Thursday, March 14, 2013

Explaining the Broad Resources in Christian Recovery Radio and Its Website

Ken B. discusses the Christian Recovery Radio Web site on the March 14, 2013, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show





By Dick B.

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You may listen to Ken B. discussing the Christian Recovery Radio Web site on the March 14, 2013, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show here:



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The Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B. Show is much more than just a radio show. On its Web site and on the radio show itself, we have a new way of condensing and reporting three important foci: (1) What can we tell you that will serve and glorify God; and help the alcoholics, addicts, and those with other life-controlling problems overcome their suffering. (2) What can we show you about the long history—much of it before A.A. was founded in June 1935—of how suffering people have turned to God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible through the centuries to overcome their maladies and conquer them successfully. (3) How Christians in recovery today can share their experience, strength, and hope derived from their relationship with God, and prevent an ever-broadening, “universalized” recovery community from shoving God and the victory out the door.




Today, Dick B.’s son Ken will be discussing how the Web site came into being and why. The site was established following two conferences of the International Christian Recovery Coalition ( held in Southern California in January 2012 at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa (hosted by Pastor Randy Moraitis), and subsequently at His Place Church in Westminster (hosted by Pastor  Joe Fury).


Ken will talk about Dick B.’s dream of interviewing Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena from around the world—individuals he has met during the course of his 23 years of research on the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes. Successes among “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” “last-gasp-case,” “real” alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program.


And how Dick’s dream has been realized in the form of the “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” show which has archived more than 50 episodes since the show began on May 29, 2012.


Ken will also discuss the two video classes available on the Web site: (1) “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery”; and (2) “Stick with the Winners!” In addition, he will discuss the free Dick B. videos—including those from the “DickBChannel” on YouTube—and the free Dick B. audio talks available on the Web site. And finally, he will tell about the talks by attorney Russell S. of Miami, Florida—these illustrating in great detail how a person may speak about Jesus Christ and the Bible in hiw own relationship with God (See Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., page 29).


Join Dick B. and Ken B. for the show today, and “stick with the winners!” (


Synopsis of the Interview with Ken B.


What Ken Talked About


This talk with acquaint you with Dick B.’s dream of having a radio presentation that would bring to the world the knowledge of dozens of experienced AAs, Christian recovery leaders and workers, physicians, clergy, recovery pastors, researchers, historians, and 12-Step outreach people who have fostered the growing Christian Recovery Movement of the past 25 years. The talk will also tell you the origins of the Christian Recovery Radio effort. And it will show you the action that has thus far produced more than 50 radio shows and a host of other recovery resources—audio talks, videos, talks by Dick B. on A.A. and the 12 Steps and the original program, and the “new era of A.A. history” which at long last brings to public view the importance of the State of Vermont, the Christian upbringing of A.A.’s cofounders in Vermont, and the remarkable growth of A.A. in Cleveland in 1939 just after Bill Wilson published his “new version” of the program in the form of the Big Book and Twelve Steps.


The Christian Recovery Radio Interviews of Informed Leaders


You can see the list of the many friends of Dick B. that have already been interviewed and hear the interviews themselves on the “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” show archived at


They include Dick B.’s first interview in which he spoke with Rev. Michael Liimatta of Kansas City on May 29, 2012—the man who helped get the radio show on the air. They include interviews of Bonnie B. who is the manager of the Wilson House in Vermont; and of Ray G. who was, for many years, the archivist at Dr. Bob’s Home in Akron, and who brought historical exhibits to conferences and meetings all over the United States.


Also Russell S. of Miami, who just chaired the February 8-9, 2013, Conference in Miami; Karen Plavan, Ph.D., Chair of International Christian Recovery Coalition, head of the Oasis Center in Pittsburgh, and professor of counseling and chemical dependency, and who teaches at the university and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Mark Galligan from Canada who twice  told about the “Akronites” and their enormous successes with AAs as they aided recovery and brought the suffering to Christ—in part through a knowledge of A.A. history.


