Holding All Things Together

Below are the recent broadcasts of Holding All Things Together.

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Holding All Things Together - International Trade - Terry Miller, The Primary Role of Government to Restrain Evil, Gender Dysphoria Study from Brown University
Air Date: 10/13/2018
International Trade - Terry Miller, The Primary Role of Government to Restrain Evil, Gender Dysphoria Study from Brown University

International trade takes place frequently between businesses in various countries. The most efficient trades take place where there is minimal government involvement. Today we talk with Ambassador Terry Miller, who at one time headed the U.S. Delegation to the UN Conference on Trade and Development in 2004. He now works as Director, Center for International Trade and Economics and Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Economic Freedom at Heritage. In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko discusses the good and biblical requirement for the Civil Magistrate to restrain evil. This is one of the few roles of civil government mandated by the scriptures. As opposed to welfare, that is *not* given to civil government by the scriptures (rather, scripture teaches that welfare is given to the individual, churches, fellowships, and the private sector). Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz reviews a recent Brown University study by Dr. Lisa Littman on gender dysphoria. The study was censored for apparently not fitting the modern political correctness standard, that often operates independent of science and facts. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. The views expressed on Holding All Things Together are those of the participants. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Why the Shortage of Medical Doctors - Sally C. Pipes, God's Word and the Civil Sphere, MeToo
Air Date: 10/6/2018
Why the Shortage of Medical Doctors - Sally C. Pipes, God's Word and the Civil Sphere, MeToo

What does the so-called "Single Payer" healthcare welfare system look like? Did you know that we have a medical doctor shortage that is growing? Today we talk with Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. She previously served as the assistant director of the Fraser Institute in Canada. John Stonestreet joins us to look at the downside of video gaming and its obsessions. Real addictions are happening and they are dangerous. Pastor Bill Shishko covers the biblical standards for leaders and that they must rule in the fear of God. Every person must be subject to the governing authorities. In America, that first means the law set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz examines what our policy should be when a female accuser comes forward and accuses a male of sexual misconduct. Are the biblical standards that inform us of the civil standards that should be used (which are consistent with the US Constitution)? Are there cases when the accuser is causing a just person to be falsely accused and life ruined? Does it matter whether an accusation is true or not? We are experiencing a breakdown of truth and justice. What to do? "Tune in" to learn more. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Hurricanes - Their formation, tracking and modeling - Dr. Michael Brennan, The Biblical Basis for Civil Government, The Fruit of Self-Control
Air Date: 9/29/2018
Hurricanes - Their formation, tracking and modeling - Dr. Michael Brennan, The Biblical Basis for Civil Government, The Fruit of Self-Control

What causes hurricanes? We discuss tropical waves which develop into thunderstorms, then tropical depressions, etc. Is there a particular area from which they typically originate? How do we track them? Today we talk with Dr. Michael Brennan, the Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko counsels us from scripture, regarding the characteristics of a good leader. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the fruit of the Spirit and in particular the characteristic of self-control. How does self-control tie into joy and laughter? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Grandparents and their godly influence - Larry Fowler, A lesson in civics, Revitalization of urban neighborhoods
Air Date: 9/22/2018
Grandparents and their godly influence - Larry Fowler, A lesson in civics, Revitalization of urban neighborhoods

Are you a grandparent? Further, are you a Christian grandparent? If so, do you understand your responsibility towards the second generation - your grandchildren - with respect to passing on the Christian faith? Today we talk with Larry Fowler of the Legacy Coalition. Deuteronomy 4:9b talks about teaching God's precepts to your children and to their children after them. Our guest encourages church leaders to keep ministering to Christian families (1st generation), but also work at ministering to the grandparents too, so that the faith is passed on effectively. If the grandparents are able to support the parents in discipline, you speak with one voice to the child and helps him or her tremendously. In a visit to the Pastor's study short segment, Pastor Bill Shishko begins a new series. Have you considered that civil rulers are addressed in the scriptures? God is concerned with civil government (Romans 12), among all other spheres. In America, we participate in a Constitutional Republic by our voting. So, while it may seem that the Christian gospel is only for the church and its matters in a so-called "two kingdom" view, the biblical reality is that Jesus is Lord over all spheres. Christ is glorified as his word affects and restores all things, and not only church life (as vitally important as the church is). Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz considers something called re-gentrification. He points out that generally speaking this is a very good thing. New churches have begun, crime has been reduced, jobs are created, and the entrenched poverty of an area is repaired. Now, this does not fit with identity politics, but it does improve local conditions and results in human flourishing. We should not be using the word "gentrification," as it is misleading. Revitalization or renaissance would be far more accurate. Finally, we take a look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Criminal Justice Reform and True Recovery - John Koufos, Biblical Marriage, Yom Kippur
Air Date: 9/15/2018
Criminal Justice Reform and True Recovery - John Koufos, Biblical Marriage, Yom Kippur

Today we consider the incarcerated, and a particular segment of those in prison. There are some non-violent offenders who are in prison and on a path to getting out. But what do they find upon exit from prison? Many run into problems finding work - it's understandable because on the surface, if you are an employer and have a choice between a man with a clean record and a man who has served time, who would you trust the most? Another aspect is that of getting a driver's license. Prisoners usually lose their license. Yet the license is needed to drive to work. Today we talk with John Koufos, National Director of Reentry Initiatives at Right on Crime. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to consider biblical marriage, and how this contrasts with the hedonistic practices found in ancient Rome. Later in the program writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at Yom Kippur. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Supporting Husband Through a Work Crisis - Erin Smalley, A Cooperative School Model, Unnecessary Government Overreach
Air Date: 9/8/2018
Supporting Husband Through a Work Crisis - Erin Smalley, A Cooperative School Model, Unnecessary Government Overreach

What to do? The husband comes home from work exhausted, discouraged and takes out his frustrations in the home. He snaps at his wife, or is irritable. What are some helpful responses that a wife can have? Our guest today is Eirn Smalley of Focus on the Family. In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko discusses a hybrid educational model that involves cooperation between families in a sort of homeschooling format, yet with plenty of interaction with other parents and students. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz stops by to talk about unnecessary government overreach. This theme often comes up, and is a great frustration to freedom-loving Americans. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: How does the Lord Save People? - Pastor Al Baker, Covetousness and labor, Labor Day
Air Date: 9/1/2018
How does the Lord Save People? - Pastor Al Baker, Covetousness and labor, Labor Day

The Bible tells us that all of mankind is dead in our trespasses and sins. Further it says that we don't seek God because we are spiritually dead. And yet there are pastors and evangelists urging us to repent and trust in Christ. Clearly, there has to be something profound that God does in the sinner's heart to awaken us to our sin and convict us, so that we call out to the Triune God to save us. This situation is especially interesting and helpful to evangelists who hold to the Reformed confessions. On the surface (esp. if we don't take the time to appreciate the often mysterious nuances of God's word) it would appear to be a glaring inconsistency. Today we talk with Pastor Al Baker. He is an Evangelist with the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. More information about Pastor Al and his work is here: http://pefministry.org/Home.html Also, today Pastor Bill Shishko concludes his covering of the 10th Commandment. That is the one which says we shall not covet. He ties this into labor. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at the origin and meaning of Labor Day. He considers labor relations, unions, and what the scriptures have to say about the ethics involved in working as a Christian, to the glory of God. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Who is Jesus? - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Are you Satisfied with your Lot in Life?, The Benefits of Reading
Air Date: 8/25/2018
Who is Jesus? - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Are you Satisfied with your Lot in Life?, The Benefits of Reading

Who is Jesus? Is He God? What does he claim? What do the Scriptures teach? What is the eternal identity of Jesus Christ and how can we know Him? Today we talk with Dr. Kevin Chiarot of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Tavern, NY. His email address is kchiarot@twc.com -- Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to consider our lot in life and encourage us to be content. He looks at the 10th commandment that deals with covetousness. Later in the program writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about the benefits of reading. Yes, reading! Is there a relationship to reading and the severity of Alzheimer's? What about simple forgetfulness? It's been said, that "those who read, lead." There may be a good deal of truth in this. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Protecting our Nation - Brigitte Gabriel, Truth-telling, On the licensing of Kid's Lemonade Stands
Air Date: 8/18/2018
Protecting our Nation - Brigitte Gabriel, Truth-telling, On the licensing of Kid's Lemonade Stands

Are the foundations of Western Civilization at risk? Our guest today believes so. Her family's home was blown up by radical Islamists. She was buried alive under the rubble. It took 2.5 months in the hospital and she survived. For 7 years she and her family lived in an 8x10' bomb shelter. Finally, she would come to the United States legally, and become a citizen. She talks with us about the schemes used by radical Islam to take over our nation from within. These schemes have been used in other places. But what to do? That is what her new book discusses. Pastor Bill Shishko continues looking at the 9th commandment and the implications of truth telling. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz discusses the increasing overreach of government. Is it wise to harass little kids with a lemonade stand and require them to be licensed? It makes one feel like saying "Enough is enough - we need to wake up to these oppressive regulations." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: A Socialistic Plan for Health Care - Robert Moffitt, Truth Telling, Suicide and what can be done about it
Air Date: 8/11/2018
A Socialistic Plan for Health Care - Robert Moffitt, Truth Telling, Suicide and what can be done about it

Did you know that the proposed health takeover posited by Senator Bernie Sanders would require just over 32 TRILLION dollars over 10 years? That is larger than the national debt. If this plan were to pass, it would drastically raise our taxes and would also make it a crime if you got your own private health insurance. This is nothing short of a Socialism run amok. Further, as part of his plan he would effectively reduce services by cutting about 40% of the monies going to doctors and hospitals. Under the Sanders' plan, 20% of your payroll would go to run his proposed program with all of the doctor and hospital cuts. By contrast, as of this writing, some people are moving into direct primary care options. They love it! Also this week, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to consider God's command regarding truth telling. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the rising occurrence of suicide, and the hope that the gospel of Christ brings. He includes some practical considerations for those struggling. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Chores in the Home and Marriage Tranquility - Erin Smalley, Material Blessings and Covenant Faithfulness
Air Date: 8/4/2018
Chores in the Home and Marriage Tranquility - Erin Smalley, Material Blessings and Covenant Faithfulness

Why is it that we so easily miss the simple yet key things that help a marriage to thrive? Chores in the home seems so elementary, and yet when spouses help each other in these mundane things, it has a really good effect on marital peace and tranquility. Join us today to look at this almost embarrassingly simple area that can help transform your marriage. Our guest is Erin Smalley. Pastor Bill Shishko gives us a fresh perspective on tithing, not only as being obedient to God, but if practiced by all Christian would have the huge affect of funding the spread of the Kingdom of God. Later in the program, Gerry Wisz joins us to consider a case study on the Philippines. His study intersects with the biblical notion of covenant faithfulness and the blessings of God. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Leaving Cloud 9 Book - Ericka Andersen, On Robbing God, Cultural Jihad
Air Date: 7/28/2018
Leaving Cloud 9 Book - Ericka Andersen, On Robbing God, Cultural Jihad

Today we consider a boy named Rick who was abandoned by his father at age two. He lived with an abusive mother who used drugs and alcohol; she was involved in theft and prostitution--and eventually she attempted suicide. As the boy grew up he experienced depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In adulthood, he would experience unemployment and divorce. He used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain until he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, by God’s grace, Rick overcame the odds and today is a happy husband and father. How did this happen? Rick’s answer: "It was the Lord." Today we talk with Ericka Andersen, author of the book Leaving Cloud 9, that tells Rick’s story. She speaks to those who grew up poor, feeling ignored and hopeless, and who need the healing power of God. She discusses the message of hope that is built on a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to take a look at the 8th Commandment "You shall not steal." He draws our an interesting application - that of not robbing God. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to continue to look at the migration of Islam into the West and the sort of cultural Jihad that sometimes ensues. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us! This program is supported by gifts and we appreciate your help.



Holding All Things Together: What Makes for a Good Supreme Court Justice? - Amy Swearer, On Taking God's Name in Vain, Islam and the Cultural Replacement Tactic
Air Date: 7/21/2018
What Makes for a Good Supreme Court Justice? - Amy Swearer, On Taking God's Name in Vain, Islam and the Cultural Replacement Tactic

Good judges apply the rule of law even if they disagree with them. Their job is not to change the rule, but simply apply it. Good judges look at a statute and sometimes have to make a ruling as to whether a statute is constitutional. They have to determine what the meaning of that statute is. A faithful judge will understand that the law today, has the same meaning as when it was adopted. Pastor Bill Shishko covers the third commandment of not taking the Lord's name in vain. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz talks about Islam and one of the tactics used in achieving domination in a culture. Finally, we take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Honest News Reporting - Sharyl Attkisson, Christian Hospitality, Movie Review - Paul the Apostle
Air Date: 7/14/2018
Honest News Reporting - Sharyl Attkisson, Christian Hospitality, Movie Review - Paul the Apostle

Are you weary of news reporters that are more interested in political spin, than honestly reporting the story? Is there a way of reporting the news that is consistent with the biblical norms of integrity and accuracy? Today we talk with investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, host of the weekly TV show Full Measure. She regularly explores untouchable topics without giving way to the political pressures. She discusses a couple of recent stories that she reported on. She also addresses how people frequently create fake internet identities to flood social media with propaganda. You can watch her program here: http://fullmeasure.news/ Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss Christian Hospitality. Later in our program, writer Gerry Wisz brings us a movie review on "Paul, Apostle of Christ." Finally, we take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: How Immigration Officials Cooked the Books and Fooled Congress - Mark Metcalf, Thou Shalt Not Steal, Celebrating godly Women
Air Date: 7/7/2018
Holding All Things Together: How Immigration Officials Cooked the Books and Fooled Congress - Mark Metcalf, Thou Shalt Not Steal, Celebrating godly Women

Today we take a look at the illegal alien reporting by the U.S. Immigration Courts. Of the illegal aliens that are apprehended, some are released to be free, pending their court date. The problem is that a high percentage of these folks are skipping town and not showing up. The statistics used to report to congress have been intentionally skewed to make the problem not seem as bad as it really is. This is a pretty major issue. Later, Pastor Bill Shishko looks at the 8th Commandment, of Thou Shalt Not Steal. What are the implications of this moral law of God? What about private property? What about Socialism? Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz provides a refreshing book review of "Johanna and Henriette Kuyper - Daring to Change Their World." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Christian Marriage - Rev. Ben Miller, July 4th and Dependence upon God, Energy Production and the Dominion Mandate
Air Date: 6/30/2018
Christian Marriage - Rev. Ben Miller, July 4th and Dependence upon God, Energy Production and the Dominion Mandate

Its that time of year when couples are getting married. June is a favorite, as are the months of August, September and October. Today we talk with Pastor Ben Miller about the wonderful topic of Christian marriage. God originally created man and woman and joined them together as one. He discusses the mystery Christ and His Bride, the church. How can we protect our marriages? What about the practice of family devotions? Next week is the 4th of July, an important date in American history. The Colonists declared independence from Great Britain. But what about the problem of declaring independence from God Himself, from Whom is derived true freedom? Today Pastor Bill Shishko discusses the spiritual side. Later in the program writer Gerry Wisz talks about having a God-glorifying energy policy. We need both responsible Christian stewardship and freedom to generate power from a diversity of sources. But how does this intersect with those who seem to be saying that the sky is falling in terms of the claimed "human-caused" climate change? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Christian Education with Rigor - Derrick Max, More on the 7th Commandment, On Being Salt and Light
Air Date: 6/23/2018
Christian Education with Rigor - Derrick Max, More on the 7th Commandment, On Being Salt and Light

Public education in America, also called government-run education, is increasingly feeding the children in its classrooms with a worldview antithetical to Christianity. Classes are more and more filled with ideologies that demean Christianity and which disallow the Bible. Perhaps you have a child in a government-run school. Have you noticed if the curriculum is crossing moral lines that violates your religious beliefs? What to do? Did you know that there are good alternatives to the government run schools, and alternatives that are very competitive in terms of educational rigor? Increasingly, Christian parents are choosing homeschooling, or charter schools, or co-ops and affordable private Christian schools. With the internet, now excellent courses are available online. Today we take a look at one of these alternatives. Cornerstone Schools in Washington DC offers pre-K through twelfth-grade to about 200 students in a disadvantaged part of the country. Once the students get to high school, the classes are most rigorous as they implement the "classical" educational model. Today we talk with the Executive Director/Principal of Cornerstone, Derrick Max. In a visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko continues to dive into the 7th commandment. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz talks about being salt and light as we "move past" persecution. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Social Security and the Trust Fund - Romina Boccia, Marital Faithfulness, Father's Day
Air Date: 6/16/2018
Social Security and the Trust Fund - Romina Boccia, Marital Faithfulness, Father's Day

Did you know that the Social Security Trust fund is basically an accounting fiction? There is no money in it. It is "funded" by IOU's. The money that comes in, which you and I contribute towards our Social Security, is all spent. The "trust" fund at this point is now being tapped - and these IOU's are being called upon to pay out and cover the obligations. The current rate of spend down of this system will last only 16 more years if nothing else is done. After that, per law, there may be reductions in the amount of your Social Security check (about 21%), or taxes will need to be substantially raised so that this (socialistic) scheme can remain afloat. We have a real problem on our hands. Today we interview an expert on this whole matter. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko explains more on the 7th commandment. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about Fathers. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us! (The views expressed are those of the participants).



