Posted on November 5th, 2014

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Air Date: November 5, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim presented the following wrap-up points concerning yesterday's mid-term election and then allowed Crosstalk listeners a chance to present their views.

--Voting machine troubles in dozens of precincts in Virginia.
--The state election system in Colorado had to be rebooted.
--In Texas a Republican candidate's name was found to be missing from the ballots in one county.
--Florida Democratic candidate Charlie Crist lost his bid to extend voting hours.
--In Connecticut a Hartford Superior Court judge had ordered two polling places to remain open for an additional half-hour after the Democratic Party governor filed suit arguing that reported delays in the opening of the Hartford polling places Tuesday morning prevented some voters from casting ballots.
--In the third most populous county in Texas Republican candidate Greg Abbott's name was left off at least one touch screen ballot machine.
--In Maryland a watchdog group had already sued the state over allegations of ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens.
--TV ad spending for this election reached about 1.2 billion dollars.
--Wisconsin's Scott Walker wins his third election in four years. Jim played portions of his victory speech where the governor thanked God for his abundant grace and mercy.
--John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, returns for another term.
--Governor Pat Quinn ousted in Illinois.
--Sam Brownback victorious in Kansas, Rick Scott victorious in Florida, Rick Snyder victorious in Michigan, Greg Abbott defeats Wendy Davis for governor in Texas.
--Republicans take control of the nation's Senate giving them control for the first time in 8 years.
--Maura Healey was elected to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General making her the first openly gay attorney general in America.
--Colorado Senator Mark Udall was defeated by Republican Cory Gardner and Mike Michaud, who would have been the first openly gay U.S. governor, lost his bid for that seat in Maine.
--5 billionaires poured millions of dollars into promoting America's toughest firearms background check law in Washington State (Ballot Initiative 594).
--Personhood amendment news from Colorado, North Dakota, North Carolina and Tennessee.
--Marijuana legislation news from Oregon and Alaska.
--Gambling initiative news in Massachusetts.
--A member of the Bush family (George P. Bush) wins his first election.
--Republican Elise Stefanik becomes the youngest woman (at age 30), ever elected to Congress.
--Texas gets its first 'fracking' restrictions.
--Democrat Alma Adams wins a special election in North Carolina which will make her the 100th woman in Congress.
--Mia Love is the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress and the first Haitian-American elected.
--Republican Joni Ernst becomes the first woman elected to Congress in Iowa and her race against Bruce Braley is the most expensive campaign in the state's history.
--George Will has strong words regarding governor's race in Wisconsin.
--Senate candidates who support pro-life and social conservative principles win decisive victories across America.
--Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially changes political affiliation from Independent to Republican.
--10 thoughts from Dr. Charles Stanley on the responsibility each of us has for prayer for elected officials.

Posted on November 4th, 2014

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Air Date: November 4, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

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From Senate and House races to State governorships; referendum questions on gambling, marijuana and firearms; what early Americans had to say about the privilege of voting; quotes on voting from Christians leaders today...all that and more was noted as Jim urged listeners across America to 'render unto Caesar' and cast their votes on this election day.

Jim also blocked off a substantial amount of program time to allow Crosstalk listeners to name who they're voting for and why.

Posted on November 3rd, 2014

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Air Date: November 1, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Hans von Spakovsky

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Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He is an authority on civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration and the rule of law and government reform. He is manager of Heritage's Election Law Reform Initiative and writes about campaign finance restrictions, voter fraud and voter ID, enforcement of federal voting rights laws, administration of elections and voting equipment standards. He served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission and also worked for the Justice Department. He is co-author of the book, 'Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk' and 'Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department.'

Is voter fraud merely isolated incidences or is it massive? Hans said the problem isn't massive but there is enough that it could make a difference in close elections. For example, in Minnesota in 2008, Al Franken was declared the Senate winner by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. We also know that about 1,100 felons voted illegally in that election. This year in Ohio, over a dozen local races were decided by one vote or a tie breaker. So make no mistake about it, your vote counts.

