400-408 – Ravi Zacharias, (rzim.org) is arguably the most effective apologist-evangelist in the world. He has been honored with a number of academic achievements, including honorary doctorates, positions and professorships at the world's most prestigious universities, including his current position as Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University. Ravi has authored or edited over 20 books, including his forthcoming Why Jesus: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality (Amazon) coming out in January. Ravi just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of RZIM while he was over in India, and the website has lots of great resources. His radio program, Let My People Think, can be heard Sunday mornings on KKLA at 7:30am.
(1:38) • Ravi's apologetic is built on a 3-4-5 Grid. 3 tests for truth: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, experiential relevance. 4 fundamental questions: Origin, Meaning, Morality, Destiny. And 5 disciplines: theology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and anthropology.
(1:22) • When you actually study world religions, you find they are fundamentally different, and only superficially similar.
413-423 – Ravi Zacharias
428-438 – Ravi Zacharias
443-452 – Ravi Zacharias
458-508 – Grady Jennings, Executive Director of the Dignity Group (dignitygroup.org) in Ontario, an organization founded in 1997 to assist families with special needs at no charge, and they're hosting the upcoming 2nd Annual JoAnn & James Jennings Memorial Golf Tournament at Sierra Lakes in Fontana, this Friday (9/30), to raise money for families with Down Syndrome and other Special Needs. Grady's son James had Down Syndrome and passed October 2009 at age 19, and Grady's wife JoAnn died of liver cancer in 2006.
512-523 – Grady Jennings,
528-539 – Calls – Those of you with families that have special needs, how can we help? What organizations have been most helpful to you?
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558-608 – Ryan Ries, youngest son of Pastor Raul Ries and his wife Sharon, was not "walking with the Lord" for many years, but the Lord has recently got ahold of his life, and now Ryan and his Whosoevers are reaching thousands of kids doing "over the edge" ministry (thewhosoevers.com). The Whosoevers are: Ryan Ries (Exit Concerts), Sonny Sandoval (POD), Brian "Head" Welch (formerly of Korn), and Ronnie Faisst (Metal Mulisha).
• The Murder Your Flesh US tour to 19 cities kicks off October 1st at the CCCM Men's conference at Verizon (thewhosoevers.com). Joining Ryan will be rapper Brandon "The Rep" Kagel.
• EXIT 2012 Orange County will be ?? (exitconcerts.com).
612-623 – Ryan Ries,
628-639 – Ryan Ries,
Sammi from Hookers for Jesus, surprises Ryan.
644-654 – Clayton Kershaw, the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff who's likely to win the National League Cy Young Award this year for securing the pitching triple crown – leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA. But, off the field he's a star too. He and his wife Ellen are strong Christians involved with Arise Africa building Christian Children's Homes in Zambia (ariseafrica.org), which they visit every year. For every strikeout this year, Clayton donated $100 to the fund ($24,800 so far), and amateur players across the country have joined in too donating $1 per strikeout (kershawschallenge.com). They have a book coming out in January entitled Arise.
• KTLA (9/25/2011) Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw virtually secures pitching triple crown in 6-2 win over Padres. Left-hander picks up 21st victory, tying for the National League lead, finishes with 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 earned-run average, both tops in the league.
• John Steele Gordon (WSJ, 9/27/2011) A Short History of the Income Tax: One original sin was the separation of the corporate and personal tax, giving lawyers, accountants and the wealthy a chance to game the system. Mr. Gordon is the author of "An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power" (HarperCollins, 2004).
•• Fox News (9/27/2011) Tea Party Group Casts National Debt as a Household Budget. The group looked at some key figures, mainly tax revenue, the current federal budget, debt and budget cuts, and divided each figure by $100 million, in an effort to break it down into simple terms that most Americans can comprehend.
$21,737 Annual Family Income
$38,188 Annual Family Expenses
$16,451 Annual Credit Card Charges
$142,710 Credit Card Debt
•• If the US were a household family budget – Since we spend ($38,000) twice what we earn ($22,000), we put the balance ($16,000) on a credit card – so now we have a balance 7-times our income ($142,000)!
• Brian Ross (ABC News, 9/27/2011) Nightmare in Libya: 20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing.