Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with popular global speaker and prolific author Leonard Sweet about his new book The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong (Tyndale, 2016).
About the Book: Did Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.
Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.
The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.
About the Author: Leonard Sweet is a popular global speaker and prolific author, and he holds professorships at George Fox University, Drew University, and Tabor College. His daily social media postings have made him one of the most influential Christians in the US and around the world. Leonard is also the premier writer and owner of the fast-growing, innovative preaching resource preachthestory.com and has published more than 1,500 sermons.
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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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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Jean Watson about new album WONDER.
About the Album: "The music on WONDER is the most authentically 'me' music I have ever recorded," Watson says. "I believe the music is quite accessible to both the faith-based and general markets, and the opportunity to partner with Naxos to get the music into the hands of music lovers is huge."
"Naxos has great reach into the world music marketplace, so for the first time, my music has the possibility to be offered to audiences beyond the Christian market," she continues. "How amazing to think that people may listen to this music because they love the sound and be drawn closer to God in the process!"
WONDER represents something of a defining moment for the classically-trained singer/songwriter and instrumentalist, who is a fan favorite in the UK. She is especially popular in Ireland, where she has long hosted a daily inspirational radio show which can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland. So, her affinity for Celtic sound comes as no surprise.
Producer Billy Smiley, who has worked with Watson on her last two projects, suggested highlighting her Celtic-flavored songs and ethereal violin performances on the new CD and moving toward a more world music sound. In doing so, Watson discovered a glorious opportunity to simply be herself, both artistically and spiritually.
Sporting a world music sound that falls lithely between the ethereal, yearning Celtic sound of Maire Brennan and the graceful, poetic lyricism of Enya, Watson deftly tightwalks a line that stretches between ancient themes of grace and mercy, and is anchored by contemporary declarations of worship and adoration. There are exuberant expressions of praise ("Blessed Be Your Name"), hymns of hope ("I Can Hear Your Voice"), psalms of yearning ("Restless"), songs of surrender to the perfect will of the Father ("It Is Well"), and testimonies to the mercy and grace of God ("Everything Can Change," "Amazing Grace").
Whether invested in ardent celebration or lost in pensive worship, there is a humble honesty that runs through each song, that binds them together and points both listener and singer toward the throne of God. WONDER has an otherworldly, ethereal, moving quality which penetrates the heart and transports the listener into an attitude of worship.
In keeping with the world music direction of WONDER, Watson has enlisted the services of a number of musicians from around the globe, including South African John Ellis of Tree63 and former Newsboys drummer Peter Furler from Australia. Steve Hindalong from The Choir provides percussion, and as a special treat, Christian music legend Michael W. Smith appears as a guest accompanist as Watson performs Smith's hit, "I Can Hear Your Voice."
"I am so grateful for this opportunity for my music to reach a wider audience," says Watson. "I can't wait to see what God will do with WONDER!"
About Jean Watson: Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson delved into the Christian recording world in 2003. During a time of great brokenness in Jean’s life, her landlord accidentally heard her sing and donated money to make her first CD! She gave the CD away to anyone who would listen and soon was singing and speaking in churches, coffeehouses, homeless shelters, and prisons, sharing the story of how God was transforming her life.
Since that time, Jean’s voice and testimony of God's grace and healing have touched thousands of lives around the world. She has recorded seven albums to date including her latest CD, Steady My Gaze featuring Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy, and John Ellis of ‘Tree63’.
Jean’s musical style is eclectic and features an abundance of celtic-infused violin and Watson’s signature haunting vocals. She has been honored four times as the Best Female Praise and Worship Artist USA by the UK Christian Music Alliance. Watson can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland where she hosts a daily inspirational radio show. Watson has appeared on The 700 Club, TBN's Praise The Lord, Cornerstone Television Network's flagship show, Real Life, LeSea TV's The Harvest Show, CTN's Bridges and many more media outlets across the globe.
Though her ministry is now international, Jean is still passionate about bringing hope to the hopeless through words and music. Having performed in majestic cathedrals and grand concert halls, her favorite venues are still homeless shelters and prisons. When she is not traveling, Jean enjoys playing violin in the Kalamazoo Symphony, spending time with her family, and riding her horse, Rosie.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Alex Early about his new book The New Believer's Guide to the Christian Life: What Will Change, What Won’t, and Why It Matters (Bethany House, 2016).