The Justice Department is launching a war on election integrity which is ironic when you consider that you have to show photo I.D. just to get into the Justice Department. Why is that happening? What's behind ballot harvesting in Colorado and same day voter registration? Are the touch screen voting machines a problem? Hans sheds light on these and other questions when you review this important Crosstalk broadcast.

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Posted on October 31st, 2014

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Air Date: October 31, 2013

Host: Vic Eliason

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Vic Eliason took the reins in the studio to bring you this Friday news round-up edition of Crosstalk. Stories included the following:

--Vision to America expresses the opinion that Oprah Winfrey is actually very racist.

--Christian music artists said to be confusing people regarding the issue of homosexuality.

--Tennessee school allegedly distributes information on the Nation of Islam.

--Yoga recognized as a state religion in a California school district.

--Ruth Bader Ginsburg comments appear to line up with that of Planned Parenthood founder.

--Halloween costumes reach a new low in bad taste.

--Elderly Indiana veteran and his wife refuse to take flagpole down that is flying both an American flag and a prisoner of war flag, despite threats from the homeowners association.

--Apple CEO Tim cook says he is proud to be gay.

--Suspected methamphetamine manufacturer (drug dealer) has been arrested with the help of his own dog.

--Citing terror threats, the Department of Homeland Security increases security at federal buildings across the nation.

--Using the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, the IRS has been seizing money from the bank accounts of individuals and businesses and doing so with no proof of any crimes or charges filed.

Posted on October 30th, 2014

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Air Date: October 30, 2013

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Dr. Dean Kurtz

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As Vic mentions early on, music can motivate, it can be a blessing, but it can be abrasive as well as a curse. It’s this very challenging topic of music and worship in the church that was covered on this edition of Crosstalk.

Vic’s guest was Dr. Don Kurtz. Dr. Kurtz has bachelor degrees in both Music Education & Bible, a Masters in Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Ministry. He is an adjunct professor at Maranatha Baptist Bible College and is on the Pastoral Staff at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI. He has been communicating what the Word of God says about music and worship for close to 30 years. He is author of the book, Worship and Music in the Word: A Genesis to Revelation Study.

If you’ve ever tried to defend a biblical basis for music, you may have been led to feel as though it’s intolerant to challenge the near constant change that seems to take place in the music field. As Dr. Kurtz pointed out, there’s nothing wrong with change itself, but instead what is the parameter for change? He noted that we need to discipline change by the Word of God. Since God is a moral God, any change in music such as the notes, rhythm, etc. must also represent the character of God. In other words, we can’t short circuit the process and look only for a moral beat or rhythm; we need to make sure all parts of the music properly represent the God of the Bible.

Dr. Kurtz’s book, Worship and Music in the Word: A Genesis to Revelation Study, looks at areas such as the creation of music, the patriarchs and their music, Mosaic worship, a study on Psalms, the disintegration of music, Christ’s teaching on music and more.

Remember that God does not accept all forms of worship allegedly geared toward Him. He’s looking for those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. This fact alone makes this Crosstalk a critical one worth reviewing as well as sharing with friends and loved ones.

This program first aired August 16, 2012.

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Posted on October 29th, 2014

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Air Date: October 29, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Ken Ham

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Ken Ham is president, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken is a biblical apologist who gives presentations all over the world on the reliability of the Bible and how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church. Ken is the author of numerous books including, “The Lie: Evolution,” “Already Gone,” “Already Compromised,” “Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church” and is general editor of the New Answers Series Volumes I-IV.

This Crosstalk takes a look at the books that make up the New Answers Series Volumes I-IV. The story behind these books goes back to the 1980's when Ken would go on tour to the U.S. to speak on creation. He found that no matter where he traveled, people asked basically the same questions. In other words these books (that are the four largest selling creation apologetics books in the world) provide answers to the top 130 questions Answers in Genesis is continually asked.

While Ken is the general editor, he lists the names of numerous experts in creation science, engineering and more that lend tremendous credibility to this project.

These are wonderful for pastors to develop sermons and Bible studies, youth pastors can teach young people specifics regarding creation, parents can use them for family devotions and they are great to give to skeptics or as Christmas gifts.

You'll hear Ken's thoughts on global warming, homosexual marriage, the gap theory, the shape of Noah's Ark and much more when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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