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ERLC to be in the studio during SBC in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is accustomed to a hectic schedule during each year’s Southern Baptist Convention.

But this year, not only will Land move back and forth from the convention floor to the ERLC’s venue in the exhibit hall, but also to a broadcast studio a few blocks away in the SBC Building to tape the “For Faith & Family” radio program.

Land plans to host at least six tapings of the program while the June 19-20 Pastors’ Conference and the June 21-22 SBC annual meeting are in session.

James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources, and Adrian Rogers, pastor emeritus of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, will be among the studio guests. Draper will discuss his newly released biography, “Walking God’s Path,” while Rogers will discuss his latest book, “What Every Christian Ought to Know.”

Joining Land for other programs will be Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; Mac Brunson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas; Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark.; and Ergun Caner, dean of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and professor of theology and church history at Liberty University.

For Faith & Family, in its seventh year, is heard weekdays on more than 500 stations nationwide. Tapings of the radio program will be open to the public. Schedules for the programs will be available at the convention.

The broadcast studio is located in the lobby of the SBC Building at the corner of Commerce Street and Ninth Avenue in downtown Nashville. The building also is to be open for guided tours.

On June 18, the Saturday before the convention kicks off, the “Richard Land Live!” nationally syndicated radio program will be broadcast from the studio. The program, syndicated by Salem Communications, is a three-hour, call-in program. Visitors to the SBC Building can view the program being produced live.

Richard Land Live! is heard every Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Central on 113 stations and on XM Satellite Radio.

During this year’s SBC annual meeting, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will officially unveil a new slant in broadcast technology — the podcasting of For Faith & Family.

Podcasting involves the publishing of audio files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe regularly to a feed, such as For Faith & Family, with “podcatching” software that brings the audio files automatically to their computer. The user then downloads the files to their portable digital music device or simply listens to the program on their computer at a convenient time.

As a way of encouraging families to explore the podcasting technology, the ERLC will give away three Apple iPod units during the convention. Registration for the giveaways will be held at the For Faith & Family studio and in the ERLC booth in the SBC exhibit area.

In launching its redesigned magazine — Faith & Family Values — the ERLC will be screening the soon-to-be released Veggie Tales video, “Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson’s Hairbrush,” in the exhibit area.

The May-June 2005 issue of Faith & Family Values features Veggie Tales characters Bob and Larry on its cover, with an in-depth story examining the future of Veggie Tales’ parent company, Big Idea, after its well-publicized buyout by Classic Media. The magazine also features an exclusive feature with the two Veggie Tales stars themselves, Bob and Larry. The pair is scheduled to be in the convention exhibit area at selected times for photo opportunities with their fans.

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