Listening In


Listening In

Listening In goes beyond talking points by providing in-depth conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. This weekly, half-hour program adds candor to personal stories and perspectives.

May
29
Conversations with Keith Getty and Elli Oswald

Elli Oswald leads the Faith To Action Initiative, a ministry committed to the care of orphans. Keith Getty is a singer and hymn writer. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Oswald about giving the church’s approach to orphan care an overhaul, and with Getty about a new hymn he and his team are producing.

May
22
A conversation with Dallas Jenkins and Jay and Sophia Lyons

Dallas Jenkins is creator, director, and co-writer of “The Chosen.” Jay and Sofia Lyons are the creative team behind “The Long Goodbye: The Life of Kara Tippetts.” On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with the film producers about their creative processes.

May
15
A conversation with Michael Card

Michael Card is a singer, songwriter, and Bible teacher. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Michael Card about art, mortality, and the goodness of God.

May
8
A conversation with Derwin Gray

Derwin Gray is a former NFL linebacker turned apologist and pastor. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Gray about his unlikely path to becoming the pastor of one of the largest and ethnically diverse evangelical churches in Charlotte, North Carolina.

May
1
A conversation with Jim Denison

Jim Denison is an author, speaker, and founder of the Denison Forum. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Denison about what life might be like after the pandemic and how to prepare biblically.

Apr
24
A conversation with Stanton Lanier

Stanton Lanier is a pianist and composer. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Lanier about his songwriting process and how it’s connected to his Christian faith.

Apr
17
Conversations with Abdu Murray, Kathleen Cooke and Chuck Bentley

Abdu Murray leads the North American operations for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and co-writer of the new book Seeing Jesus from the East. Kathleen Cooke is the driving force behind a group called the Influence Lab and the author of Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted World. And Chuck Bentley is the president of Crown Financial Ministries. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Murray about the importance of Christianity in the East, and talks with Cooke about how to see Hollywood as a mission field. Finally, Smith and Bentley discuss whether churches and ministries should accept government relief money during the coronavirus crisis.

Apr
10
A conversation with the Strege family and with JP DeGance.

The Strege family is the first family in the U.S. to adopt a so-called snowflake baby. And JP DeGance is the president and CEO of Communio, an organization that has pioneered strategies that work to mitigate cultural problems. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with the Strege family about their remarkable story of infertility, adoption, and their impact on the pro-life movement. Smith also talks with JP DeGance about how Commuio is helping churches and marriages around the country.

Apr
3
A conversation with Brian Kluth

Brian Kluth is an author and former pastor. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Kluth about how Christians can become more generous and practical ways for people to be more generous with their pastors.

Mar
27
A conversation with Richard Land, Mark Gregston and James Gottrey.

On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Richard Land, Mark Gregston, and James Gottrey about President Trump and his policies and how to live out Christian faith. Richard Land is the president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina and a member of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Group. Mark Gregston is the author of several parenting books and the founder of Heartlight, a counseling center for struggling teens. And James Gottrey is the vice president of public policy for the James Dobson Family Institute and the former director of marketing and legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom.

Mar
20
A conversation with Leighton Ford

Leighton Ford is an evangelist, author, missiologist, and brother-in-law of the late Billy Graham. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks about Ford’s more than 30 years of ministry with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mar
13
A conversation with Steve Arterburn

Stephen Arterburn is a pastor and the co-author of the book Every Man’s Battle. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Arterburn about how the church should address the problem of pornography and temptation and offer help to struggling men.

Mar
6
A conversation with Matt Hammitt

Matt Hammitt is an author, speaker, and the former lead singer of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Hammitt about the history of Sanctus Real, how being in the band impacted his marriage, and health complications with his youngest child.

Feb
28
A conversation with Vishal Mangalwadi

Vishal Mangalwadi is a speaker, author, and founder of The Theological Research and Communication Institute in India. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Mangalwadi about what the Bible teaches us about existence and how the West is seeming to depart from its Biblical foundation.

Feb
21
A conversation with Philip Ryken

Philip Ryken is the president of Wheaton College, one of the most influential evangelical institutions in the country. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Ryken about the history of Wheaton and how the school has handled several recent controversies.

Feb
14
A conversation with Michael Youssef

Michael Youssef is an Atlanta-based pastor, radio teacher, and author of more than 35 books—including Jesus, Jihad, and Peace. On this episode of Listening In, host Warren Smith talks with Youssef about his latest book Saving Christianity? In it Youssef offers a biting critique of so-called "progressive Christianity" and offers a way forward for Bible-believing followers of Christ.

