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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.
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 premierchristianity.com/freesample
In the March edition of the Premier Christianity magazine podcast editor Sam Hailes interviews Tom Wright (aka NT Wright) about his brand new biography of Paul: Who was he? What did he look like? And what would he say to the Church today?
It's farewell to Justin Brierley as he reflects on his final edition of Premier Christianity mag after nearly four years at the helm.

Justin, Sam and Claire also discuss the front cover feature on Christians fighting London's knife crime epidemic, whether evangelicalism can survive the era of Trump, what to do when God doesn't heal.

Plus we hear from Kay Warren, wife of megachurch leader Rick Warren, on lessons learned from the joys and struggles of their decades of marriage.
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.