About the Book: You're a Christian. Now what?
As a new believer, you may have questions about what to expect. You wonder how to please God, or what will happen if you mess up. But being a Christian isn't about what you do. It's about who you are: a child of God. And God loves his children unconditionally. Through his overwhelming love, he changes us from the inside out.
In this book, Alex Early gives a realistic depiction of the Christian life. He reveals what it means to find your identity in Christ and how to pray with honesty and transparency. Discover the secrets to living as a child of your heavenly Father.
Includes end-of-chapter questions to reflect upon or discuss with others and a glossary of Christian terms.
About the Author: Alex Early is the author of The Reckless Love of God and serves Redemption Church in Seattle, Washington, where he focuses on preaching and theology. He has completed two master's degrees and is a current doctoral candidate. Alex has been heavily involved in training church leaders both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a sought-after speaker and lives with his wife, Jana, and their two children in Seattle.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with For King & Country's Joel Smallbone about his powerful new movie PRICELESS.
About the Film: Inspired by true events, PRICELESS is a powerful drama/thriller about James Stevens who was, at one time, a good man with a great life -- but that was then and this is now. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash -- no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually who, he is compelled to save two beautiful and frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them.
Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future? This unlikely hero risks it all to save these women, confront the forces that oppose him and ultimately discover the life he was meant to live.
From the creative minds behind the two-time Grammy Award-winning band for KING & COUNTRY, PRICELESS stars Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY), Bianca Santos (THE DUFF), Amber Midthunder (“Longmire”) with Jim Parrack (SUICIDE SQUAD, “True Blood”) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN, “The Goldbergs”). PRICELESS is the first film from the Smallbone Brothers. Ben Smallbone directs from the script by Chris Dowling & Tyler Poelle. The film was produced by Steve Barnett (300). David Smallbone and Luke Smallbone serve as executive producers, and Jacob “Cubbie” Fink is co-producer. Roadside Attractions will release the film in theatres nationwide on October 14.
About Joel Smallbone: Joel is part of the Christian pop duo, For King & Country. He has appeared in PRICELESS (2016) and Like a Country Song (2014).
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Lea Ann Garfias about her new book Rocking Ordinary: Holding It Together with Extraordinary Grace (New Leaf Press, 2016).
About the Book: Remember that you are the very image of God, and that makes all the difference.
Most women don’t consider themselves great. Stuck in an endless routine of cleaning, cooking, and caring for family members, they struggle to find meaning and worth in their daily lives. Exhausted at the end of another busy, chaotic day, they wonder if they have made any measurable progress, if it even matters, if their work counts. This book talks frankly about real life, ministry failures, and the depressing side of Christian womanhood, but in a humorous way that makes you want to pour coffee all over it and try again. Whether we feel capable or not, whether we feel spiritual or not, we are already changing lives. This book is for Christian women in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who may or may not have children, may or may not be tired, and may or may not be addicted to coffee.
In Rocking Ordinary, Lea Ann Garfias comes alongside you like a true friend and shows you how an ordinary life can be lived with extraordinary influence. A gifted teacher and storyteller, she meets you exactly where you are — in the everyday, messy, stressful, kids screaming, laundry piling, everyday life, and encourages you, loves you, and roots for you as you begin rocking your ordinary.
About the Author: Lea Ann Garfias believes there is enough coffee in the world to make even dreadful Thursdays tolerable. As a ministry leader and homeschool writer, she helps ordinary moms realize their extraordinary influence. When she's not homeschooling her four children, directing her church choir, or performing the violin, she's passed out asleep.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Tom Breeden and Mark L. Ward, Jr. about their new book Can I Smoke Pot?: Marijuana in Light of Scripture (Cruciform Press, 2016).
About the Book: God made pot. It’s natural. And it’s legal in more and more places. And Christians are allowed to drink alcohol, right? So really…what’s the issue?
Is it a sin to smoke marijuana? Is it permissible to use recreationally? How about medicinally? Questions like these are a hot topic today, and increasingly relevant. In fact, chances are that you or someone you know is asking them. Christians believe the Bible is our highest authority for faith and life, including on subjects like marijuana use. So how does the Bible help us answer questions about marijuana?
