In the Market with Janet Parshall
In the Market with Janet Parshall is a live two-hour listener call-in program that challenges listeners to examine major news stories and issues being debated in the marketplace of ideas and speak to them with the Word of God. In this fast-paced, caller-driven program, Parshall evaluates newsworthy topics with guests and listeners using the Bible as a framework for discussion.
This program airs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT weekdays and addresses relevant issues important to Christian believers, with an exciting mix of listener interaction and commentary from highly respected guests.
Janet Parshall has been consistently profiled as one of the top 100 "talkers" in Talkers magazine, the leading trade publication of the talk industry. In 2011 and 2008, Janet was awarded the National Religious Broadcasters On-Air Personality of the Year. Janet was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters in 1998, and has served on its Executive Board since 2001. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Communications award from Women in Christian Media. Janet was also elected to Sigma Delta Omega for high attainments in the field of broadcasting.
Throughout her career, Janet has been a devoted advocate of the principles and policies that strengthen the family. In February 2005, Parshall was selected by President George W. Bush to represent the White House as public delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As a radio and television commentator, author, and advocate for the family, Janet speaks nationwide on public policy issues that impact family preservation and promotion. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including Crossfire, Hardball, Nightline, Larry King Live, Donahue, The 700 Club, Hannity & Colmes and NewsNight with Aaron Brown, and has also appeared on various other programs on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBN, PBS, the BBC and NPR. Janet has also been featured in People magazine.
Janet is a graduate of Carroll College in Wisconsin. She was appointed twice by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson to the Wisconsin Women's Council, and the Governor's Commission on Families and Children.
Janet is a columnist for LIFE: Beautiful magazine and the author of several books. She and her husband, Craig, live in Virginia, and have four children and six grandchildren.
Interview with Janet Parshall
What type of guests will we be hearing on your show?
Because our stated goal is to grow apologists, people who know what they believe and why they believe it, we will be looking for the very best spokespeople on a wide variety of issues. Sometimes that person will be a Christian and sometimes, to make us better critical thinkers, that person might not be a believer. Hearing ideas that don't align with Scripture makes us study harder to know what God has to say on a subject. Our program will be an audio marketplace of ideas where listeners will learn to decipher the difference between shabby goods and the real thing.
How does talking about today’s issues in light of scripture help us as citizens?
Think for a minute what our country would be like if Christians silenced themselves from discussing current events. Who would be the salt and light, if not us? How would we define a "standard of righteousness" for our nation? How would government truly know right from wrong?
Our transformed nature gives us a transformed perspective on so many crucial issues. We are called to "influence and occupy" until He comes. For Christians, that means knowing how to apply the whole truth of the whole Gospel to everything in our lives, including current events. For those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our passports say, "Citizen of Heaven." As we pass through this world, as aliens and strangers, we carry with us the power and the truth of His Word. Withholding either would be disobedience.
Our Biblical mandate is to go and make disciples. Why do you believe it is important to insert a discussion of current issues? Isn’t this watering down the power of God’s Word?
How do we make disciples of all nations? Do we just hand them a Christian tract and walk away? Hardly. When we meet people in the marketplace of ideas, we learn something about their perspective on life and what values they hold dear. If we are really listening, we hear where their uncertainties lie. Where they reach the end of themselves because they can't make it up anymore and they've run out of answers.
Jesus met people where they were and lovingly offered to take them where they needed to go. Current issues are a marvelous way to go fishing for men. Paul did just that in Acts 17. He went where the great ideas were being discussed, and he knew just how to answer. Our program will teach our listeners how to hear and how to answer.
How can Scripture still be relevant to today's issues when the Bible was written centuries ago?
The amazing and comforting thing about God's Word is that is it just as relevant today as when it was first God-breathed. Truth be told, if you don't have a biblical perspective, the issues of the day can actually be overwhelming and sometimes, just plain frightening. Our program will help listeners "learn to discern." What are the major issues out there and how do we distinguish between the minor issues? What is a biblical issue versus a cultural issue? When co-workers hang around the water-cooler talking about something they heard on the news, are we, as ambassadors for Christ, able to pull out the moral underpinnings of an issue? Can we offer God's truth to the conversation? Do conversations about the headlines, conversations that might have eternal consequences, provide an opportunity for us to begin a deeper conversation with someone? How exciting for the believer to boldly walk into the marketplace of ideas that surrounds them, ready and prepared to speak the truth in a loving fashion.