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The Rob Bell interview: Losing his audience, finding a new one and why he’s still preaching

Rob Bell has gone from being a megachurch pastor to talking about Ecclesiastes in LA’s comedy clubs. In one sense nothing has changed. In another sense everything has. There’s a “massive world of people who are spiritually hungry”, he says, “but they can’t stomach the Christian packaging they’ve encountered around Jesus”. Enter: the new Rob Bell. Few would consider him part of the Christian mainstream. Yet he’s reaching a new audience with an ancient message. In this interview with...


Mike Pilavachi: Why we’re closing Soul Survivor and what the future holds

The founder of Soul Survivor drops in this week to explain the full story behind Soul Survivor’s shock announcement that their summer festivals will end after 2019. Mike goes into detail on how this decision came about and says he’s confident that other Christian organisations will fill the gap and run their own future events. Commenting on the state of youth work today, he suggests although much hasn’t changed, youth leaders do need to have hard conversations about sexual ethics with their...


A Woman’s Place is in the _______ // Rob Parsons on “divisive Christians”

Societal attitudes to women have changed drastically in recent years. Does the Church need to change too? Editor Sam Hailes and our new deputy editor Megan Cornwell talk to Katie Harrison about her cover story ‘A Woman’s Place’. Plus, Rob Parsons explains why he’s written his latest column on avoiding “divisive Christians”. To request a FREE edition of Premier Christiantiy magazine visit


What does the end of Soul Survivor mean for the future of youth work? // Worship Central introduce their new live album

Sam Hailes is joined by the editor of Youth and Children’s Work magazine Ruth Jackson to discuss Soul Survivor’s shock announcement that their events will finish in 2019. Plus Luke and Anna Hellebronth drop in to discuss Worship Central’s new project Stir A Passion. Follow YCW on Twitter @ycwmag and Worship Central @worshipcentral To request a FREE edition of Premier Christiantiy magazine visit Hear more interviews with leading Christians on The Profile...


Tony Campolo: Why I’ve dropped the ‘evangelical’ label

In this wide-ranging conversation with Premier Christianity’s editor Sam Hailes, the much loved speaker, sociologist and author Tony Campolo argues Christians need to drop the ‘evangelical’ label. He also comments on the new film Leaving My Father’s Faith - a documentary about how his son left Christianity. The former spiritual advisor to Bill Clinton also reveals why he has a problem with much of today’s worship music and claims that contrary to popular belief, the Bible doesn’t teach...


Mental health & the Church // Identity politics - should Christians get involved? // Swearing in Christian music

1 in 4 people in the UK experience a common mental health problem. But is the Church as welcoming toward those struggling with mental ill health as it should be? Speaking ahead of Mental Health Awareness week, Claire Musters gives her view. Plus, Heather Tomlinson introduces us to Identity Politics and assesses whether Christians should get involved in it. Finally, our editor Sam Hailes talks to the popular Christian band Kings Kaleidoscope about why they’ve dropped ‘The F Bomb’ in one of...


Billy Graham: A life well lived documentary

Sam Hailes introduces a special edition of the Premier Christianity magazine podcast which this month features Justin Brierley’s documentary: Billy Graham: A life well lived. To request our special Billy Graham tribute edition of the magazine visit


January 2018 – Jeremy Vine on his faith, 3 Growing Churches, 5 ways to meet God in 2018

Justin, Sam and Claire open up the pages of the January 2018 edition as they review highlights from the past year, hear how broadcaster Jeremy Vine lost and found his faith again, profile 3 of the UK’s fastest growing churches, and hear about Claire’s experience of spiritual practices that may help others connect with God in 2018. Subscribe at Get a free copy of the magazine at Get the MP3...


December 2017 – Paul Kerensa on Christmas, When God uses dreams, John Mark Comer, taking off the mask & Rob Parsons

It’s a bumper Christmas-y edition as Sam, Claire and Justin debate the best time to put up your tree and hear from funny man Paul Kerensa about why he’s written a book about Christmas traditions. Plus we look at amazing dreams that led people to Christ and hear from pastor to sceptical millennials John Mark Comer. Claire tells her personal story of taking off her mask and Rob Parsons wraps things up with a Christmas story. See the full Dec edition at...


November 2017 – Revival again, Evangelicals taking over, Paradise Lost & Matt Redman

New team member Claire Musters joins Sam and Justin on the podcast as we debate how parents should treat Halloween, ask “Is it time to pray for Revival again?” in light of Terry Virgo’s cover feature, investigate how evangelicals took over the CofE, hear about how C4’s Eden TV show turned into a living hell and hear an exclusive interview between Guvna B and Matt Redman on the worship leader’s new album. See the full Nov edition at...


