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Skip Heitzig: Pastoring in a pandemic and writing God’s biography

Skip Heitzig: Pastoring in a pandemic and writing God’s biography

December 24, 2020

Skip Heitzig, pastor of Calvary Church in Albuquerque and author of the new book ‘Biography of God’ joins Justin Brierley. 

They chat about Skip’s journey of faith, pastoring a megachurch through a pandemic, and his new book which aims to show sceptics, saints and seekers the true character of the biblical God.

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Joshua Luke Smith: Merchant of mystery

Joshua Luke Smith: Merchant of mystery

December 18, 2020
The poet and podcaster Joshua Luke Smith tells Sam Hailes about his upbringing in Croydon and Pakistan, how he overcame the "triple threat" childhood diagnosis of dyspraxia, ADHD and dyslexia and why he wants to be "a merchant of mystery". The son of missionary parents, Joshua is now based in Bath and releases music with Orphan No More. While admitting he no longer resonates with the 'charismatic evangelical' brand of Christianity he was raised with, and says his Christianity is "evolving", he also holds fond memories of the faith he was raised in. In this wide-ranging interview, Joshua talks about the tension between making art and paying the bills, explains how he met his wife, and opens up about the journey he's been on in understanding racism in the UK. 
 

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When worship goes viral: Kari Jobe and Tim Hughes on The Blessing

When worship goes viral: Kari Jobe and Tim Hughes on The Blessing

December 11, 2020
Two of the worship leaders behind the hugely popular worship song 'The Blessing' talk to the Premier Christianity magazine team about the story behind the song. Kari Jobe co-wrote 'The Blessing' with her husband, while Tim Hughes organised the popular UK cover version of the song, which went viral in May and has subsequently had millions more views on YouTube. In part one, Megan Cornwell hears Kari's testimony, and discovers how the singer has learned to praise God in tough times. In part two, Tim Hughes tells Sam Hailes how the popular cover version came together. 
 

 

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Robert and Liz Glover: how God helped us place over 1 million Chinese orphans in families

Robert and Liz Glover: how God helped us place over 1 million Chinese orphans in families

December 4, 2020
Robert Glover OBE and his wife, Liz, have spent several decades working in China to establish its first ever adoption programme, in which they've seen over 1 million children taken out of State-run orphanages and placed within loving families, many of them Christian. In this in-depth interview the couple share remarkable stories of the children whose lives have been changed thanks to their work, as well as the miraculous ways God has made straight their paths as they've sought to follow his lead.

 

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Rev Paul Cowley MBE: Thief, prisoner, soldier, priest

Rev Paul Cowley MBE: Thief, prisoner, soldier, priest

November 27, 2020
Paul Cowley was behind bars at the age of 15. In the years since then, he's served in the army, become a Christian and has even been awarded an MBE for his services to ex-offenders. He's also pioneered the Alpha course in prisons. No wonder his autobiography is entitled Thief, Prisoner, Soldier, Priest. In this in depth interview, Rachel Matthews finds out more about Paul's fascinating and varied life story.

 

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CBeebies’ Gemma Hunt: How God called me to work in TV // Faith Child: Making music that changes lives

CBeebies’ Gemma Hunt: How God called me to work in TV // Faith Child: Making music that changes lives

November 20, 2020

It was a prophetic word given at Soul Survivor which inspired Gemma Hunt to pursue a career in the media. In this in depth interview with Premier's Ruth Jackson, Gemma opens up about her fascinating career, how a poor relationship choice affected her faith and why 'being silly' is the key to working well with children. In part two, Premier's Simon Tuck sits down with the MOBO award winning artist Faith Child to talk about his music, and how he's coped following his father passing away from Covid-19 earlier this year. The rapper also reveals his influences and tells stories about how his music has changed people's lives for the better. 

You can also read our interview with Gemma Hunt in the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine.

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Mike ‘Big Daddy’ Weaver: How I’m learning to trust and obey

Mike ‘Big Daddy’ Weaver: How I’m learning to trust and obey

November 13, 2020

The Big Daddy Weave frontman Mike Weaver speaks to Premier's Simon Tuck about his life and faith, and how God has sustained him and the rest of the band through hard times and illness. Mike's brother Jay who plays bass in the band nearly died in 2016, and had to be rushed to hospital where he had both feet amputated. The band are one of the most popular Christian groups in the world right now. And in this interview, Mike reflects on his childhood, upbringing and the lessons God is teaching him.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Jewishness, Jesus & Richard Dawkins

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Jewishness, Jesus & Richard Dawkins

November 9, 2020

Following the news that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has passed away at the age of 72, we are re-airing this interview with him. The former chief rabbi and winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize spoke to Justin Brierley about Jewishness, Jesus and Richard Dawkins. 

Jonathan Veira: How the Bass Baritone found his voice

Jonathan Veira: How the Bass Baritone found his voice

November 6, 2020

Jonathan Viera has performed across the globe in a variety of roles and musical styles from Mozart through to John Adams. He's also well known in the Christian community for his Christian and gospel albums. In this interview with Premier's Simon Tuck, Jonathan chats about his upbringing in the Plymouth Brethren, how his faith has developed over time and his recent health struggles. Speaking from experience, he also says many church leaders need to stop worrying about their sermons and start prioritising pastoral care. Reflecting on his long, varied and successful career, he says, "Someone like me doesn't normally end up in opera...I remember standing in Downing Street thinking my father could never have conceived of this". But fame comes and goes, and he says it's something he's learned to hold onto lightly.

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Chris Eaton: Songwriter to the stars // Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr: Finding the motivation to win

Chris Eaton: Songwriter to the stars // Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr: Finding the motivation to win

October 30, 2020

It's a double bill of The Profile this week as Premier's Simon Tuck sits down with two Christian music stars. Chris Eaton has written many classic songs including Sir Cliff Richard's 'Saviour Day' and Amy Grant's 'Breath of Heaven'. In part two, Simon meets the Gospel star Jekalyn Carr to find out more about her early rise to prominence, at just the age of 11, and the story behind her songs, including her 2016 hit single 'You're bigger'.

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