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Past Programs


July 20, 2019

How Jesus Used Geography to Tell God’s Story

​The parables and miracles of Jesus are often viewed in isolation from other parts of the Bible. In so doing, we actually minimize critical details! But this week on The Land and the Book, Dr. John A. Beck demonstrates how geography actually connects Scriptural events. When you and I learn to do the same, our Bible study is seriously amped up!  Don’t miss this fascinating conversation on The Land and the Book…from Moody Radio.

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July 13, 2019

Land Without Borders

​Jack Beck says “Wilderness is not just an ecosystem. It’s a season of life. Once you understand the correlation of geography to story, you’ll read the Bible differently.” This week on The Land and the Book, hike with us out into the wilderness. You’ll see it all with fresh eyes, we promise. Plus…you’ll discover how the landscape of Scripture can heighten your own spiritual experience.

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July 06, 2019

The Messianic Movement

​You rarely hear about it or read about it. But it’s happening around the globe. More and more Jewish people are claiming Jesus as Messiah. What’s happening with the Messianic Movement? You’ll be encouraged and stimulated when you join us this week for The Land and the Book. Plus, we’ll take a fast-paced tour of the entire Middle East, updating you on all the major news stories…on The Land and the Book.

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Dr. Charlie Dyer

Dr. Charlie Dyer is professor-at-large of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Dyer is an Old Testament scholar as well as an authority on Middle Eastern history and religion. As a licensed guide to Israel, he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East over the last two decades. Dyer has authored and co-edited many books and articles on the Middle East and the Old Testament. His articles have been published in Bibliotheca Sacra and Michigan Theological Journal. Dr. Dyer’s books include The Rise of Babylon, What’s Next?, The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land and Strike the Dragon.

Jon Gauger

Jon Gauger has been with Moody Radio nearly three decades and works with special projects. In addition to being the announcer for Moody Presents which features sermons by the Presidents of Moody, Jon is hosting and producing The Land and the Book. He writes and produces a weekly commentary, creates special documentaries, and has traveled to 30 countries covering stories for Moody Radio, or doing training work with international broadcasting partners. Jon is married to Diana, and they have two grown children-all of whom are Moody graduates. An avid photographer, videographer and reader, Jon also enjoys camping and freelance voice-over work, including audiobook projects.


Dr. Jim Coakley

Dr Jim Coakley has taught for sixteen years as professor of Bible at Moody Theological Seminary specializing in Old Testament and Biblical Languages. 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. Jim is married to Gayle and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. He was a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and is working on a second doctoral degree through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.  He also has a special interest in how the use of technology intersects with Biblical studies and has written articles and spoken at conferences on that topic.
The Land and the Book

The Land and the Book

Does the Middle East seem like a complex tapestry of people and events—difficult to understand? For a uniquely biblical perspective, join Dr. Charlie Dyer, Jon Gauger and Dr. Jim Coakley for The Land and the Book. Every week this gifted team brings you terrific stories of God at work as they explore biblical, archaeological and prophetic events. Great guests, intriguing listener questions and more!