May 2009 / Bott Radio Network celebrates Back to the Bible’s seventy years of ministry, Friday, May 1st
Bott Radio Network celebrates "Back to the Bible's" seventy years of ministry! Since 1939, God has blessed "Back to the Bible" with ministry opportunities and influence to proclaim the gospel around the globe. Today, "Back to the Bible" hosts more than seventy Bible teachers in over twenty-five languages utilizing every media available to bring God's Word to people each day! "Back to the Bible" marked the occasion of their seventieth anniversary with a day long lecture series on Friday, May 1st, 2009. The day featured presentations by Dr. Norman Geisler, author, Founder & Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina; Dr. Jim Engel, author of Consumer Behavior and member of the Back to the Bible research team, and Dr. Arnie Cole - Back to the Bible CEO & Director of Research & Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. Dr. Woodrow Kroll hosted an evening banquet at Back to the Bible to celebrate Back to the Bible’s rich legacy and vision and how their ministry is working to fulfill this calling in the twenty-first century.
Back to the Bible was founded on May 1st, 1939 with the first local radio broadcast of Theodore Epp, a young Oklahoma preacher who came to Lincoln, Nebraska, with a vision, sixty-five dollars in his pocket and the Lord as his partner. He received his first taste of radio preaching in Goltry, Oklahoma, before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, to establish the "Back to the Bible" radio broadcast. When his first radio program aired, his vision was to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
The (CBE) Center for Bible Engagement was founded by Back to the Bible in 2003 to develop tools to engage the body of Christ in the Word. CBE conducted over 40,000 surveys to understand why so many people own Bibles, but neglect to read them. The findings were a part of the focus of a lecture series concerning the role of the Bible in America during Back to the Bible’s 70th Anniversary events, May 1st, 2009. “We are in a crisis mode. If we do nothing it could easily mean the death of any biblical expression of Christianity in the twenty-first century. We are that close. But Back to the Bible is about solutions,” - Dr. Woodrow Kroll. Back to the Bible shared plans being implemented in response to the research. One such plan is called “411 God,” a daily dose of scripture via cell phone or email. 411 God debuted nationally January 23rd and currently has over 6,200 members.
Dr. Woodrow Kroll addressing the day seminar at Back to the Bible, May 1st, 2009. Dr. Kroll has served as Senior Bible Teacher and Back to the Bible President for nineteen years.
Dr. Arnie Cole, Back to the Bible CEO and Director of Research & Development for The Center for Bible Engagement (CBE) presented research findings at the inaugural lecture series of Back To The Bible’s CBE Bible Literacy Lecture series www.centerforbibleengagement.org.
Dr. Dick Bott presents a recognition award to Dr. Woodrow Kroll from Bott Radio Network for Back to the Bible’s seventy years of ministry.
Left to right: Rich Bott, Executive Vice President, Bott Radio Network, Alicia Reisinger, Producer of Back to the Bible’s 411 God ministry, Dr. Woodrow Kroll, President and Senior Bible Teacher at Back to the Bible, and Dr. Dick Bott, President and Founder of Bott Radio Network.
Rich Bott making a few comments at the evening banquet as he and his father, Dr. Dick Bott recognize Back to the Bible’s faithful seventy years of ministry.
Rich Bott, Executive Vice President, Bott Radio Network, Judy Beutler, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, and Dr. Dick Bott, Founder and President, Bott Radio Network, at the Back to the Bible 70th Anniversary Banquet, May 1st, 2009.
Dr, Norman Geisler presented at the morning and afternoon sessions at The Center for Bible Engagement www.centerforbibleengagement.org inaugural Bible Literacy Lecture series, May 1st, 2009.
Left: Tami Weissert, Back to the Bible co-host and Vice President of Media & Communications. Right: Michael Krause, Vice President of the Center for Bible Engagement. CBE is a newly developed research and development division of Back to the Bible. Their primary goal is to develop tools and resources that will engage people with God’s Word.
Dr. Don Hawkins, President, Southeastern Bible College www.sebc.edu and host of "Life Perspectives" www.lifeperspectives.org with Tom Millett, BRN Nebraska Area Manager. Life Perspectives is currently broadcast on select BRN stations with plans for ministry expansion in 2009.
Dan Celia, host of "Financial Issues Live" [www.regencyfoundation.org] and "Stewardship Moments" on Bott Radio Network, was present at the weekend’s festivities.
Rich Bott talking with ministry friends, at the Center for Bible Engagement www.centerforbibleengagement Bible Literacy Inaugural Lecture Series.
Left: Marcus Hamilton signs a program for Tom and Lori Teckmeyer at the evening Anniversary Banquet. Marcus Hamilton is the cartoonist of “Dennis the Menace.” He gave his personal testimony of how God used his surrendered life to glorify him through His gifting as a cartoonist. Tom Teckmeyer is Bott Radio Network’s Daily Stock Market Reporter in Nebraska and is President of Teckmeyer Financial Services, Omaha, Nebraska.
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