Interviews

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  The God of the classical creeds and confessions—impassible and immutable—has been replaced by a God who changes in relation to his creation, dynamic and reciprocal in how he relates to his creatures.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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When You’re Disappointed, Disillusioned, and Wondering About the Reality of God’s Goodness: An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst

What happens when life doesn’t turn out the way you expected? What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, his lack of intervention hurtful, and his promises doubtful? [Sign up to receive 5 Days to Knowing God is Close, the free 5-day email devotional by Lysa TerKeurst that offers you hope in the midst of hardship] In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Lysa TerKeurst (@LysaTerKeurst) talks about her book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When…

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How Esther Shows God Has a Purpose for Your Life: An Interview with Dr. Tony Evans

Do you believe God has a purpose for your life, and every action or event that occurs within it has been used to make that purpose a reality? Do you read the story of Esther as a series of coincidences strung together to deliver the Jews from certain death? Or as God having a particular purpose at a particular time? In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Dr. Tony Evans (@drtonyevans) talks about his book, Pathways: From Providence to Purpose (B&H Books,…

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John Hughes of P&R Interviews John Frame – Christian Article

The following author interview with John Frame appeared originally on the P&R blog and is used with permission. Frame is the author of the following 14 P&R titles including the A Theology of Lordship series and Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. Question #1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself: where you’re from, family, job, personal interests, unique hobbies, what you do in your spare time, etc. I was born in Pittsburgh in 1939. Dad was a labor…

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