Larry Eskridge

Larry Eskridge has written a fascinating and important book, God’s Forever Family:  The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press), chronicling a largely untold story in American evangelicalism. This week on FIRST PERSON, Larry joins me in the studio for a conversation about the topic.

God’s Forever Family argues that the Jesus People movement was one of the most important American religious movements of the second half of the 20th-century. Not only do such new and burgeoning evangelical groups as Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard trace back to the Jesus People, but the movement paved the way for the huge Contemporary Christian Music industry and the rise of “Praise Music” in the nation’s churches. More significantly, it revolutionized evangelicals’ relationship with youth and popular culture. Larry Eskridge makes the case that the Jesus People movement not only helped create a resurgent evangelicalism but must be considered one of the formative powers that shaped American youth in the late 1960s.

NEXT WEEK:  Musician Tommy Coomes

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Elona Prroj

prroj-perspectiveThis week’s guest has a story which is hard to understand.  I learned about Elona Prroj, a young, Albanian woman, from Ron Harris who has met Elona face-to-face and heard her testimony.  I was hoping I, too, might meet Elona someday and ask her to join us on FIRST PERSON.  After a couple of years, it didn’t look likely that we would be able to meet in person, so we arranged a Skype phone call and Elona told me about the death of her husband, Tani, an Albanian pastor.

Tani died at the hand of a gunman who was taking revenge for a murder committed by one of Tani’s relatives– a murder for which Tani was completely innocent.  However, because of the ancient tradition of a “blood feud” in Northern Albania, Tani was targeted and eventually murdered, leaving his wife to raise two children and carry on his ministry.

Elona’s story of trial and faith is one of the most gripping accounts of a couple committed to serving Christ at any cost I’ve ever heard.  After you listen, please share your comments atFacebook.com/FirstPersonInterview.

NEXT WEEK:  Larry Eskridge

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Randy Alcorn

alcorn-perspectiveDuring 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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