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The Profile

English, Christianity, 1 season, 459 episodes, 1 day, 10 hours, 58 minutes
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The Profile is an in-depth interview, delving into the lives of well known Christians, their work and their faith journey.
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Sheridan Voysey: The former DJ on leaving a cult, battling infertility and the power of friendship

On this week's episode, Emma Fowle speaks to the Christian writer and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey. The Pause for Thought contributor shares about giving up his career as a club DJ and how he and his wife dealt with infertility. He also tells his personal story of leaving a Christain cult and updates us on his research into loneliness and friendship. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now and receive Patrick Regan's new book FREE premierchristianity.com/subscribe
6/21/202452 minutes, 29 seconds
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Leadership Special Gayle Beebe: ‘Character through adversity’

Andy Peck talks with the president of Westmont College, a Christian Liberal Arts College in Santa Barbara, California about his book: The Crucibles that Shape Us: navigating the defining challenges of leadership. They discuss the 7 crucibles he outlines, the tumultuous times faced by the College, and which of the crucibles might be especially apt for a church leader. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
6/19/202426 minutes, 43 seconds
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Leadership Special Shaun Lambert: ‘Leading mindfully’

Andy Peck talks with the author of ‘Mindful Formation: A Pathway to Spiritual Liberation’ about Christian mindfulness. What is the biblical backing for the idea? How might it function in a Christian leader’s life and be an antidote to extreme stress and anxiety? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
6/5/202428 minutes, 20 seconds
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Leadership Special Emma Ineson: ‘Leadership and ambition’

Andy Peck talks with Bishop Emma Ineson about her book, Ambition: What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff. They discuss when ambition is good and when it’s bad, how we serve before an ‘audience of one’ and why statistics can help the Church if used wisely and humbly. This was originally broadcast in 2019. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
5/29/202425 minutes, 52 seconds
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Shaun Escoffery on life on the West End stage and the faith which keeps him grounded

Shaun is a West End veteran, having played Mufasa in the Lion King for over 16 years. He’s also a soul and RnB artist who has recorded six critically-acclaimed solo albums, and sung with stars including Beverley Knight, Angie Stone and Erykah Badu, as well as touring with Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. On today’s podcast, he shares his story of getting into the creative arts industry via his old school friend, Idris Elba, how his Christian faith keeps him grounded, and the importance of having a sure and certain identity in an ever changing world
5/24/202451 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leadership Special Rich Gower & Rachel Walker: ‘Leadership and activism’

Andy Peck talks with the co-authors of ‘The Hopeful Activist: discovering the vital change you were made to bring’ about developing biblically based understanding of initiating political and social change. Rich has co-led Tearfund's policy and advocacy work on plastics and waste. Rachel has worked in communications for an international Christian charity and is now Parish administrator at St Andrews’ Church in Islington, north London. How do we discover what God is calling us to do? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
5/22/202426 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kintsugi Hope's Patrick Regan on what Christians get wrong about mental health

As part of mental health awareness week, Sam Hailes talks to Patrick Regan, founder of Christian mental health charity Kintsugi Hope on mediating between Jamaican gang leaders, facing criticism from fellow Christians, and why the Bible is full of wisdom on mental health. You can also read this interview on premierchristianity.com The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Visit premierchristianity.com/podcast for a HALF PRICE offer just for podcast listeners
5/17/202456 minutes, 3 seconds
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Leadership Special Jamie Phear: ‘Changing direction in your leadership’

Andy Peck speaks with Jamie Phear, former Professor of English in the US and now writing full time and helping women develop their calling. They discuss how calling may change over time and why having a regular retreat is so beneficial. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
5/15/202433 minutes, 3 seconds
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Leadership Special Stephen Dempster: ‘Leading with the Bible in mind’

Andy Peck chats with Stephen Dempster, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Crandall University, New Brunswick, Canada about his recent book, Return of the Kingdom: a biblical theology of God’s Reign. They discuss how an understanding of the kingdom in the Bible informs the leadership of Christians today, look at why the Hebrew order of the Old Testament books is preferable, and how Jesus’ style leadership is the model for all believers. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
5/7/202422 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dr Aaron Edwards: The lecturer fired from a Bible College after tweeting on homosexuality

These 47 words changed Dr Aaron Edwards’ life and career, potentially forever: “Homosexuality is invading the Church. Evangelicals no longer see the severity of this [because] they’re busy apologising for their apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not it’s true. This *is* a ‘Gospel issue’, by the way. If sin is no longer sin, we no longer need a Saviour.” That post on Twitter (now X) went viral within minutes, with many Christians calling for Dr Edwards to remove it and apologise. Among those who objected were his employers, a Methodist Bible college, who told the lecturer to take it down. When he refused, he was suspended and ultimately sacked. Is the case an example of "lefward drift" in evangelical institutions, as Dr Edwards alleges? Or is it simply a case of poor judgement and lack of wisdom on his part? In this interview, the former lecturer explains why he still stands by the tweet, and why he's decided to take Cliff College to employment tribunal. Cliff College were given sight of this interview prior to it airing, and offered an opportunity to respond to the claims made. They declined to comment, citing ongoing litigation. You can also read this interview here The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now and receive Patrick Regan's new book FREE premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/3/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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Leadership Special Matt Hatch: ‘Developing a discipleship culture’

Andy Peck speaks with Matt Hatch, founder of Mosaic Church Leeds, and a leader of one of the congregations, about his book: Metamorphosis: Unlocking your spiritual transformation through healthy discipleship’. They talk about how his church approaches discipleship and the importance of the church leader remaining connected with people, and open to God’s direction if a culture of discipleship is to develop amid the many other claims on time and energy. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
5/1/202426 minutes, 18 seconds
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Former MI5 boss Lord Evans on his Christian faith

Jonathan Evans, Baron Evans of Weardale has worked in espionage since the 1980s, eventually becoming the director general of MI5 (2007-13). In this interview with Tony Wilson, we hear about Lord Evans' Christian faith and how it has sustained him during difficult moments. A crossbench peer since 2014, Lord Evans also comments on what threats the UK might be facing today, and speaks about standards in public life. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe for more interviews, news and analysis at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
4/26/202458 minutes, 26 seconds
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Leadership Special Marcus Culverwell: ‘Influencing children through education’

Andy Peck speaks with Marcus Culverwell, head teacher of Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School about his call to lead a school. They discuss how much influence a school might have on a child, and consider some themes from his book, ‘Would God go shopping’ and how he is able to help young people consider the wider world and their place in it. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
4/24/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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Gilead author Marilynne Robinson is reading Genesis

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson believes she’s proof that the world isn’t as antagonistic towards Christians as many assume. In this in depth conversation with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, she explains her love for Calvinism, why she's written a commentary (of sorts) on the book of Genesis and reveals how her theology has changed over time.
4/19/202456 minutes, 2 seconds
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Leadership Special Dave Law & Julian Shellard: ‘Transforming Work’

Andy Peck speaks with two men committed to Christians bringing the whole of their lives into the workplace, including their faith. Dave Law is an analytical chemist with Thames Water and Julian Shellard a lawyer with a global pharmaceutical company. They talk about how recent legislation actually encourages Christians to form Christian groups in their workplace and why scare stories about faith challenges at work are by no means the norm. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month I also emailed last week to ask that adjustments be made to the last two shows. I see they are still the same. I thought Marcus had said we can now adjust more easily? https://www.premier.plus/the-profile/podcasts/episodes
4/17/202427 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leadership special Paul Friend: ‘Leading with humility’

Andy Peck chats with Paul Friend, CEO of SWYM (South West Youth Ministries) about his book, ‘Fierce Humility: leading in the way of Jesus’. They discuss why Paul wrote the book, which elements of humility are toughest to explore and why humility stands against the self-promotion seemingly required in our social media age. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
4/10/202427 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Leadership Show Simon Holley: ‘Sustainable leadership for the long haul’

Andy Peck chats with Simon Holley, the senior leader of Kings Arms Church Bedford and a leader of the Catalyst strategy team with Newfrontiers. They reflect on whether he still stands by his book, ‘Sustainable Power: creating a healthy culture of the supernatural in the church today’, ten years on; how he has stayed motivated working in the same church; and his new coaching ministry: ‘therawleader.com’ The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
4/3/202425 minutes, 36 seconds
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Aussie church planter Stephen McAlpine on why the gospel is 'suffer now, glory later'

"Low grade, slow grade, slow cooked church changes you in ways you can't imagine." That's according to experienced church planter, author and cultural commentator Stephen McAlpine. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Stephen argues that regular, habitual church attendance is vital. "If you say, 'we'll go to this service, but next week we won't go, and the week after that we have a sporting event...' don't be surprised that your teenagers don't end up Christian." Born in Belfast, Stephen has experience ministering across many nations including Northern Ireland, England and Australia, where he is now based. He's the author of Being the bad guys: How to live for Jesus in a world that says you shouldn't and most recently Futureproof: How to live for Jesus in a culture that keeps on changing (The Good Book Company). Much of Stephen's work is designed to help Christians in the West share the good news with a world that is increasingly antagonistic towards faith. The appropriate response to Christians being perceived as the 'bad guys', is not for us to become angry or dismayed, argues Stephen. "Let's own our stuff. We have divergent views from the mainstream culture about what human flourishing is about, and what sex and gender are about." It may be uncomfortable, but we're called to stand firm. After all the Gospel is "suffer now, glory later", he says. "You can't get away from that," he adds. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Enter 'PODCAST' at checkout for a half price offer premierchristianity.com/subscribe
3/29/202449 minutes, 53 seconds
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Leadership special Christian Szurko: ‘Why leaders go astray’

Andy Peck talks with Christian Szurko, the National Co-ordinator, DialogCentre UK who has been serving victims of spiritual abuse for over 50 years. They talk about why Christians in leadership fall into temptation, how we can guard ourselves and how we might help someone who has been spiritually abused? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
3/27/202437 minutes, 58 seconds
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Disability rights advocate Joni Eareckson Tada on the sovereignty of God

Premier Woman Alive's deputy editor Jemimah Wright engages in a profound conversation with renowned author, radio host, and disability rights advocate Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni discusses her journey of living with quadriplegia for almost 57 years and how she's learned to avoid bitterness and instead rest in God's sovereignty. Trusting in God's plan brings a sense of calm and relief from anxiety, she says, emphasising the importance of trusting in God's ability to transform suffering into hope. She shares insights into her life's work, the importance of stewarding influences faithfully, and offers advice for single individuals. The discussion also navigates complex cultural issues facing Christians today, encouraging a return to biblical guidance. Despite battling cancer twice and having covid-19 her faith is stronger than ever. This is a must-listen episode filled with wisdom and inspiration! For more from Premier Woman Alive, visit womanalive.co.uk
3/15/202435 minutes, 9 seconds
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Leadership special Yvonne Tulloch: ‘Leading people through grief’

Andy Peck talks with Yvonne Tulloch, the founder and CEO of the charity At a Loss. She is a former Canon in the Church of England, and served as the Bishop’s Officer for clergy bereavement for Southwark, who faced the challenge of the very sudden death of her husband. They discuss how the charity was born and why caring for the bereaved is becoming an essential ministry in many local churches. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
3/13/202427 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mother's Day special: Josh & Debra Green on faith, family and spiritual warfare

Debra Green OBE was planting churches, preaching and pioneering social action work when few female leaders were moving in those spaces. Ahead of Mother’s Day, she’s joined by son, Josh Green, who leads youth ministry for 24-7 Prayer, to discuss prodigal sons, working in ministry and what happened when the police arrived on their doorstep. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/podcast
3/8/202451 minutes, 21 seconds
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Leadership special Scott McNamara: ‘Leading your church in personal witness'

Andy Peck talks to evangelist Scott McNamara, director of evangelism at Nations Church in Orlando, Florida about the tool, ‘Jesus at the Door’ which he developed in his time as evangelist at Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. How was the tool birthed and used and how can local churches be ‘reapers’ as well as ‘sowers’? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
3/6/202426 minutes, 53 seconds
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Prayer Storm's James Aladiran on speaking in tongues with his 10 year old

The leader of Prayer Storm speaks to Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle about wimpish prayers, speaking in tongues with his ten-year-old and the incomparable joy of learning to commune with God. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/podcast
3/1/202453 minutes, 4 seconds
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Leadership special Chris Curtis & Nathan Mladin: ‘Leading in an A.I. world’

Andy Peck talks to Chris Curtis of Youthscape and Nathan Mlandin of Theos, both part of the AI Christian Partnership (www.aichristian.org) about the possible impact of AI: in ministry to young people; the work place; and our personal privacy. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
2/28/202433 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mia Fieldes: Navigating life's biggest challenges by trusting in God's promises

In this episode of The Profile, the Grammy-nominated Australian songwriter Mia Fieldes (Hillsong, Bethel, The Belonging Co) shares her incredible journey of faith and resilience with Woman Alive's deputy editor Jemimah Wright. Despite facing significant health challenges and fertility issues, including the removal of one of her ovaries, Mia held steadfast in her belief in God's promises that she would be blessed with a child. From grappling with multiple surgeries to overcoming the odds to conceive naturally, Mia explains how she's been able to face life's challenges with hope and gratitude. As a child, Mia found solace in writing letters to God every night expressing her faith and trust in him (and she still has boxes of those letters!). She met her husband through Hillsong Church in Sydney, before moving to Nashville where she now resides. She also recounts how she prayed in faith for a husband and then waited, trusting in God's promises. Her experience of receiving prophetic words and signs, and even dreams from friends about her future marriage, helped her to keep believing. Today, she characterises her journey as being one marked by miracles and an unwavering belief in God's goodness. In every hard thing, there's an opportunity for an upgrade, she says. Read the full story in an upcoming issue of Premier Woman Alive magazine. See the latest subscription offers at womanalive.co.uk The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/podcast
2/24/202453 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leadership special Alun Leppitt: ‘Stewarding renewal 30 years on’

Andy Peck talks to Alun Leppitt, the European regional representative for Global Awakening- a network of churches which came out of a move of God in Toronto in 1994 – known as ‘the Toronto Blessing’. They look at how as a pastor of a church in Southampton, he was thrust into a wider ministry, what an ‘apostolic network’ is, and why he values corporate worship so highly. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
2/21/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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Lord Lisvane: Former clerk of the House of Commons on the dangers of political polarisation and the joys of church music

Robert James Rogers, Baron Lisvane, is a crossbench peer and former Clerk of the House of Commons (2011-2014). He's also chairman of the Royal College of Organists and, married to a Church of England priest, has a deep love for church music. In this interview with Tony Wilson, Lord Lisvane explains the inner workings of the houses of parliament, recalls how traditional chapel services were central to his life as a youngster and recounts a memorable lunch with the late Queen Elizabeth II. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe for a reduced rate at premierchristianity.com/podcast
2/16/202455 minutes, 39 seconds
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Leadership special Tyler Prieb 'Imaginative mission'

Andy Peck speaks with Tyler Prieb, a New York-based pastor and missiologist who is the founder of Missional Labs - an interdisciplinary community that works to launch new, imaginative ministry ventures in our modern missional context. They talk about how they collaborate with missional projects over several years to complement work done in local churches, how they work in the UK, and how he finances his work The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
2/14/202427 minutes, 41 seconds
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Miriam Cates MP: Faith, family and courageous Christianity

Few Christian politicians of our generation have dared to voice orthodox views on marriage, family and sex. When they have, there’s been a fierce backlash from their colleagues and the media, as former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP experienced. Miriam Cates MP, however, is not only Conservative in party but conservative in policy – and not ashamed to say so. She has spoken out against radical transgender ideology, extreme sex education in schools and is in favour of the traditional family. This has been met with some intense opposition that has, at times, bordered on abuse. So perhaps it's no surprise that this relative newcomer to politics tells Heather Tomlinson that “courage” is needed. This interview was recorded at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) and is available to read now at premierchristianity.com and in the print magazine The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Enter 'PROFILEPOD' at checkout for a special half price subscription
2/9/202419 minutes, 33 seconds
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Leadership special Steve McAlpine 'Future proof your leading'

Andy Peck talks Steve McAlpine about his book, 'Future Proof: How to live for Jesus in a culture that keeps on changing'. Steve is a former pastor, and now consultant and blogger in Perth Australia, but is still proud of his Northern Ireland background. They discuss what may be around the corner for Christians in leadership, including challenges to faith and how we stay in touch with culture for conversation and proclamation. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
2/7/202426 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jennie Allen: Preaching, therapy and the burden of 'platform'

What happens when a Bible teacher with a global ministry loses her passion for scripture? That's just one of several thorny questions Jennie Allen has had to grapple with in recent years (the answer to that particular conundrum was found in a combination of "loosening up a little", prayer apps and watching The Chosen. She's now back to fine form). Jennie Allen is open, relaxed and unguarded during this interview, even when getting into another thorny issue of why an international Bible teacher can’t preach in her own church on a Sunday morning and, more importantly, why she’s OK with this. Now in her mid-40s, she seems confident in her calling and as enthusiastic as ever about communicating the life-changing hope of the gospel. Her books, which increasingly lean into popular psychology alongside biblical truth, seem to have helped her own discipleship as much as the audience she is speaking to. She's passionate about helping individuals grow in faith, especially the next generation. And it is the knowledge that she’ll be happy doing this in her living room, long after the platform she currently enjoys is no longer available, that has allowed her to let go of the perfectionism that once caused her such anxiety. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Enter 'PROFILEPOD' at checkout for a special half price subscription
2/2/202453 minutes, 33 seconds
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Leadership special Deepe Tharmaraj ‘Helping women lead well’

Andy Peck talks with Deepa Tharmaraj, a commercial and technology lawyer who runs ‘a not for profit’ charity WELL: Women Empowered Life and Leadership They discuss why women are still facing challenges in leading in many sectors, whether these vary from nation to nation and what kind of support is available for women looking to use their leadership gifts in the commercial and non-profit worlds. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
1/30/202426 minutes, 3 seconds
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SPECIAL: Two evangelists on terminal illness, joy in suffering and praying for healing

Evangelists Carl Beech and Steve Legg have been friends for more than 20 years. They have pioneered ministries and travelled the world telling people about Christ. Last year Carl was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease, while Steve was told the cancer he’s been battling meant he had just five months to live. They discuss chronic illness and terminal diagnoses, their different attitudes to healing and facing the future – whatever it holds – with joy in this special conversation with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle. You can also read their conversation on premierchristianity.com Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine for HALF PRICE when you enter 'PROFILEPOD' at check out premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/26/202451 minutes, 57 seconds
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Leadership special: Jo Plummer ‘The transforming work of Business as Mission’

Andy welcomes back Jo Plummer, a founding member of the Business as Mission Resource Team, developing business as mission strategy and resources for the BAM community. They discuss the innovative ways that business are being established in two third world’s communities, while sharing the love of God. This included how a 13-year-old was rescued from a slum area and is now helping his peers to escape too. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
1/24/202427 minutes, 34 seconds
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Rosaria Butterfield: From atheist lesbian to reformed Christian

How did an atheist professor who wrote articles against evangelical Christians become one? In this week's episode Sam Hailes sits down with Rosaria Butterfield who describes her journey from being a liberal sceptic to becoming a Christian. Rather than a clean or easy process, she describes her conversion as "messy and dangerous." A significant part of Rosaria's journey involves her sexuality. From a young age, she found herself more drawn to women than men. However, it wasn't until the age of 28 that she came out as a lesbian to her friends. Her journey towards Christianity began when she decided to explore the religious right's views and beliefs regarding homosexuality. She wrote an article criticising them for infringing upon the rights of consenting adults. This article gained much attention and resulted in a letter from a pastor named Ken Smith who invited her to his home for a discussion. She accepted the invitation, seeing it as an opportunity to better understand evangelical Christianity for her research. Little did she know that this interaction would play a crucial role in her conversion, as she suddenly found herself absorbed in Bible study for hours each day. Rosaria is now an author and speaker whose books include The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, The Gospel Comes with a House Key and most recently Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to receive full access in 2024 for just £24.
1/19/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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Leadership special Richard Eason: ‘ Loving the community in the name of Jesus’

Andy talks with Richard Eason who after an early career in IT and technology became involved ‘social action’ including setting up YMCA Ashford, Kent, being chair of Ashford Together, the social action charity of Churches Together in Ashford, and serving as part of the leadership of Pneuma Church, Ashford. They discuss whether social action means missing out on sharing ‘the Gospel’? They also discuss a leadership conference in the United States, where the host church has engaged in some pioneering work in seeing transformation in its community. How should we see our work in the community? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
1/17/202427 minutes, 26 seconds
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Pastor Agu Irukwu on prayer, speaking the truth and political correctness

Pastor Agu has planted one of the biggest churches in the UK. If we want to see revival come, it’s time we took prayer and fasting seriously, but not religiously, says the Jesus House pastor in this interview with Heather Tomlinson. Recorded at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC), a conference associated with Jordan B Peterson, Pastor Agu comments on broader societal issues, as well as sharing his own testimony and insights from his ministry. You can also read this interview here The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe for just £24 in 2024 here
1/12/202430 minutes, 32 seconds
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Leadership special: Phil Warren ‘ Building church community on an island’

Andy speaks with Phil Warren Rector of St. Lawrence Parish Church and St. Matthew’s Glass Church, Jersey to discuss about the challenges of building faith, family and community on the island. They look at how tourists to the ‘Glass Church’ have met with God and how he responded when his plans to develop church premises hit the local news, with many complaining at the prospect of change. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
1/10/202425 minutes, 58 seconds
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Fr James Mallon: The Catholic priest seeking 'radical change'

Scottish-born priest Fr James Mallon wants to unlock 'radical change' in your parish. If we want our churches to grow, evangelism must be put back in the centre, and we must rely on the Holy Spirit to revive us again, he says. It's something he's learned from personal experience. As a child, Fr James assumed that God was distant. It was only when he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that everything changed and his faith came alive. In this in-depth interview with Tony Wilson, Fr James tells the full story. Now ministering in Nova Scotia, he also unpacks his desire to see every church move "from maintenance to mission". That's the goal of Divine Renovation, the ministry he founded which now works with hundreds of churches across the world. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe for £24 in 2024 here.
1/5/20241 hour, 6 seconds
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Leadership special: Emmanuel Mbakwe ‘ Serving Jesus in church and business’

Andy Peck talks with Emmanuel Mbakwe about ‘bi-vocational ministry’. Emmanuel has served as national leader of the Apostolic Church UK London as well as a consultant-leader in a wide variety of industries, sectors and organisations. He explains that he is really ‘uni-vocational’ – serving in both sectors as service to God and looks at how he is able to manage the workloads and challenges of the two sectors. What would he say to someone considering such a broad calling? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
1/3/202427 minutes, 9 seconds
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Joshua Youssef: Stories of Muslims turning to Christ

Joshua Youssef has dedicated his life to serving the persecuted Church around the world. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Joshua shares stories of Muslims in the Middle East who have found faith through dreams and visions. Joshua grew up in a strong Christian family (his father, Dr Michael Yousef, is the founder of Leading the Way and a previous guest on this show). But Joshua tried to "run away" from God as a student, before his friends brush with near-death brought him back to faith. The CEO and President of Help the Persecuted explains how the ministry is able to track and verify genuine conversions to Christianity, gives his view on whether Christians in the West are persecuted, and shares honestly his struggle with "the idol of comfort and safety" which he says is a prevalent temptation for Christians in the West. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to enjoy more interviews, features, columnists and reviews at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/29/202353 minutes, 59 seconds
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Russell Watson: The UK's bestselling classical artist finds faith

The world-renowned tenor Russell Watson never planned to be a recording artist, instead dreaming of football stardom as a young boy. “It was daydreams really. I was never any good,” he confesses. His rise to fame saw him move from imitating crooners in backstreet pubs to performing for the Pope, the late Queen Elizabeth II and two US presidents. Along the way, he's sold more than 7 million albums, won multiple BRIT awards and worked with musical legends including Paul McCartney and Luciano Pavarotti. Yet at the height of his fame, he came close to death. Brain tumours caused the then 40-year-old to suffer a brain hemorrhage while lying in bed one night, resulting in emergency surgery. These events rocked his world – and cemented his faith. He tells Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle the full story.
12/22/202353 minutes
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Who do you want to hear on The Profile podcast?

