In today’s interview Dr. Matthew Smith interviews Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago Illinois. Pastor Matt and Pastor Lutzer have been friends for over three decades. In this interview you will hear about Dr. Lutzer’s new book, Is God On America’s Side?, growing an urban church and the passion and pursuit of one of America’s true men of God.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer was born and reared near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. His educational background includes a B.Th fro Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA from Loyola University, an honorary LL.D. from Simon Greenleaf School of Law, and an honorary Doctorate from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.
For five years Dr. Lutzer was the Pastor of Edgewater Baptist Church in Chicago and later became an assistant professor of Bible and Theology at the Moody Bible Institute. On January 1, 1980 he became the Senior Pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. From this vantage point he has provided leadership to Chicago pastors in the discipline of prayer and fasting.
Dr. Lutzer is the author of numerous books among which are: Failure, The Back Door to Success, How to Say No to a Stubborn Habit, and Christ Among Other Gods. Hitler’s Cross (April 1995), was awarded the Christian Booksellers Gold Medallion Award and One Minute After You Die (January 1997), was on their Best Sellers List. Recent releases include: Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible (November 1998), Why The Cross Can Do What Politics Can’t (January 1999), Seven Convincing Miracles, and Understanding the Claims of Christ in Today’s Culture (October 1999).
Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on “The Moody Church Hour” and the popular evening program “Songs in the Night,” as well as the fifteen-minute daily broadcast called “Running to Win,” available on the Moody Broadcasting Network and many Christian radio stations around the country. His speaking engagements outside the pulpit of the Moody Church include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and in other parts of the world.
Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and are the parents of three children.