Holding All Things Together: Christian Persecution - David Curry, The Seventh Commandment, Being Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake
Air Date: 6/9/2018
Christian Persecution - David Curry, The Seventh Commandment, Being Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake

Today we take a closer look at Christian persecution. Interwoven with that theme, is a look at the 7th commandment. Pastor Bill Shishko explains the command "You shall not commit adultery." What a timeless command this is! It speaks of sexual purity. There are so many implications of this command. Two of our segments this week deal with persecution. First, David Curry from Open Doors USA covers the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia. David also comments on North Korea. This pastor was receiving threats for talking about Jesus and helping people with his charity. It looks like the government itself, kidnapped this kind and faithful Pastor. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us with a second installment of his treatment of the beatitude, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake." Finally we conclude with another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: A Way out of Welfare - Living with Dignity with Dependence Upon God - Star Parker, End of Life Issues, Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake
Air Date: 6/2/2018
A Way out of Welfare - Living with Dignity with Dependence Upon God - Star Parker, End of Life Issues, Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake

What if there were a way out of the welfare web? Did you know that some folks refer to this lifestyle as living on "the plantation?" That description comes from some in the black community. This week we have a refreshing interview with the president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Star Parker. She describes what her life was like, and then how the Lord turned her life around. Now she looks to God, rather than government, to provide her every need. She has experienced dignity and a sense of well being in her new life. Her organization exists to help others off the welfare roles and to learn to find their God-given talent and to get actively serving the Lord by making a living. Churches have an integral role in all this. In a visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko tackles another tough subject - end of life issues. He doesn't just give us his personal opinion, but frames his answer based on the moral law of God. Gerry Wisz joins us to look at the last of the beatitudes: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake... Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks again for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Gospel Advance via Missions - Dr. Peter Hammond, God's Law and Capital Punishment, Blessed are the Peacemakers
Air Date: 5/26/2018
Gospel Advance via Missions - Dr. Peter Hammond, God's Law and Capital Punishment, Blessed are the Peacemakers

Is the gospel advancing or are we in a holding pattern until Jesus returns? What have we seen in the past in terms of missionary endeavors and conversions to Christ? Actually we have seen tremendous advances for the Christian faith. The Westminster Larger Catechism says: "In the second petition (which is, Thy kingdom come), acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, the gospel propagated throughout the world, the Jews called, the fullness of the Gentiles brought in; the church furnished with all gospel officers and ordinances, purged from corruption, countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate: that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted: that Christ would rule in our hearts here, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him forever: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends." It seems that the Westminster divines were of a different mold than many in the church today! Our guest, Dr. Peter Hammond has risked his life behind enemy lines, smuggling Bibles to people and he is familiar with great suffering while at the same time, seeing large advances for the Christian faith. In this week's visit to the pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko takes up the question of capital punishment within the framework of the moral law of God. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz looks at the beatitude "Blessed are the Peacemakers." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: North Korea Update - Dr. James Carafano, Civil Disobedience, Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Air Date: 5/19/2018
North Korea Update - Dr. James Carafano, Civil Disobedience, Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Talks with North Korea have been happening. Three detainees have been released. But can we trust the North Korean regime? North Korea tops the list of 50 countries ranked for the worst persecution of Christians in the world, according to the Christian watchdog organization Open Doors USA. How can you trust a country that is a known persecutor of Christians? Today we talk with Dr. James Carafano about the dilemma. In a visit to the Pastor's study, Bill Shishko looks at the difficult area of civil disobedience with respect to the Moral Law of God. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz helps explain the beatitude, Blessed are the Pure in Heart... Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Influence of our Mothers - Stephen Mansfield, Honoring Authority, Mothers in the Bible
Air Date: 5/12/2018
The Influence of our Mothers - Stephen Mansfield, Honoring Authority, Mothers in the Bible

This edition of Holding All Things Together is our Mother's Day special. Please share the link with your friends. When the audio starts playing, just go to the address bar at the top, and hit CTRL-C to copy the URL! Stephen Mansfield joins us to talk about soldiers in battle and how they inevitably talk of their mothers if they get close to death. We talk about how to honor our mothers if they are still alive. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko reminds us of our obligation to honor those in authority. A special poem is included this week. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz reviews mothers who are mentioned in the Bible. Finally we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together - Sex Trafficking and Healing in Christ - Bobbi Starr, The Moral Law of God, Excessive Licensing
Air Date: 5/5/2018
Sex Trafficking and Healing in Christ - Bobbi Starr, The Moral Law of God, Excessive Licensing

You may not think that life in America includes sex trafficking and emotionally scarred children. Unfortunately it does. Christians are helping on the healing front of this epidemic. Today we talk with Bobbi Starr about her group Micah's Promise. They are working on building a residential treatment facility for kids who have been devastated by this second largest criminal enterprise. In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko begins a new series on the Moral Law of God. Perhaps you have thought in the past that the law no longer applies. Well, the Moral law does apply, as shown by many New Testament scriptures. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz explores the frustrating area of excessive licensing in our nation. Even the simplest of services seem to require some form of licensing. Many licenses serve no purpose, other then gumming up the works, and raising the tax burden on hard working Americans. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: More Problems Related to the Parkland Shooting - Jarrett Stepman, Christian Influence in Healthcare, Blessed are the Merciful
Air Date: 4/28/2018
More Problems Related to the Parkland Shooting - Jarrett Stepman, Christian Influence in Healthcare, Blessed are the Merciful

Prior to the Parkland shooting, the school safety policies in the Broward County School system changed. They were changed in response to the "Dear Colleague" letter received from the Obama administration. The program implemented was called the "Promise" program. Further, this school was sitting on top $100 Million specifically intended to be used for school safety, i.e., protecting the people of the school. Only 5% had been used since 2014. This information was brought to light when a student journalist (Kenneth Preston) looked into this and brought attention of it to the school board, he was summarily shut down. His fact-finding made the leadership uncomfortable, and they gave him the run around. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko reviews the positive influence of the Christian faith in the realm of public healthcare. This sort of thing happens as the gospel of Christ spreads, and people obey God's law as they love Him and love their fellow man. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz looks at the beatitude "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy." This is in contrast to "always looking out for number one." To be merciful means to extend oneself because it is the right thing to do. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Neil Gorsuch and How He is Doing - Tiffany Bates, Gospel Influence, The fourth beatitude
Air Date: 4/21/2018
Neil Gorsuch and How He is Doing - Tiffany Bates, Gospel Influence, The fourth beatitude

Neil Gorsuch is serving as our most recently appointed Supreme Court Justice. His legal philosophy is that of a textualist. That is, he discerns what the original intent of the constitution was and is, and applies that perspective to his opinions. As expected, those who want to treat the Constitution as a wax nose, are not happy with the Justice. They see the Constitution as a living document. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss the gospel influence. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the fourth beatitude. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. We appreciate your joining us this week!



Holding All Things Together: The Muslim Brotherhood Echo Chamber - Ben Weingarten, The Spread of the Good News, Blessed are the Meek
Air Date: 4/14/2018
The Muslim Brotherhood Echo Chamber - Ben Weingarten, The Spread of the Good News, Blessed are the Meek

The designation of John Bolton as National Security Advisor of the United States set off predictable hysteria from a large sector of the media. One writer has described the phenomenon as the "Muslim Brotherhood Echo Chamber," as relates to Mr. Bolton. This terminology harkens back to the apparent media ploy for pushing the Iran deal as they worked hand in hand with the previous administration. Our guest today is Ben Weingarten, Senior Contributor at The Federalist, and Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. In a short visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko helps us see the power of the gospel in terms of its spread in the world. He makes the point that the world is not getting worse and worse, as is often asserted. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a careful look at the Beatitude "Blessed are the Meek. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: School Policy and the Parkland Shooting - Haley Holik, Are Things Getting Worse and Worse?, Blessed are They That Mourn
Air Date: 4/7/2018
School Policy and the Parkland Shooting - Haley Holik, Are Things Getting Worse and Worse?, Blessed are They That Mourn

We've heard about the murderous rampage in Parkland Florida. We've also heard from those more concerned about making this into a political football than really solving the problem with crime. Is there a reason that the written school policy did not require handing over felons to the criminal justice system? What was at stake? We are joined by Attorney Haley Holik. In a visit to the pastor's study, Bill Shishko encourages us to look at the Bible to better understand if the world is really getting worse and worse. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to consider the beatitude Blessed are They That Mourn. How can this be true? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Resurrection - Dr. Liam Goligher, The 4th Commandment, An Easter Meditation
Air Date: 3/31/2018
The Resurrection - Dr. Liam Goligher, The 4th Commandment, An Easter Meditation

What was the resurrection of Christ? How did it differ from resuscitation? We learn that Jesus' resurrected body was a glorified, real body. When we as Christians die in this life, the Bible teaches that someday future, our bodies also will be resurrected. That is true even if our body has been totally destroyed. Our guest is Dr. Liam Goligher. in a visit to the Pastor's study, Pastor Bill Shishko helps us better understand the 4th commandment concerning the sabbath, and how it is transformed into the New Testament Lord's Day, or sometimes called the Christian Sabbath. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz brings us an Easter Meditation. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Addressing the Active Shooter Threat in Schools - Kelsey Harkness, The 3rd Commandment, Palm Sunday
Air Date: 3/24/2018
Addressing the Active Shooter Threat in Schools - Kelsey Harkness, The 3rd Commandment, Palm Sunday

If your children attend a public school, are they really safe from an active shooter situation? School campuses are what's known as "soft targets." The left is pushing hard on gun control. However we know that the facts show that gun free zones are no more safe than other places. The problem is with the perpetrator, not the implement that he or she uses. Today's guest discusses what some schools are starting to embrace, namely, allowing some of their staff to voluntarily carry a firearm in class. These teachers and administrators are highly trained and they carry concealed. The net effect is to protect the school and be able to quickly respond to a situation. Kelsey Harkness is a senior news producer at The Daily Signal. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko discusses the 3rd commandment and its prohibition to images in worship. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss Palm Sunday. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Religious Freedom in the Military - Dr. W. Scott MaGill, God's 2nd Commandment, St. Patrick's Day
Air Date: 3/12/2018
Religious Freedom in the Military - Dr. W. Scott MaGill, God's 2nd Commandment, St. Patrick's Day

Religious freedom in the military is very important to the well being of our troops. Under the last administration it appears that this freedom was under repeated attack. Our guest served in the Marines, and later Dr. Magill matriculated his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and served as the Chief of Ob/Gyn at Irwin Army Hospital Ft. Riley Kansas. He has founded and directs a group that seeks to restore religious liberty in the military: Veterans in Defense of Liberty (VIDOL). Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to talk about the 10 Commandments and what they have to say about the worship of God. We are not to use images in our worship of God. God is Spirit and He requires that we worship Him in Spirit and truth. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss St. Patrick. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Responding to the Transgender Moment - Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, The First Commandment, On Being Poor in Spirit 2
Air Date: 3/10/2018
Responding to the Transgender Moment - Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, The First Commandment, On Being Poor in Spirit 2

Today we take a look at the treatment in the public square when the topic of transgenderism arises. We talk with the author of a new book. We acknowledge that people who struggle with their gender identity should receive compassion and respect, even though we may disagree with their life choices. Christians increasingly receive attacks from people who have not done their homework. For example in a recent op-ed in the NY Times, they inaccurately described Dr. Anderson's book. This illustrates that the author of the op-ed had not read the book, or was intentionally misleading the reader. Christians know what God says about the topic of transgenderism, and we desire to respond to all people in love. We love, and yet may try and persuade them that they are making a choice that God says is sinful. During a visit to the Pastor's study, Bill Shishko looks at the beginning of the 10 Commandments. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz continues to look at the Beatitudes. This week, he explores poverty of spirit. We are to lose our lives in order to gain them. Once we see the real limitations of our own resources, then we can start walking in a way that delights in the Lord. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: America's Infrastructure Plan and Spending - Michael Sargent, Preface to 10 Commandments, Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Air Date: 3/3/2018
America's Infrastructure Plan and Spending - Michael Sargent, Preface to 10 Commandments, Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

The President has a goal of improving the infrastructure in our country. But how do we pay for all this? Also, is the infrastructure really "crumbling" as some pundits claim? Today we talk with Michael Sargent, Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. This week on a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko examines the Preface to the Ten Commandments. True liberation is available as we come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and live consistent with these reasonable commands. Writer Gerry Wisz analyzes what is meant by the phrase in the beatitudes, "Blessed is the poor in spirit." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Media Myths About Gun Control - Jerrett Stepman, The Moral Law of God, The Beatitudes
Air Date: 2/24/2018
Media Myths About Gun Control - Jerrett Stepman, The Moral Law of God, The Beatitudes

It appears that the media has been using the recent mass murder in Florida to further their anti-gun narrative, as they have foisted some myths upon us in an apparent attempt to stir up fear in Americans that can lead to infringement of our 2nd amendment Constitutional right to bear arms. Today we look at a number of their assertions and see if they hold up. Our guest is Jerrett Stepman, editor of the Daily Signal. In a visit to the Pastor's study, Bill Shishko begins a new series on the Moral Law of God. What is it's purpose? Does it still hold today? Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz begins a new series on the Beatitudes of Christ. Are they antithetical to the Moral Law of God, or support them? Finally we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The 2020 Census Minimizes Racism - Mike Gonzalez, Sanctity of Life, On Scamming Seniors
Air Date: 2/17/2018
The 2020 Census Minimizes Racism - Mike Gonzalez, Sanctity of Life, On Scamming Seniors

