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Great Stories with Charles Morris
43 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
#37: Dr. Michael Gillian on How a Smart Person Can Believe in God
We live in a world that often tells us that it’s foolish to be a Christian, which begs the question: Can a smart person believe in God? Dr. Michael Guillen is a physicist, three-time Emmy winning science journalist, and former editor for ABC News. He’s also a great example of how a scientifically-minded person would not only believe in God, but love Jesus with his whole heart. In this interview, Dr. Guillen talks about how he came to believe in God—not in spite of science—but in harmony with what he’s learned about the physical world.
38 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
#36: Ray and Betty Whipps Tell Their Story of Faith and Love in World War II
In Europe during WWII, Ray Whipps served as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium. Betty was a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. After Ray was injured in a mortar blast, the two met and bonded over their shared faith. As Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. But then things went terribly wrong. Hear Ray and Betty introduce their remarkable story of faith and love amidst the calamities of World War II.
32 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
#35: Louis Zamperini: Story of an Olympian, WWII Hero, and Unbroken Follower of Christ
A lesser man would have broken. Louis Zamperini was already a national hero as an olympic athlete, but then his bomber went down in WWII, leaving him adrift for 47 days. There he faced sharks, exposure, and starvation. Finally rescued, he was then forced to face relentless torture as a prisoner of war. Today's episode recovers an interview Charles conducted with Louis Zamperini just after he turned 90. Hear Louis in his own words describe the incredible events that became a bestselling book and blockbuster movie. This fascinating conversation will keep you on the edge of your seat.
52 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
#34: Dr. Michael Williams on Reading the Bible through the Jesus Lens
What is the Bible all about? If this isn't your first time listening, then you may already know Charles' answer: Jesus. On today's episode, you'll get introduced to Dr. Michael Williams, author of How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens. He explains that Scripture comes into much better focus when we realize that every book of the Bible has an identifiable theme that is ultimately fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus. By the end, you'll know how to easily find Jesus in Joel, Ruth, Hosea, Daniel, Isaiah, and Philemon.
24 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
#33: Filmmaker Ray Bruce: Tracing the Apostle Peter's Steps Through the Camera Lens
If someone asked you to retell the Apostle Peter’s life story, how would you go about it? Ray Bruce set out to do this with a documentary film crew and one of England’s most beloved actors, David Suchet. Together, they followed in the footsteps of the Apostle Peter from Galilee to Jerusalem and beyond, seeking to tell the story behind one of the New Testament’s most captivating figures. On this episode of the Great Stories podcast, you’ll hear Ray Bruce recount what went into the research and filming of this project, as well why he finds the life and ministry of Peter so compelling.
52 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
#32: Rosaria Butterfield on Her Conversion Story, LGBTQ Theology, and Hospitality as Evangelism
Rosaria Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, happily partnered to another woman, and a leading thinker in queer studies. All of this changed when a Christian couple welcomed her into their lives, slowly sharing the gospel through inclusive hospitality. She’s now a pastor’s wife in North Carolina and mother to four adopted children. In this episode, Rosaria recounts her story as an unlikely convert and discusses how Christians can begin engaging their lost friends and neighbors—even the ones we’re afraid to approach—in a more gospel-centered way through regularly practiced radical hospitality.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
#31: Gary Thomas: The Best Marriages Are Not About Happiness … but Holiness
What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? And, what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker who specializes in bringing people closer to Christ and closer to others. In this conversation, Gary and Charles delve deeply into how marriages can become a doorway to a closer walk with Christ and each other. Rather than wasting time with how-to steps that are “guaranteed” to give you a happy marriage, Gary makes the case for friendship, hard work, and holiness. Whether you’re in a relationship or want to be in one, this episode is for you.
31 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
#30: Jack Klumpenhower on How to Effectively Teach the Gospel to Children
Are your kids as brave as Daniel, as wise as Solomon, or as humble as Ruth? The answer is probably no on all counts, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast, Charles Morris is joined by gospel teacher, parent, and author Jack Klumpenhower. He wrote a helpful Christ-centered book called Show Them Jesus on how to effectively teach the gospel to children in a way they can internalize it and carry their faith into adulthood. He also has some great insight into how adults can preach the gospel to themselves every day.
