Friday, April 6, 2012

400-408 – Scott Rae is the chair of the department of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology (, his expertise is in applying Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace, from the lab to the boardroom – from pre-conception to end of life issues, from egg and sperm donations, IVF, surrogacy, and snowflake babies to organ harvesting and cryogenics – behind it all is the Imago Dei and personhood theory.

• He's authored 10 books –  Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction (2011);  The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case for Free Markets (2010);  Biotechnology and the Human Good (2007);  Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics (2000);  Bioethics: A Christian Approach in a Pluralistic Age (1999);  Embryo Research and Experimentation (1997);  Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (1996);  Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies (1996);  Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics (1995);  and The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood: Brave New Families? (1994).

• When did you believe the resurrection actually took place?  Scott shares the story of one of his students in hospice, dying of brain cancer, who rejected extensive medical treatment because he wanted to go home and be with Jesus.  Scott has taught, and even preached, on the nexus of the resurrection and the end of life.  Why do so many Christians and their families approach death like naturalists?  What happened to the once demonstrably Christian tradition of "dying well"?  Do we fear death like naturalists, believing this is all there is?  Or, has death "lost it's sting" and we are mourning the relationships we'll leave behind on this side of the veil – yet with the hope of seeing our believing loved ones again for eternity?

413-423 – Scott Rae

428-438 – Scott Rae

443-452 – Scott Rae

458-508 – Magnus "Nick" Keehus, has taught worldview and apologetics all over the world with some of the biggest names in Christian apologetics (  His books include:  Jesus: Is He the Messiah of Israel? (2011);  Reasoning About God, Man & Evil (1997);  and he contributed to Dr. Wayne House's classic Chart Book on World Religions.  Nick and Staci enjoy five children, ages 19, 18, 16, 15, and 5.5.

• Christian Post (4/4/2012) Atheist Activist Becomes Christian After Believers Show Him Compassion.

A few months ago Patrick Greene was an atheist who was threatening to sue Henderson County, Texas, if the county didn't remove a Nativity scene from its courthouse lawn. Today he is a believer in Christ who underwent a radical change of heart that was catalyzed by the compassion of one Christian woman.

512-523 – Magnus "Nick" Keehus, Responding to common arguments against the resurrection.

528-539 – Magnus "Nick" Keehus, "So what" if the resurrection took place?

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (written by Paul in Ephesus, 55AD) – 12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified [f]against God that He raised [g]Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

544-554 – Magnus "Nick" Keehus, "So what" if the resurrection took place?

558-608 – Jim Smith, is the Director of The Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University in Wichita (, who, for the past 20 years, has been writing and speaking about Christian spiritual formation, continuing the legacy of his mentors Dallas Willard and Richard Foster.  Jim has come up with effective spiritual practices he calls "soul-training exercises," designed to replace the false narratives about God we've absorbed with the kingdom narratives Jesus actually taught.  They're in his wonderful Apprentice Series (  – The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows;   The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ [Mt 5-7];   The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love [Col 3].

612-623 – Jim Smith

628-639 – Jim Smith.  Let's talk about the Talk on the Hill – what's the point?  What are the two most important "power narratives" to internalize?  The first deals with our identity, "I am Frank in whom Christ dwells and delights."  And the second deals with our place, "I live in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God."  Other "soul-training exercises" are things like learning to say no to things since every "yes" is a no to something else.  Or, not hurrying so much by simply leaving earlier for engagements.  When we get hurried, the three most important things in our lives, our relationships with God and family, and our personal health, get squeezed out.  Another one is to realize you can get to the place where you don't have to lie because you no longer have to manipulate people or present yourself as better, smarter, more accomplished, than you are.

644-654 – Jim Smith.  

• Peggy Noonan (WSJ, 4/6/2012) Oh, for Some Kennedyesque Grace.  Obama makes his campaign strategy clear. It's divide and conquer.

LINER –  Attention Pastors!  Our annual Pastor Appreciation Luncheon is coming up Thursday, May 17th, with Family Life's Dennis Rainey.  Go to for more info.

LINER –  Wanna be the next Producer of the Frank Pastore Show?  We're now accepting applications and we're looking for someone who appreciates our format, and who enjoys scheduling guests and screening calls.  And, it's a big plus if you're already a fan of the show!  Here's how to do it.  Go to, click on "Jobs," download and complete the application, and then send it back along with your resume and a cover letter.

LINER – The annual Christopher Laurie Memorial Golf Classic benefitting Harvest Crusades is Monday, April 30, 2012.  To show your support, go to

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