Today we consider the human race as compared with pan-ethnic categorization. The Census Bureau has decided to not implement the wishes of the previous administration, in creating new pan-ethnic categories. We like this move because it is consistent with the scriptural teaching that there is one race, and it is the human race. But to continue to divide people into a sort of arbitrary pan-ethnic groups is simply a way of politically controlling groups of people and causing division. Unscrupulous politicians do this and do it often. They will seek to pit people against each other in order to secure votes. This is a nasty business and violates our Savior's teaching to love our neighbor. Pitting one segment of our nation against another fans the flames of hatred and racism. New pan-ethnic categories do nothing towards a godly unity of any people. Today's guest is Mike Gonzalez. His family has roots in Spain and then later Cuba. Pastor Bill Shishko talks with us about the sacredness of human life. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss serious economic scams that target seniors. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Net Neutrality Redefined with Title II - why it had to be jettisoned - Berin Szoka, Procreation, Truth Telling in Children
Air Date: 2/10/2018
Net Neutrality Redefined with Title II - why it had to be jettisoned - Berin Szoka, Procreation, Truth Telling in Children

Did you know that Net Neutrality originally was a good idea and had bi-partisan support? However under the Obama administration, the definition of Net Neutrality was tinkered with and what came out as FCC Order in 2015, was a heavy handed government control of the internet with so-called "Title II" added in! That's why Net Neutrality (so-called) became a bad thing. Today we talk with someone in the know - Berin Szoka. He is President of TechFreedom, a tech policy think tank based on pragmatic optimism about technology. In a visit to the Pastor's study today, Pastor Bill Shishko discusses procreation and how the human race is threatened if there is insufficient babies being born. This may sound a bit odd to our 21st century ears, but it is needed medicine. Contrary to some, this world is not overpopulated. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz discusses truth telling. He uses as a launching point, a recent NY Times op ed piece. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Human Tragedy in Biblical Perspective - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Marriage - A Creation Ordinance, A Christian Town
Air Date: 2/3/2018
Human Tragedy in Biblical Perspective - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Marriage - A Creation Ordinance, A Christian Town

How do we deal with tragedies as Christians? When bad things happen to us, it is tempting to change the theology of the Bible into something that has Him letting things spin out of control - much like the helpless "god" of Deism. You know, like the watchmaker who assembles the pieces, winds up the mechanism, but then just lets the watch run without interfering in its operation. Problem is, we know that an impersonal deistic god is not the God of the Bible. Fact is, we serve a Sovereign God Who ordains all that happens. OK, good theology, but what about the tragedies? See the difficulty? Today we talk with a pastor, teacher, and author who has dealt in depth with this subject. Dr. Kevin Chiarot is Senior Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Rock Tavern, NY. In a Visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko discusses marriage as a fundamental creation ordinance. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at a real Christian town in America, and what characterizes it. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Classic Learning Test - Mary Clare Amselem, A Final New Year's Resolution Suggestion, Bolshevik-inspired Economics
Air Date: 1/27/2018
The Classic Learning Test - Mary Clare Anselem, A Final New Year's Resolution Suggestion, Bolshevik-inspired Economics

Remember the days in high school when you had to take the SAT and ACT tests? These are supposedly measures of the student's readiness for college. But are they as helpful as they purport? And are they tied in some way to Common Core? There is a new test on the horizon that is being accepted by more and more colleges and it is the Classic Learning Test (CLT). Today we talk with Mary Clare Amselem about this new and likely better way of judging a student's readiness for university. Also joining us today is Pastor Bill Shishko who looks at a wonderful New Year's Resolution suggestion. It entails writing notes of encouragement. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at the misguided economics of socialism. Why do some leaders continue down this road that has been proven not to work? Is there a biblical alternative? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Nuclear Button - Dr. Earl Tilford, Another New Year's Resolution, Roe v. Wade
Air Date: 1/20/2018
The Nuclear Button - Dr. Earl Tilford, Another New Year's Resolution, Roe v. Wade

We hear words about a "nuclear button" on the desk of Kim Jong-un of North Korea, and on the desk of President Donald Trump. While there is overstatement in this, nevertheless North Korea is clearly positioning themselves to be a nuclear power. Today we talk with military historian Dr. Earl Tilford. His background includes having worked in the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. Dr. Tilford reminds us that wars are not started by blunt talk; more likely, appeasement is at the root. Such was the case in World War 2 with Hitler. In a Visit to the Pastor's study, Bill Shishko talks about exercising hospitality in our homes. This is a great goal as a New Year's resolution. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to soberly consider the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The outcome of this evil law is nothing short of a modern day holocaust. We labor as a nation, under the judgment of God. God's law teaches that the killing of a baby in utero is murder. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Lamplighter Guild - Mark Hamby, The Lord's Day, Immigration
Air Date: 1/13/2018
The Lamplighter Guild - Mark Hamby, The Lord's Day, Immigration

As we strive to glorify God in all areas of life, what about the arts? The Lamplighter Guild is described as a "renaissance of creative excellence that inspires one to know God intimately, proclaim Him passionately and enjoy Him infinitely." We are joined by the Founder and President of Lamplighter, Mark Hamby. Also on this program, Pastor Bill Shishko considers the wonderful blessing of the Lord's Day - also known as the Christian Sabbath. One day in seven is a gift from God to His people. If we honor the whole day, we will find that God restores us in wonderful ways! Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a much needed look at immigration policy from a biblical perspective. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Social Justice Warriors -vs- Truth at Universities - Dr. Thomas Lindsay, A New Year's Resolution, Taking Credit -vs- Giving Glory to God
Air Date: 1/6/2018
Social Justice Warriors -vs- Truth at Universities - Dr. Thomas Lindsay, A New Year's Resolution, Taking Credit -vs- Giving Glory to God

What is happening at our universities? Why is truth given short shrift in the name of political correctness and so-called "social justice warriors?" Doesn't the very notion of a university of necessity embrace truth, pursuing it wherever it leads? Why are enrollments down, and budgets being cut? At one point, universities were impartial dispensers of knowledge. Can modern universities be trusted? A website was given for prospective university students, and it is https://www.thefire.org/ Also today we are joined again by Pastor Bill Shisko who talks to us about an important New Year's resolution. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about the very basic and essential practice of bringing glory to God. How many times have you seen even Christians proudly taking credit for their accomplishments? Instead, we should be pointing to Christ and His gifts in our lives. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Looking Ahead to the New Year and its Opportunities - Dr. John Vance, Reading Revelation, On becoming Born Again
Air Date: 12/30/2017
Looking Ahead to the New Year and its Opportunities - Dr. John Vance, Reading Revelation, On becoming Born Again

In this New Year, we need to focus on our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. But what if sin stands in the way? How is that handled? Tune in this week to learn more. The theme of redemption runs through the segments. Dr. John Vance looks at the New Year and opportunities, Pastor Bill Shishko reflects on the message of Revelation. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the New Testament character of Nicodemus - a well-trained religious man, who was in need of the new birth. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Christmas and Restoration - John Stonestreet; Christ the God-man; Christ and Antithesis
Air Date: 12/23/2017
Christmas and Restoration - John Stonestreet; Christ the God-man; Christ and Antithesis

What is the central, defining moment in human history? It is the coming of the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Bill Shishko reminds us that this God-man forms little temples to His own glory. Families are transformed, hospitals are founded, and the view of state is transformed among many other things. Today, John Stonestreet talks about the cosmic significance of the incarnation of Christ. This is the defining moment of history. In this event, all of reality is defined. John looks at the theme of creation, fall, redemption, restoration. What we do in this world matters. We must care about our neighbor and the cultural forces which destroy our neighbor. Love causes us to have tangible acts to benefit our neighbor. This week, writer Gerry Wisz continues our Christmas theme with a look at Christ and antithesis. The incarnation of Christ, while having profound significance long term, at the time, was a seemingly small event. Mary and Joseph went to a stable for the birth of Christ. Christ comes to what should be His kingdom, but it doesn't recognize Him. Shepherds and Magi come, Angelic hosts celebrate, yet Herod could not see past the threat to his own temporal rule. Herod slaughters the young children in a failed attempt to kill the new king. The religious establishment would lose their temple before the end of the century. Christ's rule grew and is growing still. It's a profound rule that establishes itself in the hearts of God's people. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Tax Relief - Steve Moore, Christ brings value to human life, Lord of the Rings and church and state
Air Date: 12/16/2017
Tax Relief - Steve Moore, Christ brings value to human life, Lord of the Rings and church and state

Finally, tax relief appears to be on the horizon for America. The current tax rate of 40% on businesses is driving businesses and jobs overseas. If the legislation passes, most likely there will be more healthy businesses with the associated jobs. The tax cut should benefit middle class families. There is also repatriation - companies have alot of money overseas and cannot bring it back - under this new plan their tax would be substantially reduced so that the businesses would be more inclined to reinvest their money here rather than overseas. There is a provision so that people sending their children to private schools can get a tax credit. This also benefits homeschoolers. Our guest is Steve Moore, economic policy analyst. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to talk about the improved view of life as a result of the coming of Christ. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to further look at The Lord of the Rings. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Net Neutrality - Robert Tracinski, Christ Came and Lives are Transformed, Lord of the Rings
Air Date: 12/9/2017
Net Neutrality - Robert Tracinski, Christ Came and Lives are Transformed, Lord of the Rings

What is net neutrality all about? If we took the phrase literally, it would seem that it is a good thing! Well, not so fast. Our guest today, points out that something similar was already done and it didn't work out well. Our guest Robert Tracinski is a senior editor at The Federalist. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko illustrates how the outworking of the coming of Christ has resulted in the transformation of millions of people. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz discusses the Lord of the Rings movies and how his family enjoys watching them during Christmastime. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together - The Season of Advent - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Because Christ Came, The Roots of Violence and Hatred
Air Date: 12/2/2017
The Season of Advent - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Because Christ Came, The Roots of Violence and Hatred

Do Protestants celebrate the season of Advent? Is Advent mostly a Roman Catholic observance? What does Advent mean? How do churches celebrate it? Today we are joined by Dr. Kevin Chiarot to discuss. Rev. Bill Shishko begins a new series called Because Christ Came - this week, looking at Grace and Truth that came by Jesus. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the explosive increase in murderous attacks in our society - what is really at the root of these attacks? Is it conspiracy-based? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Wise Spending During Holidays - Chuck Bentley, Thanksgiving Wrap up, Thine is the Power
Air Date: 11/25/2017
Wise Spending During Holidays - Chuck Bentley, Thanksgiving Wrap up, Thine is the Power

The time for Christmas shopping is already upon us! Earlier this week was so-called "Black Friday." With the season is also pressure. Pressure to do everything that people expect of us. Perhaps there is pressure to spend too much money, and worse, many times, money that we don't have. If not careful, our personal debt can rise, and with more debt is more emotional pressure. Today we are joined by Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. The Crown website is at www.crown.org In a short Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko discusses the discipline of joy and giving of thanks. He answers the question of how do we give thanks? Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz discusses the power of Christ. The context is the phrase in the Lord's Prayer, "Thine is the Power." Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Tax Reform - Dan Hollar, Thanksgiving Historically and as a Way of Life
Air Date: 11/18/2017
Tax Reform - Dan Hollar, Thanksgiving Historically and as a Way of Life

What is the latest on tax reform going on in Washington? Today, Dan Hollar gives us his insights. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss Thanksgiving and he quotes some of President Lincoln's proclamation. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us. How is it possible to give thanks, knowing the effects of sin? Well, its not really possible without the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus Christ. His work started in Old Testament days and was fully realized once he came, died, was resurrected and enthroned on high. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: North Korea Update - Steve Bucci, A Presidential Thanksgiving Address, Thine be the Kingdom
Air Date: 11/11/2017
North Korea Update - Steve Bucci, A Presidential Thanksgiving Address, For Thine is the Kingdom

This week we get an update on the North Korea situation. Our guest formerly served as an Army Special Forces officer and as a top Pentagon official. He has also worked with IBM on cyber security. Steven P. Bucci is now a visiting fellow in the Heritage's Foundation's Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. Also, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, Pastor Bill Shishko quotes part of Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the phrase For Thine is the Kingdom. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Is College in your Future? - Dr. Walter E. Williams, Book Review, On Election Day Sermons
Air Date: 11/4/2017
Is College in your Future? - Dr. Walter E. Williams, Book Review, On Election Day Sermons

Did you know that some college kids really should not be pursuing college? This opinion from a college professor! What are some alternate approaches for those for whom college would be a mis-fit? Our guest is Dr. Walter E. Williams from George Mason University. Today we had time to include a book review! Dr. Kevin Chiarot joins us to review RC Sproul's book "Are We Together?" - it highlights the distinctives between Roman Catholicism and the Protestant Faiths. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to probe an interesting question, and that is, why don't we hear of many election day sermons anymore? You know, where the minister explains to his congregation the biblical requirements for godly leaders, consistent with the description and prescription contained in Romans 13? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Today's broadcast is jam-packed and we hope you enjoy it!



Holding All Things Together: Homeschooling and Advocacy - Bill Heuer, The Priesthood of Believer, Dr. Abraham Kuyper
Air Date: 10/28/2017
Homeschooling and Advocacy - Bill Heuer, The Priesthood of Believer, Dr. Abraham Kuyper

Homeschooling is an excellent choice for some parents. In today's interview our guest Bill Heuer, discusses some of the helps that are available to homeschooling families. Sometimes advocacy is needed and that is what the Massachusetts Home Learning Association provides (http://www.mhla.org/). Bill mentioned an article "Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice," that is posted on http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/homeschooling-ultimate-school-choice/ Also, Pastor Bill Shishko covers another important aspect of the Reformation - that of The Priesthood of the Believer, Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the amazing legacy of Dr. Abraham Kuyper. Finally, we take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Second Amendment - Jarrett Stepman, The Reformation, Your Fair Share and what does that mean
Air Date: 10/21/2017
The Second Amendment - Jarrett Stepman, The Reformation, Your Fair Share and what does that mean

The vicious attack in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago is exceedingly tragic. The number of people gunned down in this one attack is new high and yet was roughly equal to the number of gun-related homicides in Chicago in the span of merely one month in that crime laden city. Chicago, a city with known restrictive gun laws. As anticipated, many on the left have issued renewed calls against the 2nd amendment in our Bill of Rights. Our right to bear arms is based on a God-given right of self-defense. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko looks at the Protestant Reformation, which began nearly 500 years ago. He answers the question of "How are people made right with God?" - pointing us to the Scriptures. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a closer look at the oft-used phrase "fair share." What is really meant by this phrase when used by shifty politicians, trying to buy themselves votes on the backs of the voters? Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Protecting the Unborn - Carrie Earll, Sola Scriptura, Deliver us from Evil
Air Date: 10/14/2017
Protecting the Unborn - Carrie Earll, Sola Scriptura, Deliver us from Evil

On October 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 237-189, which would end late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when scientists have determined that unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the womb. Today we talk with Carrie Earll, vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family, about this important bill. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to talk about "sola scriptura." Writer Gerry Wisz is here to discuss the phrase in the Lord's prayer: "deliver us from evil." Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Documented Voter Fraud and its Problems - Jason Snead, The Reformation Five Solas, Lead us Not into Temptation
Air Date: 10/7/2017
Documented Voter Fraud and its Problems - Jason Snead, The Reformation Five Solas, Lead us Not into Temptation

Today we take a look at documented voter fraud with Jason Snead, policy analyst in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Election integrity should be a non-partisan issue. Here is the link to the documented cases referred to: http://thf-legal.s3.amazonaws.com/VoterFraudCases.pdf Later this month we celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Today, Pastor Bill Shishko takes a look at the five solas of the Reformation. What about the Lord's Prayer and the phrase "lead us not into temptation?" Does that seem a bit strange to you? What does it really mean? Gerry Wisz explains. Finally, Calvin Carter brings us another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Chore-Sharing in the Home - Erin Smalley, A Hybrid Home School Model, Yom Kippur
Air Date: 9/30/2017
Chore-Sharing in the Home - Erin Smalley, A Hybrid Home School Model, Yom Kippur

How can you show your spouse that you really care for them? What about sharing chores in the home?! It doesn't seem obvious but this is really a key matter to marital peace. We are joined by Erin Smalley of Focus on the Family. Pastor Bill Shishko stops by to talk about a hybrid model for schooling - it is homeschooling and yet shared and utilizing the strengths of others to help parents carry the load. Gerry Wisz explains Yom Kippur, and how this Day of Atonement points to something very important. Finally, Calvin Carter takes another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: No Go Zones - Raheem Kassam, Home Schooling, The Life of Alco Sutton
Air Date: 9/23/2017
No Go Zones - Raheem Kassam, Home Schooling, The Life of Alco Sutton

What are so-called "No Go Zones?" We have been receiving immigrants from Muslim countries, and sadly, some terrorists have been getting into our country with the goal of transforming our culture to no longer be a Constitutional Republic, but rather to embrace Sharia Law, which is seditious. Our politicians are mostly hopeless and have no backbone at all when it comes to upholding our Constitution. But what is a no go zone? Today we talk with Raheem Kassam. He has made it his practice of walking into areas of social unrest due to radical (consistent) Islam, and has interviewed people and done real journalism. The modern media avoids many stories and leads when they do not play into their preconceived notions. Our guest points out that what we are seeing is not real journalism. Later we talk with Pastor Bill Shishko, who points out the advantages of Home Schooling and not falling prey to the assembly line approach of the government schools. He also points out the warning of "weariness" that sets in. Later in the program we look at a social welfare program that grew out of Christian concern and was private and it really worked! This is an actual success story, brought to us by writer Gerry Wisz. Finally, Calvin Carter brings us another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us! Remember, this program can only stay on the air and internet based on your support. Please help us!



