A Tribute to Ravi Zacharias–The Parker J Cole Show

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When I heard that Ravi Zacharias had passed away yesterday, I cried. Though the man never knew me, though we never had a chance to say hello, he left an impact in my life. Over ten years ago, I entered the world of apologetics. The first book I read by him was called “Jesus Among Other Gods”. From that moment on, I devoured every word he had to say. He tackled the big questions of life with an intelligence and sensitivity that anyone of us could learn from. The written word was his tool. Through his ministry RZIM, he traveled the world with the intent to share the impact of Jesus on his life with everyone.

Tonight, we give tribute to an wonderful apologist, and servant of God. My guest co-host is Melissa Pellew. Melissa Pellew is a full-time missionary and community apologist with Ratio Christi serving as Co-Chapter Director, with her husband Devin, at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where they are equipping college students to defend the Christian Faith as well as engaging unbelieving and skeptical students. She has been involved in pro-life activism since 2006 in various capacities from sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics, mentoring expectant mothers and fathers, speaking on pro-life apologetics and conducting trainings at churches, conferences, youth groups and the college campus. On their internet podcast, “Theology Matters with The Pellews” on BlogTalk Radio, Melissa and Devin discuss and host debates on a wide number of Christian Apologetics and biblical worldview issues, including abortion and sexual ethics.

Join us as we give tribute to Ravi Zacharias on May 20th at 7 pm Eastern time. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes and iHeartreadio. Add PJC Media to your Spotify library, or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11740498.

God’s Sense of Humor — The Parker J Cole Show

Everyone on the planet has something to say about God. His love, foremost. His power, glory, honor, justice, holiness, and many, many, many more things. He is our Creator, our Redeemer. The Giver of Life and the great Judge.

But how often do we talk about God’s sense of humor? How, despite our mix-ups, He gives us a second chance. The biblical people in the Bible that we tend to the deify aren’t really all that different from us. How He takes a situation, flips it, and has us shaking our head.

Join me as I chat with my returning guest co-host David Waddell. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes and iHeartreadio. Add PJC Media to your Spotify library, or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11720972.

Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret — The Parker J Cole Show

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Many of us attend church to learn about God, to learn about ourselves, and to connect with God and others. Along with that is a general belief that the church is spiritually safe. After all, the best source of knowledge about God comes from His self-revelation, which is contained in His inspired, inerrant word: the Bible. We rely on church leaders to interpret the Bible, to carefully teach and guide the church family while keeping false teaching on the other side of the doors. But like a virus on a physical level, false teaching can operate on a spiritual level. A church leader may be introduced to new concept or spiritual tool by what is believed to be a reliable source. It may be embraced as a path to a better understanding of God and self. Even with the best intentions and efforts of spiritual leaders, they become spiritually infected and pass their infection to their flock. In Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret, we explore the spiritual infection of those who have embraced Richard Rohr and the Enneagram he has delivered into the church through his disciples.

The claims for the Enneagram are simple. Supposedly it is an ancient tool used by some of the Early Church Fathers. It is claimed to be the “face of God” and each Enneagram number is an individual spiritual path to deeper spiritual understanding and fuller self-awareness. But what if this seemingly harmless tool is in fact one of the largest deceptions perpetrated upon the Christian church in recent history?
You can join in the conversation today, April 4th at 2 pm Eastern time by calling in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Add PJC Media to your library on Spotify. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11708122.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Sheila Anthony Shaw Story

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More than fifty-five doctors and specialists either misdiagnosed her, or didn’t know how to help her. You’ll want to hang on when you read this one.

Sheila Anthony-Shaw experiences: an unceremonious year as a California beauty queen; being slighted by the love of her life days after losing their unborn child; a heartless doctor who rather remove her reproduction organs than address her ruptured appendix, and driving alone across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge without being able to use the gas, or brake pedals in her car.

How she overcame these events—and others—will echo down through the ages.

Through her high points and low points, at no point was God not there. You’ll laugh, cry, and gasp. But you’ll also be inspired beyond measure.

Join me as I talk about overcoming life adversities and difficulties with a woman who has experienced them first hand, Sheila Anthony Shaw. Join in the conversation at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11508755.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Falling Shadows with Joan Lightning

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Her powers could doom her world.

Possessing all seven Gifts of magic, Crystu is destined to be one of the leaders of her people, the Guardians of the planet of Reyth.

She’s twenty-one, powerful, and her people’s ancient enemy makes an astounding proposal –
The Shadowbringer, a survivor of the war three millennia ago, offers godhood if she will mother a new race of magic users for him. Their children will be strong enough to free him from his long imprisonment, and, together, they will conquer the world.

