Interviews

Men Who Bring Life and Not Harm: An Interview with Morgan Snyder – Christian Article

Throughout history, why is the story of many men’s lives the theme of being entrusted with power and then using that power to bring harm to themselves and those under their care? What is the biblical way for men to responsibly be in lockstep with God’s kingdom? What is the path of inner transformation that God intends every man to experience? Bible Gateway interviewed Morgan Snyder about his book, Becoming a King: The Path to Restoring the Heart of a…

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When Escape from Suffering Is Not the Answer: An Interview with K.J. Ramsey – Christian Article

When your prayers for healing haven’t been answered, the fog of depression isn’t lifting, your marriage is ending in divorce, or grief won’t go away, it’s easy to feel you’ve failed God and, worse, he’s failed you. If God loves us, why does he allow us to hurt? Bible Gateway interviewed K.J. Ramsey (@kjramseywrites), author of This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers (Zondervan, 2020). Explain the chronic illness in your life that prompted you to write this…

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Dare to Pray These Dangerous Prayers: An Interview with Craig Groeschel – Christian Article

Do you ever wonder, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” Do you wish you could see the evidence that prayer changes lives? Are you tired of playing it safe with your faith? Does prayer really move the heart of God? What does it mean to pray boldly and powerfully? What are dangerous prayers? In this Q&A, Craig Groeschel (@craiggroeschel) talks about his book, Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe (Zondervan, 2020). [Read the Bible Gateway…

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Relationships are Purpose Partners: An Interview with Dharius Daniels – Christian Article

What relational model did Jesus use when he selected the 12 disciples? What are the biblical principles that teach how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and activate them to unlock their greatest potential? Bible Gateway interviewed Dharius Daniels (@Dhariusdaniels) about his book, Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want (Zondervan, 2020). What do you mean when you write, “Your greatest gifts walk into your life on two legs”?…

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Think of Yourself as a Saint: An Interview with Addison D. Bevere – Christian Article

The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament—a word that’s been mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process: saints. Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken you to the life you were meant to know. Bible Gateway interviewed Addison D. Bevere (@addisonbevere)…

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How to Be a Gardener and Ambassador for Christ: An Interview with Gregory Koukl – Christian Article

How do you have a conversation with someone who is intent on proving Christianity wrong and won’t accept the Bible as a source of authority? How can you artfully regain control of discussions, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways, comfortably and graciously maneuvering through the minefields of a challenging dialogue to get people thinking about Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Gregory Koukl (@gregkoukl) about his book, Tactics (2nd Edition): A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Zondervan, 2019). [Read…

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Bible Connection Podcast: On Wings Like Eagles—Reading Scripture Through Adversity – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Bible Gateway presents the Bible Connection Podcast, where we talk about the Bible and how it connects to every facet of life. Even though she is regarded as a hero for one flight, pilot Tammie Jo Shults has a much richer story. In this eighth episode of the Bible Connection Podcast, Tammie Jo talks about the obstacles she overcame throughout her life and amazing career. From being told to “find something women can do” as…

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Bible Connection Podcast: Truth for Today—Apologetics and Gen Z – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Bible Gateway presents the Bible Connection Podcast, where we talk about the Bible and how it connects to every facet of life. What is apologetics? Who is it for? Is it actually important in today’s culture? In this seventh episode of the Bible Connection Podcast, Sean McDowell, associate professor in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, author of several books, and son of celebrated apologist Josh McDowell, talks about his personal journey into the… This is…

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The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: An Interview with Amy Hollingsworth – Christian Article

American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers died in 2003 but his influence seems to be growing stronger each year. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool PBS television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), known for its slow pace and calm manner. What is the spiritual legacy Mr. Rogers left for all of us? Bible Gateway interviewed Amy Hollingsworth (@AmyHollingswrth), author of The Simple Faith of…

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Trusting God Through Life’s Messes: An Interview with Luke Lezon – Christian Article

Life has a way of becoming a tangled mess. All it takes is alarming health issues, job-related stress, parenting uncertainties, an emotional breakdown, and more. What if the mess of your life is where God is about to do his best work? Bible Gateway interviewed Luke Lezon (@lukelezon) about his book, Your Mess Matters: Trusting the God Who Creates from Dust and Redeems by Blood (Zondervan, 2019). Explain the debilitating illness you experienced and how you use it to illustrate…

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Experience the “Fizz of Energy” from Christian History: An Interview with Stephen Backhouse – Christian Article

What do you know about the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day, not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as considering Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India? And why is it important to have this knowledge? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Backhouse, author of the Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan, 2019). [Read the…

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: An Interview with Matthew Sleeth, MD – Christian Article

The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest…and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD (@MatthewSleeth) about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us (WaterBrook, 2019). Describe how you…

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Don’t Try to Tame God: An Interview with Matthew Barrett – Christian Article

