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Today’s BP Ledger contains items from:
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
WORLD News Service
Children’s audio theater series puts Christ back into history
THOMSON, Ill. (Heirloom Audio) — A new children’s audio theater series has a goal of putting Christ back into history, with support from several seasoned actors and actresses.
The newest two-CD set, “In Freedom’s Cause,” recounts the true story of 14th-century Scottish hero William Wallace, spotlighting his Christian faith in a way that modern-day renditions such as “Braveheart” do not. The first CD set in the series, “Under Drake’s Flag,” told the story of 16th-century English hero Sir Francis Drake, who was the first Englishman to circle the globe and whose strong Christian faith is rarely mentioned in textbooks. The CDs are based on G.A. Henty books and released by Heirloom Audio.
They are recorded in the same genre of “Adventures In Odyssey.”
“Everything in our world is sort of sterilized and secularized, and the faith of the men has been taken out of textbooks in America and around the world,” said Heirloom Audio founder Bill Heid, executive producer of the CDs. “These projects are all about putting Christ back into history.”
In Freedom’s Cause features Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates of “Downton Abbey”), Billy Boyd (Pippin of “Lord Of The Rings”), Skandar Keynes (Edmund of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series) and James Cosmo (Campbell, Father Christmas of “Braveheart” and “Chronicles of Narnia,” respectively) as well as a score by composer John Campbell (“Lamplighter Theatre,” “Focus on the Family Radio Theatre,” “Adventures in Odyssey”).
For more information, visit InFreedomsCause.com.
Jason Duesing named CBMW journal editor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) — Dr. Jason Duesing has been named as editor of The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.
Duesing is provost of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a a Ph.D. in historical theology and Baptist studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in speech communication from Texas A&M University.
A respected theologian, historian and churchman, Duesing has served on the Southern Baptist Historical Library & Archives Advisory Board; the Committee on Nominations of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention; and a research fellow for Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He has been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society for over a decade. He is the author of “Seven Summits in Church History” (forthcoming, Rainer Publishing) and “Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary” and co-editor with Malcolm Yarnell and Thomas White of “Upon this Rock, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches” and “First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty.”
Duesing and his wife Kalee have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey and George.
Upon his appointment to the CBMW board in July 2014, Dr. Duesing noted the importance of CBMW’s ministry in today’s culture:
“CBMW is a crucial ministry today foundationally because having a resource ministry available to answer questions related (1) to the ever-changing world surrounding manhood and womanhood in the culture and (2) to the basic biblical principles for God-designed manhood and womanhood gives great hope to a rising generation seeking to find their way in a day of great chaos and confusion. In short, CBMW can serve as a ‘city of refuge’ and a ‘strong tower of truth’ for those wandering and for those wondering among the next generation.”
Ben Carson apologizes for inadvertent plagiarism
By Leigh Jones
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WORLD News Service) — Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a possible 2016 presidential contender and rising conservative star, is facing plagiarism accusations after the website BuzzFeed revealed passages in his 2012 book “America the Beautiful” matched those in other books and online sources.
“I attempted to appropriately cite and acknowledge all sources in America the Beautiful, but inadvertently missed some,” Carson said in a prepared statement. “I apologize, and I am working with my editors to rectify the situation.”
The book’s publisher, Zondervan, plans to make revisions to any future editions.
At least one author whose work appeared in Carson’s book said he gave Carson permission to use the material as he saw fit. William Federer, who wrote “America’s God and Country,” told CNN Carson’s book included many citations of his work and has even been good for his own sales.
“It is obvious that Dr. Ben Carson has made demonstrable effort to make proper attribution,” Federer said. “Indeed, his overt acknowledgments have resulted in numerous individuals contacting me to purchase the book.”
Other material allegedly used without citation came from the website SocialismSucks.net, a Liberty Institute press release, CBS News and “The Five Thousand Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen.
Carson collaborated on the book with his wife Candy. A source told National Review Online the couple relied on their editors to make sure all of the material was cited correctly. The plagiarism accusations reportedly “blindsided” the Carsons, according to NRO.
Radio Moody’s Network expands Spanish-language stations
CHICAGO (Moody Radio) — On Jan. 5, Moody Radio flipped the switch on three of its AM stations, from English to Spanish, making Radio Moody Spanish programming available to listeners in East Moline, Ill. (WDLM 960 AM); Smyrna, Tenn. (WFCM 710 AM); and Spokane, Wash. (KMBI 1330 AM). Radio Moody’s Spanish network now includes six owned and operated stations and two affiliates.
Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio, said the network .”Moody Radio is committed to reaching across the globe, cultures and generations to equip people with the truth of God’s Word and we are thrilled that our Spanish-speaking listeners in these markets will now have quality biblical programming in their own language,”
The FM counterparts of these stations will continue in English: East Moline, Ill. (WDLM 89.3 FM); Smyrna, Tenn. (WFCM 91.7 FM); and Spokane, Wash. (KMBI 107.9 FM).
The three Spanish-language AM stations in these regions are licensed as daytime-only stations, with programming available from sunrise to sunset. Programming offered mirrors that of Radio Moody’s flagship station in Chicago, WMBI 1110 AM. It includes in-house productions Dia a Dia, a daily live call-in program with Gerson Garcia; Descanso en Ti with Juan Marcos Gomez; and Entre Amigos, a weekly commentary on news and pop culture, co-produced with Back to God Ministries International.
Bible teaching and Christian living programs are also available from programming partners such as David Jeremiah, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll and Dennis Rainey, as well as inspirational Christian music programs and other programming segments including Las 10 de Radio Moody (Radio Moody’s Top 10) with Jonathan Alarcon, and Tus Mañanas (Your Mornings) with Cindy Rojas.
Joe Gonzalez, station manager at KMBI 1330 AM, is excited about the opportunity to provide programming to Spokane residents who have no other Spanish-language radio station. “They’re hungry to hear something in their own language,” said Gonzalez. Last year, he met with Hispanic ministry leaders in Spokane who were passionate about Radio Moody programming coming to the area. KMBI is now the only Spanish-language station in that city.
Because of the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, providing quality biblical programming for Spanish speakers is a strategic opportunity to reach Hispanics with the gospel. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are approximately 54 million Hispanics living in the United States, equating to approximately 17 percent of the nation’s total population. The growth of the nation’s Hispanic population has led to a rise in the number of Spanish-language radio stations as well.
Elsa Mazon, Moody Radio Spanish programming project manager, is encouraged that Moody is adding to that number. “We have people who have not heard the gospel in these cities and they are going to be able to hear it in their own language,” she said.
In 2011, Moody Radio launched the only fully operational Spanish-language Christian radio station in Chicago. Radio Moody, formerly Radio Esperanza, is broadcast seven days a week on WMBI AM 1110. In addition to East Moline, Ill. (WDLM 960 AM); Smyrna, Tenn. (WFCM 710 AM); and Spokane, Wash. (KMBI 1330 AM); Radio Moody also has a Spanish-language station in Anderson, Ind. (WGNR 1470 AM) and affiliates in New Ulm, Minn. (KJTS 88.3 FM), and Reading, Penn. (WDAC 107.9 FM). Spanish worship music is now available two hours a day in Las Cruces, New Mexico (KMBN 89.7 FM).
For more information about Radio Moody, please visit www.radiomoody.org. Radio Moody can also be heard on the network stream and through the iPhone and Android apps.