Each Monday at 7 am ET we invite a professor from Moody Bible Institute to answer our questions about the Bible. Today it's Dr. Jim Coakley. Got a question? Join the conversation: 888-777-6810. Plus: Every day, 13 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. Every day, 12 churches or Christian buildings are attacked. And every day, 12 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned, and another 5 are abducted. So reports the 2021 World Watch List, the latest annual accounting from Open Doors of the top 50 countries where Christians are the most persecuted for following Jesus. You might think the list is all about oppression. But it's really all about resilience! David Curry is the President and CEO of Open Doors USA. He joins us in the 8 am hour today to give us "the story behind the story." Don't miss it!
Dr. Jim Coakley has taught at Moody Bible Institute, specializing in Old Testament and Biblical Languages, since 1999. Prior to Moody he was involved in pastoral ministry for thirteen years. He has traveled to Israel multiple times as a tour leader and has also toured throughout Turkey, and recently Egypt too. He was a contributor to The Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Radio's The Land and the Book program.
Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry advocates on behalf of those who are persecuted for their Christian faith. He provides leadership to Open Doors USA on its mission to strengthen and equip Christians living under extreme restrictions, while encouraging them to remain strong in their faith. Since joining Open Doors USA in August 2013, Curry has traveled overseas to encourage those living under persecution. He appears frequently on Fox News and is a regular contributor to HuffPost. Curry has also been published or featured in CBS News, CNN, The Washington Post, USA Today, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, and other news outlets.
Kurt Goff, co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 30 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. Upbeat and encouraging, Kurt has a passion for connecting people to God. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.
Kate Bruington is the co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, Midday host, and can also be heard on Music for Sunday. Originally from East Hartford, Conn., Kate brings years of TV and radio experience to Moody Radio in Florida. She attended Boston Conservatory of Music and traveled the country singing before entering the broadcasting field. Kate's pastimes are reading and writing, and she currently spends much of her free time writing a novel. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.