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Monday, June 19, 2017

Today on Point of View we hear from history professor at Baylor University, Thomas S. Kidd. He tells us more about his book, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father.

Donna Skell, Executive Director  and Lisa Burkhardt Worley, Director  of Special Projects at Roaring Lambs Ministries join us in-studio to tell us about the Christian Writer’s Conference coming up in July.

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Kerby Anderson
Kerby Anderson
Point of View Radio Talk Show Host

Kerby Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and currently serves as the President of Probe Ministries as well as Host of Point of View Radio Talk Show. He graduated from Oregon State University and holds masters degrees from Yale University (science) and Georgetown University (government). He is the author of thirteen books including Signs of Warning…

Guests
Thomas Kidd
Professor of History | Author - Baylor University
Thomas Kidd is the Associate Director of ISR, and Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. His books include American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016), Baptists in America: A History (with Barry Hankins, Oxford University Press, 2015), George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2014), Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (Basic Books, 2011), God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution (Basic Books, 2010), American Christians and Islam (Princeton University Press, 2008), and The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale University Press, 2007). He has written for outlets including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Kidd blogs at “Evangelical History,” at The Gospel Coalition website.

Kidd teaches courses on colonial America, the American Revolution, and American religious history. He won a 2006-07 NEH Fellowship, and won a 2004 NEH Summer Stipend. Kidd came to Baylor University in 2002 after completing a Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with the historian of religion George Marsden. He received a B.A. and M.A. at Clemson University. He and his wife Ruby have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.
Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father
Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life—including George Whitefield, the era’s greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane—kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin’s voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin’s life.
Donna Skell
Donna Skell
Executive Director - Roaring Lambs Ministries
With a heart for God, people, and business, Donna stays active in the Christian community. She has been involved with this ministry since it's inception and came on staff in 2008. Prior to that she served with the American Tract Society as spokesperson. Along with her husband, Anton, Donna owned and operated a successful chain of ladies fitness clubs in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Donna especially enjoys speaking to Ladies Groups, Churches, and at Retreats. Her rich Jewish heritage and her study of God's Word enhance her insight into the issues involved in Christian faith and living.
Lisa Burkhardt Worley
Director of Special Projects - Roaring Lambs Ministries
A 19-year television media veteran, Lisa has appeared nationally as a correspondent on the program Inside the NFL, ESPN, was an anchor on the Madison Square Garden Network in New York City and worked locally in Chattanooga, Tennessee and San Antonio, Texas. Lisa answered a call to full time ministry in 2003, founding Pearls of Promise Ministries. She is an award-winning author of two books, If I Only Had…Wrapping Yourself in God’s Truth During Storms of Insecurity, and the Pearls of Promise Devotional. If I Only Had…the winner of four writing awards, recently received an international honor, being named a finalist in the religious non-fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Awards. She has also written a children’s book, The Most Powerful P. Lisa, a sought after speaker, earned a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Perkins School of Theology in 2008.
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Political Violence

Someday, I hope, I'll sit a couple of grandkids on my lap and tell them about the days when Americans abstained from political violence and settled all our differences peaceably through the democratic process. Or …

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