October 2017 – Reformation 500, Nick Page, Bart Campolo & Christy Wimber

Sam and Justin open the pages of the Reformation anniversary magazine, with tons of features commemorating the idea and key players. Nick Page talks to Sam about the pros and cons of the Reformation, we look at why Bart Campolo (son of Tony) lost his faith and hear form Christy Wimber on what happens when people don’t get healed. See the full August edition at Get a free copy of the magazine at...


September 2017 – Female ministry, Jesus hippies, KGB convert & Stanley Hauerwas on living out of control

It’s a sad goodbye to Katie as she’s off to vicar factory, but she joins the team one last time to discuss our Sep cover feature, marking the 100 anniversary of the first woman to be ordained to ministry in a UK denomination. We also revisit the Jesus People Revolution 50 years on from 1967’s Summer of Love, hear how a KGB spy became a Christian church planter, and some of Katie’s Profile interview with ‘America’s best theologian’ Stanley Hauerwas. See the full September edition at...


August 2017 – Eugene Peterson debacle, Jesus and your brain, Anthony Delaney, Angela Atim & Rose Hudson-Wilkin

Sam, Katie and Justin are back to talk about the latest mag, featuring tips on how Jesus triggered his listeners’ brains, how to be brave when the world is warzone, an amazing story of a child captive in Uganda, Katie’s interview with Parliamentary chaplain Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Sam’s blog on Eugene Peterson’s U-turn on gay marriage (read it here: ) See the full August edition...


July 2017 – Why aren’t Christians reading the Bible?, Eugene Peterson, prostitution, endurance sports and more

Katie and Justin bring highlights from the July mag, including Glenn Paauw’s article on how to get Christians reading their Bibles again, a rare interview with Eugen Peterson, Katie’s piece on church response to prostitution, Justin’s book and also talking about the Grenfell Tower fire. See the July edition at Get a free copy of the magazine at Get the MP3 podcast of Premier...


June 2017: Patriotism, Grime, Revival in Latin America and Messy Christians

In this month’s edition of the podcast, the team discuss the latest cover story which asks ‘Should Christians be patriotic?’ Justin, Sam, Malky and Katie also share their thoughts on this month’s culture column about Grime music and hear from Argentinian evangelist Carlos Annacondia. All that, plus we take a closer look at Emma Scrivner’s article on mental health and the Church. And make sure you listen right to the end to hear what Malky had for breakfast this morning…


May 2017 – The story of worship music, Tim Farron, Mid-faith crisis & Robert Beckford

Sam and Justin bring you a selection from the May magazine and blog, including: Les Moir’s feature on how UK worship music went global; the hounding of Christian political leader Tim Farron; how Christians should be involved in politics; Robert Beckford on doing black theology; and what we can learn from the Very Hungry Caterpillar when we have a mid-faith crisis… See the May edition at Get a free copy of the magazine at...


April 2017 – Fake news, Moby, wake up call & Tim Keller gets snubbed

This month Sam, Katie & Justin are joined by elusive designer Malky and the not-so-elusive Ruth Jackson to talk about fake news, hear about Pete Portal’s amazing Cape Town mission work and discuss RT Kendall’s end times article. We also hear from chart topping dance DJ Moby about his Christian faith and debate Princeton Seminary’s decision to rescind a theology prize for Tim Keller. See the April edition at Get a free copy...


March 2017 – Black & white churches, Refugee converts, Disney’s gay character and more…

This month Justin delves into why the church is split along racial lines, Katie talks about her research into why Muslim asylum seekers are converting to Christianity, we review a blog titled “Why Christians should think twice before boycotting Disney’s ‘gay Beauty and the Beast”, plus Sam interviews ‘jail-bird-glam-vicar’ Sharon Grenham-Thompson. Enjoy! See the March edition at Get a free copy of the magazine at...


February 2017 – Exorcism, Marriage vs cohabitation, Worship lies, Simone Weil & NT Wright

The team are back to talk about the real life world of exorcism and deliverance ministry in the February edition. Ahead of Marriage Week we look at an article by former family law court judge Paul Coleridge on why marriage is always the best option for children. What are the 6 lies that modern worship music tells us? Plus we look at the life of French theologian-activist Simone Weil and hear from bible scholar supremo NT Wright See the February edition at...


January 2017 – Divine Comedy, Visiting a New Age fair, Atheist churchgoer, new columnist & Rev Richard Coles

Happy New Year! We’ve packed a lot of good stuff into the January 2017 edition. Sam, Katie and Justin discuss the conversation we hosted between comedians Milton Jones, Sally Phillips and Paul Kerensa. We’re all a bit worried about Sam after he went to a new age fair, Joe Ogborn has an atheist friend he takes to church every Sunday and we hear how Rev Richard Coles went from 80s popstar to media missionary. See the January edition at...