The Reformation: The Good and Bad

Interview: Michael Svigel

This week Chris interviews Dr. Michael Svigel, Department Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. We’re highlighting the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses (or sometimes knows as the Disputation on the Power of Indulgences) to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. We’ll learn that God used Luther to ignite a spark in a group who were waiting to be lit, bringing clarity for many people in the Western world back to the basics of Christianity.

We hope this is an encouraging look into the life of the man Martin Luther. He was an ordinary man God used to do extraordinary things. And we are still benefiting from his actions today!

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50 People Every Christian Should Know

by Warren W. Wiersbe

God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people. In Warren Wiersbe’s 50 People Every Christian Should Know, Wiersbe provides a glimpse into the lives of Christians like Charles Spurgeon, Fanny Crosby, Jonathan Edwards, and Hudson Taylor. Story after story you will be encouraged how God used everyday people to do His work, and will inspire you to live a life that honors God.


The Dark Stain on Luther’s Life

We are thankful for Martin Luther obeying God and being available to be used in reforming Christianity 500 years ago. His passion for the gospel of Jesus – by grace alone through faith alone broke down many walls that had been built between the common man and God through teachings of the church. But sadly, Chris will tell us of a dark stain on Martin Luther’s life. Luther started writing and teaching about an unusual love and respect for the Jewish people that in the course of 20 years changed to an evil hatred and frustration for them. Listen as Chris explains the course Luther’s words took hundreds of years after he died.

Apples of Gold

While on night watch in the Israeli military, Zvi and others in his unit told stories to pass the time and stay awake. After listening to the men’s stories they asked Zvi if he had anything to add. Zvi took this opportunity to share how God’s Son, the Messiah, was talked about not only in the New Testament that Christians read but also the Old Testament his Hebrew brothers read. His captive audience was fascinated.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Also heard on this week’s show:
» A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Timothy Shaw, Rejoice! Devotional Hymn Settings 

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