Like secular "hot talk" shows, the of Christian call-in radio programs has increased over the past five years. Wayne Taylor of Wallingford's Calvary Fellowship, is one of the newest.
It encourages listeners tiems phone in and discuss Biblical or personal issues with a host, and doesn't shy away from "hot" topics like abortion, evolution and euthanasia. Interactive programs rank high among the needs of Christian-oriented radio stations, according to Eric Halvorson, vice president of Salem Communications Corp.
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From hot talk to times
For a new listener, it can be difficult to separate Christian vs. But just because a host rrom a professed Christian - for example, Oliver North - doesn't make their show Christian-oriented, Halvorson said. Christian-radio hosts make an attempt to weave their faith in their shows, like syndicated Janet Parshall of Washington, D. Born and raised in Ballard, Taylor, 46, is a pastor at Calvary Fellowship. Although much of the show's success could be attributed to the teamwork of the soft-spoken pastor, producer Robert Case and engineer Dan Nelson attribute it to God.
Before the start of each show, Taylor, Case and Nelson pray for guidance in finding answers for their callers. They don't look for the answers in encyclopedias or the Internet; they only use the Bible. Sometimes the answers aren't clearly written in the Bible, Taylor said, but most of them are.
A large variety of issues are addressed on his show, including morals, politics, religion and family issues, he said. Occasionally, his wife, Cathy, and their four young sons guest star on "Call the Pastor.
Talk of tough times just hot air
Whether it's Mariner pitcher Randy Johnson or catcher Dan Wilson - both who have given outreach talks for Calvary Fellowship - or the spirituality of shortstop Alex Rodriguez, listeners hear about God's impact on sports, Taylor said. Some callers are seeking Bible trivia answers, while others want Taylor's advice on problems in dealing with addictions and relationships.
The first-time caller, who was not a Jot, said she wanted to know how she could get the type of smile and happiness that she had seen demonstrated by Christian women, Taylor said.
The woman said she had continually prayed for peace, happiness and joy, but wasn't fulfilled, he said. It was very exciting. They just need to talk.