News, culture, discussion, guest interviews and a bit of silliness from the Premier Christianity magazine team.
Brian Mclaren: The environment, deconstruction and whatever happened to the emergent Church?
Author, speaker and activist Brian Mclaren drops in for a wide-ranging conversation with our editor Sam Hailes. The pair discuss a range of theological, political and social issues, including the environment, Trump and the relationship between grace and good works.
For more information about Brian see brianmclaren.net
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The Philip Yancey interview: Paranoia, writing and why we’re distracted from what really matters
The bestselling evangelical author Philip Yancey is coming to the UK this September for a tour with The Leprosy Mission. In this interview he talks about his writing process, reading habits and why he doesn’t own a smartphone. For Yancey, recent debates among Christians over the Trump presidency are a distraction from what really matters. “I believe our mission is to create pioneer settlements of the Kingdom of God,” he says. “We’re supposed to be presenting a united front that demonstrates to people the life that Jesus showed us is the best life for the world, and to attract them.”
For more information about Philip Yancey’s UK tour with the leprosy mission visit bit.ly/FearfullyandWonderfully
Masculinity, millennials and materialism (aka the return of Martin Saunders)
Long-time listeners of the Premier Christianity podcast will no doubt have fond memories of our former cultural commentator and all-round funny guy Martin Saunders. Well, he’s back this week with a brand new book The Man You’re Made To Be (SPCK). In this episode, Martin talks to Sam Hailes about banter, Twitter, mental health, Jesus, (not) watching women’s football and the Swedish method of Bible reading.
Vicky Walker: Christian perspectives on sex, dating and robot brothels
Vicky Walker has spent years researching Christian perspectives on sex and relationships. She dropped into the Premier Christianity offices to chat to our editor Sam Hailes about the results, which are detailed in her new book Relatable. Their conversation covers everything from gender stereotypes to dating apps and singleness to robot brothels. Is the dominant Christian view of marriage influenced more by present culture than the Bible? Are the stories we hear about finding a Christian partner and living happily ever after, an exception which has been falsely represented as the norm? And what should we make of the fact that many Christians have been damaged by some of the Church teaching they've encountered on sex and relationships?
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Matt Redman: Why I'm leading worship in Trafalgar Square
Matt Redman drops in to the Premier Christianity offices to chat about his involvement in Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishop of Canterbury's call for Christians to pray for their friends to come to know Christ between Ascension and Pentecost. In his chat with Sam Hailes, the worship leader also reveals which worship leaders and preachers he's most inspired by, and explains the significance of making public declarations of praise in public places such as Times Square, New York City and Trafalgar Square, London.
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To find out more about Thy Kingdome Come visit thykingdomcome.global. To hear more from Matt Redman listen to the latest episode of Premier's YCW podcast.
Lisa Gungor, Nick Page and theological deconstruction
What if doubt doesn't have to be the enemy of faith? Lisa Gungor and Nick Page join Sam Hailes to discuss the unexpected benefits of pulling apart and re-examining your beliefs on this week's edition of the podcast. 'Deconstructing faith' is our cover story this month and the article features a variety of voices on doubt, questioning and what happens when church just doesn't make sense anymore. We also hear from Joshua Harris about why he regrets writing his bestselling Christian book I Kissed Dating Goodbye
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As I live outside the UK and don't get the magazine, I very much enjoy these recaps. Especially it's got such a lovely tonality.