bob Smietana, Randall Chase, and Christina Darnell. Until next year, may God bless you.
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    On today’s program, Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial begins.  But beyond the salacious headlines, what can we learn?  And one of Canada’s best-known evangelical pastors has been accused of sexual misconduct.  We begin today with news from Haiti. There’s a quick, easy, and FREE way you can support this podcast, and that is to give us a rating on your podcast app.  The more ratings we get, the more attention we get from search engines, and that helps new listeners find us.  And, by the way, when you give us a rating, leave us a comment, too.  I read them all. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Cheryl Mann Bacon, Kathryn Post, David Pitt, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron, Peter Smith, Evens Sanon, and Christina Darnell. A special thanks to Religion UnPlugged for contributing material for this week’s program. Until next time, may God bless you.
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