Archived programs are listed below from January 2015 through August 2020:
Real Heart-Change Needed – August 16, 2020 - Join host David Schultz as he welcomes the Rev. Dave Welch founder of the U.S. Pastor Council an organization designed to bring a Biblical voice to the culture and the government. “The concept of self-government is straight from the heart of God,” Welch said. “We need to re-infuse our culture with morality and truth. And we must pray, seek the wisdom of God and proclaim God’s love.”
When I Go Into Prison, I See Freedom – August 16, 2020 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes legendary NFL tight end Mike Barber who for the past 34 years has dedicated his energies to changing lives among the incarcerated as the leader of Mike Barber Ministries. “We’re gold diggers,” Barber says. “We don’t see people’s dirt on the outside, we see the gold within. Jesus doesn’t just forgive our sin....He forgets as if it never even happened.” You will be uplifted and encouraged by this conversation.
Secular Vs Christian Education – August 2, 2020 - Dana Gerhard, Director of Lutheran High North, a private Christian high school in Houston, Texas, joins Host David Schultz for a discussion of Christian education versus public-school education. Is a Christian education even affordable? Does a public-school education do a better job of preparing students to attend major universities? These and other questions will be posed as we learn more about Christian education and developing Christian leaders.
The Pandemic and Communion – August 2, 2020 - This timely discussion will focus on the propriety of online communion and other methods churches are employing to distribute this means of grace to their congregants during this pandemic season. Hosts Bill Prewitt and Pastor Dave Schultz will inform and enlighten.
Mission of the Houston Pregnancy Help Center – July 26, 2020 - Sylvia Johnson is Director of the Houston Pregnancy Help Center in Houston’s Third and Fifth Wards. Sylvia shares about the incredible and necessary work being done by pregnancy help centers around the country. She also offers powerful insights on how pregnancy help centers are on the front lines of sharing the Christian message of radical forgiveness with young women. Matt Popovits hosts.
Abortion and America's Inner City – July 26, 2020 - Sylvia Johnson, Director of Houston Pregnancy Help Center in Houston’s Third and Fifth Wards, returns to Engaging Truth to talk with Host Matt Popovits about the oppressive presence of abortion providers in communities of color. Champions of both justice and science, she urges, should be allies in the fight to end abortion which disproportionately targets minorities.
A Business Man's Perspective - July 19, 2020- Bruce Hillegeist is President of the Tomball Texas Chamber of Commerce and a champion of local business. He shares his insight on how the global pandemic is affecting business owners and leaders, and how people of faith, in business, can bring hope to bear in this difficult time. Matt Popovits hosts.
Can the Pandemic Help the Church Rediscover Her Mission? – July 12, 2020- The world has entered a dark place this year. When the plagues fell on Egypt, the people of God found safety and security in the same location that they found judgement. The church needs to move on this grace and dive back into the Word to hear what God is saying during this pandemic. This is not the first time God’s people have been surrounded by enemies and maintained the victory by trusting in Him. Join Host David Schultz as he welcomes back author and minister, Randall Mooney.
Why A Christian Shouldn't Go to Seminary – July 05, 2020- Pastor Emmanuel Ajiri joins Host Matt Popovits to discuss his new book, “Why a Christian Shouldn't Go to Seminary”. Seeking to grow in his faith and in his knowledge of the scripture, Pastor Ajiri was shocked to discover that his seminary sought to deconstruct his traditional beliefs and undermine his trust in the scriptures. In this conversation Pastor Ajiri and Matt offer advice to those seeking theological formation.
Homeschooling from a Christian Perspective – June 28, 2020 - Join your host Pastor David Schultz as he discusses homeschooling with two people who have been at it for years. In our opening segment, Yvette Schultz discusses her experience in homeschooling her three children. In the second segment, Jane Ochterbeck tells of the challenges she faced while homeschooling her seven children, balancing a strong faith, a solid education and good social skills.
Rekindling the Hunger For God's Word – June 21, 2020 - Temi Akran is a Nigerian born pastor and missionary located in Houston, Texas. Temi shares the message of Jesus and provides human care from his outpost in Houston back to his Nigerian roots and beyond. In doing so, he’s noticed a hunger for God’s Word that seems absent in western, American society. Temi and Host Matt Popovits discuss how the hunger to know God might be rekindled in the United States, and they speak directly to those who are skeptical of their need for God’s grace.
@WRITTENTOSPEAK – June 21, 2020- Tanner Olson is a poet, author, and public speaker. He’s also the man behind the popular Instagram account @writtentospeak where he gives out daily doses of poetic inspiration. Tanner sat down with Host Matt Popovits to discuss poetry, and people’s need for the hope of Jesus. He also shares some of his original poetry from his current and forthcoming books, reminding us that “in all that’s heavy, there is hope."
Openings – June 14, 2020 - Rev. Mike Newman is the President of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod. As President, Mike equips pastors and church workers to share the hope of Jesus with a hurting world. On this episode President Newman discusses the opportunity that exists for churches as they seek to re-open following the easing of the COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. President Newman shares that, in his mind, the greatest risk to churches in “re-opening” is that they close the door God has opened in the form of the creative communication and outreach the pandemic nurtured in otherwise stagnant congregations.
A Solid Mind – June 07, 2020 - Join Pastor Matt Popovits as he welcomes Ronda Carroll of Eunoia 5 Ministries to the Engaging Truth microphone to discuss her battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. She said, “I want to help others achieve that same freedom and healing that I was given. I want to be a voice for those in the church battling mental illness and help educate and break the ever so present stigma around OCD and mental illness.” She relies on II Timothy 1:7 for her inspiration. “... for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Navigating the Stress of a Pandemic – May 31, 2020- Host David Schultz welcomes Kathy Baker, Certified Lay Counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors, to discuss faith-based answers to the stress brought on by quarantine and the threat of illness. God truly cares for and about His people.
The Pandemic and Past Frightening Diseases – May 24, 2020 - Hosts Bill Prewitt and Pastor David Schultz discuss their experiences in dealing with war, illness and upheaval over the past 75 to 80 years. The truths of the Gospel, grace and salvation remain constant through troubled times.
The Questions to Ask – May 24, 2020- Rev. Frank Hart, Pastor of NewChurch in Katy, TX, and Host Matt Popovits discuss the “right questions to ask” in seasons of fear and anxiety. Pastor Hart will share how he’s encouraging his own congregation in this time of pandemic. Pastor Hart offers unique and helpful insights into how God is at work in our pain and problems to remind us of what matters most and what can never be taken away: Jesus Christ.
The Mission of the Church During the Pandemic – May 17, 2020 - Host David Schultz welcomes Randall Mooney, founder and publisher of Crossover Publications, an entrepreneur, ordained minister, author, and musician who asks, “Why are we all so afraid when God promises he will not forsake us?” Even in the face of pandemic, God’s faithfulness endures.
Dealing with Covid-19 in the Bronx – May 10, 2020 - Rev. Matthew Gonzalez, Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, NYC, and Host Matt Popovits discuss the pastor’s recent diagnosis with the coronavirus and what it was like to fight the illness. Pastor Gonzalez also shares what it’s like to lead a congregation in the epicenter of the pandemic and to pastor a church where so many have fallen ill and others have succumbed to the virus. What’s the message of hope to be preached when an entire city is on lock-down and hundreds of thousands of your neighbors are sick?
Submission to Authorities Vs Religious Freedom – May 03, 2020 - Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington D.C., and Host Matt Popovits discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local churches and their ability to gather for worship. Dr. Seltz discusses the tension between honoring government authorities and protecting the church’s First Amendment right to worship. Their discussion also includes the role of Christians in public life and how the Christian witness is essential for a nation to thrive.
Easter Blessings – April 12, 2020 - Do you have the sense that the corona virus caused you to miss celebrating Easter this year? Since Easter is the victory Christ shares with us over sin, death and the devil, you are living under His blessing. You haven't missed it. Despite the insecurities of virus lock downs and travel restrictions, this is a wonderful time to safely reach out to those around us. Now is the time to position ourselves, and our congregations, for closer Christian life after the quarantines are past. God is continually bringing good to replace the broken, sickly and bad! Join us as host John Cain interviews a nationwide consultant in the area of neighborhood outreach, the Rev. Greg Finke of Dwelling114.org
Remember Those in Prison – March 29, 2020- Join Pastor Matt Popovits as he welcomes C.J. Salzman of Kairos Prison Ministry International, a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families by sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ's call to action in Matthew 25:36, "...I was in prison and you came to me.
A Sound Mind - Working Through OCD – March 08, 2020 - Join Pastor Matt Popovitz as he welcomes Ronda Carroll of Eunoia 5 Ministries to the Engaging Truth microphone to discuss her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ronda reveals that a major symptom of OCD in Christians is religious scrupulosity. She relies on II Timothy 1:7 for her inspiration “... for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
When I Go Into Prison, I See Freedom – March 01, 2020 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes legendary NFL tight end Mike Barber who for the past 34 years has dedicated his energies to changing lives among the incarcerated as the leader of Mike Barber Ministries. “We’re gold diggers,” Barber says. “We don’t see people’s dirt on the outside, we see the gold within. Jesus doesn’t just forgive our sin....He forgets as if it never even happened.” You will be uplifted and encouraged by this conversation.
Cross-Cultural Ministry – February 02, 2020- David Jung serves as a pastor in a cross-cultural ministry in the Houston area. His recent Christmas Eve service was conducted in English, Korean, and Spanish. Host Matt Popovits speaks with Pastor Jung about the joys and limits of this ministry, and the powerful impact it has as a glimpse of God’s Kingdom to come.
Expanding the Great Commission – January 26, 2020 - Rev. Dave Welch, Founder and President of the U.S. Pastor Council, visits with host Matt Popovits to discuss whether the cultural engagement and the influencing of government is a legitimate part of the Great Commission. The U.S. Pastor Council was founded in 2003 by a group of thirteen pastors as an interdenominational, inter-racial coalition of senior pastors who came together to bring a united, Biblical voice to the city, state, and even the nation.
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples – January 19, 2020- Mark Pulliam, pastor of Lazarus Church, a new church plant in the Houston area, speaks with host Matt Popovits on the mission to connect people to Christ, His Church, and His Kingdom calling for their lives. The deeper purpose Jesus gives us as we walk with Him is the message Lazarus Church desires to share with their neighbors and the community.
Starting From Scratch – January 12, 2020 - Host Matt Popovits welcomes church planter and DCE Laura Pulliam to discuss the challenges and rewards of building a church from the ground up, as she and her husband, Pastor Mark Pulliam, are doing at Lazarus Church in north Spring, TX. Hear how God is working to build this church and how the Pulliams are “walking with people walking with Jesus".
Encouragement Out of Tragedy – January 05, 2020 - Join host Matt Popovits as he interviews Brian Foutz, founder of Hazak Ministries. Brian and his wife lost their daughter in a violent criminal act but were able to transform their lives and the lives of others through the profound message of God’s peace.
Awaiting Christmas As Little Children – December 22, 2019 - Join Pastor Chris Singer of Trinity Lutheran Church as he discusses Advent, Christmas and the need for us to await the season in the spirit of little children. As adults, we often look at the star but miss the beauty of the light. Sometimes the simplest message is the best – God has blessed us by coming to us in human form as Jesus the Christ.
Using God’s Grace as a Gift to Others – December 1, 2019- As a teenager and young adult, Paula Galvan underwent multiple surgeries for a brain condition. As prayer guided her healing, Paula studied to become a nurse and now works to help others find God’s healing power. Join Pastor David Schultz as he and Paula discuss her faith journey.
The Future of the Church – November 17, 2019- Are you worried about the future of the church? Is the church in the west aging and becoming obsolete? What can followers of Jesus do to help the church thrive again? Join Rev. Michael Newman, Texas District LCMS President, for a conversation about the future of the church and the great hope God’s people have for a vibrant Kingdom future. David Schultz hosts.
Redirected but Still Serving the Lord – November 10, 2019 - Join Pastor Matt Popovits as he welcomes Mifflin Dove, a former Episcopal priest who left the ministry and became an accountant as the denomination veered leftward. Because of his faith and his understanding of nonprofit organizations, he now finds himself working alongside pastors and other church staffers as he serves the needs of their organizations in a new role.
Ministering to the Deaf – November 3, 2019- Join host David Schultz as he welcomes Becky Jungklaus and Joanie Murdoch. Becky and Joanie are working to expand a vibrant ministry to the deaf, who often struggle to find relevance in the Word that they can only read but not hear. Learn how the use of American Sign Language in both family and church settings helps bring the story of salvation to those unable to hear the message.
A Conversion Conversation October 27, 2019 - From a blood thirsty young man bent on avenging his brother's death, to a few months later when he experienced soul-saving forgiveness, Pastor Hesham Shehab recounts his Christian conversion. In his youth, Hesham was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood in Beirut, Lebanon (north of Israel) to be a gunman hunting Christians. But God had other things in mind for Hesham! Now a Lutheran pastor in Chicago, Hesham experienced Jesus' spiritual redirection of his life and purpose. Host Pastor John Cain will be talking with Hesham about his life and mission through Salam Christian Fellowship.
Julie’s Intervarsity Challenge – October 20, 2019- Not often do we just skip college and go directly to graduate school. Julie Meissner is doing just that. Not as a student, but as a Spiritual Director of InterVarsity Regional Ministries at Texas A&M. She is challenged and inspired by encouraging graduate students and faculty who follow the Lord Jesus to strengthen and share their walk in the message and ministry at A&M. Join Julie and Tim Phillips, Graduate and Faculty Ministries Camp Staff Minister of the University of Houston, and Leon Fillyaw, Associate Regional Ministries Director with InterVarsity USA, to hear how God works through this campus ministry. David Schultz hosts.
Brooklyn Tabernacle: Call Unto Me, and I Will Answer – September 29, 2019 - Heeding the words of Jeremiah 33:3, the Brooklyn Tabernacle has become a showpiece of prayer in the Christian world. Join host Matt Popovits, Trish DiClementi, and Sondra Garrett of St. John Lutheran Church Prayer Team as they discuss a recent visit to New York and the Tabernacle’s Tuesday Prayer Service.
The Miraculous Work of Elijah Rising – September 22, 2019 - Join David Schultz as he welcomes Micah and David Gamboa from Elijah Rising. The group’s Christian-based Restoration Campus was created as a safe haven for survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Here women can heal and develop the skills they will need to thrive as healthy, independent leaders in our communities. Also, hear of Elijah Rising’s upcoming gala on October 8 that promises to be a unique and moving experience. The A.D. Players, a local Christian theater company, will be performing a series of monologues based on real accounts of trafficking.
What’s Next, God? – September 8, 2019- Host Matt Popovits welcomes Frank Hart, musician and author of “Joyride”, to discuss changes in calling. Pastor Hart has ridden the roller coaster of Christian musical success and has often found himself waiting for God to show him what’s next. “God is always teaching us the Kung Fu we need for our next fight,” Hart says, “We just don’t know it at the time.”
Do I Really Need the Holy Spirit for My Walk with Christ? – September 1, 2019 - Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our teacher, and our advocate to the Father. The Holy Spirit also reminds of all of God’s promises. Host Pastor David Schultz will speak with Brian and Leah Foutz, authors of “Walking Through Grief: A Journey of Peace”, of learning to be led by the Holy Spirit, so our lives may glorify the Savior who sacrificed Himself for our forgiveness and our salvation.
Standing in the Gap for God and Country- August 25, 2019 - The mission of the U.S. Pastor Council is to empower pastors and their congregations across racial and denominational lines to impact the culture and community through concerted prayer, to equip congregations for effective citizenship and to provide a unified voice on spiritual, cultural, social and moral issues from a Biblical perspective. Host David Schultz speaks with Rev. Dave Welch, Founder and President, U.S.P.C., on how pastors and churches can and must engage in godly citizenship.
Christ In Culture – August 18, 2019- Join hosts Matt Popovits and David Schultz as they discuss the challenge of keeping Christ at the forefront of a secular world. “We all worship something,” Matt said, “but a secular society takes the religious expression and makes it private. Telling people about Jesus is an exciting and challenging opportunity because there’s a growing group of people who are lacking an exposure to religion.” Be with us as the Engaging Truth hosts examine the difficulties of being a Christian in an increasingly materialistic world.
The State of Christian Radio – August 11, 2019 - The world is changing and, as a result, so must Christian media. Christian music, television, and radio has enjoyed a large following in year’s past. But an increasingly secular world has meant that the audience for such programming is harder and harder to reach. Matt Popovits sits down with Ron Walters, Senior Vice President of Ministry Relations of Salem Media - one of the largest Christian broadcasters in the United States - to discuss the future of Christian media, and the challenge of communicating God’s unchanging truth to a quickly changing world.
A Place of Refuge – August 4, 2019 - The mission of Abba’s House is to be a safe community of healing for refugee women and their children. Abba’s House seeks to provide a season of safety, healing, and stability that propels their guests forward to becoming productive members of society. By meeting their physical needs, modeling basic life skills, and making progress toward dealing with the trauma they have experienced, Abba’s House shows the love of Jesus. Join host Matt Popovits as he speaks with Michael Meissner, Executive Director of Abba’s House, and Christine, a refugee from Uganda.
The Power of Forgiveness – July 28, 2019 - Chad Bird is a celebrated author (“Night Driving”, “Upside-Down Spirituality” and more) and Christian teacher. He’s also a full-time truck driver. After serving as a pastor and seminary professor, a season of sin and self-destruction caused him to lose everything. In the darkest moments Chad began driving a truck, seeking to rebuild his life and it was there, on the road, that Chad discovered the true depth of God’s love for sinful people. Join us for a discussion on sin, grace, and the power of the words, “you are forgiven."
