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Paul Baloche: The pastor to worship pastors on discipleship, church unity and ‘grace passes’

Paul Baloche: The pastor to worship pastors on discipleship, church unity and ‘grace passes’

February 21, 2020

‘Open the Eyes of My Heart’ has been sung by millions of Christians across the globe. Writer Paul Baloche, who has also penned many other hit worship songs including ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Our God Saves’, never expected his music to travel as much as it has. Ahead of the release of his new record Behold Him, Paul talks about the tension found in promoting his own music (admitting the publicity side is his “least favourite part” of the album making process). He also talks about the importance of discipleship and mentoring, and explains his philosophy of giving other Christians the benefit of the doubt, or in his words, ‘a grace pass’.

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Facebook exec Nona Jones: God gave me the job of a lifetime

Facebook exec Nona Jones: God gave me the job of a lifetime

February 14, 2020

When God told Nona Jones to quit her job, she was shocked. But minutes after she handed in her notice, Facebook called. They were offering her the chance to become the company’s head of global faith partnerships. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Nona explains what the role involves and how she’s helping churches get the most out of social media. She also opens up about the trauma and abuse she suffered as a child, how she was able to forgive and move on, and why perfectionism and untamed ambition can be so dangerous. Nona, who is on first names terms with Mark Zuckerberg, also gives her views on parents allowing children to have their own smartphone at a young age, and responds to accusations that Facebook has been limiting freedom of speech on its platform.

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You can also read the interview online here

SPECIAL - Franklin Graham: my apology to the LGBT community

SPECIAL - Franklin Graham: my apology to the LGBT community

February 13, 2020

In this bonus edition of The Profile podcast, Marcus Jones interviews the controversial evangelist Franklin Graham ahead of his planned UK tour. The son of the late great Billy Graham is due to visit eight cities across the country but has been dealt a number of blows as all eight venues have canceled his booking, citing the division that his appearance would cause. In this interview, Franklin responds to recent criticisms, says he’s determined the tour will still go ahead and offers an apology to those in the LGBT community who have been offended by his previous remarks.

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Peter Lynas: The Evangelical Alliance UK director on Trans issues, religious freedom and meaning

Peter Lynas: The Evangelical Alliance UK director on Trans issues, religious freedom and meaning

February 7, 2020

Peter Lynas joined the Evangelical Alliance weeks after CEO Gavin Calver told this programme the organisation needed to be “braver”. Is moving a former barrister into this public-facing role part of a new strategy for the 170 year old organisation? In this in-depth interview, Peter talks about the need for more thoughtful Christian voices in the public sphere on hot topic issues such as abortion, sexuality and transgender, why he doesn’t believe Christians in the UK are persecuted and how shrinking the Gospel down to “Jesus loves you” is “borderline heresy”. Peter also shares some of his own story, how he’s a ‘thinker’ more than a ‘feeler’ and why our culture’s craving for identity, relationships and purpose is such promising news for the UK Church.  

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Noël Tredinnick: The conductor, composer and Prom Praise founder on his lifetime of music ministry

Noël Tredinnick: The conductor, composer and Prom Praise founder on his lifetime of music ministry

January 31, 2020

Noël Tredinnick tells Justin Brierley about his life and work in musical ministry, leading the All Souls Choir and Orchestra and Prom Praise musical celebrations for several decades. 

Following his 70th birthday he talks about handing the All Souls conductor baton on to others, and his life and passion for music and Jesus, including some musical extracts from Prom Praise down the years.

https://www.allsoulsmusic.org/about/noel-tredinnick/

You can hear Noël every Sunday on Premier Christian Radio https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Sunday/All-Souls-in-Praise/Episodes

Will Torrent: The award winning Pastry chef wants to change how you think about chocolate

Will Torrent: The award winning Pastry chef wants to change how you think about chocolate

January 24, 2020

Will Torrent eats chocolate for breakfast. He recommends the practice. “Your taste buds are ready to have something exciting!” he says. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s editor Sam Hailes, the award-winning chef shares his remarkable testimony, recalls his experiences working in Heston Blumenthal’s kitchen and explains why he’s so fascinated by bananas. He also talks about his recent trip to Ivory Coast with Tearfund and how he’s become more involved in the leadership of his local church.   

 
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Katia Adams: How I discovered what the Bible really says about men and women

Katia Adams: How I discovered what the Bible really says about men and women

January 17, 2020

Having grown up as a Christian in Iran, Katia Adams is deeply aware of the persecution which many Christians are facing around the world. In this interview with Claire Musters, Katia explains how her Grandparents witnessed a revival in their Iranian home and how her parents have since witnessed 300,000 Muslims becoming Christians over the past three decades. For Katia, living the Christian life means being radical, and she has no problem referring to herself as “crazy”. In more recent years, the co-director of Frequentsee has felt called by God to write a book on the subject of men and women in the Church. The complementarian vs egalitarian debate often rages, including in the Newfrontiers network of churches that Katia has been a part of. But while theologians continue to argue, Katia is concerned the stakes are high, and the Church must learn to speak with one voice on this important topic. She remembers being told by a fellow Christian, that for her to preach would be an act of disobedience to God. That led her to research what the Bible really says on the subject. “I was probably in my mid 20s when I decided I had to settle this issue,” she remembers. “I said to God ‘I don’t want to live in rebellion. If you’re telling me that I’m not to do what I thought I was made for then I want to follow that.’”

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You can also read this interview in the January and February issues of Premier Woman Alive.

Simon Guillebaud: demon possession, death threats and raising children in a conflict zone

Simon Guillebaud: demon possession, death threats and raising children in a conflict zone

January 10, 2020

In this week’s show Megan Cornwell sits down with veteran missionary Simon Guillebaud to hear about the miraculous ways God has protected him and his family during decades of missionary work in what was once the most dangerous nation on earth. Guillebaud describes how God brought 164,000 people to faith through his ministry and why he believes Christians in the UK can be blind to the spiritual war going on around them. He shares extraordinary conversion stories as well as a personal insight into how God called him into long-term evangelistic ministry.

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Shaun Bailey: The Conservative London Mayoral candidate on coming back to faith and tackling knife crime

Shaun Bailey: The Conservative London Mayoral candidate on coming back to faith and tackling knife crime

January 3, 2020

In this week’s show Sam Hailes sits down the Conservative candidate for the 2020 London Mayoral election, Shaun Bailey. Although he grew up in a Christian family, Bailey soon turned his back on the Christian faith. In this interview he explains what brought him back, how Christians can be a force for good in politics and why his 20+ years of experience in youth work has prepared him for his political career.

We will also be publishing interviews with other candidates standing for election in 2020 in the coming weeks.

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Mark Scandrette: Meet the prophetic teacher urging the Church to re-think spiritual formation

Mark Scandrette: Meet the prophetic teacher urging the Church to re-think spiritual formation

December 27, 2019

In this week’s show Sam Hailes sits down with the San Francisco-based author and activist Mark Scandrette to talk about a whole host of issues which centre around spiritual formation, the gospel and whether we need to re-think the way we do Church. Mark’s own process of theological deconstruction began when his best friend fell asleep part-way through one of Mark’s sermons! Today, this prophetic teacher’s great passion is to move Christians away from an information-based way of thinking about faith, to a much more practical expression which involves not just assenting to correct doctrinal beliefs, but modelling their day to day life on Jesus himself. Mark believes this way of living, which takes the Sermon on the Mount seriously, can radically change a person’s life, and free them from worry and anxiety.  

 
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