Holding All Things Together: What makes a good student - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Education Options, Statues
Air Date: 9/16/2017
What makes a good student - Dr. Kevin Chiarot, Education Options, Statues

What makes for a good student? What qualities characterizes students who excel? Today we talk with pastor and educator, Dr. Kevin Chiarot. John Stonestreet checks in to share a story that illustrates how God is restoring all things. Pastor Bill Shishko talks about educational options - this week its the public school. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the hotly debated removal of statues situation. He also takes a step back from all the wrangling and talks about the nuances of the issues surrounding the war between the states. Finally, we take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Taking care of Orphans and Movie Debut - Paul Batura, Back to School, Forgiving Others and the Lord's Prayer
Air Date: 9/9/2017
Taking care of Orphans and Movie Debut - Paul Batura, Back to School, Forgiving Others and the Lord's Prayer

What happens when a boy in Kenya is abandoned at age six? How likely is it that he would amass great wealth? Find out how God worked in amazing ways in this life given over to God, for His glory. Here is a link to the movie trailer for this story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3HGRf4noSU Also ahead, the children are back in school now. What is the basic, fundamental foundation of wisdom? It is the fear of the Lord! Learn more as Pastor Bill Shishko invites us into his study. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz takes a closer look at the Lord's Prayer, and in particular the requirement that we forgive others. Find out how this leads to well-being, productivity and human flourishing. Finally, another look at this week in history with Calvin Carter. Thanks for joining us this week!



Holding All Things Together: Anarchism and its Solution - Dr. Harry Reeder, The Gospel Spreads, Forgive us our Debts
Air Date: 8/27/2017
Anarchism and its Solution - Dr. Harry Reeder, The Gospel Spreads, Forgive us our Debts

We see some social upheavals in our American society now. In fact it harkens back to an earlier time in the 1960's, and perhaps there are some similarities to just before the civil war in the 1860's. There is a small group of people who are anarchists, whose ranks seem to be growing. Our guest today talks about the problem and provides a remedy for it. Dr. Harry Reeder is Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. In a short visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko joins us with some very encouraging words on the spread of the Gospel and how it intersects with our work. Writer Gerry Wisz comments about the Lord's Prayer and where it says "Forgive us our Debts." Finally we'll have another look at this week in History with Calvin Carter. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Grassroots Involvement - Slade O'Brien, The Gospel and Medicine, Give us this Day
Air Date: 8/26/2017
Grassroots Involvement, The Gospel and Medicine, Give us this Day

Today we talk with Slade O'Brien, Vice President, Grassroots Leadership Academy. We talk about folks having a voice at the local level, and affecting communities for good and therefore, for the glory of God. Also, in our short visit to the pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko continues discussing the theme that the world is NOT getting worse and worse. This week he looks at the gospel's effect on human health and medicine. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to review the phrase "Give us this day, or daily bread." Finally, Calvin Carter brings us another look at this week in history. Thanks again for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Transgender Issues - Jeff Johnston, The growth of Christianity, On Earth as it is in Heaven
Air Date: 8/19/2017
Transgender Issues - Jeff Johnston, The growth of Christianity, On Earth as it is in Heaven

What are the basics of the transgender issue? How does it affect our culture? What is the ideology of the transgender movement? Our guest is Issues Analyst at Focus on the Family. During our segment with Pastor Bill Shishko, we are encouraged by what the Lord is doing throughout our world. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz covers the thinking at the heart of a weighty statement in the Lord's Prayer: "On Earth, as it is in Heaven." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Ticks and Lyme Disease - Dr. Joyce Knestrick, Is the World Getting Worse?, The Lord's Prayer
Air Date: 8/12/2017
Ticks and Lyme Disease - Dr. Joyce Knestrick, Is the World Getting Worse?, The Lord's Prayer

During Summertime many of us are outside enjoying the nice weather. Our kids like to wear their shorts, go barefoot and often roll around in the grass. But while this is a lot of fun, it also exposes folks to picking up ticks. Deer ticks can be carriers of Lyme disease. This week we talk with Nurse Practitioner Dr. Joyce Knestrick. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko reminds us of what is meant by the gospel - its side benefits which come in this life, are making the world better and better. The gospel is going to all the nations. It first affected 3000 people and yet now it is a global religion. Somewhere around 33% of the world's population falls into the "Christian" category. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about the pregnant phrase "Thy Will be Done," in the Lord's Prayer. Finally, Calvin Carter will wrap things up with another edition of This Week in History. Thanks for joining us this week!



Holding All Things Together: Social Security Fiscal Problem - Romina Boccia, Is the World Getting Worse?, Summer Reading List
Air Date: 8/5/2017
Social Security Fiscal Problem - Romina Boccia, Is the World Getting Worse?, Summer Reading List

The Social Security program has been running a cash flow deficit since 2010. They are able to continue paying full benefits because of the surpluses that were paid from 1983 to 2010. But the assets are in the form of US bonds, which are debt obligations for the American tax payers. The Social Security trust fund runs out of money 18 years from now. If nothing is done, what happens to the benefits at that time? Our guest is Romina Boccia of the Heritage Foundation. Also, we are joined by Pastor Bill Shishko today. He addresses the common mantra of "the world is getting worse and worse." But is it? Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss a Summer reading list - particularly appropriate for college students. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Christian and Dying - Rev. Al Baker; Older Women to Younger Women Hospitality, Vladimir Putin
Air Date: 7/29/2017
The Christian and Dying - Rev. Al Baker; Older Women to Younger Women Hospitality, Vladimir Putin

What happens to the Christian at death? The Bible has many pieces of information in it that describes all that we need to know about this important transition. We will all go through this experience, so it is good to think about it - and do so biblically. We are joined today by Pastor and Evangelist Al Baker. Also, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to encourage older women in a specific ministry that they can have. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz reflects on some of the interesting statements by Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Fighting Voter Fraud - John Malcom, The Joy of Christ, The Lord's Prayer and Thy Kingdom Come
Air Date: 7/22/2017
Fighting Voter Fraud - John Malcolm, The Joy of Christ, The Lord's Prayer and Thy Kingdom Come

How can we fight against voter fraud? First of all, does it really exist? What steps are being taken to investigate and fix it, if it does truly exist? This week we are joined by John Malcolm. He points out that every time a fraudulent vote is cast, it negates a vote by a legitimate voter and effectively disenfranchises that voter. In a short Visit to the Pastor's Study Rev. Bill Shishko encourages us to have the Joy of Christ as we bless others. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the phrase in the Lord's Prayer "Thy Kingdom Come." What is implied by this phrase? Older Christian confessions help give us a clue. Finally, we take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us! A reminder that this show is expensive to produce and deliver - we could really use your support! Thank you.



Holding All Things Together - Energy Costs - Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Hospitality, Hallowed be Thy Name
Air Date: 7/15/2017
Energy Costs - Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Hospitality, Hallowed be Thy Name

There are many ways of generating electricity. Some of these are older technologies and yet are very efficient. Some are quite expensive, especially when we account for the government funding that flows to some of them - that is, funding that you and I pay for via our taxes, so that others can benefit. Today we step back from all the talk and look at facts regarding energy production. What is one objective measure of the cost effectiveness of the various methods? Our guest is Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Founder and spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko encourages us to practice hospitality. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at what's involved in the phrase "Hallowed by Thy Name," in the Lord's Prayer. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history with Calvin Carter. Thanks for joining us! Please consider supporting this program, as it is expensive to produce. Thank you.



Holding All Things Together: EPA Power grab - Daren Bakst, Marriage and Shining as Lights, Refugees and the Bible
Air Date: 7/8/2017
EPA Power grab - Daren Bakst, Marriage and Shining as Lights, Refugees and the Bible

Can water puddles in your back yard be considered as US waters and therefore be regulated by the Federal government? You may be surprised. What about a drainage ditch on a farm, or an agricultural pond? Today we talk with Daren Bakst, an attorney who is an expert on agriculture subsidies, property rights, environmental policy, food labeling and related issues. We take a look at how the EPA is poised to undo President Obama’s Federal power Grab. The Farm Bureau shares the same concerns as what we cover today. Gerry Wisz joins us to comment on "World Refugee Day." Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Independence and Home Schooling - Andrea Schwartz; Sexual purity; Independence Day
Air Date: 7/1/2017
Independence and Home Schooling - Andrea Schwartz; Sexual purity; Independence Day

This weekend, many families will take a little extra time off and celebrate Independence Day which is only 3 days away. As part of our independence theme, we look at some key topics, not the least of which is freedom in our homes to educate our covenant children. We are joined by educator and family advocate Andrea Schwartz from Chalcedon. Pastor Bill Shishko invites us into his study to talk about sexual purity. Early on, John Stonestreet encourages us to stay with our marriages and not give up! Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to look at Independence Day in the United States, and its relation to the law of God. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Food Stamps and work requirements - Robert Rechter; Womanhood; Our Father Who Art in Heaven
Air Date: 6/24/2017
Food Stamps and work requirements - Robert Rechter; Womanhood; Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Is it reasonable to give out food stamps to able-bodied adults, who are not seniors and don't have children? About 90% of Americans believe that the privilege of getting food stamps must be accompanied by accountability and a willingness to work or do community service, etc. That is, the distribution of such assistance is not fair to tax payers if the recipients have no intentions of responding with some kind of giving of themselves to the society which so graciously is supporting them. Today we talk with Robert Rechter, a leading authority on poverty, welfare programs and immigration in America. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss "Womanhood." Later in the program writer Gerry Wisz continues with his insights on The Lord's Prayer. This week he looks at the phrase: "Our Father Who Art in Heaven." Finally another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Father's Day Special - Dad's recovering from war - Andy Mylin; Manhood and Sexuality; Fathers in the Home
Air Date: 6/17/2017
Father's Day Special - Dad's recovering from war; Manhood and Sexuality; Fathers in the Home

Many fathers have experienced the trauma of going to war. War changes a person and some while not wounded physically, are wounded in their souls. They need healing, and often do not know where to find it. Today we talk with Andy Mylin. He talks about the Reboot program which helps combat veterans heal in the company of peers. Pastor Bill Shishko continues to discuss aspects of the sexual revolution and in particular, manhood and sexuality. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at Father's Day. Fathers who model their lives after our Heavenly Father, bring much stability to their homes. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Paris Climate Withdrawal - Katie Tubb; God created mankind and sex; The Lord's Prayer
Air Date: 6/10/2017
Paris Climate Withdrawal; God created mankind and sex; The Lord's Prayer

Today we are joined by Katie Tubb, a policy analyst for energy and environmental issues in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. What was the Paris Climate Agreement and how did it obligate us? Was it good governance to pull out of it? Katie discusses how the agreement actually targeted in particular, the energy sector and that would have had a ripple effect for every individual in the US. If carried out, the energy regulations agreed to in Paris by the past administration would have destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs, harmed American manufacturing, and destroyed $2.5 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2035. On average, it would have cost every family in the US, $20,000 each. What is astonishing, is that this agreement if fully implemented, would have decreased CO2 in the atmosphere by a mere 0.02%, which is virtually unmeasurable. Here are two articles for further reading: http://cornwallalliance.org/2017/06/why-did-some-u-s-firms-support-paris-agreement/ http://cornwallalliance.org/2017/06/the-gory-facts-about-solar-vs-coal-energy-employment/ In a visit to the Pastor's Study, this week Rev. Bill Shishko reminds us of how we were created in the image of God. He is the One who created sex for a monogamous relation within the bonds of marriage. Writer Gerry Wisz discusses the "Our Father" in the Lord's Prayer. Finally, another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Creation and Scientists - Rev. Glen Bayly; Sex Change Dangers; Our Father in The Lord's Prayer
Air Date: 6/3/2017
Creation and Scientists; Sex Change Dangers; Our Father in The Lord's Prayer

Are there scientists who hold to the account of creation as documented in the Scriptures? Today we talk with Rev. Glen Bayly of Creation Ministries International. He's been involved with setting up seminars in the Pennsylvania area, bringing together scientists to discuss this topic. The Rev. Bill Shishko joins us to discuss the downside to sex change surgery and hormonal treatments as it relates to transgender issues. And later in the program writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the first phrase of the Lord's Prayer - "Our Father." Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history, with our very own history buff - Calvin Carter. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Teaching Finances to Kids - Chuck Bentley; More on the Transgender Revolution; The Paranormal
Air Date: 5/27/2017
Teaching Finances to Kids; Transgender Revolution; The Paranormal

This week Chuck Bentley explains principles for each stage of your child's life. He wrote an article about this here: http://blog.crown.org/handwritingonthewall/the-best-way-to-prepare-your-kids-for-the-workforce Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to further reflect on the so-called gender revolution. Gerry Wisz looks at our unhealthy interest in the paranormal. Even our government has gotten trapped in this interest, particularly during the cold war years. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Border Wall - Kelsey Harkness, Transgender Revolution, Gene Splicing
Air Date: 5/20/2017
The Border Wall, Transgender Revolution, Gene Splicing

There is much discussion about building a wall on our southern border. If only we had more data points to see if such a wall would help people on both sides of the wall. Such an example exists with San Diego. We are joined by Kelsey Harkness who visited the area, talked with people from both sides and then shares her observations. John Stonestreet drops in to talk about the language of abortion supporters. Pastor Bill Shishko continues to explore the transgender revolution, explaining it against the backdrop of God's word. Writer Gerry Wisz explores the topic of cloning/gene splicing. We'll wrap things up with another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: God's Song Book - Pastor Brad Johnston; The Transgender Revolution, Mother's Day
Air Date: 5/13/2017
God's Song Book - Pastor Brad Johnston; The Transgender Revolution, Mother's Day