2023...What a year it's been! We've heard from Boyzone's Shane Lynch, Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh, Newfrontiers founder Terry Virgo and many more on The Profile podcast. But who would you like us to interview in 2024? In this brief message, our presenter and producer Sam Hailes explains how you can get in touch and recommend future guests.
12/22/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Leadership special: John Wyatt & Chris Goswami ‘What difference will AI make to our leading?’

Andy Peck welcomes John Wyatt (consultant and academic researcher) and Chris Goswami (strategic consultant, chaplain and pastor), men involved in the AI Christian Partnership to discuss what AI is and how it might affect us in the world of work education and church. What are the ethical implications and how can Christians ‘redeem’ this technology and utlise it for good ends? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
12/20/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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Leadership special: Richard Gamble ‘The Prayer vision - 20 years in the making’

Andy Peck talks to Richard Gamble, the founder of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, about his vision to see a wall with one million answered prayers that will stand as a monument to God’s faithfulness in a land where he is too often forgotten. They discuss how he acted on what God had birthed within him and the challenges he has faced in bringing it to the point where the vision will soon become a reality. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
12/13/202326 minutes, 58 seconds
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Fergus Butler-Gallie: Confessions of a young priest

Fergus Butler-Gallie: Confessions of a young priest God calls into ordained ministry those who he cannot save any other way. That's what Fergus Butler-Gallie was once told. It was a tongue-in-cheek remark, nevertheless, Fergus thinks there's something in it. The 31 year-old was ordained in his mid 20s and has since enjoyed a front row seat to the peculiarities and eccentricities which make up the fabric of ordained ministry. His latest book, Touching Cloth, is a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and in this candid interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Fergus retells some of the stand out moments, including the time he and a group of flower arrangers were stuck in the vestibule trying to disable an exceptionally loud rape alarm. He also opens up about the difficulties he's faced within the institution of the CofE and gives his view on what the future of the Church might look like. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now to get our Christmas special, plus the next two print issues for just £5.99. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/8/202351 minutes, 24 seconds
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Leadership special: Steve Cochram - ‘Cracking the Communication Code’

Andy Peck talks to Steve Cockram, the Co-Founder of GiANT Worldwide and a director of GiANT London about a book written with his business partner Jeremie Kubicek, Cracking the Communication Code Unlock Every Relationship, One Conversation at a Time How do we ensure that we communicate well, and ‘unlock’ the code that will enable our daily interactions to move our work and relationships forward? Steve claims that his book and his work are sparked by things that he and his partner Jeremie fail at, and this book is no exception. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
12/6/202327 minutes, 8 seconds
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Lucy Grimble: Finding her calling and learning to lead thousands in worship

Devon-based Lucy Grimble has led worship at venues as large as Wembley Arena and The Royal Albert Hall and her fourth album, Between the Shadow and the Sun, was released in October. Here she speaks with Woman Alive's deputy editor Jemimah Wright about how she moved from being a private worshipper to leading thousands of others. This interview was also published as the cover story for December's Woman Alive magazine. Read the article online and become a subscriber here
12/1/202345 minutes, 44 seconds
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Leadership special: Keith Foster ‘Chaplaincy for a new generation’

Andy Peck talks to Keith Foster, head of contemporary chaplaincy at Waverley Abbey College about the importance of chaplaincy at a time when many have little or no connection with a local church. They discuss how he became a chaplain at a local running club, what chaplaincy is and why so many are finding this a fruitful area of ministry. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
11/29/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ross Hendry: Proclaiming God's better story in the messy world of politics

The CEO of the Christian charity, CARE, speaks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about his life and faith. Ross Hendry was born in Wales, has worked for a trade union and held senior positions at a number of Christian charities. Opening up about the time he stood to be a Labour MP, Ross recalls the hostility he encountered from his opponents who portrayed his evangelical faith as something to be feared. "There was the suggestion I was running a homophobic campaign as an evangelical Christian. There was no evidence of that...for example there was a suggestion that because I had a picture of my wife and I on our campaign literature I was somehow flaunting my heterosexuality." Despite these, and other challenges, Ross continues to be a passionate advocate for Christians being involved in all areas of politics. Today, CARE campaigns on a variety of issues, from euthanasia to artificial intelligence and has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. In this interview the pair discuss various Christian attitudes to politics and Ross comments on how people of faith can ensure their voices are heard. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/24/202352 minutes, 2 seconds
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Leadership special: Dan Blythe 'Is your leadership open to young people?’

Andy Peck talks to Dan Blythe, Global youth director for Alpha International and has been involved in youthwork for 20 years including serving at Hillsong London. Dan Blythe is the co-author of Facing Fear 365 Daily reflections for hope, peace and courage. They talk of how he has overcome many fears as he has grown into leadership, and how church service styles may be a barrier for many young people open to hearing about God. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
11/22/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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Kate Coleman: ‘When the Spirit is left to move, women rise up to lead’

Kate Coleman never intended to become a Christian, yet alone blaze a trail for women in ministry. The first Black female minister in the Baptist Union, as well as the denomination’s first Black female president, when she was first asked to be a church elder (itself a miracle as her church had, up until that point, no women leaders) she was wary of saying yes. She knew God had called her, but was reluctant to be the cause of a potential church spilt. She describes the fallout as “a baptism of fire”. Three decades on, she’s still pioneering new ways to equip and resource female leaders around the world. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, Kate unpacks her unorthodox journey to faith, what she’s learnt from Christians behaving badly and shares her hopes and dreams for the future of the Church. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now to receive the next 3 print issues for just £5.99
11/17/202352 minutes, 49 seconds
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Leadership special: Tim Cross 'morally courageous leadership'

Andy Peck chats with Major General Tim Cross (retired) about encouraging godly leadership as a lay Minister. Tim served in the British Army for 36 years, and they discuss his assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict, the kind of leadership every Christian needs to bring and the tools he finds helpful in developing lay leadership. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
11/15/202327 minutes, 38 seconds
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Fr Mike Schmitz: Reading the Bible in a year

This week on The Profile, Tony Wilson catches up with the church leader behind the #1 hit podcast, 'The Bible in a Year'. Fr Mike Schmitz explains how he came to faith, why he prays for church unity every week and gives his perspective on Pope Francis' recent comments on LGBT relationships. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Take out a print or digital subscription now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/10/202356 minutes, 27 seconds
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Leadership special: James Poch & Iman Spearman 'Putting discipleship at the heart of church life'

Andy Peck chats with James Poch and Iman Spearman, both part of Regeneration Church, London. James is the pastor who founded the church with his wife, Ruth. Iman came to faith at the church and now leads worship there. They talk about James's book: Holy Grit: Gaining traction on life's journey with Jesus and why he believes discipleship needs to be at the heart of any local church's ministry. Iman shares her remarkable story of coming to faith, at a time when she believed she was attending church for her last ever time. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
11/8/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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Francis Spufford: How the critically-acclaimed author came back to faith

Francis Spufford is a child of his times. He was raised on a university campus by “serious and convinced” churchgoing parents, in an era when Christianity was “taken for granted” as part of most people’s ordinary lives. His teenage years began two decades in which God was absent. In his 30s, Spufford committed what he calls a “classic, destructive male mistake of midlife”. He politely declines to provide any further details other than explaining: “They are my shames, but other people’s privacy is involved.” That the crisis somehow led him back to God is both a miracle and a testament to the creative ways that a creative God breaks through into our everyday, he says. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, Francis unpacks some of his books, including the "sweary" Unapologetic and talks about why Christian art is sometimes a little bit rubbish. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine.
11/3/202348 minutes, 16 seconds
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Leadership special: Terry English: ‘The five areas of exemplary leadership’

Andy Peck chats with Terry English, director of learning and development for Josiah Venture, ‘a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society’. They look at the world’s longest continuous study of leadership by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner which has given rise to the five areas of exemplary leadership. What are they and how can they be exercised in your situation? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
11/1/202327 minutes, 3 seconds
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The BBC's Edward Stourton: A life in broadcasting

Edward Stourton has been the main presenter of the BBC's Sunday programme for over a decade, and has worked in broadcasting for more than forty years, during which time he has been a foreign correspondent for the BBC, ITN, and Channel 4. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's editor Sam Hailes, Edward recounts the highs and lows of his career, tells us about his Catholic upbringing and continued faith, and introduces his latest book, Sunday, which chronicles half a century of religious affairs and ethical issues. Sunday by Edward Stourton is available now The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine, the UK's leading Christian magazine.
10/27/202349 minutes, 33 seconds
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Leadership special: Shauna Pilgreen 'Is your faith being understood?'

Andy Peck chats with Shauna Pilgreen who has planted a church with her husband in San Francisco, known as Epic Church and is the author of 'Translating Jesus: How to share your faith in language today’s culture can understand' She shares stories from her own life in the US and they discuss so how do we make sure our faith does not sound like gobbledygook, to those outside the church? And why do church leaders need to make sure they are not too insular? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
10/25/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Christian Institute's Dr Sharon James: Challenging critical race theory

Cancel culture and woke activism are being driven by a dangerous anti-Christian ideology sweeping across the West. That’s according to the Christian Institute’s social policy analyst, Dr Sharon James, whose new book on critical theory promises to help believers discern the truth. Hear more in this interview with Abi Thomas. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine, where you can also read this interview.
10/20/202350 minutes, 53 seconds
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Leadership special: Steve Robinson 'From policing to pastoring a church'

Andy Peck chats with Steve Robinson, pastor of Cornerstone Church, Liverpool about his book, 'Serve'. They discuss how he 'replanted' a struggling church' of 15 members and what to do if you lose your energy for the work God called you to do. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
10/18/202324 minutes, 52 seconds
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Boyzone's Shane Lynch: Demons, deliverance and working his way back to the light

Shane Lynch has coined a word for his bad boy years: “Shaneanigans”. The Boyzone singer spent much of his 20s – between concerts and autograph signings – drinking, swearing and getting into scraps. Around that time, he also became fascinated by the occult, the evidence of which is still visible in the tattoos etched on his skin. This “anti-God, anti-Christ” season became a problem when Lynch later became a Christian, so he added more ink to alter the meanings. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell, Shane shares the full story. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe at a reduced rate now at premierchristinaity.com/subscribe
10/13/202353 minutes, 29 seconds
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Leadership special: Colin Edwards 'Models of multi-cultural church'

Andy Peck chats with Colin Edwards, a former lecturer from Redcliffe College who has served in South Asia and in a number of cross-cultural settings. They acknowledge the challenge of creating a church that is truly multi-cultural and discuss various models of church that seek to support people from different ethnic backgrounds and look at some of the strengths of each. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
10/11/202327 minutes, 33 seconds
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Leadership special: Todd Hunter 'Getting back to what Jesus intended for church'

Andy Peck talks to Todd Hunter about his book, 'What Jesus Intended: Finding true faith in the rubble of Bad Religion'. They discuss why Christianity is losing followers on both sides of the Atlantic and how a return to Jesus' actual approach can help us regain lost territory. They touch on whether adjusting an approach to same-sex marriage might improve matters, and how as Christians we need to live for the sake of others. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
10/7/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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Roy Crowne: A lifetime of evangelism and mission

The former director of Youth for Christ, now founder of Gospel Entrepreneurs sits down with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes to talk about his life and ministry. In this in-depth interview, Roy Crowne shares his testimony and reminisces about a unique outreach program at the popular theme park Alton Towers. The pair also discuss the state of youth ministry today, whether internal church debates on sexuality have the potential to hamper our evangelism, and why the Church is at its best when every Christian discovers and operates in their own distinct God-given gifts. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Join the community and become a subscriber at premierchristianity.com/subscribe For more on Gospel Entrepreneurs visit gospelentrepreneurs.org/ Roy Crowne's biography Here's Hope is available from hopetogether.org.uk/shop
10/6/202353 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bethel's Jenn Johnson: Glory clouds and gold dust

It's one of the best-known megachurches in America, producing worship songs that are sung by congregations around the world, but, according to Jenn Johnson, when it comes to the body of Christ, Bethel is probably akin to an armpit. She says this in jest, of course, but if you’re looking for an up-close-and-personal account of the ministry, Johnson is your go-to. The 41-year-old has been leading worship in Redding, California, with her husband, Brian, since she was 18. During that time, she has seen “crazy” supernatural phenomena, including the much-discussed gold dust that reportedly fell for hours during one church worship service. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's deputy editor Megan Cornwell, Jenn shares the full story of her life, faith and ministry. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
9/30/202353 minutes, 50 seconds
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Leadership Special: Alan Cutting Where should we direct our charitable giving?

Andy Peck talks to Alan Cutting who has served as a pastor and planter of churches in the UK and Belgium and also with Samaritans Purse, Tearfund, Grassroots Trust and others as a church and community transformation consultant. They talk about his book ‘Raising families: Envisioning the Church to Empower its neighbourhood’ where he outlines 12 of the key lessons learned from 3000 churches he has worked with in Central Asia and Africa. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
9/29/202328 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bishop Mike Royal: The Churches Together leader on unity, community and praying for the King

God is shaking things up! That's according to the general secretary of Churches Together in England. Bishop Mike Royal was selected to pray for King Charles at the coronation and has been dubbed a “Christian man of influence”, but he's far more concerned with how the Church works together for the good of society than how others see him. Moreover, he's worried there's "too much cult of personality in the Church". In this interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, Bishop Mike talks about his pioneering work with Christian charities Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) and the Cinnamon Network, hits back at the false dichotomy between sharing the gospel with words and actions, and predicts what the Church might look like in 2033. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now to receive the next 3 issues for just £5
9/23/202351 minutes, 57 seconds
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Leadership special: Glen Scrivener: The Air We Breathe

In a show first aired in 2022, Andy Peck talks to Speak Life's founder, Glen Scrivener, about his book, 'The Air We Breathe' where he suggests that many of the values that western civilisation holds dear are founded upon Christian values and wouldn't have gained currency without a Christian worldview. How might this affect the ways Christians in leadership speak and act? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
9/20/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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Leadership special: Phil Boydell: Who are you 'alongside'?

Andy Peck talks to Phil Boydell, the UK's national director of The Navigators, a Bible based-ministry aiming to develop disciples of Jesus in various spheres. They talk about the challenge of sharing faith in the UK where Christianity is facing various degrees of hostility and why the movement is using the language of 'Alongside' as a tag to encourage engagement. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
9/13/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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Rev Dr Christopher Wright: Understanding the mission of God

The noted Old Testament scholar Dr Christopher Wright shares his testimony of coming to faith as a child, and explains how his experience overseas and working in other cultures has informed his academic work on mission. He also comments on the Church of England's recent debates around sexuality, reveals what issues he's changed his mind on and discusses his work with the Langham Partnership in seeing churches in the Majority World equipped for mission. Christopher's two most recent books are The Great Story and the Great Commission (Baker), and Hearing the Message of Ecclesiastes (Zondervan) The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
9/8/202359 minutes, 53 seconds
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Leadership special: Steve & Angie Campbell 'Lead where you are'

Andy Peck talks to Steve & Angie Campbell co-leaders of Global Leadership Network UK about a series of leadership conferences that are being hosted around the UK in the Autumn and Spring. The discuss how such talks over the years have impacted their church: C3 in Cambridge, how they co-lead a church and ministry as a married couple, and the value of taking someone with you when you attend. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
9/6/202327 minutes, 42 seconds
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Rend Collective's Chris Llewellyn: Writing worship songs on doubt and deconstruction

It's a bold move, and one the lead singer of Rend Collective knows will be controversial in some circles. Nevertheless, the songwriter of some of the Church's most well known worship songs, including 'Build Your Kingdom Here' and 'My Lighthouse' is releasing a record which touches on themes of doubt, mystery and even abuse in the church. In this in depth interview Chris Llewellyn explains he's not leaving the much-loved joy-centred collective, but wanted to explore other themes which are rarely touched on within Christian music. The result is Honest, an 11 track record which sees Llewellyn experiment with new musical styles and deliver challenging and thought provoking lyrics. Hear sneak peaks from the record as Chris opens up about his experiences of depression, suffering and celebrity culture in this conversation with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes.
9/1/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Leadership special: Judah and Rachel Cole on 'Planting churches that love their community'

Andy Peck speaks with Judah and Rachel Cole of Open Well Church, Liverpool who planted their first church just a few hundred yards from their first 'date' together in Salford, and went on to plant two more as God used their approach of loving and blessing communities. They also look at a way of reaching the homeless and on low incomes with the love of God. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
8/30/202328 minutes
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Dr Isabelle Hamley: Brexit, reconciliation and encountering God through his Church

Former chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Isabelle Hamley is on a mission to normalise the subject of mental health within the church. It's a subject she's familiar with, having dealt with anorexia as a teenager, and an abusive childhood home environment which resulted in PTSD. In the midst of these challenges, she found solace in a vibrant Christian community in her home nation of France, who loved her and cared for her. Dr Isabelle felt called to Christian ministry as young as 16 but did not immediately pursue it due to her church's lack of women leaders at the time. She later moved to England for a master's degree and trained as a probation officer, which helped her apply Christian theology to tough real-world situations. But in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Dr Isabelle said she felt "profoundly unwelcomed", with her children experiencing xenophobia at school. Nevertheless, she is committed to reconciliation and ecumenical relations, seeking empathy and understanding with those she disagrees with. Dr Isabelle Hamley's latest book, Struggling with God's Mental Health and Christian Spirituality, is available now The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe for half price premierchristianity.com/subscribe
8/25/202348 minutes, 39 seconds
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Leadership special: Lauren Crook 'Helping Christians engage in kingdom living'

Andy Peck talks with Lauren Crook, head of Kingdom Living Ministries, which looks to assist Christians in living a kingdom life where he has placed them. They talk about how the ministry has developed under God's direction and what it's like leading something so dependent on God's intervention. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
8/23/202327 minutes, 41 seconds
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Wes Streeting MP: How Labour's 'rising star' found his way back to faith

Labour’s shadow health minister Wes Streeting MP speaks to Emma Fowle about growing up in poverty, reconciling his faith and sexuality, and building bridges across political and religious divides. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
8/18/202346 minutes, 52 seconds
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Leadership special: Sam Reimer 'How culture is impacting UK churches'

Andy Peck talks to Sam Reimer professor of sociology at Crandall University in Canada and the author of 'Caught in the Current: British and Canadian Evangelicals in an age of self-spirituality'. They discuss his research of church leaders in the UK and Canada, why passing on the faith to young people is especially tough, and what to do about it. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
8/16/202326 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dr Neil T Anderson: How to find freedom in Christ

The bestselling author of The Bondage Breaker and the founder of Freedom in Christ ministries sits down with Sam Hailes to reflect on his lifetime of ministry. The pair cover a range of topics including how Dr Anderson came to faith, why unforgiveness is the greatest danger to the Church and how the leader overcame both spiritual opposition and heavy criticism from his fellow Christians. Dr Anderson's latest and final book, Thriving Through the End Times is out next month. Find out more at freedominchrist.org You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Premier Christianity is here to help you think through the biggest issues of the day and keep you informed on issues that matter. Subscribe now and take advantage of our special offers
8/11/202354 minutes, 15 seconds
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Leadership special: Scot McKnight 'Why I translated the New Testament'

Andy Peck talks to Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lisle, IL and author of The Second Testament. They discuss why 'another translation' was needed, what leadership material Scot values, what he believes is key to understand about the kingdom of God and what he thinks went wrong at Willow Creek Community Church. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
8/9/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jessica Oyelowo: Honouring motherhood and repenting of jealousy // Ian Green: Music producer to the stars

In this candid interview, actress and singer Jessica Oyelowo opens up about how being married to Hollywood star David Oyelowo led to a battle with her own identity. "I felt like my name just became 'plus one'" she says, before admitting she grappled with jealousy. In this frank exchange with Premier's Muyiwa Olarewaju, Jessica explains how she was able to rediscover her identity in Christ. "A pursuit of dreams or having money is where we place our value. I had to dig down into the place of my value being found in the one that never changes. He always loves, he always cares for, he always gives." In part two Premier's Ibe Giantkiller sits down with acclaimed music producer Ian Green, who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake. Jessica Oyelowo's new record (M)other is out now. You can also read her interview in Premier Woman Alive Ian Green's latest single 'Giving You All' is out now, and is Premier Gospel's track of the week. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
8/4/20231 hour, 59 seconds
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Leadership special: Malcolm Macdonald on seeking God for revival

Andy Peck talks to Malcolm Macdonald, vicar of St Mary's Church, Loughton, Essex, about his book, 'Saturated with God: A cry for nation-changing revival'. They talk about how Malcolm's interest in revival was sparked by connections to the last 'revival' in the UK, on the Isle of Lewis in 1949, and how we can be people who prepare themselves for God's work of renewal as we seek his work in the nation. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
8/2/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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Leadership special: Glenn Packiam on how to develop resilience as a leader

Andy Peck talks to Glenn Packiam about his book, 'The Resilient Pastor: Leading Your Church in a Rapidly Changing World' They look at what resilience is, how to develop it and what if we are tempted to give up and move on? The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
7/31/202329 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dr Hormoz Shariat: Revival is coming to Iran

Speaking to Premier Christianity editor Sam Hailes, the founder of Iran Alive Ministries, Dr Hormoz Shariat, shares his testimony of coming to faith from a Muslim background, and explains why he is confident - both by faith and by sight - that his home nation of Iran will turn to Christ. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5 premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/28/202354 minutes, 24 seconds
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Catherine Campbell: From heartache to hope

