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Listening In

134 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.1K ratings

Hosted by Warren Smith, Listening In is a weekly, half-hour program that takes interviews beyond talking points. Featuring in-depth discussions with musicians and thought leaders, the show adds candor to personal perspectives. Get a closer look at popular artists, authors, key political leaders, and Christians of all kinds.

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A conversation with Ron Sider - S10.E15

August 05, 2022 07:30 - 31 minutes - 28.5 MB

In this special Listening In episode,  we remember Ron Sider, who died last week at the age of 82.     Ron Sider’s 1977 book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” elevated him to a national and international stage.  Its challenging call for Christians to both declare a biblical gospel and demonstrate compassionate care for the poor as part of the gospel message resonated with a generation of young evangelicals.  Sider went on to form Evangelicals for Social Action, which championed social ...

A conversation with Roland Warren - S10.E14

July 22, 2022 07:30 - 29 minutes - 27 MB

Prolifers have prayed and advocated for an end to Roe v. Wade for decades. Now that abortion is no longer legal in all 50 states, pregnancy resource centers have a big job ahead, meeting the needs of mothers in crisis. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, CareNet president Roland Warren talks about how centers in its network are responding and how the church has an opportunity to be rethink its stance as pro-abundant life.

A conversation with Jefrey Breshears - S10.E13

July 15, 2022 07:30 - 34 minutes - 31.6 MB

Jefrey Breshears is one of the most quietly influential thinkers in evangelicalism today. He's a former history and theology professor, and today he runs the Aeropagus Forum, a study center that combines apologetics with history and contemporary cultural issues. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Jefrey Breshears talks about the origins of America's culture war and what Christians can do in response.

A conversation with Neal Harmon and Chris Wall - S10.E12

July 08, 2022 07:30 - 44 minutes - 40.5 MB

Neal Harmon co-founded VidAngel and Angel Studios. Chris Wall is the showrunner for one of Angel Studio’s most anticipated projects, the animated adaptation of Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. Both men are shaking up the Christian entertainment market with a new crowdfunding model that allows viewers to invest in projects they want to see created. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Neal Harmon and Chris Wall talk about their work.

A conversation with Robert Sirico - S10.E11

July 01, 2022 07:30 - 44 minutes - 41 MB

Robert Sirico is a Catholic priest and founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He holds degrees in English and Theology, but he has emerged as one of the nation’s most articulate Christian thinkers regarding economics. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Sirico discusses the parables of Jesus and what they teach us about God, man, and economics.

A conversation with Sean McDowell - S10.E10

June 24, 2022 07:30 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

Sean McDowell takes tough concepts and makes them understandable in his new book for teens and parents, A Rebel's Manifesto. In it he offers short, sharp, satisfying discussions of such tough topics as homosexuality, pornography, abortion, immigration, guns and violence, the environment, and other hot-button issues. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, McDowell talks about some of those issues, why he wrote the book, and what it was like growing up as Josh McDowell's son.

A conversation with Paul Miller - S10.E9

June 17, 2022 07:30 - 37 minutes - 34.5 MB

What should Christians render unto God, and what should Christians render unto Caesar? Discerning the limits of our allegiance to Caesar is not always easy. Often Christians over-render to Caesar. We idolize political ideologies, or we tell ourselves that faithfulness to God means allegiance to a particular political ideology. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Paul Miller makes a case against Christian nationalism and the tendency of its adherents to confuse it with the tenets of ...

A conversation with Laura Perry - S10.E8

June 10, 2022 07:30 - 31 minutes - 28.4 MB

Laura Perry lived for nearly a decade as a transgender man named “Jake.” Eventually she realized she was not a man trapped in a woman’s body. But by then she had made physical changes that would be difficult to undo. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Laura Perry talks about the radical transformation she experienced through Christ, and how she uses her experience to minister to others.

A conversation with Jake Meador - S10.E7

June 03, 2022 07:15 - 45 minutes - 41.8 MB

We know what we're saved from, but what are we saved for? Jake Meador dives deeply into that question by beginning at the beginning. God made the world, and He made it good. That foundation helps us read both Scripture and history in new and helpful ways. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Jake Meador explains our role as God’s ambassadors in the work of restoring all things to Himself. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care f...

A conversation with Andy Crouch - S10.E6

May 27, 2022 07:30 - 41 minutes - 57.1 MB

Andy Crouch has thought deeply about the impact technology has had on relationships, community, and creativity. Technology can be a blessing, and it's often necessary for our daily lives. But it can also be incredibly destructive. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Crouch explains how we live lives of sacrificial love and glorify God in this technological age.  Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spiritually ...

A conversation with Jerry Jenkins - S10.E5

May 20, 2022 07:30 - 42 minutes - 38.5 MB

Jerry Jenkins is the best-selling author of the Left Behind series and more than 200 other books. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, he talks about his career, his writing process, and his manual for writers, Writing For The Soul. He also talks about his seemingly unlikely friendship with Stephen King, and what it's like being Dallas Jenkins' dad. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spiritually and financiall...