Have Christians domesticated God? Or do we properly see God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, and someone than whom none greater can be conceived? In this interview, Matthew Barrett (@mattmbarrett) talks about his book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker Books, 2019). In the book you argue that Christians in the past century absorbed a view of God that is far too small; one that is not in…

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The Mod | On Divine Impassibility: Carl Trueman Talks with Father Thomas Weinandy – Christian Article

The last two hundred years have seen a revolution (and not a happy one) in how God is understood.  The God of the classical creeds and confessions—impassible and immutable—has been replaced by a God who changes in relation to his creation, dynamic and reciprocal in how he relates to his creatures.   There are numerous reasons for this change—the abandonment of the metaphysics upon which classical theism drew, the centrality of the notion of suffering in a post-Auschwitz world, and the…

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How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: An Interview with Jeremy R. Treat – Christian Article

What does the phrase “kingdom of God” really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat (@JeremyTreat5) about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019). Why did you write this book? Jeremy R. Treat: I’ll never forget the first time I heard that the kingdom of God was the number…

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Walk With God on the Path of Life: An Interview with Lisa Robertson – Christian Article

The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it’s time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God’s path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson (@lisanrobertson_) about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God (Thomas Nelson, 2019). Why is Psalm 16:11 special to you? Lisa Robertson: In a wedding present, this verse was included with the card. The…

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A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: An Interview with James L. Papandrea – Christian Article

What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st century? Bible Gateway interviewed James L. Papandrea (@jimpapandrea) about his book, A Week in the Life of Rome (IVP Academic, 2019). What is the premise/plot…

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[Infographic] See How the Bible Fits Together: An Interview with Tim Challies and Josh Byers – Christian Article

Do you view the Bible as dated, obsolete, and irrelevant to your daily life? Or are you intimidated by the Bible and find it difficult to read? Or do you have difficulty seeing how different parts of the Bible fit together? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Challies (@challies) and Josh Byers (@joshbyers), authors of the book A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible (Zondervan, 2019) (website and @visualtheology). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Visual Theology: An Interview with Tim Challies]…

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Understanding Genesis 1-3: An Interview with Dr. Vern Poythress – Christian Article

How can we faithfully read and understand Genesis 1-3? What are the implications related to divine authorship, historical background, genre and structure, and chronology? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Vern Poythress (@vernpoythress) about his book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3 (Crossway, 2019). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: An Interview with Vern S. Poythress] Why do you say that how a person interprets the first…

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How to Overcome Anxiety and Depression: An Interview with J.P. Moreland – Christian Article

Nearly 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness—including anxiety and depression—according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and people in church pews are not immune. Because prominent philosopher, author, and professor J.P. Moreland experienced it himself, he has now explored the spiritual and physical aspects of mental illness, and has discovered sound sources of information, treatment, and recovery. Bible Gateway interviewed J.P. Moreland (@jpmoreland) about his book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices…

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Braving the Storms of Life: An Interview with Randy Travis – Christian Article

From a working-class background in North Carolina to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel music. This seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral in 2009: his marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy…

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John Piper’s Regrets in Ministry – Christian Article

I love watching or reading interviews with Christian leaders. Interviews give us an opportunity to learn real and raw information about someone, often because the one being interviewed is caught off guard. Who you truly are is revealed when you are surprised. Sometimes I re-watch interviews because the insights gleaned were so helpful. Such is the case with an interview I recently re-watched with John Piper and Collin Hansen. Photo Credit: Desiring God While the interview is a few years…

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Beauty to Comfort the Grieving: An Interview with Kaitlin Wernet – Christian Article

When someone is grieving, what should we say? How can we help? How do we comfort without offering shallow platitudes? What does the Bible mean when it says our help comes from the Lord? Scripture deals plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points people to the rich hope we find in God. Bible Gateway interviewed Kaitlin Wernet (@KaitlinWernet), who, along with Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, and Cymone Wilder, wrote and designed The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard…

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Why the Jewish Roots of Christianity are Important: An Interview with Curt Landry – Christian Article

The church was created by Jesus, who was born Jewish. His early followers were both Jewish and Gentile, and the church’s early culture was rooted in Judaism and a Jewish understanding of God’s relationship to his people. Over time, Christianity became increasingly more Roman than Jewish. How did this transformation affect the church’s identity? Bible Gateway interviewed Rabbi Curt Landry (@curtlandrymin) about his book, Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage: How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith (Thomas…

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Bible is a Modern Culinary Manual, God is “First Foodie”: An Interview with Margaret Feinberg – Christian Article

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. — Psalm 34:8 (NIV) Why did God create food lush in flavor and rich in nutrients? How is food infused with sacred meaning? In our age of fast food and fads, what does it mean to experience foods of the Bible? Bible Gateway interviewed Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg) about her book, Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers (Zondervan,…

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