In this deeply moving interview, the Christian author and former nurse, Catherine Campbell shares her incredible journey of faith, resilience, and divine assurance in the face of heartbreaking adversity. Speaking to Premier's northern correspondent Ian Britton, Catherine describes herself as a quiet teenager who had a transformational encounter with Jesus at the age of 14. She became involved with a vibrant youth group and felt a strong sense of community among her fellow Christians. However, one of the most challenging times in Catherine's life came when her first child was diagnosed with microcephaly, meaning her brain hadn't grown properly. This diagnosis turned her world upside down as she grappled with what this meant for her daughter's future and how it would affect their plans to serve as missionaries overseas. Catherine also speaks about the challenges of raising two daughters with severe health conditions and how her unwavering trust in God carried her through these trials. Recorded in Catherine's hometown of Belfast, this interview unpacks how God's presence has met Catherine in her darkest moments. This conversation is not only an intimate insight into Catherine's life but also offers hope and encouragement to anyone facing their own hardships. Her story reminds us that even in our deepest valleys, we are never alone. Catherine's latest book is entitled God isn't finished with you yet (IVP) and is available now. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe and receive the next 3 issues for just £5 at http://premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/21/202343 minutes, 44 seconds
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Newfrontiers founder Terry Virgo: Restoring the church, witnessing miracles and longing for revival

Esther Higham meets the veteran church leader and pioneer of Newfrontiers, Terry Virgo. Terry began his ministry with a small house church in Seaford on the south coast of England in 1968 with "no sense at all" that it would one day become a worldwide movement with nearly 2,000 churches globally. In those early days, Newfrontiers was part of the growing charismatic movement, which emphasised the gifts of the Holy Spirit including healing and prophecy. Another distinctive of the movement was its desire to move away from what had been viewed as dry church traditions of the time. Terry stepped back from day to day leadership in 2011, handing on the baton to 15 other apostolic leaders, but he's far from retired. Aged 83 he continues to travel globally, speaking and ministering. In this in depth interview, Terry recounts his own conversion to Christianity and discusses both the miracles he's personally witnessed, and his ongoing desire to see revival.
7/14/202347 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leadership special: Ian White on how to preach better

Andy Peck talks to Ian White, former Baptist minister and founder and host of The Preachers' Masterclass a website that is free for users. They look at what preaching is, how to create structure, and how to get better when you are in a rut. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
7/12/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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Peter Hitchens: The Christian pessimist

The opinionated, and often divisive, journalist Peter Hitchens talks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about how he talked himself out of faith…and then back into it. The pair also discuss how Hitchens once tried to burn a Bible, the place of doubt within faith and his views on marriage and the Church of England. As for pessimism, Hitchens has embraced it. "I love being a pessimist and I think I’m quite good at it...Pessimism is the key to happiness. You’re never disappointed. I really don’t see why everybody doesn’t adopt it."
7/7/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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Leadership special: Jason Clark on Why leaders fail

Andy Peck talks to Jason Clark, Principal of Waverley Abbey College and former founding pastor of Sutton Vineyard on the shadow side of leadership. What should we expect of leaders and why are we so surprised that leaders fail? They look at why our expectations of leadership can be unrealistic, how we are so poor at rehabilitation of fallen leaders and how to spot the traits within ourselves that may need attention. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
7/5/202327 minutes, 37 seconds
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Leadership special: Dr Pete Carter 'Building faith-full leadership that transforms your organisation'

Andy Peck talks to Dr Pete Carter, senior leader of Eastgate Church, Gravesend, Kent about his new book, 'Faith: discovering and using the resources of heaven'. They talk of his own journey from atheism into faith, serving as a GP and co-leading a church that is now known as a gathering place for those who want to know more of God. They also talk about how the River Thames provides a great metaphor for our spiritual journey The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
6/28/202326 minutes
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Jesus Revolution's Jon Erwin: Making the record-breaking Christian movie

The film everyone is talking about finally arrives in UK cinemas from today. Jesus Revolution recounts the true story of a spiritual awakening among Californian hippies in the 1970s. The movie has already taken the US by storm, smashing box office records. In this week's episode, Emma Fowle meets the film's producer Jon Irwin to find out more about the Jesus People Movement, and why the film is resonating with so many. For more information visit Jesusrevolutionmovie.co.uk Read Premier Christianity's review of the film in the latest print issue. Subscribe for HALF PRICE at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
6/23/202327 minutes, 7 seconds
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Leadership special: Andy Campbell 'How to coach others as part of your leadership'

Andy Peck talks to Andy Campbell, a former youthworker and qualified coach about the dangers of one-to-one work, how to overcome any challenges and why coaching others can be a key tool in the Christian leader's arsenal The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
6/21/202325 minutes
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Peter Oborne on being Anglican, the lack of integrity in politics and what Christians get wrong about Islam

The British journalist and author of The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam talks to Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell about his appreciation for traditional Anglican Christianity. For Peter Oborne, the story of The Good Samaritan is central to his understanding of both Christ's mission, and the duty of Christians today. Addressing what he sees as the decline of integrity in British politics, Oborne associates this trend with the diminishing role of Christianity - and religion generally - in public life. He believes that society needs a spiritual refreshment. Oborne also talks about his well publicised resignation from The Daily Telegraph newspaper and addresses the impact of the Iraq War on his perspective as a journalist. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Stay informed on Christian news and grow your faith. Subscribe for half price now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe (limited offer)
6/16/202349 minutes, 58 seconds
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Father's Day special: Rev Les Isaac & Jake Isaac in conversation

Street Pastors founder Rev Les Isaac OBE chats to his son, musician Jake Isaac on the illness that put Les’ life at risk, the impact of ministry on family life and the ongoing fight for racial justice. Don't miss this special Father's Day episode of The Profile podcast.
6/11/202331 minutes, 49 seconds
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Skillet frontman John Cooper on being a prophetic voice // Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh on taking the opportunities God gives

"Your band could be massive without God." That's what John Cooper was once told. But the Skillet frontman unashamedly ignored that advice and has doubled down on sharing his views on God and theology (he once declared a 'war' on deconstruction). He talks to Sam Hailes about what it's like to be in a Christian band that's loved and adored by a largely non-Christian audience. In part two, Premier Christianity's assistant editor Emma Fowle meets the Bridgerton actor and activist Adjoa Andoh. The pair discuss Adjoa's journey to faith, and her view that the Church should be "the place where you can be a hot mess; you don't have to be fine. It's you and God." The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for HALF PRICE and receive our special Windrush 75 edition premierchristianity.com.com/subscribe
6/9/20231 hour, 38 seconds
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Leadership special: Dr Pete Carter on 'The authority you enjoy as a leader'

Andy Peck talks to Dr Pete Carter, senior leader at Eastgate Church, Gravesend and founder of Heaven in Healthcare. They look at how his role as a medical doctor helpfully explains how authority works and why every believer can use their God given authority in the church and the world, including in the medical profession. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month
6/7/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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John Bevere: Why you need a fresh revelation of the awe of God

When the Christian author and speaker John Bevere had a dramatic experience of the awesomeness of God it changed his life and ministry forever. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, John explains what took place one night in Brazil and why every believer needs to grapple with a healthy fear of the Lord. John's latest book The Awe of God is available now. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe for HALF PRICE now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
6/2/202349 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tim Keller (1950-2023): The much-loved pastor gives one of his final interviews

The much loved pastor and author Tim Keller has died. The 72 year old was best known for writing modern Christian classics such as The Reason for God and pastoring Redeemer Church in New York City. In his tribute for premierchristianity.com, the British author Krish Kandiah described Keller as, "A gifted preacher, apologist, church planter, pastor, academic, evangelist, best-selling author, and a global statesman with entrepreneurial vision." This conversation between Keller and Premier's Justin Brierley and Ruth Jackson is one of the last interviews he ever gave - recorded just a few months ago. In it, they discuss Tim's cancer diagnosis, his prayer life and his hopes and fears for the future of the Church.   Read this interview at premierchristianity.com, along with more tributes.   Subscribe to the magazine for HALF PRICE here
5/26/20231 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Leadership special: Martin Williams and Rachel Roberts on ’Journeying with leadership teams to see change’

Andy Peck talks to two directors of The Lead Academy, Martin Williams and Rachel Roberts about the work of the charity in working with church leadership teams over a two-year period. What plans can you execute in two years? Why do teams find this so valuable, and how do you discern whether this programme is for you?  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now  from $1/month 
5/23/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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Prof John Swinton: A new theology of friendship, healing and mental health

Recorded live at Spring Harvest, this episode features highly respected theologian and minister in the Church of Scotland Professor John Swinton in conversation with Premier's Justin Brierley. The pair discuss John's journey from growing up as a child in a religious household to his time working as a nurse with people facing mental health challenges. The interview also delves into John's groundbreaking research on the theology of friendship and its transformative potential for individuals with mental health challenges. With compelling stories of breaking down barriers and cultivating genuine friendships within church communities, John argues for a more inclusive and compassionate approach to mental health within the church. He also talks about the meaning behind Jesus' healing miracles, the current mental health crisis among young people, and how the church can offer support by creating communities where people are truly present and missed when they're not there.   This interview was recorded live at Spring Harvest   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for HALF PRICE at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/19/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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Leadership special: Dallas Willard on how God is with you in your daily work

Andy Peck talks to Dallas Willard (1935-2013) about his book 'Personal Religion, Public Reality? Towards a Knowledge of Faith'. Dallas Willard was valued as a key thinker on spiritual formation, offering fresh biblical insights into personal change. They discuss how Dallas' understanding of Jesus teaching on the kingdom of God is the foundation of the book and a key idea for Christians in leadership, wherever God has called them to be.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now  from $1/month 
5/16/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rick Warren: How the megachurch leader changed his mind on women in ministry

The pastor and best-selling author tells Megan Cornwell how he changed his mind on women in ministry, why he’s ashamed of American evangelicals and what convinced him that gay relationships are ‘not God’s best’. The pair also discuss why Warren has mixed feelings about the term 'Pro-life', his theory on church growth and how he's ensuring everyone on earth has access to a Bible by the year 2033.    You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine for HALF PRICE
5/12/20231 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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Leadership special: Dave Roberts on ’God’s call to plant a distinctive church in the ’Bible belt

Andy Peck talks to Dave Roberts, author, editor and publisher who now pastors The Gather Collective, a church in Eastbourne.  They talk about why Eastbourne, a town with many churches, needed another on; why he switched from writing to pastoring close to retirement and how he compares the revival in Toronto back in the 90s with more recent 'outpourings'. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
5/9/202327 minutes, 32 seconds
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Bishop of Croydon Rosemarie Mallet: Striving for a just and inclusive church

It's twelve months since Dr Rosemarie Mallett was appointed Bishop of Croydon. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell, Dr Mallett describes her early life growing up in Barbados and subsequent experiences of racism when she moved to the UK at the age of seven. "It was pointed out to me that my colour was a problem, because I was black." With her wider family also experiencing prejudice, Rosemarie became more politically aware and involved in fighting for racial justice. In discussing her Christian faith and decision to become ordained, she also shares her struggle with the Church of England as an institution, due to its history of involvement in colonialism, imperialism, and chattel slavery. Ultimately, she decided to play a role in repairing the breach and contributing to a more just and inclusive church. Speaking ahead of the 75th anniversary of Windrush, Rosemarie also reflects on the resilience and contributions of those who came to the UK with hope and expectation, despite facing racism and marginalisation. She acknowledges that there is still work to be done in addressing the ongoing injustices faced by this generation and their descendants.   Premier Christianity will soon be publishing a special edition which marks the Windrush 75 anniversary. Subscribe for half price at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/5/202353 minutes, 11 seconds
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Lord Charles Moore: The former Telegraph editor on King Charles, Boris Johnson and becoming Catholic

The Eton-educated authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher, whose full title is Baron Moore of Etchingham, knows his way around the British establishment. National newspaper editors like Charles Moore are widely regarded as wielding immense power. But Moore says he wasn’t conscious of that during his tenures at The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Lord Moore comments on the religious nature of the upcoming coronation, reveals how he broke the story about the Archbishop of Canterbury's real father and shares his own journey from Anglican to Catholic.    You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. premierchristianity.com/subscribe
4/28/202357 minutes, 14 seconds
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Leadership special: Tim Reynolds on ’reaching Wales for Christ’

Andy Peck talks to Tim Rowlands who is the newly appointed Leader of the Evangelical Alliance in Wales . They talk about how he was a 'pastor's kid' who fell in love with church; his love of music as a classically trained musician, his extensive experience in local and national politics, and the challenge of reaching Wales with the Gospel.    The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
4/26/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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Leadership special: Os Guinness on the special ’God moments’ leading non believers to seek after God

Andy Peck talks to Os Guinness whose latest book, Signals of Transcendence: Listening to the Promptings of Life celebrates 50 years of publishing, and tells the stories of 10 well known authors who have sought God following unexpected moments. These include C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden and Malcolm Muggeridge. They also reflect on what Christian leadership is and how we can all play our part.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
4/25/202323 minutes, 1 second
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George Verwer (1938-2023): The founder of Operation Mobilisation shares his story

The founder and former director of the global Christian mission agency, Operation Mobilisation has died surrounded by his family at his home near London. In this special episode, we're bringing you Justin Brierley's interview with George Verwer, which was first recorded in 2017   For more on George Verwer, including more past interviews and our obituary, visit premierchristianity.com
4/21/202353 minutes, 46 seconds
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Leadership special: Ian Soars on how his charity aims to help the Church look good

Andy Peck talks to Ian Soars, CEO Spurgeon's Children's Charity, about its merger with Fegans Children's Charity, a charity he used to lead. He explains why the local church can be the answer to the need in children's lives. They consider whether simply meeting needs has any eternal value and why Spurgeon's have developed a tool for parents to provide early intervention with eating disorders. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
4/18/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones: ’Freedom in Christ is better than drugs’

When Kaya Jones joined the Pussycat Dolls in the early 2000s she dreamed of fame and stardom. Instead she never felt good enough, being told to lose weight, and encouraged to have an abortion when she fell pregnant. She's since become a prominent pro-life campaigner and is gearing up to release her first Christian album. In this interview with Premier's Cassandra Maria, Kaya shares her testimony of being called out of the chart topping girl band and says she's praying for others in the mainstream music industry to find God just like she has.  Read the full interview at womanalive.co.uk   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Enter 'EASTER' at checkout to get a half price subscription.
4/14/202344 minutes, 43 seconds
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Leadership special: Andy Monks on why young people are the ’now generation’ in your local church

Andy Peck talks to Andy Monks head of Children and Youth at Ascension Church, Balham, London about his book, 'The Now Generation: Empowering people to lead and have influence today'. They discuss his own journey to becoming a youth leader and how the encouragement he received can be a model for how the church can empower young people today. They also look at the argument that suggests it's foolhardy to expect too much because young people often lack maturity.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
4/11/20230
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Rev Les Isaac: Celebrating 20 years of Street Pastors

It was the sermon that brought down a government. Last autumn, Rev Les Isaac gave an address at the annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast which resulted in a string of resignations, ultimately resulting in Boris Johnson standing down as Prime Minister. In this episode of The Profile, Sam Hailes meets the Rev Les Isaac who not only gave that sermon but has also founded one of the UK Church's most successful outreach projects. Street Pastors is a simple idea - teams of Christians from all denominations patrolling city streets late at night in order to take care of vulnerable people and be a practical display of Christ's love within the night-time economy. The pair also discuss why Les gets "bored" inside church and how preachers can better connect with their congregations.    You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity. Subscribe here
4/7/202356 minutes, 31 seconds
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FREE copies of Premier Christianity for you and your church!

Premier Christianity magazine is proud to be supporting this year's Spring Harvest event! Every delegate at Spring Harvest will receive a free copy of our Easter issue - plus you can pick up extra boxes to take home to your church on our stand. Not going to Spring Harvest? Order up to 74 FREE copies of the latest issue for you and your church now at premierchristianmarketplace.com Hurry, offer only available while stocks last!
4/5/20233 minutes, 7 seconds
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Oli London: ’I transitioned from British man to ’Korean’ woman. But finding God made me detransition

After being bullied as a child, Oli London struggled with low self-esteem and self-worth. He had hoped a series of transitions and expensive plastic surgery would him feel better. Instead, he became addicted to surgery, spending $300,000 on botox and skin-whitening injections in order to look more Korean - a culture he had become "obsessed" with. The controversial decision to appear more Korean resulted in critical articles and hateful messages on social media. But in the end it was the kindness of a priest that drew him to the Christian faith and turned his life around. Sam Hailes hears the full story   You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
3/31/202346 minutes, 9 seconds
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Leadership special: Larry Collett on Abiding in Christ for a better business

Andy Peck talks to Larry Collett, former chairman of the Board of Cass Information Systems in St Louis Missouri, about 45 years working at the same organisation and how he maintained a vibrant spiritual life in the world of finance, business strategy and technological development. They also looked at how easy it is to translate business leadership approaches to running a local church.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/29/202327 minutes, 21 seconds
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Rev Canon Eve Pitts: I was a child when the voice of God called me to be a vicar

The first black woman to be ordained as a vicar in the Church of England speaks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about her life and faith. Earlier this month, Canon Eve, 72, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pride of Birmingham Awards, in recognition of her anti-racism work and service to the wider community. It was the culmination of a calling which began at a very early age - when God called her to ministry as a young child. "I found myself alone in a room and heard a voice calling me...My grandmother said don't tell anyone, God will reveal his promise when it's the right time for you," she remembers. Canon Eve also recounts going to church from a very early age - regardless of whether her parents accompanied her, and explains why she refuses to "romanticise" the Windrush Generation. She wants to be defined as a "priest who happens to be a woman and happens to be black", adding "I am a vibrant, gorgeous human bring who sets her sights high and is grateful for this gift of priesthood."   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now and receive 3 issues for £5 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
3/24/202349 minutes, 49 seconds
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Leadership special: Bobbi Kumari on Rescuing young people from sexual misinformation

Andy Peck talks to Bobbi Kumari, founder of 'Living in Light', and the Sexposed conference and author of 'Sacred Sexuality: Rewire Your Desire Towards True Intimacy'. They talk of the challenge of launching a fashion brand and how she felt the need to start to educate today's youth on what the Bible says about sexuality.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/22/202325 minutes, 30 seconds
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Craig Greenfield: Mission, money and multiculturalism

Craig Greenfield moved his family to a Cambodian slum. But don’t call him a missionary. The New Zealand-born social entrepreneur has made his home among some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, and learned some huge lessons along the way. Having served cross culturally for more than two decades, the 49-year-old is reflecting on the changing landscape of overseas mission, and how we share our faith with others. In this interview with Premier Christianity's assistant editor Emma Fowle, Greenfield explains how he's aware of negative perceptions around “pith helmet-wearing colonialists – forcing their culture and religion on people who don’t want it”. The pair also discuss what it means to empower local leaders, and what "subversive mission" (the title of Greenfield's latest book) can look like. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe from $1 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
3/17/202352 minutes, 57 seconds
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Leadership special: William Wade on Why leaders should stop building their platforms

Andy Peck talks to William Wade, pastor of Life Church, Cuffley, Hertfordshire. He has a wide experience, serving in international churches in Germany and the Netherlands, and believes that self-promotion has no place in Gospel focused ministry. They also take about creating sustainable working patterns for the long haul.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/15/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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Beth Moore: The Living Proof Bible teacher confesses to a ’knotted up’ life

What began as a small side project, leading a Christian exercise class during the height of the 1980s aerobics craze, has morphed into an international speaking and writing ministry for Beth Moore. Known as Living Proof, Moore's ministry enabled her to address thousands in packed-out stadiums across America at a time when women in her denomination - the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) - were encouraged to be stay-at-home mothers and wives. Her books and Bible studies went on to sell in their millions. In more recent years , it has been her condemnation of what she feels is “rotten” at the core of American evangelicalism that has seen her hitting headlines. In this interview with Claire Musters, Beth speaks candidly about the childhood abuse she experienced, the growth of Living Proof and why she left her "beloved" denomination behind.  Beth Moore's memoir All My Knotted Up Life (Tyndale) is available now You can also read this interview at premierchristianity.com. Subscribe now from just $1/month
3/10/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 6 seconds
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Leadership special: Jordan Whitmer and Josie Galopin on Reaching Gen Z today

Andy Peck talks to Jordan Whitmer, the US founder of the 'How to Life' Movement, a movement of Gen Z students reaching their peers that is active in 47 US states and 40 countries around the world. Josie Galopin heads up the How to Life UK, and provides a UK perspective.  Jordan talks of his own visit to the outpouring at Asbury College, Kentucky and how God seems to be reaching more and more Gen Z students today.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/8/202326 minutes, 51 seconds
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Lord Richard Harries: The Shaping of a Soul

Rt Rev Lord Richard Harries is the former Bishop of Oxford and a life peer in the House of Lords. A renowned clergyman, broadcaster and Christian thinker, he talks to Justin Brierley about his life, faith and ministry in the Church of England. His autobiography ‘The Shaping Of A Soul: A life taken by surprise’ is available now https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/christian-alternative-books/our-books/shaping-soul-life-taken-by-surprise   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/3/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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Leadership special: Sharon Dirckx on where is God when an earthquake hits?