36 minutes | May 26, 2021
#29: Jay Stocker on Scripture Lullabies and How Kids Hide God’s Word in Their Hearts
One of the best ways to find relief from anxiety and stress is through music. Jay Stocker knew this, which led him create a series of lullaby albums meant to help children escape nightmares, get a better night’s sleep, and hide Scripture in their hearts. After nearly eight years without a new installment in the Scripture Lullaby series, Jay Stocker is releasing the fourth volume of Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture focused on how we can all find hope in the Lord, even in a world of uncertainty. Charles Morris caught up with Jay in his home in Fort Collins, Colorado, to talk about how kids, parents, and grandparents alike use this music to find much-needed peace and trust Jesus. You can listen to the full interview right now or watch the video version here.
32 minutes | May 19, 2021
#28: David Instone-Brewer On Divorce and Remarriage in the Church
The Bible offers guidance on many issues. But when it coms to issues like divorce and remarriage in the church, there are still many questions that don’t have quick and easy answers. Questions like … Is adultery the only grounds for divorce? Is remarriage considered adultery? What should you do if your spouse walks away from the marriage? Dr. David Instone-Brewer helps clear things up on these issues that continue to remain controversial in the church today. Originally recorded in 2013 on the grounds of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England, today's episode of the Great Stories podcast is packed with answers to some of the toughest questions surrounding divorce and remarriage, along with helpful insights on what is actually said in the Bible and how the church should respond. Dr. Instone-Brewer is the author of several books, including Divorce and Remarriage in the Church. He is also a research fellow at Tyndale House, which is a research library in biblical studies located in Cambridge, England. He previously served as a Baptist minister. Going Deeper Take a deeper dive into the research behind Dr. David Instone-Brewer's conclusions by getting a copy of his book on the topic. Read some excerpts from his book in this short blog titled 4 Questions you were scared to ask about divorce and remarriage.
33 minutes | May 12, 2021
#27: Fernando Ortega Wants You to Slow Down and Worship
Too many of us live each day under the tyranny of the urgent. Not only is this frenetic pace of the 21st century unsustainable, it’s not the way God intended you to live. On today’s episode, Fernando Ortega makes the case for slowing things down and making time for God in our daily lives. If you’ve ever heard him sing, you know the sound of his voice is unmistakable. Here, he talks about how worship is more than what we sing on Sunday. It’s a way of life that happens ever day. The question is, who — or what — do you worship?
29 minutes | May 5, 2021
#26: Tim Keller Answers Your Biggest Questions About Faith, Jesus, and the Reason for God
Why does God allow suffering in the world? How could a loving God send people to Hell? How can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God? These are questions Dr. Timothy Keller has been fielding from doubters in New York City for the last 30 years. On today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast, Tim answers some of the toughest questions that often come up about Jesus and the reason for God. By the time he's finished, you’ll have a better understanding of how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
41 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
#25: Nabeel Qureshi on Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, and What That Meant for His Family
As a young boy, Nabeel Qureshi wanted to be just like his father—a devout Muslim. Eventually, he started studying the claims of Christianity and found the historical evidence for Jesus to be more strong and credible than his own religion. This led him on a journey to know Jesus. Recorded just a few years before his death, Nabeel Qureshi sat down with Charles Morris to talk about this journey from seeking Allah to finding Jesus, the events that took him down this road, and what it meant for his close-knit family. Click here to learn about a documentary called American Gospel: Christ Alone, which features segments of Nabeel's story as he faced life's final chapter.