Bringing the Message of Salvation to India – July 21, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Rushita Benjamin, who along with her husband Peter bring a message of hope to their non-Christian peers in Bangalore, India. Through their television and social media ministry they “live out a life for Jesus and the word of testimony” to a nation thirsting for God’s grace.
Finding the Love of Jesus in an Unbelieving World – July 14, 2019 - Host David Schultz welcomes Rev. Srinivas Naik who grew up in a devoutly Hindu family in India but became a Christian as a young adult. Despite being scorned by his family and persecuted by people in his home district and state, his faithful witness has carried him and his wife through the tragic loss of their three children. He continues to carry the message of Christ’s love to all those he meets.
LCMS Youth Gathering – Real.Present.God – July 07, 2019 - Join host Matt Popovits as he welcomes three on-stage participants for the upcoming LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. Youth pastor Jake Allstaedt and former NYG attendees A.J. Vega and Emilie Stooksbury discuss the profound impact attendance at the event had on their spiritual lives as the eternal love of Jesus was proudly proclaimed among their peers.
Capital Punishment: A Biblical Perspective – June 30, 2019 - Host David Schultz welcomes Pastor Tim Carter for a discussion of what the Bible says about capital punishment. Carter, currently an associate pastor at Salem Lutheran Church and author of “The Executioner’s Redemption”, is a former Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison guard who once served on the execution team at the Huntsville Prison.
Breathing Life into Christian Leaders – June 23, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Pastor Steve Wiechman of Breathe Life Ministries, a program designed to assist full-time pastors who find themselves in need of aid and comfort. Pastors who are relied on to provide strength and stability for their parishoners often find themselves without a single close friend to confide in or talk to. Breathe Life Ministries offers them a Christian setting in which they can be redirected, renewed and recharged.
Father’s Day – June 16, 2019 - Join host Matt Popovits as he welcomes Pastor Jeff Doria with his reflections on being a Christian father in a rapidly changing world. He will focus on how to instill a strong faith, devotion to family, and good values in your children. The highest calling of fatherhood is following God and teaching your children to also follow Him.
From Muslim to Christian – June 9, 2019 - Salim is the founder of Samuel Ministries, which seeks to equip churches in outreach to the Muslim community by teaching about Islam and offering tools and tips for sharing the Gospel. Raised in Pakistan, Salim himself is a convert to Christianity and shares his powerfu story of believing the Gospel and the cost he paid to follow Jesus. He offers insight on why outreach to Muslim neighbors can be difficult, as well as practical tips on how Christians can easily befriend and begin dialogue with the Muslim community. Matt Popovits hosts.
The Attack on Mothers and Children of Rape Conception – June 2, 2019- Juda Myers, Choices4Life, once again joins host David Schultz with her insightful and poignant points of view concerning children of rape conception. The barrage of attacks on mothers and children of rape conception, and the injustice and prejudice experienced by these mothers who chose life for their children is her calling and purpose. Restoring honor and dignity to mothers and children of rape conception is the mission of her organization. choices4life.org
The Role of the Church in Governmental Affairs – May 26, 2019 - Join David Schultz as he hosts the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. With a solid understanding of the Lutheran Church’s Two Kingdoms doctrine, Dr. Seltz is uniquely qualified to make the LCRL a permanent voice for confessional Lutheranism in Washington, D.C., and to ignite a uniquely Lutheran response to increasing intrusions, limitations, and challenges by the government in the life of the Church.
Mother’s Day – May 12, 2019 - Join Pastor Matt Popovits as he welcomes Diane Bahn and Maggie Doria for a discussion of the rewards and challenges of being a Christian Mom in our changing world. The world is full of hurts and hang-ups, but being anchored in Jesus helps us recognize that God’s message of love and forgiveness is life-changing.
Envy & Jealousy: Taming the Terrible Twins – May 5, 2019 - Do you know the difference between envy and jealousy? When you want something that someone else has and you covet after it, that’s envy. When you have something that you are fearful you might lose, that’s jealousy. Though common emotions to all, they can be equally damaging to us and our relationships. Join June Hunt, founder of Hope for the Heart, a Biblical counseling ministry, and host Matt Popovits to learn the underlying causes of envy and jealousy, and how to eliminate them as we discover how Christ alone is the source of true and lasting contentment.
Touch Me and See – April 28, 2019- Host David Schultz welcomes Pastor Jeff Doria who emphasizes the reality of the resurrection. The risen Jesus came and stood among His disciples and urged them to experience this reality by touching and seeing that He was indeed alive. Through our faith, we can believe the words of St. Paul who wrote, “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”
Thirsting for the Souls of People – April 28, 2019 - Join Pastors David Schultz and David Leeland as they discuss the spiritual thirst of people today. “Everyone has a hole in their heart for God and they’re looking for what they need to make them complete. Jesus thirsts for you to experience Him and we need Him to offer God’s fullness.
The Reality of the Resurrection – April 21, 2019- David Bahn, Sr. Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, TX, tells us that Jesus’ resurrection provides proof that Jesus is the Son of God and that his death is sufficient to cover the entire sin of the world. When the stone was rolled away from the empty tomb, it became clear that He was who He said He was: the resurrection and the life.
Save the Storks – April 14, 23019 - Victoria Robinson is Director of External Relations at Save the Storks. Save the Storks exists to revolutionize the meaning of pro-life by empowering and supporting Pregnancy Resource Centers through creative solutions. This ministry provides innovative, non-political, non-combative approaches that support PRCs across the United States, and equips them with powerful tools and training to more effectively connect with abortion-vulnerable women in their communities. Join host Dave Schultz for Victoria’s timely, thought-provoking and powerful message.
Fine-Tuning the Church Culture – April 7, 2019 - Lutheran pastor and psychologist David S. Luecke, PhD, is the missions pastor of a large church in the Cleveland area, where he has served for 25 years. His earlier careers included teaching organizational behavior in business schools and church management at Fuller Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Luecke is identifying practices in vibrant, vital congregations to help determine effective church leadership in the next generation. John Cain hosts.
LGBTQ---The Alphabet of Our Era – March 17, 2019 - LGBTQ, it's the alphabet of our era, but is it adequate to define the human person? If we added an "S" (for straight) or any additional letters to include every sexual persuasion, would it then be enough? Is identity founded on sexual behavior, sexual attraction, or gender identity? Where does Scripture point us? How does a robust theology of creation affect identity? Why should you care? Join Pastor Jonathan Conner and host Matt Popovits for these questions and many more.
Mirror, Mirror – March 10, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Kristin Martinez of Sarai's Mirror, encouraging and empowering women to discover their true sense of worth through a deeper understanding of God's grace, love and power. Learn how through workshops, speaking engagements, and personal coaching sessions, Kristin inspires women to accept themselves as wondrous creations of God. saraismirror.org
Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant – March 3, 2019- Join host Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Ken Hennings, who recently completed 12 years of service as president of the LCMS Texas District. Pastor Hennings challenges us to ask ourselves daily, “How am I living out the faith that I have in Jesus Christ and how can the church continue to proclaim the Good News?”
Teen Life Center on the Move – February 24, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he hosts Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director of the Teen Life Center, which has recently expanded to three locations in the Houston area: Brookshire, Klein, and Cypress. In its mission to bring Christian assistance to teen moms, TLC is motivated by the values of resisting judgment, being intentional, encouraging honesty and integrity, and breaking the cycle of teen pregnancy. theteenlifecenter.com
Equipping Men for Victory – February 17, 2019 - After spending 34 years in education including 11 years of classroom teaching and coaching along with 23 years in administration, Jeff Springer founded the Suit Up Ministry. This ministry helps men redefine the meaning of being a man, building relationships and establishing foundation in the biblical sense of what it truly means to be called Dad. The ministry's foundational Bible verse is from Romans 13:12, "The night is almost over...the dawn is almost here...so put away the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light". Join host David Schultz and learn of the transformational principles of Suit Up.
His Eye Is on the Sparrow – February 10, 2019 - Micah Gamboa, Executive Director of Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms, is a modern-day abolitionist working to shift a hyper-sexualized culture. Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms seeks to end sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration in Houston. Recently Micah experienced a medical emergency, but God in his grace restored Micah to continue to serve Him and care for her family. Join host David Schultz as we learn of Micah’s conviction to end sex trafficking and her confidence of God’s care in her life.
From a Mess to a Message – February 3, 2019 - After an encounter with God, at the age of 30, author and speaker Denise Mountenay changed her life. She overcame her addictions and began to publicly share her passionate testimony from a MESS to a MESSAGE. Her mess included being raped at 13, teen pregnancy, abortions and substance abuse. Her message is bringing hope and healing to those hurt and broken. Join host David Schultz in this candid interview and learn how Denise took her deepest pain and is using it to help others.
Salvation in a Notebook – January 27, 2019 - Randall Mooney and his wife have experienced the tragic loss of two sons in 18 years. But it did not launch them into times of depression, but rather, helped them find a place to serve the Lord in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shortly after writing the book “The Homeless Church”, Randall decided to find a place that was desperate for the Word of God. He found it through a friend in Nigeria. God provided the message in the Gospel of John for Randall to put in the form of a notebook. He distributed 2,500 copies of the notebook, “Finding Hope in the Words of John”, in Nigeria. Join Randall and host Dave Schultz to hear of this amazing outreach of hope in Nigeria.
Abortion - Denial of the Gospel? How So? – January 20, 2019 - Program Part A- / Program Part B.Science can't tell us where life comes from, why we're here, or what makes us special. We rely on God's word to tell us about the sanctity of human life. The church’s failure to oppose and end abortion is a denial of the Gospel of Christ. We've given in on sexual immorality, divorce, and “alternate” gender choices, etc. In a world where anything goes abortion will remain a practical necessity. How can the unbeliever accept the credibility of anything we profess if we remain conforming cowards? Join host Matt Popovits as we hear from Pastor Larry White in this special Sanctity of Life Sunday back-to-back programming of Engaging Truth.
The Sanctity of Life – January 13, 2019 - Juda Myers, Founder of Choices4Life.org, joins Pastor David Schultz to talk about children conceived in rape and her fight to save the lives of these children and their mothers. The fundamental goal of Choices4Life is to educate the world about the value of every human life conceived.
God's Hand Guiding the Darrington Seminary Junior Class – January 6, 2019 - Brian, Robert and Gy were all surprised when asked to consider seminary training at Darrington Prison. Gy didn’t know what it entailed but couldn’t wait when asked. He is thankful for the training in preaching, teaching and tier walking. Robert was overwhelmed at what he found at Darrington, a peaceful, God-influenced atmosphere where he could serve the Lord with his gifts. Brian is greatly affected by the thorough education he is getting and anxious to see where the Lord will use him next. One of their mentors, Roderick Sweet, supports their enthusiasm and joy in their seminary training. Host Bill Prewitt.
Prison Ministry from the Top – December 30, 2018 - When a man’s life of crime is stopped, and he is incarcerated for life as a result of it, that’s one issue. But when his life is transformed by Christ to be a “new creation”, that’s altogether different. This is what is happening to the seminary students in the Darrington maximum-security prison, 35 miles south of Houston. Christ is transforming them to be new creations willing and ready to serve other inmates as field ministers in another prison setting somewhere in Texas. Join us as we hear from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of an incredible story of spiritual transformation. Dave Schultz hosts.
When God Visited the Earth and Stayed a While - December 23, 2018- As many are preparing to observe Jesus' birth this Christmas, let's take some time to think about how God prepared this world for His birth into human flesh. The result of God's action is humanity's salvation. Join us as we hear Pastor John Cain's Christmas presentation and reflect on the Reason for the Season.
Prison Reform and Texas – December 16, 2018 - Join host David Schultz as he talks with Texas State Senator John Whitmire, an unapologetic advocate of prison reform and a force behind the Southwest Bible College seminary at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Darrington Unit. Describing what he calls the miraculous success of the program, Whitmire said, “Early on, we didn’t do a very good job of characterizing inmates – those who we were afraid of versus those who we were mad at.” But now, he says, “I understand public safety and accountability, but I see the value in a closed, safe situation allowing people to grow in their faith.”
Thriving in the Wake of the Washing of the Holy Spirit – December 9, 2018- Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor Jeffrey Willey, whose Christ United Church has survived two devastating floods as well as denominational upheaval. “God has raised up people across the nation to bless us so that we might be a blessing to others,” Pastor Willey said. “We are about discipleship and how to feed ourselves from The Word and teach others to do that as well.” The faithfulness of God has never abandoned those who seek Him.
Focusing on the Mission – December 2, 2018 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor John Davis, transitioning to his new position as Texas LCMS Area "D" Vice-President. Pastor Davis tells us “God’s workers need encouragement because they’re facing challenges now they’ve never faced before. My ministry is to help clear the way for those coming after me who have excellent spiritual gifts and are forging new approaches toward mission in the 21st century. We do these things so that God’s house may be glorified.
The Role of Gratitude in the Life of a Christian – November 25, 2018- Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor Matt Popovits on the topic of gratitude. The gospel is a “gratitude magnifier”, a valuable tool for expanding our joy and appreciation of all things, but that gratitude does not come easily for us. In fact, the more we are blessed, the less inclined we are to be grateful to the One from Whom all blessings flow. The more “my cup overflows” the greater my urge to gripe about the size of the mug.
Driving Hope – November 18, 2018 - Cancer patients face a long road to recovery. While patients must undertake a difficult journey to ﬁght the disease, many will ﬁnd it even hard to ﬁnd a suitable ride to and from their treatment hospital. The right kind of transportation is especially important because the treatment procedures often leave the patient weak and disoriented. Driving Hope of Texas aims to provide safe, comfortable, and aﬀordable non-emergency long-distance transportation for cancer patients living in underserved communities in Texas. Join host Dave Schultz as he speaks with Phil Hohle of Driving Hope of Texas on how prayer, meditation, and encouragement are all a part of the ride.
Vision for Gospel Movement in Texas – November 11, 2018- Join Texas District President Michael Newman as he reflects on his new role, the feedback he’s receiving, and the vision for a Gospel movement to develop in the Texas District and beyond. How can a district partnership be vibrant and vital? What has he been noticing as he’s traveled around the district so far? Pastor John Cain hosts this thought-provoking, lively discussion.
Word Alive! 52 Selected Sermons – November 4, 2018 - The Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer is the President of Concordia Seminary, a position he has held since 2005. He has been a pastor, professor, a vice president of our national denomination and the speaker of The Lutheran Hour worldwide radio program. In each place, Meyer's gifts as a communicator have been a blessing. Through all the changes, the core message is always the good news of Jesus. Now an author, (again) Meyer has a book of 52 sermons. Join us as we hear about this new resource. Rev. John Cain hosts.
The New Voice of The Lutheran Hour – October 28, 2018 - The Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the new speaker of the worldwide broadcast called The Lutheran Hour. The Lutheran Hour is the longest running Christian broadcast in the U.S. Starting in 1930, and broadcasting continuously ever since, The Lutheran Hour has grown to over 1,800 stations each week. Now they have expanded into Bible studies and other printed faith helps. His background includes being a former Air Force officer, educator and pastor. Let's meet this powerful voice for living with faith in an often-contentious world. Rev. John Cain hosts.
Does God Care About America – October 21, 2018 - With the mid-term elections a few short weeks away, our guest, Rev. Dave Welch, Founder & President, of the US Pastor Council, will speak about the concerns and involvement Christians should have in local state, and national government. Does God care about who serves in positions of judicial authority, or any position of governing authority? What relationship to the Gospel does voting and government have? Am I investing my life in things that have eternal value in reaching people for Jesus Christ? David Schultz hosts this timely discussion.
Same-Sex Attraction - To There and Back – October 14, 2018 - This week on Engaging Truth, guest Pastor Mike Goeke will speak with host Dave Schultz about his struggle with same-sex attraction, his acceptance of a gay identity and his redemptive journey home. But it was not without struggle. And why? Mike says it like this, "Sexual behavior is the end of homosexuality. It all begins with deep confusion, isolation, pain, and search for identity." He says that we might be able to keep a gay person from acting out, and that might make our world a little "neater", but that it does nothing for the heart and soul of the person struggling with same-sex attraction. Mike concludes, "I used to think that Jesus died for me in spite of my struggle with same-sex attraction, but I've come to understand that He died for me BECAUSE of my struggle. He knew me when He hung on the cross and knew that I would be powerless to live beyond my struggle without His sacrifice. Make it a point to join us for this heart-felt discussion.
Called, Equipped and Sent – October 7, 2018 - Join host David Schultz as we hear from Lutheran Laymen’s League-Lone Star District out-going President Gary Rohloff, reflect on the changes he has seen within the league and Lutheran Hour Ministries during his 41-year participation. We will also hear from president-elect Barry Samsel on engaging a new generation through podcasts, social media conversations, (thred.org), and video-based Bible studies.
Expanding the Kingdom Of God – October 7, 2018- Rev. Jon Braunersreuther, Mission and Ministry Facilitator, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Texas District, joins host David Schultz to highlight the strong outreach-oriented DNA within the district. Demographics indicate there is much work to be done. The district’s church planning movement and the initiative to train lay evangelists to reach out with the gospel are important components to strengthening and building congregations to reach the lost, disciple the saved, and to care for people.
