Rt Rev Richard Harries: Finding God in beauty and in horror

February 17, 2018

In this interview with Premier's Justin Brierley, the former Bishop of Oxford Rt Rev Richard Harries explains how he became a Christian and was called into ministry. The 81 year old was once described by Rowan Williams as "that rarity, a Christian public intellectual" and is now a life peer in the House of the Lords. Harries talks about how he came into conflict with other Christians over his views on stem cell research and introduces his latest book The Beauty and the Horror which looks at issues of theology and suffering.

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Stuart & Jill Briscoe: The British couple reflect on a lifetime of ministry in the USA

February 10, 2018

The Briscoes' Telling The Truth ministry began in 1971 while Stuart served as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, which grew into the largest evangelical church in the state. It started as a simple tape duplication ministry in a home basement, using a reel-to-reel tape recorder linked to a dozen smaller recorders to duplicate the Briscoes' teaching. In the late 90s it became the first minstry to air on Premier Christian Radio, and continues to do so to this day, as well as being available as a podcast. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Stuart and Jill share their testimonies, answer questions about the differences between the UK and America, and recall both good times and bad from a lifetime of ministry. 

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Franklin Graham: The critics won’t stop me. I’m coming to the UK to preach the gospel

February 3, 2018

The son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham tells Marcus Jones why he's determined to come to the UK and preach the gospel. Franklin Graham is controversial in some circles for his previous statements about Islam and homosexuality. With a campaign now underway to ban him from preaching in the UK, Franklin answers his critics, explaining he has good news and a message of love to bring. 

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Kay Warren: Speaking frankly on sex, depression and faithfulness

February 3, 2018

The co-founder of one of America's largest churches has a passion for honesty and authenticity. In this in depth interview Kay Warren speaks openly about her past struggle with porn, difficulties in her marriage to Rick Warren and how she is continuing to deal with the overwhelming grief of losing her son Matthew to suicide in 2013. Kay also answers questions surrounding her latest book, Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife (Revell).

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Doug Williams: Pastoring a diverse congregation in London’s East End

January 27, 2018

"As I look back over my shoulder it's a bit like a train wreck," Doug Williams says when asked about his upbringing. "My Dad had three wives - in Nigeria, in Sierra Leone and then my Mum in London." The Pastor is open and upfront about his early years, telling stories of growing up in institutional care and the many challenges that brought. Today he's pastoring a diverse congregation in the East End of London - Emmanuel Community Church International. He believes Christians need to have courage and stand up for the truth in our increasingly secular society, but he's optimistic about the future of the UK Church and passionate about raising up the next generation. Emmanuel have even opened a school and are reaching hundreds of young people through various projects. The musician and international speaker also recalls his time in the chart topping and pioneering 80s band 'Paradise' and explains how mentoring has played a vital role in his discipleship and ministry. 

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RT Kendall: Bringing the Word and the Spirit together

January 20, 2018

RT Kendall doesn’t look like a heretic. He doesn’t sound like one either. But in the mid 80s he almost lost his job leading one of London’s most famous churches when he was accused of antinomianism: the claim that Christians are not obliged to follow God’s moral law. The controversy centred around a book he had written called Once Saved, Always Saved, in which he wore his Calvinist theology on his sleeve: that salvation is by sheer grace and not because of anything we do. Kendall laughs when he recalls the episode, saying that it was the testimonies of those who read the book that rescued him. "They said it made them want to be more godly," he shares. This wasn’t the only controversy Kendall would weather in 25 years of eventful ministry at Westminster Chapel. By the end of it, he saw himself as much a Brit as an American and, through his speaking and books, was regarded as a statesman of the UK evangelical Church by the time he retired in 2002. Justin Brierley hears the full story. 

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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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