Andy Peck talks to Sharon Dirckx, adjunct lecturer at The Oxford Centre for Apologetics and author of 'Broken Planet: if there is a God why are there natural disasters and disease?' In the light of the Turkey/Syria earthquake on February 6th, they discuss ways to think about natural disasters and disease and how to best handle people who question the goodness of God.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
3/1/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Asbury revival special: Roundtable discussion with students at the centre of the outpouring

Two weeks ago, a handful of students at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky stayed behind after their regular chapel service to pray and confess their sins. Within hours, more and more students on campus were flocking to the chapel inside the Hughes building. Fast forward 16 days, and thousands from across the globe have joined in with 24-7 non-stop prayer, worship and confession. Many are reporting a tangible sense of the presence of God. Premier's North American correspondent Kathleen Durham has been on site at Asbury University. In this special edition of The Profile you'll hear her conversation with university staff member Jennifer McChord, and four of the students who have been experiencing the revival first hand.  For more coverage on the Asbury Revival, including articles from UK church leaders, visit premierchristianity.com
2/24/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 32 seconds
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Leadership special: Anna Randall on how to speak so people listen

Andy Peck talks to Anna Randall founder of 'The Speaker's Coach, and one time expert on GNB news, on how you can take your verbal communication to groups to the next level. They look at how you can be yourself as you communicate, what kind of speaking notes you might need and how to look the part. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
2/23/202326 minutes, 29 seconds
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Matt Redman: The songwriter pursuing more reverence in worship

The man behind of the world's most popular worship songs including '10,000 Reasons' and 'Blessed Be Your Name' releases his 14th album this weekend. In this special in-depth interview with Matt Redman, the songwriter explains what listeners can expect from Lamb of God and unpacks why he's so passionate about singing more songs regarding the holiness of God. "I love it when we don't even get a mention at all in the lyrics", comments Redman. Speaking to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Redman also defines what success looks like for him and addresses common criticisms of the modern worship movement. For Redman, reverence in worship is everything. "It's a bit of a lifelong pursuit, honestly," he says, "trying to bring a little more reverence into these expressions of songs, because I think that’s what’s been lacking."   You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. See here. Lamb of God is available on all major streaming platforms. See here
2/17/202351 minutes, 9 seconds
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Leadership special: Nick Pollard on turning a health crisis into a social enterprise

Andy Peck talks to Nick Pollard who co-founded Family Mental Wealth which provides online tools to help parents and children navigate a variety of mental health issues. He explores how the illness of their daughter was the catalyst and led to academic and government bodies becoming involved.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
2/15/202326 minutes, 31 seconds
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John Roedel: How writing Facebook letters to God changed my life and lifted my depression

The poet, author and comic John Roedel knows what it is to suffer. From the collapse of his family business, to his son's autism diagnosis, Roedell wrestled with the big questions of life. Witnessing the inner workings of a local Catholic church didn't help, instead it led him toward atheism. For years he suffered serious depression. The turning point came when Roedel discovered God was far more personal than he'd been led to believe. "My relationship with God had always been very formal", he remembers. But something was changing. By imagining a two way conversation with God - and posting the results on Facebook - John's perception of the divine was changing for the better. "This was different. This was a relational moment I hadn't experienced before." Ultimately those short posts went viral and led to a new career for this writer/poet. Sam Hailes hears the full story.     The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe from $1/month at premierchristianity.com
2/11/202356 minutes, 27 seconds
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Leadership special: Lee Kricher on moving from one pastor to the next

Andy Peck talks to Lee Kricher author of 'Seamless Pastoral Transition: 3 Imperatives – 6 Pitfalls'. The former pastor of Amplify Church, Pittsburgh tells Andy how to ensure that the transition from one pastor to the next doesn't mean losing members and finance along the way.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
2/10/202328 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tim Keller: How cancer transformed my prayer life

Renowned pastor, author and Christian thinker Tim Keller joined Justin Brierley and Ruth Jackson of Premier Unbelievable? for a live show. Keller, who led Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York for over 25 year, talks about his life and faith, his new book on forgiveness and his recent journey with cancer. Unbelievable listeners also ask their questions. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5 now. Hurry - limited offer! premierchristianity.com/subscribe
2/6/202359 minutes, 37 seconds
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Special - ’In Christ Alone’ writer Keith Getty on being nominated for a Grammy Award

The modern day hymn writer Keith Getty is best known for penning 'In Christ Alone' alongside Stuart Townend. Now Keith, together with his wife Kristen, has been nominated for a Grammy award for their lockdown album Confessio - Irish American Roots. In this interview with Premier's Ian Britton you'll hear Keith's reaction to his first ever Grammy nomination and hear clips from the new album.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe to receive the next 3 print issues for just £5 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe 
2/4/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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Leadership special: Tim Gough on the youth crisis in the UK church

Andy Peck talks to Tim Gough, who is the Pioneer Director for YFC Wales and the author of Rebooted: Reclaiming Youth Ministry for the Long Haul. They talk about how the decline in young people took place despite a rise in paid youthworkers and what we might do to repair the damage in local churches.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine Subscribe now from $1/month 
2/3/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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Francis Chan: Why I quit my megachurch and started again

Francis Chan left his thriving US megachurch, turned his back on the fame that ministry had brought him and moved his family to a developing country. He tells Sam Hailes the full story.  This interview was first broadcast and published in 2019.  You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now from $1/month
1/27/202359 minutes, 57 seconds
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RT Kendall: Bringing the Word and the Spirit together

RT Kendall doesn’t look like a heretic. He doesn’t sound like one either. But in the mid 80s he almost lost his job leading one of London’s most famous churches when he was accused of antinomianism: the claim that Christians are not obliged to follow God’s moral law. The controversy centred around a book he had written called Once Saved, Always Saved, in which he wore his Calvinist theology on his sleeve: that salvation is by sheer grace and not because of anything we do. Kendall laughs when he recalls the episode, saying that it was the testimonies of those who read the book that rescued him. "They said it made them want to be more godly," he shares. This wasn’t the only controversy Kendall would weather in 25 years of eventful ministry at Westminster Chapel. By the end of it, he saw himself as much a Brit as an American and, through his speaking and books, was regarded as a statesman of the UK evangelical Church by the time he retired in 2002. Justin Brierley hears the full story.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe from $1 at premierchristianity.com
1/20/202352 minutes, 5 seconds
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Leadership special: Yetunde Hoffman on bringing love into business

Andy Peck talks to Yetunde Hofmann, who has been involved in leadership for over 25 years in the corporate world and now has a portfolio career which includes leading an international leadership and change consulting practice and organisation that supports black women leaders. They talk about why the death of George Floyd was an impetus to helping black women and why love is such an important element of good business leadership. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/18/202325 minutes, 44 seconds
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Dr Jack Graham: The pastor of one of America’s largest churches

Jack Graham never set out to build a megachurch – he doesn’t even like the term. Nevertheless, under his watch, Prestonwood Baptist Church has grown to a membership of 45,000 – becoming one of the biggest congregations in America – since Graham became senior pastor more than three decades ago. Sam Hailes travelled to Texas to meet Dr Graham and find out why he backed Trump, how early trauma has influenced his ministry and how he guards himself from temptation.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5 now. Hurry - limited offer! premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/13/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ram Gidoomal: How a wealthy Hindu businessman met Jesus in a London pub

For reasons that were never fully explained to him, Ram Gidoomal CBE and his family were forced to flee their home in Kenya when he was just 16 years old. Having previously left India during the 1947 partition, they said goodbye to the life of wealth and comfort they had created for themselves in east Africa to arrive in a hostile 1960s London as refugees once more, with no money and little to their name. Gidoomal was brought up in both the Hindu and Sikh faiths, but Jesus started to become real to him through the lyrics of a song he heard in a London pub. At the time, he was a student at Imperial College London. His business skills had won him a scholarship and would eventually lead to him earning so much money he couldn’t even spend the accruing interest. In this interview with Abi Thomas, Ram explains how God led him to raise millions for charity.  You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now from $1/month 
1/6/202353 minutes, 16 seconds
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Leadership special: Will Van Der Hart on sustaining yourself in 2023

Sometimes the demands of leadership can overwhelm us. In this interview, mental health specialist Will Van Der Hart explains how Christians can build resilience and keep going when times are tough. This interview was conducted by Andy Peck, Premier's resident leadership expert. Will is a Pastoral Chaplain at Holy Trinity Brompton. Based on his book, The Power of Belonging, Will looks at being vulnerable as a leader and how shame works against out engagement with others. He shares why 'success doesnt equal security' and touches on his own mental health issues and the importance of being authentically present in our leadership. Why 'fake it to make it' is lousy career advice and why he hates the phrase 'becoming the best version of ourselves.' The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/4/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Leadership special: Jen Baker on how to reach your destiny in 2023

Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. This week, Andy talks with Jen Baker who moved from Michigan in the USA to the UK in an Abraham style call where she knew very little of God’s intentions. She now helps Christians live without fear, through a writing and teaching ministry that takes her all over the world. They talk about her latest book Unwavering: The Power of Choice and find out what holds people back from making progress in what God has called them to do. The key is learning how to make decisions based not on fear, but on faith.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/28/202227 minutes, 29 seconds
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Rev Pat Allerton: The ’portable priest’ who took prayer to the streets in lockdown

The vicar of St Peter's Notting Hill, London first rose to public attention during lockdown, when he began cycling around his parish leading simple street corner services consisting of just a hymn and a prayer. Rev Pat Allerton now has thousands of followers on social media and has been featured in the national papers, who have focussed on his Eton education and good looks as much as his message. Now, two years on, Pat has written a book A Pocketful of Hope: A simple A-Z of faith for those who haven't yet found it.  He spoke to Premier's Esther Higham to talk more about his life, faith and ministry.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/22/202250 minutes, 28 seconds
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Who would you like to hear interviewed in 2023?

As the year draws to a close, our presenter and producer Sam Hailes says thank you for joining us in 2022, and asks - who would you like to hear being interviewed next year? Send your requests to [email protected] Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year, with lots of love from all the team at The Profile podcast and Premier Christianity magazine PS there's still time to bag a HALF PRICE subscription to the UK's leading Christian magazine - premierchristianity.com/subscribe (offer expires at the end of December)
12/21/20222 minutes, 23 seconds
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Julie Roys: The investigative reporter uncovering scandal in the church

Julie Roys has been described as a gossipmonger, an apostate and a liar. Such labels would cut most Christians deep, but not Roys. The 57-year-old Chicago-based journalist wears unfounded criticism as “a badge of honour” – she even has a mug printed with some of the more acerbic remarks she has received. For the last four years, Roys has been reporting on the egregious crimes committed in the Church, including the sexual abuse of apologist Ravi Zacharias, the mismanagement and abuse at Willow Creek Community Church and bullying within the Acts 29 church-planting network. It’s the “inter-connected web” of million-dollar Christian ministries that protect the members of their tribe and exploit their relationship with donors and the media, which Roys says is harming the Church’s witness in America – and she’s determined to expose it. She tells Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell the full story.   You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now from $1/month
12/15/202229 minutes, 56 seconds
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Leadership special: Tim Alford on reimagining youthwork

Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. This week, Andy Peck chats with Tim Alford, the National Director of LIMITLESS, the youth and children's movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland about how local churches might start groups designed to reach and disciple more young people. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe  
12/14/202227 minutes, 20 seconds
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Domestic abuse survivor Autumn Miles on the moment God broke in

Autumn Miles was trapped in an abusive relationship, until a powerful encounter with God during the depth of her despair set her on a path to freedom. She tells Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes the full story.    You can also read this story on premierchristianity.com
12/8/202253 minutes, 16 seconds
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Leadership special: David Instone-Brewer mythbusts the Nativity

Have you realised that the Nativity plays in many local churches actually have little to do with the birth of Jesus as depicted in the Gospels? In this interview with Premier's resident leadership expert Andy Peck, Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge, tackles some of the mythical elements surrounding the incarnation and suggests a new way and better way of understanding what was really going on. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/7/202227 minutes, 50 seconds
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Pastor Mick Fleming: Angelic encounters, swearing in church and taking the Gospel to the streets

The unorthodox pastor Mick Fleming is a man on a mission, to change the Church – and society in the process. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, the Burnley-based leader tells his story of abuse, homelessness and salvation. His own story of being thrown out of church, and miraculous experiences which prompted him to forgive the man who raped him, has resulted in a desire to serve those on the rough edges of society. "Stained-glass windows won’t feed children," he says. Instead, Christians must step up to serve the lonely, lost and hungry. "We need to repent so that God can move...we haven’t provided for the poor as we should have done," he says. 
12/2/202252 minutes, 50 seconds
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Leadership special: No one enjoys ’all age’ worship. Nick and Becky Drake want to change that

Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. This week Andy talks to Nick and Becky Drake who launched the ministry ‘Worship for Everyone’ in 2010 in order to unite all ages in worship. They serve at Gas Street Church in Birmingham, Nick as Associate vicar and Becky running ‘Worship for Everyone’ in the church and further afield. They talk about how to transform the ‘all-age’ service from something ‘no-one enjoys’, to a service that blesses all ages. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/30/202225 minutes, 43 seconds
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Patrick Barrett: ’God used donkeys to save me from addiction’

After leaving the army, Patrick Barrett turned to alcohol to cope with trauma, but God called him back to his childhood faith using the most unlikely means. He tells Rachel Matthews the full story. 
11/25/202252 minutes, 21 seconds
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Trussell Trust’s Emma Revie: What keeps me awake at night

In the midst of ongoing pressures on all our finances, Emma Fowle sits down with Emma Revie, CEO of the UK’s largest network of foodbanks, Trussell Trust. In this in depth interview, Emma talks about how her faith motivates her work and what she thinks should be done about the cost of living crisis. 
11/18/202254 minutes, 2 seconds
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Leadership special: Marcus Honeysett on when Church leadership goes wrong

Powerful Leaders? is a book that exposes and explores how leaders are tempted away from a biblical model of leadership into illegitimate - and in the worst cases abusive - use of authority and power. It's written by Marcus Honeysett, the director of Living Leadership, a charity that focuses on healthy leadership and church culture. In this conversation with Andy Peck, Marcus explains how leaders can safeguard themselves against moral failure.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/16/202227 minutes, 29 seconds
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GB News presenter Calvin Robinson: Getting back to tradition and scripture

Calvin Robinson has attracted a huge following online in recent months, and is known for espousing strongly held opinions on contentious subjects such as the Covid vaccine. He's said that to be labelled a "conspiracy theory" is a "badge of honour", yet he doesn't want to be known as "controversial", arguing instead that he's voicing views which are shared by millions of others. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Calvin explains how the Church of England "blocked" his ordination at the last minute, and argues there's "no place" for conservatives in the CofE. Now ordained in the Free Church of England, Calvin is continuing his media work, presenting a new show on GB News entitled 'Common Sense Crusade', where he speaks on a range of topics, including sexuality and transgender. The Church needs to get back to tradition and scripture, he says. "That's what people want, and that's why the Church has survived for 2,000 years."   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe from $1 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe 
11/11/202256 minutes, 45 seconds
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Leadership special: Kintsugi Hope’s Patrick Regan OBE on developing mental resilience

The Profile podcast is now bringing you a bonus interview every week! Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll now be able to hear some of the best of his interviews. This week Andy meets the founder of Christian mental health charity Kintsugi Hope and author of Bouncing Forwards, Patrick Regan.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/9/202227 minutes, 39 seconds
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Anthony Ray Hinton: Sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years inside an Alabamian prison waiting to be executed. Hinton doesn’t use the word “hell” lightly; nevertheless, that’s what decades of solitary confinement was like, he says. So how did he cope? “Faith keeps you from getting caught up in everyday trauma, because your life is so consumed with trying to live like Jesus. And it was no different for me on the row. I had a job to do, and that was for those men to see Christ in me." Remarkably, Hinton believes God had a plan all along, and he was sent to death row on a special mission. He has also been able to forgive those who were responsible for this grave injustice. In this in-depth interview, Hinton shares his story with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, and explains why he believes US Christians must campaign against the death penalty.    The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now from just $1 at premierchristianity.com
11/4/20221 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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Leadership special: Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill on parenting in a world of screens

The Profile podcast is now bringing you a bonus interview every week! Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll now be able to hear some of the best of his interviews. This week Andy meets the UK Director of Care for the Family, Katharine Hill, who is the author of Left To Their Own Devices? Confident Parenting in a World of Screens The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
11/2/202227 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bishop Joseph D’souza: Advocating for India’s poorest while facing persecution

Joseph D’souza is a civil rights advocate and Anglican bishop whose work in India has drawn the praise of many civil and religious leaders. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, the primate of the Good Shepherd Church of India talks about his calling to advocate on behalf of poor and marginalised groups, and stand against the caste system, which he says is pervasive not just in India, but around the world. Neither Christians nor other religious groups have a good track record in this area, he argues. Bishop Joseph also speaks about the reality of persecution which is faced by many Christians in India (see Premier Christianity's special report on the subject here), why the sacramental tradition of Anglicanism is so appealing, and his own story of coming to Christ.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe now from just $1 at premierchristianity.com
10/28/202252 minutes, 32 seconds
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Leadership special: Hope Virgo on eating disorders

The Profile podcast is now bringing you a bonus interview every week! Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll now be able to hear some of the best of his interviews. This week Andy meets Hope Virgo, who has run award winning campaigns on mental health and eating disorders, including #DumpTheScales. She is also the author of You Are Free (Even if you don't feel it) The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for news, features and analysis from £3.95 (UK) or $1 (International) at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
10/26/202228 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tyler Staton: Praying like a monk, living like a fool

The head of 24-7 Prayer USA, Tyler Staton’s love affair with talking to God started when his youth leader challenged him to prayer walk his school every single morning for the whole of his summer holidays. Not only did find that he enjoyed God’s company, by the end of the year, half his classmates had been saved! In this interview, he chats to Emma Fowle about spiritual hunger, his latest book and why a church should be known for the character of its congregation, not the stature of its leaders. Tyler is the author of Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools (Hodder & Stoughton) The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
10/21/202251 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leadership special: Rick Hill on making resilient disciples

The Profile podcast is now bringing you a bonus interview every week! Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll now be able to hear some of the best of his interviews. This week Andy meets the Northern Irish church leader, speaker and author of Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples, Rick Hill. 
10/20/202227 minutes, 14 seconds
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Worship leader Anthony Evans: Faith, therapy and working with Christina Aguilera

Anthony Evans is a worship leader, artist and vocal producer, well known for putting his own unique spin on some of the world's biggest worship songs. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Anthony talks about the moment he discovered he could sing, his subsequent tour with Kirk Franklin and why the Christian music industry has been slow to bring diverse voices and sounds together. The producer, who appeared on the US series The Voice and worked with Christina Aguilera explains why moving from America's Bible Belt to Los Angeles was such a good decision, and also opens up about his emotional health. Anthony recently waived his right to anonymity in order to write a book on mental health with his therapist.   Anthony's latest book When Faith meets Therapy is out now The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe today and receive the next 6 print issues for just £9.99. (Are you living outside the UK? Purchase a digital subscription from just $1/month)
10/14/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leadership special: CBeebies TV presenter Gemma Hunt

The Profile podcast is now bringing you a bonus interview every week! Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll now be able to hear some of the best of his interviews. This week Andy meets TV presenter, and author of A Good Friend, Gemma Hunt. 
10/12/202226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jay Lowder: Saved from suicide, now a travelling evangelist

Jay Lowder was seconds away from ending his life when an unexpected interruption, followed by a dramatic revelation of Jesus’ love for him, changed everything. He tells Sam Hailes the full story.    The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe from $1/month at premierchristianity.com
10/7/202246 minutes, 37 seconds
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Leadership special: Pete Greig from 24-7 prayer

The Profile podcast is changing! In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you bonus interviews on the subject of leadership, in order to help you use your influence for God's purposes. Premier's resident leadership expert interviewer Andy Peck has been having conversations with preachers and pastors for the past 17 years. You'll be hearing some the best of his interviews right here on The Profile podcast. First up is the "bewildered founder" of 24-7 prayer, Pete Greig. 
10/6/202228 minutes, 26 seconds
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Fr Alex Frost: From Argos to the Altar

How did a former stand-up comedian, referee and Argos manager become the vicar of St Matthew's the Apostle, Burnley? In this in-depth interview Fr Alex Frost speaks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about his call to ordained ministry, the challenges of working in an area where poverty and addiction are commonplace, why he struggles to read his own book and his passion for inclusion within the Church of England. Fr Alex featured in a BBC documentary entitled 'The cost of Covid' which shone a spotlight on deprivation in the town. But today, Fr Alex says "no one cares" and is angry that despite widespread media coverage of the serious challenges facing Burnley, many politicians continue to appear disinterested. What's the answer to the problems he's witnessing? "You'd perhaps not be surprised to hear a Christian minister say this, but...the Gospel of Jesus Christ" he says.  Fr Alex Frost is the author of Our Daily Bread (Harper Collins) which is published on 27 October.  The Profile is sponsored by Premier Christianity magazine. Receive our special Queen tribute edition, plus the next 5 print issues for just £9.99. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
9/30/202253 minutes, 55 seconds
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Rev Archie Coates: The new vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton

As Nicky Gumbel retires from leading the UK's largest Anglican church, Megan Cornwell sits down with his successor, Archie Coates, to discuss the new direction of the 3,000-strong evangelical community of HTB. In this exclusive interview, Rev Coates explains his position on LGBT issues and reveals the painful past experiences that have shaped and influenced his walk with God. The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
9/23/202256 minutes, 15 seconds
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Michael Youssef: The uncompromising evangelist on the ’false woke movement’ and seeing 1 million souls saved

Michael Youssef doesn’t pull his punches. Within minutes of his conversation with Premier Christian Radio's Esther Higham, the 73-year-old preacher was holding forth on “the woke movement”, warning that Black Lives Matter was “Marxist” at heart, “based on a lie” and wanted to destabilise Western democracies. Dr Youssef has strong political views. But he’s much better known for his theological stances. His fervent gospel preaching and unequivocal style has won him large audiences all over the globe. While some ministers might avoid preaching on controversial topics, Youssef positively embraces them. In this interview Dr Yousef speaks about how he keeps himself spiritually fit, why false teaching makes him weep and comments on what he'd like his legacy to be. This interview was first published in Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. US listeners can subscribe from $1/month. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe Dr Youssef's organisation Leading the Way is celebrating 20 years of ministry in the UK next month. See here for more details  
9/2/202249 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jen Wilkin: The Bible literacy advocate mending misconceptions

"Christianity isn't about rules, it's about a relationship." It's a common phrase said by many Christians, but it isn't true. That's according to Bible teacher Jen Wilkin. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, which was recorded on location at The Village Church (Dallas, Texas) Jen reveals the deeply personal reason behind her passion for Bible literacy among women. She also explains why she's never had a typical "quiet time", comments on the best way church leaders can handle the 'deconstruction' movement and unpacks some of the teaching contained in her popular books.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Get the next 3 issues for just £5 premierchristianity.com/subscribe For more on Jen Wilkin, visit jenwilkin.net
8/26/202252 minutes, 37 seconds
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Cole Arthur Riley: From existential doubt to a mystery-filled faith

In her student days, Cole Arthur Riley was an atheist eagerly searching for peace, in what she now smilingly describes as a "grand search for ultimate truth". Reflecting back, she thinks that journey turned out to be a mask to placate her own discomfort with mystery. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, the author of the critically acclaimed book This Here Flesh and founder of Black Liturgies unpacks how she ultimately found faith.  The Profile is sponsored by Premier Christianity magazine. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
8/19/202259 minutes, 46 seconds
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William Adoasi: Building a global watch brand, putting others first and being a light in the mainstream

The British entrepreneur and founder of Vitae London is our guest on The Profile podcast this week. William Adoasi sits down with Sam Hailes to explain how profits from the sale of every watch funds a school uniform for a child in sub-Saharan Africa. Given that he has been mentored by Richard Branson, the company has generated £1.1m of revenue and celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Emeli Sandé have been spotted wearing Vitae timepieces, you’d think it would be mission accomplished for William. “It has been an amazing journey,” he agrees, “but I would say we’re just getting started.” You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe  
8/13/202247 minutes, 22 seconds
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*BONUS EPISODE​* Mark Sayers on Covid, political scandal, avoiding burnout and staying sane in a chaotic world

In this special episode, Tim Bechervaise catches up with the Australian church leader and cultural critic, Mark Sayers. Mark is the author of A Non Anxious Presence and a leading Christian commentator on world events.    Read Mark Sayers' cover story on finding peace in the age of anxiety in Premier Christianity magazine   You can also read this interview at premierchristianity.com
8/12/202252 minutes, 44 seconds
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Rev Richard Coles on grief, faith and funerals

Speaking ahead of the release of his Channel 4 documentary on grief, the Rev Richard Coles talks about losing his partner David, and how that bereavement effected his faith. In this special edition of the podcast, Richard also shares his view on the Lambeth Conference, and the ongoing discussions and disagreements in the Anglican Communion on LGBT issues.   You can also read this interview at premierchristianity.com   Good Grief airs at 10pm on Monday 8 August on Channel 4
8/5/202238 minutes, 45 seconds
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Alpha’s Nicky Gumbel: Leaving HTB to evangelise the world

He may be retiring from leading the largest Anglican Church in England, but Nicky Gumbel has huge plans ahead of him. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, Nicky reveals what's next... You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity. Receive the next 3 print issues for just £5. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/29/202250 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ex-police chief John Sutherland: Faith in the midst of depression

