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Transparency and accountability are vital to the renewal of the evangelical church in America. Hosts Warren Smith and Natasha Smith highlight the top stories of the week from the unique MinistryWatch perspective and give you a peek behind the curtain to show why and how we do the investigations we do.

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Transparency and accountability are vital to the renewal of the evangelical church in America. Hosts Warren Smith and Natasha Smith highlight the top stories of the week from the unique MinistryWatch perspective and give you a peek behind the curtain to show why and how we do the investigations we do.

    Ep. 149: A Conversation with David French

    Ep. 149: A Conversation with David French

    Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    These mid-week “Extra” episodes are a chance for us to go deep with a particular topic, and today I’m pleased to have back on the program David French.  David wrote an article about Liberty University that I wanted to explore more deeply.



    But first, a bit of David’s background.



    David French is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, and also of Harvard Law School.  He spent many years as an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.  He was a staff writer for the National Review from 2015 to 2019, and he currently serves as senior editor of The Dispatch.



    Before we go, I want to remind you that you can find the article we discussed today, about Liberty University, over at The Dispatch, where David is a senior editor.



    I’d like to add in closing that MinistryWatch has published nearly 100 articles in the past two years that either mentions or features Liberty University.  To find them, just go to MinitryWatch.com and type “Liberty University” into the search engine.



    Our Kanakuk coverage, which now amounts to more than 20 stories, as well as our coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention and other organizations we discussed today, can also be found at MinistryWatch.com.



    Finally, a reminder that because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not be posting an episode on Friday, and that means this will be the last episode of the podcast before Giving Tuesday.  If you’ve found the work of MinistryWatch to be a blessing to you, I hope you’ll consider a gift on Giving Tuesday, or sometime between now and the end of the year.  Just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the donate button at the top of the page.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick . We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.



    I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.

    • 23 min
    Ep. 148: St. Jude Hospital, WORLD Magazine, Sean Feucht, and More

    Ep. 148: St. Jude Hospital, WORLD Magazine, Sean Feucht, and More

    We’d like to welcome you to the MinistryWatch podcast.



    Each week, MinistryWatch brings you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    On today’s program, we look at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  It’s not a Christian ministry, but a lot of evangelicals donate to the organization, and the money is not always going to help children.  We also look at a shake-up at WORLD Magazine.  Finally, I offer a few thoughts about the podcast “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.”  We begin today with news from San Antonio, Texas, where a rally at a church has drawn criticism for its use of the controversial “Let’s Go Brandon” chant, and for other reasons.



    We’ll be taking next week off from the podcast so we can enjoy Thanksgiving with our families.  And, at the risk of shameless self-promotion, I’d like to mention that we are rapidly coming up on the year-end.  Just six weeks to 2022.  And, without belaboring the point too much, we need your financial support before year-end.



    MinistryWatch is different from many other news sites in that we take no money from the organizations we cover, we have no advertising on our site, and no paywall.  All of our content is completely free.  But we do depend on the generosity of people who believe in what we do.



    And, I’ve got to say, that if you’re listening to this podcast, you’re either a glutton for punishment, or you’re a hard-core MinistryWatch fan.  If the latter, I hope you’ll consider a year-end gift so we can keep doing what we do.  Just go to MinistryWatch.com and it the donate button at the top of the page.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Nidhi Upadhyaya (?), Kim Roberts, Anne Stych, David Armstrong, Ryan Gabrielson, Mark Tooley, Bob Smietana, and Steve Rabey.



    Until next time, may God bless you.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 147: Evangelicals and Giving

    Ep. 147: Evangelicals and Giving

    I’m Warren Smith and I’d like to welcome you to the MinistryWatch podcast.



     



    Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    These mid-week “Extra” episodes are a chance for us to go deep with a particular topic, and today I’m pleased to have back on the program Ron Sellers, the president of Grey Matter Research and Consulting.   Ron Sellers and I discuss a new study his organization has done in conjunction with Infinity Concepts.  That study was published a week ago, and it’s called “The Generosity Factor:  Evangelicals and Giving.”



    I just want to note that you can get a copy of this nearly 40-page report here.