By looking at the biblical teaching on creation, government, medicine, and alcohol, this book sets out to help people make wise and God-honoring decisions about marijuana use. Rather than just providing a list of proof texts, Can I Smoke Pot?: Marijuana in Light of Scripture looks at what the Bible teaches as a unified whole, from Genesis to Revelation, so we can more confidently answer the question: “What does the Bible say?”
About the Authors: Tom Breeden received an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and is currently licensed by the Blue Ridge Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He currently serves as the Pastoral Intern at Grace Community Church in Charlottesville, VA.
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Mark L. Ward, Jr. received his PhD in New Testament Interpretation from Bob Jones University in 2012; he now serves the church as a Logos Pro at Faithlife, writing weekly articles on Bible study at the Logos Talk Blog. He is the author of multiple high school Bible textbooks, including The Story of the Old Testament and Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams about their new book Noah: Man of Destiny (Master Books, 2016).
About the Book: Most people think of Noah as the man who built a large ship and spent months caring for thousands of animals. But who was he and what events shaped who he would become? Tim and K. Marie wrote this novel to challenge Christians to look closely at the life of a man who walked with God. Noah: Man of Destiny takes readers on a captivating, coming-of-age journey through the pre-Flood world. Noah learns more about the Most High while standing against a sinister belief system emerging throughout the land. Whether escaping legendary beasts, tracking kidnappers, or pursuing his future wife, Noah acquires the skills he will need when God calls him to his greatest adventure: surviving the global Flood. Discover the rich background of Noah and his family members as portrayed at the Ark Encounter. Witness the struggle of a righteous man’s battle against a culture that thought of evil continually. Explore what it may have been like for a righteous man to relate to God before the Bible was written.
About the Authors: Both Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams serve on staff at Answers in Genesis. Tim works as content manager for The Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and has authored/co-authored several books, while K. Marie works in the graphic design department.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Jonathan Schkade about his new book Not-So-Nice Bible Stories: Gory Deaths (Concordia Publishing House, 2016).
About the Book: Drowned. Burned. Hanged. Crushed. Stabbed. Eaten by dogs. This is not a book of fairy tales. Happy endings are few and far-between.
This is a book of history—true tales of people who lived and died long ago.
These 18 chapters give you cool trivia, factoids, and things to think about, like Why the story is in the Bible How it can guide your life What it shows you about Jesus These TRUE stories show how God’s justice smashes the sinful, the sinister, the sneaky; and they show how Jesus conquers death and gives you life.
About the Author: Jonathan Schkade lives in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he works as an editor and author. He enjoys reading, cooking, procrastinating, and staring awestruck at his wife and daughters.
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About the Illustrator: Gleisson Cipriano is an illustrator and comic artist working from Bauru, in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil. Most of his time is invested in studying, drawing, and consuming creative content.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak Tom Horn about his documentary film Inhuman: The Next and Final Phase of Man is Here and his book Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, & Human Enhancement Herald The Dawn Of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare.
About the Film: This film is not fiction or a mockudrama but a new investigative documentary from the internationally acclaimed team at SkyWatch TV. INHUMAN travels the globe to unveil for the first time how breakthrough advances in science, technology, and philosophy -including cybernetics, bioengineering, nanotechnology,machine intelligence, and synthetic biology - are poised to create mind-boggling game-changes to everything we have known until now about Homosapiens.
As astonishing technological developments push the frontiers of humanity towards far-reaching morphological transformation (which promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human), an intellectual and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism intends the use of these powerful new fields of science and technology as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps-as Professor Joel Garreau, Lincoln Professor of Law, claims- our immortal souls.
The technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift now underway unapologetically forecasts a new future dominated by a new species of unrecognizably superior humans, and applications under study now to make this dream a reality are being funded by thousands of government and private research facilities around the world.
As viewers will learn, this includes rewriting human genetics, combining human and animal DNA, and interfacing our brains with strong artificial intelligence systems. As a result, new modes of perception between things visible and invisible are expected to challenge bioethics in ways that are historically, sociologically and theologically unprecedented.