John Sutherland joined the Metropolitan Police in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, he experienced all that is extraordinary about a life in blue: saving lives, finding the lost, comforting the broken and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, and in 2013 John suffered a major breakdown. In this interview with Premier's Esther Higham, John reveals how his Christian faith was torn apart and rebuilt again. "I'm less certain of more things than I've ever been in my life," he says, "but I do believe that God is love." The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Enjoy 3 issues for just £5 now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/22/202245 minutes, 22 seconds
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Eric Maddox: The man who tracked down Saddam Hussein

Ex soldier Eric Maddox pioneered an interrogation technique which led to the capture of one of the world's most wanted men. But if it wasn't for hearing the voice of God, he never would have joined the military. The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
7/15/202256 minutes, 27 seconds
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Jendella Benson: ’Being convicted of a crime I didn’t commit changed my theology’

In this exclusive interview, the British-Nigerian novelist opens up about her unexpected conviction for money laundering, and explains how the love and support of her church family helped keep her faith alive while her husband was in prison   Hope and Glory by Jendella Benson is out now You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine   Subscribe and receive 3 issues for just £5 now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/8/202251 minutes, 19 seconds
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Desmond Tutu’s daughter Mpho Tutu Van Furth on her father’s legacy and gay marriage

The daughter of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks to Megan Cornwell about apartheid, the legacy of her famous father and how her gay marriage led to a break with South Africa’s Anglican Church.    You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine in print and online for just £4.95/month. http://premierchristianity.com/subscribe
7/1/202258 minutes, 1 second
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Natasha Hemmings: The former Miss England shares her dramatic conversion

Natasha Hemmings has spent her career smashing stereotypes. Can you be a Christian and a Miss England star? Can you be a classically trained vocalist who makes pop music? The answer, it seems, is 'of course!'. Speaking to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Natasha shares her testimony, which includes her never-before-told story of encountering "a warm glow" in her bedroom, which she knew to be the presence of Jesus. Natasha also shares honestly about her struggle to find her place in church and introduces her new single 'Invisible'.   Natasha is currently touring with Ronan Keating. Her new single 'Invisible' is out now, ahead of her forthcoming album I AM. For more information visit natashahemmings.com   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe now and receive Rob Parsons' new book free of charge http://premierchristianity.com/subscribe
6/17/202247 minutes
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Nia-Cerise Conteh: From hedonist to evangelist

Nia-Cerise Conteh was living a life of pleasure and idol worship before an encounter with the Holy Spirit in her kitchen changed the trajectory of her life. In this episode of The Profile Nia-Cerise tells Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell how God has been using her story to bring thousands of non-believers to a knowledge of Christ.  The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
6/10/202252 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bazil Meade MBE: Celebrating 40 years of London Community Gospel Choir

As London Community Gospel Choir celebrates its 40th birthday, their founder explains why he’s still intent on making music for the masses. Rev Bazil Meade MBE is no ordinary septuagenarian. The 71-year-old co-founder of Europe’s leading gospel choir has played in front of some of the highest profile international audiences, and continues to perform with extraordinary energy, exuberance and flair. In this interview with Charmaine Noble-Mclean, the musician reflects on his early life and upbringing, as well as the state of Gospel music in the UK today.    You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine in print and online for just £4.95/month. http://premierchristianity.com/subscribe
6/3/202256 minutes, 3 seconds
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Anba Angaelos: The first Coptic Archbishop of London

The beheading of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 brought worldwide attention to a Church that has endured persecution throughout its 2,000- year history. The first Coptic (the word means ‘Egyptian’) Orthodox Archbishop of London, Archbishop Angaelos, said he forgave the killers, and in the same year was awarded an OBE for his work as an advocate for religious freedom. Today, he continues that work, as well as overseeing the 35 Coptic Orthodox parishes in the UK. Abi Thomas met Archbishop Angaelos at the Cathedral of St George, part of the Coptic Orthodox Centre in Hertfordshire. The building, which was completed in 2006, contrasts many modern elements (including the large sports hall under the same roof) with an abundance of traditional Coptic icons dedicated to past saints. The pair spoke about a range of issues including Thy Kingdom Come, a prayer initiative begun by the Church of England but now supported by a range of denominations, including the Orthodox Church.  The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Enjoy full online access plus the print magazine delivered to your door for just £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/27/202253 minutes, 48 seconds
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*BONUS EPISODE​* Franklin Graham on defying his critics

Franklin Graham is in good spirits when he meets Premier's head of news Marcus Jones in London's Hyde Park Corner. He's excited to be visiting Speaker's Corner, the place where many evangelists have preached and debated over the years. Many there have faced fierce opposition because of the message they preached, something Graham himself can sympathise with. The US based evangelist, whose father was the renowned Billy Graham, is in the UK for the God Loves You Tour. The tour was due to take place in 2020 but every venue he'd booked to preach in cancelled him after complaints were made about past comments he'd made about homosexuality and Islam. He would later take successful legal action against some of the venues, meaning the tour is back on, stopping off at Liverpool, Newport, Sheffield and London. Hear their conversation in full now on this special bonus episode of The Profile podcast. The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine in print and online for just £4.95/month. http://premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/24/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rev Dr Israel Olofinjana: The reverse-missionary on building multi-ethnic churches

Ordained Baptist minister Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana grew up in Nigeria in a polygamous family. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes he explains more about his 'tough' family background and the story of how he came to the UK to work as a reverse missionary. Israel also speaks about his role at the Evangelical Alliance, and why we need to keep talking about race within the UK Church.   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Enjoy full online access plus the print magazine delivered to your door for just £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/20/202255 minutes, 56 seconds
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Churches Together’s Shermara Fletcher: Ministering on the margins

Shermara Fletcher might be the Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations at Churches Together in England, but she's also learned to appreciate - and even embrace - other Christian traditions. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Shermara explains how Anglo-Catholic spirituality is nourishing her right now. She also opens up about her experience ministering alongside the homeless in Birmingham and London, and reflects on how her deeply Christian upbringing has shaped her life. Shermara, who has been invited to address politicians on the impact of Brexit on homeless women, says: "We don't worship politics, but the reality is policy governs and shapes our lives and the decisions we're able to make. The text talks about praying for leaders who are in charge, so I don't think we can detach from the political conversation. We should be pointing to morality and showing a different way, but not disengaging from the conversation altogether." The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity, the UK's leading Christian magazine. Enjoy full online access plus the print magazine delivered to your door for just £1/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
5/13/202238 minutes, 37 seconds
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Maverick City’s Dante Bowe: The Grammy-award winning artist doesn’t want to be a celebrity

Ahead of his UK debut at Big Church Day Out, the trailblazing worship leader (Bethel Music, Maverick City) and fashion model (Tommy Hilfiger) talks to us about breaking boundaries, hearing from God and why he’s ‘traumatised’ by the thought of being a Christian celebrity.    You can also read this interview on premierchristianity.com. Subscribe now for just £1
5/6/202250 minutes, 9 seconds
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Mandisa: How the Grammy award winning artist found Christ

Dami Okeke sits down with the popular singer and Gospel artist Mandisa to hear about her journey to faith. Mandisa first shot to fame after appearing on American Idol. Her new book is Out of the Dark: My journey through the shadows to find God's love   The Profile is brought to you by Premier Christianity. Subscribe to the UK's leading Christian magazine from just £1
4/22/202226 minutes, 45 seconds
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Strictly star Rhys Stephenson: How ’desperate’ prayers got me to CBBC

When Rhys Stephenson joined Strictly Come Dancing, most people over the age of twelve would have been forgiven for not knowing who the CBBC presenter was (the 28-year-old has spent the majority of his professional life interacting with a puppet dog called Hacker!) But the prime time BBC One show has propelled the presenter to new heights, and in this conversation with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle Rhys reveals how a 'desperate' prayer and the support of his church family led him into his chosen career. Rhys also explains why he feels so strongly that Christianity gets a bad rap in the media. He worries this has led many Christian young people – and adults – to feel embarrassed about expressing their faith. The star narrowly missed out on the final, but says if his Strictly journey helped others to “feel seen… feel represented”, that’s the real prize. You can also read this interview on premierchristianity.com. Subscribe now for just £1
4/15/202252 minutes, 11 seconds
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Graham Kendrick: Celebrating 50 years of songwriting

He might be best known for penning congregational hits such as ‘Amazing love’ and ‘Shine, Jesus, shine’ (the latter is now fondly referred to by millennials as a “primary school assembly banger”), but Graham Kendrick started out by writing story-based songs. This year marks 50 years since the release of Graham's first album Footsteps on the Sea. In order to celebrate, Graham has re-recorded the song that started it all, and put out a new EP entitled Where It All Began which sees him collaborate with singers Lucy Grimble and Lurine Cato MBE. The four-track EP is a tribute to that 1960s/70s era when the bearded guitarist was pioneering musical evangelism in coffee bars and folk clubs. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Graham reflects on his life and career in music, comments on the highs and lows of the modern worship movement and explains why the Church needs to be singing the stories of scripture.  You can also read this interview on premierchristianity.com. Subscribe now for just £1   Join the listening party for Graham's new EP Where It All Began, airing on Premier Christian Radio at 2pm on Easter Monday. 
4/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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Baroness Cox: A voice for the voiceless // Paul Woolley: Making ’whole life’ disciples

It's a double bill this week as Jemimah Wright interviews the legendary campaigner and humanitarian Baroness Cox, and Sam Hailes sits down with the head of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) to talk about the importance of whole life discipleship.    Read the interview with Baroness Cox in Premier Woman Alive magazine. For more on LICC's 40 cities tour, see http://licc.org.uk   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now for just £1 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
4/1/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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Genelle Aldred: The communications pro on stillbirth, racism and Jesus the radical

The journalist and activist Genelle Aldred was just 19 when an unplanned pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her daughter. It was an experience that still drives her to tackle inequality wherever she sees it. In this interview with Abi Thomas, Aldred details her varied career so far, which has seen her present the news for some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV, and interviewing Lenny Henry, Paul O’Grady and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. She now works with organisations to help them achieve gender and racial diversity, as well as improve their workplace culture and communication. It’s a role which, in many ways, her Christian faith prepared her for. Genelle is the author of new book Communicate for Change (SPCK).    You can also read this interview on the Premier Christianity website.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now for just £1 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe
3/25/202253 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Astronaut’s Wife: Stacey Morgan on watching her husband blast into space

Stacey Morgan kissed her husband goodbye before he donned his space suit on July 20, 2019, and headed to his waiting Soyuz rocket. With an overwhelming mix of pride, excitement, and terror, she and her children held hands and watched the rocket ignite and lift off for a nine-month mission aboard the International Space Station. In this interview with Premier's Rachel Matthews, Stacey speaks about the difference her Christian faith has made, and the lessons God has taught her through her unique experiences. Find out more in Stacey's book The Astronaut's Wife, which is out now.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now for just £1 at premierchristianity.com/subscribe 
3/18/202253 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jon Tyson: The NYC pastor on surviving the most brutal months of his ministry life

The straight-talking pastor who isn't afraid to preach on controversial topics speaks to Emma Fowle about embracing God’s heart for the lost and why he’ll always value honesty over self-preservation. The pair also discuss the impact of Covid and social unrest on his ministry, how he's able to read hundreds of books a year and what made him leave his home nation of Australia in order to minister in one of America's most secular cities.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now and receive John Mark Comer's new book free premierchristianity.com 
3/11/202253 minutes, 33 seconds
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Glenn Packiam: How to be a resilient pastor

38 per cent of pastors are considering quitting the ministry. A combination of Covid and significant cultural shifts is arguably making it harder than ever to be a church leader. Having researched this worrying trend, the US based theologian, worship leader and pastor Rev Dr Glenn Packiam is visiting the UK in order to share his findings. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Glenn shares his testimony, explains why he is simultaneously the leader of a non denominational evangelical church and ordained in the Anglican church, gives his view on how congregations can better support their pastors and also comments on how the Church can avoid further ministry scandals. Glenn's latest book The Resilient Pastor is out now.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe now and receive John Mark Comer's new book free premierchristianity.com
3/4/202252 minutes, 4 seconds
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John Wyatt: The medical ethics expert on matters of life and death

Having worked as paediatrician specialising in the care of newborn babies at a leading neonatal intensive care unit for more than 25 years, Dr John Wyatt became increasingly aware of the ethical maelstrom caused by advancing technology and contentious debates about the nature of humanity at the beginning and end of life. Now retired, he spends his time writing and speaking on a range of subjects including AI and robotics, science and faith and medical ethics. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell, John reflects on his career so far and explains how his Christian faith has informed his work. Prof John Wyatt is the host of a new podcast from the Premier Unbelievable? team. Just search 'Matters of Life and Death' via your podcast provider. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Subscribe for HALF PRICE now at premierchristianity.com (offer ends Monday)
2/25/202257 minutes, 44 seconds
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Martin Smith: How the former Delirious? frontman sang his way out of trouble

The desire of Delirious? frontman and principal songwriter, Martin Smith, to reach the masses is undiminished. He loves leading worship in church (“I’ve given my life to it. I believe in it”) but doesn’t want to be constrained by it. Performing at Glastonbury is top of his bucket list and when  he doesn’t hesitate when asked about his dream collaborations: Adele, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Stormzy (“I think I could retire after a day with Stormzy”). For Premier Christianity’s first in-person interview in 18 months, our editor Sam Hailes met Smith in his home on the south coast of England (forgive the sound of our photographer clicking away in the background). Fresh from a run along Brighton beach, Smith is relaxed throughout the conversation, and excited about the release of his new solo album, Dancing In The Fire, which has emerged out of the ashes of Covid-19. Dancing in the Fire is out now. Find out more at martinsmith.tv The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Read this interview with Martin Smith now at premierchristianity.com  
2/18/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
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*Valentines Special​* Rachel Gardner on ’The Sex Thing’

Despite a career that might suggest otherwise, talking about ‘it’ was never the aim, says youth worker and church planter Rachel Gardner. Her latest book is The Sex Thing: Reimagining Conversations with Young People About Sex but “My big thing is Jesus,” she says, adding, “because my big thing is Jesus, of course I talk about sex and masturbation and eating disorders and exam results and stress and mental health.” In this in depth interview, the pair discuss how the Church can get better at having tricky conversations with young people.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
2/11/202253 minutes, 23 seconds
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Peter Rollins: The philosopher who believes the ’good news’ is that you can’t be satisfied

The Northern Irish philosopher Peter Rollins chats to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about his vision of a "religionless" Christianity. For Peter, the good news that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret. It's a highly unusual take on faith, but for Rollins its grounded in a vision of Christ crucified. The pair discuss his upbringing during the Troubles, his conversion to Christianity, and how his thinking has changed over time. For more information, including his 'Atheism for Lent' project, which helps people move from fundamentalism to "a richer kind of faith", visit peterrollins.com  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
2/4/202258 minutes, 18 seconds
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Pastor Mick Flemming: From hardened criminal to Covid lifesaver

Pastor Mick Fleming shot to prominence in 2020 after the BBC filmed him helping the homeless and addicted in Burnley. Described as a 'Covid lifesaver' the man behind Church on the Street Ministries suddenly found his astonishing testimony was being shared in mainstream media outlets and hundreds of thousands of pounds was being donated from Christians and non-Christians alike. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell, he reflects on what God has done through his ministry, the media attention he's received for his Covid outreach, and reveals how he's coped when other Christians have been critical of him.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe 
1/28/202244 minutes, 31 seconds
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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson: My faith sustains my career in politics // Richard Mayhew: Celebrating 160 years of the Nazareth Trust

Northern Ireland's longest serving MP could be months away from being First Minister. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson speaks to Premier's Marcus Jones about how his faith sustains his work, and why he believes socially conservative Christians like him are sometimes not treated with respect by wider society. In part two, Sam Hailes speaks to the director of the Nazareth Trust Richard Mayhew. The medical organisation treats 180,000 patients per year, and traces its roots back to 1861. It is now one of the largest Christian organisations in Israel.   You can also read the interview with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in Premier Christianity magazine.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/21/202255 minutes, 48 seconds
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Greg Boyd: The controversial theologian on open theism, hell and spiritual warfare

Three years before the pandemic struck, Greg Boyd received an unusual prophetic word, which prompted him to move his church’s material online. We asked him about this seemingly unique warning about Covid-19, and how he feels about being labelled both ‘charismatic’ and ‘progressive’. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/14/202244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Michael Youseff: ‘If your church isn‘t preaching God‘s word, leave‘

The Egyptian-American pastor and evangelist speaks to Premier's Charmaine Noble-Mclean about his life, faith and ministry. Youseff believes many churches around the world are failing to preach the Bible in its fullness and says Christians must take a stand for truth in an increasingly godless world.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe 
12/17/202154 minutes, 48 seconds
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Aled Jones: The chorister turned TV presenter counts his blessings

Aled Jones’ path to stardom was littered with occurrences that many would call God ordained. His first break came, aged twelve, after a congregation member wrote to a record company without his knowledge. Soon afterwards he'd recorded his debut album, toured the Holy Land with the BBC and shot to fame as the angelic, golden-haired chorister who sang ‘Walking in the air’. More than three decades later, Jones is still making a living singing the nation’s favourite hymns. But what of his own personal faith? Emma Fowle spoke to him to find out more, and hear about his new children's book Bobby Dean Saves Christmas.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/10/202147 minutes, 54 seconds
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Kate Bowler: Surviving cancer and demolishing terrible Christian cliches

Five years on from a cancer diagnosis that changed her life forever, the Christian academic Kate Bowler speaks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about her new book 'No Cure for Being Human'. The pair also discuss the pressure often felt in churches to be positive, and how even well-meaning comments about faith, healing and prayer can often be hurtful or damaging. For Kate, real Christianity offers a deeper and far more meaningful hope than what the prosperity gospel, or an endless quest for 'progress' could ever bring.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity. Get John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies free when you subscribe. See premierchristianity.com/subscribe
12/3/202148 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sheila Wray Gregoire: The ‘sex lady‘ on a mission to rescue Christians from lies about intimacy

Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, blogger and author of The Great Sex Rescue. The book is based on an in-depth survey of 22,000 Christian women, and argues that generations of women have grown up with messages about sex that have made them feel dirty, used or invisible. In seeking to provide a better biblical understanding of sex and intimacy for Christian women and men, Sheila touches on issues that other Christians might be tempted to shy away from. Abi Thomas sat down with her to find out more.   Note: This interview contains adult themes, so listener discretion is advised.  If you have been effected by any of the issues raised in this programme, you can phone Premier Lifeline, the national Christian helpline on 0300 111 0101 For more about Sheila, visit https://sheilawraygregoire.com/
11/26/202155 minutes, 39 seconds
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Max McLean: Playing CS Lewis on screen

Max McLean, founder of the Fellowship of Performing Arts talks to Justin Brierley about his life, faith and playing the role of CS Lewis in the new film biopic ‘The Most Reluctant Convert’. For The Most Reluctant Convert: http://www.cslewismovie.com The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now and receive a copy of John Mark Comer’s book ‘Live No Lies’
11/19/202154 minutes, 33 seconds
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Yvonne Orji: The comedian gets bamboozled by Jesus // Michael Ward on CS Lewis’ Abolition of Man

Yvonne Orji is a Nigerian-American actress and comedian. She talks to Premier's Cassandra Nelson about new book Bamboozled by Jesus. In part two, Justin Brierley meets the Catholic priest and noted CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward. The speak about Michael's role in the new CS Lewis movie and his new book After Humanity: A Guide to CS Lewis’ The Abolition of Man.  For ‘After Humanity’: https://www.wordonfire.org/humanity/
11/12/202157 minutes, 36 seconds
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Nathan Blackaby: My vision to reach 1 million men for Jesus

The CEO of Christian Vision for Men (CVM), Nathan Blackaby, chats to Emma Fowle about finding faith in the mean streets of Brazil, what it was like to cycle a bathtub across the UK, and his organisation's plan to reach a million men with the Gospel.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now and get a FREE copy of John Mark Comer's new book Live No Lies.
11/5/202151 minutes, 20 seconds
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Rev Carmel Jones: Windrush, faith and finance // Chris Bowater: The veteran worship leader on what makes a great song

It's a double bill this week as we hear the life stories of church minister and founder of the Pentecostal Credit Union Rev Carmel Jones and the veteran worship leader and songwriter Chris Bowater.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
10/29/202156 minutes, 40 seconds
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Joshua Sutcliffe: The street preacher who keeps finding himself in media storms

Joshua Sutcliffe has lost his job twice, and been caught up in media storms over his Christian views on sexuality, gender and other religions. Sam Hailes asks the maths teacher turned street preacher why he keeps finding himself at the centre of controversy. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
10/22/202154 minutes, 45 seconds
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Claud Jackson: From drug dealer to church leader

Claud Jackson was dealing class A drugs and driving expensive sports cars before an encounter with God changed everything. Sam Hailes sat down with Claud to hear his testimony in full.  You can also read Claud's story here. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1 Find out more in Claud's book From Guns to God (SPCK)
10/15/202148 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rev Giles Fraser: Lost and found between Judaism and Christianity

Journalist-priest Giles Fraser talks to Justin Brierley about his conversion, ministry, change of politics and new memoir ‘Chosen’ which tells the story of his spiral into depression after resigning from his ‘dream job’ at St Paul’s Cathedral, and how he found healing through reconnecting with his Jewish ancestry. Read this interview: https://www.premierchristianity.com/giles-fraser-how-the-journalist-priest-discovered-his-jewish-roots/5507.article  For ‘Chosen’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chosen-Found-between-Christianity-Judaism/dp/0241003261  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
10/8/202154 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chrissie Chevasutt: The transgender Christian explains how Jesus changed their life

Chrissie Chevasutt battled gender dysphoria for decades. They explain how a dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit during a transgender dressing appointment changed everything. Read their story in full here.  For an alternative perspective on transgender, see here. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
10/1/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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Olivia Amartey: Elim’s first black, female exec has been blazing a trail her whole life

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.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
9/24/202152 minutes, 24 seconds
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Taylor Schumann: ‘He shot me but I forgive him‘ // Mark Vernon: What Dante can teach us 700 years later

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 The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe for just £1 now at premierchristianity.com/subscribe LIMITED OFFER
9/17/202154 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr Michael Guillen: A Harvard physicist’s journey from atheism to Christianity

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/  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
9/10/202158 minutes, 12 seconds
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Paralympian Stef Reid: The accident that changed my life

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 The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £1
9/3/202152 minutes, 25 seconds
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Joel Rosenberg: The Christian author who accidentally predicted 9/11

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.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. *SPECIAL OFFER ​*Subscribe now FOR JUST £1/month
8/27/202151 minutes, 54 seconds
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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 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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. *SPECIAL OFFER ​*Subscribe now FOR JUST £1/month
8/21/202152 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jackie Hill Perry: A discussion on gayness and holiness

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.  
8/13/202151 minutes, 53 seconds
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Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees: Faith, doubt and black lives matter

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.  You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now FOR JUST £1/month 
8/6/202142 minutes, 31 seconds
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Sarah Kroger: The Catholic worship leader on a mission to connect people with Jesus

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. The Profile is sponsored by the UK's leading Christian magazine, Premier Christianity. Subscribe now for £3.95/month  
7/30/202140 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sohrab Ahmari: The Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos

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’. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month  
7/23/202159 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jeff Lucas: How 'Mr Bean with a Bible' uses humour to get his message across

Jeff Lucas is a popular Bible teacher, speaker and author. He's been a regular columnist for Premier Christianity for over 20 years. But what makes him tick? How did his Christian journey begin? And where does his trademark humour come from? In this in depth interview, Jeff opens up about a range of topics including understanding God's guidance, why he finds prayer so difficult, his new book Singing in Babylon, and why he's still hopeful about the future of the UK Church.  Read Jeff Lucas' columns in every issue of Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £3.95/month
7/16/202150 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jon Yates and Sam Chan: Fixing our fractured society. Talking about Jesus without being ‘that guy’.

