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Grace Communion International launched the video series you are viewing right now, Speaking of Life, on September 8, 2006.
Since then, more than two thousand people a week watch or listen to the latest episode of the program. Some watch or listen online and others download the program to their own computer or digital player for later use. Some download it and create DVD’s to share the program with others who might not have Internet access.
Speaking of Life programs are accessed more than 20,000 times a month and many pastors play the program in church each week.
Another of our video programs, You're included, is devoted to exploring Trinitarian theology – the biblically rooted self-revelation of our loving and merciful God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You’re Included is aptly named, as it explores the healing and transforming love of God revealed in the Bible for all humanity, which includes you and me.
Since March 2007, Dr. J. Michael Feazell has conducted over 100 half-hour interviews with leading theologians for You’re Included. Each week, more than a thousand people watch, listen or read the transcript for one of these interviews. Some of them are burned to a DVD and played in churches or in small group settings. Even some seminary professors direct their students to our website so they can watch the program.
Guests on the program have included the late Ray S. Anderson, senior professor of theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of more than a dozen books on ministry and theology. Among many others, the program has also featured such notable theologians and Christian leaders as Alan Torrance, Douglas Campbell, Elmer Colyer, Gary Deddo, Gordon Fee, Trevor Hart, Baxter Kruger, and Paul Young, author of the best-selling novel The Shack.
In August 2008, we launched WCG Together, a video series featuring interviews with GCI leaders. We have also created a video sermon series called A Word from Our Sponsor, which is designed for small churches to use in their service when a preacher is not available.
The surprising thing about these high quality video programs is that all the work – set design, lighting, sound, shooting, and editing, as well as contacting and arranging all logistics for interview guests – is done by our highly talented and dedicated staff of one – Nathan Smith – and three carefully chosen on-call helpers. Nathan literally does the work of many highly skilled people, and I do hope you will keep him in your prayers as he works hard to stay on top of such a demanding schedule.
Through it all, and most importantly, the good news of God’s abiding love made manifest in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit is being shared with others – and not just though our media efforts, videos and publications, of course – but especially through the devoted work being done by all of you, the many viewers of these various gospel tools on our website.
To all of you, I want to say thank you for all you do in Jesus! And I want you to know that your prayerful support – and your generous contributions – are deeply appreciated, and so vital to this gospel work that we all share.
I'm Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.