Tuesday, May 13, 2008

400-408Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family (, with what's been happening at Focus and an update on their international ministries.
•• Voting is now open for the 2008 Radio Hall of Fame nominees.  "Focus on the Family" has been nominated this year in the "National-Active" category against Bob Costas, Howard Stern, and Dr. Laura.  No Christian broadcaster has ever been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, but you can change that by voting for "Focus on the Family" at
•• Forest Home Christian Conference Center still has funding for 40 more military families to attend any of 10 week-long camps this summer!  If you know of a military family, tell them to go to
413-423Byron York, White House correspondent for National Review (, and columnist with The Hill (, weighs in on the presidential race.  Byron's latest book is The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of the Democrats' Desperate Fight to Reclaim Power.
428-437Michael Ward is a priest with the Church of England and author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (, and shares some insights into Lewis' Narnia.
• Michael Ward, Narnia's Secret.
(Mark your calendars for a special KKLA listener event with "Truth for Life" host Alistair Begg on Thursday, May 22nd in Pasadena. Go to for details.)
443-452Craig Huey is with the Election Forum (, who recommends candidates based on a Christian worldview, with his recommendations for judges in our area.
458-508Steve Mays, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel South Bay (, with some of the threats he sees to the effectiveness of the church making disciples.  His Light of the Word is heard weeknights right after our show at 7pm.
512-523Dr. Cal Beisner, with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation (, about their big announcement Thursday morning at the National Press Club.  Cornwall seeks to both protect the planet and protect the world's poor from harmful environmental legislation.
• NRO Editors, Big Mistake.
• Chris Horner, McCain's Hot Air.
• WSJ Editorial, McCain's Climate 'Market'.
528-539Dr. Cal Beisner,
544-554 – • Frank Pastore, Questioning "An Evangelical Manifesto."
608 – [1:30] "Your Independent, Unbiased, Advisors: The Money Guys" Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at  "What the Rich Do Differently" with Jeff Kleintop:  Tonight Wed 5/13 @ 5:35pm @ the Glendale Hilton, and tomorrow Thu 5/14 @ 5:35 @ the Irvine Marriot.
612-623(5:12) Walter Martin audio.
Jill Martin Rische, daughter of the late Walter Martin, runs, a website packed with great apologetic and theological resources.  She blogs at  Her forthcoming book is The Kingdom of the Occult.  She's also the co-author of Through the Windows of Heaven:  100 Powerful Stories and Teachings from Walter Martin, the Original Bible Answer Man.
628-639Jill Martin Rische.
644-655Jill Martin Rische.
• Albert Mohler, An Evangelical Response to "An Evangelical Manifesto".  Al believes the Manifesto needs to be more theological and more specific regarding the Gospel, that the definition of an Evangelical is a minimal definition that could be claimed by non-Evangelicals.  It doesn't address the exclusivity of salvation to those who have come to Christ by faith, i.e., are inclusivists included in their definition?  And it seems to slam young earth cosmology when it says believers who represent "caricatures of the false hostility between science and faith," if not young earthers, who are they referring to?  He asks whether the Manifesto is suggesting a Gnostic form of political engagement, meaning a strict "sacred/secular" bifurcation?  Finally, he asks how can you present the Gospel and defend life and marriage in their recommended "civil" manner?  Do they mean "resist less?"
Issues such as abortion and marriage are not only important, but urgent.  One gains the impression that the civility so prized in this document can only take the form of endless talk and dialogue.  That may fit the culture of Washington think tanks, but it does not fit the culture of public policy or the lives most of us lead.  The Manifesto is wonderfully prophetic in calling for civility, but it never explains how civility can survive a policy conclusion -- or how civil parties to a conversation about ultimate things can speak the truth and always be considered civil.
When the document correctly states, "In a society as religiously diverse as America today, no one faith should be normative for the entire society, yet there should be room for the free expression of faith in the public square," does it mean that there can or should be no normative morality for the public square?  Or, one might wonder, would this normative morality (without which no society can survive) be as secularized as the framers of the Manifesto eloquently fear?
Where does a commitment to civility meet its limits?  Can one speak truthfully of the Gospel, and of the fact that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and be considered civil? 
In the end, I must judge "An Evangelical Manifesto" to be too expansive in terms of public relations and too thin in terms of theology.  I admire so much of what this document states and represents, but I cannot accept it as a whole.  I want it to be even more theological, and to be far more specific about the Gospel,  I agree with the framers that Evangelicals should be defined theologically, rather than politically, culturally, or socially.  This document will have to be much more theological for it to accomplish its own stated purpose.