Our guest is my friend Dr. Richard Swenson. Dr. Swenson is a trained medical physician who served for 27 years in both private practice and as an instructor with the University of Wisconsin. He left the profession when he felt God was leading him to be what he calls a “watchman on the wall”–someone who interprets the signs of the times.
It sounds like the opening line of a classic Dr. Seuss kid’s book, doesn’t it?
Who is wooing you?
When it comes to romantic relationships, I think there’s a tendency to see “wooing” as primarily a component of courtship prior to marriage. It’s a familiar scene, isn’t it? There is the boyfriend, flowers and chocolates in hand, maybe even leaving a little love note under his girlfriend’s windshield wiper at work. A colleague of mine, while dating his then girlfriend, now wife, would bring groceries to her apartment in between paychecks.
Do you remember the movie Back to the Future, the fun iconic film of the 1980’s featuring the then-rising star, Michael J. Fox? It spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts in the hot summer of 1985 and spawned two popular sequels. That seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?
In a way, I was reminded of that film while recording yesterday’s Focus on the Family radio program. Along with Dr. Juli Slattery and John Fuller, the three of us went back in time and discussed the foundational principles of the ministry.
Can a radio program change the direction of a family’s future?
We received an email the other day that suggests it can. I’d love to share an excerpt of it with you. Beth’s words put a lump in my throat. She wrote:
I wanted to let you know that just last week I filed for divorce. We have been married for 19 years . . . Our finances are extremely limited. [However] I was so desperate that even living in a hotel seemed better than staying here.
This is a guest blog post by Gary Schneeberger, Vice President of Media and Public Relations at Focus on the Family:
Last week Jim Daly shared his journey of faith during a two-day Focus on the Family broadcast. Even though I knew the details of Jim’s story, I found myself fighting back tears all over again as he spoke. As turbulent as his childhood was—having his father abandon his family when Jim was at a young age and having lost his mother to cancer when he was seven, I am convinced those years prepared Jim for his current role ministering to today’s families.
Jean and I were big fans of Dr. Dobson and the Focus on the Family broadcast long before I came to work at the ministry. And while we didn’t have kids at the time, I personally benefited from Dr. Dobson’s insights into marriage—especially since I came from such a dysfunctional home. Considering the fact that my father was a gambler and an alcoholic who walked out on our family when I was six, I had no idea what a “healthy” husband and wife dynamic should look like.
You’ll want to tune into tomorrow’s Focus on the Family broadcast featuring a conversation with former Fox anchorman, Brit Hume. I caught up with Brit during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. and discussed the suicide of his son, journalism as a profession, and his faith in Jesus.
Of special interest is what Brit told me regarding his “controversial” suggestion that Tiger Woods should embrace the forgiveness offered by Christianity.
Let me take you back to January 3, 2010 when Brit, as a guest commentator on Fox News Sunday, offered this analysis of Tiger Woods future in light of his adulterous relationships:
Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer.
We recently finished airing a compelling, two-day Focus on the Family broadcast with Abby Johnson, the former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic. While I first blogged about Abby back in November, this is one of those life-changing conversations you won’t want to miss. (Click here for PART 1 and PART 2).
In 2008, Abby was given the dubious honor of “Employee of the Year” for the Southeast Texas region having counseled thousands of women to have an abortion.
Dr. Kevin Leman, psychologist and author of Have a New Husband by Friday, has been our guest for several days on the Focus on the Family broadcast this week. I really appreciate Dr. Leman. Although, boy, did he do a number on me during yesterday’s program! After spending two broadcasts giving marital advice to wives, he ambushed me right there in the studio.
Let me set the stage for what happened.
Dr. Leman began by explaining that the average marriage lasts just seven years.
Many of you are familiar with the excellent work of Michael Farris and the Home School Legal Defense Association [HSLDA]. Back in March of 1983 when Michael and his colleague, Michael Smith, founded the fledgling organization, homeschooling was pretty much a foreign concept to most Americans.
The history books are full of wildly successful people who have received their formal education at home (John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Agatha Christie, to name just a few), nor is it uncommon today to hear about a high-profile individual whose parents have opted to educate them outside of the traditional system, many for religious reasons.