Tonight on the Write Stuff — Franklin on Faith: The Definitive Guide to the Religion of the First American by Bill Fortenberry

benfranklinKnown to historians as “the First American,” Benjamin Franklin is without a doubt the most accessible of America’s founding fathers. His writings have inspired millions of Americans, and even now, more than 200 years after his death, his wit and humor still brighten lives all across the world. But what was this great man’s view on faith? Was he really a Deist as so many historians have proposed? Was he a humanist like so many of his French friends? Is there any possibility that he could have been a Christian?

In this unique volume, Bill Fortenberry has collected everything that Franklin wrote about his faith. From Franklin’s admission that he became a Deist at the age of fifteen, to his letter to Ezra Stiles 69 years later, Fortenberry catalogues exactly how Franklin’s religious views progressed throughout his life and gives us a glimpse of a side of Franklin that few Americans have ever seen.

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billfortenberryBill Fortenberry is a native of Birmingham, AL where he currently resides with his wife and young son. He has been debating and writing in defense of the Christian faith for more than 20 years, and his articles have been featured in publications around the globe. Many of his articles are available on his website, IncreasingLearning.com.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Bound by Seduction, Redeemed by Grace with Stacey Louiso

seductionWhat does it mean to be redeemed by grace? In her own words, Stacey Louiso tells her story of her remarkable journey:

Shame. Unbeknownst to me, shame played a huge part in my life. I carried it, internally, from childhood into adulthood. Accompanying shame were some dirty secrets that wreaked havoc on my life, leading me down many wrong paths, until one day I found myself fully broken. Some might perceive this as a bad thing-being broken-however, what transpired in the aftermath sent me down the right path… THE path to: Understanding, deep wisdom and most importantly, breaking free of the harlot spirit that controlled the very fiber of my being since birth. Jesus found me in troubled waters and forgave my transgressions. He healed my soul while breathing new life into this woman-once bound by seduction, now redeemed by Grace!

Join me for this transformative episode as I talk with author Stacey Louiso on her journey from bondage to freedom. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11185843.


staceyStacey Louiso is a Christian author of non-fiction books, short stories and poetry. She blogs at writingdownlife.com

Biblical Justice vs. Social Justice — The Parker J Cole Show

Social justice. Biblical justice. Aren’t they essentially the same thing? After all, don’t we all want what is right to be done to the least of these. Aren’t Christians the very first to pick up the banner of justice and help the downtrodden, the abused, the marginalized? Isn’t social justice the very core of biblical justice?

What if I were to tell you that by the end of this two part series, you’ll be able to answer these questions and more. Joining me in this discussion is Dr. Cal Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance. The Cornwall Alliance is a network of theologians, scientists, economists, and other scholars and leaders work together to promote, primarily through education, three things simultaneously: Biblical earth stewardship, or “godly dominion”, economic development for the world’s poor; and the proclamation and defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You can listen in at dialing our new number 929-477-1965. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11085789

Struck by Lightning Twice — The Parker J Cole Show

Getting struck by lightning in a real sense can alter your whole outlook on life. Getting struck twice, well, it can definitely change your aspect on the world and your place in it. However, I would say, many of us have been struck by lightning more than one time. 

According to those who know such things, your odds of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime are 1 in 9 million, which is still a higher chance than winning the Powerball.

When tragedy strikes in our lives, it’s a lot like getting struck by lightning. And questions of ‘why’ fall from our hearts like a torrential rainfall. How do we deal with it?

Join me for my discussion with author Walker James and his book, “What Does God Want?” You can listen in at 929-477-1965. Or, click on the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pjcmedia2/2018/11/17/struck-by-lightning-twice–the-parker-j-cole-show.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Author Prayercast

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1 Peter 3: 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.

I had reached out to an author of friend of mine earlier last week. I wanted to gift her a book and needed her email address. After a quick banter back and forth, I asked her how she was doing. She said, “I’m getting ready for my son’s chemo treatment. It starts today.”

She is just one of the many authors in the past week seeking answers from the Lord. She is looking for a miracle. Another author friend is looking for a house so she can live without having serious detriment to her health. As I posted informaton about this show, more and more authors began to ask for prayer requests. Not just about writing. Health, finances, ministry, relationships, community, and so much more. My mother quotes a saying my old pastor used to say: “Prayer is the order of the day.” As child, I didn’t understand what it meant but as I type these words I get it.

My author friends and colleagues are hurting in so many ways. In this special episode of the Write Stuff, we are going to focus on your prayers and we will be praying for you. You can call in your prayer request at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11049169.

Rise of the Digital Guru — The Parker J. Cole Show

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Millions of us have smart phones are loaded with applications to do a host of things to make our lives easier. Some would say that we have a million apps to waste time. From fitness apps to tracking fertility, to corporate and church apps for various needs, it’s safe to say we’re plugged in.

Along with those apps are apps for guided visualizations, finding centeredness, manifestations, and other New Age philosophical programs we can access with the swipe of a finger. As the new wave of New Age philosophy touches the masses yet again, I’m pleased to bring me with one of the warriors of Christ who uses her ministry to thwart the lies of the gurus of the past and now the digital gurus of our present.

In a post-truth society, truth doesn’t have a big of a factor as much as wanting to feel good regardless of the decisions I make. Indeed, if we are the gods of our fate, then it’s a matter of balancing the act of making sure I feel good about whatever I decide to do. I suspect that this is one of the contributing causes to the new wave of New Age thought along with a general sense of confusion as people try to find an anchor to hold onto in a frothing sea of calamity.

Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers for the New Age returns to talk about the rise of the digital guru and other new age thought. You can call in at our new number 929-477-1965, and press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11034969.