2 guests are featured this week on The Profile speaking to Justin Brierley and Ruth Jackson: Jon Yates is Executive Director of the Youth Endowment Fund and author of ‘Fractured: Why our societies are coming apart and how to put them back together again’ Sam Chan is an Australian evangelist and author of ‘How to Talk about Jesus (Without Being That Guy)’ The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
7/9/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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Christine Caine: The 'old school revivalist' is still clinging to Jesus

There is an honesty about Christine Caine that is rare in high-profile leaders. When the bestselling author, internationally acclaimed speaker and leader of multiple international organisations appears Zoom, she is straight off the treadmill, laughing and apologising for her appearance in a sorry-not-sorry way that epitomises her no-nonsense attitude. “I cannot be made up like I am for television for everything I do, or I will never have a life!” she says. “So here I am! I want to share my life, not a filtered life.” In both her writing and speaking, no topic is off-limits – whether it is the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, finding out that she was adopted in her 30s, battling thyroid cancer in her 40s, or the panic attacks that she started to experience in her 50s. It was this last experience, she says, which prompted the writing of her latest book How Did I Get Here? Finding your way back to God when everything is pulling you away (Nelson). In this in-depth interview, this self described "old school revivalist" explains the importance of staying connected to Jesus.  Read this interview in the new issue of Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £3.95/month  
7/2/202150 minutes, 45 seconds
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Rachel Pieh Jones: How Muslims friends led me closer to Jesus

Rachel Pieh Jones grew up in the USA but has spent most of her adult life in the Horn of Africa. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Rachel explains how meeting and living alongside Muslims radically changed her perception of them. Now based in Djibouti, where almost everyone is a Muslim, Rachel says she's experienced remarkable hospitality, even as she's experienced what it's like to live as a minority, and a stranger in a foreign land. Her new book Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus is available now.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £3.95/month
6/25/202147 minutes, 47 seconds
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Patrick Forbes – Priest, broadcaster, clown

Veteran broadcaster Patrick Forbes talks to Justin Brierley about his varied life and ministry, which includes seafaring, clowning and being a parish priest, as related in his new autobiography ‘A Roomful of Elephants: My first eighty years in the church’.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month  
6/18/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 11 seconds
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Arianna Walker: The Mercy UK founder on seeing lives transformed

The CEO of Mercy UK explains how miraculous financial provision has allowed them to run a residential home for vulnerable young women. In the 15 years since the house in West Yorkshire opened, more than 320 young women have been through the residential discipleship programme, with 82 per cent of residents testifying afterwards: “My life was transformed.” In this interview with Premier Christianity's Emma Fowle, the pair discuss how the home was founded and what Arianna has learned in the process.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £3.95/month
6/10/202148 minutes, 25 seconds
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Rend Collective: Preaching the Gospel, making ends meet and handling the trolls

It has taken the Northern Irish collective a few years to realise it, but they're more of a ministry than a band. That's according to Gareth and Ali Gilkerson, the husband and wife duo who are founding members of the popular worship group Rend Collective. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, the couple talk about their decision to preach the Gospel at every gig, why Covid-19 has affected the band's finances and how criticism and online trolling hasn't dampened their passion for church unity.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £3.95/month
6/4/202146 minutes, 21 seconds
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Richard Stearns: The former World Vision president on fundraising, Trump and Covid-19

Richard Stearns was President of World Vision USA for 20 years. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, he talks about his unexpected calling into the ministry and how he felt completely unprepared and ill-equipped for the role. "I knew nothing about poverty and I remember saying 'Lord I don't know what to do'. It was almost like the Lord said to me 'that's exactly where I want you - dependent on me." Richard also explains how he was able to generate millions of dollars in fundraising for the charity, why Donald Trump's "rhetoric" around refugees has hurt their work and the various challenges which Covid-19 has brought. Richard says the many good news stories about the reduction in poverty are "too often untold". For example, the number of children dying from preventable causes has halved in the past 25 years he says, explaining that he believes charities need to broadcast their successes as much as their pleas for support.  The Profile is brought to you in association with  Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
5/28/202149 minutes, 3 seconds
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Stephen Cottrell: The Archbishop of York who is longing to preach the Gospel

The Archbishop of York is an evangelist. Speaking about the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative, he says, "We all long, of course, to share our faith.” A significant proportion of the 38 books he’s authored are either about mission and evangelism or, in the case of his newest title, Dear England (Hodder & Stoughton), are aimed at those who don’t yet share his faith. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's editor, Archbishop Stephen shares his own life story, and explains how he's "longing" to bring "evangelistic renewal" to the Church of England.  You can also read this interview in the latest edition of Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
5/21/202159 minutes, 29 seconds
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Professor Rosalind Picard: The Artificial Intelligence expert developing life-saving technology

Scientist Rosalind Picard speaks to Ruth Jackson about her faith journey from atheism, how she has used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create life-saving technology and where she sees the future of AI. She also shares her thoughts about working in science as both a Christian and female, as well as how we can help people to meet God in the midst of suffering. Watch Professor Rosalind Picard discuss Artificial Intelligence and whether new technology removes the need for God with Professor Nick Bostrom on the Big Conversation https://www.thebigconversation.show/aiandtechnology The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
5/14/202148 minutes, 34 seconds
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Clare Williams: The Christian apologist on how to reach Gen Z

Apologist Clare Williams, who is one of the speakers at the upcoming Unbelievable? conference, speaks to Ruth Jackson about some of the big questions young black people face. Clare spent over ten years working as a teacher before training in apologetics and uses her experience to help provide Generation Z (those born after mid-90s) with answers to some of life’s toughest objections about the Christian faith. To listen to more of Clare, join us at the online Unbelievable? conference on Saturday 15th May https://www.unbelievable.live​. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
5/7/202125 minutes, 9 seconds
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Matthew Skirton: The CEO of Operation Mobilisation shares stories of mission and miracles

Operation Mobilisation has over 5,000 missionaries working in 110 nations. The charity is best known for Logos Hope, its ship which provides help, aid and support to communities around the world. Matthew Skirton is the CEO of the UK branch of the Christian charity and in this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, he shares his own personal testimony. Matthew also recalls the 20 years he and his wife spent working in Moldova, at a time when electricity was temperamental and running water was non-existent. Listen now to find out what motivated Matthew to give up a comfortable life in the UK and go into mission work, and be encouraged by his stories of God at work around the world today.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
4/30/202149 minutes, 47 seconds
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Terri Goodyear: Can God forgive a murderer? // Tim Hughes: Why the Church needs a 'rewilding' project

In part one, Julia Fisher hears the story of Terri Goodyear, who went to prison for the murder of her husband. Why did she commit such an horrific crime, and could God forgive someone capable of such an act? In part two the worship leader and church leader Tim Hughes talks to Sam Hailes about the future of the Church post Covid-19.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
4/16/202144 minutes, 33 seconds
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David Oyelowo: How the Hollywood actor encountered the unconditional love of God // Mark Clark: Talking about Jesus with sceptics

As a much in-demand actor, David Oyelowo OBE can’t say ‘yes’ to every film he’s offered. So how does he decide which projects to take on? His answer is simple: “As a Christian, I don’t really do films that don’t have some kind of message to them.” In this interview with Sam Hailes, David explains how God became real to him, what it was like playing Martin Luther King Jr in Selma and why he wishes British Christians would be more up front about their faith. In part two, Justin Brierley meets Mark Clark, pastor of The Village Church, Vancouver. He talks about his conversion to Christianity through reading the Bible, why he gave up academic dreams to become a pastor, and about his new book ‘The Problem of Jesus: Answering a Skeptic's Challenges to the Scandal of Jesus’. Read the interview with David Oyelowo now in Premier Christianity magazine.  Subscribe now for £4.95/month
4/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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Fred Hammond: The Gospel legend opens up about divorce, rejection and seeing others grow

Gospel heavy weight Fred Hammond is well known for his extensive music catalogue, but he's been quietly honing his writing and stage directing skills for almost two decades. Now his virtual play "Surviving Williams" is set to reach a global audience. In this interview with Premier's Muyiwa, Hammond says his greatest gift is the anointing to help people. “I love to see people grow. I love pouring into folk…I’m a coach." Hammond was pivotal in launching the careers of Marvin Sapp, Christina Bell and Israel Houghton and continues to take new talent under his wings. During this conversation, Hammond also reflects on his divorce and even opens up about his most embarassing experience in music to date. Sharing his secret to bouncing back from rejection, Hammond quotes Isaiah 40:31 – “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,” adding that the definition of patience, is the ability to remain the same while you wait. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
4/2/202145 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jeff Vines - Megachurches, evangelism and the Ravi scandal

Jeff Vines is the senior pastor of One And All Church in Southern California. He talks to Justin Brierley about leading churches in Africa, New Zealand and the USA, his book ‘Dinner with Skeptics’ and his personal reaction to the Ravi Zacharias scandal.   For 'Today with Jeff Vines' on Premier Christian Radio https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Sunday/Today-with-Jeff-Vines    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
3/26/202155 minutes, 13 seconds
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Farifteh Robb: An Iranian midwife on her journey to Christianity

The author of In the Shadow of the Shahs spoke to Ruth Jackson about being raised as a Persian Muslim in Europe, the Iranian revolution and how she discovered Jesus.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
3/19/202151 minutes, 8 seconds
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Dan Walker: Why his Christian faith makes him a better journalist

One of the most recognisable faces on television talks to Premier's Marcus Jones about his faith, handling criticism and what makes a person remarkable.    You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
3/12/202150 minutes, 19 seconds
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Cece Winans: Gospel's most celebrated female artist // Kel Mitchell: Why the Kenan & Kel star isn't compromising

Gospel’s most celebrated female artist Cece Winans, is set to release her brand-new project Believe for it next week. In this interview with Premier's Muyiwa, Winans shares her heart for the project saying: “I want to ignite faith in the people of God. It’s time for us to release our faith for the impossible.” In part two, Ibe catches up with the American actor and comedian Kel Mitchell, and finds out how the actor has been able to maintain a strong Christian faith, even while working in Hollywood.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
3/5/202151 minutes, 27 seconds
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Pastor Dimas Salaberrios: How God saved me from dealing drugs // The Voice's Janel Antoneshia on same-sex attraction

Dimas Salaberrios is the director of the documentary film America's Hidden War: Chicago. In this incredibly moving interview with Muyiwa, he talks about his life selling drugs, the chilling realities for children as young as nine living in Chicago and what he thinks the Church and parents should do to help tackle the problems. In part two Cassandra Maria speaks to the singer Janel Antoneshia about her faith journey, her new music and why she's glad Tom Jones didn't turn around for her on The Voice.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
2/26/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 40 seconds
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Chick Yuill: Reaching the masses with the good news of Jesus

The pastor, preacher, writer and broadcaster speaks to Premier’s Andy Peck about his humble start in a Scottish mining town, and pastoring a number of churches with the Salvation Army. This included a spell in California and an appearance on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show to give a Christian angle in the heat of a debate about the ethics of same-sex relations. He says: “in the middle, was me trying to explain to the studio audience and the ITV audience that Christianity and total insanity, we're not related terms!”   His heart to reach the many who aren’t aware of the Gospel led to his writing novels for the mass market and his lifelong enthusiasm for radio is behind his delight at presenting on Premier Christian Radio’s on Friday mornings. At 74 years of age, he’s still exercising daily and has the enthusiasm of a 20 year-old. 
2/19/202150 minutes, 42 seconds
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Rachelle Ann Go: Musical theatre star on faith, pregnancy and depression

The multi-award-wining singer and actress with millions of social media followers spoke to Ruth Jackson about Hamiliton, how she came to faith and clinging to God through tough times. You can read more about Rachelle An Go in the February issue of Premier Christianity magazine https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2021/February-2021/Rachelle-Ann-Go-How-the-musical-theatre-superstar-became-a-Christian
2/12/202151 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mica Paris: The UK's soul queen on her new Gospel album

The singer, TV presenter and actress (EastEnders, Fame: The Musical) Mica Paris chats to Premier's Ibe about her brand new album, simply entitled Gospel. The two also discuss her career in music, including her platinum selling 1988 album So Good, and Mica reveals why prayer is so important to her. "But don't go telling people I'm going to be a pastor," she laughs.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
2/5/202155 minutes, 42 seconds
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Gospel star Deitrick Haddon calls out false prophets // The Voice's Michelle John on being a survivor

On this week's episode, we're talking to two of the biggest names in Gospel music. Deitrick Haddon talks with Muyiwa about being in the inauguration of Mr Biden, how he feels about Trumps 'reckless' leadership, false prophets and whether he decided to purchase a gun. In part two, Giantkiller Ibe speaks to The Voice finalist Michelle John about her new inspiring album, what life was like growing up, and how she survived domestic abuse.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
1/29/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds
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Steph Macleod: The Scottish worship leader on overcoming addiction and homelessness

In this in-depth interview, the Scottish singer-songwriter and worship leader Steph Macleod speaks to Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes about overcoming drug and alcohol dependency. Steph was homeless when he found Christ, but that decision to surrender everything to Jesus marked an important turning point in his life story. That's not to say the singer gives the impression that his life is all rosy. Far from it. Steph says he's still "in recovery", and when asked how Covid-19 has affected him, he replies "It's been a really tough year." Others have called him open and honest, but Steph says he needs to be real in order to survive. Alongside writing worship songs, he's also a mental health advocate. In opening up about his struggles, Steph says he's always mindful of the support of his friends, family and church community in helping him stay sober. The pair also discuss Steph's new single, 'No Other God', which is out now, and discuss how the digital world is allowing the singer - along with the wider Celtic Worship community - to reach audiences all over the world.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
1/22/202150 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eddie Arthur: The Bible translator reflects on world mission and Covid-19

He may have a science student (studying one enzyme in the broad bean plant), but even as a relatively young Christian, Eddie Arthur always sensed that God wanted him to be a missionary in a French-speaking nation. He'd assumed that meant somewhere in Europe. But it turned out God had something very different in mind. In this in-depth interview, Eddie explains how God called him and his wife to Ivory Coast in order to translate the New Testament into the Kouya language (something which had never been undertaken before). In opening up about the 12 year adventure with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Eddie also reflects on world missions, the impact of Covid-19, and why the significant decisions he took during his tenure as CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators were so controversial in some quarters.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
1/15/202149 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sir Cliff Richard: My faith has never been stronger // Heidi Crowther: The Down's Syndrome campaigner fighting for a change in abortion law

It is a double bill this week as Rev Cindy Kent interviews music legend Sir Cliff Richard about why, despite everything, his faith has never been stronger, and how he's learned to forgive both his accuser and the BBC. In part two, Cara Bentley meets the Down's Syndrome campaigner Heidi Crowther who is taking the government to court, in an attempt to change the law around abortion.    You can also read the interview with Sir Cliff in Premier Christianity magazine.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
1/8/202159 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dr Simon Stuart of Arocha International – Tragedy and hope in creation care

Award–winning conservation expert Dr Simon Stuart is the newly-appointed Executive Director of the leading Christian conservation charity Arocha International. He talks to Justin Brierley about the tragic death of leading members of Arocha in a road accident in South Africa in 2019, and his own life as a Christian at the cutting edge of researching wildlife conservation. For Arocha International: https://www.arocha.org The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
1/1/20211 hour, 1 minute
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Skip Heitzig: Pastoring in a pandemic and writing God’s biography

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month 
12/24/202055 minutes, 10 seconds
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Joshua Luke Smith: Merchant of mystery

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.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
12/18/202059 minutes, 5 seconds
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When worship goes viral: Kari Jobe and Tim Hughes on The Blessing

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.    Click here to read Megan Cornwell's interview with Kari Jobe in Premier Christianity magazine   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
12/11/202055 minutes, 7 seconds
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Robert and Liz Glover: how God helped us place over 1 million Chinese orphans in families

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.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
12/4/202054 minutes, 11 seconds
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Rev Paul Cowley MBE: Thief, prisoner, soldier, priest

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.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
11/27/202042 minutes, 15 seconds
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CBeebies' Gemma Hunt: How God called me to work in TV // Faith Child: Making music that changes lives

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
11/20/202049 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mike 'Big Daddy' Weaver: How I'm learning to trust and obey

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month  
11/13/202041 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: Jewishness, Jesus & Richard Dawkins

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. 
11/9/202053 minutes, 47 seconds
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Jonathan Veira: How the Bass Baritone found his voice

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
11/6/202047 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chris Eaton: Songwriter to the stars // Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr: Finding the motivation to win

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'. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
10/30/202047 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bryn Haworth: The guitar virtuoso on his conversion to Christianity

The legendary guitarist and Christian singer-songwriter Bryn Haworth has released over 20 albums and toured the length and breadth of the UK over the course of his four-decade-long career. In this interview with Premier's Simon Tuck, Bryn tells the story of how he and his wife Sally were saved out of a classic 1960s 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' lifestyle and into what became known as the 'Jesus movement'. He also talks about his prison ministry, how Covid-19 has effected him and perhaps most importantly, what snacks he'd take on a road trip. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
10/23/202056 minutes, 20 seconds
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X Factor runner-up Jahmene: Surviving child abuse and meeting a father to the fatherless

It could be argued X Factor launched his career, but Jahmene doesn't share that perspective. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, the singer explains why he wouldn't recommend the show to upcoming singers. He also opens up about the horrific abuse he received as a child, and how God revealed himself in the midst of his pain. He also talks about his determination to stay true to himself - and his faith - even when faced with outside pressures, including that of past record labels he was associated with. Having released his first Gospel EP independently, which includes hit song 'Father to the Fatherless', Jahmene is feeling confident in who he is. But citing what he calls the "politricks" inside churches, he believes God is calling him "outside of the church".  You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for £4.95/month
10/16/202052 minutes, 33 seconds
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Steve Harvey: One of America's biggest entertainers on his mistakes and God's grace

He might be one of America’s biggest entertainers, but life hasn’t always been rosy for the larger-than-life celebrity. Steve Harvey says his rags to riches story is entirely down to the grace of God. In this exclusive interview with Premier's Muyiwa, Harvey describes quitting his job in pursuit of a career in stand-up comedy as a “leap of faith”. It landed him homeless for three years, living in his car, travelling the length and breadth of the USA searching for gigs. Eventually his big break came. But success is a double-edged sword, and it would take him down a path away from the values of his childhood. It was many years before he rediscovered that the God he'd turned his back on was waiting with open arms.   You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine
10/9/202046 minutes, 26 seconds
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Robin Mark: Writing 'Days of Elijah' and longing for Revival in Belfast

Northern Irish worship leader Robin Mark is the writer of much-loved worship songs 'Days of Elijah', 'Revival' and 'Take us to the river'. In this look back on his career with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Robin explains his songwriting process and reflects on whether or not his longing for revival in Belfast has been fulfilled. The pair also discuss the remarkable moment we're living in, with singing in churches banned due to Covid-19. And listen out for the exclusive on Robin's forthcoming album, available later this year...   The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
10/2/202056 minutes, 48 seconds
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Iona Rossely: The former ladies ski champion on her long journey to faith

Iona has represented Great Britain in speed skiing and holds the title of Ladies British Overseas Champion and New Zealand Ladies Champion. She successfully represented Ireland in the World Equestrian Games and the World Championships. But despite medals and acclaim she always felt something was missing, In this in-depth interview, Iona shares some of her greatest challenges - including a horrific ski injury that changed the course of her life - and describes how she met Jesus one day in her kitchen.   The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/  
9/25/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Leroy Logan: My life as a black police officer in London

Leroy Logan is a Christian, a black man and a police officer. And he sees no contradiction between any of these aspects of his identity. The former superintendent played a significant role in the Metropolitan police, which he served in for 30 years. He is a former chair of the Black Police Association and was involved in the investigation of the murder of Damilola Taylor. In this interview with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes, Leroy explains how despite his father being attacked by the police, he was resolute in following his calling. He also reveals how his wife leaving him kickstarted his journey to faith and an experience of being 'born again'. Part of his life story is due to feature in an upcoming BBC One film 'Small Axe' where John Boyega (Star Wars, Pacific Rim, Attack The Block) will play Leroy. The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
9/18/202056 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ari Sorko-Ram: The Messianic Jewish leader who believes all Israel will be saved

Ari Sorko-Ram has had a varied life and career which has included working as a professional Rugby player in France, an actor in Hollywood and a church leader in Israel. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Ari explains the theology behind Messianic Judaism and takes on popular and sometimes controversial misconceptions about Israel and the Bible. The founder of charity Maoz Israel is adamant that “all Israel will be saved”, as stated in Romans 11. In explaining his interpretation of this verse, Ari also comments on the state of the Church in Israel today, and explains why he is a supporter of both Jews and Arabs in the land.   The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
9/11/202051 minutes, 44 seconds
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Max Lucado: The prolific author on his lockdown struggles // Jo Saxton: The leadership coach with a passion for mentoring women

In this week's double bill, Rachel Matthew meets the prolific Christian author Max Lucado and Claire Musters interviews well known leadership coach and popular speaker Jo Saxton.   You can also read the interviews with Max Lucado and Jo Saxton on the Premier Christianity website.   The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/
9/5/202052 minutes, 25 seconds
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Damian Stayne: The Catholic charismatic on healing, prophecy and deliverance

Damian Stayne is a healing minister in the Catholic Church. He is the founder and the leader of Cor et Lumen Christi, which aims to equip fellow Catholics in supernatural ministry. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity's Megan Cornwell, Damian shares his remarkable testimony, comments on deliverance ministry, healing and other miraculous and supernatural events he's personally witnessed. The Profile is brought to you in association with the UK's leading Christian magazine. Subscribe to Premier Christianity now for only £4.95/month at premierchristianity.com/subscribe/  
8/28/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 27 seconds
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John Mark Comer: How to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life

The American pastor's new and much-praised book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is out now. And you can get it FREE when you subscribe to Premier Christianity magazine. To celebrate this great offer, we're replaying our in depth interview with John Mark, which covers the themes of the book, plus how he's reaching one of America's most secular cities. You can also read this interview at premierchristianity.com  
8/21/202058 minutes, 18 seconds
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Rev Chris Lee: The viral vicar reaching 1 million people a week