Several church volunteers caught our spotlight. David P., recovery leader at Rock Church—the largest church in San Diego; Randy Moraitis—executive pastor of ministry at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa—whose Friday night Lifelines meetings attracts alcoholics, Christians in recovery, and treatment program clients from Orange County; Bill Boyles, who heads up the Won Way Out Christian Recovery program in Wyoming, Delaware, and has distributed thousands of Dick B.’s books free; and the leaders of Christian recovery work in the Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, (Northern) California, and Cornerstone Fellowship, Livermore Campus in Livermore, California.


Monty Meyer, who has long produced widely-heard Christian recovery radio shows even attracting listeners in Dubai, was interviewed to tell about in Oregon. And the archived talks of many other Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena are available on site.


The Variety of Recovery Resources Shown on the Christian Recovery Radio Website


Christian Recovery Radio does not merely produce radio shows. Its Web site at makes much more available to the recovery arena and its dedicated workers.


First, it presents Dick B.’s ongoing radio interviews of the many recovery leaders Dick B. has met and is meeting in the United States and elsewhere. Second, it features the Take 12 Radio shows of Monty Meyer which present a one hour “A.A. History with Dick B.” show every Tuesday and continuing throughout the week. Third, there are many free videos, audio talks, and tapes. Fourth, there are the increasing number of Dick B. audios, videos, and talks on how to apply Christian Recovery today; the A.A. roots in the Bible; the Christian origins of A.A.; and how Dick B. found the answer to a friend’s question years back: “Dick, did you know A.A. came from the Bible?”—and Dick B.’s search that began with DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers and his attendance at the A.A. International Convention in Seattle in 1990 to meet and hear those who were laboring in the A.A. archives and history arena.


The Broadening of Dick B.’s Talks in order to Explain the New Era of A.A. History and the Rapid Worldwide Expansion of the Christian Recovery Movement


The Dick B. talks are broadening the challenges and the resources. Today, his talks are not just about A.A. history. They are about how to carry the message and how to help the A.A. know of the tremendous role played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in recovery for decades and decades and in early A.A., and that can be applied today. They include the message of the Holy Spirit in A.A.’s roots. They include Dr. Silkworth’s advice to Bill Wilson that Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, could cure him of his alcoholism.


The Resurrected Importance, Contents, and Two Differing Parts of the New Original 1939 Reprint of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Explanatory Introduction by Dick B.


Particular emphasis is being placed on the new reprint of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous just published by Dover Publications in 20111, and on the 27-page introduction they requested and produced by Dick B. explaining the complete difference between the personal stories about the original program in that book and the “new version” of the program which Bill fashioned in 1938 and 1939 and included in the book’s 11 chapters.


Repeated Emphasis on Early A.A. and First Century Christianity; and on the Christian Origins of A.A. in Organizations Such as the YMCA, Salvation Army, Rescue Missions, Great Evangelists, Vermont Congregationalism, and Christian Endeavor


There is, and will continue to be, further emphasis on the First Century Christianity principles and practices that many commented on concerning early A.A. as they compared it to the accounts in the Book of Acts. And still further emphasis on the Christian origins of A.A. in the Young Men’s Christian Association, the Salvation Army, Gospel Rescue Missions, addresses of the Great Evangelists like Dwight Moody, Vermont Congregationalism, and the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor which attained a membership of 4.5 million worldwide and in which Dr. Bob and his parents were involved in Bob’s younger years in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.


Freedom to Share the Truth About Religious Experiences Without Hindrance


One of the great challenges today is that faced by those who, in A.A. and N.A. and treatment meetings, try to share their own details about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible, and are hindered over and over again.


The Value of the Russell S. Talks About His Own Christian Bible Experiences founding His Presentation on Conference-approved Literature


In sum, the problems of hindered, intimidated, and rebuffed Christian sharing are addressed frequently, but also in the many free talks by Russell S. of Miami—who tells how one can boldly talk about his own Christian experiences—founding his talk on A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature. The same subject is addressed in our very recent book, Stick with the Winners!” See


Contact Dick B. at 808 874 4876,, PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837


Gloria Deo

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