"I listen to CHRI from my waking moment for most of the day and it has been on several occasions that you guys played a song so appropriate to what I was going through. I'm sure you are touching thousands of lives." - Shalini
"I just want to say CHRI is the best Radio Station I know, and I listen to it everyday!!" - Sarah
"I write to you from miles apart... from India (Asia)! It's so wonderful to listen to Christian songs at all times and you guys help me a lot in this during my office hours. Love you guys. God bless." - Augustine
"I love your guys radio, and whenever I'm driving its always locked on 99.1"
"CHRI 99.1 FM is my constant companion. I make sure I listen to it from 10pm to 3am every night, listening to all the three sermons. I sometimes wonder what I will do without it. Keep up the good work!"
"God bless guys and your awesome works around the City!!" - Simonord
"I find it is very important that my 3 year old son understands and knows that Jesus loves him with all his heart, and through your music, I know he is learning that every day. SO THANK YOU!" - Allison
"My husband and I have listened to CHRI since the beginning. We LOVE the station..the dj's, music, ministry... we have been truly blessed by having CHRI in our listening area." - Jenny
"Wanted to let you know I so appreciate listening to Laugh Again in the mornings getting ready to start off my day! Great addition! Thanks so much for all you do - true blessing to the community!" - Shirley
"Your station has really been a blessing to my house for more than a year. May God bless you all." - Petro, from Cape Town, South AFrica
"My husband and I are new listeners to your show and we are so surprised that such a radio station exists! The music and teaching programs has helped us immensely in the past year. My children sing along to the music, which is wonderful!" - Margaret
"I don't live in the Ottawa area, but I listen to your Financial Fitness & Inside Track shows every Friday morning. These shows so relevant that I put a reminder in my online calendar so I never miss a show. Thanks for being a relevant, sensitive broadcaster that's true to your faith roots." - Gary (North Bay)
"I have started to listen to CHRI at work and it has been such a blessing in my life." - David
"Thanks for 'Love Does' from Brandon Heath at 4:16 AM this morning!" -Clémence
"CHRI helps keep my faith firm by being easily able to praise the Lord while driving, working, cooking supper. I am able to wake up to worship music and remember WHY I am able to wake up each day." – Nancy
"When I listen to CHRI, I just feel good! The Moring Express with Brock, Lunch Jukebox with Dan, Drive Home with Care, Focus on the Family, Financial Fitness & Today's Family – it all provides me with joy and peace and hope." - Lilly
Re: The Struggle Tour (April 5, 2013) "What a night, what a band! Thank you for being a part of bringing bands like this to Ottawa. GOD was blessed indeed." - Cory
"Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your station and love hearing those cool songs praising our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!" - Mike
"I recently began listening to your station online through Tunein.com. I love how all the music you play is Christian and different varieties, country, pop etc. They all mesh together perfectly. I am in New York City, listening from work!" - Isahony
"In 1997 when I first turned the dial, I knew it was the hand of the Lord and that this is what he wanted me to hear. CHRI is the only radio station that I listen to. You are carrying out the Will of God. This is His station for His Glory. Thank you to all of you who are faithfully carrying out the Will of God through Christian Radio." - Lorraine
"Thanks CHRI! I've been listening to you for 6 ½ years now. Thank you for your ministry; your work and your programs help to keep me connected to the Lord..which also keeps me sane." - Pamela
"Because of CHRI radio station and all of your great choices of worship music, I always smile on my way to work – I love it." – Sonya
"I appreciate your family friendly radio station and am thankful for the quality programming you provide Ottawa and the surrounding area." - Robert
"As usual CHRI is the best station and I can only wish you the best. God Bless CHRI and the team of people making it work." - Sandra
"God Bless you CHRI, you are my sanity in this crazy world. Your blessings have helped to save our marriage, set us financially straight and led us to our new, less complicated, downsized lifestyle. THANK YOU." - Maureen
"Love your station so much. Facebook friend, too! The combination of hits, classics, teaching and talk really feeds me when I am home and helps me refocus on Jesus' face." - Patricia
