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Pastor and author of "Radical" David Platt announces new ministry
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Radical.net)--"Radical" (at Radical.net), a new resource ministry, was announced by pastor and author David Platt on Good Friday, April 6, during a live simulcast of Secret Church to 50,000-plus participants worldwide.
The simulcast is one of the avenues Radical is equipping and encouraging followers of Christ to reach the nations with the Gospel. Radical, with the help of LifeWay Christian Resources, simulcast the six-hour Bible study and time of prayer for persecuted believers called Secret Church (SecretChurch.org). Participants gathered in 49 states and 20 countries to participate.
Another example of a catalytic event Radical desires to produce is a discipleship conference in the fall. Platt, in partnership with Francis Chan (author of "Crazy Love"), will host this conference as part of a discipleship project begun last fall called Multiply. This event is scheduled to take place Nov. 9-10 in Birmingham, Ala., at The Church at Brook Hills and will be sponsored by Radical.
According to a press release from Radical, the ministry "exists to serve the church in accomplishing the mission of Christ. We long to see the church making disciples who make disciples who make disciples throughout the world -- from our neighbors across the street to the unreached people groups across the globe -- all for the glory of God.
"Radical strives to carry out this purpose by producing and providing multilingual biblical resources aimed at fueling disciple-making in all nations through events like Secret Church and the Multiply Conference. Most of the resources at DMI are from David Platt, who serves as one of the pastors of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.
Campbellsville University hosts David Brody, Christian Broadcasting Network, political correspondent
By Tori Banks and Matt Schmuck
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Campbellsville University)--"We all go into the lion's den every day," David Brody, chief correspondent with the Christian Broadcasting Network, said in Campbellsville University's weekly chapel service. "Mine is the mainstream media."
Brody, Emmy winning, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, spoke at Campbellsville University recently for chapel, for a Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy event and also at the 8th annual Media Appreciation Luncheon.
Brody is a 23-year veteran news journalist who covers the White House and interviews national newsmakers across the country. His political blog, The Brody File, has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
Throughout his career, Brody has had the opportunity to speak with and interview many big name individuals including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump; however, he is not your typical broadcaster.
At the chapel service on campus, he spoke of his spiritual journey, and at the KHIPP event he spoke more on politics while at the Media Appreciation Luncheon, he spoke on journalism as a whole.
At chapel, Brody said he strives to integrate his faith with his work by interviewing individuals in the secular world from a Godly perspective, but Brody said he hasn't always had a personal relationship with Christ.
"I grew up in the Jewish faith where I participated in Passover dinners and Bar Mitzvah but I was just going through the motions," Brody said.
He said it wasn't until he met his future wife in high school that he began to understand the importance of having a relationship with Christ.
"She was the one who started talking to me about God," Brody said. "But I thought I didn't need Him because I was Jewish."
"Shortly after we were married I gave my life to Christ. I knew He was calling me to that decision," he said.
Although his family didn't quite understand why he surrendered his life to the Lord, Brody said he never felt more Jewish than he did in that moment.
"All of the traditions and customs made sense," he said.
After a long career, Brody came to CBN news where he continues to work today interviewing individuals in the mainstream media.
Brody strives to incorporate his faith with his work every day as he lives his life sold out for the Lord.
At the KHIPP forum, Obama's potential Republican opponents were analyzed individually by Brody, who believes Romney sits comfortably in the driver's seat due to the splitting of the Republican votes three other ways.
With Romney having the upper hand, the question arose in regard to the possibility of either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum dropping out of the race.
Brody believes this will not happen, expecting a four-way shootout, including Ron Paul, for the Republican presidential nomination further down the road of the nominating process.
Santorum's message is that America is a moral enterprise. "There is a moral component to everything about this country," Brody said of Santorum's message.
Brody believes Romney looks to be more of a "Mr. Fix it" guy, where as Santorum's message has a high bandwidth, meaning he covers many key issues. The problem is that Santorum doesn't have the campaign money that Romney does, Brody said.
"Money isn't going to win the election," Santorum said in an interview with Brody for his political blog, "The Brody File."
When Gingrich begins to enter the discussion of Republican presidential candidate, he wins the evangelical vote with no contest, in Brody's opinion.
"Evangelicals like Newt Gingrich because he pulls no punches and doesn't try to mask anything in political correctness," Brody said.
The problem for Brody when it comes to Gingrich being "that guy" in the fall is simple.
" is a walking train-wreck," Brody said in reference to Gingrich's state-to-state mindset, instead of having a long-term plan.
As to the campaign of Ron Paul, he noted that he will likely stay in the campaign until the Republican nominating convention, that he knows he can't win the nomination, and he hopes to influence the platform and direction of the fall campaign.
Brody believes that by the end of June, the Republican Party is going to come together to figure out the bigger picture of things. The topic at the forefront of that bigger picture is the question of whether Mitt Romney is a damaged candidate as he prepares to take on President Obama in the fall.
Brody feels that it will be a tight race for president with President Obama a slight favorite due to the power of incumbency and the improving economy.
With the likelihood that Romney will win the GOP nomination, Brody wonders who will be his vice president. Listing a few possible names from out of the woodwork, Brody said Mike Huckabee will most likely be the man who is able to bring evangelical voters onto the Romney express.
"Mike Huckabee would most definitely be the guy to seal the deal," Brody said. "He's probably the one guy who could truly get evangelicals off the couch who are skeptical of Romney."
At the Media Appreciation Luncheon, Brody touched base on similar topics to that of his KHIPP speech. Brody showed a YouTube video of a Herman Cain interview for Brody's political blog, "The Brody File." Continued...