God's church will be blessed if it dives into the sweetness of God's hymnbook. The Psalms are God-breathed and meant to be sung by the church, for the glory of God and for her well-being. So-called metrical psalms are versified in a syllabic meter and can be sung. Over 100 times in the Psalter, we are commanded to sing. Today we talk with a pastor whose church regularly sings the Psalms. He reminds us that Psalm singing can be an ecumenical glue that transcends denominational differences and serves to bind God's people together. Participants: Rev. Brad Johnston, Dan Elmendorf



Holding All Things Together: Paris Climate Agreement - Dr. E. Calvin Beisner; Prison Work Programs and Recidivism
Air Date: 5/6/2017
Paris Climate Agreement; Prison Work Programs and Recidivism

What did we get ourselves into as a nation with the Paris Climate agreement? What are the costs and what are the benefits? Today we take a look at the facts. Our guest is Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. Also, since God has put eternity in the hearts of mankind, there exists a commonality we have with our fellow man, in terms of sharing the gospel. Pastor Bill Shishko talks about this. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz looks at prison work programs and their benefits. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Government making the Poor Poorer - Stephen Moore; A Better Way; Science and Faith
Air Date: 4/29/2017
Government making the Poor Poorer; A Better Way; Science and Faith

How does government policy actually make poor people even poorer? Today we talk with economist Stephen Moore. We explore the question of whether or not welfare has helped the poor. Pastor Bill Shishko explains how "the gospel does, what the United Nations cannot!" Later we are joined by writer Gerry Wisz who looks at science and faith. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Persecuted Christians - Dr. David Curry; True fulfillment; Technology and Distractions
Air Date: 4/22/2017
Persecuted Christians; True fulfillment; Technology and Distractions

Today we talk with the President of Open Doors USA, Dr. David Curry. Two weeks ago, there were two terrorist attacks targeting Christians in Egypt. Islamic State terrorists chose to attack two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. Pastor Bill Shishko continues his discussion of subversive fulfillment. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at how we are constantly interrupted by technology. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thank you for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Faithful Service and Huge Impact - Stephen Mansfield; The Resurrection of Christ
Air Date: 4/15/2017
Faithful Service and Huge Impact; The Resurrection of Christ

Do you feel that your life is seemingly unimportant, and "small?" You just put one foot in front of another as it were, and faithfully work the daily grind. Be encouraged. The life of faithful service, lived one day at a time in unremarkable ways, is often just the formula that God uses to do really great things for Him. Today we listen to a story of a Nanny who simply served a family and yet, had a profound influence on a young boy, who later became Prime Minister of England. Her influence affected the world! Sunday is Resurrection Day. Pastor Bill Shishko talks about eternity that is in the heart of every person. Writer Gerry Wisz reflects on the profound importance of this historical event. Finally, another look at this week in history - all this and more - thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Sanctuary Cities - Hans von Spakovsky; Centrality of the Church; Jesus enters Jerusalem
Air Date: 4/8/2017
Sanctuary Cities - Hans von Spakovsky; Centrality of the Church; Jesus enters Jerusalem

The notion of Sanctuary Cities has been in the news lately. In one area in NY that is a sanctuary city, the violent crime rate of that city is the highest in NY State! That area is Newburgh, NY. 80% of Americans are against the designation "Sanctuary City," and yet politicians keep pushing for them. Our guest points out that Sanctuary cities give special rights to illegal aliens that citizens do not have. Today we are joined by Hans von Spakovsky, an authority on a wide range of issues – including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko joins us to discuss the church as contrasted with false news. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. The church shows how truth is lived out. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz reviews the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thank you for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Partiality and Education - Dr. Walter E. Williams, Utopianism;
Air Date: 4/1/2017
Partiality and Utopianism

The Bible teaches us that partiality is sin. As we apply this teaching, we find that racism falls into this category of partiality. Racism is a sin. Many modern universities are going through this form of partiality and our guest Dr. Walter E. Williams shines the light on these failures. Later in the program writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at Utopianism and shows its failures. Pastor Bill Shishko continues to look at Subversive Fulfillment. Finally, another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Truth and fact finding in reporting - Sharyl Attkisson; True Love, A truthful theologian worth reading
Air Date: 3/25/2017
Truth and fact finding in reporting; True Love, A truthful theologian worth reading

What is "fake news?" How rampant is it? What does the old fashioned news reporter job look like and how is that different from what we often see today on cable TV? When was the last time you had confidence that a reporter laid aside his or her bias and followed the fact-trail to wherever it led? Wouldn't that approach be refreshing, as opposed to constantly hearing from political operatives, who pose as objective reporters? Today we talk with veteran investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko talks about true love. What is it that people are looking for, but often employ the wrong starting point? Christian thought and practice in this area as well as others, provides true fulfillment. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to review the writings of an older theologian whose work is well worth reading. Finally, Calvin Carter wraps things up with another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Making Moral Choices - Dr. Scott B. Rae; Against Idols; St. Patrick
Air Date: 3/18/2017
Making Moral Choices; Against Idols; St. Patrick

This week, Pastor Bill Shishko talks about the world's misplaced faith and how it needs to be directed to Jesus Christ. Dr. Scott B. Rae discusses his book "Doing the Right thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options." Writer Gerry Wisz discusses the life of St. Patrick. Calvin Carter brings us another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Ministering to Muslims - An Arab minister; Longing for Peace; How to help people in other countries
Air Date: 3/11/2017
Ministering to Muslims; Longing for Peace; How to help people in other countries

This week we have an international focus. We talk with an Arab minister of the gospel. He remains unnamed and at an undisclosed location. We talk about ministering the gospel of Christ to Muslims. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko talks to us about how Christ fulfills the deepest of human needs. Gerry Wisz reviews a practical work program that helps people in other countries. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Spouses supporting each other - Paul Batura; Help for Church planter's wives, Speaking to culture
Air Date: 3/4/2017
Spouses supporting each other; Help for Church planter's wives, Speaking to culture

Today we are joined by Paul Batura, Vice President of Communications, Focus on the Family. We take a look at how spouses support each other. How often have you seen a spouse who stands out as you look at a ministry, but behind the scenes is the other spouse working very hard and they make for a team, even while one is not nearly as visible in the public eye. In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko talks about how to speak to culture. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz reviews a special ministry to the wives of church planters. It is known as "Parakaleo." Finally another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Replacing Obamacare update - Melissa Quinn; Bible for all of life, The LBJ amendment
Air Date: 2/25/2017
Replacing Obamacare update; Bible for all of life, The LBJ amendment

This week, Pastor Bill Shishko invites us into his study to consider how to deal with a rapidly changing world. He points us to making use of a Bible "Atlas" so we can see the terrain and know where we are going - surprisingly, one of these tools is better known as a a catechism! The Bible applies to all of life and catechisms help us make those applications. We will gladly send you a free Shorter Catechism - feel free to contact us. What about the subject of government enforced health insurance? Are you feeling the pain of increased premiums, higher deductibles and few choices? Do you desire to get control of your own healthcare and thereby know more freedom and save money? Well we can relate. This week we are joined by senior news reporter for the Daily Signal, Melissa Quinn. She explains some of the refreshing ideas that are forming in Congress. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the so called LBJ amendment. Remember that one? That's the one which squashes free speech for 501c3 organizations, especially churches that must speak prophetically to the morals of our day. Finally we conclude with another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Welfare Problem - Robert Rector; The Christian Sabbath; Christianity and its Influence
Air Date: 2/18/2017
The Welfare Problem; The Christian Sabbath; Christianity and its Influence

Welfare has become a huge problem for American Society. Not just in terms of funding, but also in the destruction of marriage and family stability. Today we are joined by Robert Rector, a leading authority on poverty, welfare programs in America. Gerry Wisz joins us to look at what Christ meant by His words: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me." Finally, another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Secularism and Irrationality - Dr. Steve Turley, Future Shock
Air Date: 2/11/2017
Secularism and Irrationality, Future Shock, Angry Young Man

Today we look at the rationality of secularism. Dr. Steve Turley is our guest and he looks at secularism and its core tenets upon which it is based. Pastor Bill Shishko gives us a book review of an older work by Toffler. A short update today from John Stonestreet and the false narrative Planned Parenthood gives of providing "care." Ultrasound monitors are often turned away from the patient in order to hide the living child from its mother so that it can be summarily killed with no emotional attachment. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Praying for You Right Now - Dr. Gary L. Welton; Four suggestions for stability; Enjoying and Glorifying God
Air Date: 2/4/2017
Praying for You Right Now; Four suggestions for stability, Enjoying and glorifying God

Facebook is a popular social media service. Today our guest explains how the Lord used it in his wife's life as she goes through cancer and chemotherapy. Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College. IN a Visit to the Pastor's Study, past Bill Shishko shares his advice with four things that you can be doing to have a sense of calm and stability in your home. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about the misused term "Human Flourishing," and how to look at the subject from a biblical point of view. Finally, Calvin Carter brings us another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Human Trafficking - David Nederhood; Holding to the Changeless; NY State and more immorality
Air Date: 1/28/2017
Human Trafficking; Holding to the Changeless; NY State and more immorality

Did you know that human slavery still exists? It's called by other terms, but it exists. Today we are joined by David Nederhood. He works in this field of saving girls from the results of human trafficking in the San Francisco area. Also, have you experience emotional duress over the past year? You need to hold to the changeless, so as to regain balance and peace. Find out more as Rev. Bill Shishko discusses the solution. Also joining us this week is writer Gerry Wisz. Gerry discusses some recent legislation in NY State, which very quickly passed the Assembly and Governor Cuomo signed it. One more step down the slippery slope of government overreach and societal moral deterioration. Finally, another look at this week in History with Cal Carter. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: College graduates and jobs - Dr. James Thrasher; Change and how to cope; Value of Human Life
Air Date: 1/21/2017
College graduates and jobs; Change and how to cope; Value of Human Life

Before too long, colleges will be looking at commencements and another graduating class will be seeking jobs. But are they adequately prepared for a competitive market place? What steps can students take now, to get ready? Our guest is Dr. James Thrasher, the Director of Career Services, Grove City College. This week in our segment "A Visit to the Pastor's Study," the Rev. Bill Shishko deals with our anxiety in a world of rapid change - how to hold to the changeless. Later in our program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to interact with the writings of Peter Singer. Gerry holds to the biblical concept of the value of human life. It is interesting to hear him work through the thinking of Singer, who is an Australian "moral" philosopher who doesn't hold to the Judea-Christian concept of human value. Finally, another look at This Week in History with our very own history prof, Cal Carter. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The First 100 Days - Genevieve Wood, The Inauguration and the Christian, The Economy
Air Date: 1/14/2017
The First 100 Days, The Inauguration and the Christian, The Economy

The Inauguration is less than one week away now. If you had to guess, what may be accomplished in the first 100 days of this new administration? Genevieve Wood from the Daily Signal joins us to discuss. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, the Rev. Bill Shishko encourages us with Biblical teaching as to our duties as Christian citizens. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz talks about the economy and gives some suggestions. Finally, another look at This Week in History. Thanks again, for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Defeating the Jihadists - Dr. Sebastian Gorka; Getting smart by studying God; The Church of Laodicea
Air Date: 1/7/2017
Defeating the Jihadists; Getting smart by studying God; The Church of Laodicea

We look at one of the largest threats to our national security. The Jihadists are increasing their coffers by two to four million dollars a DAY. There are well over 80,000 Jihadists and some are in the United States. We talk with Dr. Sebastian Gorka about his work as he teaches the military how to deal with this enemy. He has a suggestion how to defeat them. Later, Pastor Bill Shishko admonishes us to "get smart" as we study God and do it with an obedient hearts. Writer Gerry Wisz looks at the church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation. Finally, Calvin Carter reviews this week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The New Year Ahead - Dr. John Vance, The Message of Revelation, Nicodemus
Air Date: 12/31/2016
The New Year Ahead

In this New Year, we need to focus on our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. But what if sin stands in the way? How is that handled? Tune in this week to learn more. The theme of redemption runs through the segments. Dr. John Vance looks at the New Year and opportunities, Pastor Bill Shishko reflects on the message of Revelation. Writer Gerry Wisz takes a look at the New Testament character of Nicodemus - a well-trained religious man, who was in need of the new birth. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Christmas and Restoration - John Stonestreet; Christ the God-man; Christ and Antithesis
Air Date: 12/24/2016
Christmas and Restoration; Christ the God-man; Christ and Antithesis

What is the central, defining moment in human history? It is the coming of the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Bill Shishko reminds us that this God-man forms little temples to His own glory. Families are transformed, hospitals are founded, and the view of state is transformed among many other things. Today, John Stonestreet talks about the cosmic significance of the incarnation of Christ. This is the defining moment of history. In this event, all of reality is defined. John looks at the theme of creation, fall, redemption, restoration. What we do in this world matters. We must care about our neighbor and the cultural forces which destroy our neighbor. Love causes us to have tangible acts to benefit our neighbor. This week, writer Gerry Wisz continues our Christmas theme with a look at Christ and antithesis. The incarnation of Christ, while having profound significance long term, at the time, was a seemingly small event. Mary and Joseph went to a stable for the birth of Christ. Christ comes to what should be His kingdom, but it doesn't recognize Him. Shepherds and Magi come, Angelic hosts celebrate, yet Herod could not see past the threat to his own temporal rule. Herod slaughters the young children in a failed attempt to kill the new king. The religious establishment would lose their temple before the end of the century. Christ's rule grew and is growing still. It's a profound rule that establishes itself in the hearts of God's people. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Giving at Christmas - Chuck Bentley; What if Christ had not come?; Smyrna and Philadelphia in Revelation
Air Date: 12/17/2016
Giving at Christmas; What if Christ had not come?; Smyrna and Philadelphia in Revelation

How do we honor God with our money? Is there a tension between saving and giving? Both are required, but is there a limit? Chuck Bentley joins us with his advice. In a visit to the pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko points out the importance of Christ's coming and asks the question: "what if Christ had not come?" Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz considers two faithful churches that are mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Finally, Calvin Carter takes a look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Remembering Pearl Harbor - Lt. Downing; Praying for our leaders; A Good Reputation
Air Date: 12/10/2016
Remembering Pearl Harbor; Praying for our leaders; A Good Reputation

Imagine you are at Pearl Harbor, back when Japan attacked. Our guest today was there and helped those who were injured. Retired Navy Lieutenant Downing, now age 103, shares his story. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko calls upon Christians to pray for our leaders. Writer Gerry Wisz talks about having a good reputation and the book of Revelation. Finally, another look at this week in history, with Cal Carter.



