Posted on July 27th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 27, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

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​Jim began this edition of Crosstalk by reviewing the circumstances Nehemiah was faced with as he sought to rebuild the broken down walls of Jerusalem and the gates that had been destroyed by fire.

Even with permission from the king, permission that was confirmed via letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, there was opposition from Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Amonite, Geshem the Arab and the men of Ashdod.

Nehemiah's enemies communicated insults, threats of violence and even attempted a meeting with him to discuss the situation because of the false idea that the Jews were plotting to revolt.

As we attempt to 'rebuild the walls' of righteousness in our nation by living godly lives, we can also be met with opposition. In spite of such opposition, do you continue to praise the Lord? After all, the Bible teaches that the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

As Jim continued, his goal was to fill this program with praise to our God as he had listeners call in with an answer to the question, 'I'm praising the Lord because...'

Posted on July 26th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 26, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Soeren Kern

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​Yesterday Crosstalk looked at the effect of Islamization in Europe. From that perspective it's easy for some in the U.S. to claim there's nothing for us to be concerned about because the problem is on the other side of the Atlantic. Besides, we have a constitutional republic that would never allow for Shariah law.

Those excuses collapse under the simple reminder of incidents like 9-11, what occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas, Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon bombing, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the San Bernardino incident.

For discussion regarding Islamization in our nation, Jim welcomed back Soeren Kern. Soeren is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the institutions of democracy and the rule of law, human rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and insuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

There are those like President Obama who claim that Islam has always been part of America's heritage. Soeren believes that such statements are an attempt by political elites across the Western world to 'mainstream' Islam and make it appear that there's nothing inherently unique to Islam compared to any other religious group. However, the earliest mosque in America was founded in North Dakota in 1929 making Islam's history in our nation a very short one.

The population of Muslims in the U.S. is said to be anywhere from 2.5 to 5 million depending upon the source. What's more important to Soeren is where this is going. He cited the Pew Research Foundation that recently published a story about the rise of Islam around the world and it indicated that Islam would be the second largest religion in the U.S. by 2050. This means there would be more Muslims than Jews in America.

The driving force for the advancement of Islam in the U.S. began with Muslims who were college educated. In the last 10-15 years we've seen a migration of Muslims from a lower socio-economic level. Driving this latter fact is the situation in the Middle East but there's also another factor. Within Islam is the concept of Hijra. That involves jihad through migration which was expressed by Mohammed as the duty of every Muslim.

Soeren also noted that the Islamic impact in our education system is part of the broader multi-culturalism movement. This movement believes all cultures are equal therefore we are told we need to understand Islam and one of the ways to do that is to help the younger generations accept Islam as a normal feature of American society.

As the program continues, Soeren discussed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), House Resolution 569 that attempts to shut down any criticism of Islam, Islam's goal for our judicial system, the Syrian refugees coming to America, the phenomenon of 'Chrislam', ISIS training camps in the U.S. and much more.

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Posted on July 25th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 25, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Soeren Kern

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​Islam is advancing rapidly in Europe as well as here in the United States. As a result there's been an increase in crime and religious conflict that's been escalating at alarming proportions. Government organizations as well as the media often cover these incidents up because they claim such individuals merely have a distorted view of Islam. After all, to them, Islam is a religion of peace. This shows that leaders in Europe as well as the U.S. continue to drink at the well of complacency on this topic therefore little is accomplished in terms of slowing much less halting the advance of Islam.

Joining Jim to discuss this disturbing trend was Soeren Kern. Soeren is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the institutions of democracy and the rule of law, human rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and insuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

About 10 years ago a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands began calling on European Christians to begin calling God, 'Allah' as a way to build bridges with Muslims. As Soeren began doing more research, he discovered that God and Allah are two completely different entities. From there he wrote an article about it. It went viral and he began getting requests to do more research and writing about Islam.

Soeren believes there's two ways to view Islam from a Christian point of view. The whole purpose of Islam is to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ yet from a geopolitical perspective it's dedicated to world conquest and placing the planet under the submission of Allah.

Soeren described how after World War II an entire generation of males was wiped out. This meant there weren't enough males to run the factories. As a result, Germany, the Netherlands and France began importing migrant labor. Germany began importing their labor force from Turkey. The understanding was that eventually these individuals would return to their home nations but they stayed. So over the last 40 to 50 years, Soeren described this situation as being in 'slow motion' but in the last 10 to 15 years the pace has 'snowballed' into a large political and social problem for almost every nation in Europe.

As this program moved along, it took a specific look at Islam in France, Germany and Britain, how these nations are one generation ahead of the U.S. in terms of Islamization and why European secular lawmakers and leaders are letting this happen.

Tomorrow, Jim and Soeren will take a look at how Islam has been affecting the United States.

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Posted on July 22nd, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 22, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Hans von Spakovsky

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With election talk seemingly everywhere there's debate once again over how we vote for the president. Should it be via the electoral system as outlined in our Constitution or should it be changed to a national popular vote?

Jim looked at this issue with Hans von Spakovsky who is a legal senior fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He is an authority on a number of issues including that of voter fraud and voter ID, enforcement of federal voting rights laws, administration of elections and voting equipment standards and protecting the integrity of elections. Before joining Heritage in 2008, he served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections. He has also formerly worked at the Justice Department.

Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution deals with the election process for president of the U.S. This is accomplished through the electoral college. In this system, each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes. So when you enter the voting booth, you are actually voting for the electoral college delegate who will then vote for the president.

Hans explained that the reason for implementation of the electoral college system is due to the fact that the founders were concerned with making sure that rural, less populated areas of our nation would not be neglected. They assumed that if we had a national popular vote, candidates would only have to go to big cities and urban areas and they could ignore the rest of the nation in order to secure election to office.

