Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with international speaker and spoken word poet David Bowden about his wonderful new book When God Isn't There: Why God Is Farther than You Think but Closer than You Dare Imagine (Thomas Nelson, 2016).
About the Book: Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me?
David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with God’s apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bible’s depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus.
A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling God’s absence and a wake-up call to those who take God’s presence for granted, When God Isn’t There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again.
About the Author: David Bowden is an international speaker and performer known best for his craft of spoken word poetry. He has performed his poems all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, and his videos have attracted millions of views online. David and his wife, Meagan, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with inspirational speaker, comedian, and renowned presidential impersonator John Morgan about his helpful new book War on Fear: What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?.
About the Book: Imagine the possibilities of a life without fear! What will you do? Where will you go? How will your life change as you go from living with fear to thriving full of courage? Rise up to cower no longer and embrace the adventure you were created for.
War on Fear equips you step by step and weapon by weapon to defeat fear. Author John Morgan shares his struggles with fear and how he decided to get angry and fight back. With guidance, laughter and courage Morgan invites you to join him in the battle.
Make the decision today to win the war on fear.
About the Author: John Morgan was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He and, his wife of 29 years, Kathy, still reside in sunny Orlando with their four sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three exciting grandkids. He is known for his comedic performances as presidential impersonator of President George W. Bush.
Discovered at a "Bush For President" rally in 2000, Morgan went from selling appliances to performing at the President's Inaugural. By 2007, John was bringing his big- time comedic impersonation to arenas all across America, appearing live before tens of thousands on Sean Hannity's "Freedom Concerts" and before hundreds of thousands on "The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular," where he amazed audiences with his guitar playing and singing.
John's inspiring journey is chronicled in his first book My Life as a Bush…and My Heart for Imitating Jesus, with forward by Governor Mike Huckabee, filled with laugh-out-loud stories, audacious encounters, and spiritual insights.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I sit down with Scott Sauls to explore some of the ideas found in his spectacular new book Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).
About the Book: Is real friendship too risky?
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.
Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christ’s love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends.
Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls.
Yes, it’s true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.
Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
About the Author: In March 2012, Scott began serving as the Senior Minister of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, Scott was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. He has also planted churches in Kansas City and St. Louis, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students.
Formative experiences have included being an athlete, living in a global city, and suffering through a season of anxiety and depression. Influential voices in Scott’s life include Tim Keller, CS Lewis, Leslie Newbigin, Soong Chan Rah, Jonathan Edwards, Johnny Cash, Joni Eareckson Tada, Miroslav Volf, Paul Tripp, Ann Voskamp, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marva Dawn, and NT Wright. In his free time you might find Scott relaxing with people or a book, strumming his Gibson J-45, hiking, eating Edley’s BBQ, enjoying live music, or cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and North Carolina Tar Heels.
Scott has authored two books: Jesus Outside the Lines and Befriend.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Sommer Floyd returns to the show today to share about her new album Ray of Light.
About Sommer Floyd: Emerging recording artist SommerFloyd has unveiled her highly anticipated debut CD, Ray of Light. The new CD, which was produced by Multi-Dove Award winner Steven V. Taylor (Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Veggie Tales) and recorded at the legendary Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, released to retail Friday, November 11, 2016, through SommerFloyd Music.
A joyful amalgamation of sparkling Pop/Rock, New Country and Contemporary Worship, Floyd's inaugural release has drawn comparisons to artists like Kari Jobe, Mia Fieldes, Laura Story and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry. Fan favorites include the celebratory "Children of God," the fun and encouraging Pop-Country anthem, "Drop and Run," and the gently meandering confessional ballad, "I Need You."
Floyd allows her natural effervescence to shine through on the exuberant "Ray of Light," a song she says was inspired by a lazy summer afternoon spent in the company of her young daughter, Heidi. "We were sitting outside looking up at the sun," she recalls. "I realized, that's how we are supposed to be as believers. We were meant to shine as a ray of light, to illuminate the dark places."
Floyd's love of the great outdoors served as inspiration for a number of other songs on the project, including the upbeat anthem, "Let It Rain," the gently rocking, "Lighthouse," and the slow-burning "Live Like Jesus." She unveils her vulnerable heart in the lovely, yet achingly poignant, "Stronger," a song she wrote for a friend battling leukemia. "I had just gotten off the phone with her husband," she muses.
"She had gone to the emergency room, thinking it was just allergies. I cried out to God, wondering why bad things happen to good people. I still don't have the answers to that question, but I know that the love of God is sufficient for all our needs. And when life gets harder, God makes us stronger. He has destined us to overcome, even when it doesn't look like it from the world's perspective."
Her peace-evoking Contemporary Worship hymn, "How You Love Me," could easily become a staple in church services across the country with its lovely chorus: "You are worthy, worthy/ I fall down at Your feet crying holy, holy/ Your love is all I need and Your beauty takes my breath away from me."
