Christmas is a great time to get together with family members, especially ones you haven't seen in a while. But it can also be a time of anxiety and heartbreak, when your child, or someone else you love has walked away from the faith. Many kids who've grown up in the church are leaving after 18. Whether parents blame themselves or the culture, the result is the same -- lost souls. Ed Stetzer talks with Jim Putman, Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries about our prodigals... how we love them and how we hope and wait for their return.
Jim Putman is the co-founder and Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. Jim is also a co-founder and leader with the Relational Discipleship Network. His voice reaches hundreds of thousands across the world through speaking conferences, the web, radio, and weekend services. Jim is an author of several books, including "Hope for the Prodigal". Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College.
Ed Stetzer wears a lot of hats—author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter—as he helps Christians learn to share Christ. Ed has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Now he ministers as interim pastor of The Moody Church, teaches at Wheaton College, and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and a regional director of Lausanne North America. Ed and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have three daughters.
Ed Stetzer Live helps you live out the truth of the gospel in a rapidly changing world. Drawing on years of research and ministry experience, Ed leads special guests and caller interaction in an engaging discussion of today’s cultural trends. Discover new ways to show and share the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. Airs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon CT on Moody Radio.