The Rev. Blair R. Monie, pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, is the featured preacher March 16, the second Sunday in Lent, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at

Having served at Preston Hollow since 1995, Monie is set to retire this summer. In the fall he becomes professor in the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Tex.

Monie is a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn., and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, on whose board of trustees he currently serves.

In “A Serpentine Story,” his sermon for the second Sunday in Lent, Monie digs into the story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-17).

“Jesus is saying that just as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness to heal, so he, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on the cross to save,” Monie says. “You must lift up your eyes, Nicodemus! You must be born from above. You must discover the incredible world of the Spirit. And if nothing else will lift up your eyes and your heart, then the sight of me will lift them up.”

The program includes interviews with Monie conducted by Wallace, who is executive producer.

“Day 1,” has been broadcast every week for nearly 69 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta.