Listening In is a half hour interview program that features discussions with newsmakers and thought leaders, hosted by Warren Smith. Listening In goes beyond talking points, for real and in-depth conversation. Each week, Warren chooses knowledgeable guests and meaningful topics, and brings a depth and level of candor not often found in mainstream media. In this way, Listening In personalizes the stories and perspectives of its guests, resulting in highly engaging and memorable programming. You’ll hear conversations with popular musicians, Christian thought leaders, makers of movies and television, respected authors, and key political leaders.
This week, Warren Smith talks with Jim Palmer, the executive director of Orange County Rescue Mission, in suburban Los Angeles, California. OCRM has several facilities that range from Restoration Roasters, a coffee shop, to the Double R Ranch, a working horse ranch where men, women and children who have been abused or abandoned, have the opportunity to work with animals.
This week, Warren Smith talks with Christian music pioneer Randy Stonehill. Stonehill has produced more than 25 albums, and he has a new one in the works.
This week, Warren Smith discusses life, racism, and other issues affecting the church with a host of guests, including pastor Rick Warren, Kristen Hawkins, president of Students for Life, Lila Rose of Live Action, Del Tackett, former president of Focus on the Family, and John Perkins, one of the leading evangelicals to play an active role in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s.
This week, Warren Smith talks with singer, songwriter, novelist, and movie producer Andrew Peterson. Peterson is perhaps best known as a singer and songwriter, with more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums in his discography. He has written novels, including the four-volume Wingfeather Saga. In 2016, he raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to fund the first phase of turning Wingfeather into an animated series.
This week, Warren Smith discusses movies and movie making with actor Jim Caviezel, Sony's Rich Peluso, and Matt Baer, the producer of the movie Unbroken.
This week, Warren Smith talks about the state of Christian higher education with three college presidents: Dr. Billy Wilson of Oral Roberts University, Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary.
This week, Warren Smith talks about the state of the conservative movement with Tony Perkins, Sam Brownback, Jim DeMint, David McIntosh, and Becky Norton Dunlop.
This week, Warren Smith talks with author and film and record producer Mark Joseph, who has made a life out of helping cultures who have difficulty communicating understand each other. Joseph is the son of missionaries to Japan, is fluent in Japanese, and has produced documentaries for Japanese TV. Joseph is also an award-winning record producer who has worked with Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Sixpence None The Richer, Kirk Franklin, and others. He has also written a number of books, including 'Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil's Music.'
This week, Warren Smith talks with authors and Christian media experts Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock about their new book "The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back." Cooke is a working producer in Hollywood and has a Ph. D. in theology. Bock is the founder and president of Grace Hill Media, which has marketed more than 500 major motion pictures and television projects to Christian audiences worldwide.
This week, Warren Smith talks with author, pastor, and seminary president Joel Beeke. Beeke is a passionate and learned advocate of the Puritans and Reformed theology. Beeke has written 100 books, and his 100th book is called "Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith." It is Beeke's latest treatment of what has become an important preoccupation of his career and a key idea of Reformed theology. Beeke is the president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This week, Warren Smith talks with author and speaker Ken Boa. Boa's books do not make best-seller lists, but they are read year after year by Christians who want to deepen their relationship with God. His new book, "Life in the Presence of God: Practices for Living in Light of Eternity" is a book that draws on the spiritual classic by Brother Lawrence 'Practicing The Presence of God,' as well as more recent books such as 'You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith. Boa holds doctoral degrees from Oxford University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and New York University.
This week, Warren Smith talks with Christine Dente, one half of the husband-and-wife duo Out of the Grey. In addition to their music, they've raised three children, own a music library and licensing company, continue to do session work with other artists, and Christine has a blog and a new book, "Lifelines."
This week, Warren Smith talks with Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Under Graham's leadership, Prestonwood has grown to be one of the largest churches in the country, with about 40,000 members. Graham is a past president of the Southern Baptist Convention and he currently serves on President Trump's evangelical advisory council.
This week, Warren Smith talks with Justin Reeder, a pro-life activist and leader of an innovative pro-life ministry called Love Life. The mission of Love Life is to unite and mobilize the church to create a culture of love and life that will result in an end to abortion and the orphan crisis.
This week, Warren Smith talks with musician, record producer, and filmmaker Steve Taylor. Taylor began his career in the 1980s as a solo artist known for his alternative rock style and his ironic, sometimes even sarcastic lyrics. His career evolved once again when he became a filmmaker. His early films were music videos, but that work evolved into a feature length film featuring NewsBoys, a movie called "Down Under The Big Top." Today, Steve Taylor continues in music as the front man for Steve Taylor and The Perfect Foil, and he is also on the faculty at Lipscomb University.
This week, Warren Smith talks with author and speaker Kathy Koch. Koch is a passionate advocate for children and is the president and founder of Celebrate Kids. Koch believes that parents should be in charge, and one of the problems kids face today is that too many parents out-source important aspects of the raising of their children to teachers, youth groups, and technology.
On the last week of 2017, hear a conversation Warren Smith had in 2016 about effective philanthropy with filmmaker and Acton Institute Research Fellow Michael Matheson Miller. Miller is the director and producer of Poverty, Inc., a movie that explains how current systems of dealing with extreme poverty around the world are flawed, and proposes new models that are both effective and sustainable.
Today, listen to Warren Smith in 2014 talking about Christmas music with singer-songwriters Andrew Peterson and Keith Getty. Getty and his wife have become fixtures in Christian music over the past decade. They are currently touring the country with a large band and a new show called 'Sing: An Irish Christmas.' For the past 20 years, Peterson and a circle of musical collaborators have toured the country with a Christmas show called 'Behold The Lamb of God.'
Today, Warren Smith talks with country, bluegrass, and gospel musicians Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, better known as Dailey and Vincent. Dailey and Vincent have established a reputation as being one of the most pyrotechnic bluegrass bands in the industry. They have won 35 International Bluegrass Music Awards, 5 Grammy awards, and 4 Dove Awards for Gospel music.
Today, Warren Smith talks with pastor, writer, and the general editor of the new Spurgeon Study Bible, Alistair Begg. Begg is the senior pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and he is the Bible teacher on the nationally syndicated radio program "Truth for Life."