Holding All Things Together: The Election and Religious Freedom - Dr. Jerry Johnson, Messiah Jesus, Church at Ephesus in Revelation
Air Date: 12/3/2016
The Election and Religious Freedom, putting our hope in Messiah Jesus, the Church at Ephesus in Revelation

How does the recent election result intersect with our religious freedoms? Today we are joined by Dr. Jerry Johnson, the president of the National Religious Broadcasters. What is the primary focus for Christian broadcasters and churches? In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko reminds us of the importance of continuing to place our faith in Messiah Jesus and not government. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the church at Ephesus in the book of Revelation and its applicability to us today. Finally, Cal Carter brings us another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The lack of Christians among Syrian Refugees - Hans A. von Spakovsky; Giving Thanks and the Election; Revelation
Air Date: 11/26/2016
The lack of Christians among Syrian Refugees; Giving Thanks and the Election; Revelation

We have accepted Syrian refugees into America, but something is fishy. The percentage of Christians in Syria is about 10%, but the percentage of Christians that the Obama administration have allowed into our country is about 1/2 of 1 %! What's going on? Today we are joined by Hans A. von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko ties in the two themes of thankfulness and the recent election. Later, writer Gerry Wisz discusses the letters to the churches in the book of Revelation. Finally, another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: On Raising Young Children - Rachel Jankovic; The election; Thanksgiving
Air Date: 11/19/2016
On Raising Young Children; The election; Thanksgiving

Are you a mother of young children? Your task is one of the most important callings in the world! Thank you for serving our Lord in this way. This week we talk with Rachel Jankovic, author of the book "Loving the Little Years - Motherhood in the Trenches." She talks about real life with young children and how to not only cope, but to thrive as you look to a sovereign God for help and strength. In a Visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko looks back on the election results with insightful comments. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at the Thanksgiving and its meaning. Finally, we take another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Trinity - Dr. Kevin Chiarot; Worship and culture; The Churches in Revelation
Air Date: 11/12/2016
The Trinity; Worship and culture; The Churches in Revelation

What is the Trinity? How important is it biblically speaking? Can you be a Christian and not believe in the Trinity? Today Dr. Kevin Chiarot helps us better appreciate this cornerstone of Christian doctrine. In a visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko touches upon worship and how that intersects with culture. Gerry Wisz begins a new series, looking at the churches in the book of Revelation. Finally, another look at This Week in History with Redeemer host, Cal Carter. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Obamacare - Drew Gonshorowski; Principles for the civil magistrate; On voting
Air Date: 11/5/2016
Obamacare; Principles for the civil magistrate; On voting

Obamacare rate increase averages are 22-25% for 2017. In some states the percentage is much higher. People are not happy with this very unpopular law. Today we talk about Obamacare with Drew Gonshorowski, policy analyst in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. Pastor Bill Shishko discusses "how to vote," without telling us who to vote for. Gerry Wisz adds more insights on voting in his piece. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Loss of a Child - Erin Smalley, Protecting our Borders, the Reformation
Air Date: 10/24/2016
Loss of a Child, Protecting our Borders, the Reformation

Do you know someone who has lost a child? Perhaps you yourself have suffered with such a tragic loss. Today we turn our attention to those parents who have gone through this valley of the shadow of death. Joining us is Erin Smalley, program manager for Focus on the Family's marriage ministry. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study this week, Pastor Bill Shishko continues to explore the responsibilities that God prescribes for the civil magistrate. What responsibility does he have with respect to our borders? Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to review the Reformation, the observation of which is just two days away. Finally, Cal Carter will review this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Mothers in Prison and an alternative; The Civil Magistrate; Abraham Kuyper
Air Date: 10/22/2016
Mothers in Prison and an alternative; The Civil Magistrate; Abraham Kuyper

This week we look at the issue of women in prison. Some of these are put in prison because of their involvement with illegal drugs. Some of these women are mothers. Is there a better approach that deals with the root cause of the addiction and helps the mothers free themselves from the addiction and get folded back into society? A private faith based model is what we look at. Josh Siegel is our guest and he is news editor with the Daily Signal. Cal Carter brings us another look at this week in history. Pastor Bill Shishko invites us into his study where he explains the biblical perspective on the Civil Magistrate and his or her responsibility in terms of law and order. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at the theologioan/statesman Abraham Kuyper. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Estate Taxes and their unjust nature; The moral perspective; Reformation Riches
Air Date: 10/15/2016
Estate Taxes and their unjust nature; The moral perspective; Reformation Riches

Are Estate taxes good? Suppose your parents own a business that is worth ten million dollars, and they hire, say 15 workers. They may not have much cash, but the value is in the business. Now they die. The estate passes to the heirs. However, that's when estate taxes kick in. Why is it that politicians push for very high estate taxes? For the case just mentioned, your parents' business may have to shut down in order to pay these unjust estate taxes. One of the politicians running for office wants a top rate of 65%. Is that good for the workers? Estate taxes are against the biblical law forbidding covetousness. It is also against the biblical principles regarding private property. Today we are joined by Dr. Mark Hendrickson who is a fellow with the Center for Vision and Values. Also this week, Pastor Bill Shishko looks at moral principles that can be a helpful guide to our voting. Gerry Wisz reviews a new book - Reformation Riches for the Contemporary Church. Finally, another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: ISIS-inspired attacks; The Christian, finances and voting; God's Not Dead 2
Air Date: 10/8/2016
ISIS-inspired attacks; The Christian, finances and voting, God's Not Dead 2

ISIS-inspired attacks are real. Our leaders seem to minimize this category of attacks however. If the attack can be written off to a "lone wolf" attack, it's like it doesn't matter and the leaders are off the hook. Today we talk with Fred Lucas who takes a closer look at this huge problem that threatens us and our families. Pastor Bill Shishko explains the important area of finances and how that affects Christian families as related to our elected leaders. He reminds us that the borrower becomes the lender's slave. A balanced budget is a godly goal and a reasonable goal that our leaders should embrace. National debt is a serious issue and it is evil. Later in the program, Gerry Wisz joins us to review the movie God's Not Dead 2. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Classical Education; Principles for Voting; Eid al-Adha and the White House
Air Date: 10/1/2016
Classical Education; Principles for Voting; Eid al-Adha and the White House

Have you ever heard of "Classical Education?" By now, many in the Christian community have, but many probably don't really know what it is. Why is it, that kids educated with this model are far out-performing their public school counterparts? What about competitive debates? Well, even at a level of Yale, wins are going to the classical students. Our guest is Dr. Steve Turley. This week Pastor Bill Shishko begins a new series - that on voting. We don't tell you who to vote for - never have, never will. But how about principles that will guide you? Yes, those are fair game. Also joining us is writer Gerry Wisz. He considers the recent Islamic celebration of Eid al-Adha and the White House pronouncement associated with it. Finally we'll take another look at This Week in History. Thanks for Joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Future Supreme Court Appointees; From Fear to Faith, More on Muslim Conversion
Air Date: 9/24/2016
Future Supreme Court Appointees; From Fear to Faith, More on Muslim Conversion

The Supreme Court lost a friend of the Constitution, when Justice Antonin Scalia passed. The concern of those who seek religious freedom and the upholding of all our Bill of Rights, is that now there will be a massive effort by Progressives, to pull the court in a direction which is not consistent with the "original intent" of the Constitution. Today we are joined by John G. Malcolm, director of the think tank’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Pastor Bill Shishko later joins us to conclude his consideration of the Book of Habakkuk, and the theme of moving from fear to faith. Gerry Wisz joins us to consider in more depth, the Muslim convert Nabeel Qureshi. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Bible and Property; God's Judgment; Christ draws a Muslim to Himself
Air Date: 9/17/2016
The Bible and Property; God's Judgment; Christ draws a Muslim to Himself

Is there a biblical justification for private property? What is the proper role of the state in taxation? Many are the questions but few are the answers which square with Scripture. Today we are joined by the President of the Chalcedon Foundation. Also, in a Visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko continues to encourage and challenge us as we move from fear to faith. Gerry Wisz discusses the marvelous conversion of a Muslim man to Christianity. Finally, Cal Carter wraps things up with another edition of This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Civil Forfeiture abuse; A Life of faith; on the Sin of taking bribes
Air Date: 9/10/2016
Civil Forfeiture abuse; A Life of faith; on the Sin of taking Bribes

What is civil forfeiture and is it abused? We interview Melissa Quinn, Senior News Reporter for the Daily Signal. Pastor Bill Shishko urges us to live by faith and thereby leave fear behind. Later, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the nature of taken bribes and its tendency to pervert justice. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Financial challenges; From Fear to Faith; When God uses a less than godly leader
Air Date: 9/3/2016
Financial challenges; From Fear to Faith; When God uses a less than godly leader

The Middle class in America is getting hit hard financially. They are not the ones typically looking for government handouts. They dutifully pay their taxes and find that there is just no margin left at the end of each week. Today, Chuck Bentley of Crown Financial Ministries joins us to discuss this whole area, including the spiritual aspect. Pastor Bill Shishko discusses the book of Habakkuk and how God used judgment to bring about His perfect will. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a look at the Old Testament figure of Jehu. He was not considered exceptionally godly, and yet God used him for good. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Church and Family
Air Date: 8/27/2016
Church and Family

Today we focus on health. Health for our family and health for our churches. Dr. Harry Reeder joins us to discuss these matters. And what about fear? Is there a path from fear to faith? Pastor Bill Shishko begins a new series based on the book of Habakkuk. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to talk about schooling for our children and how to maneuver the options that parents face. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Creeds and Confessions of the Church, Hospitality, The Apostles' Creed
Air Date: 8/20/2016
Creeds and Confessions of the Church, Hospitality, The Apostles' Creed

Are Christian creeds and confessions helpful? Do we need the past? What is the advantage of writing down what you believe as a church? These questions are not nearly as trivial as they may appear. Today we are joined by Dr. Carl Trueman from Westminster Theological Seminary. Also we are joined by writer Gerry Wisz, as he looks specifically at the Apostles' Creed. In our visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko encourages us to practice Christian hospitality. Finally, another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Manly Men, Christian Friendship, The Real Jesus
Air Date: 8/13/2016
Manly Men, Christian Friendship, The Real Jesus

This week we are joined by author Stephen Mansfield. He talks about what it means to be a manly man. Pastor Bill Shishko discusses Christian friendship. Writer Gerry Wisz admonishes us to believe on the real Jesus of the Bible. Finally, another look at this week in history! Thanks for joining us.



Holding All Things Together: God's Law and its applicability today; Lying while under oath; Engaging our culture
Air Date: 8/6/2016
God's Law and its applicability today; Lying while under oath; Engaging our culture

What is the Moral Law of God? Does it still apply to Christians? Does it apply to all people? Join us today as Dr. Kevin Chiarot looks in some detail at the continuing applicability of God's Moral Law, and how it is not antithetical to life in the Spirit. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to encourage us to continue engaging culture. Writer Gerry Wisz continues on the theme of God's law with taking a look at the commandment of not bearing false witness. How serious is it when our leaders lie under oath? Finally, another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Missions to South Africa; Home Education, Free Market and Shareholder value
Air Date: 7/30/2016
Missions to South Africa; Home Education, Free Market and Shareholder value

Join us today as we talk with missionary Dr. Peter Hammond, about a trip he took with fellow missionaries as they preached the gospel in 6 provinces in South Africa. What is happening in that country with respect to government overreach sounds similar to what's happening here in America. This week, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to encourage Christians to stay engaged in outreach to the culture in which we find ourselves. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discus the nuances of "Shareholder Value." We close with another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Transgender policy that hurts; Engaging culture; Entrepreneurs and discoveries
Air Date: 7/23/2016
Transgender policy that hurts; Engaging culture; Entrepreneurs and discoveries

New transgender policy has swept the country thanks in large part to our current administration in Washington. There are safety concerns for heterosexual children that this policy presents. Do you know that the administration's policy opens access to girl's showers and dressing rooms, so that a boy claiming to identify as a girl, may now freely walk in to them? This is not right. The "door" is also now open for child molesters temporarily identifying as the opposite sex, to do the same. In a visit to the Pastor's Study this week, Rev. Bill Shishko joins us to continue his answer to a listener's detailed question about whether or not we should "give up" on culture. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to look at entrepreneurs and their fantastic projects, some of which have value and some not. Finally, another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Planes to Iran; Brexit, Books; Culture involvement; Clean Energy
Air Date: 7/16/2016
Planes to Iran; Brexit; Books; Culture involvement; Clean Energy

We have a full platter of subjects this week. Dr. Herb London joins us to discuss Boeing's plan to sell over 100 large planes to Iran. Does this present a security threat to the United States? Also we include comments about the Brexit vote and why it was a good thing. What about books to read if you wanted to train yourself to preserve excellent culture? Speaking of culture, should we abandon it because of some last-days reading of the Bible? And what about clean, safe energy production? This week, writer Gerry Wisz comments about two hot button topics - nuclear energy and fracking. Finally another look at This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: The Second Amendment; Optimistic on culture; Brexit
Air Date: 7/9/2016
The Second Amendment; Optimistic on culture; Brexit

In America we have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights. In today's program we look at the 2nd amendment of these Bill of Rights in particular. What does it mean to "not infringe?" Are there advantages to a populace (if they so chose) being able to defend themselves? What did the founders intend? Later, Rev. Bill Shishko joins us to continue his discussion of interacting with culture and not giving up on it. Even if things seem to be collapsing - are we to abandon culture? We think not. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss "Brexit." In the days following this historic vote, some pundits predicted that stock markets would tank and that this vote for sovereignty would have dire consequences. Those who were more freedom-minded however, realized that yes, there was some risk, but things would be just fine, and Britain would enjoy more freedom. Freedom to control your trading and borders is a good thing. Gerry looks at this. Finally we take another look at This Week in History. Thanks for tuning in!



Holding All Things Together: True Liberty and the Centrality of Christ; Do not abandon Culture; Independence Day
Air Date: 7/2/2016
True Liberty and the Centrality of Christ; Do not abandon Culture; Independence Day

What is true liberty? This week we have a book review of "According to Plan." This book helps us to see the unity of Scripture and the centrality of Christ in all of Scripture. In a Visit to the Pastor's Study, this week Rev. Bill Shishko begins answering a listener's question of whether we should abandon culture. Writer Gerry Wisz reviews some of nation's history. Man's liberty is circumscribed by law. The question is "whose law?" Finally, another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The Immense Rise in Federal Red Tape; Labor; Orlando Shooting and Whose at Fault
Air Date: 6/25/2016
The Immense Rise in Federal Red Tape; Labor; Orlando Shooting and Whose at Fault

The rise in Federal Red Tape in the past 7 years is immense. Today we talk about that with Genevieve Wood, as senior fellow in communications at the Heritage Foundation, and senior contributor to The Daily Signal. In today's A Visit to the Pastor's Study, Pastor Bill Shishko discusses the creation ordinance of labor. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us later, to discuss the question of "who is to blame?" for the Orlando shooting. Finally we take another look at This Week in History! Thanks for joining us.



Holding All Things Together: The Constitution's Original Intent, The Fifth Commandment, Father's Day
Air Date: 6/18/2016
The Constitution's Original Intent, The Fifth Commandment, Father's Day

Today we explore two diverging views of the Constitution. The views are based on two differing readings of the words "we the people." The result is either a majority rule understanding, or an understanding that supports individuals who are endowed by their Creator with rights. Should government be the servants of the people, or the other way around? Should government protect people's individual rights and limit itself? Join us as Professor Randy Barnett explains. Professor Barnett is a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law, contracts, and legal theory. Today, on a visit to the pastor's Study, we take a look at the 5th commandment (Honor your Father and your Mother). Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us to take a deeper dive into families and in particular the Father of the family. Finally, we'll have another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Child Rearing, Optimism in history, The Lord over Economics
Air Date: 6/11/2016
Child Rearing, Optimism in history, The Lord over Economics

How did the typical Puritan family look at raising godly children? Today, we take a walk back in history and recover some of the important principles that used to be at the center of child rearing in early America. This week, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to complete his look at this world through "good news glasses." Writer Gerry Wisz looks at economics through the lens of a Christian worldview. Finally, Cal Carter wraps up our program with another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Free Speech and Religious Liberty; Advance of the Gospel; Is the Economy our Religion?
Air Date: 6/4/2016
Free Speech and Religious Liberty; Advance of the Gospel; Is the Economy our Religion?

This week we are joined by Dr. Jerry Johnson, the President and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters. We discuss the issue of religious liberty in America. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us this week to discuss the reasons for optimism for the Christian. Gerry Wisz reviews a book written by Scott Gustafson. Gerry interacts with and critiques the book and then shows from Scripture what our view of economic ethics should be. Finally, another look at this Week in History!