A conversation with Andy Stanley - S10.E4

May 13, 2022 07:15 - 38 minutes - 52.9 MB

Jesus said we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, but render unto God what is God’s. Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley believes that the evangelical church has devoted too much time and energy to Caesar and not enough to God. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Stanley talks about the ways Christians have been fighting for the wrong goals, in the wrong way. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spir...

A conversation with Russ Ramsey - S10.E3

May 06, 2022 07:30 - 50 minutes - 45.8 MB

Russ Ramsey is a pastor and art lover on a mission to help people see themselves as creators, made in God's image. He believes studying great artists can inform our own process of making and creating. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Ramsey talks about the artists he highlights in his new book, Rembrandt Is In The Wind: Learning To Love Art Through The Eyes of Faith. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spir...

Listening In: A conversation with Chuck Marohn - S10.E2

April 29, 2022 07:15 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

Chuck Marohn believes we should design cities, towns, roads, neighborhoods, and highways as if people mattered, and not based on short-term economic efficiency. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Marohn explains the research and reasoning behind his conclusions. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when a medical need arises. Patrick and Melody liked the idea of a group of people c...

A conversation with Chuck Marohn - S10.E2

April 29, 2022 07:15 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

Chuck Marohn believes we should design cities, towns, roads, neighborhoods, and highways as if people mattered, and not based on short-term economic efficiency. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Marohn explains the research and reasoning behind his conclusions. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when a medical need arises. Patrick and Melody liked the idea of a group of people c...

A conversation with Dan Haseltine, Matthew Nelson, and Tony Evans - S10.E1

April 22, 2022 07:15 - 31 minutes - 29 MB

Host Warren Smith talks to the musical duo behind The Chosen soundtrack. Dan Haseltine and Matthew Nelson are also former members of the popular Christian band, Jars of Clay. He also talks to pastor and author Tony Evans about his new book on racial reconciliation. Support for Listening In comes from Samaritan Ministries, a community of Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when a medical need arises. Members like Kelsie who was diagnosed with breast cancer. While ...

A conversation with Andy Erwin - S9.E14

December 10, 2021 08:15 - 35 minutes - 32 MB

Filmmaking siblings, the Erwin brothers, release their biggest project to date on Christmas Day. American Underdog tells the story of NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Andy Erwin talks about the process of making the film, working with his brother, and putting together an all-star cast.

A conversation with Jeremiah Johnston - S9.E13

December 03, 2021 08:30 - 34 minutes - 31.2 MB

If you’ve received God’s grace, you should be experiencing God’s peace. But too many Christians are suffering under the burden of outrage. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Jeremiah Johnston explains why Christians struggle to experience God’s peace, and what we can do about it.

A conversation with Dallas Jenkins - S9.E12

November 26, 2021 08:15 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

The Chosen, a streaming series about Jesus and his disciples, has vaulted creator Dallas Jenkins to the top of evangelical cultural circles. In this conversation with Warren Smith, Jenkins talks about writing the show, what it’s like on set, and how he hopes to avoid the mid-life pitfalls that plague so many popular shows.

A conversation with Eric Metaxas - S9.E11

November 19, 2021 08:15 - 43 minutes - 39.5 MB

The modern narrative says science is at odds with faith. But evangelical author and talk show host Eric Metaxas points to a growing body of scientific evidence for the existence of God. He unpacks that evidence, and other proofs from history, in his new book, Is Atheism Dead? In this conversation with Warren Smith, Metaxas talks about why he wanted to return to writing about apologetics.

A conversation with Alan Noble - S9.E10

November 12, 2021 08:15 - 33 minutes - 29.8 MB

Culture tells us we belong to ourselves. But the Bible tells us we belong to God. What implications does that have for our desire to seek affirmation from other people, especially through social media? That’s the simple but difficult truth Alan Noble wrestles with in his new book, You Are Not Your Own. In this episode, Noble and host Warren Smith talk about the tension between living in the world and understanding our place before God.

A conversation with Grace Olmstead - S9.E9

November 05, 2021 07:15 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

What do we owe the places and the people we’ve left behind? That’s the question that propelled Grace Olmstead to dig into her family’s deep roots in rural Idaho. What had she gained from growing up in a tight-knit, loving community? And how could she repay her debt to a place she no longer called home? In this conversation with Warren Smith, Olmstead talks about her new book, Uprooted, and the blessings buried in flyover country.

A conversation with Claire Culwell - S9.E8

October 29, 2021 07:15 - 37 minutes - 34.3 MB

Claire Culwell always knew she was adopted. But she didn’t meet her birth mother until she was in her 20s. After their reunion, Claire gave her mother a gift and thanked her for choosing life. That’s when she discovered her mother hadn’t chosen life at all. In this conversation with host Warren Smith, Culwell talks about that shocking revelation and what it’s meant for her own pro-life advocacy.

A conversation with Caleb Kaltenbach - S9.E7

October 22, 2021 07:15 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

Author Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by two sets of gay parents. So he’s thought a lot about what it means to love and show grace to people who disagree with us on fundamental issues of Biblical truth. In this interview with host Warren Smith, Kaltenbach talks about the advice he gives churches that want to create a welcoming community without sacrificing their commitment to God’s word.

