Warren Cole Smith

Warren is the host of WORLD Radio’s Listening In. He previously served as WORLD's vice president and associate publisher. He currently serves as president of MinistryWatch and has written or co-written several books, including Restoring All Things: God's Audacious Plan to Change the World Through Everyday People. Warren resides in Charlotte, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.

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Worship on 88 keys

Q&A | Chad Lawson praises the Lord with classical and jazz piano tunes
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/08/17, 09:39 am

Chad Lawson’s album The Chopin Variations reached No. 1 on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Classical charts in 2015. His jazz recordings have developed a passionate and growing following. And his music has appeared in such television shows as The Walking Dead, Dawsons Creek, and Vampire Diaries, as well as many television commercials and some movies. Lawson is a committed Christian who until recently played piano at a large church in Charlotte, N.C.

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Pat McCrory on gender, politics, and culture

Q&A | Former North Carolina governor says he’s always stood up for what’s right
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/04/17, 11:10 am

Until recently, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was known as a moderate Republican who governed from a centrist position. Then he found himself at the middle of a national controversy about transgender bathroom use that some say cost him the election. I recently spoke with McCrory at a gathering of conservative activists in Orlando, Fla., where he was a featured speaker.

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First Things editor on rough-and-tumble ecumenism

Q&A | R.R. ‘Rusty’ Reno talks about equipping the intellectual Christian
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 1/31/17, 04:48 pm

R.R. “Rusty” Reno has been the editor of First Things magazine since 2011. The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran who eventually became a Catholic priest, founded the publication in the 1990s to give the Religious Right a richer theological and philosophical vocabulary. I had this conversation with Reno at the Union League Club in New York.

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