"[CHRI] has helped us immensely to get the word out about CityKidz. CHRI is a non-profit charitable radio station here in this city that is Kingdom focused and they are oozing with integrity in all their official dealings. We appreciate all they are doing!" - Wedny Turpin (CityKidz Ottawa)
"You will never know just how much we appreciate all you do for us. We thank God for you and your team." - Joel Bernard (on Colin Bernard's 2013 JUNO nomination)
"I listen to you every time I am driving and I sometimes see cars that have the 99.1 logo on their bumper!" - Phoebe
"Just wanted to say 'thank you' again for all you (Brock) and CHRI do. Love your station and the music you play. Also thank you for the variety of music that CHRI plays, even when it's as 'wide a variety as the east is from the west.' :) " - Ken
"My favourite radio station... It is blessing to have you!" - Susie
"A big plus is knowng that I can leave the station playing while my children are around – love the fact that pre-teen boys are into worship music!" – Elissa
"Best radio I ever listen to. If you want to enrich your knowledge about God and learn more about the power of The Almighty God, you need to listen to this radio station!" - Gazelle
"Love listening online to great music while I work away here (in Jamaica) at my desk." - Carolyn
"Love your station, the music, and the fact that CHRI is a registered Christian charity." - Darlene
"You station provides me with much support, and comforts me in my daily life. You have changed me and given me peace. Keep up the good work and I shall keep you in my prayers and thanks." - Jennifer
"Continue in your good work at the station, you are making a difference!" - Margaret
"I LOVE YOUR RADIO STATION!!!" - Susan
"Love your station. You're a constant source of encouragement and joy!" - Jon
"Thanks for making the song data available to display on my car radio, it is nice to see who wrote what and what a song is called". - Karl
"I thank you and your staff for having Family Radio. It has helped me through some dark, lonely and difficult times. He works and speaks through the music played. This station is so very, very important. I thank God for you." - Rosy
"[Kathy] May God continue to bless you as am truly being inspired by your program. Please continue to share the blessings, because "people need someone." - Moulton
"Thank you for playing 'Love Is Not a Fight' by Warren Barfield. God used it to open my heart and actively and intentionally fight for my marriage." - Anonymous
"I listen CHRI every day in my car and at work, it's the best station!. May God bless your ministery, guys. We love you!" - Dorval
"To the staff of 99.1: thank you for your dedication and hard work. May your ministry be blessed abundantly. Praise God!" - Marie-Josée
"Thank you CHRI!! It is such a blessing to be able to listen to your station here in Pembroke. Merry Christmas!" - Debbie
"Your station is such a breath of fresh air here in Ottawa." - Anne
"CHRI is definitely one of the Bright Stars in Canadian Christian Radio, and we are very thankful for all that you do to forward The Gospel across our land!" - Doug
"Thanks for taking the stand on CHRI for our Lord...our world needs HIM not a hi-def television." - Pete
"CHRI has helped lead me to find Christ and become a born again Christian. Whenever I feel stressed or worried I just have to pray and listen to CHRI and all of that goes away." - Scott
"CHRI is an amazing radio station, it's all that we ever listen to! May God continue His work through you all!" - Marie
"Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Heaven is the face" made me cry so hard in the car this evening that I was glad I had just pulled in to my driveway after it started. You should really provide a discretionary warning for fathers before playing that song. I haven't cried that hard in a long time. Thanks for your ministry." - Seth
"I love the teaching programs, I learn a lot. I love the wonderful music that you play, but most of all, I have enjoyed meeting a few of the staff and you are all down to earth people and easy and fun to talk with." - Danielle
"Our family loves CHRI... We have been blessed by listening to the music and ministry for the last 15 years." - Kenneth
"I love starting my day with Christian music; it gives me a positive attitude to start my day at work." – Hope
"God is good and continues to bless the station in big ways...and blesses a lot of listeners in doing so! Love listening online [from Jamaica!] when the streaming is working well :-) " - Carolyn
"I'm just so thankful that Ottawa has CHRI. I listen to it always in my car on the way to work and at home; I've learned a lot over the last few years from the 6:30pm Focus on the Family segment." – Elizabeth
"Love your station and all it stands for." - Louise
