"Thanks so much CHRI, we love your programs and music!P.S. We just moved to Aylmer, and are so happy that we still get your station so clearly!" - Giuliana
"I have been listening to CHRI since our family moved to Ottawa 10 years ago. But I first 'discovered' CHRI 15 years ago when our family was visiting the Nation's Capital from Mississauga!" - Nancy
"Love your station and the positive programming. Thank you and god bless your team." - Darlene
"Thanks for all you do. Listening before and after work is such a blessing for me!" - Cindy
"I am so thankful for you being online! It really soothes my soul to be able to listen from laptop as I go through my day. CHRI is like family after all these years so I don't feel the least bit alone!" - Patricia
"I just checked out your new playlist; it's awesome!!! I really appreciate the work you do. You are all such a blessing to your listeners." - Chantal
"CHRI radio was on 24 hours a day in our home for about five plus years. It's like a magnet to me. At night, the music is on very low near by when I sleep and I plan my day so I don't miss a Bible message. CHRI was part of my healing. " - Sheila
"I can't get enough of your radio. The music is so soothing to the heart and soul." - Gregory
"I'm writing to you straight from Angola, Africa. I love this station guys, keep serving...keep it Christ-centered!" - Pedro
"Thank you so much for being a part of every day of my life. You have inspired, befriended and taught me. I know each of you by voice so I'll be walking around heaven with my eyes closed for a bit." - Barbara
"I love listening to CHRI all through the work day; all of you at the station are a blessing. The music, book shows, the family-friendly shows. My daughters love listening to VeggieTales on Saturday mornings in the car on the way to dance class. Where else can you find such a station? Nowhere!" - Scott
"I absolutely love your radio station. It has a huge impact on my day. It's wonderful to be able to tune in to a positive and fun Christian music station." - Julie
"You are a refreshing voice to this generation." - Bill & Pam Farrel (authors)
"I had been telling the Lord that it would be helpful in my life if there was a radio station that had music with a Christian message to help me day to day. Wow! I turned on the radio and there you were! Keep up the good work! - Brenda
"Thank you for your station, incredibly refreshing when I get to listen at work." - Cory
"Thank you, CHRI! (re: "Overcomer" #1 song) I love the mix of songs you play on your station!" - Mandisa (Grammy-nominated recording artist)
"I don't know if people understand how truly blessed we are in Ottawa to have CHRI but our entire family has been big fans for years. We have listened to CHRI via internet even when life took us to other provinces and even when we were serving as missionaries in Africa." - Elaine
"What a wonderful Christian community we have in Ottawa and the valley. I feel very blessed to be able to listen to such a wonderful radio station." - Karen
"Thank you for all the excellent music and programs you air on your station. They help my faith in a huge way!!" - Mel
"I've just finished my first university class in Toronto and I am loving CHRI online! It's a nice taste of home." - Katherine
"CHRI beautifully brings the Christian community together. I'm glad to be part of this." - Colin Bernard (artist)
"Ottawa is blessed to have such a great Christian radio station and it has impacted my life like you would not believe! I appreciate all the encouraging news and advertising that CHRI provides." - Dave
"I have been a CHRI listener from day one... I know I am the Christian that I am today as a result of your music and message that has touched my heart and encouraged me to grow. My family has been impacted and benefited from so many of your programs." - Karen
"My wife and I were just posted here last April, we were very shocked to find an awesome radio station like this one; it was a breath of fresh air to find CHRI." - Norman
"You guys have been such a blessing in my life... Your faithfulness is priceless. May The Lord bless You and your families." Olive
"God bless you guys at Family Radio. Your station is always full of hope! I love the wonderful sermons and couldn't go a day without 99.1!" - Martin
"Thanks to everyone at CHRI for doing such a great job of bringing the Word of God to the Ottawa and surrounding areas." - Karen
"This radio station is a huge part of my walk with Jesus so thanks so much." - Deeana
"Love the broadcast, you're doing a great job. Keep up the good work because you're reaching a lot of people and turning their hearts towards God. May God bless you, your families, ministry and everything you put your hand to." - Joanne
"Glory be to God to your radio station, it has gotten me through some trying times when I was incarcerated. Once again I thank God for your continuous efforts of doing God's work." - anonymous
"Thank you for being responsive to today's times. You cover all age groups: children, adults, parents. Thanks for the purposeful music that is all about Glory to God, and for the encouragement for parents who are struggling. An excellent station for families!" - Janet
"One of the first songs I heard was "Come Away" by Jesus Culture. God used it to speak to my heart and draw me back to his heart of love for me. Thank you for fighting the good fight!" - Skye
"In the beginning of my walk with Christ I relied so much on this radio station to give me what I was searching for. I was provided with daily inspiration, and confirmation that I was heading down the right path." -Virginia
"Thank you for believing in us and backing the work we are doing. We are seeing young people become believers right in front of our eyes and huge walls coming down ...the hardest to reach dark places are being lit, and the most broken are being put back together." - Colleen (Revolution457)
"Thank you so much for being a light to the city of Ottawa, may God continue to bless CHRI." - Dan
"Thank you CHRI for all you give to us, encouraging and uplifting music and words, and inspiring each of us to step up and be part of the bigger plan God has for each one in this world." - Gillian
"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)
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.