Good Friday Bible Trivia

Have you been watching The Bible mini-series on the History Channel?  It wraps up on Easter Sunday.  So, with that in mind, I thought I’d quiz Kurt and Rob today on their Bible knowledge in Lisa’s Home School.  Think you can beat their scores?

Good News: Strangers Help Unite Homeless Man With Kids

Now THIS is a good news story!  A homeless man in Las Vegas has been reunited with one of his daughters through the magic of social media and the kindness of strangers.  Jimmy Francis was outside a Firehouse Subs shop when he was spotted by a local realtor Jim Snyder.  Jim bought him a sandwich and gave him some cash.  On his way home, Jim just couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to go pick him up.  So he did!  He brought Jimmy home, gave him a shower, warm clothes, and even packed a suitcase of his old clothes for Jimmy to take with him.  Once they got to know each other, they found out they actually had a lot in common.  You’re going to have to read this to believe it.

The Archbishop Of Chicago Weighs In On Christianity, Culture, And The New Pope

An American Cardinal points out that we live in a time when the Christian message is countercultural.

Cardinal George of Chicago told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the spirit of the age seems to say, “There is no God and Freud is his prophet.”

Cardinal George believes that Pope Francis has the integrity to preach the gospel in a way people can understand, even if they don’t agree with it. But he said only the Holy Spirit can change people’s hearts and minds and draw them to God.

The Cardinal says Cardinal the church will attempt to make today’s culture less hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he says the message isn’t primarily political.  Instead, he says it’s about “what is true and what is false.”

Speaking of the intersection of faith and culture, a liberal arts college in Florida has kicked Intervarsity Christian Fellowship off their campus.  Why? They say that Intervarsity can’t require its student leaders to be Christians.  The claim that policy is a violation of the school’s anti-discrimination policy.

And finally, some good news…a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Pennsylvania fifth grader who wanted to distribute invitations to a church Christmas party at her public school.

The court upheld a lower court’s decision that permitted the student to hand out the invitations.

Interestingly, the ruling was based on an older Supreme Court decision involving a high school anti-war protest in the Vietnam era.

The appeals court says the law is still evolving, but the invitations are allowed because they won’t cause a “substantial disruption.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Attention Winter Jammers!

We have some bad news, some good news and some great news.

First the bad news…

There are only three more chances to see the 2013 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular! We play our last date of the tour this Saturday 3/30. We can hear the collective “awww…!”

Next the good news…

YOU can see Winter Jam LIVE this Saturday via our LIVE WEBCAST“Yahoo!” Whether you were one of the over 500,000 people that got to see the tour live this year, or one of our friends that happened to miss it, this is your opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about.

Now for the great news…

“It’s FREE!”

Here’s what you need to know to experience Christian Music’s Largest Annual TourLIVE this Saturday:


We’ll begin rocking the AT&T Center in San Antonio LIVE beginning at 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Streams will be online 15 minutes before the event so you can get your virtual seat. Simply click here ( and log in with either your StageHop account or Facebook, and you’ll land on the watch page. A special thanks to for hosting the webcast and providing the coolest technology that will let you choose the unique multi-screen player, or pick your favorite camera angle and watch just that one. You can watch from your computer or most smart phones and mobile devices.


StageHop’s presentation of Winter Jam will be great. Now go share the word with your friends so they can join in the fun! Forward this email and your friends can use the link to get their own free pass. Share on Facebook, post on Twitter, you get the idea.


Speaking of Facebook and Twitter, if you haven’t already, make sure to connect with us on Facebook ( ( and Instagram ( It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on all things Winter Jam.

Enjoy the show and be sure to let us know what you think by posting on Facebook and Twitter!

Jam On,

The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular Team

Attack The Snack Attack!

I am a huge snacker – specifically, I need something that crunches!  Sometimes I crunch when I’m hungry, but sometimes, I don’t even realize that I’ve sought out a snack.  Does that ever happen to you?  Usually, these feeding frenzies are mindless and people tend to consume almost 600 extra calories a day!  Whoa!  Check out tips to fight the snack attack in Lisa’s Home School.

Good News: This Is Forgiveness

When 17-year-old Tim See and 15-year-old Krysta Howell were killed by a drunk driver in Grand Rapids, their families were heartbroken.  But more importantly, the family of Tim See didn’t stay there – they found love and forgiveness for the driver, Takunda Mavima.  They even gave an incredible testimony on his behalf in court in an effort to convince the judge to lessen his sentence. What an incredible story of forgiveness!  Read the touching article here.

Mother And Daughter Caught In A Battle Of Wills

Dear Dr. Bill,

My 9-year-old daughter and I are ALWAYS arguing.  She’s reluctant to obey and when I discipline her by removing privileges, it turns into a bitter, emotional contest.  My husband does his best by supporting me and creating a playful environment for our kids, but he leaves the discipline to me.  Now I worry that I’ve become too emotionally involved in this conflict with my daughter.  What do you suggest we do?


Dear Sonia,

I feel for your situation, and I’m sure many other parents can relate.  You and your daughter have entered a destructive cycle, and it’s harmed your relationship.  Now you need to work toward turning things around.

You mention that your husband creates a “playful environment” for your kids, but he leaves the discipline to you.  Although it’s great that he’s a fun dad, he’s left you to set all the limits.  So the kids see him as the “good cop,” forcing you to always take the “bad cop” role.

Let your husband know that you need him to take an equal role when it comes to discipline, even though he may not be comfortable with setting limits or doling out punishment for bad behavior.

He needs to understand that his role is to be a PARENT to your children, not a buddy.  Being a parent means that sometimes you need to provide firm guidance and structure, even when your kids don’t like it.

Given the pattern that’s developed between you and your daughter, let your husband be the “bad cop” for a while.  You should focus on rewarding your daughter for her good behavior, and let him punish her when she misbehaves.

Concentrate on recognizing the positive attributes in your daughter, so your relationship can begin the road toward healing.

Thanks for writing Sonia.  If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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Get To The Root Of The Problem

Is your child acting out?  There is a reason for it.  Identifying the root of the problem that is causing the behavior is what will ultimately help you move forward and find your happy place with your child, whether they are one or twenty-one.  Check out more in Lisa’s Home School.

Listen to Lisa’s Home School here.

Good News: Coach Gets Creative

Most school systems around the country are in a budget crisis, but that didn’t stop a head football coach from Oregon from getting creative to fund new helmets for his team.  Coach Doug Bilodeau joked he would stand along the side of the road with a sign that says “Will Work for Helmets,” and that’s actually exactly what he did.  Check out his story here.

If you missed the Good News Story, listen here.