I am honored and humbled by the announcement from Truth in Action Ministries. To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of Truth that Transforms is filled with meaning for me and my family. I came to know the doctrines of grace through Dr. Kennedy, was trained for the Gospel ministry under his tutelage, and my vision for ministry and missions was shaped by his own expansive Kingdom heartbeat. I pray The Lord will use this time to exalt His name, magnify the Cross of Christ, and hear our plea to send revival in our land so that souls are saved, lives are transformed, and the culture impacted for good, so that Christ Jesus is glorified in every way; to the end that there will be a multitude of souls safe in the arms of Jesus when He comes again.
In these days after Dr. Robert L. Reymond went to be with The Lord, I am giving glory to God in thanksgiving for the life of His Servant. Dr. Reymond preached Christ Jesus as the only Savior and Lord. He faithfully declared the Bible to be a “Word from another world.” He regularly evangelized “publicly and from house to house.” Dr. Reymond should be recalled as a great preacher of the Word, a compassionate pastor, an unfailing evangelist, and a constant friend. Dr. Reymond was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and his family reflects the covenant promises of God. Bob Jr. and Sheri are close friends who were core members of the church we prayed for in Dr. Reymond’s living room back in 1990 and his son serves as a ruling elder there now. That Dr. Reymond sat under the preaching of Reverend James Baxter, another of his former students (Jim graduated from Covenant Seminary) and that Jim will preach his funeral in our home church in Olathe, Kansas, speaks to the breadth and expansiveness of the great theologians’s influence.
Bob and Shirley were well known for their in bounding hospitality. My wife and daughter stayed with the Reymond’s for three weeks when we moved to seminary. My son spent the first week of his life with us in an extra bedroom in the Reymond home. After almost two decades of faithful teaching at Covenant Theological Seminary, Dr. Reymond had accepted Dr. D. James Kennedy’s challenge to help found Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Reymond, with Drs. George Knight, Joseph Hall, and Laird Harris, became a popular teacher and a frequent preacher in the pulpits of Coral Ridge and other congregations in South Florida.
We went through Hurricane Andrew together and I heard Shirley say, “Wake up Bob, you just slept through the worst natural disaster in American history.” To which Dr. Reymond responded, “Shirley, a good conscience allows for good sleep anytime, anywhere.” When I was ordained he was there. When I planted our first and second church, he was there at the dedication services. He taught me, counseled me, and tutored me in pastoral ministry. Indeed, while he is being recalled as one of the greatest systematic theologians of our time, for those like myself, who sat under his teaching, he was preeminently a pastoral theologian. All theology, for Dr. Reymond, ultimately, was pastoral and applied.
Truly Dr. Reymond is remembered as a man who believed and taught the Westminster Confessional standards as the very Gospel of Jesus Christ. That Gospel transformed his life and thousands of other lives of ministers who preach today.
As this mantle of Dr. Kennedy’s falls upon me to preach the Truth that Transforms, I am remembering that Dr. Reymond had now joined Dr. Kennedy in the Church Triumphant. The Truth has now transformed and translated.
Dr. Reymond had a “life verse” and encouraged his students to also consider applying a verse to one’s life. When he recited his, tears came to his eyes. Now, tears are coming to mine.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
[The Press Release about Truth that Transforms follows]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRUTH IN ACTION MINISTRIES TAPS DR. MICHAEL MILTON AS TEACHING PASTOR OF TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS TV PROGRAM
Author, Theologian and Singer/Songwriter Assumes The Mantle
Left By Founder Dr. D. James Kennedy
Dr. Michael Milton has been selected as teaching pastor of the new Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton TV program from Truth In Action Ministries, which was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. The show begins airing September 29 on the NRB Network.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 20, 2013) – Truth In Action Ministries has announced that author, theologian and singer/songwriter Dr. Michael Milton has been tapped as teaching pastor of Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton, a television ministry which launched in 1974 as The Coral Ridge Hour with Dr. D. James Kennedy. The show, which reached a peak audience of 3 million viewers in 200 countries during its tenure, has continued with Dr. Kennedy’s messages since he passed away in 2007. Milton is the founder and current president and CEO of Faith for Living, Inc. Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton begins airing at 9 p.m. C.T., Sunday, September 29, on the NRB Network.
