David Kinnaman: What our culture really thinks about Christianity // Ron Matsen: Remembering Chuck Missler

June 16, 2018

It's a double-bill this week as Sam Hailes sits down with David Kinnaman and Ron Matsen.

David Kinnaman is a bestselling author and president of Barna - a research company working with churches and Christian organisations. According to David's research, many people's perception of Christianity is negative, with believers often being viewed as 'extremists' by wider culture. Although he believes the dominant culture, both in the US and UK could be described as 'spiritual Babylon', David is upbeat and explains why he's hopeful about the future of the Church.

Ron Matsen is the CEO of Koinonia House (K-house) a Christian ministry founded by Chuck Missler - a much loved Bible teacher who passed away earlier this year. Ron discusses much of Chuck's teaching and legacy (including his occasional focus on aliens and the paranormal!) and explains what the next steps will be for the ministry of K House. He also shares some of his own story of attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa during the height of the Jesus People movement and later pastoring a small church in Portsmouth, UK.

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Bishop Graham Tomlin: Making sense of Christianity

June 9, 2018

Although he grew up in a Christian family, Graham Tomlin hasn't always believed in God. His teenage rebellion was a little unusual. "It wasn't sex, drugs and rock and roll," he says, "it was reading Nietzsche!" In time and through the help of Christian friends who stuck by him, he came to see the version of Christianity he'd rejected was "a childish" one. Now he's the President of the UK's largest 'vicar factory' St Mellitus, a host of the popular Christian podcast GodPod and the Bishop of Kensington. What draws these things together? His calling to explain how the Christian faith makes sense of life. Speaking one year on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, Bishop Graham also reflects on how the churches he oversees sprang into action in the hours following the fire. He also urges the media to be "responsible" as the one year anniversary draws near, pointing out how many local people are still distressed by the events of 14 June 2017. 

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Lucy Peppiatt: What St Paul really said about women

June 2, 2018

Lucy Peppiatt is Principal of Westminster Theological Centre. She talk to Justin Brierley about how she came to faith, being a charismatic and a theologian and her extensive work uncovering the real meaning of what Paul wrote about women and worship in 1 Corinthians.

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Andy Kind: The comedian turned preacher reflects on past mistakes and future opportunities

May 26, 2018

Andy Kind is best known for his work in the world of comedy. The award winning comedian has taken his stand-up shows to bars, clubs and churches across the country. But it seems that era might be drawing to a close. Explaining the reasons for his retirement from popular Christian summer festivals such as New Wine, Andy opens up about how he believes God is calling him to preach. This week's interview was conducted by Premier Christianity's editor Sam Hailes, who met Andy in an Eastbourne pub just hours before the comedian's stand up performance across the road at a local church. Andy would perform his stand up set that Saturday evening then preach the following morning. It's become a new pattern in his already eventful career which has seen Andy play thousands of gigs, write a number of books and even run a Christian conference centre. In opening up about past failures (and he isn't afraid to be honest, describing one project as "a big mistake"), Andy reflects on lessons learned, why Christian comedy doesn't have to be second rate and why he's "more relaxed" than ever. He even gives us an insight into what he calls his "gardening phase" and reveals the one word stand up comics can never say. 

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Bob Fu: Freedom for Christians in China is the worst it’s ever been

May 19, 2018

The most prominent religious freedom defender for China, Bob Fu explains how he went from an atheist to being imprisoned for leading an underground church. After severe persecution for his Christian faith, Fu fled China to the United States and founded China Aid. The charity brings attention to China’s religious and human rights violations, while also providing legal help for Christians facing injustice. In this in depth interview, Fu shares harrowing stories of persecution demonstrating why the crackdown on Christians in the country is the worst it’s ever been. But he also shares testimonies of how the Church in China remains victorious as the Christian population continues to rapidly increase despite suppression.

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Jo Saxton: The leadership coach with a passion for mentoring women // Tom Read: Why we need more lament in our worship songs

May 12, 2018

It's a double bill on this week's show! Claire Musters talks to the well known leadership coach and popular speaker Jo Saxton ahead of her appearance at New Wine this summer. Jo has Nigerian roots but grew up in London. She explains how she faced many battles against racist attitudes and negative stereotypes and now seeks to minister to women and “build their confidence so they can be unleashed”. In part two Sam Hailes talks to the musician and singer-songwriter Tom Read. Tom spent many years working for a church in Hong Kong. He now lives in Oxford and has released a new EP titled 'Lament'. In opening up about his own mental health struggles, Tom explains why he believes we need a diverse range of worship songs to sing in church. He also reveals how he's gone through a recent process of deconstructing his faith. 

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Hugh Ross, Ken Samples, Tim Keller & Os Guinness: Reaching sceptics through science, apologetics, philosophy and culture

May 5, 2018

A bumper edition of the show in which Justin Brierley speaks to four significant Christian leaders across science, theology, church and culture. Hugh Ross and Ken Samples join Justin at Unbelievable? The Conference 2018 on Sat 19 May. More info and tickets at www.premier.org.uk/justask

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Banning Liebscher: How Jesus Culture became a worldwide revivalist movement

April 30, 2018

 

If you thought Jesus Culture was just a band then think again. It's actually a global movement with a mission to "awaken hearts to worship and demonstrate the love and power of God". In this in depth interview, the group's founder Banning Liebscher explains how Jesus Culture was birthed out of Bethel Church's youth group. When the worship band's cover of 'How He Loves' was (illegally!) uploaded to YouTube, their music suddenly went viral. Today, the band continue to release songs which impact the global Church and Banning laughs as he recalls often being mistaken for the soundguy. In sharing his message for the UK Church, he also explains why he's so optimistic about the future of Christianity in Europe.

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Anne Graham Lotz: Meet the woman who Billy Graham called “the best preacher in the family”

April 21, 2018

As the daughter of Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz grew up in a devoutly Christian family. In this in depth interview, she tells Charmaine Noble-Mclean how her faith has grown and changed since the early days. Her late father once called her "the best preacher in the family", but Anne says she doesn't view herself as "exceptional" but aims to simply take life one day at a time. 

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Tim Chaddick: Why I moved from LA to plant a church in London

April 14, 2018

It's thanks to an "annoying Christian girl" who kept pestering Tim Chaddick to go to a Christian event that the now pastor is where he is. The teenager drove two hours to San Jose - a city the Los Angeles based Chaddick "hated" to see a Christian band he also "hated". But everything changed when the gospel was preached. "I was undone. I was weeping...I knew in that moment Christ had paid for all of my sins". In this in depth interview with Sam Hailes, Tim shares his testimony in full, explains why he's so committed to church planting and reflects on the differences and similarities between ministry in the USA and the UK.  

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