Aaron Keyes: The worship music industry has to change

January 13, 2018

In this brutally honest interview, worship leader Aaron Keyes explains how he's trying to reform the 'worship industry' from the inside.

The writer of 'Sovereign Over Us' believes the worship world is "too male and too pale", cares more about production than presence, and lacks honesty in its songs, especially when compared to the Psalms. Admitting that as every year goes by his own songs become "less relevant and more cheesy", the 39 year old says he's desperate to invest in the next generation of leaders, teaching them not just to be worship leaders, but disciples. Why? Because the world doesn't need more people singing songs, it needs more spiritual leaders.

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Jeremy Vine: The broadcasting legend on how he lost faith and found it again // Cardinal Vincent Nichols: The leader of Catholics in England & Wales on the true meaning of hope

January 6, 2018

BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine talks to Justin Brierley about faith, doubt and Strictly Come Dancing. The popular broadcaster opens up about his career, what he's learned from his listeners and why he'd be "the worst evangelical ever". 

In part two, Sam Hailes meets the leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Cardinal Nichols shares his life story, comments on Pope Francis' influence on perceptions of the Catholic Church and argues the evil of human trafficking can and must be stopped.

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Bruxy Cavey: Creating a church for people who don’t do church // Paul Wilbur: Messianic worship leader on praising the God of Israel

December 30, 2017

Bruxy Cavey is teaching pastor of The Meeting House in Toronto, one of Canada’s largest churches. He talk to Justin Brierley about  his unusual journey to being a pastor, his anabaptist theology, how his wife proposed to him in front of their church congregation and his new book Reunion: The good news of Jesus for seekers, saints and sinners.

Paul Wilbur is a leading songwriter and worship leader in the Messianic movement (made up of Jews who recognise Jesus as the Messiah). He tells Sam Hailes how he found God and shares his view on how Gentile Christians should relate to Jews and the nation of Israel.  He is the writer of many worship songs in both Hebrew and English including 'Kadosh', 'Shalom Jerusalem' and 'Baruch Adonai El Shaddai'. 

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Andy Crouch: Creating culture and tech-wise families

December 23, 2017

Justin Brierley interviews Andy Crouch, the former editor of Christianity Today magazine in the USA and the author of best-selling books including Culture Making and his most recent title The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday steps to putting technology in its proper place.

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Greg Koukl: How I began my life in apologetics // Katharine Welby-Roberts: The Church needs to be more open about depression

December 16, 2017

Greg Koukl is a Christian apologist, radio show host, author, speaker, and founder of Stand To Reason. In this interview with Justin Brierley, Greg shares his testimony and passion for apologetics. In part two, Ruth Jackson meets the daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury Katharine Welby-Roberts to talk about her new book I Thought There Would Be Cake, her battle with depression and why Church culture around honesty and openness needs to change.

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Victoria Hislop: I became a Christian to annoy my atheist parents /// Terry Storch: The man behind the world’s most popular Bible app

December 9, 2017

The bestselling author of The Island, Victoria Hislop tells Ruth Jackson how she became a born again Christian aged 15 to annoy her atheist parents. Victoria also explains how her faith has changed over time and become more questioning. In part two, Dave Rose meets Terry Storch - the founder of the YouVersion Bible App, which has been downloaded over 280 million times. Terry also opens up about his own failures as well as successes and shares his remarkable testimony. 

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John Mark Comer: Reaching America’s most secular city

December 2, 2017

The pastor who has been dubbed ‘the orthodox Rob Bell’ tells Sam Hailes how he’s reaching millennials in Portland - one of America's most secular cities. The 37 year old describes himself as an “introverted, melancholy, bookish reader/writer/teacher” but when it comes to theology he defies categories, admitting his church is “an interesting enigma”. The pastor holds traditional beliefs on the authority of scripture. But he’s critical of fellow conservatives who appear reluctant to dialogue with those who hold different views. In this in depth interview he explains why believes the Pope is "a rockstar", technology can harm your prayer life and why he's written a book on "the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible."

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Glen Scrivener: Making viral videos to spread the gospel

November 25, 2017

Glen Scrivener has a track record of producing videos which go viral online. In this in depth interview, he discusses past projects and reveals his upcoming #MeetTheNativity series which is designed to communicate the true message of Christmas this December. Glen, who is often described as an 'evangelist', says he has mixed feelings about the term. He also tells the heartwarming story of how despite being deported back to his native Australia (and praying a very "cheeky" prayer), he managed to woo his now wife Emma. He also discusses why "the call" to ministry isn't as dramatic as some assume and recalls learning from John Stott while training at All Soul's Langham Place. In addressing an increasingly secular society, Glen argues the problem is not confined to "the nasty world out there" but an unfruitful Church. 

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Luke Barnes: Top astrophysicist on why the universe points to God

November 18, 2017

Luke Barnes is an Australian astrophycist and expert on the 'fine tuning' of the Universe. He talks to Justin Brierley about his faith, life and work.

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Chick Yuill: Why I left the Salvation Army /// Sinach: Overcoming depression through worship music

November 11, 2017

This week on The Profile, Sam Hailes interviews author and speaker Chick Yuill and Dami Okeke meets the multi award-winning Nigerian Gospel singer Sinach.

Chick is a popular speaker at various Christian events including Spring Harvest and the author of recently released novel Rooks at Dusk. In this interview, Chick explains how CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters changed his life and recounts some of the controversies which led to him quitting the Salvation Army after decades of ministry. An evangelist at heart, Chick also explains how his novel is intended to reach those outside of the Church. 

Sinach is a multi-award-winning international singer-songwriter based in Nigeria. She is responsible for some of the praise and worship anthems of recent years including ‘I know who I am’ and ‘WayMaker’. While on her WayMaker world tour Sinach speaks to Premier’s Dami Okeke about the passion that has driven her music for the last three decades - her Christian faith. The Worship Leader also highlights the power of music in a testimony she shares about a woman, who overcame depression listening to her songs. 

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