Speaking of hymns that are church staples, Floyd delivers her own unique take on the beloved classic, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," which is the only song on the project that she didn't write. "The words to this hymn are so powerful that I wanted to include it on the album," she explains.
If you look up "All American Girl" in the dictionary, chances are the definition will be accompanied by a picture of Sommer Floyd. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Floyd was an honor roll student, gifted athlete, beauty queen, and genuinely nice person. Voted "Class Favorite" and "Most Talented" by her high school classmates, Floyd was the quintessential cheerleader, earning four individual high school All American designations and three All Star Team National Championships. Attending college on a cheerleading scholarship, Floyd was designated a college All American as a freshman, an almost unheard of accomplishment. She ran on the varsity track team, played tennis, showed livestock, participated in rodeos and earned her Deep Sea Diving certification.
And she sings. And writes songs.
While Sommer certainly has all the credentials for The All American Girl, she is also 100 percent human. She is the first to admit she has made her share of mistakes. Those poor choices produced a deep level of brokenness, which compelled Sommer to dig deep into God's faithfulness, and reconnect with the God of her youth. The more connected the young woman became with God, the more songs began to flow from her pen.
"Putting my brokenness on paper helped to get me through the hard times," Sommer says, "and the lyrics started to turn into worship."
Her experience of brokenness and restoration resonated strongly throughout her community, opening doors for her to share her music and lead worship at churches and charity events throughout the Texas Hill Country, where she lives with her daughter, Heidi.
Sommer's fetching vocals, ear-pleasing melodies and spiritually mature lyrics caught the ear of her producer, Steven V. Taylor, and she soon found herself in Franklin, Tennessee with some of Nashville's finest musicians, recording her debut CD at the legendary Dark Horse Studios.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Terri Roberts. She shares about “the happening,” how a mother comes to terms with an experience like this, the amazing power of forgiveness, and the unexpected spheres of ministry God has opened to her over the past decade.
About the Book: After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?
On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.
But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.
About Terri Roberts: Terri Roberts travels the United States and the world speaking about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, forgiveness, and hope. She has been interviewed by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Terri is a mother of four sons and a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
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Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today Dr. Timothy Dailey returns to the show to discuss his new book Apocalypse Rising: Chaos in the Middle East, the Fall of the West, and Other Signs of the End Times.
About the Book: In the Middle East, one Christian is killed every five minutes. In the West, riots and moral relativism are corroding the hearts of nations. Across the globe, evil is ruling through violence, genocide, cruelty and destruction.
Does this reign of wickedness mean the end times are upon us?
Jesus warned His disciples that "fearful events" would cause unprecedented devastation at the end of days. In this provocative, page-turning work, bestselling author Dr. Timothy Dailey warns that the end is closer than we think. After decades of researching biblical prophecy, Dr. Dailey connects the dots between history, archaeological findings, firsthand accounts and Scripture, revealing compelling evidence that current events could be the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, including:
Yet under the shadow of the apocalypse, there is hope that the ultimate calamity can be averted through spiritual revival and a return to biblical faith. It's time for us to read the real signs and take a stand.
About Timothy Dailey: Dr. Timothy Dailey is a Christian scholar and bestselling author whose books have sold more than 300,000 copies. He holds an M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. Dr. Dailey has senior-level research and writing experience with major Christian ministries, including working in the public policy arena in Washington, D.C., as well as writing and editing commentaries for a nationally syndicated radio program. He has taught on the college level both at home and abroad, and his writings draw upon insights gained through a decade of overseas cross-cultural ministry. Dr. Dailey and his wife, Rebekka, have five children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Art Ayris, CEO of Kingstone Comics about The Kingstone Bible, one of the largest graphic novels ever created.
About The Kingstone Bible: The Kingstone Bible Trilogy is the most complete graphic adaptation of the Bible ever done. It covers all 66 books of the Bible, is over 2000 pages and is comprised of over 10,000 art panels.
About Art Ayris: Art Ayris is the founder, creative director and CEO of Kingstone Comics, the world’s largest producer of Christian comics and graphic novels. Kingstone Comics is a division of Kingstone, a central-Florida based entertainment company producing inspirational, historical and adventure media including graphic novels, comics, films, animation, books and screen plays of biblical content, biographies, historical fiction, action-adventure and science fiction. After years of searching for engaging resources to connect youth and children to the Bible, Ayris founded Kingstone in 2005 with the vision to provide exciting and engaging comics, graphic novels, animation, films and cutting-edge entertainment to unite the Scriptures with the hearts of children, teens and adults.
In addition to his work with Kingstone, Ayris also serves as the Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Florida, recognized worldwide for its innovative community outreach programs including residential drug rehabilitation centers, crisis pregnancy center, feeding center, family homeless shelter, occupational counseling and placement, health clinic and a foster care facility. Art and his wife, Kelly, live in central Florida, the headquarters for Kingstone.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode Brian Blount and I discuss his book From the Sanctuary to the Streets: Insights and Adventures in Power Evangelism and his documentary film Kingdom Encounters: Taking Love and Power to the Streets.
About the Book: From the Sanctuary to the Streets is a practical guide written to propel the reader into a lifestyle marked by intimacy with God and power evangelism. Through teaching and personal stories, the authors share with humor and honesty their own efforts to embrace the empowering activity of the Holy Spirit. As the authors state, "We are not called to be spiritual recluses or trail blazing burnouts. Rather, we are called to be friends of God who live a life of intimacy and impact as we simply do life with God in a naturally supernatural way."
About the Film: Kingdom Encounters is a training documentary that will encourage you to live a lifestyle of power evangelism. Join Brian Blount on this journey into the streets where you will see people healed and touched by the love and power of a good God. From fast food drive-thru windows to supermarkets to planned outreaches, you will discover that the kingdom of God is truly at hand no matter what or where. As Brian says, our job is simply to look, listen, and respond to Jesus' activity around us as we obey His commission in Matthew 10:7-8, "as you go."
About Brian Blount: Brian Blount and his wife, Jeanine, have spent the last fifteen years equipping and training individuals, teams, and churches in healing, prophetic ministry, and power evangelism throughout Europe and the United States. He is a husband and the father of six children, the youngest three of which are triplets. He is a business owner of a graphics design company called Web Vision Graphics. He and his family currently live in Oklahoma City.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Kenneth Ching about his new book Shattered Prayers: The Testing of a Father’s Faith (Kirkdale Press, 2016).
About the Book: Kenneth Ching lived a comfortable life--with a great job, a big house, and an easy faith. He went to church and believed in God's goodness. But when his son is born with a serious and rare genetic condition, his life is thrown into terrifying chaos.
In this honest and raw memoir, Ching brings to life his experience of letting go while learning to truly trust the Savior he claims to know. Ching doesn't shy away from asking the hard questions: Why does God answer some prayers but not others? How does prayer work? Is God even listening?
Shattered Prayers is ultimately a story about recognizing God's presence and faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. And how one man thought God ruined his life by giving his son a terrible disease, but eventually realized God was actually fighting to save his faith and his son's life.
About the Author: Kenneth Ching is an attorney in Reno, Nevada. He has worked as a journalist and law professor and held positions at organizations such as World Vision and Regent University.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Danielle Hart and Kylie Laine about their new children's book Kylie Meets Cooley.
About the Book: Kylie is saddened upon moving way, way away from the only home she’s ever known. Her first evening on the farm, the sweet girl bravely ventures out and meets Cooley Cow.
Together the pair discover they have something in common that makes them both special. What begins with a wink, then shooting stars, becomes a wonderful new friendship, built on glowing hearts! Moooooooooooooooo!
Full of rhythm and rhyme, Kylie Meets Cooley communicates to children to be brave, to conquer fear, to look inside their own hearts to find what makes them special, to look inside the hearts of others to help them see they are special, and to positively encourage family and friends.
About the Authors: Danielle Hart and Kylie Laine are a dynamic mother-daughter team with roots in Alabama! They hold a special place in their hearts for California.
Kylie is a happy third grader who enjoys reading, writing, and art and science projects. She is a dedicated ballerina and a soccer player who dreams of one day becoming a paleontologist and fashion designer, all while owning a bakery. She is the current reigning Petite Miss Alabama Cotton Queen and Mini Miss Rhododendron. Kylie is an A Honor Roll student who serves as a library leader and ambassador for her school. She is a wonderful big sister to her little brothers!
Danielle is a communications expert specializing in writing, photography, public relations, and marketing. She has been published on local and national levels. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia Southern University and studied graduate-level courses in technical communication from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She serves on the March of Dimes North Alabama Executive Leadership Team and on the American Advertising Federation - North Alabama Board. Danielle is proud mommy to Kylie and Kolton! Connect with Danielle and Kylie:
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode Bruce Ashford returns to discuss the current state of American politics and help us answer the question of how Christians should cast their vote in the 2016 presidential election.
Here's some of the ground we cover during our conversation:
About Today's Guest: Bruce Riley Ashford is Provost / Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. He is a Fellow in Theology at the St. George's Center for Biblical and Public Theology (Ontario, Canada) and a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
He is the co-author of One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015), the author of Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015), and the editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011). His forthcoming books are I Am Going: To the Nations and In the Streets (B&H, Summer 2017), The Problem with American Politics (Fall 2017), The Doctrine of Creation (IVP, Spring 2017), and For the King: One Story, One Gospel, One Mission (Baker, Fall 2017).
He has appeared on the Eric Metaxas Show, the Pat Williams Show, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Janet Mefferd Today, Chris Fabry Live!, and other nationally syndicated shows. His writing has been featured by Fox News, First Things Magazine, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Canon & Culture, and other national outlets.
His research interests include theology and culture, public theology, theology of mission, theological method, and contemporary theology. He is married to Lauren, with whom he has two daughters (Riley Noelle, Anna Katherine) and a son (John Paul Kuyper). He is an elder at The Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC).
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