Inside Lutheran Hour Ministries – September 30, 2018 - Occasionally we have the pleasure of interviewing people from Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis. Just recently, at the Lutheran Laymen’s League Lone Star District Fall Convention, we had interviews with two people actively involved in the inside work of the ministry. Jeff Craig-Meyer, LHM Vice President, Constituencies, shared the incredible outreach of the Gospel ministry that now reaches over 50 million people weekly world-wide. Polly Gregali, Ministry Resource Manager, provided insight into her responsibilities of making sure that those places in the nation and in the world that request resources get them in a timely manner and in their language. Dave Schultz hosts these informative interviews.
With Love from Pakistan – September 30, 2018 - Today we welcome Julie Aftab of POBLO Ministries. Julie’s early life was not easy. At 12 years old she began working in a factory in Pakistan to help her parents support their family. It was in her labor there that she was approached by one of the owners of the factory about her wearing a Christian cross. She said, “because I am a Christian”. Money was offered for her to leave her Christian faith and become Muslim. She refused three times, and on the fourth visit, she was severely injured and left for dead. But she did not die. It was God who stepped in with friends to help bring her back to health. Join Julie and host Dave Schultz as they discuss the “end of the story”, and where that has brought Julie in her faith walk today.
God’s Faithfulness – September 23, 2018- Using the stories of the travelers on the road to Emmaus, and Daniel and King Darius, guest Pastor Chris Singer offers encouragement and insight into God’s faithfulness to His people. The travelers on the road to Emmaus were so absorbed with the loss of their prophet and leader that when they were joined by a fellow traveler they were unable to see the real Jesus. Daniel, an exile who came to greatness under the rule of Darius, was scorned by his Babylonian peers and subjected to a condemnation of death for worshiping God and not Darius.
Message to College-Bound Students – September 23, 2018- This current group of college-bound students grew up under the shadow of terrorism but have been liberated by technology. They carry the hopes and dreams of making a difference in their communities and they despise the world’s brokenness. But, no matter our age, we are all sinners and all need a Savior. The mission of the church is to bring the Good News of Jesus to all the world, so we send out our students as Paul sent Timothy and remind them, “You are not the church of the future but the church of right now.” Join guest Pastor Chris Singer as he reminds us that as parents we may worry and stress, but Jesus loves our children more than we do. They are His first and ours second.
Reshaping the Prison Culture– September 16, 2016 - Join us as we visit with Brian, Chris and Shad, a trio of sophomore students from the Bible college at the Darrington Maximum Security Prison Unit near Houston. Not only has this vital program had a transformation impact on the students themselves, but it is helping to reshape the culture among the general prison population.
Who Can Forget 9/11? – September 16, 2016 - Most of us can remember where we were, who we were with and what we were doing at 8:48 a.m. on 9/11/01. The sadness of that time still grips us, especially as we think of the children whose parents were in one of the Twin Towers when they collapsed. Those children would never see their parents on this earth again. They were gone into eternity. So, we think this week not only of the 2,970 people in the towers who lost their lives, but the 343 first responders who lost their lives as well. We need to still be in prayer for their families. Join Bill Prewitt and Pastor Dave Schultz in a provocative discussion of what happens among God’s people when fear grips the heart and mind, and the providence of God in such unexplained tragedy.
Finding Hope: In the Words Of John - September 9, 2018 - When Pastor Temi Akran returned to the U.S. from his trip to Nigeria, he told his Friday morning men's group about his time in Lagos, giving away Bibles and writing tablets. Nigerians love to receive Bibles, and love to have pencils and notebooks to write on. Author Randall Mooney was so inspired by Temi's story that he asked, "What if the Bible and the notebook were the same book?" And that's how it started. Over the course of that year, Dr. Mooney worked on a version of the Book of John, that could be read by Nigerians in their own country, and have that book also be used as a notebook. This new book would be distributed throughout Nigeria and Africa, helping people find hope in the words of John. Host David Schultz will speak with Dr. Mooney about the words that restore hope and peace and words that have the power to transform lives.
Revisiting Friends of Engaging Truth – August 26, 2018 - Engaging Truth continues to showcase ministries and participants from the recent Texas District Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. This week we reconnect with past guests who were at the convention including, Steve Cohen of The Apple of His Eye Ministry, a mission to bring the gospel message to fellow Jews; Jeff Frosch, Director of Alumni Relations at Concordia University in Austin; Becca Jones, Executive Director at Texas District Church Extension Fund; Herb Keistman of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which gives books of the Lutheran faith to people around the world in their own languages; and Jerry Kieschnick, former president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, now with Legacy Deo.
Multi- Ethnic Ministries – August 19, 2018 - This week Engaging Truth will spotlight several multi-ethnic ministries from the recent Texas District Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Among the participants is Rev. Naveen Nischal, Executive Director of Reaching Indians for Christ and Director of the Lutheran Student Center at UT Arlington, speaking about reaching the immigrant Indian population; Solomon Yadossa, also passionate about reaching immigrants for Christ; and Yvette Moy, Glocal Mission Coordinator in the Washington Metro D.C. area, who ministers to the homeless, Hispanic, and Muslim communities.
Ministries Serving Both Large & Small Communities – August 12, 2018 - The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Texas District Convention was held in July. Join us as we interview convention participants from various ministries that serve both large and small communities. Interviewees include Gerry Harrow of Fortress, a ministry that serves the world’s largest military installation; Brenda Segovia of RioMAC, a missional network across the Rio Grande Valley; Pam Daw and Amy Tilt of Alamo Hills Lutheran Church in San Antonio; Keith Lund of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Texas; and Kathy Smith of Driving Hope of Texas, a ministry that provides transportation for cancer patients to treatment centers in Texas.
Why Does Suicide Seem Epidemic? – August 5, 2018 - There was a time when a victim of suicide was buried without funeral services because it was a violation of God’s command, “thou shalt not murder.” The grave was located beyond the fences of the churchyard. At best, a pauper’s grave. All of that has changed because society and its ideals have drastically changed. Studies today show that depression is the major cause of suicide in all age groups. Geriatric suicide also includes “rational suicide” and physician assisted suicide. Moreover, suicide in young people has tripled over the past 45 years and is the 3rd leading cause of death in that age group. Join our guest, Sandy Bond, MA, LPC, as she shares her thoughts on the predictors of successful suicide, the “borders between thinking, acting and doing”, and how they are more tenuous than any of us would like to believe. Dave Schultz hosts.
Life Changing Ministries – August 5, 2018 - The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Texas District Convention was held earlier this month. Join us as we interview participants from various Lutheran ministries that advocate for child and life issues. Katie Evans of Acts of Love on child care for teen parents, Nikki Kueck of Faith Lutheran High School, Dan Zieschang with Upbring on breaking the cycle of child abuse, and Barbara Geistfeld with Lutherans for Life.
Support and Encouragement for Teen Moms – July 29, 2018 - Today's teens seem to live in their own world, more dependent on each other and their electronic devices than those who can provide for them. But where do they go when tough times hit? Is there a community that will take them in to help when they are desperate? Yes. In Houston there is the Teen Life Center. TLC specializes in care for pregnant teens. It provides a safe place for them to bring their child into the world; it provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for those who have special need for love, mercy, and hope. Join TLC Executive Director, Jennifer Simpson, as she speaks boldly about the Teen Life Center with Host Dave Schultz. You will be blessed by her passion for teen moms and TLC's commitment to creating a positive community that supports and encourages teen moms.
Traversing the Hills and Valleys of Hurt – July 22, 2018 - Some of the valleys we traverse in life can cast some disappointing shadows, but as a friend once said, “shadows don’t hurt anyone.” When life takes a strange turn, and it often does, it creates an atmosphere of darkness that in some cases never seems to go away. But faith anchored in Jesus Christ, who not only has made provision for our future, but provides strength for the day with the promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, the anchor holds firm. Join our guest Judy Noyola and Pastor Dave Schultz in a challenging conversation on hurt and hope that is anchored in Jesus Christ, crucified, and risen for us.
The Word Goes Forth – July 15, 2018 - Engaging Truth continues to highlight the participants of the recent convention of the Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and their viewpoints concerning reaching millennials. Harry Smith, associate pastor at Our Redeemer in the Dallas area and a worker in the field of multi-cultural ministries, tells us that many millennials feel a loss of safety and that they long for a sense of direction and security. Our task is to seek our areas of commonality and with God’s help come together in the faith. Pastor Stephen Demik of Cypress Chapel discusses the need for a spiritual life based on relationships. The importance of the Gospel is certainly the foundation of faith, but younger people now are looking for faith in action. Participation is important in drawing people into a rich spiritual life, where people are experiencing the joy of a life filled with Jesus. Steve Misch is a long-time pastor who currently serves as Mission and Ministry Facilitator for the Texas District, and has two sons who also have been called to ministry. Today’s young people want someone to genuinely listen to their concerns and ideas and not just pour out advice on how they should be living their lives. He also cautions that the Gospel is not necessarily a safe space, and that we are called to be courageous in our statements of faith in a world that often rejects that message.
Voices from the Convention – July 8, 2018 - This week Engaging Truth continues to spotlight The Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s recent district convention. We will hear from Pastor Matthew Harrison, President, of the synod discussing the challenging cultural situations facing the church, including the overall decline of church attendance due to declining birth rates, and the importance of taking better care of our young people. The church loses an enormous number of our young people between confirmation and adulthood. President Harrison reminds us that the task for all our churches and all our members is to be prepared to preach the Gospel. From Texas District President-elect Michael Newman concerning the movement of the Gospel. We plant, we water, and God gives growth and “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow.” From host and former Houstonian Pastor John Cain about the move from Houston to Nacogdoches, where he now pastors a smaller congregation. The 60-year-old congregation includes a wide variety of congregants from the agricultural, rural, and academic communities. People there seem to have more time for interpersonal relationships than at larger, generally suburban, congregations. The dynamic of a boom town tends to age congregations prematurely, with each generation moving outward from the center.
Ministries that Make a Difference – July 1, 2018 - The Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently held their 61st district convention. Join us as we hear from participants of the convention discussing relevant issues concerning the church and the mission of proclaiming God’s Word. From Pastor David Bahn regarding connecting millennials more effectively; from LWML President Debbie Curry about building relationships centered around a desire to serve our Lord; from Becca Jones, Executive Director for Texas District Church Extension Fund, of the importance of telling “impact stories” to inspire a younger generation; and from Diane Bahn, how the Pastoral Leadership Institute seeks to help women and men discover their God-given purpose and grow as leaders and influencers in His mission.
Blogging & Sharing the Gospel – June 24, 2018 - Pastor David Leeland, Assistant to the Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church, started blogging on Facebook with the Advent Season of 2017 and continued blogging through Easter, 2018. As he took a few days off, his heart was burdened with the thought of Easter being the season of the Resurrection and that now was the time to blog even more than before! The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the one essential and central point of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, there is no faith. David continues to blog almost every day. Send him a friend request and join his growing group of readers! David Schultz hosts as we hear of Pastor Leeland's technique and passion in sharing the Good News of Christ's Resurrection.
Missionaries in America? – June 17, 2018 - Along with the general flow of immigrants, God is sending new missionaries to America. What is a missionary, and how are they different from pastors and teachers? What does the Bible say? Who are these new missionaries? What brought them here? Host John Cain speaks with Dr. Robert Scudieri, President of Mission Nation Publishing, about these and other fascinating questions regarding missionaries in America.
Translating the Message of the Church to a 21st-Century Audience – June 10, 2018 - While ninety-percent of people in the United States still believe in God, fewer than twenty-percent claim a strong connection with a church. Younger generations are expressing disillusionment with the organized church. Even within the Christian Church, a sense of helplessness in the face of a changing culture is creating frustration and fear. What is the pathway forward? You will be sure to hear some surprising answers as we join host Rev. John Cain and guest Rev. Michael Newman, Mission & Ministry Facilitator, LCMS-Texas District, as they discuss translating the message of the Church to a 21st-Century audience.
Serving on a Non-Profit Board – June 3, 2018 - Evangelical Life Ministries is the non-profit corporation of “Engaging Truth”, heard each Sunday night from 6:30-8 p.m. on KKHT 100.fm. The ELM board of directors provides counsel and direction to facilitate media outreach of the “Engaging Truth” programming. During this past year, Bobby Goerner was added to the board. Bobby’s past includes seminary training, Bible class teaching, and supporting outreach of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. Host Dave Schultz welcomes Bobby in this lively discussion about the mission and ministry in his heart and life.
Heart of The LWML – May 27, 2018 - Jan Brunette, Vice President of Christian Life, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Texas District, joins host Dave Schultz this week as we hear of her passion and desire to show others the true heart of the LWML. Her vision is to connect and encourage all LWML women throughout Texas to share their differing cultures and backgrounds so that they are enabled to receive and grant blessings through their shared love of Christ.
Church Extension Fund-Texas District LCMS – May 20, 2018 - God in His grace has called a gifted woman, Becca Jones, as the new CEO of the Church Extension Fund to lead the team of God’s stewards and to assist in outreach ministry in the Texas District. How does such a team determine the true worthiness of the ministry partners? And when the willing investors to the Church Extension Fund provide dollars to be used for outreach ministry, how is a fair return on their funds determined? What happens when a ministry does not perform to pre-determined expectations? And where is prayer in the process? Join Becca and host Dave Schultz as these and other intuitive questions will be answered.
Sharing the Gospel in Texas Prisons – May 13, 2018 - Join host Pastor Dave Schultz as we hear from Alvin, George and Michael, senior seminary students at the Darrington Maximum Security Penitentiary in Rosharon, TX. As George says, "Even in our situation, God hasn't given up on us." You will hear of their changed lives and of their faith in Christ Jesus as they study to become field ministers/evangelists, eventually sharing the Gospel to the 155,000 adults in Texas prisons.
Being in Leadership at Darrington Penitentiary Seminary – May 13, 2018 - Serving in leadership is not only stimulating but can be very trying at times. Dr. Ben Phillips, our guest this coming Sunday night, shares some inspiring, but also difficult times. Sharing the Gospel with “spiritually hungry” students can be exciting, but wondering, upon graduation, if they have all the necessary tools to serve as field ministers in other Texas maximum security penitentiaries is trying. Join Dr. Phillips and Pastor Dave Schultz in the lively discussion of the development of integrity among the students, tier walking (what it is) and his greatest joy in serving as Director of the Darrington Penitentiary Seminary.
Board Member and Businessman – May 6, 2018 - Guest Michael Steele, principal owner of IHS Insurance Group, is Evangelical Life Ministries’ newest board member. Often a business owner may need to look or lean on their religion to deal with the hurdles of their business. Join host David Schultz as we learn about Michael and how his faith has shaped his life and the impact it has on his business.
Understanding the Need for Prayer in Spiritual Warfare – April 29, 2018 - The Bible says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour”. From this, we can see that Satan is always by our side trying every means possible to entice and tempt us, to make us fall into mischief and sin. Host David Schultz will speak with Pastor Tim Carter, about spiritual warfare and overcoming the temptations of Satan by coming before God to seek His will and to pray for His help.
The Meaning and Confidence Jesus’ Resurrection Provides – April 22, 2018 - We hear Him say out loud to us and for all to hear “IT IS FINISHED”. At that cross Jesus finished or accomplished what the Father had sent Him to do...to save us from our sin. Everyone who heard about it thought it was a lavish story made up like so many other “tall tales.” Is it just foolishness or does Jesus’ resurrection, indeed, give us new life and confidence? Be with us this week as Pastor Chris Singer, Trinity-Klein Lutheran Church, confirms the truth that if you want a hope that cannot be extinguished…then Christ Is Risen!
Witnessing the Hand of God in Penitentiary Seminary – April 15, 2018 - As the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary prepares for their fourth graduation this May, Grove Norwood, Founder and CEO of The Heart of Texas Foundation, visits with host Pastor Dave Schultz on the impact the seminary graduates, Field Ministers, are having in Texas prisons. Grove will also share updates regarding the Texas Women’s Prison Seminary in Marlin, TX, as well as the literacy program begun this past January at Darrington where Field Ministers are teaching illiterate and semi-literate inmates to read.
Walking Through Grief – April 8, 2018 - Going through times of grief are a 'given' in this world. Whether it's the loss of a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, or even a job...we will ALL grieve during our lives at one time or another. We will mourn the loss, but as Christians who believe what Jesus said, WE will be with HIM in heaven when we die. With heaven to look forward to, we can stay the course here in this broken world. Join host David Schultz and guest Brian Foutz, author of "From Misery to Ministry" to hear how David and his wife relied upon the promises of God when their only son died.
New Creation – April 1, 2018 - The resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than a subjective dream and surpasses a whimsical wish. Jesus' resurrection is the first evidence of more to come. His resurrected corpse is the first installment, the opening solo of the New Creation symphony. In Christ's death and resurrection, all is redeemed, and everything becomes perfect once more, according to God's original plan. Listen in as Pastor Al Doering offers this special Easter message.
Listening to Jesus – March 25, 2018 - One of the most difficult things for us humans to do, when in conversation, Is to LISTEN. Even to the point of cutting off conversation...to interrupt...when the person talking is not yet finished. Learning to listen is an art. It comes with endless practice. That's why one of the solid legs of Stephen Ministry is listening. That is why when Peter, James and John saw the dazzling countenance of Jesus in the Transfiguration, God the Father spoke from Heaven, "This is my beloved Son, LISTEN to Him." Join Pastor David Schultz as he explores what listening to Jesus means; listening to what He says about creation, forgiveness, repentance, grace, salvation, and eternal life.