Holding All Things Together: Being Faithful in Small Things, The Good News, How a Non-Christian Sees the World
Air Date: 5/28/2016
Being Faithful in Small Things, The Good News, How a Non-Christian Sees the World

Today we are joined by author Stephen Mansfield. He talks about a little known person who faithfully served the Lord in her calling and the profound effect it had upon the world. Stephen's website is: http://stephenmansfield.tv/ Pastor Bill Shishko joins us and points out that bad news sells, and so, we hear about bad news all the time. But there are good stories out there, and plenty of them. Gerry Wisz continues looking at the simple incident of losing eye drops and looking for them. Last week he explained how a Christian views the event, and this week he shifts gears and looks at the same event through the lens of an unbeliever. It is a helpful contrast. Finally, another look at This Week in History with Cal Carter



Holding All Things Together: Socialized Medicine; Optimism and the Future; God's Providence and Prayer
Air Date: 5/21/2016
Socialized Medicine; Optimism and the Future; God's Providence and Prayer

We hear voices that are pushing for "socialized medicine." In fact we see reference to it in shows like "Call the Midwife" on PBS. What is behind this whole push? How has it worked out in countries which have implemented a full-blown socialized approach? Today we are joined by Dr. Gerard J Gianoli, a surgeon who explains that system and compares it to one that is focused on doctor patient relationship and not controlled by the government. Which is more merciful and meets the needs of people better? Which better shows the love of Christ? Also on the program, Pastor Bill Shishko begins a new series of discussions about the topic of gospel optimism. Later in the program, Gerry wish joins us to share about an experience he has in looking for his lost eye drops. While it sounds almost trivial, Gerry explains some profound thoughts that tie into the God who answers the prayers of His people. Finally, we'll wrap things up with another edition of This Week in History. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Revival and Reformation; A Day of Rest; Small Businesses
Air Date: 5/14/2016
Revival and Reformation; A Day of Rest; Small Businesses

We desperately need God in America. If we don't see a mighty revival, we will continue to head down the slippery slope that leads to slavery at all levels. This week we are joined by Pastor Al Baker, an evangelist from Alabama. By the way, how are you doing with your freedom to obey God regarding working 6 days rather than 7? The Sabbath was made for man, Jesus said. This week, Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to close out his discussion of the Lord's Day. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us again with insights into small business and the profoundly important role it plays in our land. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history. Thanks for joining us!



Holding All Things Together: Mother's Day, Preparing for Lord's Day worship, Looking at Mothers in the Bible
Air Date: 5/7/2016
Mother's Day, Preparing for Lord's Day worship, Looking at Mothers in the Bible

Tomorrow is Mother's day. This week, Dr. John Vance joins us to discuss the Christian family, and Mothers in particular. Pastor Bill Shishko continues taking a look at the Christian Sabbath. Writer Gerry Wisz looks at Mothers in the Bible. We conclude with another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The Minimum Wage at a Federal level; Book Review; Christian Sabbath and our well being
Air Date: 4/30/2016
The Minimum Wage at a Federal level; Book Review; Christian Sabbath and our well being

Have you thought through the issues associated with the push for a federal minimum wage? Will people lose their jobs as a result and what does the Congressional Budget office say? Will some people benefit? What about the overall effect? Dr. Tracy C. Miller joins us to discuss. This week we have a short book review with Dr. Kevin Chiarot. He looks at RC Sproul's book: Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism. Pastor Bill Shishko continues to discuss the Christian Sabbath. Jesus said it was made for man. As such, there are practical benefits of observing one day in seven as a day of rest and Christian service. Finally, another edition of This Week in History with Cal Carter.



Holding All Things Together: Missions in the 19th Century; Passover and what it points to; The Christian Sabbath
Air Date: 4/23/2016
Missions in the 19th Century; Passover and what it points to; The Christian Sabbath

Missions in the 19th century was wonderful because of the tremendous advancement of the gospel in the world. Today our guest is Dr. Peter Hammond who has written a book about this important time in our Christian history. The book is: The Greatest Century of Missions. In our Visit to the Pastor's Study this week, Rev. Bill Shishko continues to help us understand the 4th commandment, which is part of the moral law of God. He shows how Jesus taught on this commandment and how it is for us today. Passover is today. What can we learn from it which applies to us in our day? Well, there is very much! Gerry Wisz explains. Cal Carter concludes our time together with another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Missions in violent areas, The Christian Sabbath, Uniqueness of Christ's sacrifice for sin
Air Date: 4/16/2016
Missions in violent areas, The Christian Sabbath, Uniqueness of Christ's sacrifice for sin

What was it like to do missions work behind what was once called the Iron Curtain? Today we talk with Ron Koehler who works with the Navigators. Pastor Bill Shishko begins a study of the Christian Sabbath. Gerry Wisz discusses sharing the gospel of Christ with two Muslim women and their response. Finally, another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Restoring all Things; Corporate Worship; How to deal with Social Corruption
Air Date: 4/9/2016
Restoring all Things; Corporate Worship; How to deal with Social Corruption

This week we talk with Warren Cole Smith about the book he co-authored with John Stonestreet, titled "Restoring All Things: God's Audacious Plan to Change the World through Everyday People." Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss corporate worship. Gerry Wisz discusses how to deal with corruption. Finally, we'll take another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Honest reporting of the news; Family worship, Missions that really works
Air Date: 4/2/2016
Honest reporting of the news; Family worship, Missions that really works

Have you ever noticed that news reports are no longer reporting news, but rather foisting upon you someone's agenda? Today we interview veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Atkisson. She explains how she approaches stories with integrity. She briefly recounts some of her days at CBS news. She has written a book entitled "Stonewalled." Later we hear from Pastor Bill Shishko who talks about family worship. Writer Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss two church plants in other countries that really are blessed of the Lord. Finally, we'll have another look at this week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The Persecuted Church; Acceptable Worship, An Easter meditation
Air Date: 3/26/2016
The Persecuted Church; Acceptable Worship, An Easter meditation

This Easter weekend, we take a look at the persecuted church around the world. Christians who die have a firm confidence of everlasting life and will experience a future resurrection. If you were to list the top ten areas in the world where Christian persecution is the worst, what would your answer be? Open Doors maintains such a list and we need to be aware of it so that we can pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Also, have you thought about the whole area of worship? Is your worship "acceptable" in the biblical sense of the word? Pastor Bill Shishko helps us think about this area. Later in the program, writer Gerry Wisz joins us with an Easter meditation. Finally, Cal Carter closes the program with another episode of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: God - the foundation for rational thought and education; Worship; More on missions
Air Date: 3/19/2016
God - the foundation for rational thought and education; Worship; More on missions

What is the source of wisdom and knowledge? Would it not make sense that our educational model be based on this? What books are there which can help inform us in this sort of thing? Dr. John Frame explains. What about worship - how does that tie into cultural transformation? Pastor Bill Shishko helps explain. We'll have another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Passing along the essentials of our faith; Worship; Indigenous missions
Air Date: 3/12/2016
Passing along the essentials of our faith; Worship; Indigenous missions

What if you were to think about passing only three things to your children, or to your church - what would they be? Today, Dr. Liam Goligher joins us to discuss this very thing. What about worship? How does it profoundly change us and society? Today, Rev. Bill Shishko joins us with another Visit to the Pastor's study. Gerry Wisz reviews two missionary works in other countries that naturally and effectively engage the people of the culture and that God is blessing. Finally, another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Supreme Court selection, Sanctity of marriage, Missions that works
Air Date: 3/5/2016
Supreme Court selection, Sanctity of marriage, Missions that works

This week we are joined by Peter Wolfgang, of the Family Institute of Connecticut. He discusses the necessity to wait for the next president before trying to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. He explains why this is a legal and reasonable action. Gerry Wisz joins us today to discuss a missions work in Myanmar - one that really works. Bill Shishko discusses the sanctity of marriage and the marriage act. Finally we look again at this week in history!



Holding All Things Together: Spiritual warfare, the sanctity of human life, and evangelism
Air Date: 2/27/2016
Spiritual warfare, the sanctity of human life, and evangelism

Today, we talk with Dr. George Grant about spiritual warfare. He talks about what the Bible calls: the world, the flesh and the Devil. He also gives some practical illustrations of what spiritual warfare looks like. These are terribly simple, yet important things. We practice a life of holiness in our families and in our churches. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us again with another look at the Christian in politics. This week he comments about the sanctity of human life. Gerry Wisz joins us to explain what evangelism looks like when it is done God's way. Finally, another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: A Protestant view of the season of Lent; Sanctity of private property; We Cannot be Silent
Air Date: 2/20/2016
A Protestant view of the season of Lent; Sanctity of private property; We Cannot be Silent

How do we handle the season of Lent at Protestants? Join us today as Dr. Kevin Chiarot explains. What about the notion of private property - is that a biblical concept? Bill Shishko explores that and the implications for political systems such as socialism. Gerry Wisz joins us this week completing his review of the book We Cannot be Silent by Al Mohler. Finally another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Our nation's real need is Revival, the national debt, what's legal may not be moral
Air Date: 2/13/2016
Our nation's real need is Revival, the national debt, what's legal may not be moral

This week we take a look at the real need for our nation - that of a God-sent spiritual revival with its subsequent obedience to the law of God. Cal Carter interviews Pastor Al Baker of Alabama. On a Visit to the Pastor's Study, this week Rev. Bill Shishko discusses the national debt and the Christian. Gerry Wisz joins us again this week, to discuss the distinction between what the state lists as legal, vs. what God says is forbidden. Finally we'll take another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: What's missing in our Public Schools? Poland's Culture War; the Christian and politics
Air Date: 2/6/2016
What's missing in our Public Schools? Poland's Culture War; the Christian and politics

This week, we interview Dawn Hoagland, a public school teacher who also writes an education column for the Woodbury Gazette. She discusses the need for teaching God's truth in school. Gerry Wisz discusses Poland's culture war and the push back they are getting from the European Union. Bill Shishko joins with another Visit to the Pastor's Study. Finally we conclude with This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Reigning in government overreach, The Christian and the civil realm, Al Mohler's book
Air Date: 1/30/2016
Reigning in government overreach, The Christian and the civil realm, Al Mohler's book

Today we talk with Genevieve Wood, senior fellow in communications and senior contributor to The Daily Signal, of the Heritage Foundation. She talks about the case when the executive branch overreaches and takes on functions reserved for the legislative branch. She has a suggestion on how to reign in such actions. Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss Al Mohler's book, "We Cannot be Silent." Pastor Bill Shishko opens God's word to explain some principles that direct us when Christians are involved in politics. Finally, Cal Carter brings us another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Update on Iraqi Christians, the Christian and politics, The Wheaton College Case
Air Date: 1/23/2016
Update on Iraqi Christians, the Christian and politics, The Wheaton College Case

We interview Canon Andrew White, popularly called "The Vicar of Baghdad. He describes the church in Baghdad, and gives us an update on the situation there. Pastor Bill Shishko continues to provide insights into the Christian and politics. Gerry Wisz discusses the Wheaton College situation with Larycia Hawkins and her assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Finally, another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The art of Christian persuasion; Understanding the times: Christians and politics
Air Date: 1/16/2016
The art of Christian persuasion; Understanding the times: Christians and politics

We are joined today by Dr. Os Guinness, who explains what his recent book is about: "Fool's Talk..." In a visit to the Pastor's Study, Rev. Bill Shishko begins a new series on the Christian and politics. Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss the theme of understanding the times. Finally we take a look at This Week in History with Cal Carter.



Holding All Things Together: A missionary couple shares their story, optimism for the gospel, understanding the times
Air Date: 1/9/2016
A missionary couple shares their story, optimism for the gospel, understanding the times

Have you ever thought about the prospects of doing missions work on a full time basis? We interview Caleb & Melissa Gibello who are going to Papua New Guinea as missionaries. What is the main thing they are concerned about? Here is a link to their blog: http://www.pngorbust.blogspot.com/ This week on A Visit to the Pastor's Study, Bill Shishko wraps up his series on Christian optimism. Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss how we are to be men who understand the times. Finally, another edition of this week in history. Please invite others to this podcast! Just click on the listen link, and then copy and paste the link into a note and send it to a friend!



Holding All Things Together: A New Year - Leadership, understanding the times and the advance of the gospel
Air Date: 1/2/2016
A New Year - Leadership, understanding the times and the advance of the gospel

Its the new year, and we take a closer look today at a leader who lived in the 1940's. What characterized his life? What can we learn from him for us today? Stephen Mansfield talks with us about Winston Churchill. What about the gospel of Christ advancing in the face of persecution? Pastor Bill Shishko encourages us to think back to the Apostle John and his writings in the book of Revelation. Gerry Wisz joins us with a fresh consideration for the new year - one that is rooted in the sacred pages of Scripture. Finally, we close out the program with another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Finances for the new year, how God shakes all things and His gift of the gospel
Air Date: 12/26/2015
Finances for the new year, how God shakes all things and His gift of the gospel

The New Year is almost upon us. Many folks think about how to improve their lives, and make resolutions. This week we talk with the CEO of Crown, Chuck Bentley. He shares with us so practical pointers to consider, that will help our lives in general and finances in particular in 2016. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us for another Visit to the Pastor's Study. This week talking about the encouraging gift of the gospel. Gerry Wisz is here to talk about God "shaking" all things. It is a fascinating thing to consider, and not only sobering but most encouraging. Finally another rendition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: A Special Christmas edition
Air Date: 12/19/2015
A Special Christmas eidtion - Carols and Lessons of Christmas, On being optimistic, The Birth of Christ

Join us this week for a special edition of the program. Dr. Edd Cathey explains the background of lessons and carols that many churches use this time of year. He explains the movements of the service. Gerry Wisz discusses the birth of King Jesus. Pastor Bill Shishko encourages us with more considerations for optimistic hope in the gospel. Finally, another rendition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Advent explained, more on optimism, God's Covenant of Grace
Air Date: 12/12/2015
Advent explained, more on optimism, God's Covenant of Grace

What does Advent really mean? Have you thought more deeply about it? Today, Dr. Kevin Chiarot joins us to explain this wonderful time of year. Last week we began to just touch on the subject of optimism. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us again to encourage us to listen to what God has said in his word regarding God building His kingdom in this world. We also have a tremendous discussion this week on the subject of covenant - we know you will enjoy it as Gerry Wisz discusses this theme that is warp and woof of the whole of Scripture - it is like a mini seminary course! Finally, another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Christian persecution at the hands of Islam and realistic optimism
Air Date: 12/5/2015
Christian persecution at the hands of Islam and realistic (ie, biblical) optimism

Today we are joined by Raymond Ibrahim, a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. He discusses the persecution of Christians at the hands of moderate and radical Islam. We have a couple of segments that in spite of these tragedies and warnings also give us great hope in Christ, our Sovereign Lord. We close out the program with another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Operation Christmas Child, Free speech and the military, the 8th Commandment
Air Date: 11/28/2015
Operation Christmas Child, Free speech and the military, the 8th Commandment, This Week in History

Today Franklin Graham joins us to discuss Operation Christmas Child. He shares touching stories of how the Lord has used the ministry in children's lives. Instructions for mailing a box are here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/ Gerry Wisz tackles religious freedom and the 1st Amendment with respect to our military. Pastor Bill Shishko explains the 8th Commandment. Finally, another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: A Thanksgiving edition
Air Date: 11/17/2015
How God called a man to serve him as a minister, A look at Thanksgiving, Hospitality, This week in History

Join us for a special Thanksgiving edition. Pastor Bill Shishko discusses Christian hospitality. Gerry Wisz reviews thankfulness and though it certainly can be commemorated on a special day, it is much more: it’s a way of life that arises from understanding that we have received a gift beyond any other. Dr. Liam Goligher joins us to discuss how the Lord called him to the Christian ministry. He expresses his thanks for some special people in his life. Finally, another look at This Week in History!