"[Dan], We listen to the lunch hour request show daily! Thanks for allowing your listening audience the opportunity of participating with the song selections!" - Iain
"May God continue to bless CHRI and all those associated with such a wonderful radio station. God Bless and walk in the Truth." - Owen & Elizabeth
"Hey CHRI... I just LOVE your station, what you stand for, who you work for, how you serve our city... it's just fantastic. Thanks for being a light on the radio. BIG BIG Blessings on you!" - Jon
"Hi CHRI... thanks for being on the internet... I can listen from home in Singapore! PTL for your ministry." - Paul
"Love you guys! Hope to have lots of great events so we can continue to work together to support great artists, in their mission to see souls saved." - Colleen (Revolution 457)
"Oh man, it was an amazing interview. Believe me, one of the better that I've experienced lately... so thank YOU" ... Matthew Paul Turner (author, JesusNeedsNewPR)
"I greatly appreciate CHRI, and the integral role they serve in Ottawa promoting awesome local events as well as providing great music! Its definitely my favourite radio station!" - Daniel
"Just wanted to express my appreciation for your station and the programming I enjoy throughout the week. I moved to Ottawa last year and live on my own and listening to the station has been a great source of encouragement for me." - Jesse
"Praise the Lord I can finally listen to you online via my computer at work. When I relocated, I was disappointed I could no longer listen to my favorite Christian radio station until last week, God is good" - Robyn
"Thanks so much for all you do. This radio station is truly a blessing to me" - Prea
"I want to thank CHRI for the great opportunity the station gave my husband and I with the win of the ski weekend at Calabogie Peaks. Thank you for a well needed break for both of us." - Marilyn
"My husband and I just started listening to your station, and it's amazing. Thank you for all of the amazing and uplifting messages." - Cadina
"CHRI inspires me every day!! Awesome team! Awesome work!" - Lynn
"I just wanted to affirm you and all the staff at CHRI in what you are doing with the ministry of the station. It is really wonderful to see God's hand directing and blessing what you are doing." – Barb
"God Bless your very important ministry! I always listen to CHRI on all my days off and the music really helps me connect with God." - Melanie
"I love that I can listen to CHRI online now that I live in BC and not in the Ottawa area anymore. / Love the playlist feature!!" - Patricia
"Keep up the good work or bringing Christian radio to Ottawa and the Valley!" - Carolyn
"I do love CHRI and you are a big part of keeping me in the Way. Because you have such good programs which are available and encourage me whenever I hit a bump. Keep up the good work and thank you for being there." - Sandra
"Words can't express our thanks to you. Thank you for your part in getting the people to our CD release concert." - Geoff & Pearl Dresser
"I was so blessed by everyone on Friday. I wish the listeners knew just how amazing you all are in person. You treated me like a queen." - Vicky
"Thanks for all that you do on your show, you're all a blessing to the listening world." - Michael
"Thank you CHRI, you have no idea how much hope you gave me when I went through difficult trials. CHRI helped me see Christ's will for me and held my hand through it all with HOPE." - Neida
Thanks for letting my husband and I tour the studio on friday! It was awesome getting to meet all of you! - Rebecca
"I would just like to say thanks! I am sooo grateful to have such an AWESEOME Christian station to listen to 24/7!!" - Anna
"I myself am just starting to become comfortable getting back to communing with God again. Now I can always turn CHRI on in the car going home... and we listen to Joyce as often as we're in the car at that time, so it's almost like going to church every day.." - Carol
"I am inspired and blessed daily by CHRI and thank you with all my heart and soul." - Louise
Hey Kathy am loving your show! I listen to your program from my phone then I continue in my car on my way to work. May God continue to bless you as am truly being inspired by your program. Please continue to share the blessings, because "people need someone". - Moulton
"Wow what a great movie (Soul Surfer), my girls, and their friends thought it was great. Thanks for the tickets. You guys are doing great work!! Praise God!" - Jeff
"Brock, I love your show and hope you are doing well. You are truly blessed with being a natural on the radio." - Nancy
"This radio station has been very instrumental in my walk with Christ! CHRI has allowed me to grow leaps and bounds. I believe wholeheartedly, without CHRI, I would not be the Christian I am today. Jesus loves you and so do I!" - Christian
