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  • 00:59

    Beyond the Standard—Pursuing the Radical Center

    in Christianity

    "In a world of polarized extremes, the most  difficult position isn't pumping your fist for one extreme or the other, but moving to the middle to shake hands in the radical center, embracing the truth on both sides of an issue."


    That's the position of month's guest, Ben Cachiaras, who will talk with host Mark Taylor about all the implications and possibilities for embracing the genius of the "and."


    Jesus was both fully human AND fully God, he points out. Jesus challenges us to teach believers AND preach to unbelievers AND do ministry in the world.


    Read Ben's challenging article, along with those from several others, in the June issue of Christian Standard. And then tune in to see if you are one of those Cachiaras describes as "a new breed of Christian leader today . . . fed up with simplistic answers in a complex world."


    You can read the digital edition of Christian Standard on your smartphone or tablet. More information here: http://christianstandard.com/subscribe/digital-subscriptions/

  • 00:49

    Beyond the Standard—Christmas with Christian Standard

    in Christianity

    Join us  to hear editor Mark A. Taylor and editor-at-large Paul S. Williams share Christmas nostalgia, inspiration, and hope from the pages of Christian Standard.
    Mark and Paul will read Christmas columns and articles they've written as well as their favorite Christmas essays and stories from past years' issues of Christian Standard.
    Listen to be encouraged and challenged. Share with your church staff or your family for a special holiday treat. Glean illustrations or examples for your own preaching and teaching this month.
    Download this episode and enjoy it anytime during the Christmas season!

  • 01:03

    Beyond the Standard—Quitting Solitaire

    in Christianity

    How does a Christian leader maintain integrity?


    Four significant Christian leaders we know answered that question by looking to each other.


    For more than a decade, these guys have vowed to get together, stay in touch with each other, and hold each other to standards of holiness that guard and guide their ministries and their personal lives.


    Host Mark A. Taylor will ask them to explain how this works, in this lively discussion with all four of them . . .


    Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor with Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Maryland


    Tim Harlow, senior pastor with Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, Illinois


    Eddie Lowen, lead minister with Westside Christian Church, Springfield, Illinois


    Greg Nettle, president of Stadia, Irvine, California.


    Read Eddie Lowen's description of how this group works in the October Christian Standard. (Find it in our digital edition via the free Christian Standard app for your phone or tablet.) Then come ready for insight--and probably several laughs--in a discussion you'll want to hear and share.

  • 01:08

    Beyond the Standard—Apologetics Is Different Now!

    in Christianity

    Sharing Christ with non-Christians in America may be more difficult than ever.


    One thing's for sure: our approach certainly must change if we’re to have any success pointing nonbelievers to the truth.


    Three Christian leaders grapple with this issue in this episode of Beyond the Standard.


    Ben Cachiaras, senior minister with Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Maryland, says Christians in America should compare themselves with the Old Testament Jews in Babylonian exile. How can we think differently about ourselves and our mission, now that we live in a foreign and hostile culture?


    Casey Tygrett, spiritual formation pastor at Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, Illinois, says we need to do more listening and less talking. What can we learn and how can we influence by letting the nonbeliever talk first and most?


    Richard Knopp, professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian University, helps us understand the purpose of apologetics. It’s way more than just sitting around waiting for someone to attack the faith so we can defend it.

  • 02:00

    Sim Standard Radio Episode 39

    in Sports

    Welcome back Sim Heads, we have a nice show lined up for you tonight. Listed below is a brief description of our topics for tonight. In the second hour we will open up the lines to callers. We look forward to your thoughts and comments. Sim Is The Standard!


    Madden NFL CFM Mode - We will be discussing things we would like to see in Madden's CFM, from top to bottom. We will also dicuss CFM elements we would like to see in Madden 16. 


    Sliders debate - Smitty and Azure will debate their differences with sliders in games like Madden. What should sliders actually do for the game. Do they help to restrict or improve Sim gameplay?


    NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 - Are you tired of the animation takeover in NBA 2K? If NBA Live 15 was a bit more refined would NBA 2K15 been in trouble?


    Thank you for tuning in. Enjoy the show!

  • 01:07

    Beyond the Standard—Weighing the Numbers

    in Christianity

    Of all the names and numbers reported in the May issue of Christian Standard, we'll introduce you to three of them in this helpful episode:


    Brian Kruckenberg, lead pastor with New City Church in Phoenix, Arizona will talk about his congregation's remarkable growth, 61.5% in 2014!


    The second fastest-growing church reporting to us was Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC at 36.2 percent. Donnie Williams, Lifepointe's lead pastor, will join our panel.


