Today, we start with the stories making headlines. We then learn about some Christians schools battling for the right to reopen in the world of Covid-19. We round out the hour by talking about the new standards for diversity for films vying for an Oscar, while learning to pray for those called to work in Hollywood. Get ready to be called to the action of prayer!
Is nonsense replacing common sense in today's world? Believing that Christians are increasingly being silenced, excluded, and condemned in the name of tolerance, our guest joins us to provide us with a playbook for speaking out boldly; walking in faith instead of fear; and living with power, truth, and love in our personal lives, families, and churches.
Hiram Sasser is Executive General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, where he oversees First Liberty’s litigation and media efforts. Sasser’s practice focuses primarily on First Amendment and other constitutional and civil rights issues. His practice includes a substantial emphasis on seeking and defending against extraordinary remedies in federal court. Sasser successfully argued before federal and state appellate courts, federal and state district courts, and the Texas Supreme Court. His past and present clients include The American Legion, VFW, Association of Christian Schools International, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Falun Gong, a Native American sweat lodge, Jewish Educational Center, Southern Baptist Convention, National Association of Evangelicals, synagogues, and various state and local government entities and officials. Prior to joining First Liberty, Sasser graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he received recognition as the “Outstanding Graduate.” He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. His military service includes serving as Headquarters Commander, a Company Executive Officer, and Training Officer in the United States Army Reserve.
As Founding Director of Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen speaks and teaches around the country on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. She is also a published co-author of two books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out and The Day I Met God. Aside from her leadership at HPN, Karen is Co-Founder and Producer for JC Productions, an independent TV and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming. Karen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Entertainment Task Force. She is a graduate of USC with a BA in Producing.
Michael Anthony is an expert at showing people how to live with power, truth, and love. An award winning speaker, author, and entrepreneur, he loves helping people remove false limits, unleash their potential, and become incredible agents of change in the overflow. If you want to fire up your people, Mike is your match. At a time when weakness, lies, and hatred are running rampant, you’ll find Michael to be a voice of hope, inspiration, and renewal. He or his works have been featured in major publications and news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Charisma, Townhall.com, The Christian Post, and more. He is the Founder and CEO of CourageMatters.com. Michael has a rare gift of being able to simultaneously address controversial matters involving relationships, faith, and politics in urgent, yet refreshingly diplomatic, ways. He is passionate about helping those with strong ideological differences respect one another, find common ground, and move forward. Mike loves showing people how to live with courage, prioritize their life purpose, and achieve lifetime goals in the overflow. With a life full of adversity, Michael survived multiple brushes with death, a battle with cancer, and several kidnapping/luring attempts as a child. He uses the lessons he learned from his experiences to show people how to practice “courageous humility,” a phrase he coined for the approach to life that he has been modeling, teaching, and writing about globally. Many years of experience in the business world, as an entrepreneur, and as a lead pastor, fuel Michael's passion. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Moody Graduate School, and Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and is an ordained minister.