Holding All Things Together: The Christian and Philosophy, Christian Community, Movie review
Air Date: 11/14/2015
Philosophy and how to view it, Christian community, a movie review, this week in history

God is the creator of all things. He is behind all that is good, including human relationships. Rev. Bill Shishko joins us this week to discuss community. Also theologian and book author Dr. John Frame discusses his book: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology. What is the basis for all rational thought? Tune in to this week's podcast to learn more. Gerry Wisz joins us this week with a movie review of Cinderella, which was released this past March. Finally, another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Prayer, Friendship, and the Poverty of Nations
Air Date: 11/7/2015
Prayer, Friendship, and the Poverty of Nations

Join us this week as Dr. Peter Hammond shares with us about the necessity of prayer in our churches and homes. Ever wonder why we don't see a mighty revival in America? Perhaps it is tied to our lack of prayer before the face of God. This week on A Visit to the Pastor's study, Rev. Bill Shishko talks about Christian friendship. Gerry Wisz later joins us as he completes his review of the book The Poverty of Nations. Finally, we wrap up the program with another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The Reformation
Air Date: 10/31/2015
The Reformation and how its principles still apply today

Today we celebrate the Protestant Reformation. Gerry Wisz covers the foundational influence of Martin Luther. Dr. Joel McDurmon covers the influence of the Puritans, first in Elizabethan England and then coming to America. The Puritan influence predates the "enlightenment" as McDurmon points out. This week, Pastor Bill Shishko discusses an oft forgotten life style - that of singleness. Finally we close the program with another edition of This Week in History



Holding All Things Together: The Bible and Assisted Suicide; the Bible and the Poor; the Bible and Marriage.
Air Date: 10/24/2015
The Bible and Assisted Suicide; the Bible and the Poor; the Bible and Marriage.

We look to God's word for how to live our lives. It is the guide for sanctification once God sovereignly saves us, filling us with His Spirit. Have you ever thought about Physician assisted suicide - what's the difference between that and Euthanasia? This week, Carrie Earll joins us from Focus on the Family, to discuss this timely subject. And how about marriage? What has God said about it? Bill Shishko joins us with another visit to the Pastor's Study. And how does the Bible instruct us to help the poor? Gerry Wisz shares with us the 2nd installment of his series on the Poverty of Nations. Finally another look at This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The Battle of Lepanto, the Crusades, Helping countries out of poverty
Air Date: 10/17/2015
The Battle of Lepanto, the Crusades, Helping countries out of poverty, and Christian Counterculture

Today, missionary Dr. Peter Hammond recounts some history about the Battle of Lepanto, and how Christians repelled the onslaught of Muslims against Europe against incredible odds. We discuss the Crusades. Gerry Wisz begins a three part series on how to help a poor country and not further their poverty. Rev. Bill Shishko discusses Christian counterculture. Finally we close with another look at This Week in History with Cal Carter.



Holding All Things Together: Tragedy and God's sovereignty, the economics of Socialism, the 10th Commandment
Air Date: 10/10/2015
Human tragedy and God's sovereignty, the economics of Socialism, the 10th Commandment

How do we think about the tragedies of life? Are you tempted to doubt the goodness and sovereignty of God? Today, Dr. Kevin Chiarot joins us to offer some pastoral perspective. Another issue that is coming to the foreground is the old idea of Socialism. That is, government taking our money and giving it to others in a redistribution of wealth. Is this a form of legalized thievery? Join us as Gerry Wisz discusses the topic. What does the 10th commandment require? Pastor Bill Shishko helps us understand.



Holding All Things Together: Finances in our families, the uniqueness of church and the invasion of Muslims
Air Date: 10/3/2015
Finances in our families, the uniqueness of church and the invasion of Muslims

Today, Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown, joins us to talk about families and their finances. Families are really struggling in America and Chuck has some specific advice. Gerry Wisz joins us to cover the massive influx of Muslims into Europe and soon into America. For both cases, many of these immigrants will secure handsome handouts from the governments. This will be destructive to the national economies, plus there is a huge risk of some radicalized Muslims as being part of the stream of refugees. This is a huge threat to both Europe and America. Rev. Bill Shishko joins us to talk about the 9th commandment.



Holding All Things Together: Syndicated Columnist Cal Thomas shares his life's story, and the 8th commandment
Air Date: 9/26/2015
Cal Thomas shares his life story; How the 8th commandment applies today; Staying close to God in good times

A syndicated columnist shares his life's story of how the Lord providentially worked in his life, ultimately bringing him to faith in Christ. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to explain the 8th commandment. Gerry Wisz shares an insightful essay entitled "Riding Roughshod, while Riding High." We close out our program with another This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: A Missionary captured by Communists preaches the gospel and God blesses
Air Date: 9/19/2015
Missions behind enemy lines, commentary about the 1st amendment, the 7th commandment, and a SCOTUS ruling

What is it like to smuggle Bibles into enemy territory and then be caught by Communists? Our human interest story this week is with Dr. Peter Hammond. He was captured and tortured, but God gave him and his fellow missionaries the grace to keep going and they preached the gospel in their situation. Cal Carter has a short commentary this week about the 1st amendment. This theme continues with Gerry Wisz explaining a little known SCOTUS ruling from this summer. A visit to the Pastor's study covers the 7th commandment. This week in History closes us out as we look back at how God ordained all things after the counsel of his mysterious will.



Holding All Things Together: A song writer shares his life story, the 6th commandment, and commentary about time
Air Date: 9/12/2015
An interview with Michael Card, a visit to the Pastor's study, and thinking about time

Today we interview song writer and author Michael Card. He talks about the Lord's work in his life. He also covers the idea of lament for the people of God. He comments on racial reconciliation as well. Gerry Wisz joins us this week for some reflections on the subject of time. Pastor Bill Shishko is here to discuss the 6th commandment. Finally, Cal Carter wraps up the week with another episode of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: This is my Father's World
Air Date: 9/5/2015
This is My Father's World - a look at the stewardship of creation, plus the 5th commandment on honoring our parents

This week on Holding All Things together, we talk with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, the founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. He discusses the recent Clean Power Plan, and its downside. Pastor Bill Shishko explains the 5th commandment, and Gerry Wisz discusses an archeological find in the Republic of Georgia that may change the thinking about so-called early human evolution. Gerry discusses this find, and it’s consistency with the biblical record. Finally, Cal Carter brings us another This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: A Missionary couple and son discuss their work
Air Date: 8/29/2015
A Missionary couple and son discuss their work, plus more on the 4th commandment

What is it like to be a missionary to a developed country, learn their language, and plant churches? Are there commonalities with that work that bridge to our own culture? The Great Commission speaks to this situation and reminds us that we must have a comprehensive outreach, that is, "teaching them to observe all things" that Christ has commanded. Today we also look at one of the moral commands of God, that of the 4th commandment. It is touchy in a way, because not all Christians agree on this particular commandment. Finally we wrap things up with another "This Week in History."



Holding All Things Together: The 1st Amendment Defense Act and thoughts about one day of rest
Air Date: 8/22/2015
The 1st Amendment Defense Act and thoughts about one day of rest

Today we look at the possible future challenges to our 501c3 status for churches, non-profits, Non-Commercial broadcasters, and others. Dr. Jerry Johnson, President and CEO of The National Religious Broadcasters joins us. Further information is found here: http://nrb.org/news_room/press_center/nrb-urges-congress-to-defend-freedom-to-believe-in-marriage/ Also we take some time and consider the 4th commandment. In particular the command to labor six days, but then rest for one out of seven. Gerry Wisz reminds us to call the Sabbath a Delight. Finally we close with another look at this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Christian Education
Air Date: 8/15/2015
Education - How one family started a private Christian school, and the Lord as our Teacher

What does it take to start from scratch, a private Christian school? Join us to hear Bill Spanjer discuss the trials and blessings his family had endured as they launched Chapel Field Christian School. Also this week, Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss another kind of Christian education – the kind in which the Lord Himself is our teacher. In this sense, we’re all students, learning how to endure in faithfulness. Cal Carter shares another "This Week in History."



Holding All Things Together: Work, Worship and Life
Air Date: 8/8/2015
Work, Worship and Life - Why work is good for society, guidance on worship and more on pro-life

Today we take a closer look at work and why it is good for people and for society. We address the entitlement mentality. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to discuss the 2nd commandment, which deals with worship. We have a special interview that Cal Carter conducts that further looks into the harvesting of baby parts by Planned Parenthood. Gerry Wisz joins us to discuss Cecil the lion and the lack of proportionality with respect to the murder of innocent human life by comparison. Finally a wrap up with another rendition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Higher education, God's law, apologetics in a movie review, more on SCOTUS
Air Date: 8/1/2015
How God shaped and called a man to gospel service, more about God's law, movie review, more on SCOTUS

This week we interview Dr. David Garner of Westminster Theological Seminary. He shares with us how the Lord brought him to Himself, and then how the Lord led him into Christian service. Also joining us this week is Pastor Bill Shishko. Bill reviews the 1st commandment. We have a short visit with Attorney Mike Farris who includes more comments about the June 26th SCOTUS decision. Gerry Wisz joins us with a review of the movie: God's Not Dead. Finally, Cal Carter wraps up this week, with another rendition of This Week in History



Holding All Things Together: A special pro-life edition
Air Date: 7/22/2015
A special pro-life edition that includes information about Planned Parenthood

Today we feature a special interview with Anika Smith, associate editor at The Stream. She shares information about last week's breaking news regarding Planned Parenthood's selling of human body parts harvested from aborted babies. Gerry Wisz joins us to probe the parlance "human flourishing." Pastor Bill Shishko provides an introduction to the 10 commandments.



Holding All Things Together - Suffering Christians and ISIS, comments on loss of loved ones
Air Date: 7/18/2015
A Human interest interview with Canon Andrew White, plus commentary about loss of loved ones

Some time ago, Redeemer Broadcasting interviewed the Rev. Canon Andrew White. He was considered the "Vicar of Baghdad." Dr. White suffers with Multiple Sclerosis, and yet he keeps working, helping the people of Iraq. Now he has moved his operations to Jordan and this week we interview him. Also, Gerry Wisz joins us with some insights on losing loved ones. Also weaved into the broadcast, are comments from a pastor in Queens, NY about the marriage debate occurring here in the states.



Holding All Things Together - Economics, human interest and more on biblical marriage
Air Date: 7/8/2015
Economics, the Austrian school, human interest and biblical marriage

This week's episode includes a human interest piece about a college professor who now teaches at Grove City College, Dr. Shawn Ritenour. Learn how the Lord directed his paths to his profession. You may find his comments too, about economics to be fascinating and worthy of further reading. Also this week, commentary about biblical marriage from Carrie Gordon Earll from Focus on the Family. Also, a fascinating essay by Gerry Wisz, entitled No Gilded Age After All. Finally, a wrap up with This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: A Special July 4th Edition
Air Date: 6/29/2015
The Fourth of July - A special edition

On this special edition today, we feature an interview with a veteran of World War II who was there when Pearl Harbor was bombed - Lt. James Downing. Also some comments about the recent SCOTUS legislative ruling from attorney Michael Farris. We take a look at the word "independence" as we have a visit to the Pastor's Study with Pastor Bill Shishko. Gerry Wisz reminds us of a little known document today, with with far-reaching influence - the Magna Carta. Finally we close out the program with a brief review of events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, and include some applications for us today.



Holding All Things Together: Human interest, the environment, development for the poor and evolution
Air Date: 6/27/2015
How should we view our environment - comments about Pope Francis' recent encylical

Pope Francis recently came out with an encyclical that was supportive of the environmental movement. However some of the science behind these statements is doubtful at best. Today we feature a human interest interview with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner



Holding All Things Together: Father's Day
Air Date: 6/20/2015
A Father's day special of Holding All Things Together

A special Father's Day edition of the program today. Included is an interview with author Os Guinness. Gerry Wisz comments on disciplining our children. Pastor Bill Shishko covers the creation ordinance of procreation. We close with a look at this week in history and some scripture pertaining to fatherhood.



Holding All Things Together: Change by the Holy Spirit
Air Date: 6/13/2015
Change by the Holy Spirit

This week on Holding All Things together we reflect on real change as wrought by the Holy Spirit. People become Christians because of the Spirit's work in drawing them to Himself, and giving them faith to believe the gospel. We find our rest in Christ, and He even gives us a day of rest to be used for His glory and our good. What about our relation to the world after we are converted? We find that we are truly free men and women who want to live for Christ. Another interesting interview this week is concerning the NSA spying powers. Attorney John Whitehead joins us to discuss this important matter that relates to our freedoms. Finally, what's the difference between human-designed metamorphosis -vs- true spiritual new birth. Gerry Wisz discusses this. We close out the program with This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: The church's prophetic role and the real Jesus
Air Date: 6/6/2015
The uniqueness of the church, her prophetic role and our commitment to the real Jesus

Is the church unique and what about her prophetic role of proclaiming God's truth? Is every gathering "church?" Also a human interest interview with a retired senior pastor who faithfully served for many years at a church in the Hudson Valley area. Foreign missionary Dr. Peter Hammond joins us to a give a short challenge to our American churches. Cal Carter shares another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Family, Marriage and Society
Air Date: 5/30/2015
Family, Marriage and Society

This week we talk about the family and in particular the marriage of one man to one woman. John Stonestreet comments on the advantage that children have who are raised in a solid family with a Mom and Dad. Pastor Bill Shishko joins us to explain the Creation Ordinance of marriage. John Stonestreet comes back with an exclusive interview in which he recounts how the Lord led him to eventually become a part of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Gerry Wisz covers "50 Shades of Grey." Attorney Mike Farris joins us to explain the threats on the horizon to our religious freedom and to the tax exempt status of Christian churches. Finally, Cal Carter wraps up the week with another edition of This Week in History.



Holding All Things Together: Memorial Day
Air Date: 5/23/2015
A Memorial Day Special

Today Cal Carter interviews Alton Tabor, a WWII veteran, author, and actor. Gerry Wisz concludes his study of the minimum wage, taking applications from Scripture. A visit to the Pastor's study takes a Memorial Day detour and Dr. Kevin Chiarot discusses how a Christian soldier can view his situation in light of God's word. Finally, this week in history. Join us!



Holding All Things Together: Economics and Labor
Air Date: 5/16/2015
Economics and Labor - glorifying God with our resources

In this episode we talk with the CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, Chuck Bentley. Chuck shares with us a more personal look at what he went through in his own life, as God led him to make some changes that resulted in glorifying God and eventually taking the job of CEO of Crown. Also Gerry Wisz dives into the minimum wage debate and looks at facts that help us see the situation more clearly. Pastor Bill Shishko continues with Creation ordinances, and covers labor.



Holding All Things Together: Mother's Day
Air Date: 5/9/2015
Mother's Day - a special edition of Holding All Things Together

On this edition, R.C. Sproul, Jr. shares what Mother's Day is like in his family now that his precious wife Denise has passed. Gerry Wisz covers the Ascension of Christ. John Stonestreet joins us with a recent edition of The Point. Michael Farris comments about Mother's Day in his household. Pastor Bill Shishko answers the question, "What are Creation Ordinances?" Deb Elmendorf reads Hannah's prayer, and Cal Carter covers this week in history.



Holding All Things Together: Grandparents and their godly influence - John Koufos, A lesson in civics, Revitalization of urban neighborhoods
Air Date: 0/0/0000
Grandparents and their godly influence - John Koufos, A lesson in civics, Revitalization of urban neighborhoods