Dr. Philip Ryken, Mike Farris, Erin Mersino, Dr. Cal Beisner
Air Date August 6, 2012
Hour 1 - Religious Liberty / Kids Have Rights Too
Evangelicals and Catholics often agree to disagree, but when it comes to life and religious liberty it’s different. Dr. Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, explains. Also, the rights of kids with special needs could be in jeopardy. Mike Farris believes Americans should be concerned and he joins us to tell us why.
Hour 2 - Stopping the Attack / Spiritual Warfare
A federal attack on religious freedom can be stopped, but what has to happen? Attorney Erin Mersino joins us for that story. Then, with a look at spiritual warfare, Dr. Cal Beisner explains a new project called In His Image 2012.
Dr. Philip Ryken
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken ’88 is Wheaton College’s eighth president. A Wheaton native and the son of Wheaton professor Dr. Leland Ryken and Mary Graham Ryken, President Ryken attended Wheaton as an undergraduate, majoring in English literature and philosophy. Dr. Ryken earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, preaching there until his appointment at Wheaton.
President Ryken has published more than 30 books.
He met his wife, Lisa, during their first few days at the College, and they were married before their senior year. The Rykens have five children: Josh, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline.
For more information, please visit the Wheaton College website.
Since founding the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in 1983, Farris has used his experience in politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 80,000 member families. He is also the founding president and current Chancellor of Patrick Henry College.
Farris has written over a dozen books, including three novels, a constitutional law textbook, and works on marriage, parenting, homeschooling, political advocacy, and religious liberty. His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, airs on several hundred stations nationwide.
Mike and Vickie Farris live in Purcellville, Virginia, and have 10 children and 10 grandchildren.
For more information, please visit the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website.
Erin Mersino, Esq.
Erin Mersino is Trial Counsel at the Thomas More Law Center. She specializes in Constitutional Law and Appellate Litigation. Mrs. Mersino has worked on some of the most influential cases in recent time including the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act under the commerce clause. Mrs. Mersino has written briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court, has a national practice, admitted to the 6th, 9th, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as numerous District Courts across the country, including the S.D. of New York and D.C. Prior to joining the Thomas More Law Center, Mrs. Mersino previously worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney specializing in trial practice. Mrs. Mersino holds a Juris Doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law. Mrs. Mersino was frequently named on the Dean’s List, was a Moot Court Board member, the president of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, and both won and placed in several regional and school wide moot court and mock trial competitions. Mrs. Mersino graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in three years. Mrs. Mersino also attended classes at New York University, and has taught at the Oakland University Police Academy.
For more information, visit the Thomas More Law Center.
Dr. Cal Beisner
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, National Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, is a theologian, historian, and economist who has published over ten books and hundreds of articles. Dr. Cal has also contributed to or edited many other books and is a regular guest on television and radio talk shows. A former Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Social Ethics at Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and of Interdisciplinary Studies at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Ga, he has spoken to churches, seminars, and other groups around the country for nearly twenty years.
Dr. Beisner is a member of Palm Vista Community Church, Miami Lakes, Fla.
Visit the Cornwall Alliance website for more information.
For more information about In His Image 2012, visit their website.
Janet Parshall has been the recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters on-air radio personality award in 2008 and 2011. In 1988, she was elected to the board of directors and the executive committee of the National Religious Broadcasters. She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding God in the Marketplace of Ideas. Parshall and her husband, Craig, live in Virginia, and have four children and six grandchildren.