In addition, a second TV show, Kennedy Classics, featuring the sermons of Dr. D. James Kennedy, will air at 8 p.m. C.T. Sundays on the NRB Network, preceding Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton. Kennedy Classics also begins airing on The Church Channel at 9 a.m. C.T. September 29. Both shows are hosted by Dr. Jerry Newcombe and Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, the daughter of Dr. D. James Kennedy.
“I am excited to know that Truth That Transforms will be carried on by Dr. Michael Milton,” says Cassidy. “He was one of my dad’s good friends and colleagues. Michael has a personal commitment to my dad’s ministry, and I know his heart is passionate about keeping my dad’s preaching and teaching available for future generations. The messages of Michael and my dad are absolutely critical for the days we’re living in. I look forward to all that the Lord has in store for this ministry as it moves ahead.”
“I know Dr. Michael Milton will do a wonderful job in honoring Jim’s legacy and moving Truth That Transforms forward at the same time,” says Anne Kennedy, the widow of Dr. D. James Kennedy. “As I look back, I see the blessing of Michael being mentored by Jim and spending valuable time with him so he could carry on with this ministry. Michael knew Jim’s vision and goals, and that experience will make this partnership a success.”
“Jim’s works are timeless and I believe they are more needed today than the first time he preached them,” says Anne Kennedy about Kennedy Classics.
Truth in Action Ministries, which changed its name in 2011 from Coral Ridge Ministries, was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy, the founder of Evangelism Explosion International, Knox Theological Seminary, Coral Ridge Ministries and Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Milton is currently promoting Silent No More, a book which has created a buzz in conservative political circles, receiving endorsements from a number of cultural heavyweights, including Michael Reagan, the eldest son of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Milton is scheduled to speak at the Reagan Ranch Center on the topic of “What Ronald Reagan’s Legacy Can Teach Us Today About Religious Liberty.” The event will be held at 4 p.m. P.T. Thursday, September 26, at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Milton’s Reagan Ranch presentation, which will be open to the public and followed by a book signing, will celebrate the launch of the second edition of Silent No More. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
For more information about Truth That Transforms, Kennedy Classics or Truth In Action, visit truthinaction.org. For more information about Milton or Silent No More, visit michaelmilton.org.
About Truth in Action and Truth That Transforms:
Inspired by the vision of Dr. D. James Kennedy, Truth In Action Ministries educates, motivates, and activates believers to see the world in light of God’s truth–and transform their culture for Christ.
With more than 39 years of ministry impact, Truth In Action Ministries equips believers to understand God’s Word, see their lives through a biblical worldview, and make a difference in the world.
Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton is the broadcast ministry of Truth In Action, airing on the NRB Network and select radio stations.
For more information, visit truthinaction.org.
About Dr. Michael Milton:
Dr. Michael Milton is the founder and current President and CEO of Faith for Living, Inc. and the teaching pastor of the Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton TV program on the NRB Network. Formerly the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Milton is an ordained Presbyterian (PCA) pastor as well as a professor. Milton earned his Ph.D. in theology from The University of Wales and holds multiple degrees from such respected institutions as Knox Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University, and is a graduate of historic national defense institutions such as the Eisenhower Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute. Milton’s unique, and yet pastoral, insights and commentaries on faith and culture have been warmly received, as his columns have appeared in newspapers and publications across the nation and around the world.
The multi-talented pastor, author and musician has received rave reviews for his current CD, Through the Open Door. Christianitytoday.com, who has compared Milton to Neil Young, Steve Curtis Chapman and Dan Fogelberg, calls the music, “musically opulent and emotionally stirring.”
Milton has released four CDs, 16 books and writes for numerous popular and scholarly periodicals. He is a faculty member of Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a contributing writer for The Center for Vision and Values. He was appointed to the College of Military Preachers, serves as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve and is an instructor at the Armed Forces Chaplain School. But anyone who has listened to his music can attest that “stuffy” is not a word that is found in his vocabulary. Much like his friend and sometimes musical collaborator, legendary Christian singer/songwriter Michael Card (“El Shaddai”), Milton has an uncanny ability to unpack complex theological concepts into everyday language that makes them both memorable and accessible.
Milton’s current book releases include Silent No More from Tanglewood Publishing in the U.S. and Evangelical Press in the U.K., Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise from P&R Publishing Co., and the third edition of What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People by Christian Focus Publications.
For more information on Michael Milton, visit michaelmilton.org.
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