I’m a fan of a live streaming podcast known as Bible News Radio. BNR is a show that is on weeknights at 7pm CST live on Periscope and Facebook live. They get 25,000+ downloads of their show per month! Stacy Lynn Harp is the host of the show. She is a true #WomanlyWoman! I asked her if I could interview her and she agreed!
Here is a short video highlighting her show:
Below are my questions for her with her answers. I hope you’ll check out her show! She is also offering a free gift to those of you that contact her. Read below for more details.
Where can my readers find you online?
Thank you for asking. My main website is http://www.biblenewsradio.com. I am also on all social media using the name BibleNewsRadio. We’re on YouTube, Periscope, Facebook and Twitter. These are the main places I hang out.
How did you come up with the name Bible News Radio?
That’s a great question. I started my company in 2005 and prior to coming up with the name Bible News Radio I had numerous other names. Finally, one day my husband and I were sitting around trying to think about exactly what it was we actually talked about on our show and what we came up with was the bible and the news and so after looking to see if the URL was available and finding that it actually was, we grabbed it and the rest is history. A fun fact is that Bible Talk Radio almost ended up being our name, but thankfully it didn’t :)
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I like to say that I am a first born middle child, the wife of one husband and the pet mom to three furry animals. Being a first born middle child, simply means that I am the first born girl and I am stuck between my two brothers. This is important because I believe our birth order plays a large role in who we are. I earned a Masters degree in Clinical psychology and it took me thirteen years to do that. Having struggled with some learning disabilities and a lot of abuse it took me a long time to achieve what I wanted to educationally, but I’m glad that I did.
I’ve been married almost 26 years to my husband Randall, who is also known as Bearface (It’s not his real name) and I am also the care giver to my elderly father who struggles with Parkinson’s and Dementia.
My husband Randall is a very talented composer and writer and he also is a wonderfully gifted bible teacher. He’s also the owner of Chapel Hill Media, a small company that helps businesses with their video productions and he is the producer and co-host for Bible News Radio.
I have three pets. Two purebred bichons and one feline. Grover and Tug are my dogs and Gideon is my cat.
What is your nickname for your husband? Why do you call him that?
I call my husband Bearface and the reason I do that is because his mom used to call him Randall-Pandall-Bear when he was young. I thought it was absolutely hilarious when I was dating him and then after we got married I shortened it to Bearface. I used to call him that in public just to irritate him but it never really did. It always got a laugh from people and so I stuck with it. I also, on occasion, call him C. B. double E but I will never tell you what that means. LOL
How long have you been doing Christian media?
I started my company in May of 2005 when I was in my last year of graduate school. It’s amazing to me that in a few months it will be thirteen years! Time flies!
You’ve interviewed a lot of people over the years. What is the most shocking response you’ve gotten to a question you asked?
That’s a great question. I can’t say that I’ve received any shocking responses, but one of the coolest responses I have received is from Duck Dynasty matriarch Kay Robertson. I asked Kay what kind of magnets she had on her refrigerator and she spent ten minutes telling me everything on her fridge. It was funny because our interview time was actually over, but she took the time to extend the interview and then tell me everything her sons had given her and also talked about how the contract that she and Phil had signed on one of their episodes was on her fridge. She was, by far, one of my most favorite guests.
Who are some of the people you’ve interviewed that you are really proud to have come on your show?
Over the years I have interviewed well over a thousand people and I have had the blessing of interviewing some very well known celebrities, like Amy Grant and Dr. Ben Carson, but also a lot of lesser known authors and people doing amazing things.
One guest who stands out above them all was Jonathan Paul Williams who wrote a book called Jungle Sunrise. The reason he stands out is because he was a missionary and he went into the jungle to share the gospel with people who had never heard it before. He spent a long time learning their tribal language until some of their people came to faith in Christ.
Other guests I have interviewed include Jenny Maher, a woman who attempted suicide and ended up completely disabled and in a wheelchair. Now she shares her story of salvation and encourages people to not choose suicide but instead to choose Christ.
I also had the blessing of interviewing Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese mother who was imprisoned for her faith and given the death sentence and then was miraculously released. Her story made international news because she was pregnant at the time and actually ended up giving birth to her daughter while in chains.
There are many more I could name, but I see all of my guests as stellar and having a message that can reach someone that I may not be able to. It’s been a blessing being able to connect with so many.
Who do you most want to interview in the future? Do you happen to have their bobblehead doll? haha
I would absolutely love to interview Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. The reason why is because when I think of manly men, he’s the epitome of what I think men today need to see. I’ve had the blessing of interviewing most of his family and I’m just waiting patiently for the door to open so I can talk to him too.
Have you always been a Christian? If not, can you briefly describe the moment or situation that changed things for you?
I have not always been a Christian but I believe that God set me apart when I was a child. My parents had me dedicated to the Lord when I was a baby and had me baptized in the Catholic Church. I always believed in God, but didn’t have my eyes open to the spiritual nature of who Jesus Christ was until I became a teenager when at age 14 I committed my life to Christ.
I was taking a choir class and my friend Gail told me that Jesus wanted to be my friend. I desperately needed a friend because I was being sexually abused by a relative and finding out that Jesus loved me and died for my sins and then was able to help me, gave me the courage to turn my abuser in.
My life changed radically the day I followed Christ and I have never turned back.
I know that for 2018 you have started the #Prayfor18 campaign. Do you have any tips to help others pray for 18 minutes a day?
Yes, there isn’t anything magical about praying for 18 minutes a day, but if you don’t have a goal to shoot for then many people won’t do anything.
As I told the children I teach at AWANA, if you reduce it to the ridiculous and break down your prayer time into a few minutes each hour, then you’ll have that 18 minutes in no time.
Of all prayers you’ve prayed in your life, what was the time when God really surprised you – showing you how amazing he really is?
There are so many answers to prayer that I’ve had but a few of the most amazing were when God impressed on my heart to try to find my old friend from high school and I started to pray for her and didn’t know where she was. Within a week of praying to locate her I received an email from her mother and we were reconnected. What is so amazing about this is that it was literally right after America Online went live and her mom, who I had not spoken to in at least twenty years, found me because she was thinking about me. We’re still connected to this day.
Another answer to prayer was when God laid on my heart to pray for and then call a woman I had connected with one time when I was in my early twenties. She had met me at a conference and let me stay at her house for the weekend. About a year after that she and her husband sent me money to help with college and I had lost contact with them. Then about fifteen years later God impressed on me to find them and call them up. After a series of phone calls I was finally able to reconnect with them and I found out that the wife had prayed that morning to hear from me specifically because she was planning on divorcing her husband. She had asked God to have me call because I wasn’t involved in her life in anyway. So that was an amazing answer to prayer.
Another time when I was in high school I prayed for protection over my house and later that day found out from my mom that she had left and “something” told her to go back to the house. When she arrived home the house ceiling fan in the kitchen was on fire and she was able to put it out before the whole house caught on fire.
I could go on, but those are some of the amazing things I’ve seen God do in response to prayer.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with WomanlyWoman.com readers?
I would like to just thank you for taking the time to interview me and let everyone know that if they are interested in learning more about Bible News Radio, they are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also anyone who contacts me directly I will be happy to send you a free gift. :) Just let me know that Liz sent you.
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