Under our electoral college system, each state gets the number of votes equal to the number of senators and congressmen they have. This means that even the smallest states have at least 3 electoral college votes. It's true that candidates won't spend as much time in those states but at least they won't be totally neglected, which they would, under a national popular vote system.

John Koza, creator of the scratch-off lottery ticket, has been instrumental in the push for the national popular vote idea. This idea is a state compact or agreement between the states. 11 have already passed it. Once enough states have passed it that represent 270 electoral college votes, the compact then goes into force and each state that passed it agrees that the electoral college votes in their state will be awarded not based upon the vote in their state but instead upon the national popular vote.

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Posted on July 21st, 2016

​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 21, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Pastor David Brown

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​There is a revival taking place that is anything but biblical. Pokemon is back in the form of what's now called, 'Pokemon Go', the most popular game ever in America. It's dominating the lives of people, particularly in the 25-34 age bracket. So many people have been playing this game that Internet servers are crashing. In fact, it's so popular that there are even signs on highways warning people about distracted driving. From causing curfew violations, to people smashing into other cars, trespassing on private property, to outright banning of the game in well-known locations, this update on the game is taking the world by storm.

While all these points deal with the obvious physical safety concerns over Pokemon-Go, there are spiritual concerns that are even more hazardous.

Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Pastor David Brown. Pastor Brown is with the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, WI. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology, a Ph.D in History and specializes in the history of the English Bible. He is also the President of Logos Communication Consortium, a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.

According to Pastor Brown, we must first check our worldview because if we're Christians, we would claim that we have a biblical worldview and that means we evaluate everything on the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Sadly, there are only about 4% of Americans who really have a biblical worldview. This means there are those who may claim to be Christian and therefore when playing Pokemon-Go, they end up following a satanic worldview.

The Bible doesn't mention Pokemon so how can we know if it's right or wrong? Pastor Brown gave listeners the following guidelines:

#1--What belief system or doctrine is evident or is being advocated?
#2--What philosophies and values are evident?
#3--What is the origin of the power or the energy?
#4--Are psychic, occultic, satanic or New Age symbols incorporated?
#5--Are your thoughts or imaginations steered in a wholesome or unwholesome
#6--Does it glorify violence or evil?
#7--Does it depict immorality or arouse lustful desires?
#8--Does it draw you closer to God or build godly character?

Pokemon came from Japan and is derived from 'pocket monster'. It started in 1995 and became popular in the U.S. in about 1999. Originally Pokemon was produced and the cards were translated and distributed by Wizards of the Coast, the company known for Dungeons and Dragons. The original 150 cards have been reissued and now there are 729.

So how does Pokemon stack up with Pastor Brown's 8-point test? Pokemon attempts to portray supernatural powers. The energy cards in particular promote pantheistic power for the occult.

The character called 'Abra' is said to have the ability to read minds and identify impending danger and teleport you to safety.

'Misty' is dressed sensually and has a 'thing' for 'Ash Ketchum' (one of the the main characters). 'Brock' has a fascination with the opposite sex and 'Jessie' and 'James' are cross-dressers.

Putting them all together, Pastor Brown feels the characters are portrayed as headstrong, stubborn, quibbling, self-centered, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, thieving and cross-dressing.

Pokemon Go takes all of this to the next level of fantasy as it conditions the mind to get into an altered state of reality. They call it augmented reality. In other words, the game uses your smart phone camera, leading you to different locations known as Poke stops. This preoccupation with living in a virtual world is causing everything from auto accidents, to falls off cliffs, to others who have been set-up to be shot to death and more.

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To obtain Pastor Brown's booklet on The Problem of Pokemon send $2 to:
Box 173
Oak Creek, WI. 53154

Posted on July 20th, 2016

​​​​​​​​Date:    July 20, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Shirley Elliot

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​As Christian parents we're called to faithfully raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The problem is, what happens when our children grow into adulthood and make a conscience decision to live in opposition to God's instructions given to them from their parents? At that point parents can begin to believe that they have failed their children and God in some way.

Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Shirley Elliot. Shirley counsels through the Hope Center at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, where she teaches women's Bible studies. She holds a Master's degree in Biblical counseling from the Master's College and is certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She is the author of 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful: “Gospel Home for Parents of Prodigals'.

Shirley is firmly engaged in this topic as she's the mother of a prodigal daughter who has admitted she is without Christ so this topic is very personal for her.

According to Shirley, the Bible (in Psalm 127) describes children as being like arrows. This is in the sense that they were intended to be thrust out from families for the purposes of the gospel. Those arrows are painful when they come back and do a u-turn in the heart of mom or dad who thrust them out with one purpose, only to find that they took a turn and accomplished a completely different purpose.

Families are often driven by the schedules and activities of their kids rather than being driven by the thought of what God wants for them as a family. While she agrees that paying attention to our kids is a good thing, too much of it can cause the home to be too child focused and she sees that in the culture of the church. She believes that bringing Christ back to the center of the home involves helping kids understand that they are not the center of the universe or the center of attention and that Christ is supreme, first and foremost. If we acknowledge him, he will direct our paths.

What part does forgiveness play in all of this? What does it mean to have a 'gospel gaze'? How does God's sovereign grace fit into helping the prodigal? These questions and more are answered for parents on this edition of Crosstalk.

More Information:

To obtain a copy of the book, 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful' for a donation of $17 or more, call 1-800-729-9829, go to or write to:

3434 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI. 53208

Shirley Elliot e-mail:

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