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One part of the media explosion in our day that has found wide use in Christian circles is the cassette.

The cassette is a member of the tape-recording family. Tape recorders and players have been around for a long time, but the bulkiness of the equipment and the vulnerability of the tapes limit their creative use by most pastors. Among the advantages offered by cassettes are simple operation and relatively inexpensive, easily carried equipment.

Cassette-makers are sprouting up everywhere. Christians with gnostic tendencies who gather in “underground” cells glory in circulating cassettes. They have about them the aura of the clandestine samizdat without the risk of discovery. Cassettes can be made by anyone who has a little imagination and relatively simple and inexpensive equipment. They are a boon to every ism in the land. The Cassette Review, a bi-monthly newsletter (1031 E. Prospect Highway, Mount Prospect, Ill. 60056—$6 yearly), lists approximately sixty-five major religious producers running from Billy Graham’s Decision Tape Library to Islamic Productions. A number of Christian schools are involved in producing and distributing cassettes: Bethany Fellowship, Columbia Bible College, Luther Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Regent College. Christian Bookseller Magazine periodically reviews the latest offerings of the major religion-market companies.

There are a growing number of cassette clubs, operating in the familiar pattern of book clubs. The Episcopalians have the Catacomb Cassette Club, and, from another part of the spectrum, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Minnesota, will enroll you in its fiery evangelist-of-the-month.

There appears to be no central clearing house for cassettes ...

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