Without comprehending what is quickly approaching in related disciplines of research and development, vast numbers of indiviuals could soon be paralyzed by the most fantastic - and widespread - implications. The destiny of each individual - as well as the future of their families - depends on their knowledge of this new paradigm, an extraordinary time in the earth's history already being called the "Hybrid Age".
About the Book: While Forbidden Gates includes fresh insights for traditional, tried and true methods of overcoming darkness, it also unveils for the first time how breakthrough advances in science, technology, and philosophy—including cybernetics, bio-engineering, nanotechnology, machine intelligence, synthetic biology, and transhumanism—will combine to create mind-boggling game-changes to everything you have ever known about spiritual warfare.
In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human. An international, intellectual and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism intends the use of genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology (GRIN technologies) as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps, as Joel Garreau in his bestselling book Radical Evolution claims, our very souls. The technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift now under way unapologetically forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans, and applications under study now to make this dream reality are being funded by thousands of government and private research facilities around the world. As the reader will learn, this includes among other things rewriting human DNA and combining men with beasts, a fact that some university studies and transhumanists believe will not only alter our bodies and souls but could ultimately open a door to contact with unseen intelligence.
As a result, new modes of perception between things visible and invisible are expected to challenge the Church in ways that are historically and theologically unprecedented. Without comprehending what is quickly approaching in related disciplines of research and development, vast numbers of believers could be paralyzed by the most fantastic—and most far reaching—supernatural implications. The destiny of each individual—as well as the future of their family—will depend on their knowledge of the new paradigm and their preparedness to face it head on.
About the Author: Long time television and radio personality, author and publisher, Thomas Horn, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SkyWatchTV. At the dawn of the Internet, Horn launched two news services where coverage of latest-breaking news and information on cutting-edge stories covering religion, prophecy, discovery, and the supernatural through in-depth investigative reports led to his network of writers being referenced and interviewed by the biggest names in broadcasting, including: LA Times Syndicate, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, Time, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, BBC, MSNBC, Michael Savage, SciFi Channel, History Channel, Hannity & Colmes, Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural”, The Jim Bakker Show, Celebration Daystar TV, FaithTV, The Harvest Show, The 700 Club, Coast to Coast AM, WorldNetDaily, NewsMax.com, White House Correspondents, and dozens of other newsmagazines and press agencies around the globe. SkyWatchTV is the consummation and new “mothership” of Tom’s several subsidiaries including Defender Films and Defender Publishing.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Mary-Kathryn about her new album Wonders in the Deep.
About the Album: On her fifth album, Wonders in the Deep, Mary-Kathryn blends elements of soft pop, New Age and folk with world music influences as diverse as the continents to create a spiritual amalgam that transcends musical boundaries. Delving deep into the world music realm, Mary-Kathryn paints word pictures on an aural canvas with exotic instrumentation, adroit production, and lyrics that stir the spirit and excite the imagination. But as one Billboard Magazine reviewer so aptly put it, “the most affecting instrument…is Mary-Kathryn’s lovely voice.”
Throughout her music there are themes that frequently appear including love, peace, faith, prayer, worship and angels. In addition to singing English lyrics, on previous recordings Mary-Kathryn has sung in Hebrew as well as the Sou-Sou language from Benin, West Africa. At times Mary-Kathryn sings “in the spirit” where her vocalizations are either sounds or unknown languages although they variously resemble Mid-Eastern, Gaelic, French or American Indian voices. “As with any language that is sung, you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it,” she explains.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Caspar McCloud about his book Unmasking the Future: A Guide to End-Time Prophecies and Today's Headlines.
About the Book: The truth is out there... only if you are able to see it through the lens of the Holy Scriptures.
Wars, rumors of war, famine, pestilences and earthquakes are increasing. Have we actually entered into unprecedented times? Legends of Nephilim giants with supernatural powers did they really exist? Is there any truth to the theories of ancient astronauts existing as alien beings from other planets? Could they actually be inner-dimensional entities from the Second Heavens? Is this part of Jacob's Trouble and the coming Great Deception of the Holy Scripture forewarned about? Are we in fact nearing the time of the end? Is there a connection here unfolding today with the movement and the information Jesus Christ of Nazareth stated about his return being as like in the Days of Noah? Can you face the future without entertaining the spirit of fear? With this book we reference what the Lord says that will give you hope, courage, and faith so you can discern the times ahead in confidence and without fear because the truth makes us free!
