Randy Alcorn

During these summer months, we are reaching back into the FIRST PERSON archive and re-playing some popular interviews from the recent past. This week, we go back to 2011 and an interview with author and speaker Randy Alcorn.  This is what we said when it first aired in 2011:

“I’ve known Randy Alcorn as an author and even interviewed him a few times over the years.  However, a couple of months ago we found ourselves among many who attended the red carpet screening of the movie COURAGEOUS.  Randy was there because he wrote the excellent novelization of COURAGEOUS, and I was there for interviews.  Somehow, late that night we ended up at the same all-night diner following the movie, along with FIRST PERSON producer, Joe Carlson. It was a very enjoyable late night with friends. While there wasn’t time to interview Randy on the spot that night (and the diner was far too noisy!), I decided that I would call him soon afterwards to talk with me on FIRST PERSON.”

For an update on Randy’s most recent books and more, please visit his website, www.epm.org.

NEXT WEEK: Elona Proj on the Albanian blood feud that left her a widow

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John Wallace

wallace-perspectiveJohn Wallace knows Latter-day Saints. He held temple recommendation and Elders Quorum presidencies for years. He examined the Bible for what he believed and read the Book of Mormon cover-to-cover repeatedly. But a seed of doubt was planted in him during his high school years that eventually grew too large for him to stay a Mormon. He knew he could never be perfect on his own. He could not prove his worthiness to live with his Heavenly Father. If he had to be made perfect, it would have to be by someone else. That someone was Jesus Christ who died on the cross and, as a result, salvation is by grace through faith, not by works.

John is the author of Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons, and you’ll hear his story this week on FIRST PERSON.

NEXT WEEK:  Randy Alcorn

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U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black

barryblackOur guest for the 4th of July weekend is the U.S. Senate Chaplain, Dr. Barry Black. Dr. Black, a retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, has been chaplain of the U.S. Senate since 2003. I interviewed him a few years ago when his book From the Hood to the Hill was released, telling his story of growing up in inner-city Baltimore.  However, his story was one that I wanted First Person listeners to hear, so he is this week’s guest.

Chaplain Black has another book out from Tyndale, titled The Blessing of Adversity, and he continues to describe the obstacles and challenges he overcame in order to give us the perspective that while everyone experiences difficulty in life, God’s blessing is always present to give us peace in the storm.

Thanks for taking the time to listen to this outstanding testimony.  I hope you will consider passing this website link on to others who would benefit from the story of Senate Chaplain Barry Black.

NEXT WEEK:  Former Mormon John Wallace

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