A conversation with Caleb Kaltenbach - S2.E10

October 22, 2021 07:15 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

Author Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by two sets of gay parents. So he’s thought a lot about what it means to love and show grace to people who disagree with us on fundamental issues of Biblical truth. In this interview with host Warren Smith, Kaltenbach talks about the advice he gives churches that want to create a welcoming community without sacrificing their commitment to God’s word.

A conversation with Marie Mockett - S9.E6

October 15, 2021 07:15 - 46 minutes - 42.1 MB

An outsider’s view of the faith sown, and harvested, in America’s Heartland

A conversation with Marshall Allen - S9.E5

October 08, 2021 07:15 - 45 minutes - 41.4 MB

Patients have more power than they realize, especially when they refuse to pay the first bill

A conversation with Marvin Olasky - S9.E4

October 01, 2021 07:15 - 43 minutes - 39.5 MB

A missed catch, misunderstanding, and the healing journey that led to forgiveness

A conversation with Owen Strahan - S9.E3

September 24, 2021 07:00 - 38 minutes - 34.9 MB

What does it mean to be “woke?” What’s the difference between critical race theory and intersectionality? And more importantly, what dangers do these current cultural buzzwords hold for the church? Theologian Owen Strahan explains why all of these ideas ultimately stand in opposition to the gospel.

A conversation with Robert Wolgemuth - S9.E2

September 17, 2021 07:00 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

What does it mean to finish life well? Author Robert Wolgemuth talks to Warren Smith about his new book, Gun Lap, and the reasons so many men in their last years give up on the work God has called them to do.

A conversation with Os Guinness - S9.E1

September 11, 2021 07:00 - 35 minutes - 32.4 MB

Few people have had a bigger influence on evangelical thought on the big questions of our day. In this conversation with Warren Smith, Os Guinness talks about his latest book, The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and The Future of Freedom, how he defines legacy, and what he’s hungry for at this stage in life.

A conversation with Clarissa Moll

April 30, 2021 07:15 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with Clarissa Moll, as they discuss her late husband Rob Moll’s book “The Art of Dying.”

A conversation with Collin Hansen.

April 23, 2021 07:15 - 43 minutes - 40.3 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with the editor-in-chief of The Gospel Coalition, Collin Hansen.

A conversation with Jeffrey Bilbro

April 16, 2021 07:15 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Bilbro, the author of a provocative new book called “Reading The Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry Into The News.”

A conversation with Rich Stearns

April 09, 2021 07:15 - 47 minutes - 43.7 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with the former president of World Vision, Rich Stearns.

A conversation with Ellen Vaughn

April 02, 2021 07:15 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with Elisabeth Elliot biographer, Ellen Vaughn.

A conversation with Michael Lindsay

March 26, 2021 07:25 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with Gordon College president and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, D. Michael Lindsay.

A conversation with Luis Palau

March 19, 2021 07:15 - 38 minutes - 34.8 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's 2019 conversation with evangelist Luis Palau.

A conversation with Chuck Bentley

March 12, 2021 08:15 - 37 minutes - 34.4 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with the author of the new book Seven Gray Swans: Trends that Threaten Our Financial Future, Chuck Bentley.

A conversation with R. W. Hampton

March 05, 2021 09:30 - 36 minutes - 33 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with a member of the Western Music Hall of Fame, R.W. Hampton.

A conversation with Kristin Du Mez

February 26, 2021 08:15 - 44 minutes - 40.5 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with writer and Calvin University professor, Kristin Du Mez.

A conversation with James Emery White

February 19, 2021 08:15 - 39 minutes - 36 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with writer and pastor James Emery White.

A conversation with Brett McCracken

February 12, 2021 08:15 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with writer Brett McCracken.

A conversation with Grover Norquist

February 05, 2021 08:15 - 37 minutes - 34.1 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with tax reformer, Grover Norquist.

A conversation with Michael Martin

January 29, 2021 14:24 - 34.1 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with the president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Michael Martin.

A conversation with Phil Cooke

January 22, 2021 08:15 - 35 minutes - 32.1 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with author and Christian media expert, Phil Cooke.

A conversation with Rod Dreher

January 15, 2021 15:53 - 37 minutes - 33.9 MB

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with author, Rod Dreher.

A conversation with Carolyn Weber

December 11, 2020 09:11 - 44 minutes - 40.7 MB

Carolyn Weber is a literature professor and author of the books Surprised by Oxford and Sex and the City of God. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Weber about her conversion to Christianity and the tension of the current cultural moment in which Christians are living.

A conversation with Trevin Wax

December 04, 2020 08:33 - 41 minutes - 37.9 MB

Trevin Wax is a theologian and author of the new book Rethink Your Self. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Wax about a certain worldly view of life and how we ought to counter it as Christians.

A conversation with Russell Moore

November 20, 2020 18:54 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Moore about how to stand for truth in the face of adversity—especially when you have to do it alone.

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