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
#24: Costi Hinn on the Prosperity Gospel, His Famous Family, and Finding Jesus Outside the Word of Faith Movement
Wealth. Luxury. Comfort. Who wouldn’t want these things? Costi Hinn is the nephew of one of the most famous prosperity preachers in the world, but he no longer works for his uncle. After growing up in a life of luxury, Costi found Jesus outside the Word of Faith movement. In what became our most listened-to interview of 2019, he tells his story, while also explaining what the prosperity gospel gets wrong about Jesus. To hear more from Costi in a new documentary, watch American Gospel: Christ Alone. To read Charles Morris’ article on this topic, read What’s wrong with the prosperity gospel? Get your own copy of Costi’s book God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel. Get the audiobook version of Costi’s book here.
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
#23: Elyse Fitzpatrick On How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings
Where do we go when we die? What will heaven be like? Who goes there? How do we live each day in light of our eternal home? Elyse Fitzpatrick wrote one of the best, most comprehensive and biblical books on Heaven called Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings. On today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast, she joins Charles Morris to help us peek through the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the topic of Heaven by looking at what Scripture actually says about our eternal home. Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 25 books on daily living and the Christian life.
57 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
#22: Ann Voskamp On the Abundant Life, Brokenness, and How They Go Hand-in-Hand
The prayer of Jabez. God’s Formula for Success and Prosperity. Your Best Life Now. These are just a few of the many books out there on how to achieve the abundant life. If you pray hard enough, give enough money, or have enough faith, you too can break through to the blessed life. But that’s not the way Ann Voskamp sees it. In this conversation that originally aired as a live webcast from her farm in Ontario, Canada, Charles Morris and Ann Voskamp discuss themes from her recent book, The Broken Way. Unlike the previously mentioned books, Ann believes the only path to abundance is in the shape of a cross. Click here to watch the live webcast version of this episode. Click here to learn more about The Broken Way.
25 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
#21: Dr. N.T. Wright: Did the Resurrection Really Happen? How Can We Be Sure? Why Does it Matter?
The most startling claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead after being brutally executed on a Roman cross two thousand years ago. Could it possibly be true? And if it were, what difference could it make to us today? Dr. N.T. Wright, a leading New Testament Scholar and retired Anglican Bishop, joins Charles Morris for a special Easter episode of the Great Stories podcast. In this conversation about the historical resurrection of Christ, you’ll hear one of the best explanations for why we can be certain Jesus really rose from the dead and why that matters today.
25 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
#20: Lysa TerKeurst On Cancer, Infidelity, and Trusting God Through Hard Times
Where is God when bad things happen? What about when things go from bad to worse? Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst joins Charles Morris on today’s episode to talk about a season in her life when she faced one difficult moment after another … until the words, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” just seemed empty and naive. And yet, the Lord was there all along. If you’ve ever gone through hard times, you’re going to find a friend in this interview who knows what it feels like to walk through deep devastation and heartbreak while still standing on the reality that God is good. Click here to read a transcribed version of this interview.
30 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
#19: Andrew Peterson On Encountering Jesus through Music, Christ-Haunted Places, and Celebrating the Resurrection
Easter is coming. But unlike the Christmas season, Easter doesn’t have as many of the rich traditions that help us anticipate Christ’s death and resurrection. On today’s episode, Andrew Peterson helps us bridge the gap between what we read in the gospel and how these events have direct implications for how we live every single day. You’ll also hear him talk about how he connects with Christ through music and the sense of feeling God’s presence in historic Christian places that are no longer active today. As Easter approaches, we encourage you to prepare your heart to celebrate the Resurrection through Andrew Peterson’s album Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1. You can also view a video of one of the most powerful songs on the album here (Is He Worthy?).
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
#18: Andy McQuitty On Living in the Shadow of Death
Death is a difficult topic. Most look upon it with fear, while others try to ignore it altogether. But one thing is certain ... it’s been on people’s minds more than usual lately. When Andy McQuitty received his cancer diagnosis in 2009, it felt more like a death sentence. Not only did he have cancer, but he was very likely going to die from that cancer. This set him on an intense journey through the valley of the shadow of death, and he came out on the other side with a new perspective on how Christians can live with purpose—even as we approach life's final chapter. Hear his profound insights and reflections when you listen to today's episode.
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