I'm a new believer, a Christian, but have not joined a church yet. Everyday I read the bible, and listen to Family Radio's 30 minutes of King James (reading Ezekial now.) To be as clear as I can be: I'm somewhat wary, especially of Mr. Camping's theological teaching which is very interesting and engaging. (His mission is to show that the Old Testement anticipates the Gospel perfectly, and usually he is quite compelling.)
If I had the mysterious 'lexus-nexus' and could search newspaper articles I would. But maybe asking the good folk at Free Republic would be even better, I figure.
I'm curious to know what sort or reputation this network has (deserved or not). I've listened long enough to know I am not being taken in by a cult, but I'd still like to know people's impressions. Also any links to other information, of course. Thanks.
posted on 10/19/2001 6:38:42 PM PDT
Nice to see my name in lights .. but THAT Robert A. Cook (the Priest) isn't THIS Robert A. Cook, PE.
Figured some might be curious. I'll let him take all the credit he is due for his work, and hope he has as much pun doing it as I do.
I listen to it. I like Night Watch and the Bible readings. I often disagree with Camping's call-in program and I've pretty much stopped listening to it.
They used to carry a radio drama called Unshackled which I enjoyed, but I think they stopped. i understand it had to do with a dispute over editing
posted on 10/19/2001 6:49:07 PM PDT
check out their web site. it is great, thank you for calling and sharing.
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posted on 10/19/2001 6:53:17 PM PDT
We've listened to Family Radio for years. Some things I've enjoyed, some I've managed to just get through... "Walk with the King today! And be a Blessing!"
posted on 10/19/2001 6:54:28 PM PDT
We have several Christian radio stations in our area..and I listen to most of them for at least part of the day..(I like Mc Arthur and Kay Arthur and a few others that are not on family radio)
Like you I especially like the uninterupted scripture reading and the music..now as for Harold Camping...well he is a little rigid on his call in show for me..but the teachings are good..
posted on 10/19/2001 6:57:46 PM PDT
If you are able to get Family Radio in the Bay Area, you might also try KFAX 1100 AM and also KCBC 770 AM. They do not have any music, but have tons of great teaching/Bible study programs. These are both good sources of of teaching and encouragement.
posted on 10/19/2001 7:16:39 PM PDT
I don't know anything about Mr Camping, but I do know about Dr Cook. Many years ago, before he became the President of King's College in New York, he was on the pastoral staff of Midwest Bible Church in Chicago. I grew up in that church, and we LOVED Dr Cook. He was a great pastor and a great teacher of God's Word. He was on target and spoke the truth from the Bible. He truly lived the Christian life. as did his family. After he left Chicago and was in New York, we eagerly listened to him on the radio. He is now with the Lord in heaven, and I remember him ever so fondly. A great man who loved his Lord. I am glad to hear his sermons are still on the radio.
I'm glad you asked, and glad for the ping to get me to respond. I do have some informed input I hope you find helpful.
Here's the brief version: Family Radio is mostly terrific, and you should listen; Harold Camping is a terrible nutcase, and you should avoid him.
In more detail:
Family Radio plays great classic hymns, and sacred concerts, and good edifying Christian programs. They sometimes play really wonderful, Christ-exalting preachers in the "Conference Echoes." I don't personally care for the fellow who reads the Bible so sepulchrally (and pronounces "Israel" as "Izhrel"), but I like that they read the Bible, Bible, Bible. It's a great station.
Harold Camping is a layman with an over-inflated opinion of himself who, rather than being a teacher, is in need of the yoke of discipleship. He may be the first date-setting amillennialist in history. He's extremely idiomatic, lacks the dues-paying and judgment to be a good Bible guide.
If you have a Salem radio station near you (I don't know where Otumwa or whatever is, sorry! < g >), listen for folks like Chuck Swindoll, John MacArthur, J. Vernon McGee, R. C. Sproule, Chuck Colson, J. Montgomery Boyce (if they still play him), and others I could mention.
But I really would encourage you to steer clear of Camping.
Biblical Christianity web page
posted on 10/19/2001 8:52:42 PM PDT
To be as clear as I can be: I'm somewhat wary, especially of Mr. Camping's theological teaching which is very interesting and engaging
Ignore Harold Camping. He is not a theologian, nor is he even trained at any Bible college. He ownes the station -- which entitles him to play one, thats the extent of it. Plus he gets so twisted in knots (escolotogically speaking)because he must protect his Calvinist; "the church is spiritual Israel" nonsense.
No one takes him seriously. He's on-the-air cause he's the boss.
Now Dr. Cook; there was a man of God. Heard him many times at various chuchs in the NY/NJ area. Great sense of humor too. He would have found Harold Camping humorous.
posted on 10/19/2001 9:04:05 PM PDT
Whenever you can hear a tape of Dr. Cook's, you will be blessed. I listened to him all the time while he was alive--on Earth. He had tremendous insights to God's word and he could explain them with a layman's touch.
Now that Dr. Cook is alive in Heaven, I am thrilled when I hear his voice on the radio when a tape of his is played--it's like listening to a dear and trusted friend. And, of course, when he signed off, we always said the signatory phrase together " Walk with the King today--and be a BLESSING!" Always made you stop and think.
posted on 10/19/2001 9:33:42 PM PDT
CAmping is now a heretic. That is unfortunate, as Family RAdio is a good Calvinist radio network in many cases.
I knew Dr. Cook (he was a friend of the family for years, and I once wrote a profile of him for the now-defunct Christian Herald). He was just the warmest and most endearing bear of a man you could ever meet. You just had to grin around the guy, he was ebullient and genial and genuine. In the old days, when I used to doubt the reality of the Christian experience, first-hand knowledge of the lives of men like Dr. Cook and my own father nuked those doubts.
Thank you for posting and sharing, and may we have our next reply please...
posted on 10/21/2001 9:11:41 AM PDT
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