He is Not Here, For He Has Risen – March 18, 2018- In just a short time we will re-tell the final week of Jesus' life, from his entry into Jerusalem to his triumphant exit out of the tomb. Much like the narrative of Christmas, we could probably sit around a campfire and recite the events of that Thursday and early Friday. His final words from the cross have been engrained into our memories, just as the statement of the angel on Sunday morning gives us great hope. Join us as our guest, Rev. Stephen DeMik, gives us new insight into the story we know so well and encourages us to share this good news.
Walking Dead or Living Alive – March 11, 2018 - Are you walking dead or living alive? The Bible states that when Jesus was raised from the dead that first Easter, many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were also raised. The reality of the resurrection changes everything and only God has the power of life and death. Join in as our guest, Pastor Jeff Doria, leads the discussion on the cornerstone of Christianity, forgiveness of sins, and life eternal.
Seeking God's Will – March 4, 2018 - Sometimes we pray, "Thy will be done," because we don't know what is best and we believe God knows what is good for us. Other times, we pray this prayer knowing God will be leading us on a difficult path. We are able to pray Jesus' Gethsemane prayer, "Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done," because we believe God has our best interests at heart. This is a prayer of faith. When we do so, we also proclaim God's faithfulness, trusting in Him in every situation. Be with us as Pastor David Bahn guides us as we hear how to seek God's will in everything we do.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – February 25, 2018 - Guest Kori de Leon will join host David Schultz this week on Engaging Truth. Kori is an author, a speaker, teacher, conference leader, and Director of Adoring Christ Ministries. Kori's latest book, "Age of Crowns: Pursuing Lives Marked by the Kingdom of God" will be released in April. Kori will help us understand why we often find ourselves unfulfilled. Too often our focus is on a world that is passing away. Jesus calls us to dream beyond the stars to the far greater things coming soon. God will shake us out of complacency, discouragement, and anxiety when we set our minds on the coming King.
Heisman Trophy Winner, NBA Player Who Loves the Lord – February 18, 2018 - Charlie Ward is a retired NBA basketball player and a college football Heisman Trophy winner. Charlie won a national championship as quarterback for Florida State, reached the Sweet Sixteen three times as a point guard for his school, and then went on to become a starting guard for the New York Knicks. Today he is committed to helping student athletes, leaders, organizations, and families better understand and embrace the process they must go through to find success while focusing on God's truth and His plans for their lives. David Schultz hosts.
Same-Sex Attraction - To There and Back – February 11, 2018 - This week on Engaging Truth, guest Pastor Mike Goeke will speak with host Dave Schultz about his struggle with same-sex attraction, his acceptance of a gay identity and his redemptive journey home. But it was not without struggle. And why? Mike says it like this, "Sexual behavior is the end of homosexuality. It all begins with deep confusion, isolation, pain, and search for identity." He says that we might be able to keep a gay person from acting out, and that might make our world a little "neater", but that it does nothing for the heart and soul of the person struggling with same-sex attraction. Mike concludes, "I used to think that Jesus died for me in spite of my struggle with same-sex attraction, but I've come to understand that be died for me BECAUSE of my struggle. He knew me when He hung on the cross and knew that I would be powerless to live beyond my struggle without His sacrifice. Make it a point to join us for this heart-felt discussion.
Serving the Lord With Gladness – February 4, 2018 - Lutheran Women in Mission, LWML, through their Mite Box contributions, have funded tens of millions of dollars in mission grants during its 75-year history. The LWML welcomes and encourages all LCMS women to use their unique God-given gifts to support the global ministries and missions of the church. Join guest Debbie Curry, President, LWML Texas District, and host David Schultz, as learn how this group, in fervent love, serves the Lord with gladness.
Acknowledging God's Plan for Your Life – January 28, 2018 - Shawn, Daniel and James are in year three of their seminary studies and, as Daniel says: "The more I delve into God's word the more I realize the depth of his wisdom. I was missing it all my life, trying to lean on my own understanding." Join hosts Bill Prewitt and David Schultz as we hear from these members of the Darrington Prison Seminary Junior Class as they learn to acknowledge God's grace and restoration in their lives.
Could It Really End? – January 21, 2018 - Could the time come when the abortion industry would no longer exist in America? If we look at statistics, in 1980 there were 29.3 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies; in 2016, there were 14.6 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies. Incrementally, that looks promising. But the reasons for abortions are still the same--25% say they are not ready for a child, 23% say they can't afford to raise a child, and 19% say they don't want the responsibility. The issue is really the attitude of the heart. Until the heart of those bringing children into the world know and confess Christ, and that the child they are bearing is coming from God, nothing will change. Is that not our job as people of Christ to provide that information, whatever it takes? Join Pastor Larry White with host Pastor David Schultz as they walk through the "real possibilities."
Seeking the Face of God Through Prayer – January 14, 2018 - We have all learned something of prayer from a parent, grandparent, or someone who loved us. Those first prayer attempts may have been clumsy, disjointed and even non-sensible. But we learned, that "God hears." As prayer became more than just "speaking to some cosmic indifference", we began to see treasures from Jesus like, "Ask and it shall be given you" or from the Apostle James, "You receive not because you ask not". Join our host, Rev. David Schultz, to explore the wonderful promises of God in and through prayer.
The Church of 2050 – January 7, 2018 - When our great grandparents came from Prussia to America in the 1800's, they wanted a pure "Lutheran teaching" among them. They were told that the only real enemy among them were the Methodists. But it did not take long for them to realize as pilgrims to this new land called America, that their real enemy was Satan, the world and their own sinful flesh. So, the early Prussian pilgrims began to plant church communities, first in Lee County, then in Houston and surrounding areas. Their search for other Lutherans, arriving from Germany, was the first effort of evangelism. Join guest Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, former President of the Texas District, LCMS, and more recently, the Past President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and host Pastor Dave Schultz for this relevant look to the past with hope for the future.
Finding Purpose in Prison – December 31, 2017 - David, Joe and Terry are nearing the end of their studies and are looking forward to becoming field ministers at other Texas Department of Criminal Justice units. As David says, "I'm excited about going out to do what God has laid before me." Join hosts Bill Prewitt and David Schultz as we hear from these members of the Darrington Prison Seminary Senior Class and their desire to serve the Lord and their fellow inmates as well.
Christmas and Music – December 24, 2017 - What is your favorite Christmas song, and why is it your favorite? "Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music." Martin Luther wrote these words in the 1500's, and they are as true today. Music has a powerful way of connecting head, heart and soul, perhaps especially at Christmas. Your host Pastor John Cain is joined by church musician Tony Sartain to talk about music and the peace and joy of this season.
Hope-Less, Hope-So or Hope-Filled – December 17, 2017 - Some try to celebrate Christmas the way they did as a child, but they can't. Something has gotten in the way to make it difficult and, in some cases, impossible to celebrate. Maybe a family resentment, a major hurt, a surprise divorce, or even an unexpected death. For them celebration seems "hopeless". For others there is a make-believe Christmas celebration, mired in the belief that just "maybe" Christmas will remove all the hurts of the past many years. For those, it is nothing more than "hope-so" time. If we are running low on "hope" this year because of unmet expectations, unkept promises and the fearful future, we must open our hearts to the possibilities of God's wonderful work in our lives that He provides through the forgiveness of sins. True hope is "confidence that God will do what He promises". Join guest Pastor David Bahn and host Dave Schultz in this timely discussion.
The Flood and Christmas – December 10, 2017 - Most people who have not had to endure the devastation of flooding cannot truly understand, not only the chaotic destruction, but the bruised heart that flood waters bring. It forever remains in the memory as a panic, and "Will this happen again?" and "When and how do I prepare for it?" Join guest Rev. Chris Singer and host Dave Schultz as they explore the "troubled waters" of the recent flood. Trinity Klein Lutheran Church assisted not only their pastor and members of the church, but many from the neighborhood who needed help, compassion and understanding. Without their help, 1,200 people being cared for and fed daily through Trinity Klein might never have happened. Their motive? As Paul said in II Cor. 5:14, "The love of Christ motivates me." You will be blessed by this most poignant conversation.
Advent and Christmas Angels – December 3, 2017 - The existence of angels, as recorded in Scripture, is not of critical importance when compared to the overall message of the Bible. That is, until we realize that angels are a creation of Jesus (Col 1:16), who is the center and focus of all Scripture. Of equal interest is that angels are something more than fantasy, they are representatives from the Throne of God, as Gabriel, one of the lead angels, shares in the history of the births of both John the Baptist and Christ. An angel appeared to the shepherds on the field of Bethlehem. An angel also appeared to Mary and Joseph after the birth of Jesus, to warn them to escape to Egypt because of the threats of Herod, and then reappeared when the danger was over, to tell them to return to Nazareth. Join both Bill Prewitt and Dave Schultz in this lively discussion of the angels in the Advent and birth of Christ.
Advent Preparation – November 26, 2017 - Preparation for anything takes thought and work. You can't fake preparation. Advent is a time of preparation for the blessed "coming" of Christ into a conflicted world, then and now. But the preparation is the same. Giving highest consideration for what has been done, (the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ) reflecting on that in prayer and devotion, and finally doing something in Christ's Name to bring hope and promise to others. Maybe the first something "to do in Advent" is to seek honest and meaningful reconciliation with someone difficult to love. Join guest Author Donna Pyle and host Pastor Dave Schultz in exploring that kind of "Advent Preparation."
Sola! What are We Fighting For? – November 19, 2017 - The future of the Church depends on our recognizing what we're fighting for, what we're fighting against, who we're fighting with, and maybe, above all, who we are ignoring while we're doing all this fighting. By reclaiming the central cry of the Reformation--sola gratia! sola fide! sola scriptura! - we can grow in our shared understanding of "the good fight" of the Gospel in the 21st Century. Join host David Schultz as he speaks with authors Heather Choate Davis and Leann Luchinger about their new book, "SOLA! What Are We Fighting For?"
Hurricane Harvey Destruction and Recovery – November 12, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey was the size of South Carolina. In the destructive wind and rain path, there was significant damage to congregation property, schools, homes and vehicles of the church members and pastors of the 123 congregations within the Texas District. Join our guests Rev. Steven Misch, Mission & Ministry Facilitator, and Julie Tucker from Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio to learn of the response of the LCMS District and Synod and how local pastors and congregations have impacted neighbors and communities with the love of Christ.
Jesus' Continued Healing – November 5, 2017 - Choices made by guest Dana Bahn, left her condemned, alone and broken. Yet, through the powerful work of Jesus, she learned of the incredible forgiveness He offers and has been restored. But, now what? No life is perfect and though she has been through the healing process, there are characteristics that have developed. Her struggles in managing stress and learning to see sin entering her life are connected to what she has lived through. Join Dana with host David Schultz to hear the rest of her redemptive story.
All Things Lutheran – October 29, 2017 - Dr. Gregory Seltz has been the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour since 2011, sharing the message of Jesus on over 1800 stations each week, globally. Soon, he will be our advocate in Washington D.C., as he assumes a new role as Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. As Greg finishes his time as the voice of The Lutheran Hour, he records his final programs in Martin Luther's town, in the churches where Luther was known, in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Join host Pastor John Cain as we talk about the great Reformation that Luther started in 1517, The Lutheran Hour, and the future of Lutheran advocacy with the LCRL. lcms.org/lutheran-center-for-religious-liberty
Is Universalism Making its Move in the Church? – October 8, 2017 - Jeffrey Willey, Pastor of Christ United Church of Cypress, will join host David Schultz as they examine the current movement toward universalism within the church today. There is an active push in mainline denominations to reduce Christianity to a level equal with other world religions. This is being accomplished by the reduction of the Bible, the denial of Christ's divinity, and the rejection of Christ's death and resurrection. This informative conversation will enlighten and educate.
Bringing Christ to the Nations – October 1, 2017 - Lutheran Hour Ministries, a nearly 100 year-old organization, is about gathering the priesthood of all believers under a common calling to tell others about what Jesus has done. LHM describes this in their mission statement as "Bringing Christ to the Nations--and the Nations to the Church". The end result of these efforts is that LHM is able to reach more than 56 million people around the world each week with the Gospel. Kurt Buchholz, LHM President & CEO, shares with host David Schultz the plans and methods LHM has to reach the billions of people around the world who have not heard of the Gospel.
Hope When Your Heart Breaks – September 24, 2017 - Heartbreak hits all of us at some time or another. When grief and loss invade your life, what do you do? Is there any reason to have hope? Losing a loved one, being diagnosed with illness, experiencing a broken relationship, or suffering loss because of an unwelcome storm can lay you low. Join host David Schultz as he interviews Michael Newman, author of the new book, "Hope When Your Heart Breaks: Navigating Grief and Loss." You'll find the source of unshakeable hope.
What Does This Mean? – September 17, 2017 - The recent hurricanes have impacted many thousands of people. Some of these people are godly, righteous, committed Christians. Some of the damage was to church properties. What does this mean? It certainly shows us that "God causes the rains to fall on the just and the unjust alike." We have no guarantee that because we are disciples of Jesus that we won't suffer loss or experience hardship. Host David Schultz speaks with David Bahn, Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, on how to piece together hope as we piece together our lives, our homes, and our neighborhoods.
The Homeless Church & Hurricane Harvey – September 10, 2017 - Randall Mooney, author of "The Homeless Church" returns to Engaging Truth this week. Randall and others have observed the dream of the homeless church recently in the Houston area. "We are witnessing the body of Christ rising to the call of reaching out and ministering to others, despite their own losses, in a way we haven't watched for a while. I know that God is in the still small voice more than the storms, but I'm hoping that since this storm has brought our city to its knees that we will decide to pray harder than ever, while we are there." Join host David Schultz and Randall as we hear how the "dream of the homeless church," is possibly more relevant than ever.
Show Me How – August 20, 2017 - One of the main tasks Jesus gives us, the Church, is to disciple the nations. However, for most everyday Christians, the very thought of discipling our own family, friends and follow church members scares us. We think things like: "I can't do that! I don't know enough!" Or, "I'm not spiritual enough." We desperately want to delegate discipling to someone who knows more about it than we do. On the other hand, what if our fear of discipling comes from our misunderstanding of what discipling is? Listen as Host John Cain talks with Author Greg Finke about his new book "Joining Jesus - Show Me How: How to Disciple Everyday Missionaries." Greg will lead us back to the gospels to rediscover the answers to questions like, "According to Jesus, what is a disciple; what does a disciple do and how do we make a disciple?" www.dwelling114.org
Missional Communities Lead to Spiritual Families – August 13, 2017 - Aaron Lytle, lead pastor at Oikos in Houston, joins host Bill Prewitt to discuss the role of missional communities in the development of healthy spiritual families. Oikos is a Christian Church that seeks to be a family on mission together helping others experience Jesus and discipling those who do. To prepare a culture to operate with a spiritual family mindset you need to rediscover hospitality, or the practice of opening your home for the Lord's work. theoikos.org
Seeing the Face of Jesus – August 6, 2017 - Join us as Rev. Jeff Doria shares some interesting thoughts with Engaging Truth host David Schultz. Among them: "All people need Forgiveness, Acceptance, Community and Endurance. These can all be found as gifts of God in the celebration of Holy Communion. There we can see the F.A.C.E. of Jesus." Also, "Our culture drops F-bombs every day. The Church drops F-bombs as well---Faith, Freedom, Family, Forever, and Forgiveness. The Church's F-bombs can blow up the work of the evil one." These and others will be explored as we look for the face of Jesus in our everyday lives.
God's Better Plan – July 30, 2017 - Guest Juda Myers, choices4life.com, will speak with host David Schultz of the incredible passion she has for women who have experienced rape, became pregnant from that rape, and are encouraged to abort the child. Her goal is to educate the world to the value of every human life conceived, and to raise awareness of the multitudes living in shame from sexual abuse perpetrated against them. God is a great source of strength, wisdom and love. He has a greater plan than shame for these victims.
The Way to the Mormon Heart – July 16, 2017 - Host David Schultz will speak with Judy Robertson, author of "Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story" on her upcoming book about reaching the Mormon heart. Judy, having once lived the Mormon faith, has empathy for those who have been deceived as she was. Now her passion is to help open minds and hearts to a new and better way so that others may know the truth and be set free in Christ Jesus. "The best we can do is pray God will give us opportunities to speak truth into their lives in love."
Forgiveness: Received From God, Extended To Others – July 9, 2017 - In author Donna Pyle's newest Bible study guide book she shows that forgiving others means recognizing our own sin. It means looking to Jesus and His constant forgiveness toward us. It means sharing that same grace with others. With warmth and honesty, Donna draws from her own life experiences and points readers toward Scripture. Join host David Schultz as he and Donna discuss biblical forgiveness and spiritual transformation.
Church Polity Change – July 02, 2017 - Join us as we speak with Jeffrey Willey, Pastor of Christ United Church of Cypress. Pastor Willey will speak of the decisions made at the organization's recent church conference. Why is the denomination of the Thanksgiving Pilgrims abandoning Christ? How is the ultra-left movement undermining the Church? Why are some churches no longer confessing Christ as Lord and Savior? Why is there a rise of militant Universalism in the church? Pastor Willey and host David Schultz will discuss these difficult and disturbing questions on the next Engaging Truth.
