About our show
The purpose of The Bible Live radio program and ministry is to help fulfill the last command of Jesus the Messiah (see Mt. 28:18-20) by reading the Bible to as many people as possible, trusting the God of the Bible to revive His people, save the lost, and influence America and other nations to meet the Biblical conditions for spiritual awakening and blessing. Every Sunday night we host The Bible Live quiz show which hits the airways of the ninth largest city in America and forty surrounding South Texas counties.
During the week, you can find The Bible Live podcast to hear the Word of God read every year from start to finish. Following a high-energy opening and brief informative presentation about the Bible, full-blooded Apache Indian Soapy Dollar greets listeners warmly – usually with a “howdy” instead of a “how”. He often claims that The Bible Live is the most unique radio talk show on the air today, mainly (he says) because God does the talking!
Pretentious? Well, if the Bible is “God’s Word” (as Soapy and others believe), then his claim just might be true, because The Bible Live is not about Soapy, and it’s not even another program about the Bible. Over half of the 52-minute program IS the Bible. After a quick review of the previous night’s reading, a short prayer and some soft music launch Soapy into a flawless, but genuine reading of the ancient scriptures.
From Genesis to Revelation, Soapy reads the entire Bible each year. Alternating between Old and New Testaments books, he goes from start to finish through both, serving a Psalm or Proverb, like a dessert, at the end of every program. Thus, he offers his listeners the riveting stories, the moral lessons, the history, poetry, romance, and drama of the Bible itself, that Book we’ve all heard so much about but just can’t find time to read for ourselves.
Soapy has a Master’s degree, an honorary doctorate, and forty years of ministry experience to answer questions and offer spiritual counsel. However, he emphasizes basic truths held in common by most believers, reminding listeners that they need their own pastor and church fellowship for finer doctrinal instruction and healthy growth. The “live” interaction has triggered more interest in the text, and right on cue, the music comes up and the “spotlight” returns to the Bible as the reading is repeated to end the night’s broadcast.
“The Bible is the best-selling, most translated book in history. Almost everyone and every family has one … somewhere… if we could only remember where we last saw it.” Soapy
Program host Soapy Dollar is a full-blooded Apache Indian with an inspiring story of God’s power to overcome disadvantages in life. He has earned degrees in Mathematics and Christian Ministry, plus an honorary doctorate for fostering unity and cooperation among the churches of America’s 7th largest city. In 43 years of ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, he has lived 8 years in Europe and traveled to sing, preach, and equip believers in over 25 countries of Europe and Asia. Since 1992, Soapy has hosted a variety of radio programs, starting “The Bible Live” in 2001 just three weeks after “9/11”. Recording and editing his reading of the Bible (NLT) was a labor of love, completed in 18 months. Soapy and his wife Suzanne have three children: Scott, Shawn, and Stacy, along with a special grandson named William. You can read his full testimony by clicking HERE.
Soapy’s wife, Suzanne, preceded Soapy on staff with Campus Crusade by one year, after graduating from Texas Tech with a teaching certificate and a degree in Speech and Drama. Suzanne speaks Spanish, is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and besides a fruitful discipleship ministry over the years, she often speaks and leads music for women’s prayer conferences and workshops. Her role at The Bible Live has been foundational in supporting the administrative processes of the ministry to serve San Antonio listeners the best.