"Our daughter Rachel, who worked at CHRI on a co-op student assignment in 2002 really blossomed when working at the station; she loved it." - Coby & Bill
"We didn't realize how much we appreciated CHRI until we didn't have it. We really miss the encouraging and uplifting songs and Bible teaching! We can't tell you enough how much we love your station! Keep up the great work! ...we'll be listening online! Please, come out West!!" - Kyle
"Keep up the Great work, Brock. You're doing a Superb Job as you have served many of us for so many years. You're definitely the anchor at CHRI indeed! Bravo!" - Sam
"Thanks for being the blessing you are for my days that I work I usually am gone a minimum of 12 hours a day and for 4 of those hours CHRI's ministry impacts my life and who I am in the Lord.. Thanks." - Brenda
"I try to listen every day, even at work. It really helps me to keep God as my focus throughout the day, by having the music and teaching programs playing. It all gives me a real lift throughout the day." - Deb
"If I could pick one word to describe CHRI it would be 'Inspirational'. Inspiration is woven into every piece of fabric that makes up the station, all thread by God's love." - Louise
"I have been listening to your radio station for about 12 years and find that it never fails to bring me back to what is Important. Through the music, dedicated staff and programs, and events, CHRI has helped lead me back and stay strong in my faith. Thanks for all your Good Work!" - Judy
"We enjoy listening to the music and the kids show. Today CHRI is our connection to concerts and events in the area which helps keep us informed. Thanks CHRI" - The Morgans
"CHRI is a very , very special place! Congrats everyone! I am not biased at all, but it truly is an amazing place to work and be a part of whether listening or volunteering. Just amazing!" - Tristan
"My Grandfather--led Brock's Dad to the Lord--brought Brock up in a Christian home--in turn Brock is now blessing my days by encouragement and playing music enriched with the love of the Lord. Thank you Brock and CHRI for being one of those encouragers and blessings in my family's life." - Andrea
"I want to thank your radio station and the work you all do for all the good things you bring. You have been there for me in the darkest times of my life, and I thank you dearly for that. God bless you and your families!"
"We wanted you to know that we had a great book signing after our interview with CHRI. A number of people came into the store to see us because they heard us on your show. So thanks for your gracious invitation."
Let me introduce you to Pierre Nantais, the controller at Family Radio CHRI. He recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture series at the Lee Abbey in Devon, England on The Friendship of Science and Religion taught by the Reverend Dr Sir John Polkinghorne, retired president of Queen's College at Cambridge. Pierre reflects on his experience of being saturated in a true Christian experience of lectures and debates on "why should science and God be an either/or choice". Another passion for Pierre is photography; below are some of his stunning photographs from the dramatic North Devon coast.
"We can't find you with this address, it's unacceptable!" exclaimed with open arms HM Customs Agent at Heathrow airport, reviewing my parsimonious arrival declaration.
"Yes you can, just google what I wrote, 'Lee Abbey, Devon', and it pops right up." Flying steerage on Air Canada, unable to access the relevant data on my laptop locked up in the storage bins, I was herded along with hundreds of others to a processing room with no chance to properly complete the form.
"It's an Anglican abbey, just north of Barnstaple, east of Lynmouth in Devon. It's very well known."
"And what is the purpose of your visit?"
"I'm participating in, er, what's the English word for colloque?" I mused, leaning into his booth, two imaginary cups of coffee between us.
"A discussion group, a forum, a lecture series", he offered.
"Yes! That's it! It's given by one of your most eminent scientist, the Reverend Dr Sir John Polkinghorne, retired president of Queen's College at Cambridge. We will be discussing the friendship of science and religion". I just love saying John's full name and titles, it just rolls off the tongue. I thought of adding 'KBE', but that would have been oversell.
"This is a science forum?" he said, starting to lose interest, as indicated by his tone and shoulders dropping slightly.
"And prayer!" I replied straightening up, my smiling face lighting up like a 150w incandescent bulb, index finger in the air for emphasis. A languid look.