The Homeless Church – June 25, 2017 - When Jesus said, "Behold I stand at the door and knock" He was actually speaking to a church. Why are people leaving the church by the thousands? Why are fewer and fewer people looking to the church for answers? What will it take to reverse this trend? The Homeless Church takes a fresh and honest look at the Christian Church in the world today...from the inside and the outside. While some are growing in numbers, many more have experienced enough decline to force some to shut their doors forever. Do these closures mean that God is out of business? Certainly not. Join Randall Mooney, author of "The Homeless Church" to hear why God never needed men to build Him a house. David Schultz hosts.
Modern Widows Club – June 11, 2017 - Being a widow is a unique journey. Losing your husband after a marriage is like losing a piece of yourself. You are so accustomed to seeing yourself in the role of wife, partner, and soulmate; then suddenly you find yourself standing alone - all alone. It seems so overwhelming. Your identity has been part of a marriage, and now you have to find a way to recreate yourself to become a brand new you that you have never known. That's where Modern Widows Club can help. It's a social support club. Join guest Natalie Lancaster, Regional Leader for the Houston Chapters of the Modern Widows Club, and hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we learn how this club can help walk your walk with you. Visit: https://modernwidowsclub.com/
Birth of the Christian Church – June 04, 2017 - Pentecost is a holiday on both Jewish and Christian calendars. The fiftieth day after Passover and Easter, the day marks the conclusion of a religious season. In the ancient world, people were forbidden to work on this day, but expected to worship. It was then that God sent the Holy Spirit to give birth to the Christian church. And the rest, as they say, is history! Join your hosts, Pastors Schultz and Cain for today's discussion.
Engaging Millennials with the Gospel – May 28, 2017 - Millennials are headed to church less than their parents and previous generations, and they are deeply skeptical of the usefulness of religion and spirituality in general. Yet all is far from lost when it comes to engaging millennials with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. Host John Cain will speak with author, speaker, and pastor Matt Popovits, of Our Saviour New York, as he shares insights learned from loving and leading millennials in New York City and passes along his keys for connecting with, what he believes, is an incredible generation.
Living Life & Growing Disciples – May21, 2017 - Our conversation this week will be with Rev. Jonathan Goeke. Rev. Goeke is pastor of a new mission start in North Houston of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This church, Community of Hope, is committed to following Jesus' lead by demonstrating love through actions. COH is deliberately and slowly growing disciples through intentional relationships. COH has learned that life has different phases and different perspectives, and that it's great for all of those perspectives to be present. We can learn a lot from each other! Join our hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we discover how COH is living life and growing disciples.
Say That Again, Please – May 7, 2017 - There are times in our discussions that someone may ask us to repeat what we have just said. In our minds, we had thought that what was said was very clear. But not in the mind of the hearer; he/she needs to have it repeated. So it was with the disciples in John 10. Jesus often spoke in parables to them so they would get the real meaning behind the story, and would be able to relate it to the people with whom they would speak. But when Jesus talked to them about the "sheep" and the "sheep gate", it was an illustration that every Jew or Galilean would relate to and clearly understand. Join hosts John Cain and Dave Schultz as they analyze the illustration of the "sheep", the "sheep gate", and the critical importance of the "voice" of the Shepherd.
The Next Generation of Christians – April 30, 2017 - There is a well-documented trend of millennials leaving the church or turning away from their faith. Millennials are the generation born after 1980, so their oldest members are now around 35 years old. George Barna is a widely respected researcher and analyst of Christianity in the U.S. He is the author of over 50 books and the president of the American Culture and Faith Institute culturefaith.com. In addition to their youthfulness, Barna examines the millennial's desire for social consciousness, their worldview, as well as their spirituality. Join Pastors Schultz and Cain in this conversation with George Barna.
Engaging the Unengaged – April 23, 2017 - There is one characteristic that is often used to describe millennials: engaged. There is a desire to be hands-on in their workplace, to be part of a team rather than a subordinate receiving orders. They desire to be engaged with their friends, both in an online manner through social media and in regular interaction with their friends and peers. These young people also seek out ways to be involved in their local communities and (if they are involved in one) their church. How are we engaging them? Are they pushed off to the side because of a lack of expertise and experience, or are we seeking out their input and involvement? How can we engage them in a meaningful manner, which would encourage others in their generation to be involved? Guest Stephen DeMik, Pastor of Cypress Chapel, and hosts John Cain and David Schultz will speak to these questions as we seek to engage the unengaged.
A Millennial Conversation – April 16, 2016 - Millennials are constantly "engaged" in the global world through instantaneous updates, globalization, and frequent travel opportunities, but disengaged from those in close proximity; they are optimistic and passionate about pursuing impactful change in their world, but ignorantly unaware of the struggle and investment that is required as a part of the process; they are skeptical of institutions and "the man", but fail to learn from the wisdom of society and their elders. Listen in as host David Schultz speaks with Emma Clifford and Hector and Paula Flores on this revolutionary dichotomy and how God enters the picture of millennials.
Millennial Comfort – April 9, 2017 - This week we welcome Lyndsey and Gina, two young ladies who are attending college full time and working to supplement their needs. Aren't they entitled to more than full-time work and school? Weren't they promised that it would be a "little easier than this"? In addition, God is being pushed to the back burner by the educational and political environment in which they live and they are being led to believe that God is just not that "relevant" to where they are going. How can they keep all this together and still have confidence that "God will never fail them?" Join hosts John Cain and David Schultz in this timely discussion with these young millennials.
Leading Millennials to a New Reality – April 2, 2017 - Millennials approach truth differently than previous generations. By listening to the questions, they are asking about living in this world and leading them through the Scriptures, we can show them how the Scriptures apply to their lives. As they see the Scriptures working, they'll begin to see how God is their new reality. As Christian believers, we must be willing to find a way to fill all people with the love of Christ. Join our hosts, John Cain and David Schultz, along with guests, Lance Jordan and Jon Paulk, as this approach to reaching millennials is discussed.
The Millennial Mystery – April 2, 2017 - The church today seems really unauthentic to young people. Folks in the boomer generation seem to prefer to keep the church in its current form rather than change it to reach their own children, yet they criticize their adult children for not attending. When young people look at most churches, they see time and treasure given to basically supporting the congregation, instead of investing in community outreach. With these and many more conflicting outlooks, how do we reach the millennials? Join our guest millennial, Worship Director Jordan Even, to hear his thoughts on unraveling this mystery. David Schultz hosts.
Staying Faithful – March 26, 2017 - Attorney Greg Koch, who co-hosts "In the Trenches" on Sportstalk 790, started playing football in the third grade. He played through elementary school, middle school, high school, and four years at the University of Arkansas. He played in the NFL for 11 years, most of them with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman. He is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He left the NFL in 1988 to attend law school. Join host John Cain as he speaks with Greg about his sports career and staying faithful in an ever-increasing secular world.
From the Major Leagues to the Global Water Crisis – March 12, 2017 - Professional baseball player Scott Linebrink started as a walk-on for tryouts at Concordia University of Texas. Later he transferred to Southwest Texas State, and ultimately played professionally, pitching 12 seasons in the major leagues. Describing himself as "a small kid" and a "late bloomer," he marvels at what God has done in his life. Baseball went from being his "idol," to a God-given platform to live life in true peace and contentment. After baseball, Scott continued his Christian witness by working with WaterMission.org. Join host John Cain as he talks with Scott Linebrink about the big leagues and life in Christ.
Malachi Dads – March 5, 2017 - Malachi Dads is a program for fathers in prison who want to reclaim and heal broken relationships with their children. This ministry emphasizes the biblical role of fathers and works to restore and enhance a father's life-long influence on his children. The incarcerated fathers are reminded of their God-given roles and responsibilities as the spiritual leader for their children and their family. It puts the responsibility of breaking the cycle of crime in the hands of the fathers, where it belongs. Join guest, Pastor Tracy Baskin, of King's Pavilion Ministries, as we learn of this ministry of reconciliation. John Cain and David Schultz hosts.
Spiritual Transformation in the Prison System – February 26, 2017 - Field Director Bill Loyd, Prison Fellowship Ministries, works to help offenders prosper and be a benefit to society when released from prison. Recidivism is reduced and public safety is positively impacted through moral and spiritual rehabilitation. By providing pastoral care, the offenders will be better prepared to reenter society with better coping skills and valuable spiritual understanding. Hosts John Cain and David Schultz will learn how Prison Fellowship Ministries is doing God's work behind bars.
How God Changed My Life and Focus – February 19, 2017 - John Krueger serves as Director of Choir and Music at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Houston. Over the years, he has sung with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society and others. He recently completed a certificate in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. Join hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we learn how, when at a crossroads in his life and faith, this experience changed his life. We will also learn of his plans to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Steps of Faith – February 19, 2017 - Brian and Leah Foutz, authors of "From Misery to Ministry" and "Steps of Faith" will be joining hosts John Cain and David Schultz for an encouraging message of hope and trust on Engaging Truth. After the loss of their only child in 2004, Brian and Leah began a journey into helping others take baby steps of faith toward healing. In their first book, "From Misery to Ministry: A Walk of Faith", they began to experience unique and divine encounters that would change their lives forever, as well as the lives of those they met. These encounters would become the stepping stones for their own steps of faith...learning to trust Him in all things and for all things.
Defend the Innocent Part I – February 12, 2017 - Abortion has been legal and socially acceptable in our land for over four decades. We have slowly grown accustomed to the horror. Evil has become ordinary. Like the proverbial frog in the kettle slowly heated to boiling, America and her churches have failed to discern the death and destruction which has engulfed us. The silence of the church and her pastors in the face of the moral catastrophe of abortion is deafening. It is the consequence of a devilish combination of ignorance and cowardice. The sad result is a denial of the power of the gospel and a betrayal of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blood of millions of innocent unborn children is on our hands for we alone have the power to stop the killing and have failed in fear to use it. In this special one hour presentation of Engaging Truth, hosts John Cain and David Schultz will speak with Dr. Lawrence White, Sr. Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, about God's calling to each of us to defend the innocent.
The Beatitudes - January 29, 2017 - Do you ever feel persecuted, alone, hurt or sad? Very early in Jesus' ministry, he spoke to a crowd of what is known as the Beatitudes. His "blessed are" statements are often misunderstood as a "to do list." Instead, they are designed to encourage you and give you hope. Join Pastors Cain and Schultz as they explore Jesus' powerful words meant for our comfort and support.
Leading Millennials to a New Reality – January 22, 2017 - Millennials approach truth differently than previous generations. By listening to the questions they are asking about living in this world and leading them through the Scriptures, we can show them how the Scriptures apply to their lives. As they see the Scriptures working, they'll begin to see how God is their new reality. As Christian believers, we must be willing to find a way to fill all people with the love of Christ. Join our hosts, John Cain and David Schultz, along with guests, Lance Jordan and Jon Paulk, as this approach to reaching millennials is discussed.
Rare Community – January 15, 2017 - This week on Engaging Truth, Mose and Kathy Dunning will be introducing the "RARE Community/Houston Event" being held at Christ the King Lutheran Church on 01/21/17. Imagine seeing people building a deeply secure, intimate, and interactive connection with the Lord, overflowing with appreciation and gratitude. Rare Community is a seminar about developing one's relational connection with the Lord and others to build a community of trust, joy and engagement. Join hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we learn of a practical and effective approach to living in Christ and with others. RARE Community Houston Event
Where Have the Millennials Gone? – January 8, 2017 - One of the main questions we hear about millennials, those born 1981-2001, is why aren't they in church? And, what can we do to get them back? The Church's reason for being is the same as it was when Jesus gave us the Great Commission: Make disciples. And yet many of today's leaders aren't sure how to grab hold of this generation and help them catch a vision for following Jesus. Join hosts Revs. John Cain and David Schultz as they speak with Revs. Nathan and Zach Misch, themselves millennials, about how to effectively engage this age group for the Kingdom.
The Reason for Their Hope – January 01, 2017 - Join hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we hear from a few of the junior seminary students at the Darrington Maximum Security Penitentiary in Rosharon, TX. You will hear the message of their hope and faith in Christ Jesus as they study to become field ministers/evangelists, eventually sharing the Gospel to the 155,000 adults in Texas prisons.
Not with Gold or Silver – December 25, 2016 - Christmas is a season known for gift-giving. What was the greatest, most memorable gift you have purchased? The Bible has a number of passages that describe us as being purchased, as our rescue and ransom from sin. Our rescue from the forces of evil did not come with an easy swipe of a credit card, not with silver or gold, but with the divine and precious blood of Jesus. Jesus' gift of eternity is for every believer, you and me and everyone who trusts in Him. Join Pastor John Cain for this program.
When Is Enough Enough? – December 18, 2016 - Money is mentioned over 2,000 times in the Bible so it is important to God how we use it. Money is a tool like any other, and as with all talents and tools given by God we should use it to His glory and to further His kingdom. While money is not bad or evil the love of money is both. Do we serve God or do we serve ourselves in our use of money, all of which comes from Him? How much money is enough? Join our hosts, John Cain and David Schultz, as they speak with Financial Advisor Royal Lunsford on how to be wise stewards of the resources God has given us.
Falling for the Money Scam – December 11, 2016 - Scam artists use a number of elaborate schemes to get your money. By knowing the common scams that are currently being used to separate people from their money, you can help prevent scammers from taking advantage of you or someone you know. Our guest this week is Post Oak Bank Executive Vice President Tom Murff. Tom will help our listeners understand the kinds of fraudulent transactions and scams that are being perpetrated against trusting folks. John Cain and David Schultz hosts.
A Christian Grasp of Money – December 4, 2016 - There are 2,350 verses about money in the Bible. God has a lot to say about our finances - sadly, many of us are not listening. The average American household spends $1.26 for every dollar they earn - which means "normal" is living a stressed-out, paycheck to paycheck life style. This week hosts John Cain and David Schultz will speak with Pat and Lisa Henney, Coordinators of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, about what God has to say about our finances.
The Injustice of Theology of Glory vs. Theology of the Cross – November 27, 2016 - As long as 'they' are going to church, any church, it is okay, right?" We hear that statement all too often, when someone is trying to justify attendance at a church that does not teach the Bible quite correctly. If a church does not teach Jesus as the world's only Savior, what good is it? One of the ways churches are defined is whether they teach a theology of glory, or a theology of the cross. The theology of glory has an emphasis on the power, money and glory of the worshiper, an earthly reward for being a "good" Christian. Contrast human glory with Jesus' divine glory and His willingness to rescue us from the mess we had made, rescued by way of His cross. Only by Jesus are we certain we are fully forgiven and will share in His glory in eternity. Join Pastors Schultz and Cain as they discuss the injustice of "Theology of Glory vs. Theology of the Cross."
Examining the Election – November 20, 2016 - Join our hosts, John Cain and David Schultz, as they examine, through a Biblical perspective, the recent presidential election with Rev. Dave Welch, President of the US Pastor Council. Will the change of presidential administration now finally bring hope and transformation to the US? Does the moral direction of elected leaders direct the morals of the people - or vice versa? These and other questions will be discussed in an effort to understand our earthly and heavenly citizenship.
Helping People See the Light of Christ – November 13, 2016 - Catherine Wangari is Head of Mission Support to Kenya. Her passion is bringing the word of Jesus to the people of her country while also offering much needed personal and medical care. The mission effort is a blessing to Kenyans, as well as the part-time missionaries who participate in them. Hear as Catherine Wangari describes the needs, challenges, and blessings of missions in Kenya, Africa. John Cain hosts.
Abolishing Human Trafficking – November 13, 2016 - We are only three months away from Super Bowl 51 in Houston. With the increase of visitors to the city, there will also be an increase in the demand for sex. That demand may be met by a victim of human trafficking. Cat French, Founder and Executive Director of Elijah Rising, is passionate about seeing the end of human trafficking in Houston and around the world. Join Cat French and hosts John Cain and David Schultz as we hear of the efforts to abolish this injustice.
Pray....Then Vote – November 6, 2017 - Has your voice been silenced? The devil wins a victory every time we believe his lie that religion and politics are two topics never to be discussed in polite company. The way our country was designed to work is by informed, Christian moral guidance, so take your God-given responsibility! Join Pastors Schultz and Cain as they talk with a variety of Christian leaders about life during this contentious political season.
The Role of Christians – October 30, 2016 - People of every century have the same spiritual hunger, an emptiness than can be filled only by Jesus. Beyond emptiness, communities have times of anxiety, even fear. Join us as the Rev. Gregory Seltz talks about the unique role Christians have in every age, sharing the Good News of Jesus and addressing that emptiness, anxiety and fear. Seltz is the speaker of the longest running religious broadcast in the U.S., "The Lutheran Hour" radio program, heard each week on over 1,600 stations. Program host is John Cain.
Teaching Jesus in Today's Culture – October 23, 2016 - Parents and other educators are quick to point out the best ways to do things. Often, information is given as information is needed, such as at a "teachable moment." At times, Jesus' recorded words were given in response to conversations and actions around Him, in those teachable moments. Join Engaging Truth's hosts, Pastors David Schultz and John Cain, as they discuss Jesus' teaching for today's moments.
The Mission Field in Our Own City – October 16, 2016 - LINC Houston is a non-profit faith-based organization that believes God loves communities and seeks to restore them through His people. In Houston, we enjoy an incredible diversity of communities and people groups. There are people living here from everywhere in the world. In fact, it's been stated repeatedly that Houston is the most ethnically balanced major city in the U.S. Listen in as our guest, Rev. Mark Junkans, Executive Director of LINC Houston, offers insights into breaking barriers that limit our ability to share the Gospel, and prevent us from knowing the richness that comes through cross-cultural relationships. Hosted by John Cain.
