Monday, January 11, 2010

400-408Sean McDowell, (, "Worldview Ministries"), head of the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Schools (, and author of many books including his latest entitled Apologetics For A New Generation: A Biblical And Culturally Relevant Approach To Talking About God.  He's the General Editor for the forthcoming Apologetics Study Bible for Students, due out January 29th.  Today, we talk about Avatar, and how we can use it as an open door to talking about Christianity.

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428-442Darrell Passwater, Professor of the Biola School of Business, joins us along with the CEO of Convene Chris Duncan, and a Convene member, Bob Brumleu, President of Omni Duct Systems.  Today, we talk about Convene.  Convene's 2010 CEO Summit will be February 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach.  For more information, click here

Convene is the premiere Christian CEO discipleship program (, whose mission is "to equip, inspire and connect Christian CEOs and Business Owners to excel in building better businesses, increasing leadership success, and having greater Kingdom impact."  Convene was created by Christian CEOs with a passion to help other successful business leaders like themselves who were also feeling isolated, and who lacked the tools, support and relationships needed to build the profitable businesses of their dreams – while at the same time, integrating their faith for maximum Kingdom impact.

• We're hosting our KKLA Business Leaders Luncheon, on Wednesday, January 27th, at the Doubletree, Anaheim.  We'll be featuring Dr. John Townsend, heard on KKLA weekdays from 2-3pm.  For info, go to tomorrow – our IT's guy is out sick.  Or, call right now 888-321-2469, since seating is limited.  BTW, John's first chapter of his most recent book Leadership Beyond Reason, tells the story of Darrell Passwater's Convene small group.  

448-452Maurice Baker, Events Specialist with the Los Angeles Clippers, invites all pastors out for their 3rd Annual Pastor's Appreciation Day, Monday, January 18th, for a game against the New Jersey Nets at 12:30pm. The first 250 pastors to sign up receive 2 free tickets while supplies last!  The Clippers are also offering special discounted tickets to everyone. Log on to, keyword: "Clippers."

458-508Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (, who's both an astrophysicist and a pastor, and author of over a dozen books, including his latest, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is.  Every Sunday morning at 11:15am he hosts his free-and-open-to-the-public "Paradoxes" apologetics class at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.  And, don't forget to sign up for his daily Today's New Reason to Believe Email at  Today we talk about how a scientist views the new movie Avatar, and a lot of what we'll talk about is contained in Hugh's book Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials.  The goal would be for Christians to use Avatar as a springboard to talk about worldview and the Gospel.  Here's my notes from our chat on how Avatar violates the laws of physics.

1. Trees can't grow that tall because nutrients couldn't reach the upper leaves for photosynthesis.

2. Pandora is too close to the gas giant.

3. Interstellar space travel takes too long, even if you grant deep hibernation, since it would take at least 20,000 years at a minimum to reach another solar system since we can only travel at a maximum of 1% of the speed of light.  Plus, at the speeds that would be necessary to make the trip, too much damage to the space craft would incur. 

4. There is no element unobtainium.  In fact, we know that Earth has the most heavy-rare elements a high-civilization would require of any place in the universe that we know of.  Again, we're at the right place, at the right time, with not just the right stuff, but the right amounts of the right stuff.

5. The ten foot tall Na'Vi have a great sense of balance, acquired under light gravity.  But, you only get great mobility under heavy gravity, but if it's too heavy, you lose mobility.  So, it's got to be just right – like what we have here on Earth.

6. The idea that we can communicate with animals is somewhat Biblical.  God created certain animals for a special relationship with, what we call the "tamable animals."

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7. There is no possibility for sentient non-carbon-based life forms.  

8. The theology of Avatar is confused.  Part pantheistic, part animistic, part monism, part polytheistic, etc.  E.g., it is said of Earth "they killed their great mother god", implying trees.  The same type of "mother God" that Eywa is for Pandora, this taps into the whole Gaia of radical environmentalism, where man is the pollution.

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558-608We only take calls from our black listeners, "Are you offended by Harry Reid's comments in Game Change?

(:19) Harry Reid's apology.

(1:01) Harry Reid's press conference today.

• Reuters (1/10/2010) US Republicans call on Senator Reid to quit post.

• Washington Times (1/11/2010) Democrats close ranks around Reid.

• Mark Steyn, NRO Corner (1/10/2010) Re: Harry Reid's Negro Problem - And Ours.

• Fox News (1/11/2010) Republicans Reject Reid's Forgive-and-Forget Approach to 'Negro' Comment.  Republicans are not accepting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's forgive-and-forget approach, after he was quoted describing Barack Obama as "light-skinned" with "no Negro dialect" unless he wants one




• CNN (1/11/2010) Audiences experience 'Avatar' blues.

• Ken Timmerman, Newsmax (1/8/2010) Iran's Secret Meeting With Israel.

• Fox News (1/11/2010) Palin to Join Fox News as Contributor.

• Fox News (1/11/2010) Mark McGwire Admits Using Steroids.

• Nikki Finke, NBC (1/10/2010) NBC MEETS THE PRESS: Officially Cancels Leno Show At 10PM: Wants To Keep Jay AND Conan AND Jimmy; Admits Nothing A Done Deal Yet; Claims Leno In Primetime Was Doing OK; Blames Affiliates For Making Network Yank It; "PR Nightmare".