About Caspar McCloud: Caspar McCloud is a virtuoso guitarist, singer, and songwriter, an acclaimed portrait artist, as well as an equestrian, ordained minister, and bestselling author of five previous books. A modern day Renaissance man, the multi-talented McCloud has wowed fans and fellow guitarists with his lightening fast technique, his use of effects, a la his friend and mentor Phil Keaggy, as well as his gentle, serene, celtic tinged acoustic playing. Caspar’s first book was his inspiring autobiography entitled, Nothing is Impossible, which includes his testimony of turning from the glittery, rock star world to wholeheartedly following Christ as a result of his longterm friendship with Phil Keaggy, the book also shares the dramatic story of his medically-verified healing of an incurable heart condition. His second book, What Was I Thinking published by Destiny Image deals with the spiritual roots of disease and the science of epigenetics, which is the science of how thought effects physiology, through the lens of the Holy Bible. Exposing the Spirit of Self Pity, continues that theme, focusing on the deleterious effects of self pity. His book, The Shroud of Turin Speaks for Itself with co-author Simon Brown reached the #1 spot on Amazon.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Barry Cooper about Life Explored (The Good Book Company, 2016).
About the Resource: Life Explored is an exciting new way to share the gospel in today's highly visual culture. Developed by Christianity Explored Ministries, the seven interactive sessions are based on stunning videos shot all over the globe.
Life Explored will help people uncover what they’re really living for, and shows how, in Christ, God meets our deepest desire for happiness. Each session explores an aspect of God’s character. We see that the God of the Bible is good, trustworthy, generous, liberating, fulfilling, life-giving and joyful. And ultimately we see that the greatest pleasure in life is enjoying God himself.
This exciting, new outreach course can be run before or after Christianity Explored or Alpha and is perfect for anyone looking for answers to life's big questions. It will also provoke good discussions among those who know and love Jesus.
About the Author: Barry Cooper was born in Epsom, Surrey, and studied English Language and Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. After graduating, he trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and began a six year acting career that included work at Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theater. More recently, he completed his Masters degree in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and an internship with Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He was one of the core team who planted Trinity West Church in Shepherd’s Bush, UK, where he’s now a member. He’s authored or co-authored numerous books and resources including Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, One Life, If You Could Ask God One Question, CY, The Real Jesus, and Can I Really Trust The Bible? As well as blogging at Future Perfect, Present Tense, he’s written for Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks and ExploreGod.com. Barry is the Director of Product Development at Christianity Explored Ministries.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Gary Wilkerson about his book David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed (Zondervan, 2014).
About the Book: This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see—the love of Jesus Christ.
But who was David Wilkerson? Many Christians don’t really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself.
When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the “right” or political thing to do.
Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed
David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing. He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back. And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefs—sometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.
About the Author: Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the lead pastor of The Springs Church, which he and others launched in 2009 and has grown rapidly by God's grace. Gary travels nationally and internationally to conduct conferences for pastors, missionaries and Christian workers and to oversee mission ventures including church plants, orphanages, health clinics and feeding programs among the poor and unreached people of the world. Gary and his wife, Kelly, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Rob Teigen about his book A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter: Praying for Every Part of Her Life.
About the Book: From the moment your little girl was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. But you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for?
Now the authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates show you how to pray for every area of your daughter's life. Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for your daughter with a collection of specific prayers you can use to get started right now. They include engaging stories from well-known authors like Joe Stowell, Bill Farrel, Ted Cunningham, Jim Samra, and others. And they explain a bit more of what girls go through growing up, including stress, purity issues, social pressure, modesty challenges, spiritual growth, and more.
Remember: just because you don't always understand your daughter doesn't mean that God doesn't! Start asking for his guidance, protection, and blessings today.
About the Author: Rob Teigen has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years and is the author of three joke books, including Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids (under the pseudonym Rob Elliott). He and his wife, Joanna Teigen, are the parents of a teenage son and three younger daughters. They are the authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates and live in West Michigan.
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