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Olivia Amartey: Elim’s first black, female exec has been blazing a trail her whole life

Olivia Amartey: Elim’s first black, female exec has been blazing a trail her whole life

September 24, 2021

Emma Fowle speaks to the Executive Director of Elim, Olivia Amartey. In this in-depth interview, Olivia talks about losing her father to Covid, how she has never let her race or gender hold her back and what it looks like to steward a national organisation well.   

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Taylor Schumann: ‘He shot me but I forgive him‘ // Mark Vernon: What Dante can teach us 700 years later

Taylor Schumann: ‘He shot me but I forgive him‘ // Mark Vernon: What Dante can teach us 700 years later

September 17, 2021

When a bullet tore through Taylor Schumann's left hand on an otherwise average afternoon at New River Community College in Virginia, it changed everything. In the split-second moment of the shooting, and the long work of healing and trauma recovery that followed, her beliefs about gun reform and the role of the church in the USA's historic and future violence were irreversibly altered. She speaks to Premier Rachel Matthews about the events, and how she came to forgive her attacker, as explained in her new book When thoughts and prayers are not enough.

In part two Justin Brierley meets Mark Vernon, author of Dante’s Divine Comedy: A guide for the spiritual journey. As Italy marks the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death this month, the pair discuss the medieval writer’s literary and spiritual legacy.

For Taylor Schumann: taylorschumann.com  

For Mark Vernon: markvernon.com/books/dantes-divine-comedy-book

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Dr Michael Guillen: A Harvard physicist’s journey from atheism to Christianity

Dr Michael Guillen: A Harvard physicist’s journey from atheism to Christianity

September 10, 2021

Dr. Michael Guillen is a former Harvard physics instructor and Emmy award-winning News Science editor. He talks to Justin Brierley about his new book ‘Believing is Seeing’ which tells the story of his journey from atheism to Christianity via science, and why everyone needs to examine their own worldview.

For ‘Believing is Seeing’ by Dr Michael Guillen: https://michaelguillen.com/ 

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Paralympian Stef Reid: The accident that changed my life

Paralympian Stef Reid: The accident that changed my life

September 3, 2021

Rachel Matthews meets the five time world record holding Paralympian Stef Reid. In this in depth interview, Stef talks about the accident which changed her life and how her perspective on what it means to be a Christian has matured over time.  

Read her story in full here

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Joel Rosenberg: The Christian author who accidentally predicted 9/11

Joel Rosenberg: The Christian author who accidentally predicted 9/11

August 27, 2021

Imagine if terrorists hijacked a plane and flew it into an American city. What if that led to the US President attempting to overthrow Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This was premise of Joel Rosenberg's first novel - and it was written months before the September 11th attacks took place. The astonishing story of how Rosenberg appeared to have predicted geo-political events led to a huge amount of media. In the 20 years since, Rosenberg has written many more books - both fiction and non fiction - all with the aim of helping Christians to understand the times we live in. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Joel explains how he came to Christ from a Jewish background and why the landscape of the Middle East is changing so dramatically - a subject he unpacks in his new book Enemies and Allies. The pair also discuss Israel, Bible prophecy and the current situation in Afghanistan.  

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Lindz West: On Jason Derulo, credibility and why he’ll never take a gig where he can’t share his faith

Lindz West: On Jason Derulo, credibility and why he’ll never take a gig where he can’t share his faith

August 21, 2021

Lindz West may be best known as the energetic frontman of Christian dance band LZ7, but he is also a passionate evangelist with a heart for taking the gospel to the hardest to reach young people. In this week’s The Profile, he talks honestly to Premier Christianity’s Emma Fowle about growing up on Billy Graham tent revivals, why he walked away from Jesus as a teenager and how he was drawn back to God through music and miracle stories.

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Jackie Hill Perry: A discussion on gayness and holiness

Jackie Hill Perry: A discussion on gayness and holiness

August 13, 2021

It's a double bill this week! Jackie Hill Perry is an American Christian speaker, author and poet who’s widely known for being raw, open and honest about her sexuality. Jackie, who says she remembers being same-sex attracted from a young age, now uses her Christian ministry to share God’s work in bringing her out of a homosexual lifestyle, which she also detailed in her first book Gay Girl, Good God

In an in-depth interview with Premier Christian News journalist Tola Mbakwe, Jackie talks about her journey to faith, the backlash she gets for sharing her testimony, her thoughts on conversion therapy, motherhood and what she calls cringeworthy moments of ‘Baby Christian Jackie’. But don’t be mistaken, Jackie brings more to the table than discussions on sexuality and the Church. We delved deep into the topic of holiness. What makes someone holy? Do church denominations differ in the way they respect God’s holiness? What does holiness even mean? Despite having a laid-back, and easy-going personality, what’s clear from this interview is Jackie is a very deep-thinker and is a student of the Bible. Jackie and Tola discussed all things holiness as revealed in her brand new book Holier Than Thou.

Plus, in part two, Cassandra meets the British evangelist Daniel Chand to hear about his testimony, and talk about his 'Tent Revival' ministry.  

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees: Faith, doubt and black lives matter

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees: Faith, doubt and black lives matter

August 6, 2021

The Mayor of Bristol found himself in an awkward position last summer. Marvin Rees was visibly delighted that the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, which had stood in the city centre for 125 years, had been torn down by Black Lives Matter protestors and thrown into the harbour. But given his position as mayor, he also told reporters he could not condone criminal damage. When I put this disparity to the 49-year-old, he shrugs. “Yeah, absolutely, but we live in a complicated world, and sometimes two things can be true at the same time.” Rees has learned to embrace complexity and paradox, especially when it comes to his faith. He became a Christian aged ten at an evangelical crusade, and was taught “certainty is the mark of faith” at university. In this in depth interview he explains how his faith has changed over time and why Jesus' parable of the talents is inspiring him to work for change in Bristol and beyond. 

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Sarah Kroger: The Catholic worship leader on a mission to connect people with Jesus

Sarah Kroger: The Catholic worship leader on a mission to connect people with Jesus

July 30, 2021

Sarah Kroger's life dramatically changed when she encountered God at a youth conference. Today, she describes her calling has helping others to understand that they too can have a personal relationship with Jesus. In this in-depth conversation with Premier's Rachel Matthews, the Nashville-based worship leader opens up about her testimony, music and songwriting career.

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Sohrab Ahmari: The Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos

Sohrab Ahmari: The Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos

July 23, 2021

Sohrab Ahmari grew up in Iran before becoming an atheist as a teenager after moving to the USA. An adult convert to Catholicism, he is a widely-published journalist and social commentator in the US. He talks to Justin Brierley about his new book ‘The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos’.

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