Life Issues - Do Our Deeds Contradict? – October 9, 2016 - Special Two-Part Show - Dr. Larry White, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, will be offering an assessment of the strange dilemma which confronts Christians in this presidential race. The crucial issues of life and family have faded into insignificance because of the apathetic indifference of the people of God in Christ. Has the salt lost its savor and the light faded away into the darkness? What does all this mean for the integrity of the Gospel which we proclaim, as our deeds contradict our words? Join hosts John Cain and Dave Schultz for this special one-hour program as this inconsistency is examined.
Making Disciples of All Nations in the U.S. – October 02, 2016 - POBLO International is a Christian organization working to transform the way missions is approached in the United States by responding to the changing demographics that have brought the mission field to our own front yard. POBLO serves immigrants and refugees and trains and educates churches on how to engage in cross-cultural outreach. By engaging in cross-cultural mission and grassroots community outreach here in the U.S., and by training and partnering with local churches, POBLO is revolutionizing the way the Gospel is shared. Join host John Cain and guest Cynthia Khan, Director of Community Engagement for POBLO, and learn how POBLO is "making disciples of all nations" right here in the United States.
Without This Ring – September 25, 2016 - Our guest this week is Author Donna Pyle. Donna has recently written a survival guide for Christians who are navigating the minefield of divorce. She knows what it's like...she's been through a divorce. She knows the pain of dealing with the anger and struggling with the idea of forgiveness. "Without This Ring" offers relatable, real-life stories from women and men who have experienced divorce, along with pastoral and licensed Christian counselor's wisdom on how to navigate, survive, and emerge hopeful during your own divorce. Join hosts John Cain and David Schultz and learn how Donna helps people going through a divorce understand that though they are wounded, they are not defeated.
Protecting Children from Child Protection Agencies – September 11, 2016 - Join guest Juda Myers, Founder of Choices4Life, as she recounts the story of a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant from a rape. This young girl courageously chose life for the baby; she refused to consider the option of abortion, and told her grandparents, who are her legal guardians, that if they would help her, she would raise and love this baby. Instead of celebrating her as a hero, the state's child protective services came into the hospital and seized the newborn baby, leaving a devastated young mother and her family in their wake. Hosts John Cain and David Schultz will explore with Juda how dignity and honor must be restored to the women and the children of rape conception.
An Important Look into Biblical Social Justice – September 4, 2016 - Hosts John Cain and David Schultz will speak this week with Attorney and Pastor Craig Kyle Hemphill. Pastor Hemphill will address the path to continued righteousness in the United States in relation to the Church. When examining Biblical Justice, there has to be a purpose related to the context of scripture and how we rehabilitate or offer salvation to those who fall away from or who are not in Christ. How do we become one as a community in the United Sates in relation to racial and cultural differences? The law is limited in securing this function; accord can be achieved only through Christ. Also, hear how the political differences that exist in our country are not wholly related to Christianity. Join us for this timely and thought-provoking conversation.
Rural/Small Town Ministry – August 28, 2016 - In our church body, across the nation, rural/small town ministry makes up over 50% of the congregations. Another reality is that over 50% of pastoral candidates receive their first call to the rural/small town context. And if they are going without any experience in the rural/small town community, that can be a problem or it can be a marvelous experience. But it is important to recognize that whether one is in the urban or rural context, the body of Christ is the body of Christ. We have the same law and the same gospel and the same call to proclaim the forgiveness of sins earned by Jesus. Guest Rev. Steven Misch, Mission & Ministry Facilitator-Texas District, along with hosts John Cain and David Schultz will explore the challenges, the myths, the realities and the joys of being on God's mission in the small town, the rural community and even in isolated areas.
Expanding the Kingdom – August 21, 2016 - The need for mission outreach and church planting is great. Mission outreach (and the church planting that results) begins, not in a command of God, but in the heart of God. It is an expression of the Gospel. Join our guest Rev. Jon Braunersreuther, Mission and Ministry Facilitator-Texas District, and hosts John Cain and David Schultz to hear inspiring and diverse stories of church planters. For resources and more information, please visit: http://txlcms.org/planting-resources/
Five Markers for a Flourishing Church – August 14, 2016 - Millions of new believers in Jesus. Thousands of new churches. Communities rallying around the Gospel. Innovative efforts to send workers into the harvest fields. A Gospel movement sweeping a nation. This isn't merely a description of what God is doing in the global south today. It is a picture of God's work in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The church was flourishing. Faith was being shared. New congregations were being started. People were receiving the hope of eternal life. Can it happen again? Join our guest author Michael Newman, Mission and Ministry Facilitator-Texas District, and hosts David Schultz and John Cain to learn if it's possible for the Christian church in the United States to become vibrant and relevant once more?
Rich toward self and rich toward God? – July 31, 2016 - Ours is a self-indulgent culture. It is deceptively easy to live, when you only please yourself. But, living only for yourself, to the exclusion of family, friends and God, is selfishness. Join Pastors Schultz and Cain as they discuss Jesus' teaching, recorded in the Bible at Luke 12:13-21.
The Real Healing that is Needed – July 24, 2016 - Healing---physically it's our body putting itself back to rights. We need medicine, sleep, and sometimes even a doctor's care to get better. But the deep down soul wounds take something more than regular medicine. Soul wounds take God's reaching into us with His forgiveness, His love and compassion, His grace-filled rest, and the medicine of His Word and His Son's sacrifice for us. Guest Dana Bahn was lost and had little hope of something better. Come and hear how Jesus took her from being sick and tired to being healed and whole. Come and hear the good news of Jesus - He can heal the wounds in your soul. Dave Schultz hosts.
When My Story for His Glory Becomes a Victory Lap – July 17, 2016 - Our guest this week is Casey Pace, founder of "My Story for His Glory". This organization shows the importance of telling your story to continue your healing journey. Casey is passionate about Jesus Christ and shares of His love and forgiveness which conquers all sin, anger and doubt in the lives of people healing from past sexual abuse. Casey is a public speaker and advocate for victims’ rights and shares her testimony whenever possible. Hear her story of struggle from past sexual abuse to complete and total freedom in Jesus. Join in this stimulating conversation with Host Dave Schultz.
From the Penitentiary to Field Ministry – July 10, 2016 - By the grace of God, the Darrington Extension of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has now graduated 66 inmates serving as Field Ministers on 13 prison units across the state of Texas. Some of the prison units have been surprised by the violent background (before and in prison) of the Field Ministers they have received, but have been even more surprised by the kind of men they have become. Field Ministers are doing more than just becoming workers in existing programs, they are finding new and creative ways to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and minister to the men on the units. Join our host, David Schultz, as he speaks with guest Dr. Ben Phillips, Director of the Darrington Extension, about the transition from inmate to Field Minister.
Understanding Life and Death Issues – July 3, 2016- How does a Christian approach life and death issues? With faith and prayer, of course! In a profound series of events, the Rev. Timothy Carter worked through the issues of life, death and faith when he was a prison guard, working on the capital punishment squad. His insights can benefit every believer, every Christian citizen. His book, "The Executioner's Redemption" is helping individuals and Sunday school classes map the intersection of faith, vocation and the 21st century experience. Join host John Cain for this conversation.
The Importance of Unity – June 26, 2016 - Jesus prayed for unity among Christians.... Unity with God and with each other (John 17). That Unity is urgent, so that the world will know the Father's love through Jesus. While accuracy in Christian teachings is important, so are Jesus' "Great Commission," mutual encouragement and collaboration. In a time when extremism is evident in the headlines, Christ's people must take Gospel care to remain in the world, but not of the world, balanced and evangelical sharers of the only Good News. Listen in as our guests, Sr. Pastor Bill Tucker and Executive Pastor Zach McIntosh of Concordia Lutheran, San Antonio, TX, discuss the belief and commitment the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has to collaboration in ministry.
Bringing Up Godly Children – June 19, 20106 - In observance of Father's Day, our host David Schultz will speak with Pastor David Bahn and his son, Matthew, on the challenges and joys of fatherhood. Most importantly, the discussion will focus on the responsibility fathers have to bring up godly children in today's world. Join us as we hear of creating strong bonds between fathers and children.
Impact of Prison Seminary Program in Other States – June 12, 2016 - Many of us are familiar with the seminary program being carried out very successfully at Darrington Maximum Security Prison in Rosharon, TX. Few of us, however, know what is happening in seminary work in other states. So to help us visualize this, Grove Norwood, Executive Director of the Heart of Texas Foundation, which helps to underwrite the continuing cost of the seminary education at Darrington, will be joining us. Grove will help us to see through his eyes the graduation of 33 inmates to serve as Field Ministers in the Texas prison system and what the program looks like in other states. Join hosts John Cain and Dave Schultz as they go to the "depths" of information with Grove.
From Street-Walking to Kendleton Farm Walking – June 5, 2016 - Located southwest of Houston, TX, Kendleton Farms once housed a small Christian college. Today, Kendleton Farms is Elijah Rising's multifaceted social enterprise community where women (and their children) who have survived sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, drug abuse, and violence can live, heal, and work for a time in order to reenter society with job skills and a viable income. Hosts John Cain and David Schultz will speak with Samantha Hernandez, Intervention Manager, and her husband about the many blessings God is providing at Kendleton Farms. www.elijahrising.org
Missionary Work in a New Culture & a New Century – May 29, 2016 - Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab joined the Texas District to serve as the mission and ministry facilitator of Area B in October of 2015. Before coming to the Texas District, he served the church in numerous immigrant missional positions. He also currently serves as a board member of Mission Nation Publishing. Yohannes' personal mission is "to know Christ and to use every opportunity to introduce Him to as many as it is possible." Join host John Cain as we get to know Yohannes and learn of the immigrant missionary movement of the 21st century and the role of the church in this movement. www.MissionNationPublishing.com
A Possible Grace Deficiency – May 22, 2016 - A church definition for GRACE is, God's Riches At Christ's Expense. In other words, the richness of God's mercy, forgiveness and hope becomes ours by faith in what Christ accomplished for us on the cross and the open grave. Or as Ephesians 2:8 states, "For by GRACE you have been saved...."or II Corinthians 12:9, "My GRACE is sufficient for you..." But is this grace being compromised as indifference or apathy? Is the grace we read about in the Bible here on Earth today? Maybe it's time to have an open discussion about grace. Join guest Rev. Ken Hennings, President of the Texas District-LCMS, along with Pastors John Cain and David Schultz as they explore "Is America experiencing a "grace deficiency" and if so, can the church be that far behind?"
The Pentecost Experience – May 15, 2016 - What is it about the Pentecost story in Acts chapter two that makes some Christians uncomfortable? Is it Luke's description of "tongues of fire" resting on the heads of the 120 cramped into the special Jerusalem room? Or is it the immediacy of each of the participants to "be filled with the Spirit and to begin to speak in another tongue as the Spirit enabled them"? The tendency even for some of us pastors is to ignore those sections of Scripture that might be a little unnerving for us to deal with. But it is in Scripture. Join Pastors John Cain and Dave Schultz for a critical, poignant and relevant discussion on this important Biblical message and experience.
Kairos Prison Ministry – May 8, 2016 - Join host David Schultz as he speaks with Rev. Timothy Fangmeier, an LCMS pastor, a conflict management specialist, and a Kairos Prison Ministry volunteer. Rev. Fangmeier has been associated with Kairos for 25 years. Kairos Prison Ministry serves nearly 500 prisons and communities in 35 states and 9 countries. The mission of Kairos is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. Learn how Kairos makes a difference in the prison, the prisoner, and in the heart of the once-reluctant volunteer.
The Paradox of Church and World – May 1, 2016 - In his new book, The Paradox of Church and World: Selected Writings of H. Richard Niebuhr, Dr. Jon Diefenthaler, adjunct faculty member at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, examines a church that can be truly "in" without becoming "of" today's world. In this book he not only addresses the concerns of Niebuhr's critics, but makes a case for him to be at the table where conversation is taking place concerning the best ways to engage people who have no religious affiliation (nones) or who have left the church (dones) in this part of our 21st century world. Join hosts, John Cain and Dave Schultz, as they speak with Dr. Diefenthaler on the contradictions between the church and the world.
The Journey from Prison Guard to Pastor – April 24, 2016 - Tim Carter, author of "The Executioner's Redemption" started working at the Texas State Penitentiary to make money for college. He never realized that he was signing away his life, his heart and his very self as this temporary job became a lengthy career that influenced him to become a product of his environment of brutal violence and routine executions. In the midst of the darkness of prison life, the light of God's Word broke through the shell he had built around his heart. After his retirement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice he entered Concordia Lutheran Seminary and is now an LCMS pastor, but his transformation from prison guard to pastor was a long, tumultuous journey. Join host Dave Schultz as we learn of God's grace shining brightly in Tim's walk through the valley of the shadow of death row.
Unloading Loaded Words – April 17, 2016 - No one wants to be part of a religion filled with old, hard, mean-sounding words like sin, hell, repent, submit, judgment, etc. The funny thing is that at the heart of each of these "loaded words" are some of the most beautiful, gracious, life-giving truths that words can convey. Unfortunately, these words have gotten so weighed down with social, cultural and doctrinal baggage that even practicing Christians are hard-pressed to embrace or explain them. By showing how and why these key faith terms have been misused, abused, and wholly misunderstood-both in the church and in the culture---we can "unload" them, revealing their original language and context, and re-introducing the great mercy, comfort and joy behind the teachings of Jesus. Join host John Cain as he speaks with Heather Davis and Leanne Luchinger, the authors of "Loaded Words".
How Jesus Transformed My Life to Conform to His – April 10, 2016 - Dana Bahn lives a modern-day resurrection story with many Biblical parallels. Her choices, which tore at the fabric of morality, left her condemned, alone and broken. Yet, she has a welcoming, forgiving, and healing God. It has not been easy, but through the powerful work of Jesus, she has been restored with confidence, guided to a loving husband, gifted with three beautiful daughters, learned the incredible forgiveness of God and given a platform to share her renewed life with many. Join Dana with host David Schultz to hear of her redemptive story.
Life Wins Freedom March – April 3, 2016 - Join Host David Schultz as he speaks with Juda Myers, Founder of Choices4Life. Choices4Life is the only organization specifically dedicated to meeting the needs of victims pregnant after rape and to restoring honor and dignity to women and children of rape conception. The first abortion law was passed May 8, 1966, and fifty years later that anniversary will fall on Mother's Day, 2016. Mother's Day is a perfect time to call attention to the real war on women and children of rape conception. The May 6, 2016, Freedom March (#LIFEWINS) will be about honoring life without exceptions. People who are 100% life supporters will march around the capital of Mississippi where it all began. The prejudice must stop. Hoping the nation will join us!
The Easter Gospel – March 27, 2016 - The one gift you best not return . . . . Jesus' Easter return to life is good news for His followers. At the same time, Jesus' Easter return to life strikes fear into His enemies. The reasons are the same: Jesus is stronger than death and the devil! Please join our hosts, Pastors John Cain and David Schultz, as they talk about why Easter matters to everyone.
Connecting the Community – March 20, 2016 - What would it look like if churches became the center of the community again? For a number of years, author and consultant Leann Luchinger was the Communications Director for a multinational corporation. Using this experience, she has now developed practical approaches for reconnecting with your neighbors and forming Christian communities. Jesus is already at work in our neighborhoods and He's invited us to join him on His mission. Listen in as host John Cain and Leann discuss this "Ministry of Presence.”
Lutheran World Relief – March 13, 2016 - Join our host David Schultz as he speaks with Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (Rt.), Lutheran World Relief's President and CEO. A former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Belarus, Speckhard has had a long and distinguished career in government and the private sector. During his travels throughout his career, he got a close up view of the suffering that poverty causes around the world. Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, Lutheran World Relief envisions a world in which each person, every community and all generations live in justice, dignity and peace. This vision certainly endeavors to end poverty and suffering in the remote areas that LWR serves. Join us as we learn more about LWR's disaster response, "Quilts and Kits" and sustainable development, which helps people end hunger and poverty for generations to come.
Loving the One – March 6, 2016 - LoveOne is an outreach and missions organization that has a heart to reach the least, the lost, and the forgotten throughout the world. We know that problems are everywhere. LoveOne endeavors to provide the only solution that brings transformation: Jesus. LoveOne knows that it is about Loving the One. Faith is at the core of humanity. We are creatures that were created for more than what society says is success. When people begin to walk in faith, their lives change. When people put their faith in things that aren't the One, they are lost. Join Host Pastor Dave Schultz as he speaks with Sean Rose of the efforts of LoveOne to reach out to the least, the lost and the forgotten of the world.
Addiction 101 – February 28, 2016 - Addiction is a brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. "At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas. Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions." Join host John Cain as he speaks with Rebecca Akers, Director of Spirit of Life Biblical Counselors, about finding hope from addiction by means of Biblical truths and God's healing counsel.
Religion in Prisons – February 21, 2016 - Dr. Byron Johnson, Director of Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and author of "More God Less Crime", will share his thoughts and findings regarding the effects of positive criminology. Positive criminology suggests restorative approaches - including those that foster social connectedness and support, service to others, spiritual experience, personal integrity, and identity change among the incarcerated. These approaches seek to develop active responsibility on the part of individuals who have been living a lifestyle of irresponsibility. From this perspective, correctional practices should be designed to promote virtue. Although examples of positive criminology are rare in our current system, one solid example has been provided by a program at Angola, the largest maximum security prison in the U.S. Join hosts Dave Schultz and John Cain as we learn more about this inspiring, faith-based approach to rehabilitating prisoners.
