Listener feedback

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Friday, July 26th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. It’s time now for your listener feedback. And here to help us with that is WORLD Radio Managing Editor J.C. Derrick. 

Hey, J.C.!

J.C. DERRICK, MANAGING EDITOR: Good morning! And you know it is a good morning when we only have one correction, but that’s the situation today. 

Several of you wrote in to point out a mistake in our July 1st History Book segment. If you visit New York City, don’t look for the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island—because it stands on Liberty Island.

REICHARD: OK, let’s get straight to the listener feedback line. Michelle Ols took issue with Joel Belz’s commentary on “almighty science.” She asks: “Why should it surprise us that scientists might need to revise their estimates of the size of a nearby galaxy, which must be very difficult to measure?”

OLS: Such revisions are required for the integrity of science. Any claims that science provides all knowledge wisdom and understanding is not science but is rather scientism and should be rejected. Science and faith enhance our understanding of the world in complementary ways. Our scientific study of the universe should draw us to worship increasing our awe of God and all He created. Our study of the Bible teaches us the depth of God’s love for us in the face of our sin. May we all approach both science and faith with humility to be genuinely truth-seeking and not be biased by what we want to be true.

EICHER: Uh, ‘to be genuinely truth-seeking and not be biased by what we want to be true’…

REICHARD: Yes, science vs. scientism—that’s a helpful distinction. Thanks for calling in with that. 

EICHER: For sure. Well, here’s some feedback on another of Joel’s commentaries. This is Tammy Johnson in Midland, Michigan.

JOHNSON: I want to issue a warning to listeners of this podcast. Beware: It may change your life. 

My husband and I enjoy listening each morning. In April of 2018 Joel Belz shared about a need for short-term missionaries to help at Cush Christian School in South Sudan. As crazy as it seems to my husband, my family, and friends, this retired school teacher thought that sounded like a wonderful opportunity—a way to use my skills for God’s glory. 

I’m happy to report that on May 6th, I returned from a three-month stay in South Sudan, and it was life-changing. I thank you for all your podcasts. I am especially thankful for that one.

REICHARD: Oh my goodness! Wow! Now that’s encouraging feedback. 

DERRICK: I love it! That fits right in with “inform, educate, and inspire” that you hear every day! Joel inspires Tammy. Tammy returns the favor!

EICHER: Yeah, and if you want to go back and listen to Joel’s commentary from last year, we’ll link to it in today’s transcript. Which you can find at 

Next, listener Michael Reardon called in from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and was really taken by your interview, J.C., on artificial intelligence!

REARDON: I’ve been a listener from day one and love the podcast. 

I’m calling regarding the segment on A.I. from Baylor Professor Robert Marks, as I was driving into work and my iPhone and Siri would not cooperate with anything I wanted to do and the screen gets confused with my wife and my brother’s name — Paul and Paula — so often it almost makes me crazy. 

And I just couldn’t help but notice the irony of how AI works and Professor Marks’s words on the limitations but also how it’s ubiquitous and sometimes it doesn’t work so well. Made me chuckle. Bye.

DERRICK: Good thing for me that my wife and my brother have vastly different names. Daniel and Amy are hard to mix up!  

And now we have a caller from my state—Texas.

TODD: Hi, this is Todd from San Antonio. I really appreciate the coverage you provide of the Supreme Court decisions. One request, though, would be rather than just saying what the decision was that a sentence or two about why—because that’s obviously not clear in all of the decisions, and especially with the 5-4 decision is up to debate. So rationale on why the judges chose would be helpful. Thank you.

EICHER: Ok. Here she goes…

REICHARD: Todd, you’ve tapped into one of my own frustrations with that! These decisions come down with very little notice—and they come down in bunches. So we already have a planned program and very little time to do much other than state what the opinion actually is about a given case. That, along with brief facts. 

And split decisions can be really complicated and not amenable to a simple answer to “why.” I could put rationales into Legal Docket, but the logistics are tough toward the end of the term, in June. 

One of the ideas we’re talking about is having Legal Docket as its own podcast, so that there’s time to do what you rightly suggest would be helpful. The opinions are what really matter. Arrgh. 

EICHER: So Todd when you pressed one for normal delivery, what you really did was press the “Mary” button! And by the way, JC, I think we should make this point. Legal Docket is not going away, nothing taken away, just added to. 

DERRICK: That’s right. We’re thinking of an extended edition. 

EICHER: Anna, school teacher in North Carolina, appreciated Kim Henderson’s commentary on cleaning up our language:

ANNA: God has recently convicted me of the way I use my speech. As a teacher, sometimes I find that in the school year, while I speak well in front of my students, I might find myself slipping into profanity here and there during the summer. And she gave such wise and encouraging words to the believer to speak with encouraging uplifting and pure language. So thank you Kim Henderson for your wonderful commentary. Have a great day. Bye.

REICHARD: Well, Anna, these days we can distinguish ourselves just by cleaning up our speech! It’s a reminder for all of us, believe me. 

DERRICK: Next, we appreciated what Timothy Cox wrote to us by email. He said the Holy Spirit had convicted him about contacting us only when he disagreed with something he heard. He wrote that it isn’t right, so he wanted to express gratitude for the countless well done and wonderful segments. 

REICHARD: I’m grateful.

EICHER: Hey, if you have a feedback for us, you can call our listener feedback line at 202-709-9595. That’s 202-709-9595. And I appreciate what Timothy said there, but we can take it if you have negative feedback. 

And you can also email us at 

DERRICK: That’s right, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and review us on iTunes. We’re grateful for every one!

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2 comments on Listener feedback

  1. Anne says:

    I would like to hear Kim Henderson’s commentary on “Cleaning up Our Language” which was referred to in the Listener Feedback on July 26th. However, I am having trouble tracking it down. Could you send me a link or another way to locate it?

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