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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.

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.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 68: Rehabilitating Ravi Zacharias

1/14/2021
On today’s program, so-called modern-day prophets are coming under scrutiny for their false prophecies concerning the recent presidential election. The mobile hospital of Samaritan’s Purse is saving lives all over the country. And MinistryWatch President Warren Smith prescribes a way back for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which has been rocked by recent troubles. We begin today with the World Watch List from Open Doors of countries that are the worst when it comes to the...

Duration:00:29:37

Ep. 67: Jim Denison and The US Capitol Incident

1/14/2021
Today, we have on the program, Jim Denison. Jim is the founder of The Denison Forum, which in the past few years has emerged as one of the leading Christian worldview voices on radio and the Internet. We’ve had Jim on the podcast before and I wanted to bring him back to discuss the events of the past week in Washington and to ask how Christians should respond. Here at MinistryWatch, we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed...

Duration:00:16:04

Ep. 66: MinistryWatch’s List of Highly Paid Ministry Executives

1/7/2021
On today’s program, updates regarding Hillsong and Ravi Zacharias, as well as a discussion of MinistryWatch’s list of Highly Paid Ministry Executives. We begin today with the riot in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Specifically, with the reaction of faith leaders to the violence. 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...

Duration:00:27:14

Ep. 65: MinistryWatch Extra With WORLD’s Michael Reneau

1/6/2021
Today’s guest is Michael Reneau. Michael is the Editor of WORLD Magazine. He came to WORLD after a successful tenure as an award-winning editor at The Greeneville Sun, a daily newspaper serving East Tennessee. Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Regular listeners to the program know that last week we began these...

Duration:00:33:24

Ep. 64: Top 10 Stories Of The Year With Julie Roys

12/21/2020
Today, I’m pleased to have on the program Julie Roys. Julie Roys runs The Roys Report, an investigative journalism website. She also has a podcast of the same name. Julie and I are going to do something a bit special today. This is the week before Christmas, and our last MinistryWatch podcast episode of the year, so we are going to go down the list of the top 10 stories of the year, as judged by you, the readers of the MinistryWatch website. But Julie brings her own list to the table, and...

Duration:00:34:51

Ep. 63: A Tribute to the Anti-Celebrity Preacher

12/17/2020
On today’s program, a new development with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Christian Finance Guru Dave Ramsey is throwing a big staff Christmas party that is drawing national attention, and in this age of celebrity flame-outs, we highlight the lives of two men who served God and their neighbors quietly and faithfully for decades. We begin today with an investigation of possible abuses of the Payroll Protection Program. The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve...

Duration:00:25:31

Ep. 62: Paul Glader

12/16/2020
Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Regular listeners to the program know that I do a regular weekly roundup of the week’s ministry news with my co-host Natasha Smith. But these MinistryWatch Extra episodes are a chance for us to “go deep,” you might say, with our editorial partners. Today, I’m pleased to welcome back to...

Duration:00:25:50

Ep. 61: A COVID Christmas

12/10/2020
On today’s program, an update on the controversy regarding Carl Lentz and Hillsong Church. We also examine how the COVID crisis has impacted Christmas outreaches, including Living Nativity Scenes and Singing Christmas trees. We’ll talk about how churches are adjusting. And we have the latest in our Generous Living series. The story of a man who died in 2015 whose legacy of generosity is still being felt today. If you want to dig deep into any of the stories we’ve discussed, go to...

Duration:00:23:11

Ep. 60: Don Sweeting

12/9/2020
On this week’s MinistryWatch Extra episode: the president of Colorado Christian University, Dr. Don Sweeting. Don is the president of CCU is a long-tenured veteran in Christian higher education leadership. Before taking over the presidency of Colorado Christian University in 2016, he was the president of Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus. He also spent many years as a pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He holds degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Oxford University,...

Duration:00:22:47

Ep. 59: Ponzi Schemes, Schisms, and Scams

12/3/2020
On today’s program, The United Methodist Church, which has been facing a split for years, finally cracks. We continue our Shining Light series with a story about a program that helps at-risk boys become responsible men. And the Supreme Court gives Religious Liberty a boost. We begin today with the story of a con man who has defrauded investors out of $35-million by targeting the members of a church in California. Each week, MinistryWatch brings you news about Christian ministries, as well as...

