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The podcast, brought to you by Premier, which takes you deeper into the stories impacting Christians around the world. Each week, we’ll dig into a particular issue, hearing from those directly involved or with a vested interest to make sense of the story and why it matters.

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The podcast, brought to you by Premier, which takes you deeper into the stories impacting Christians around the world. Each week, we’ll dig into a particular issue, hearing from those directly involved or with a vested interest to make sense of the story and why it matters.

    The tragedy of Archie Battersbee

    The tragedy of Archie Battersbee

    Twelve-year-old Archie Battersbee was found unresponsive and severely brain damaged at his home in April. He never regained consciousness and had to be put on ventilation to be kept alive in hospital. For several months he was the subject of a legal tussle between his doctors who believed he was brain dead and that his life support should be turned off, and his parents who argued he could recover and fought to keep his life support on. Eventually, the hospital won out, and Archie was allowed to die. In this week's show we hear from Archie's mother about how the family's growing Christian faith sustained them, and also try to unpick the legal and religious arguments at stake in the courtrooms. And finally, we look into the contentious role of the Christian Legal Centre, who have played a central part in a series of similar controversies around severely ill children in recent years. 

    • 31 min
    Christianity and boxing: Fighting with faith

    Christianity and boxing: Fighting with faith

    Christians are no strangers to the world of boxing. In fact there is a disproportionate number of believers competing compared to other sports. Not an event goes by without someone having a Bible verse written on their shorts or someone giving glory to God in a post-fight TV interview.

    So what draws people to this dangerous game and does a belief in God give you an advantage in the ring? For this week’s episode we’re handing over the microphone to Premier’s Marcus Jones, who has explored boxing and Christianity’s complicated relationship.

    • 20 min
    Nigeria’s Christians under attack

    Nigeria’s Christians under attack

    Last year, more Christians were killed in Nigeria than the rest of the world combined, according to data from the charity Open Doors. And attacks against believers have only increased in 2022, culminating in a horrific atrocity in June when at least 40 worshippers were killed during a Pentecost service. Yet even as the shootings, bombings and kidnappings increase, Nigeria’s government, the international community and the global church seem strangely unconcerned and mostly inactive. Why is the Nigerian Church under such persecution, and what factors are behind the recent rise in attacks? What can be done to stop it, and how can Christians elsewhere in the world speak up for their brothers and sisters risking their lives to go to church? This week we’re joined by two Nigerian experts, Ayo Adedoyin and Khataza Gondwe, to tackle the urgent question of persecution in Nigeria.

    Find out more about Christian Solidarity Worldwide's work in Nigeria - https://www.csw.org.uk/our_work_country_nigeria.htm 

    PSJ UK's website - https://psjuk.org/ 

    • 29 min
    Abortion and the pro-life movement in the post-Roe era

    Abortion and the pro-life movement in the post-Roe era

    On the 24th of June, one of the most momentous US Supreme Court decisions of the past century – Roe v Wade – was overturned. The constitutional right guaranteeing abortion for American women in all 50 states, which had stood since 1973, was no more. In the month or so since, the consequences of the end of Roe have started rippling out in all directions. Many states have already banned or severely restricted abortion, and others are planning to do so. And across the Atlantic, America’s rapidly changing abortion landscape is likely to also have repercussions here in the UK as well. This week we speak to a handful of British people working, campaigning and thinking about abortion, to consider what impact the overturning of Roe v Wade might have and how Christians should view this current moment – crisis, opportunity or both?

    • 28 min
    The Lambeth Conference

    The Lambeth Conference

    Next week, more than 600 bishops from around the world will descend on Canterbury to spend two weeks in prayer, worship, Bible study and discussion. Fourteen years in the making, this will be the 15th Lambeth Conference – a gathering of every bishop in the 46 independent churches that make up the Anglican Communion. But all is not well within global Anglicanism. Huge divisions on sexuality and marriage have left different Anglican churches heading in different directions. So what will actually happen at this much-delayed Lambeth Conference? What is at stake in the discussions between bishops and will any meaningful decisions get made? Or will bitter disagreements about gay marriage ultimately tear the Communion apart? Joining us this week to unpick the Lambeth Conference are former bishop Graham Kings, church journalist Madeleine Davies, and vicar, theologian and blogger Ian Paul.

    • 35 min
    The church in politics: Rwanda, bishops and the House of Lords

    The church in politics: Rwanda, bishops and the House of Lords

    This week we’re digging into the thorny question of whether church leaders should get involved in politics. The British government’s new policy of forcibly sending asylum seekers to be assessed and resettled in Rwanda has provoked unprecedented criticism from Church of England archbishops and bishops, and other prominent Christian voices. Justin Welby famously said in a sermon the plans would not stand up to the judgement of God. But, as normally happens, their intervention was met with a stern backlash from many MPs and ministers. Stick to religion, they were told, and don’t try to baptise your unpopular left-wing views in the language of faith. Is it right for Christian leaders to express political opinions and attack government policy? Is the allegation that bishops only criticise right-leaning governments actually true? And how can the church defend its right to speak into questions of morality and values, without antagonising its own members on either side of the political spectrum? Joining me this week to think these issues through are Sam Hailes and Emma Fowle from Premier Christianity magazine.

    • 31 min

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