A Christian's TV Guide -- Pastor Offers Text of Sermons Related to Popular TV Programs

Bloomington, Indiana, UNITED STATES

COLUMBIA, Md., Aug. 5, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Luther W. Starnes knows that many Americans spend healthy parts of their days watching television programs, which often give messages contradictory to those of God, he writes. His new book, A Christian's TV Guide (now available through AuthorHouse), is a compilation of his sermons that creatively uses popular TV shows to teach some of God's greatest lessons.

Starnes' uplifting sermons begin with references to TV programs such as "Law and Order," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "The Price is Right." In "The Price is Right," for example, he writes that the price of salvation is the best possible price: free.

He uses "Law and Order" to contrast the civil justice system with God's laws and explains that "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" can fuel the desire to possess more material goods and shift attention away from life's greatest joys. Like the members of his congregation, readers are reminded of Starnes' positive message every time they wake up to "The Today Show" or test their knowledge during "Jeopardy."

A United Methodist minister, Starnes' moderate views captivate readers across a broad spectrum. Bypassing the "repent or perish" warnings and ultra-academic theological diatribes, he speaks tenderly about simple, important themes and offers "the assurance that a God of love is never failing in his willingness and power to meet us where we are," he writes. Certain television programs offer a hidden connection to God, which proves that there is "so much more for faith-seeking persons than fiery and often self-promoting televangelists."

A Christian's TV Guide is a series of sermons that invigorates people's faith and their enthusiasm for life. They are reminded that God's presence is everywhere, even during their nightly entertainment.

Starnes has been the pastor of Gary Memorial United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Md., for 17 years. Early in his career, he was appointed by his bishop to a position in Maryland state government, which began many years of public service. He ended his civil service work as secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where he served on the governor's cabinet. Starnes also hosted the "Luther Starnes Show" on WBAL radio in Baltimore. A Christian's TV Guide is his first book.

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