    Before we go:  A quick reminder that this show exists because of the generosity of our readers and listeners.  We take no money from the ministries we cover.  There’s no advertising on our website.  We are completely listener and reader funded.  If you’d like to make a donation to MinistryWatch, click here



    If money is a little tight now…hey, I get it.  Been there a time or two myself.  You can still help the program.  Just rate us on your podcast app.  The more ratings we get, the higher we rank with search engines, and that means other people can find us more easily.  Rating us just takes a second, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.  It’s a free and easy – and important – way you can support the MinistryWatch podcast.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Ben Warwick. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.



    I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 146: Evangelicals and Giving, Hacking for Jesus, and Franklin Graham

    Ep. 146: Evangelicals and Giving, Hacking for Jesus, and Franklin Graham

    On today’s program, we take a look at a group of Hackers for Jesus.  And a new study by the Hartford Institute says COVID has led to both innovation and conflict in America’s churches.  We begin today with more news from the Southern Baptist Convention.



    There’s a quick, easy, and FREE way you can support this podcast, and that is to give us a rating on your podcast app.  The more ratings we get, the more attention we get from search engines, and that helps new listeners find us.  And, by the way, when you give us a rating, leave us a comment, too.  I read them all.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Steve Rabey, Bob Smietana, and Shannon Cuthrell.  Special thanks to Religion UnPlugged for contributing material for this week’s program.



    Until next time, may God bless you.

    • 23 min
    Ep. 145: A Conversation with Sam Rainer

    Ep. 145: A Conversation with Sam Rainer

    I’m Warren Smith and I’d like to welcome you to the MinistryWatch podcast.



    Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.



    These mid-week “Extra” episodes are a chance for us to go deep with a particular topic, and today we have on the program Sam Rainer.  He’s the author of the new book “The Church Revitalization Checklist.”



    Sam Rainer serves as president of Church Answers and is a cofounder of Rainer Publishing.  He is also lead pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida.  He writes, teaches, speaks, and consults on a variety of church health issues.



    Before we go:  A quick reminder that this show exists because of the generosity of our readers and listeners.  We take no money from the ministries we cover.  There’s no advertising on our website.  We are completely listener and reader funded.  If you’d like to make a donation to MinistryWatch, just go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the donate tab at the top of the page.



    Another way you can help the program is to rate us on your podcast app.  The more ratings we get, the higher we rank with search engines, and that means other people can find us more easily.  Rating us just takes a second, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.  It’s a free and easy – and important – way you can support the MinistryWatch podcast.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.



    I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.

    • 25 min
    Ep. 144: Liberty U., Baseball and Jesus, and Re-Thinking Missions

    Ep. 144: Liberty U., Baseball and Jesus, and Re-Thinking Missions

    On today’s program, a lawsuit brought by indigenous people against New Tribes Mission could force many missionary organizations to re-think the way they do their work.  And a new study highlights the vital role churches play in helping those with food insecurities.  We begin today with more news from Liberty University.  The way Liberty University has handled sexual assault incidents has come under scrutiny in recent months.  This week, a new report by the investigative journalism organization Pro Publica alleges that Liberty has discouraged women from coming forward with their stories because to do so could get them expelled.



    There’s a quick, easy, and FREE way you can support this podcast, and that is to give us a rating on your podcast app.  The more ratings we get, the more attention we get from search engines, and that helps new listeners find us.  And, by the way, when you give us a rating, leave us a comment, too.  I read them all.



    The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Steve Rabey, Brad Fulton, Bobby Ross Jr., Jessica Mundie, Hannah Dreyfus, and Bob Smietana—and you, Warren.



    Special thanks to Religion UnPlugged for contributing material for this week’s program.



    Until next time, may God bless you.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

NEMMRRC ,

On point at a time when insight is needed

Excellent medium to stay on top of the pulse of where the church is headed with respect to giving and current events.

mae de missoes ,

Very valuable

Be very careful about supporting the idea that it is better to send money to nationals rather than missionaries. This has a frequently questioned and sometimes destructive history. I suggest you do more research before more reporting.

chazlindholm ,

Good job

Seems balanced but not sure how complete their info is

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