Have the 'Golden' Years Become Tarnished Gold? – February 14, 2016 - In a study coming out of Florida, it was stated that among our nation's senior population, only about 5% of those above 80 years of age are living in retirement facilities. The rest still live in their homes. Is that not a tribute to the medical community and good health programs? But who cares for the 5%? Doctors, RN's and caregivers who love the seniors as God's Word speaks about them. Proverbs 16:21 states, "The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness", and 20:29 states, "the beauty of old men is their gray head." Join guest Barb Peterson, RN, as we discuss caring for seniors. Hear her untangle the issue that is often stated, "I am old and no one listens to me anymore", and "What can I still offer?" She knows that the wise counsel of a senior is precious, and being available to be used by God in the golden years can well be the "icing on the cake". Host for the program will be Pastor Dave Schultz.
Living Through the Crisis of Ferguson, MO – February 7, 2015 - How do you live through a crisis like the people of Ferguson, MO, were forced to do in 2015? Strap a gun to your side and sleep with one eye open? Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson did something different. As community tensions ran high, he provided leadership by role modeling a combination of biblical values and principles of law enforcement. Laws and rules of order are incredibly important to follow, but the path to an emotional change can only be accomplished "when Christ is in someone's heart." Join former pastor Harold Hendrick of Bott Radio, St. Louis, as he discusses communicating "hope in hopeless situations". Dave Schultz hosts.
Kingdom Racing – January 31, 2016 - In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to ever compete in an Indianapolis 500 mile race. To date, Kingdom Racing has eight years of race performance and plans to compete in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this year. Kingdom Racing has a unique mission: To Deliver God's Word through Motorsports. Kingdom Racing does this by inviting families and individuals who have experienced brokenness in their lives to the races for an unforgettable VIP race experience. In addition, the ministry spreads God's Word at the track to race fans and spectators through Christian music and conversations about God. Join host John Cain as he speaks with George del Canto of Kingdom Racing about their goal to reach 1,000,000 men and women for Jesus Christ using IndyCar races as their platform.
Gearheads for God? – January 24, 2016 - What is a Gearhead for God? That is a good question. While some organizations are very defined and rigid, the Gearheads for God are definitely not! How often do we allow ourselves to be limited by how others define us? Often Christians let themselves be constrained by church stereotypes and not what Jesus created us to be. What happens then? Often it's frustration. The guys who make up the Gearheads for God are still asking "What is God expecting of us?" The indirect answer always is whatever helps lead others to Jesus. Join guests Pat Henney and Ken McKully with hosts John Cain and David Schultz to hear a good case study in how to bring together a fledgling, Christ-centered group of reluctant evangelists.
The Pro-Life Never-Ending Up Hill Battle – January 17, 2016 - Part A | Part B - Forty-three years and counting! Abortion has become ordinary in American society. Those who call for an end to the killing are perceived as radicals who seek to overturn a normal part of our culture. The marginalization of the pro-life cause confronts us with an unprecedented challenge. Where do we go from here? Please join us for an inspirational and welcome conversation with Dr. Lawrence White, Sr. Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, on this "Sanctity of Life" Sunday with Pastors John Cain and Dave Schultz as hosts. Tell your friends to join us as well.
Lutherans For Life - Y4Life – January 10, 2016 - In 2016, we find ourselves part of a culture that seems to value life less and less, based on personal preferences and increasingly arbitrary standards, rather than on its inherent, God-given worth. This is the culture that our youth are growing up in and this is the kind of worldview that they are facing in school, with their peers, and in their communities. Many students hesitate to speak up about their views on life---fearing they will come across as judgmental or "hateful." They see their friends in need and don't know what to say. Y4Life, the youth and young adult program at Lutherans For Life, equips students to share the Gospel through life issues. It helps them answer questions they have about life and gives them opportunity to share what they have learned, giving them a voice in the culture around them. Laura Davis, Director of Y4Life, along with host John Cain will encourage listeners to speak for life, motivated by the Gospel.
Giving It All to Jesus in 2016 –January 03, 2016 - Many people treat their lives like old cars. They throw paint over the rust and act like it was never there. The outside looks OK, but the inside is a mess. Time usually tells the real story as the rust eventually shows its damage. Total restoration is needed due to neglect. As we treat rust, let's get rid of all the damaging stuff that happened in 2015 and refuse to carry the junk forward into 2016. We can enter the new year with a frame up restoration by dropping that bag of rusted junk at the Jesus shop. No rust of the past and a total restored outlook for the new year. That is why we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Restorer, Christ. Join host David Schultz as he speaks with Sam Pearson of Just Man Ministry about giving it all to Jesus in 2016.
God Was a Genius in the Way He Made Me – December 27, 2015 - Melissa Hood, author of "Memoirs of an ADHD Mind" speaks of the wild roller coaster ride of what it is like for those who struggle with ADD/ADHD. Having lost 40 jobs in 15 years (due to the ADHD condition) Melissa's journey has been one of heartbreaking determination, endurance and resilience. She wants to prove to others like herself that they too can do anything if they have the right coping tools. Her faith has propelled her to defy scientific odds and why she hopes to educate society about the misinformed stigmas they have about the condition. John Cain hosts.
You Can't Have Me – December 20, 2015 - Join us as we speak with Victoria Hart Torres, author of the book "You Can't Have Me". Victoria shares her story of molestation, intimidation and physical violence at the hands of her father. Victoria, by God's grace, took the pain and hate growing inside her and gave it to her Heavenly Father, who healed her by giving her a forgiving heart and setting her free. Victoria now takes her life story not as something to be ashamed of, but as a gift from God that she can passionately share with others hurting from the same traumas. David Schultz hosts.
Man Turned in on Himself – December 13, 2015 - People recognize that we are living in times where anxiety, depression, addiction, escapism, isolation and loneliness are rampant. What they don't understand is how these are symptoms of a culture that has cut God out of the picture. We live in a world that no longer recognizes sin as the central flaw in the human condition. Without that understanding, the promises of the church have no meaning because people have no idea what they're being forgiven for or saved from. Join host David Schultz as he speaks with Heather Davis, author of the book "Man Turned in on Himself", about the nature of sin in our 21st century culture-particularly to young people.
Communication, Cooperation & Coordination in Ministry – December 6, 2015 - The economic downturn in Michigan in the mid-late 2000's was a huge "hit" to the state. But, as usual, and as promised, God takes all things and makes them work together for good. Although the state and the churches are still recovering from the "recession", this period of recovery has also allowed a time of discovery and realignment in how mission and ministry is being accomplished within the LCMS Michigan District. The district has outstanding Congregation Mission and Ministry Facilitators who are now working in geographic zones helping area congregations to look at harmonious and perhaps shared mission and ministry opportunities that they might accomplish together. Join host John Cain as he speaks with Michigan District President David Maier about making communication, cooperation, and coordination the hallmarks of God's people in mission and ministry.
God, Football, and Our Call into Ministry – November 29, 2015 - Jimmy Herndon, the football star from Baytown, TX, was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 NFL draft after playing at the University of Houston. Jimmy is now the Small Groups Pastor at Second Baptist Church in Baytown. All through this time, Jesus Christ was working in his life and challenging him to help others know Christ. Even before small group ministry was called small group ministry, Jimmy and his wife were buying couches for their home so 300 pound football players would be comfortable. Join Host Brian Runge and Jimmy as they talk about God, football and how God calls us into ministry. Any one of us today can use social media or our resources to share the Gospel with our favorite athletes! Let's take the challenge with Jimmy to use our couches and homes to help people come to know Jesus Christ.
Providing Relief Off the Field – November 22, 2015 - Scott Linebrink is best known for the relief he provided to starting pitchers in his 11 seasons in the Majors. He was a right-handed safety blanket who bridged the gap between the starting pitcher and the closer. So it's no big surprise to learn that he's now leading a relief mission off the field. Through his position with Water Mission International, Scott is now organizing relief efforts in Honduras and a refugee camp for 150,000 Burundi natives. Water Missions International doesn't just dig wells or filter existing sources; the organization builds water systems so robust that they're actually more like municipal infrastructure. WMI has provided 1,100 water systems since 2001. Join Host John Cain as he speaks with Scott, a World Class Reliever.
From Texas to Alaska – November 22, 2015 - Rev. Keith Aschenbeck is a missionary for Alaska Mission for Christ. The purpose of this ministry outreach is to facilitate a bold witness to Jesus Christ in every community in Alaska. Keith moved his family from Giddings, TX, to the Upper Tanana Valley surrounding the town of Tok, Alaska, last winter. He had been the Sr. Pastor of Immanuel-Giddings when God laid this missionary endeavor on his heart. Keith will talk about this ministry outreach to a largely Native American population with Host John Cain.
Touching the Lives of the Incarcerated - November 15, 2015 - Join our guest Mike Barber, former tight end for the Houston Oilers, who played ten incredible years of professional football. Mike now directs Mike Barber Ministries, touching the lives of both men and women incarcerated in Texas jails and prisons. The cycle of prison incarceration needs to be broken if we are going to see any type of positive change in our neighborhood, city, state, and nation. Inner city residents are caught in a web of hopelessness and too often turn to criminal activity. Eventually they are arrested and taken to county jail where they await trial. From there they either go to prison or back on the streets to break the law again. How can this problem be fixed? Join Mike and host David Schultz as they explore "intervention" possibilities and how new thinking can provide opportunity for hope and a new life.
The Big Leagues and Life in Christ – November 8, 2015 - Professional baseball player Scott Linebrink started as a walk-on for tryouts at Concordia University of Texas. Later he transferred to Southwest Texas State, and ultimately played professionally, pitching 12 seasons in the major leagues. Describing himself as "a small kid" and a "late bloomer," he marvels at what God has done in his life. Baseball went from being his "idol," to a platform God gave him to live life in true peace and contentment. Join host John Cain as he talks with Scott Linebrink about the big leagues and life in Christ.
Helping Inmates Become Godly Fathers – November 1, 2015 - This week on Engaging Truth, Tracy Baskin, former 1988 Olympic Team Member, now of King's Pavilion Ministries, will share his calling with Host David Schultz. Tracy chairs the Planning Committee of the "Day with Dad Camp", an offshoot of the Malachi Dads program. Malachi Dads is a weekly Study Group at Darrington Penitentiary, Rosharon, TX, for inmate fathers that meets for 2 hours a week for one year. The goal is to teach inmates how to grow into godly fathers, to equip them to spiritually train their children regardless of their circumstances, and to intentionally build a legacy of faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Hear from Tracy how the program also gives the inmates a new identity and a new heart change.
Being 1 in the 21 – October 25, 2015 - What does being a Christian in the 21st century look like? Are Christians in this century living in F.E.A.R.? How can we stop? What would the call then to R.E.F.O.R.M. look like for us today? Are churches upholding Christ as the focus? Join Host John Cain as he speaks with Sr. Pastor Chris Singer of Trinity-Klein Lutheran Church to understand mission and ministry in the culture and time of the 21st century.
Freedom March – October 11, 2015 - This week, Host David Schultz will speak with Juda Myers, Founder of Choices4Life. Choices4Life is dedicated to restoring honor and dignity to women and children of rape conception. Mothers and children of rape conception are raising their voices to be heard. The first abortion law was passed May 8, 1966, and fifty years later that anniversary will fall on Mother's Day, 2016. A jubilee year of restoration and Mother's Day is a perfect time to call attention to the real war on women and children of rape conception. The May 6, 2016, Freedom March (#LIFEWINS) will be about honoring life without exceptions. Mothers will be honored for saving the lives of their babies. And people who are 100% life supporters will march around the capital of Mississippi where it all began. The prejudice must stop. Hoping the nation will join us! Choices4life.org
Who Do You Trust? – October 4, 2015 - So who do you trust these days? Friends, clergy, corporations, church, spouses, family, Jesus? The Ashley Madison website offers the following advice: "Life is Short. Have an Affair". Over 41 million people, apparently, have signed up. Some clergy have even been implicated as people who have signed up at this site. What is going on with all this? The scores of people who are discovered having a private life that is very different than their public presentation of themselves raises considerable concern. Does everyone cheat? Does everyone have a private life that is different from their public persona? Who can we trust? Can we even trust ourselves? Join host John Cain as he speaks with Dr. Bruce M. Hartung, Professor Emeritus, Practical Theology, Concordia Seminary, on what the church and Jesus have to say about having authentic relationships.
Understanding Rural/Small Town Ministries – September 20, 2015 - It is commonly known that Texas has some of the most massive urban centers in the country with Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. But Texas also has more rural area than any other state in the lower 48. The Texas Department of Agriculture says the state has 247,500 farms and ranches totaling 130.4 million acres. We are an urban state to be sure, but we are also an agrarian state and culture. The number of people living in rural areas in 1970 was 53.6 million. In 2010 that number was 59.5 million. There has been a gain of almost 6 million people who live in rural and small town America. The proclamation of the Gospel is still called for as people who are populating these places are isolating themselves from the urban norms. Spend some time with guest Rev. Steve Misch, Mission & Ministry Facilitator, Texas District, LCMS, becoming acquainted with the common denominators between urban and rural ministries and the unique features of the rural/small town ministry. John Cain hosts.
Home, Home on the Range – September 13, 2015 - Pastor Dale Snyder, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wichita Falls, joins our host, David Schultz, on "Engaging Truth" this week. Pastor Snyder also serves as Vice President of Area A of the Texas District. Area A, which stretches from just west of Ft. Worth all the way to El Paso, and from the Panhandle to Big Bend, is perhaps best known for pump jacks, prairie dogs and prickly pear cactus. But this vast area, which makes up almost 50% of the land area in Texas, is also home to many unique ministries, and the churches and individual Christians in west Texas are meeting the challenges found in this corner of God's kingdom as they reach out with the love of Christ.
Reaching Out With the Gospel of Christ - September 6, 2015 - Pastor Mark Barz, Crown of Life Lutheran Church, San Antonio, joins our host, John Cain, on Engaging Truth this week. Pastor Barz also serves as 3rd Vice President of the Texas District serving Area C. Area C is the portion of Texas that extends from Austin, through San Antonio, all the way to the Rio Grande Valley. This area of the state is home to many immigrants, past and present. Hear how the churches in this area are sharing the message of independence and freedom found in Christ with these immigrants, and how many are finding a home within the church around the throne of the Lamb.
iNeighborhood of the Southeastern District-LCMS - August 30, 2015 - Join our host, David Schultz, in Engaging Truth's continuing series of interviewing the district presidents of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. This week our guest will be President John Denninger of the Southeastern District. The district's 212 churches and 90 schools are located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North and South Carolina. The SED office is located in Alexandria VA. Within the borders of the district live 32,225,000 people - more than 10% of the US population. If the 67,000 baptized members in these congregations will equip and deploy for ministry in their neighborhoods, the district believes it will have the greatest opportunity of reaching 32 million people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason iNeighborhood was created. Learn how through this education and training program, the Southeastern District hopes to have a presence in 500 more neighborhoods and raise up 6,000 lay people by 2021. In working together to connect others with Jesus, lives are transformed and God's kingdom grows.
Building the Kingdom - Locally and Globally – August 23, 2015 - Join us this week on Engaging Truth as host John Cain speaks with Rev. Jon Braunersreuther, Texas District Mission and Ministry Facilitator for the Houston area. There is an incredible and exciting movement in the body of Christ these days. God is using His church to move dramatically into the world with the heart of Jesus to "seek and save those who are lost." God's people are connecting and working together in order to reach out to the millions of people who do not know Jesus to be the Savior of all. Rev. Braunersreuther will update us of the efforts of the Texas District-LCMS to strengthen congregations to reach the lost, disciple the saved and care for people - locally and globally.
Learning to Witness – August 16, 2015 - Kay L. Meyer is the founder and president of Family Shield Ministries and host of "Family Shield", its weekly radio program heard on 52 stations in 27 states. The mission of the ministry is to educate and equip people to know Christ, grow in His Word, and strengthen individuals and their families for Christ. Kay is a popular speaker and author on family life, prayer, spiritual nurture, apologetics, and learning to witness. Kay has over thirty-five years of evangelism experience and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Missouri District LCMS Board of Directors. Join our host David Schultz as he speaks with Kay on how Christians can learn to witness in their daily life and share the Gospel message with others.
Dignity and Value for All Life – August 9, 2015 - Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a national support provider that unites people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest. Our guest this week on Engaging Truth is Rev. Jim Pressnell, Vice President of Religious Life and Church Relations for Bethesda. Jim leads the organization in its efforts to build inclusive faith communities that support people of all abilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Join host John Cain and Rev. Pressnell as we learn how God transforms what society considers "useless" into someone wonderfully useful and inspiring.
The Cultural Shifts of Recent Times and the Effects on the Church – August 2, 2015 - Our guest this week on Engaging Truth is Ralph Hobratschk, Sr. Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Friendswood, TX. Pastor Hobratschk also serves as LCMS Texas District 1st Vice-President. Host David Schultz will speak with Pastor Hobratschk and get his unique and knowledgeable views on the health of the church in the 21st century. How do we measure the health of our congregations? Do smaller congregations matter? What do recent cultural shifts mean for the future of the church? Join us for this timely and insightful conversation.
Montana District of the LCMS - July 26, 2015 - God gave Montana a Big Sky and a few Lutherans. The congregations are small and far apart. The Pastors of the district cover a lot of territory. But the Gospel is bigger than the state and His people are intent on sharing the Good News. The Montana District serves 68 congregations, 18 preschools and 7 elementary schools. Host John Cain will speak with Terry Forke, President of the Montana District, about the work God is doing in the Big Sky District of Montana.