    Our third guest is Bo Chancey, senior pastor with Manchester (NH) Christian Church. This congregation achieved the highest baptism ratio, 17.7 percent. That means for every 100 people in the congregation's 2014 average, the church baptized almost 18 people.


    We want to know how these congregations achieved this kind of outreach. Please listen for ideas and be ready to ask your questions of these dynamic church leaders.


    Download the May issue of Christian Standard from the App Store, at Google play, or from apps for Kindle.

  • 00:49

    Christmas with Christian Standard

    in Christianity

    Join us to hear editor Mark A. Taylor and editor-at-large Paul S. Williams share nostalgia, inspiration, and hope from the pages of Christian Standard.


    Mark and Paul will read Christmas columns and articles they've written as well as their favorite Christmas essays and stories from past years' issues of Christian Standard.


    Listen to be encouraged and challenged. Share with your church staff or your family for a special holiday treat. Glean illustrations or examples for your own preaching and teaching this month.


    Download this episode and enjoy it anytime during the Christmas season!

  • 00:49

    Christmas with Christian Standard

    in Christianity

    Join us any Thursday before Christmas to hear editor Mark A. Taylor and editor-at-large Paul S. Williams share nostalgia, inspiration, and hope from the pages of Christian Standard.


    Mark and Paul will read Christmas columns and articles they've written as well as their favorite Christmas essays and stories from past years' issues of Christian Standard.


    Listen to be encouraged and challenged. Share with your church staff or your family for a special holiday treat. Glean illustrations or examples for your own preaching and teaching this month.


    Listen live today. Tune in at an upcoming scheduled encore broadcadt. Or download this episode and enjoy it anytime during the Christmas season!

  • Beyond the Standard—Find & Keep the Volunteers You Need

    in Christianity

    How to discover, mobilize, and thank the people who make your ministry happen


    You know your ministry canNOT succeed without volunteers.


    You know you need people who are capable, motivated, trained, and dependable.



    But do you know how to get them?
    And even more important, how to keep them?


    In this episode, Christian Standard editor Mark A. Taylor talks with two local church leaders who have years of experience recruiting and energizing volunteers.


    Susan Lawrence coordinates women’s ministries, small groups ministry, and Christian education at Taylorville (Illinois) Christian Church.


    Melissa Sandel is director of ministries with West Side Christian Church, Springfield, Illinois.


    Each of them wrote about thanking volunteers in the September Christian Standard, and each of them will help you keep the people you need where you serve.


    Read their articles, and join our discussion about an issue crucial to every ministry leader.

  • 02:00

    Sim Standard Radio - Episode 51

    in Video Games

    Welcome back Sim Gamers! We have a great show lined up for you tonight. A brief description of tonight's topics is listed below. In the second hour we will open up the line to callers. We look forward to your calls, thoughts, and comments. See you guys at 8pm est.


     


    Real Time Physics vs scripted sequences - We will discuss why we prefer physics based gameplay over scripted outcomes. Does physics help or hurt a game? Can you truly replicate a contact sport without real time physics?


     


    Scheme Fit in Madden - We will be discussing how the Scheme Fit doesn't matter as much in Madden as it does in real life. We will also touch on how a player fits in a scheme should have an outcome on the game and overall gameplay. 


     


    2015 NFL Draft - We will give our thoughts on the draft in regards players we want our team to draft, projections on where players will land, and how players may impact the team they are drafted by. 


     


    Athletes making bad decisions - We will be discussing how athletes make decisions that impact their lives negatively. We will also touch on how some athletes are willing to throw everything they have going for them away for something they can control. 


     

  • 01:08

    Beyond the Standard—Healthy Church?

    in Christianity

    In the January issue of Christian Standard, more than a dozen church leaders give their prescription for making your church healthy. In this special episode, we talk with three of them.



    Nate Bush, lead pastor with New City Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote, A Healthy Church Helps Make a Healthy Community.
    Jeff Faull, minister with Mount Gilead Church in Mooresville, Indiana, wrote, A Healthy Church Is Doctrinally Strong.
    Joe Putting, senior pastor with Tomoka Christian Church, Ormond Beach, Florida, wrote, A Healthy Church Is a Giving Church.


    Read their pieces in Christian Standard (here’s how to download it today: http://christianstandard.com/subscribe/digital-subscriptions/). Then plan to join our conversation. Each of these fellows has more to say than print space allowed. And we’ll talk with all of them about more than their assigned topic!


    We’re looking forward to a rich discussion about earmarks of a healthy church.