April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and today on Bridges, we open up the discussion about child abuse, how to spot the signs, and what you can do to prevent it. First, Monica interviews Keith Edmonds, child abuse survivor and founder of the Keith Edmonds Foundation. Then Monica is joined by MJ Lucas, a child abuse survivor and radio host, who tells her story and how her faith sustained her through it all.
On today's show, Diane and Tyler Mereness share how they found new meaning in the phrase, "God with us," as they faced challenges and struggles raising their two children. It's a sneak peek into how God blesses us even in adversity and rewards obedience and faithfulness.
Singer and songwriter Natasha Owens lost her father in a tragic accident, and the loss devastated her. Then a pastor encouraged her to begin leading worship at her church. Now, she's a successful musical powerhouse. Today on Bridges, she shares her story and then takes the stage with her band to sing.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Juli Slattery is the author of "Sex and the Single Girl," a book devoted to encouraging holy sexuality in young Christian women. Then Monica interviews Jeremy Myers of Jeremy Myers Ministries. Jeremy shares his personal testimony of overcoming homosexuality and maintaining purity in his courtship of his wife.
Crystal and Steven North prayed for a baby for fourteen years. In 2017, Crystal finally became pregnant and delighted in sharing the news with all of her family and friends. In Part 1 of this three-part series, we’re following Crystal and Steven’s pregnancy and getting a special sneak peek into the life of their brand-new little one. In this episode, Crystal and Steven tell their story of faith and infertility. Then Chris Troutt, a Christian family therapist, discusses how couples with infertility can cope and thrive.
What should unity in the body of Christ look like? How can modern churches follow God’s will by serving together despite all the petty “minor” arguments and struggles that so often separate churches and church members? In today’s episode, Monica Schmelter and Pastor Corey Trimble of Experience Community Church engage in a candid discussion of church unity and God’s will for the church.
Jennifer McGill was a child star and a member of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1990s. Today, she’s a musical recording artist, worship leader, speaker, and a devoted Christian. In this episode, she shares the stories and testimonies behind several songs on her new album, Unbreakable. Stay tuned for her new music video, “Unbreakable.”
Lyle Haywood is a gifted physical fitness trainer and a Christian. Lyle uses his special gifts to help individuals with spinal cord injuries to achieve mobility and build strength. In this episode, learn about Lyle's work at Beyond Aquatics with Eric Murray and Kelsey Bullington, two amazing individuals who suffered spinal cord injuries and are working towards their goals of walking again with Lyle's help.
Businessman Joe Greene believes in practical applications for Christianity -- including applying Christian principles to paying bills, mentoring employees, and more. Learn more on today's show about Joe and his book, "Dare to Succeed." Then Judge Jim Hunter shares how his faith impacts his life and his work as a judge.
Singer-songwriters Rachel Barrentine and Jill Miller wrote "Twelve: The Freedom Soundtrack," an album composed of songs dedicated to each step in the recovery process. Intended as a fight song for anyone with hurts, habits, and hangups, but especially for those in recovery, this album serves as a soundtrack for those who are trying to change their lives one step at a time. Monica interviews Rachel and Jill, and then the pair takes the stage to sing "Ready" and "Making a List."
Author Teasi Cannon discusses the difference between finding your calling and fulfilling your purpose.
Teasi Cannon is the author of "Lord, Where's My Calling?: When the Big Question Becomes the Big Distraction." In today's episode, Monica and Teasi discuss how Christians can sometimes mix up their calling in life with their purpose in life.
Authors and speakers Billy and Yolanda Jackson share the inspiring testimony of their marriage and of Billy's recovery from a terrible motorcycle accident, chronicled in their book, "I Thee Wed: A Couple's Journey to a Godly Marriage." Billy and Yolanda are the founders of Live In Peace Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping Christian couples develop godly marriages.
John Spurgeon is the prison ministry pastor at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. On today's show, Pastor John and his wife, Zion, share about this life-changing prison ministry.
Pastor John Spurgeon and his wife, Zion, share their personal stories of coming to faith in Christ.
Ford Taylor is the founder of Transformational Leadership and the FSH Group. He joins Monica on the set of Bridges to discuss the importance of Christian leadership in business.
Mike Courtney, executive director of Branches Counseling Center, discusses ways we can maintain our mental health. Then Jennifer Brindley, registered dietitian and host of Rise Up, shares foods and exercises that can boost our physical well-being.
Marriage & family therapists Jay and Tammy Daughtry join Monica to discuss the challenges and victories of co-parenting a blended family. Then Willie Scott, Jr, and his wife, Rachel Scott, call in via video conference to share about blended families. Willie & Rachel Scott are the founders of Better Than Blended, a ministry designed to aid blended families to thrive regardless of circumstance.
Pastor Joseph Parker, the director of outreach and intercession for the American Family Association, has made it his mission to stand for the sanctity of life. On today's show, he shares about the American Family Association. Then Monica interviews three students who competed in the 2017 Tennessee Right to Life Student Oratory Contest: Lenore Thorne, William Shaw, and Vashti Johnson.