LINC Expanding - July 19, 2015 - LINC Houston recruits, trains and networks new missionary leaders and pastors to reach the most unreached communities of Houston. Since it's inception, LINC has expanded to 10 cities in the USA, and is currently beginning new work in the San Francisco Bay Area and Milwaukee, WI. LINC Executive Director, Mark Junkans, will share stories of faith and transformation from the mission field of the city, and hopes to inspire all Christians to live out their calling to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations. Rev. David Schultz hosts.
The Mid-South District of the LCMS - July 12, 2015 - Join us in our continuing series of highlighting the districts of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Our guest this week will be Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, President of the Mid-South District. The Mid-South District comprises Arkansas, Tennessee and the southern counties of Kentucky. As an alliance of congregations and schools, this district provides leadership, resources, and encouragement for reaching the lost for Christ's kingdom and equipping the found for service in churches, communities, and in the world. The district's recent Tanzania mission trip reflects this dedication. The district has also adopted several resolutions to encourage young men to pursue church work. John Cain will host this informative interview.
Making God's Word Accessible to All - July 5, 2015 - The vision of Lutheran Bible Translators is God's Word for all languages. Lutheran Bible Translators reach out to the most marginalized people of the world - those who do not have access to understanding God's message to us in Scripture. Join Dr. Mike Rodewald, Executive Director of LBT, and host John Cain as they discuss the arduous task of translating Scripture that makes God's Word accessible to those who do not yet have it in their native language.
How to Love Fearlessly - Even When We Disagree - June 28, 2015 - In an age when we are as connected as we are contentious, an astounding number of religious, cultural, and political polarities do more to divide us than unite us. In fact, Christians are getting the reputation of being "against" just about everything. But is this the best way to bear witness to the love of God before an unbelieving world? Or does it simply serve to push others further and further away from the life-giving power of Jesus? Perhaps it is time to trade condemnation for compassion. Join our host David Schultz as he speaks with Andy Braner, author of No Fear in Love, as he challenges us to love others the way God loves us--unconditionally, brokenness and all--and to trust that God is truly in control.
Ambassadors of the Gospel-New England District-LCMS - June 21, 2015 - The mission of the New England District-LCMS is to encourage and assist its congregations in their ministry of Word and Sacrament to build up the body of Christ and to make disciples of all peoples. This district seeks to faithfully serve as Ambassadors of the Gospel to the people of New England, the United States, and the world. One such initiative to accomplish this goal is to engage pastors and congregations to adjust their ministries in order to focus more intentionally on reaching out into their communities to bring the un-churched into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Join host John Cain and District President Timothy Yeadon to learn more about the Gospel calling of this district.
Making the Great Commission Real in the Pacific Southwest District - June 14, 2015 - Rev. Dr. Larry Stoterau, President of the Pacific Southwest District, LCMS, will be with host David Schultz this week on Engaging Truth. This district is comprised of 310 congregations and 175 schools scattered across Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada with over 80 of the congregations worshipping in a non-English language. Immigrants from the Global South and Asia, many of whom bring their Christian faith to their new home, are celebrated and welcomed. The mission of the Pacific Southwest District is to effectively resource leaders, congregations and schools for transforming lives and making the Great Commission REAL! The district shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ by making the Word of God personally relevant and building relationships founded on love, care and forgiveness.
Jesus Transforms & Prepares Prisoners for Ministry – June 7, 2015 - What 33 men think about when their name is called and a graduation certificate is offered, is one thing. But when 33 men, many incarcerated for life, receive their Bachelor's Certificate for service to Jesus, that is altogether different. It means that they have completed the courses necessary to mentor/teach and proclaim the majesty of God incarnate in Jesus Christ to other prisoners in Texas prisons. It means that their leaders trust them to help bring the transforming power of Jesus' love and forgiveness into the lives of others. Seeing this brings tears of joy to their professors and peers. Join Ben Phillips, Director of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's undergraduate program at the Darrington Unit, and host Dave Schultz as they discuss and joy over what God has done in the hearts of His children, those experiencing a new "true" freedom in Christ that He alone provides.
Meet Rev. Dan P. Gilbert, President of the Northern Illinois District, LCMS - May 31, 2015 - The Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is comprised of 220-plus congregations, spanning the 24 counties in the northern one-third of Illinois. This district of believers in Jesus, commit themselves to work together, as the Holy Spirit leads, to establish new starts in and through congregations, which by God's grace result in new believers. President Dan P. Gilbert leads the district with a strategy of New Starts...New Believers. "While always acknowledging that it is God who makes new believers through the work of the Holy Spirit in Word and Sacraments, He has chosen to use us in this process. What a privilege!" Join President Gilbert as he speaks with Host John Cain on the Northern Illinois District's pursuit of new believers.
Recovering the Movement of the Gospel in the U.S. - May 24, 2015 - Statistics show that the organized church in the United States is losing steam with the new generation. What will happen to the church in the future? Is there a reason for hope? Join our guest, Rev. Michael Newman, Texas District Missions, as he discusses with host John Cain, the DNA of Gospel movements and the surprising key to reaching new generations with the Gospel. Could the answer be as simple as God's grace?
How Do You Make a Disciple? - May 17, 2015 - In the Great Commission, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations. In many parts of the world disciple making is exploding. But not in North America. As the old saying goes, "We are perfectly calibrated for the results we are currently getting." What are we doing in North America that is causing contraction while much of the rest of the world is seeing the rapid expansion of Christianity? Could it be our understanding or misunderstanding of what discipling is? Join Host John Cain as he explores with Greg Finke, Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14, three simple but important questions: What is a disciple? What does a disciple do? And how do you make a disciple? The way we answer these questions will lead us to either maintain status quo or begin to see the unleashing of the Church in North America. www.dwelling114.org
From the Land of Basketball, Corn And - May 10, 2015 - Rev. Daniel P. May, President of the Indiana District of the LCMS, will be the guest this week on Engaging Truth. The difficulties of ministry in Indiana, and other places across America, can only be overcome when our God "commands the light to shine out of darkness" to illumine hearts and lives darkened by sin. That light is the message of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. Rev. May will share with his audience how that precious light of grace, mercy and forgiveness continues to shine in the most unlikely places and how that light penetrates even fearful, despondent and anxious lives. Join Rev. May and host Dave Schultz as they explore mission and ministry in Indiana, the aging population of our church, and the need to raise up more young men to consider seminary education and training to become spiritual leaders in the world.
Enlisting Men to Combat Human Trafficking - May 03, 2015 - Join our Host, David Schultz, as he speaks with Ameer Omar from Elijah Rising, the non-profit group committed to ending human trafficking in the city of Houston. Ameer has a message from his heart for men to hear, especially since human trafficking is aimed at getting men's attention and their dollars. What must men know about themselves and this industry to be able to walk away from it? The discussion will center on how men can become part of the solution and grow into the disciples God intended them to be.
Easter Paradoxes - April 26, 2015 - Life from death? God cannot die or sin, yet "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin" (2 Cor. 5:21) so that Jesus' death on the cross would be your gateway to eternal life and forgiveness. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. These seemingly opposite but true items are known as paradoxes. At Easter, God's action to save us resulted in a number of paradoxes that cause us to marvel. Join David Schultz and John Cain for this lively discussion.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray - April 19, 2015 - The first and most critical component to kingdom building in the church militant is prayer. The disciples looked at Jesus after years of talking, after years of Jesus' modeling, after years of His miraculous events and requested, "Lord, teach us to pray." The role of prayer in the church is critical. The growth of the kingdom is a supernatural event calling for a supernatural turn of heart toward Jesus. The disciples recognized this reality and finally requested of Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." Is that our request? Join our guest Rev. Steven J. Misch, Texas District, LCMS, MMF, Area A, as he and host David Schultz discuss our prayer relationship with the Father.
Upbring - The New Lutheran Social Services of the South - April 12, 2015 - Dr. Kurt Senske, President and CEO of Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is our guest this week on Engaging Truth. LSS is a 134 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable children, families and communities throughout Texas through a strong network of programs and services. On April 2, LSS unveiled a bold new identity that reflects their faith-driven mission, stretches them in new ways and inspires partners to join. The result of a yearlong process, the brand modernization marks a key milestone in the agency's new business model and strategic plan. Join our hosts David Schultz and John Cain as we learn more about Upbring, the new LSS.
Equipping the World Church - April 5, 2015 - Christians around the globe need access to the Bible. Serious students of the Bible, however, may need more resources than just a translation into their own language. People travel from around the world to use the extensive library at Tyndale House, Cambridge, England, to study God's word in its original languages. Recently, ten church leaders traveled from Cuba to England to study Hebrew Old Testament manuscripts. Tyndale House is more than a research library, it is also a training facility and software source for readers and scholars alike (http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/). Join guests Dr. Peter Williams, Warden of Tyndale House, and Phillip Evans, Executive Director of the American Friends of Tyndale House, as they talk about their organization's mission of advancing understanding of the Bible with host John Cain.
Meet Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, President of the Minnesota South District, LCMS - March 29, 2015 - Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, President of the Minnesota South District of the LCMS is our guest this week on Engaging Truth. President Nadasdy is a former homiletics professor at Concordia Seminary St. Louis and has served as Third Vice President of the LCMS. The Minnesota South District takes in the Twin Cities and the southern third of the state of Minnesota. The district has the largest Hmong population in the U.S. as well as an increasing population of African immigrants. This growing ministry seeks unity around God's mission and endeavors "to develop leaders intentionally engaged in the mission of God". Join our Host David Schultz as we meet President Nadasdy.
Meet Rev. Paul Linnemann, President of the Northwest District, LCMS - March 22, 2015 - Our LCMS District President series continues this week with our guest Rev. Paul Linnemann of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. President Linnemann will discuss the unique ministry environment in the Pacific Northwest and the District's work among God's people, in particular, developing spiritual leaders. The Northwest District embraces the words of John 3:17 - For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Our host will be John Cain.
Meet Rev. Keith Kohlmeier, President of the Kansas District, LCMS - March 15, 2015 - In our continuing series of introducing our listeners to the District Presidents of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, our host, David Schultz, will be speaking with Kansas District President, Rev. Keith Kohlmeier. Rev. Kohlmeier served as a parish pastor for over 25 years in Iowa and Kansas, and for the last 12 years as President of the District. What are the primary mission opportunities in the Kansas District? What does the future seem to be for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod? And what must the Synod do to secure and train young men for the ministry? Learn how the Kansas District equips, encourages and empowers each congregation in its mission vision and Christ-care ministry.
The Prisoners' Heart for God's Word - March 08, 2015 - In the past, you've had the opportunity to hear from the Seniors of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Darrington program. These men are the trailblazers, and will be the very first class to graduate and deploy to Texas prisons as Field Ministers. But they are only the first wave in what will be a tidal wave of Bible-trained ministers living among prisoners in Texas. There is a class of Juniors coming behind like a powerful running-back advancing the ball through the hole in the defensive line made by a fullback. Join our hosts, David Schultz and John Cain, as we hear from three of those juniors. Their drive and determination will impress you, their heart for God's Word and His grace will inspire you.
Inspire Women Ministry & Conference - March 08, 2015 - In anticipation of the Inspire Women's 15th Annual Conference, founder Anita Carman will speak with host John Cain on the trauma and challenges that led her to start the Inspire Women ministry, and the motivation that stifles the pains of her past as she takes up the cross God asked her to carry. As Anita says, "Imagine a world where every woman wakes up knowing her purpose. More than that, she has a friend who believes in her and will invest in her potential. I commit my life to building a lasting ministry where any woman can be educated to know God's purpose and find empowerment to live it to her fullest." The Inspire Women's Conference, "Created to Worship", will be Friday, March 27, at First Methodist Church, 10570 Westpark Dr., from 6:30 - 10 pm. Speakers are Anita Carman, Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman and Chrystal Evans Hurst, daughter of Dr. Tony Evans. To receive a free ticket to the conference, call 713-521-3424 or register on line at www.inspirewomen.org, promo code "Engaging Truth".
Meet Rev. Greg Walton, President of the Florida/Georgia District, LCMS - March 01, 2015 - Rev. Greg Walton, President of the Florida/Georgia District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, joins our host, David Schultz, on "Engaging Truth". What mission opportunities are foremost in his mind for the Florida/Georgia District? What does the future hold for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod? And how do we engage and prepare young men for the ministry? Learn how this district serves, assists, and encourages congregations in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
The Transforming Grace of God - February 22, 2015 - Join our hosts David Schultz and John Cain as they welcome back Dr. Ben Phillips, Director of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's undergraduate program at the Darrington Unit, a maximum-security prison near Houston, TX. Dr. Phillips will share the exciting things he has seen God do along with the 187 students who are preparing to be field ministers in Texas prisons. Paul's testimony to Timothy certainly rings true here, "I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of [sinners], Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life." (1 Tim 1:16). You will be encouraged and inspired as you hear how God is transforming the students and through their ministry of His Word, the Darrington Unit.
Prisoners for Christ - February 8, 2015 - In this broadcast you have the opportunity to hear from 3 of the last people you would have ever expected that God would, or even could, use. They don't occupy the commanding heights of business, government, or culture. These men wouldn't be called famous, though infamous might capture it in the communities from which they came. They are prisoners in the Darrington Unit, a maximum security prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. They are three among the more than 155,000 adults incarcerated in one of the largest prison systems in the world. But more than prisoners, they are three who have found the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. They are three among 186 students in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Darrington Extension, a privately-funded undergraduate program offering a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies. These men are pursuing more than an education, more than a diploma. They are men who have heard God's call for those who will take the life-transforming Word of God to those who most desperately need it. In May 2015 they will begin their service as Field Ministers to the worst of the worst of Texas. Join us and be encouraged as our hosts David Schultz and John Cain bring you the voices and hearts of these prisoners for Christ.
Challenging Questions for President Ken Hennings - January 25, 2015 - Ken Hennings, President of the Texas District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will be the first of 35 district presidents to be our guest on "Engaging Truth". Considering the entrance in 10 years of a million more children from other places in the world to Texas, of what significance is this in our missional activity for the future? The three questions we will address to President Hennings are the following: 1) What mission opportunities must we consider due to the expanding population of Texas? 2) In light of the aging population in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, what does the future look like for the church in the next 15-20 years? 3) The seminary classes that prepare young men for full-time ministry are very small. How must we work to provide the church with pastors for the future? Join our guest and host Dave Schultz for a lively discussion on these questions.
Is it too Late to Stop Abortion? Where Do We Go From Here? - January 18, 2015 Part II - To commemorate Sanctity for Life Sunday, our hosts, Pastors John Cain and David Schultz will be speaking with Pastor Larry White of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, TX. Has abortion and the trivialization of human sexuality from which it comes become an irreversible part of American society? After 42 years, is it too late? At this point it would take a miracle and only Christ can work miracles! It has always been within the power of Christians to stop abortion. But we have chosen to allow the killing to continue. We have chosen not to be involved. We have chosen not to vote. We have chosen not to be faithful to Christ. That's why the blood of the innocents is on our hands. Join us as we contemplate the costs of our actions.
Is it too Late to Stop Abortion? How Did We Get Here? - January 18, 2015 Part I - To commemorate Sanctity for Life Sunday, our hosts, Pastors John Cain and David Schultz will be speaking with Pastor Larry White of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, TX. Has abortion and the trivialization of human sexuality from which it comes become an irreversible part of American society? After 42 years, is it too late? At this point it would take a miracle and only Christ can work miracles! It has always been within the power of Christians to stop abortion. But we have chosen to allow the killing to continue. We have chosen not to be involved. We have chosen not to vote. We have chosen not to be faithful to Christ. That's why the blood of the innocents is on our hands. Join us as we contemplate the costs of our actions.
Epiphany - So Who is This Jesus, Really, and Why Should I Care? - January 11, 2015 - Just when everyone else is putting the Christmas lights away, God "lights up the world" with the identity of Jesus. What is Epiphany all about as a season of the church year? How does the word of Isaiah the prophet relate to our world today and to the person of Jesus the Messiah? Join our Host John Cain as he speaks with Andrew Bartelt, Theology Professor at Concordia Seminary, of how the holy history of Jesus fulfilled is really the history and story of all people, all nations, for all time.
Crossing the Threshold into 2015 - January 4, 2015 - What lies ahead for us in broadcast ministry, since nothing but God's Word is "constant" and change is imminent? Kind of a "moving target", wouldn't you agree? But since we have a message that never changes and a Savior who remains "constant" throughout eternity, we have nothing but to forge ahead to places we may never see, with a message that alone can transform lives. Who could have known what I'm about to share? In 2010, we had an interview with a man named Grove Norwood, who had just been appointed Executive Director of The Heart of Texas Foundation. This is what transpired following that interview. That single interview developed into a body of follow-up-interviews, a live remote broadcast fundraiser, a series of ongoing audio/video prison seminary interviews at the new Darrington Prison Seminary and at the Angola, Louisiana, Prison Seminary with both the Warden Burl Cain and Seminary President Dr. John Robson. Besides that, we assembled an Area "D" Texas District LCMS Prison and Jail Conference and have been working toward helping to facilitate LCMS church sponsored prison seminaries across America. These broadcasts and so many others, help ELM promote socially beneficial projects, which are quantifiable, and also illustrates the power of its programming and the impact it can have on communities. Join hosts John Cain and Dave Schultz as they explore the power of media, not only in America but in those countries where the Gospel is not being heard. Come join us in a great conversation with our guests.