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16 months ago the popular Christian author and blogger Adrian Warnock was diagnosed with a slow growing form of blood cancer. In this candid interview, Adrian opens up about how his faith has been tested since receiving the news, what he thinks about healing and why he believes every Christian must prepare for times of suffering.




Does the Bible teach predestination? How can we best reach out to our Muslim friends? Why does God seem so violent in the Old Testament?
These are just a few of the many questions hurled at three Christian speakers in a live Q&A during Refuel Festival in the Highlands of Scotland. Premier Christianity's Sam Hailes was there and recorded the hour-long conversation. Hear it in full on this special edition of the podcast.
On this week's show Rachel Held Evans introduces her new book on the Bible, responds to the claim she's "the most polarising woman in evangelicalism" and explains the strengths of writing as a layperson, rather than an academic. Rachel, who grew up in America's Bible Belt, believes Christians need to stop treating biblical interpretation as a "zero sum game where there are winners and losers", instead opting to view scripture as "a conversation starter". In the second part of today's show, our editor Sam Hailes takes a peek inside the oldest Methodist building in the world. The New Room in Bristol has recently been rennovated and now houses John Wesley's chapel as well as a museum and archive.
Who is Jordan B. Peterson and why is he attracting such a huge audience? Justin Brierley met the man himself and reports back on his first impressions of the Canadian psychologist who is taking the world by storm. Plus our deputy editor Megan Cornwell explains how the Pope's comments on divorce and communion are causing a stir in the Vatican. Finally, Sam Hailes meets worship leader Tom Eccleshall to discuss KXC's debut worship album, which was part funded by Spotify!
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.

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 young people, while at the same time holding the subject in healthy balance with the rest of biblical teaching. He also introduces his new book Lifelines, co written with Andy Croft which is due out this summer and available "wherever good Christian books are sold".
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".
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.



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 that "God is in control" of everything.
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 their new songs.