He has more followers than the Archbishop of Canterbury and tens of thousands watch his 60-second sermons. BBC News has dubbed him “an internet sensation”, but what message is Rev Chris Lee seeking to communicate? In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity's editor Sam Hailes, Chris shares his testimony and offers his views on online church and the Church of England's digital strategy.    You can also read this interview at premierchristianity.com The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe to the magazine now for only £4.95/month  
8/14/202058 minutes, 46 seconds
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Lisa Fields: Jude 3 Project, Racism in the Church, US politics

Lisa Fields is head of the Jude 3 Project, an apologetics organisation with a focus on helping African Americans better understand and share their faith.   Lisa speaks to Megan Cornwell about: the types of objections to Christianity raised by people of colour; racism in the Church; what it's like as a woman ministering in male-dominated spheres; US politics; and much more.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
8/7/202046 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ken Costa: Following Jesus in the world of banking and finance

Ken Costa is part of the leadership team at Holy Trinity Brompton and has had a career in banking and finance. In this interview first broadcast in 2016 he talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa, his Christian conversion and his recent book ‘Know Your Why’   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
7/31/202054 minutes, 59 seconds
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Pastor Sam Robertson: Supernatural encounters // Shadow Faiths Minister Janet Daby MP: My testimony

On this week’s show, Premier’s Maria Rodriguez speaks to Sam Robertson from the Glasgow Prophetic Centre about the unusual supernatural encounters he’s experienced during times of prayer ministry. In the second part of the show, Cara Bentley interviews the shadow faiths minister Janet Daby MP about her testimony.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
7/24/202055 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr Francis Collins: The Christian geneticist on conversion, creation and Covid-19

Dr Francis Collins is a renowned geneticist who directs the National Institutes of Health in the USA, at the forefront of finding a vaccine for Covid-19. He was recently awarded the Templeton Prize. In this interview he speaks to Justin Brierley about how he came to faith and answers a variety of questions on evolution, Christianity and atheism.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
7/17/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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Eric Gaudion: Suffering with the most painful condition known to humanity

Church leader Eric Gaudion endured one of the most painful conditions known to humanity for 22 years. He was admitted to hospital more than 100 times and went through 30 surgeries before a groundbreaking transplant gave him his life back. In this interview with Sam Hailes, Eric explains how his suffering effected his relationship with God, opens up about the serious mental battle which accompanied his illness and comments on how the coronavirus lockdown has reminded church leaders of the importance of caring for the chronically unwell and long term sick in their congregations. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine.
7/10/202041 minutes, 17 seconds
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KXC’s Pete Hughes: Discovering God’s plan to make all things new

In this week’s episode, church planter and author Pete Hughes talks to Sam Hailes about coronavirus, racism, ministering to millennials and Gen Z in London and why and how the church he leads in Kings Cross has grown. The figures - 40 congregants to 700 in a ten year period - have impressed many, but Pete is up front about the challenges as much as the highpoints. One of his passions is helping Christians understand the big picture of God’s story. His debut book All Things New is designed to communicate “God’s burning desire is to bring restoration to every sphere of society.” And in a tongue in cheek reference to his brother’s song, Pete believes heaven won’t involve sitting on a cloud and singing ‘Here I am to Worship’. There’s something much better in store for us, he says.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. [premierchristianity.com/subscribe] Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
7/3/202052 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rich Wilson: Head of student mission movement, Fusion

Rich Wilson is passionate about raising up the next generation of students who love Jesus, and then unleashing them on the world. In this in-depth interview he shares his own journey to faith and reveals some of the remarkable things God has done along the way. 
6/26/202055 minutes, 37 seconds
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Paul S Williams: The Marketplace and Mission in a post-Christian world

Paul S Williams is CEO of Bible Society, which for 200 years has sought to bring the Bible alive to every man, woman and child.  He shares how he was dramatically brought back to faith as a student at Oxford University before going on to work in financial analysis in the UK. He has held research and teaching positions in Canada on the theology of the marketplace and leadership. His latest book is ‘Exiles on Mission: How Christians can thrive in a post-Christian world’.  https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/products/9781587434358/  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
6/19/202059 minutes, 47 seconds
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Lisa Bevere on thriving in lockdown // Rev Anthony Thompson on forgiving the racist who murdered his wife

It’s a double bill of The Profile podcast this week. Rachel Matthews is in conversation with bestselling author and founder of Messengers International, Lisa Bevere. In part two Claire Musters interviews Rev Anthony Thompson who lost his wife in the Charleston Church massacre five years ago. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. [premierchristianity.com/subscribe] Subscribe now for only £4.95/month   
6/12/202056 minutes
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Dr Rowan Williams: The former Archbishop of Canterbury on the Rule of St Benedict

Dr Rowan Williams is hoping to move back to Wales. “I don’t know exactly when it will be possible” he tells Catherine Larner, “but I still hope to be back by late autumn. I’m waiting to see what lies ahead, but I’m not looking to fill the diary. I’m hoping there may be an opportunity to loosen up and unclutter slightly...I can dream!” To return to Wales would bring things back full circle. It’s where he grew up and where, as a bishop, spent the happiest years of his life. A poet, a theologian and the former Archbishop of Canterbury (2002–12), Dr Williams has been the Master of Magdalene College Cambridge for much of the past decade, inhabiting a vast 1960s red-brick property on the edge of the city centre. Life is busy with numerous responsibilities but it’s stimulating and sociable and follows a rhythm of life, he says. Each day incorporates morning and evening prayer, a time of silence, meetings, work and time with family and friends or colleagues. In this wide-ranging interview, Dr Williams opens up about past mistakes, comments on the frenetic pace of life facing many, and explains how the Rule of St Benedict can help us. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
6/5/202052 minutes, 38 seconds
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Nigel Ipinson-Fleming: Keyboards, drugs, The Stone Roses and my journey to Jesus Christ

Nigel Ipinson-Fleming is a Gospel artist, keyboard player and music producer with a history playing in bands such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Stone Roses. First broadcast in 2016, in this interview he chats with Muyiwa Olarewaju about his life, music and journey of faith. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
5/29/202053 minutes, 24 seconds
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Stef Reid: World champion Paralympian

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 The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
5/22/202051 minutes, 11 seconds
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Marilyn Baker: A lifetime of music and ministry // Timo Soini: The former Finnish deputy PM

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. [premierchristianity.com/subscribe] Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
5/16/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kings Kaleidoscope's Chad Gardner: Turning apathy to art

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month
5/8/202045 minutes, 19 seconds
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David Bennett: A celibate gay Christian has tea with his enemies

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”.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month  
5/1/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
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Rhidian Brook: 20 years of broadcasting on Thought for the Day

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now for only £4.95/month  
4/24/202053 minutes, 23 seconds
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Nadim Ednan-Laperouse: Encountering angels and coming to Christ

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.
4/17/202055 minutes, 21 seconds
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Kim Phuc Phan Thi: How the bombs led me to Christ

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
4/10/202050 minutes, 57 seconds
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Lockdown special: J John, RT Kendall, Rob Parsons and Philip Yancey

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.
4/4/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 52 seconds
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Will van der Hart on positive mental health during Coronavirus lockdown

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. www.mindandsoulfoundation.org
3/27/202040 minutes, 30 seconds
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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 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.
3/20/202050 minutes, 36 seconds
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Canon Andrew White: Working for reconciliation in the Middle East

“How do we bring enemies together?” That’s the question which has dominated much of Canon Andrew White’s ministry. For many years he was the only Anglican vicar in Baghdad, staying there throughout the most recent Iraq war. He only left when the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told him: “You’re more use to us alive than dead, Andrew”.  In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Canon Andrew opens up about his early life, his ongoing health issues and why he’s been investigated twice by the Charity Commission. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
3/13/202052 minutes, 57 seconds
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Kidnapped missionary David Donovan: How I survived being held at gunpoint for 22 days

Working in Nigeria as a medical missionary, David and his wife Shirley thought they were safe. “That was an illusion,” David now says. On 13 October 2017 the couple were awakened by a pounding on the door. The power lines had been cut as a gang stormed the compound and kidnapped them along with Alanna Carson and Ian Squire. Soon afterwards, Ian was shot dead. In this interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, David explains how the other three Christians survived the ordeal, why the Bible was “fundamental” to their survival, and what the traumatic experience taught him about God’s sovereignty. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
3/6/20201 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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Nims Obunge: The London Mayoral candidate who wants to pastor the city

Nims Obunge loves an acronym. Hope stands for “Helping Other People Excel”, while Dream means “Develop Real Examples and Mentors”, he says. As a preacher and pastor, Nims is passionate about motivating his people to live for God and make a difference in their communities. His Christian roots are evident. He talks about growing up in the context of 6am family prayer meetings and how he’s gone onto lead Freedom’s Ark church in north London. Best known for founding The Peace Alliance and working at various levels of society including working with the police to tackle gun crime and helping to rehabilitate prisoners, Nims isn’t a stranger to the world of politics and public service. And he’s unfazed by the suggestion that independent candidates like him are at a disadvantage. Speaking of the upcoming election on 7 May he says, “I know I can win”. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample Listen to our interview with the Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey here. Premier is approaching the other candidates with interview requests.  
2/28/202059 minutes, 49 seconds
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Paul Baloche: The pastor to worship pastors on discipleship, church unity and ‘grace passes’

‘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’. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
2/21/202058 minutes, 40 seconds
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Facebook exec Nona Jones: God gave me the job of a lifetime

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample You can also read the interview online here
2/14/202048 minutes, 49 seconds
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SPECIAL - Franklin Graham: my apology to the LGBT community

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy visit premierchristianity.com 
2/13/202034 minutes, 39 seconds
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Peter Lynas: The Evangelical Alliance UK director on Trans issues, religious freedom and meaning

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.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
2/7/20201 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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Noël Tredinnick: The conductor, composer and Prom Praise founder on his lifetime of music ministry

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
1/31/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 42 seconds
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Will Torrent: The award winning Pastry chef wants to change how you think about chocolate

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.      The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
1/24/202054 minutes, 53 seconds
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Katia Adams: How I discovered what the Bible really says about men and women

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.’” The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample You can also read this interview in the January and February issues of Premier Woman Alive.
1/17/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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Simon Guillebaud: demon possession, death threats and raising children in a conflict zone

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
1/10/202057 minutes, 14 seconds
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Shaun Bailey: The Conservative London Mayoral candidate on coming back to faith and tackling knife crime

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. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
1/3/202057 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mark Scandrette: Meet the prophetic teacher urging the Church to re-think spiritual formation

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.     The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
12/27/20191 hour, 19 seconds
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William McDowell: Miracles, signs and wonders are breaking out at the Gospel artist’s church

In this week’s show Sam Hailes sits down with the Grammy nominated Gospel artist William McDowell to hear how the miraculous has been invading Deeper Fellowship in Florida. McDowell grew up in a strong Christian family and made a commitment to God at a very early age. Over the past two decades he’s been crying out to God for revival. That prayer was finally answered on May 22, 2016 when the presence of God entered his church of Deeper Fellowship in Orlando and has yet to leave. In this in depth interview, McDowell shares some of the remarkable stories of healing which have been taking place. He also opens up about his latest, critically acclaimed album The Cry, and gives his view on Kanye West’s apparent conversion to Christianity.    The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
12/20/201956 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ann Widdecombe: The outspoken MEP on converting to Catholicism, leaving the Conservatives and appearing on Strictly

In this week’s show Cara Bentley delves into the life and faith of the outspoken and at times controversial politician, Ann Widdecombe. When Widdecombe last spoke to Premier ten years ago, she was approaching the end of her career as an MP, looking forward to retirement on the south coast, and hoping a peerage would be on the horizon. She talked about her lifelong allegiance to the Conservative Party and assured us she would never go on Big Brother “and certainly not Strictly Come Dancing”. Well, life is full of surprises and a lot has changed over the past decade. She’s no longer retired, and after 55 years in the party, she isn’t a Conservative either, having moved to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Despite vowing never to go on Big Brother or Strictly, she’s since thrown herself into both! Listen to the interview now to hear the conversation in full.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
12/13/201953 minutes, 53 seconds
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Rev Nadim Nassar: The CofE’s only Syrian Priest on holding onto faith during war and building peace in the Middle East

On this week’s show, Rev Nadim Nassar, the Church of England’s only Syrian priest, talks to Megan Cornwell about growing up in Syria and the constant threats to his life which led him to a deep sense of trust in Jesus and to his calling as a peacebuilder. He shares stories of the Syrian Muslim experiencing profound visions of Christ in the war-torn country at the moment and he shares a strident message for the CofE’s leaders, whom he says have failed “to step up their challenge to the government” and end the conflict in his home country. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample 
11/29/201953 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mark Sayers: The church and culture guru on secularism, tech, relevance and revival

On this week’s show, Mark Sayers, the pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia talks to Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes about his life and ministry. Mark speaks on a variety of topics related to church and culture, including his own experience of failed church plants, the dangers of “digital capitalism” and his definition of revival as ‘renewal gone viral’. He also opens up about his own mental health struggles and shares a touching story of how waking up to graffiti plastered across his church building one Easter Sunday led to an unexpected moment of Christian unity. Follow Mark on Twitter @sayersmark The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample   
11/22/201953 minutes, 49 seconds
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Josh Turner: The country music star on faith and family // Pippa Gumbel: Leading HTB and pioneering Alpha

It’s a double bill this week. The Nashville based country star Josh Turner talks to Premier’s Simon Tuck about his music career, and why faith matters to him more than anything. Then in part two, Maria Rodriguez meets co-author of The Bible of the Year, Pippa Gumbel. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample 
11/15/201954 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ortis Deley: The CBBC and Gadget Show presenter on the highs and lows of his TV career

On this week’s show, Ortis Deley talks to Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes about his Christian upbringing, why he doesn’t go to church anymore and the ups and downs of a career in broadcasting. Ortis is best known for previously fronting the BBC’s flagship morning show Live & Kicking, and today presenting The Gadget Show on Channel 5. In this in-depth interview, he answers questions on young people, technology and opens up about how a blunder on live TV almost cost him his career. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
11/8/201955 minutes, 38 seconds
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Andrew Peterson: The storytelling songwriter on depression, CS Lewis and the ‘Is he worthy?’ controversy

Andrew Peterson’s biggest struggle is believing the truth that God loves him. Not because God isn’t loving, he explains, but because “I’m not lovable”. It’s a surprising admission from a man who has sold thousands of records and tours internationally. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Andrew opens up about a variety of topics, including his battle with depression, why community is so important to him, and his reflections following the ‘Is he worthy?’ music video controversy. Speaking during the first ever Hutchmoot gathering in Oxford, Andrew also recalls growing up in the “troubled culture” of the American South, how his faith has matured over time and why he recently became a bee-keeper. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
11/1/201959 minutes, 45 seconds
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Shane Claiborne: The Red Letter Christian on beating gun and knife violence and wrestling with LGBT issues

During a recent visit to London, Shane Claiborne met with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes to discuss a number of issues close to his heart. Claiborne is well known as a social activist, author and campaigner who has long advocated for nonviolence and simple living. Recalling his formative experience working with Mother Theresa, Claiborne speaks about the importance of loving the person in front of you and following Jesus in everything. He is part of a movement know as Red Letter Christians, who emphasise the words of Jesus printed in red in some Bibles. The co-founder of that movement Tony Campolo recently had a change of heart on same-sex marriage. Has Shane been on a similar journey? And does he really think the problems of gun violence in the US and knife crime in the UK can be overcome? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7JLQOH8fRQ&feature=youtu.be The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
10/25/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 50 seconds
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Andy Hawthorne: How the veteran evangelist gave up his career to start The Message

On this week’s show, the founder of The Message talks to Megan Cornwell about his life and ministry. Andy Hawthorne OBE was previously a member of the band The Worldwide Message Tribe, and has been involved in evangelistic efforts for over 25 years. In this in-depth interview, Andy explains why he believes the UK Church needs to do a better job at raising up evangelists, and comments on how 2020 is set to be a significant year for anyone passionate about sharing the gospel. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
10/18/201949 minutes, 50 seconds
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Rob Parsons: Storytelling, prodigals and Care for the Family

As his long-running Premier Christianity column draws to a close, Rob Parsons chats to editor Sam Hailes about his ministry with Care for the Family, the disruptive nature of technology and the power of vulnerability. The former lawyer has sold thousands of books, including The Sixty Minute Father and The Money Secret, and is known as an expert on family issues, but he’s as friendly, relatable and down to earth as he has ever been. In this interview the 71 year old reflects on life growing up in rural Wales, the importance of honesty and vulnerability, why he often feels like a “rubbish Christians” and what the future holds for him. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample You can also read this interview in the latest issue of the magazine.
10/11/201958 minutes, 2 seconds
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Gavin Calver: The Evangelical Alliance’s new CEO on leading a braver, kinder and more hopeful organisation

On day three of his new job as CEO of the UK’s oldest and largest evangelical unity movement, Gavin Calver met Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes to discuss his vision for the organisation to become ‘braver’ and ‘kinder’. The pair also talked about secularisation, LGBT issues, social media, revival, the death of nominalism, whether or not preachers should talk about Brexit and why a global view of Christianity should fill us with hope.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
10/4/201953 minutes, 46 seconds
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David Suchet: Playing Poirot, reading the Bible and why I love St Paul

The actor best known for his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot talks to Premier’s Justin Brierley about his faith. David Suchet, CBE was converted after reading Romans 8 in a hotel room Bible. In this in-depth interview he reveals what it’s like to be a Christian in the worlds of stage and screen, why he’s not a very good evangelist and what it was like to record an audio version of the entire Bible.   The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
9/27/201955 minutes, 33 seconds
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Simon Thomas: Losing my wife, raising our son and battling depression as a Christian

Simon Thomas seemingly had it all. A successful and enviable career in TV, a loving family and a strong Christian faith. Then at quarter to six on Friday 24 November 2017, his world fell apart. Thomas was “utterly convinced” that his wife, Gemma, would be OK when she was first taken ill. But just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, the 40-year-old passed away. Simon was devastated. His prayers for healing had gone unanswered, and he was now faced with breaking the news to the couple’s eight-year-old son, Ethan. As the days, weeks and months rolled by, Thomas would process much of his grief in public; writing raw and honest blogs and producing heartbreaking YouTube videos, often about how he was trying his best to support his son. In this in-depth interview, he opens up to Premier’s Marcus Jones about faith, unanswered prayer and his confidence that death is not the end.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
9/20/201953 minutes, 13 seconds
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Amy Orr-Ewing: Evangelism and apologetics to skeptics, students and the Taliban

Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is a leading evangelist and apologist who is senior vice president with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. She talks to Justin Brierley about how her family converted to Christ, doing evangelism from a young age, confronting liberal Bible scholars at Oxford University, taking Bibles to the Taliban, and why her husband is called Frog. Amy and other speakers will be helping young people to wrestle with big questions about faith at Reboot in London on Sat 21 Sep 2019 https://www.rebootglobal.org/ The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Subscribe now and get 2x FREE tickets to Ligonier’s The Light of the World Conference (worth £118!). premierchristianity.com/subscribe    
9/13/201955 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dr Sinclair Ferguson: The Scottish Reformed theologian reflects on 50 years of ministry

Sam Hailes meets the well-known theologian and minister Sinclair Ferguson on this week’s show. Sinclair is Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in the US, and an assistant minister at St. Peter's Free Church of Scotland in Dundee. In this in depth interview he explains how he was called into ministry and shares lessons learned over many decades of teaching the Bible in both academic and local church contexts.   Dr Ferguson will be one of the speakers at Ligonier Ministries’ The Light of the World conference in London. Get 2 FREE tickets (worth £118) to the event when you subscribe to Premier Christianity magazine. Visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
9/6/201954 minutes, 18 seconds
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Mim Skinner: Discovering authentic faith inside a women’s prison // Steve Maltz: Why the Church needs to get back to its Jewish roots

It’s a double bill on The Profile this week. Megan Cornwell meets Mim Skinner, the author of Jailbirds: a book about women’s prisons, while in part two, Sam Hailes talks Steve Maltz, a Christian author best known for his teaching on the Hebraic roots of Christianity. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Request a free copy at premierchristianity.com  
8/30/201955 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Bruderhof’s Bernard Hibbs: Living in community // Bishop Philip North: Remembering the poor

Megan Cornwell meets Bernard Hibbs from The Bruderhof – a Christian community where all possessions are shared, faith sits at the centre of daily life and crime is non-existent. In part two, the Bishop of Burnley Philip North talks about his work in the Church of England and his desire to take the Gospel to the UK’s most deprived areas. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To find out more about The Bruderhof, read Megan Cornwell’s feature
8/23/201953 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bec Hill: The Australian comedian speaks candidly on faith, church and paper-puppetry

On this week’s show, Megan Cornwell sits down with comedian Bec Hill, who is currently performing at Edinburgh Fringe. Born in Australia but now based in London, Bec Hill’s one liners have been featured in The Telegraph, The Guardian and Buzzfeed. She is best known for incorporating arts and crafts into her stand-up routines (which she describes as “paper-puppetry”). In this interview she explains how despite losing faith in some of the church contexts she’s experienced, her belief in Jesus has survived. She also explains why it’s harder to be a woman on the comedy circuit than it is a Christian. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
8/16/201954 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tim Farron: How prophecy and apologetics led the former Lib Dem leader to faith

On this week’s show, Tim Farron tells Sam Hailes how reading books on prophecy and apologetics played a key part in his decision to become a Christian. Farron also comments on how the “trials and tribulations” he experienced while leading the Liberal Democrats have enabled him to be more open about his faith.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. You can read this interview in the latest edition. To request a free sample copy visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
8/9/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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Paul Harcourt: Leading New Wine, encountering the Holy Spirit and longing for another move of God

On this week’s show, the national leader of New Wine sits down with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes. Paul Harcourt explains how encountering the Holy Spirit at an early age dramatically altered his relationship with God and allowed him to “let go” of an over-reliance on his ability to rationally explain his faith. As New Wine marks 30 years of summer conferences, Paul also reveals exactly how the name ‘New Wine’ came about (it’s not what you think). He also explains why he believes the UK Church could be on the cusp of a new move of the Spirit and comments on how the event has changed its approach when it comes to booking well known speakers. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
8/2/201955 minutes
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Alexander Mclean: Bringing justice to African prisons

There are people walking the streets today who were formerly on death row in Uganda. Alexander Mclean is the man who has helped win their freedom. The founder of African Prisons Project, is a lawyer, humanitarian and award winning philanthropist who has long been passionate about setting the captives free. In this interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Alexander – a “prisoner by choice” – shares more about his life, faith and work. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
7/26/201954 minutes, 34 seconds
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Lyndon Bowring: Compassionate campaigning on abortion and homosexuality

The co-founder of Christian charity CARE reflects on a lifetime of campaigning in this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes. Lyndon Bowring may not have changed his mind on the fundamental issues, but the way he talks about difficult and often divisive subjects has. The 71-year-old has long been an Elim minister and prolific teacher and still describes himself as an evangelist. But he’s also been a bridge builder working for unity among Christians, often behind the scenes. In this interview, Lyndon talks about his upbringing in Wales, how CARE was birthed out of the Nationwide Festival of Light and what the future holds both for him and the ministry he founded. You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
7/19/201955 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ben Lindsay: youth violence, racism and parenting