"What is your profession?"
"I'm the controller of our local Christian radio station", my voice going up slightly on 'Christian'.
Visibly crestfallen, knowing a time-waster when he sees one, he stamped my passport and handed it to me with the sourest of looks. And so, in another little God moment of my life, I entered the realm of England thanks to a customs agent with personal judgement who didn't go by the book. I paid for it on my return as the Canadian Border Agency gave me the full search treatment; all sins must be paid!
Lee Abbey in Devon (google it!) was never really an abbey. It was built in the 1820s as a hotel in what was the fashion of the day, hotels and upper-crust residences modeled on medieval abbeys. England is full of these; a guidebook is required to find real abbeys. Nominally Anglican, it bills itself as an international Christian community hosting conferences, retreats and such. Self-contained, there are few ensuites, no telephones or tv and cell phones don't work as it is too remote.
The colloque I attended along with 90 other enthusiasts, The Friendship of Science and Religion, was more than just lectures followed by q&a. It was a true Christian community experience where we ate, prayed, socialized and joined together in activities. Simply put, it was summer camp for adults, complete with sing-alongs, mature food fights (do you want that last slice or can I have it?) and even religious services on their magnificent Atlantic beach, complete with campfires. Kumbaya for Christ!
The premises of the lectures were understood as those of all the mainline Christian churches, namely that God is the creator of our universe, the bible shows us why we exist, and the laws of physics, which are also God's laws, show us how it all works. The laws of physics are not created, they are discovered, formulated from scientific observation, and vetted by the scientific community once proven by repeatable experiments and peer-review. Indeed, the first law of thermodynamics pays tribute to God as it states nothing can be created, only converted. Burn paper, get carbon ashes; explode a star, get iron, the core of Mother Earth. We are truly stardust, made from the brightest, hottest manifestation in God's universe.
In a world where science is used by atheists as the reason to deny the existence of God, where does religion fit in? Why should science and God be an either/or choice?
It was after more than 4,000 years of observation that Edwin Hubble discovered in the 1920s the existence of other galaxies. The Big Bang theory (actually hyperinflation) was formulated by a Belgian Catholic priest-physicist, Georges Lemaitre, also in the 1920s. It was accepted by the Catholic Church in 1952 even though it was not proven until about 10 years later. The reason? It proved there was a beginning to our universe, meaning God created it.
Sir John, interestingly, is an Anglican priest-physicist and friends with such modern deniers as Richard Dawkins and the brilliant but ambivalent Stephen Hawking. Author of more than 15 books, his lecture series format was presentation, tea & coffee, q&a. The main subjects were (a) a scientist's approach to Christian belief, (b) the Universe as creation, (c) prayer, providence and miracle, including vision talk.
In a known universe of 86 billion light years wide, with each of those light years measuring 9.46 trillion kilometres, its 13.7 billion years old vastness containing only 4% matter, how can one deity be the creator of such an unimaginable entity? Where is the scientific proof of God's existence?
Today atheists say that if multiverses (other universes) are proven, God does not exist because our universe is not unique. Such leaps in logic are part and parcel of atheists. I know because I used to be one before I saw the light - literally.
For me it is the opposite. Our God is a collegial God in its Trinity, why should He make such a universe or multiverses just for us? Are we so arrogant to believe we alone, located in a backwater of the Milky Way, are the only life God would or could create? We used to believe the universe rotated around us and now we know we are an infinitesimal speck in it. This does not, however, diminish our importance in God's heart, just our physical presence in the universe He created.
This is only a modern version of old questions about the metaphysics of God. In medieval times the question was: Can God create a rock so large that he can't lift it?
I met Sir John privately for over 25 minutes. Very approachable, he talks down to no one, not bad for someone whom the Queen consults personally on matters of scientific ethics. So much material and thought were discussed and analysed in those five days that I ordered the CDs and I await with impatience their arrival to relive and reabsorb John's lectures as well as share them with others.
Our last supper together was candlelit with wine (finally!), followed by a very moving communion service with anointing. I must plan a return to Lee Abbey.