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Stef Reid: World champion Paralympian

Stef Reid: World champion Paralympian

May 22, 2020

In this week’s show, 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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Marilyn Baker: A lifetime of music and ministry // Timo Soini: The former Finnish deputy PM

Marilyn Baker: A lifetime of music and ministry // Timo Soini: The former Finnish deputy PM

May 16, 2020

It’s a double bill of The Profile podcast this week. Premier’s John Pantry is in conversation with the much loved Christian singer-songwriter Marilyn Baker, while our head of news sits down with the former Finish deputy Prime Minister (and larger than life character) Timo Soini.

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Kings Kaleidoscope’s Chad Gardner: Turning apathy to art

Kings Kaleidoscope’s Chad Gardner: Turning apathy to art

May 8, 2020

It's not often that you put indie-rock star and third-generation church leader in the same sentence, but there's nothing kosher about the way Kings Kaleidoscope's Chad Gardner works, not, at least when it comes to creating worship music. In a desperate search for 'realness' in faith and following deep personal reflection on his battle with his mental health, Seattle-based front-man Chad (and his band of friends) released their fifth studio album, Zeal - a controversial mixtape of hip-hop beats, head-swinging guitar riffs and an 'f bomb-ing' prayer that ultimately encapsulates the honest ups and down of one man rediscovering child-like faith.

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David Bennett: A celibate gay Christian has tea with his enemies

David Bennett: A celibate gay Christian has tea with his enemies

May 1, 2020

David Bennett’s testimony doesn’t fit into any neat categories. His story of going from an atheist gay rights activist to born again evangelical Christian is far from straightforward. It involves a homophobic attack, prophetic words and searching for meaning in the New Age movement. Elements of his story will shock his fellow members of the LGBT community, not least his decision to lead a celibate lifestyle and “give up” his sexuality. But David’s message is also deeply challenging to Christians, not least his views on what ‘Church as family’ really means, and his willingness to still identify as LGBT. All of this means, that in the conversations which have followed the release of his autobiography A War of Loves, David has learned to follow the advice of eminent theologian Tom Wright and “have tea with his enemies”.  

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Rhidian Brook: 20 years of broadcasting on Thought for the Day

Rhidian Brook: 20 years of broadcasting on Thought for the Day

April 24, 2020

Recorded at the very beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Rhidian Brook speaks to Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes about Godbothering – Rhidian’s new book which collates some of his best musings as first broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day. The author and broadcaster explains his dramatic conversion, how his faith has matured over time and recalls an awkward moment which involved him preaching on public transport.

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Nadim Ednan-Laperouse: Encountering angels and coming to Christ

Nadim Ednan-Laperouse: Encountering angels and coming to Christ

April 17, 2020
When 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died from a severe allergic reaction to an unlabelled Pret a Manger sandwich in 2016, her young face graced newspapers across the country and her story travelled the world. What failed to be reported at the time was that her father, Nadim, who was with her when she collapsed, had a powerful spiritual experience that ultimately led him to faith. In this in-depth interview, Nadim describes how he saw angels hovering over his daughter's body, and how the experience led him to the same Christian faith that was so important to Natasha.

Read the full story in Premier Christianity magazine.

Kim Phuc Phan Thi: How the bombs led me to Christ

Kim Phuc Phan Thi: How the bombs led me to Christ

April 10, 2020

Known as ‘Napalm Girl’, Kim Phuc is recognised globally as the nine-year-old running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. The image was recently voted the most iconic photo of all time. In this in depth interview with Premier’s Jess Lester, Kim shares her remarkable story of how she came

Lockdown special: J John, RT Kendall, Rob Parsons and Philip Yancey

Lockdown special: J John, RT Kendall, Rob Parsons and Philip Yancey

April 4, 2020

Justin Brierley speaks to church leaders, evangelists and authors from lockdown in their homes about what the Coronavirus means for them, their ministry and the church.

Evangelist JJohn talks about faith instead of fear in the storm, RT Kendall believes God is trying to get our attention, Rob Parsons reflects on how to make lockdown work for families and Philip Yancey reflect on God’s purposes in the crisis.

Will van der Hart on positive mental health during Coronavirus lockdown

Will van der Hart on positive mental health during Coronavirus lockdown

March 27, 2020

Will van der Hart is a pastoral chaplain at Holy Trinity Brompton, London and a director of The Mind And Soul Foundation.

Since struggling with anxiety following his experience of the 7/7 London bombings Will has worked at the forefront of helping Christians and the church to understand and engage mental health issues.

He speaks to Justin Brierley about his life and ministry and how Christians who suffer from anxiety and depression can maintain a positive outlook during the Coronavirus quarantine.

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Andrew Brunson: Prison broke me, but with faith, a  prayer movement, and Donald Trump I came out stronger than ever

Andrew Brunson: Prison broke me, but with faith, a prayer movement, and Donald Trump I came out stronger than ever

March 20, 2020

Andrew Brunson is a American pastor who lived in Turkey for more than 20 years as a missionary with his wife.

He was imprisoned for two years on what religious freedom campaigners say were bogus terrorism-related charges including leading Turkey’s failed 2016 coup and being the head of the CIA for the Middle East.

His detainment drew international attention from world leaders including Donald Trump. The US president even put sanctions on Turkey, demanding that it set Brunson free.

Tola Mbakwe, journalist at Premier Christian News, interviewed Brunson a little over a year after his release.

He opened up about his harrowing experience in Turkish prisons, what it was like to be used as a political bargaining chip, and also the experience of having a massive prayer movement centred on him, ultimately strengthening his weakened faith and leading to his freedom.