Pastor and founder of Power The Fight, Ben Linsday, shares his faith journey with Ruth Jackson and talks about his work with at-risk young people in South London. He offers advice about what the Church can do to curb the rise in youth violence. Ben challenges Christians to think about diversity and looks at the impact of racism on communities. He also share some parenting stories. Ben’s book We Need To Talk About Race (SPCK) is out now. Folow Ben on Twitter @BCWLindsay The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
7/12/201953 minutes, 17 seconds
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Kojo Anim: Doing Britain’s Got Talent & God moment

Kojo Anim talks to LadyT about his time on Britain’s Got Talent, why he did the show, getting the golden buzzer from Simon Cowell and why that moment changed everything. He also talks about being broke, homeless, in foster care and the impact that had on his life growing up. Kojo will be on a national tour from 6th Feb 2020. Tickets available here - http://www.kojoanim.co.uk/ Follow Kojo on IG & Twitter @kojoanimlive The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
7/8/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Natalie Collins: women, equality and where the Church has gone wrong

Natalie Collins is a Gender Justice Specialist who works with Christian organisations and others to educate them on gender equality and the abuse of women. Collins was in an abusive marriage herself and gave birth to her second child prematurely after her ex-husband attacked her. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Megan Cornwell she explains how Christian purity culture led to her marrying her abuser. Collins shares her thoughts on the barriers to gender equality in churches and describes how it’s possible to be a Christian and a feminist when it comes to complex ethical issues such as abortion. Collins’ new book Out of Control: Couples, Conflict and the Capacity for Change (SPCK) is out now. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianitymagazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
7/5/201957 minutes, 29 seconds
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Pete Portal: Finding Jesus in a Cape Town ghetto

Pete Portal tells Justin Brierley his conversion story (involving a fight in a takeaway restaurant) and what that led him to establish a Christian rehab community in one of South Africa’s most infamous ghettoes. Pete shares the joys, struggles, miracles and heartache of ministering to and living with Muslim gang members and drug addicts. Pete’s book No Neutral Ground (Hodder & Stoughton) is out now . Folow Pete on Twitter @Pete_Portal The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
6/28/201956 minutes, 45 seconds
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Rev Dr Clifford Hill: Prophecy, Brexit and The Reshaping of Britain

The Rev Dr Clifford Hill is a sociologist, theologian and founder of the magazine Prophecy Today. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, Dr Hill recalls his early life and explains how he was called to ministry at the tender age of 12, with his preaching ministry beginning soon afterwards. “What I preached in those day I don’t know, I shudder to think!” he quips. The founder of Issachar Ministries also opens up about his work in the inner-city areas of London, and explains why prophecy should focus on “forthtelling” the Word of God rather than “foretelling” the future. In commenting on some of the biggest issues facing us today (including Brexit and family breakdown) he says it is “not sufficient” for church leaders to “just teach the Bible, or to speak about the love of God. We have to understand what’s happening in society today in order to be really effective with the gospel”.  Dr Hill is the author of over 30 books on a range of subjects. His most recent work is entitled The Reshaping of Britain (Wilberforce Publications) and is out now. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
6/21/201959 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bishop Rachel Treweek: Smashing the stained-glass ceiling

Long before Rachel Treweek shattered the so-called stained-glass ceiling by becoming the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England, she was challenging the status quo. As a young girl growing up in leafy Hertfordshire, the church she attended – a local traditional Anglican parish – had an all-male robed choir. With a keen sense of her own worth and talents, she asked the priest if she could join, and the rest, as they say, is history. Quite literally, in the bishop’s case, as she went on to become the first woman clergy to sit in the House of Lords years later. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s deputy editor Megan Cornwell, Bishop Rachel explains how she became a Christian, and what a calling to ministry looked like for her. She also comments on some of the more tricky issues facing the Church of England including divisions over gay marriage and how to handle transgender issues. You can also read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
6/12/201957 minutes, 17 seconds
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David Hilborn: The Moorlands principal on education, theology and Brexit

Rev Dr David Hilborn has spent most of his career working in theological education. The current principal of Moorlands college was previously principal of St John’s College, Nottingham and also played an influential role in the beginnings of St Mellitus College, now one of the largest training colleges in the Anglican Church worldwide.  In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, David shares his life story, which has included pastoral ministry in local churches, working for the Evangelical Alliance and switching denominations from the United Reformed Church to the Church of England. He also comments on the current Brexit divisions, and expresses his “frustration” with Christian leaders who preach sermons which are disconnected from the scriptures. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
6/7/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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JD from Hillsong United: Revival, worship and unity

Jonathon Douglass (aka ‘JD’) has been making music with Hillsong United since the very beginning. What began as a church youth band based in Sydney, Australia has become a global phenomenon. Hillsong United have led worship in some of the world’s biggest stadiums, and their songs (‘Oceans’, ‘So Will I’, ‘Hosanna’) are sung by churches on every continent. At the end of May, the band released their 14th live album, entitled People. In this interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, JD explains how the release was inspired in part by a sense of nostalgia as the band reflected on the early days of making music. JD also claims that despite Australia being a “secular nation”, the church is “on the rise” and suggests he’s witnessing “the early days of a fresh revival”. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
5/31/201951 minutes, 9 seconds
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RC Sproul Jr: My moral failings and God’s great grace

In November 2015, RC Sproul Jr woke up in a hospital bed and discovered he’d been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Not only was it the worst day of his life, but it was also, paradoxically, one of the best. “It shattered any façade or capacity to pretend I’m better than I really was” he explains. But it wasn’t the first time he’d found himself in the Christian press for all the wrong reasons. A year earlier, it was revealed RC had accessed a website dedicated to promoting extra-marital affairs. At the time, he released a statement explaining he’d signed up in “a moment of weakness”, but hadn’t committed adultery. Nevertheless, these moral failings begged the question: should RC step back from writing Christian books, leading Bible studies or even tweeting? Many have answered ‘yes’, and RC has a large number of critics, especially online. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, RC opens up about his sin and takes full responsibility for his mistakes. He also answers tough questions on what (if anything) should disqualify a person from ministry and what repentance and restoration really look like.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. To request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
5/24/201959 minutes, 53 seconds
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Andrea Williams: Christian Concern, gospel truth and my battle with cancer

Andrea Williams, 53, is intense, driven and uncompromising. She often refers to Jesus as “the Lord Jesus Christ” and believes Christians have been “ashamed of the gospel” for too long. In this in-depth interview with Premier Christianity’s editor Sam Hailes, she does not mince her words, as she challenges Christians to be bolder in speaking up for the truth. The founder of Christian Concern also defends her political and legal work and opens up about her recent battle with cancer. Williams believes Christians have become too worried about how the world views us. “We are so concerned about our Twitter feeds”, she says. “You know we are so concerned about appearing to welcome, to reflect the culture, as opposed to contend and set the culture, which is what of our forefathers did when they took the Gospel to other nations.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTyg5QlijIM  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Click here to read the online version of this interview, or to request a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
5/17/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 15 seconds
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James Cary: The Calvinist comedian on faith, culture and (not) watching Game of Thrones

Is there such a thing as a Calvinist comedy writer? Yes, there is! And his name is James Cary. The 42 year old self professing sit-com geek has worked on the BBC’s Miranda, My Family and Bluestone 42. He’s written plays including A Monk’s Tale and most recently A Turbulent Priest. He is also member of the Church of England’s general synod. In this in-depth conversation with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, James opens up about his early life, gives his view on whether Jesus was funny and challenges Christians to put more effort into the public reading of scripture. “We’re not firing blanks here, when we’re reading the scriptures. It is a sharp sword” he says. He also comments on issues relating to free speech and wades into the ‘should Christians watch Game of Thrones’ controversy. Follow James on Twitter @sitcomgeek The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
5/10/20191 hour, 3 minutes
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Karen Gibson: Conducting the Royal Wedding choir

Premier’s Lady T meets the woman who has been dubbed “Britain’s godmother of gospel". Karen Gibson is the founder and director of The Kingdom Choir, which is best known for performing ‘Stand by Me’ at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In this in depth conversation, Karen shares her story and recounts what it was like to be involved in such a momentous occasion. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
5/3/201953 minutes, 35 seconds
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Simon Ponsonby: From butcher to preacher

Premier’s Ian Britton sits down with the Christian author and international speaker Simon Ponsonby on this week’s show. Growing up, Simon was aware of a strong spiritual heritage and can remember attending Exclusive Brethren church services. Later in life, he “lost the plot” and turned away from God. “My most intense prayers were the girls I’d slept with wouldn’t get pregnant”, he remembers. In this in-depth interview, Simon reveals how a series of “God incidents” led to an “immediate transformation” in his life. Today, Simon is passionate about teaching on the centrality of the cross and the Gospel. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. Click here to read Simon Ponsonby’s Letter to the UK Church in Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
4/26/201939 minutes, 4 seconds
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Joshua Harris: Apologising for his bestselling Christian book on dating

Imagine authoring a book that sells millions of copies around the world. Then imagine receiving messages, years later, from people who say they were deeply damaged and hurt by your work. What would you do? Joshua Harris was just 21 when I Kissed Dating Goodbye was released. His book warned that dating could cause irreparable emotional damage. The solution was to embrace courtship – where couples pursue friendship before romance, and parents are given permission to offer advice and help guide the relationship. Harris also advocated for strict boundaries within this: no kissing, no holding hands and no being alone together before you tie the knot. Perhaps most famously, he recommended only beginning a relationship with someone if you could picture yourself marrying them in the near future. Now, he’s apologising for writing it and is the subject of a new documentary film entitled I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye. The film, which is available to watch free online, sees Harris sitting down with his fiercest critics and listening to their stories. Having heard their testimonies, Harris has now decided to withdraw his book from sale. In this in depth interview with Premier Christianity’s Sam Hailes, he explains what made him re-evaluate the work, and what he’s learned in the process. Follow Joshua on Twiter @Harris_Josh   You can also read this interview on the Premier Christianity magazine website. Or for a free sample copy of the latest print issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
4/19/201953 minutes, 25 seconds
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Phil Fernandes: Discovering Christ, debating atheists, defending faith

Dr Phil Fernandes is Senior Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship and president of the Institute of Biblical Defense. As a Christian apologist, he has engaged in debates with sceptics across the USA for decades. In this edition of the show he sits down with Justin Brierley for a live audience conversation at Quilcene Bible Church. GET THE PODCAST - via iTunes or Podbean Listen to more of Dr Phil Fernandes at Sermonaudio.com The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
4/12/201953 minutes, 36 seconds
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Casey J: Musician, storyteller, worshipper // Jesus His Life: Meet the people behind the new History Channel docudrama

In part one of this week’s show, Premier Christian Radio’s Rachel Adebiyi meets Casey J, the Atlanta-born gospel singer best known for her hit song "Fill Me Up". She talks about her heart for serving other Christians and why this comes before other labels such as “artist”. She also reveals why she’s nervous about releasing her second album The Gathering. In part two, Sam Hailes meets three of the people behind the brand new History Channel docudrama Jesus: His Life which begins on Easter Sunday at 9pm. Greg Garrett, the actor who plays Jesus, explains his excitement at the opportunity to play “the most famous person in history”, while executive producer Ben Goold and bestselling author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore reflect on how the story of Christ has shaped Western civilisation. Follow Casey J on Twiter @Caseyjmusic Simon Sebag Montefiore - @simonmontefiore Greg Barnett - @_gregbarnett The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
4/5/201957 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dan & Jo Watson: Pastoring young people at Hillsong // Mark Taylor: Translating the Bible

It’s a double bill of The Profile this week. In part one, YCW’s Ruth Jackson interviews Dan & Jo Watson, the youth and young adults pastors at Hillsong Church UK. They speak openly about the challenges of ministering together as a husband and wife, where the line is between publicly talking about struggles and leading well and why Hillsong has attracted so many young people. In part two, Sam Hailes sits down with Mark Taylor, the president of Tyndale House – the largest privately owned Christian publisher in the world, responsible for publishing Left Behind, The Living Bible and many other popular titles. The pair discuss the challenges of Christian publishing in the age of the internet, how decisions are made on which authors to publish and how Tyndale are helping to make the Bible available to people around the world who don’t speak English. The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
3/29/201954 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dr Gary Chapman: Why understanding the 5 love languages can revolutionise your relationships

In his early years as a marriage counselor, Dr Gary Chapman noticed how couples would voice similar complaints regarding their marriage. One would say, "I feel like he doesn’t love me." The other would protest, "I don’t know what else to do! I’m doing everything I should be doing." Recognising a pattern, Dr Chapman asked himself, “When someone said, ‘I feel like my spouse doesn’t love me,’ what do they actually want?” Surprisingly, their answers fell into five categories, revealing a unique approach in how to effectively love another person. The result is a discovery of the 5 love languages - a concept which has helped millions of people across the world. On a recent trip to the UK, Dr Chapman sat down with Sam Hailes, editor of Premier Christianity magazine to explain what these languages are and how understanding them can help couples, parents and singles. Dr Chapman also unpacks his own background working as a pastor in the USA, and comments on what lessons the Church can learn from the current #MeToo moment.  Follow Gary on Twitter @DrGaryChapman The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue visit premierchristianity.com/freesample    
3/23/201955 minutes, 35 seconds
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Brian Broderson: Leading Calvary Chapel after Chuck Smith

Brian Broderson is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in California. He speaks to Justin Brierley about his conversion as a young surfer dude and his ministry with wife Cheryl in the USA, UK and Eastern Europe. After his father-in-law Chuck Smith (the founder of Calvary Chapel) passed away in 2013, Brian took over leadership of the flagship church in Costa Mesa and the Calvary Chapel Network. Brian speaks about the joys and challenges of leadership transition and following in Chuck’s footsteps. Follow Brian on Twitter @BrianBrodersen The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
3/16/201953 minutes, 40 seconds
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Justin Welby: Brexit, evangelism and speaking in tongues // Ben Cooley: How to end modern slavery

The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby took office nearly six years ago. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Church of England after becoming a Priest in his late 30s. His appointment as Archbishop married his strategic skills as a former oil executive with a full bodied faith, nurtured as a member of Holy Trinity Brompton, one of the UK's leading charismatic evangelical churches. Since taking office, Welby hasn't been afraid to wade into the political ring, even addressing the Trades Union Congress last year. Welby says its not his place to be party political, but Jesus wasn't afraid to speak out on politics. On Brexit, the Archbishop has argued the burden of proof is on those arguing for 'no deal', "to show it will not harm the poorest and most vulnerable." In this in-depth interview, Justin Brierley hears more from Justin Welby on issues relating to sexuality, prayer, evangelism and more.  In the second part of today's show, Sam Hailes sits down with the founder of Hope for Justice, Ben Cooley. The author of Impossible is a Dare tells the story of how he booked the NEC arena in Birmingham at the age of 26, with no organisational or financial backing. The reason? Cooley had become obsessed by the issue of modern day slavery and was determined to end it. What began as an awareness-raising opportunity is now a fully fledged organisation, operating all over the world. And the former opera singer is still convinced the evil of human trafficking can be stopped. His work has taken him all over the world, and his book has been endorsed by the Prime Minister Theresa May, but Cooley says the "pinch yourself" moments aren't when he's rubbing shoulders with powerful or influential leaders, but when he witnesses victims being rescued.  Follow Justin Welby on Twitter @JustinWelby Follow Ben Cooley on Twitter @BenCooley The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample
3/9/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 16 seconds
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Simon Edwards: Helping former prisoners stand on their own two feet

Life completely changed for Simon Edwards in September 2009 when he became a Christian in his prison cell. Up until then, he had been in and out of prison, caught up in burglary, drug dealing and violence. He had received threats to his life from drug gangs. His crimes culminated in a life sentence, with a minimum of six years, for armed robbery. At his lowest point he attempted suicide, but then found himself locked up with a Christian cellmate, whose influence led Simon to faith. Upon leaving prison, Simon set up Walk Ministries, a Christian organisation based in Stoke On Trent which helps released prisoners to develop a new life. Premier's central correspondent Rachel Matthews hears the full story Follow Simon on Twitter @JESUSWALK52 The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample              
3/2/201955 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tim Jupp: How Big Church Day Out became the UK's largest Christian festival

Music can go to a lot of places where the preachers can't go. That's one of the things Tim Jupp discovered while touring the world as part of the band Delirious? Whether he was playing in front of the Pope, or touring Asia with Joyce Meyer, Tim was  able to interact with Christians of all backgrounds and denominations. In this in-depth interview, he reminisces about his 17 years playing keyboards in the world's biggest Christian band and explains how that chapter of his life came to a close. Today, he's the founder and pioneer of Big Church Day Out (BCDO) - the largest Christian festival in the UK, which is held annually in Sussex. Going from a musician to a festival organiser might sound like a dramatic change of career, but Tim believes that Delirious and BCDO share the "same DNA" - a love for music, a passion for unity and the unique ability to bring tens of thousands of Christians together in one place for the purpose of worshipping Jesus.  Big Church Day Out will take place 25-26 May 2019 at Wiston House, West Sussex. To find out more and book tickets visit bigchurchdayout.com Follow Big Church Day Out on Twitter @bigchurchdayout
2/23/201959 minutes, 27 seconds
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Francis Chan: The former megachurch pastor is going back to basics

Francis Chan left his thriving US megachurch, turned his back on the fame that ministry had brought him and moved his family to a developing country. But whatever you do, don’t call him a radical. Sam Hailes hears the full story. Read this interview in the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine. Request a free copy    
2/16/20191 hour, 46 seconds
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John Dickson: The Aussie Bible scholar taking Jesus to doubters

Dr John Dickson is an Australian Bible scholar, Anglican minister and writer. He is the founder of The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) in Australia and the author of books such as The Doubters Guide to Jesus. He tells Justin Brierley about how he found faith, life in an an evangelistic rock band, helping Hillsong write their song 'The Creed', making the case for Jesus to sceptics, and his new film documentary For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Ever Imagined. Follow John on Twitter @johnpauldickson The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with Francis Chan, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample    
2/9/201958 minutes, 35 seconds
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Don Moen: The writer of 'God will make a way' // Dame Caroline Spelman MP: How to find a way forward on Brexit

It's a double bill on The Profile this week. In the first part of the show, Premier's Eno Adeogun sits down with Don Moen - the writer of many classic worship songs including 'God will make a way', 'Give thanks' and 'Our Father'. The pastor, producer and former president of Integrity Music explains how in his early ministry, he would play 1,000 concerts a year. This relentless touring schedule continued for over a decade as he spend time working with Terry Law ministries. "After that I never took Don Moen so seriously anymore," he explains, "because the rough edges got knocked off".  In the second part of this week's show, Premier's political editor Martyn Eden meets Dame Caroline Spelman MP. The Conservative Member of Parliament for Meriden has long been up front about her Christian faith. In this interview, Dame Caroline explains how she somewhat reluctantly pursued a career in politics. She also responds to recent calls to end the practice of Parliamentary Prayers, and gives her view on the current Brexit debates.  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianitymagazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with Francis Chan, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample    
2/2/20191 hour, 1 minute, 41 seconds
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Phil Loose: The Integrity Europe boss on lessons learned behind the scenes of worship music

Phil Loose is the managing director of one of the biggest Christian music labels in the world. In this in-depth interview, the managing director of Integrity Europe shares what he's learned from working as a church leader, a session musician and most recently, a record label boss. Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes puts a selection of tricky questions to Phil including, "Why do some worship songs travel around the world, and others don't?", "Is it true that worship songs all sound the same?" and "Is there money to be made from Christian music?" Drawing on his experiences working for a variety of organisations including Spring Harvest, ICC Studios and Kingsway, Phil also explains why he believes Christian musicians need to be given permission to "play brilliantly and not feel bad about it".  The Profile is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity magazine. For a free sample copy of the latest issue, which features an interview with Francis Chan, visit premierchristianity.com/freesample  
1/26/201959 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jackie Pullinger: This formidable and fiery evangelist explains why she isn't 'driven' and does not have a 'ministry'

Jackie Pullinger’s classic autobiography Chasing the Dragon remains a best-seller among evangelicals, despite being released more than 30 years ago. It tells the story of how this plucky young woman from Croydon boarded a ship with nothing but a £10 note and a prayer that God would show her where to get off. When the boat pulled into Hong Kong in 1966, God ordered her to disembark and Pullinger the missionary obeyed. In this rare interview, the 74 year old missionary opens up about her lifetime of service, which has included seeing drug addicts set free through praying in tongues, what she's learned and why she won't be retiring anytime soon.   You can also read this interview in Premier Christianity magazine  To take advantage of Premier Christianity's limited HALF PRICE subscription offer visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe
1/19/201947 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jack Phillips and the 'gay cake' case // Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III on Church unity

It's a double bill of The Profile this week. In the first part of today's show, Alex Williams interviews Jack Philips about the much-discussed 'gay cake' case. The Colorado baker cited religious reasons when declining to make a cake for a gay couple. He was taken to court over the decision and the case reached the USA's supreme court, where Phillips won. In this interview, the Christian opens up about the legal proceedings he's endured and the toll its taken on him. In the second part of today's show, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III shares his reflections on church unity, the political situation in Jerusalem and discusses his own personal faith story with Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes. His Most Godly Beatitude visited Premier Christian Radio's studios shortly after his meetings with Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, both of whom have a keen interest in the plight of Christians in the Middle East.   To take advantage of Premier Christianity's limited HALF PRICE subscription offer visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe    
1/12/201953 minutes, 20 seconds
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Michael Brown: Jesus, Israel, LGBT politics, speaking in tongues and Donald Trump

US Messianic Jew, author and radio host Michael Brown joins Justin Brierley to tell his conversion story in a wide ranging interview covering the hot-button issues Michael engages in. As a Jewish kid into rock music, Michael became addicted to hard drugs, but had a radical conversion to Christ. Today he debates with Jews and LGBT proponents, defends Charismatic Christianity, runs a popular broadcast ministry and has written a new book Donald Trump is not my saviour: An evangelical leader speaks his mind about the man he supports as president Follow Michael on Twitter @DrMichaelLBrown To take advantage of Premier Christianity's limited HALF PRICE subscription offer visit premierchristianity.com/subscribe  
1/5/201955 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mez Mcconnell: From violent crime to outspoken church planter and critic of 'elitist' evangelicalism

"I'll punch your face in, mate". That's what Mez Mcconnell said to a fellow student while he was at Bible college. "I guess the guys weren't ready for that kind of discourse," he says, looking back. Mez was involved in violent crime from the age of 14. He committed fraud, spent time in prison and describes his teenage years as "manic" and "wild". So when he became a Christian, a lot had to change. It didn't happen overnight, and Mez laughs at the idea its all been plain sailing since (see the aforementioned Bible college altercation). "I thought church was for pansies" he remembers. But as he read the book of Romans, he