How do you live as a Christian in a post-Christian culture that assumes there is no such thing as truth, and everyone has a right to their own reality? What happens when good is called evil and evil is called good? How , then, shall we live? Join us to be challenged on living an authentic Christian life in a pagan culture.
The Texas Prison System was named "one of the best" in the country by a leading penology expert. However, shortly after that, a Federal Judge took control of the entire Texas Department of Corrections for "unconstitutional treatment" of inmates. The court kept control 20 years and finally the prison system adapted to the new (and constitutional) ways of operating. At the same time Texas prison population doubled, and more than doubled, again. During that time, 19-year-old Rickie Smith began a 10-year sentence in TDC on a drug charge. He joined the gang wars, in the Aryan Brotherhood and then made his own personal war with prison officers. He could have been released in a few short years, but, in 3 separate trials juries added 3 ninety-nine-year sentences for him to serve. Trial transcripts have many references in testimonies to how dangerous Rickie Smith is--even calling him "the most violent inmate" in TDC. Today, you will hear his story and what real freedom means.
Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. After serving at two churches in Scotland, he came to Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served as senior pastor since 1983. He has written several books and is the featured Bible teacher on his daily radio program Truth for Life.
Rosser McDonald is an experienced writer. Sixteen years reporting news on TV in Oklahoma and Texas. Then twenty-eight years as a producer at the Radio and Television Commission, SBC. Twelve of those, Rosser produced and scripted documentaries for use on NBC TV stations. Two brought Emmy Award nominations. He has many Telly Awards (Cable TV version of Emmies) and other recognitions.