In 1982, a young Chinese man arrived in America with fifty dollars in his pocket, a Chinese-English dictionary, and the clothes on his back. Today, that man is Dr. Ming Wang, a world-renowned laser eye surgeon dedicated to restoring and repairing the vision of patients the world over. On today's episode, Monica interviews Dr. Wang about his memoir, "From Darkness to Sight."
Amanda Roberts is the founder of the Ball in the Fall, a unique women's ministry. Today on Bridges, she shares her story of choices, consequences, and God's redemptive mercy.
Derek Faulkner is the executive director of Renewed Life Ministries Outreach, a one-year, residential discipleship training center for men struggling with life issues. On today's episode, Derek shares his story as well as the impetus behind Renewed Life Ministries Outreach. Then Justin Beshearse, a successful graduate of the program, joins Monica and Derek to share his story from addiction to recovery.
As teenagers, Andrew and Alaina Mack moved to Berlin, Germany, with their family to help pastor a small church. Today, their church spreads the Gospel to Berlin and ministers to individuals from over 70 nations. The Macks serve as worship leaders in the congregation and also sing together as gospel artists. Learn more about these talented siblings at andrewandalaina.com.
Larry Dugger is the author of Forty Days to Defeat Your Past: Confront the Person You No Longer Wish to Be.
Beth Murphy is a co-founder of Rock House Center, a biblical counseling center. Maggie Kavanaugh is a co-founder of Moving Forward Ministries.
Steve Austin is the author of Getting Your Life on Target and the President/Founder of 180 Degrees Ministries.
Father and son, Tim & Garek Cotham tell their testimony of transformation from doing drugs together to becoming evangelists. Write here...
Monica interviews Jen Vaughn about her incredible weight loss journey. Jen tells the story of how the people around her, especially her coaches and trainers at Gold's Gym, made it possible for her to lose 100 pounds and recover her health.
ZORO is a world-renowned drummer and author of "SOAR!"
Rhonda Rhea discusses her book, "How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?" and then Rhonda and Kaley talk about being a mother daughter writing team and finding God's will.
Karen Jordan is the author of Words that Change Everything, and Anita Agers Brooks is the author of Getting Through What You Can't Get Over.
Bridges with Russ Murphy and Teresa Kemp
Russ Murphy lost his wife of 40 years.
Teresa Kemp was freed from 18 years of drug abuse.
Ezra Noble and Scott MacIntyre Talk Music and Faith
Brian "Head" Welch talks about his book "With My Eyes Wide Open" on Bridges.
Bridges with Mandy Hale, the creator of "The Single Woman," and Annie Downs, a speaker, blogger and author of "Looking For Lovely."
Jorge Vazquez is an evangelist and the author of "No More Rejection." He is also the president and founder of The Revolution TV. Trillion Small is the author of "The Caged In Heart."
Patti Herrington is a mother who lost her own son to suicide and is the founder of Firefly Ministries, a ministry focusing on sharing hope and healing to prevent suicide.
Lauren DeMoss Benson is also known as The Fulltime Girl. Featuring clips with Pastors Carl Lentz and Mark Driscoll.
Mark Baldwin is a studio musician, producer and recording artist. Dominick Cox is a solo artist and speaker under the name DRIVEN 11.
Bridges with the Browns, a family whose youngest daughter Pearl was diagnosed with being "incompatible with life."
Janet Calderwood is known as the "Dietitian On A Mission."
Rob Kendall is the author of "Breaking The Broken."
Adonis Lenzy is the author of the book "NEXT."
Jennifer McGill is a speaker and singer.
Adonis & Heather Lenzy are the authors of "Dating in Black & White"
Adonis & Heather Lenzy are the authors of "Dating in Black & White"
David and Lesa Cegielski were mentored by Adonis and Heather.
Legendary Producer and President of FAME Recording Studios, Rick Hall, shares his life story on Bridges.
Beth Nimmo, the mother of Rachel Joy Scott talks about her daughter's life.
The Davis Family and Sluder Family have both faced extreme diagnoses in the lives of their children but have trusted God's faithfulness through the journey.
Becca Stevens is the founder and president of Thistle Farms.
Angela Simms is the ministry leader of Beautiful Eyes Ministry.
John and Beth Murphy are the co-founders of Rock House Center, a biblical counseling center. Holly Barruso is a counselor there.
Nancy Reece is an integrity fanatic.
Andrea Thompson is the founder of Moving Beyond Ministries.
Sean Dubois Day is the founder of Underdog Media Pack Publishing Co. He is also the author of "Tales From The Joint."
Joe Amaral is the author and producer of "Story In The Stars."
Yochanan Marcellino is the president and CEO of City Of Peace Media and Films.
Bethany Sharp and Kelly Bartram and actresses in the film "Where Is Good?"
Yochanan Marcellino is the president and CEO of City of Peace Media and Films.
Sherri Gragg is the author of "Arms Open Wide."
Mary Alice Kenley is a speaker, counselor and author of "Lessons From The Porch at Kenley Cove."