Duration:00:30:41

Ep. 58: A Conversation with WORLD’s Michael Reneau

12/2/2020
Here at MinistryWatch, we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Today, I’m pleased to have on the program Michael Reneau. Michael is the Editor of WORLD Magazine. He came to WORLD after a successful tenure as an award-winning editor at The Greeneville Sun, a daily newspaper serving East Tennessee. To find out more about WORLD Magazine and the...

Duration:00:36:44

Ep. 57: Boy Scouts of America & The Importance of Youth Protection Policies

11/19/2020
On today’s program, John MacArthur’s California church is cleared by local health officials as being the source of a COVID outbreak. We have the latest in our “Shining Light” series of stories. This week we feature a ministry that provides a safe place for children and their mothers who are recovering from substance abuse. We begin today with the story of the Boy Scouts. Monday was the deadline set by a bankruptcy court for filing a sex-abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)....

Duration:00:26:35

Ep. 56: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Myers, President of Toccoa Falls College

11/17/2020
Today, I’m pleased to share with you my conversation with the president of Toccoa Falls College, Dr. Robert Myers. Colleges are the recipients of hundreds of millions of donor dollars every year. They are also on the front lines of many of today’s most important cultural battles. They are powerful tools for shaping culture – both for good or for ill – and they are often defining moments in the lives of individual students, who are trying to decide who they are and what they want to be when...

Duration:00:36:05

Ep. 55: Gospel for Asia, Succession Planning, and Trump’s Evangelical Advisors

11/12/2020
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 talk succession planning by taking a look at two organizations that are struggling with that problem, plus the next installment of our Generous Living series. But we begin today with a story about the...

Duration:00:30:08

Ep. 54: A Conversation with Religion Unplugged’s Paul Glader

11/10/2020
Here at MinistryWatch, we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Today, I’m pleased to welcome back to the program Paul Glader. Paul is the editor-in-chief at Religion Unplugged and the director of the journalism program at The King’s College in New York City. His journalism experience includes a long tenure with the Wall Street Journal. We discuss...

Duration:00:35:49

Ep. 53: Hillsong, Compassion International, and Willow Creek

11/5/2020
On today’s program, a pastor in the popular Hillsong movement has been fired for an unspecified “moral failure.” We’ll have details. Compassion International reaches a financial milestone. And we have the latest installment in our Generous Living series, the story of a young couple whose financial stewardship has motivated generosity in others. We begin today with massive staff cuts at Chicagoland's Willow Creek Church. Each week, MinistryWatch brings you news about Christian ministries, as...

Duration:00:22:33

Ep. 52: The State of Christian Higher Ed with David Dockery

11/3/2020
On today’s MinistryWatch Extra podcast, a special presentation of my conversation with David Dockery. It is likely that Christian education in this country would look significantly different were it not for the life and work of David Dockery. He has served as president of Trinity International University, in the Chicago area, and as president of Union University, during a time when Union faced a significant crisis – which we’ll talk about later in the program. Union University emerged from...

Duration:00:31:24

Ep. 51: Preachers Behaving Badly

10/29/2020
On today’s program, The Episcopal Church’s embrace of theological liberalism has caused such a steep decline that the denomination’s very existence is in question. Jerry Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University. Warren explains why MinistryWatch finally decided to cover the “peeing pastor.” And we have the latest installment in our “Generous Living” series. A pastor and his family from Texas who live simply, tithe, pay their bills and give away everything else. Up first today, the story of a...

Duration:00:29:01

Ep. 50: A Conversation with Religion Unplugged’s Paul Glader

10/26/2020
Here at MinistryWatch we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. Regular listeners to the program know that this month we began these “MinistryWatch Extra” episodes. We will continue our regular Friday weekly roundup episodes. Those are episodes I co-host with Natasha Smith. But these MinistryWatch Extra episodes are a chance for us to “go deep,” you...

Duration:00:34:41

Ep. 49: Liberty U., Ridgecrest, Moody Bible Institute, and Chris Rice

10/22/2020
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. This week, Christina Darnell is sitting in for Natasha Smith, who is on assignment. On today’s program, Liberty University announced the details of its audit of the tenure of Jerry Falwell Jr. Ridgecrest Conference Center has a...

Duration:00:19:57