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 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."
Today, Warren Smith talks with bestselling author and speaker Stephen Mansfield. Mansfield has written more than 20 books, but he first came to wide attention in 2003 with his book 'The Faith of George W. Bush,' which made the New York Times Bestseller List. His books on Bush, Barack Obama, and Winston Churchill have focused on how the faith of leaders impacts and informs their public life.
Today, Warren Smith talks with Irish singer and songwriter Keith Getty. Getty is best known for the hymn "In Christ Alone," which he co-wrote with Stuart Townend. But he began his career as a flute and saxophone player, and an arranger for Sir James Galway, Michael W. Smith, and many others. Today, with his wife Kristyn, he tours the world from a base in Nashville, though he still keeps a home in Ireland where he lives a portion of the year.
Today, Warren Smith talks with writer, blogger, publisher, and speaker Trevin Wax. Trevin is a former missionary to Romania. He hosts a blog at The Gospel Coalition and regularly contributes to The Washington Post, Religion News Service, and WORLD.
Today, Warren Smith talks with actors and activists Kevin and Sam Sorbo. Kevin Sorbo is best known for his starring roles in two television series ' Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda. Kevin's wife Sam began her career as a model and actress, guest starring with Kevin in episodes both of Hercules and Andromeda. After a medical emergency put an end to both of their acting careers, Kevin and Sam Sorbo became outspoken advocates for homeschooling, and for Christian causes of many kinds.
Today, Warren Smith talks with Bryan Owens who has turned a highly specific, niche business into a multi-milliondollar operation. His business has also become a significant tourist attraction. In the process he hasdeveloped what he calls a 'theology of work". Bryan's business?... Unclaimed Baggage.
Today, Warren Smith talks with Congressman Patrick McHenry. When Congressman McHenry was first sworn in as a member of the U.S. Representative, he was the youngest member of Congress. He's now part of the House leadership, serving as Deputy Whip of the House and as a member of two influential committees: Oversight and Government Reform, and Financial Services.
Today, Warren Smith talks with best-selling author John Eldredge. Eldredge served for 12 years on the staff of Focus on the Family before releasing the book "Wild at Heart," which became a publishing phenomenon. Eldredge has a new book, "All Things New: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything You Love," published by Thomas Nelson.
This week, Warren Smith talks with former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has been a national figure in American politics for the past 20 years. He launched a presidential campaign in 2008, but after withdrawing his candidacy after the Iowa caucuses, Huckabee hosted a television program on Fox News until 2015. Huckabee now has a weekly television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.