English: “What’s Going On?” March 2017

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel was an atheist. His wife became a Christian, and he was not happy about it. Concerned that his wife’s church of choice is a cult, he set out to disprove her new-found faith. In the process, he turned from being a skeptic to becoming a Christian. He tells the story of his journey of faith to Paul Ladd. Lee’s story is the subject of the new movie The Case for Christ—currently in many theatres. His conversation with Paul will be aired on Your New Life Station on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Sunday, May 7th.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim, the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Daylight Time (CDT) is five hours behind. When some parts of the world return to standard time for the winter, Eastern Standard Time (EST) is five hours behind UTC, and Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time all year rather than daylight time. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.

You can use this website www.worldchristian.org or our listener website, www.knls.org to hear the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. But music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In April, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Anne-Marie, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, Halsey, Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction), Machine Gun Kelly featuring Haile Steinfeld, and Zayn Malik (formerly of One Direction).

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. If you like juicy hamburgers and good conversation—you’ll love Farrell’s Restaurant in Cadiz, Kentucky. Larry Souder takes us there on Souder & Friends. He also introduces us to a gentlemen who restores old pianos.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

In April, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movie The Promise.

Upcoming Reports for May 2017:

  • Are you more likely to have a heart attack if you have gray hair? Kelly Ann Monahan reports the results of a study.
  • Medical scientists are growing replacement tissue for human hearts from spinach! Kelly Ann reports on that, too.
  • And Kelly Ann reports on a possible breakthrough in the treatment of sepsis—commonly known as blood poisoning.
  • And she reports on the successor to the Hubble Telescope—the incredibly advanced Webb Telescope—soon to take its place in outer space.
  • Your pet can receive the royal treatment at international airports. All it takes is money. Marcy Bryan reports.
  • They’re called “grocerants”—hybrids of grocery stores and restaurants. Marcy reports about the success of this type of food service.
  • And Marcy reports about China’s efforts to overtake the U.S. in research and development.
  • This American was shot twice while protecting a group of immigrants from India. What did a group of Indian Americans do for the hero? Doug Poling reports.
  • Doug also reports on an Apple Computer employee’s mobile laundry for the homeless in Santa Cruz, California.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Promises with Bob Borquez
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder