English - What's Going On?
ENGLISH: "What's Going On?"  April 2017
Rob Scobey
Sr. Producer, International English

Extreme Religion—Out of Context 

Anyone who listens to Your New Life Station knows that we promote a Christian worldview in our programming. The source of our worldview is the Bible. And when we present the teachings and principles of Christianity, we strive to put the words of the Bible in their proper context—that is—we describe the circumstances that surround the words of the text.  

As long as anyone can remember, the major religions of the world have been plagued by extremists who have taken the words of the religions’ holy books out of context. Extremists have used the out-of-context passages to justify mistreatment of those who don’t agree with their extreme views. 

Those of us who write and broadcast the content of Your New Life Station’s programming believe a contextual understanding of the Bible can lead to a better life based on love for God and humanity. However, we understand that the words of Jesus and the Bible’s writers have sometimes been twisted to justify extreme views. 

Extremism can lead to physical or emotional abuse against the very people that a peaceful religion is supposed to protect. This second category, emotional abuse, is the subject of an interview done by Paul Ladd.  

In his two-part series—Paul interviews Athena Dean Holtz—a successful businesswoman who joined a cult soon after she became a Christian. Athena describes how the cult leader twisted the words of the Bible—that is—took the words out of context—to turn cult members against their families and friends. The cult leader even persuaded Athena to sell her multi-million dollar business to the cult for ten dollars! She later assessed the ways she’d been manipulated, and she chose to leave the cult and to study for herself the true meaning of the Bible’s words. 

While it would be more fun for Your New Life station to report only the inspiring and noble actions of people who say they are Christians—sometimes we need to also present cautionary stories about those who would hijack our way of life, and try to turn it into something it’s not. 

Paul’s interview with Athena will be a two-part Refiner’s Fire segment. Part 1 will be broadcast on Friday, April 21st.  Part two will be the following week, on April 28th.  

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia 

The Pacific Rim, the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. 

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Daylight Time (CDT) is five hours behind. When some parts of the world return to standard time for the winter, Eastern Standard Time (EST) is five hours behind UTC, and Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time all year rather than daylight time. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur are eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.  

You can use this website www.worldchristian.org  or our listener website, www.knls.org to hear the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari. 

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.  

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.  

Music to Love 

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta. 

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. But music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts. 

In April, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, Ed Sheeran, Head and the Heart, Kygo featuring Selena Gomez, Lana del Rey, Marian Hill, Maroon 5 featuring Future, Ofenbach, Sabrina Carpenter, and Stargate featuring Pink and Sia,   

Souder & Friends 

Larry Souder tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. In April—Larry will feature a musical tribute to outdoor plumbing, introduce listeners to a goat lover, introduce younger listeners to big band music—then return to rockin’—chairs, that is!  

News to Know 

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games. 

In April, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Beauty and the Beast, and Power Rangers—as well as Ed Sheeran’s new album Divide, and Lorde’s new song “Green Light.” 

Upcoming Reports for April 2017: 

  • Can the overuse of social media actually lead to social isolation? Kelly Ann Monahan reports the results of a study. 
  • Is there a way to keep cheetas from killing livestock in Namibia without killing the cats, which are a threatened species? Kelly Ann reports on the use of guard dogs instead of guns. 
  • Kelly Ann also reports the latest developments on NASA’s project to send humans to Mars. 
  • Is the world-wide-web in trouble? One of its inventors thinks so. Marcy Bryan reports the concerns of Tim Berners-Lee. 
  • Marcy also reports on the discovery of a statue in Cairo, Egypt, that may represent Pharaoh Ramses II. 
  • Is online shopping good or bad for postal mail service? Lloyd DeVries reports. 
  • Lloyd also reports on food deliveries by the Dutch Postal Agency. 
  • A Chinese farmer was concerned about a toxic waste dump. He had no legal training. So what did he do? Doug Poling reports. 
  • Doug also reports on the current famine in South Sudan.

A Message to Live 

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way. 

Ongoing Series 

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Believers’ Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Promises with Bob Borquez
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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