His followers, gifted with portions of his power, are prepared to destroy everyone and everything Crystu holds dear to persuade her to accept his offer.

The Guardians have been training for generations to prepare for the day when the Shadowbringer begins a new War of Magic and that day has arrived.

But where will he strike first?
Join me for this wonderful discussion with author Joan Lightning and her series, the Guardians of Reyth. Listen in at 646-668-8485. Follow us on iTunes. Download on Stitcher. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11489671.

 

The Knight’s Chivalrous Duty to Rescue the Damsel by Parker J Cole for the Grace and Faith 4 U Blog

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When one hears the word ‘knight’, the image that comes to mind is of a medieval soldier adorned in armor, riding upon a horse, and ablaze in honor and glory. Our stalwart hero swears fealty and loyalty to a ruler, or a king, and promises to protect the interests of his lord. Along with this element of bravery and loyalty, there is the romantic attached to our knight. On bended knee, before a lady of prestige, he promises to defend her honor, be true to her, and declare his everlasting love.

First and foremost, I believe it should be noted that the knight is a warrior. A man trained to fight to guard those under his protection. Whether his lord, his lady, his family, or his property, the knight is aware that there are enemy forces out there who would try to destroy those things he holds dear. A knight is on constant alert.

In many cultures around the world, various myths, stories, and legends focus on a warrior of some sort. Perhaps not a knight, but the son of a king, the wise son of a peasant, a neglected son of a marriage, an orphan boy left to defend for himself, etc. Yet, this idea of a warrior coming to the rescue is one is played countless times.

Why is that?

In order to expand on that we’d have to go back to Our Parents, when they walked with God in paradise. God our King, Adam, his son, the “Prince” and Eve, the “Princess”. You’ll notice that God the King doesn’t have a Queen. I will devote an entire blog post to this aspect at a later date.

Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Here, Our Parents are given a kingdom to rule over. A gem in this kingdom is the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2, which goes into further detail of our birth: it states: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

When I read this, there’s no getting around (at least to me) that protection and guardian-ship was given to Adam. I know some of my brothers and sisters don’t take the book of Genesis as a literal account but I believe we can take God at His word. At any rate, this shows that Adam, the Prince was given a directive to protect the Kingdom his Father gave him. Is this limited to just Adam? I’m not sure. People get into such an uproar when you say ‘a man should protect his own’ but I wonder if maybe that’s just the way God had intended. I mean, women are called to guardian-ship, too. Perhaps, the greater part of the duty fell on Adam.

Fast forward: an enemy had infiltrated the kingdom. It goes after the thing that is close to the Prince’s heart – the Princess. The Princess is wooed by the enemy with soft words. She goes to the Prince. Here is where the Prince should have taken up his duty to protect the kingdom given to him, his lady his Father blessed him with.

Adam utterly fails. Not only does he let the enemy seduce his lady but he disregarded his Father’s commands and did that which he should not.

God our King, is disappointed. A curse destroys the kingdom in ways that have long-lasting repercussions. The Prince failed to protect his inheritance. There is a chasm between the King and His Children.

And yet, God the King knows that the Children have to be rescued.

A knight is sent by the King. This knight, as I said before, is Christ Jesus.  Like Adam, he is given a directive by the King—rescue the children. Infiltrate the kingdom that the enemy took over. Destroy the enemy. Bring my Children back to me so we may once again live in harmony.

If you think about it, the Knight is compelled by the King and his compassion for the Children who are in discord to do fulfill his duty. If you hear someone cry for help, do you ignore them? Do you say, “Well, they’re going to have to figure it out for themselves?”

If someone cries out for help, shouldn’t we at least see if we can be assistance? Isn’t it our duty?

The Knight battles and is victorious. He did what the Prince did not do—obey the command of the King and provide a bridge that leads back to the King. Yet, though the Knight has defeated the enemy, the Children, represented as the damsel in distress in my last post, have to decide if rescue is what they really want.

The Origin of the Enneagram — The Parker J Cole Show

What is your number, the Enneagram asks. What is the Enneagram, you may ask back. An increasingly popular tool of personality analysis, the Enneagram is a diagram depicting numbers one through nine, with lines connecting each number to two other numbers. The Enneagram purports to lead a person to not only self-understanding, but to an integration of all aspects of the self and, ultimately, to an awakening to the true Self. In attempts to sanitize the Enneagram into a Christian tool for personality assessment as well as a tool for spiritual growth, some have asserted a possible Christian origin or influence for the Enneagram.

But is this true? Find out as I chat with our returning guest co-host and contributor, Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answer for the New Age as she leads the fight in bringing awareness to the New Age subtleties that creep into the Church. You can listen in at 929-477-1965 and  press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11340235.

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.

Listen in at 646-668-8485. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11206045.


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.

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