Feb
7
Conversations at the 2020 March for Life

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversations with a number of pro-life leaders at the 2020 March for Life in Washington, DC. They'll discuss the state of the pro-life movement in this country, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities pro-lifers face in the year ahead.

Jan
31
A conversation with Sandra McCracken

This week,  hear Warren Smith's conversation with singer, songwriter, and worship leader Sandra McCracken.

Jan
24
A conversation with Jordan Raynor

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with author and speaker, Jordan Raynor.

Jan
17
A conversation with Josh Bales

This week, hear Warren Smith's conversation with singer/songwriter Josh Bales.

May
26
The Olasky Interview: Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler is a theologian and president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Albert Mohler discuss WORLD’s approach to Christian journalism. Plus, Mohler fields questions from WORLD staffers.

May
19
The Olasky Interview: Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez is an evangelical leader and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. In this 2012 interview, Marvin Olasky talks with Rodriguez about politics and conservatism in the Hispanic community.

May
12
The Olasky Interview: Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is an author and a New York Times columnist. In this classic interview from 2011, host Marvin Olasky talks with Douthat about politics and Christianity in America.

May
5
The Olasky Interview: Donna Rice Hughes

Donna Rice Hughes is an author, speaker, and founder of Enough Is Enough. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, host Marvin Olasky talks with Hughes about her personal testimony, internet safety, and efforts to confront online pornography and trafficking.

Apr
28
The Olasky Interview: Michael Wear

Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies and a leading expert at the intersection of faith, politics, and American public life. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, host Marvin Olasky talks with Wear about faith, politics, and Wear’s time in the Obama administration.

Apr
21
The Olasky Interview: Tim Carney

Tim Carney is an author, the commentary editor at the Washington Examiner, and a visiting fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Tim Carney discuss some of the factors that led to President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory and whether those factors are still in play for this year’s election.

Apr
14
The Olasky Interview: Paul Miller

Paul Miller is a Bible teacher, theologian, and author of J-Curve, WORLD’s 2019 Book of the Year for accessible theology. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Paul Miller discuss suffering and resurrection within the Christian life.

Apr
7
The Olasky Interview: Justin Giboney

Justin Giboney is an Atlanta attorney and political strategist. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Justin Giboney discuss how to increase Christian engagement in culture and politics—namely the Democratic Party.

Mar
31
The Olasky Interview: Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada is an author, speaker, and well-known advocate for people with disabilities. Tada founded the organization Joni and Friends to tell stories of real people who face severe trials but continue to trust in God. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Joni Eareckson Tada discuss Tada’s own suffering and what it looks like to minister to those who are suffering.

Mar
24
The Olasky Interview: John Piper

John Piper is a conference speaker, author of more than 50 books, and the retired pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and John Piper discuss his tenure as a pastor and what the term "Christian hedonism" means.

Mar
24
The Olasky Interview: Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks is an author, speaker, and former president of the American Enterprise Institute. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Arthur Brooks discuss the source of true happiness, how to best help struggling single moms, and how the welfare system is hurting more than helping.

Mar
24
The Olasky Interview: Ryan and Bethany Bomberger

Ryan and Bethany Bomberger are the founders of The Radiance Foundation, a pro-life organization that promotes life and adoption. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and the Bombergers discuss the importance of adoption and how The Radiance Foundation is calling out the abortion industry with billboards.

Mar
11
Coming soon: The Olasky Interview, Season 2

A new 12-episode season of The Olasky Interview begins March 24th. Guests include John Piper, Al Mohler, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Samuel Rodriguez.

Aug
28
The Olasky Interview: Bill Bennett

An in-depth conversation with author and commentator Bill Bennett.

Aug
21
The Olasky Interview: Lauren Green

An in-depth conversation with Fox News religion reporter Lauren Green.

Aug
15
The Olasky Interview: Ron Sider

An in-depth conversation with author and professor Ron Sider.

Aug
8
The Olasky Interview: Ann Voskamp

An in-depth conversation with speaker and bestselling author Ann Voskamp.

Aug
1
The Olasky Interview: Charles Murray

An in-depth conversation with author and political scientist Charles Murray.

Jul
25
The Olasky Interview: Ben Carson

An in-depth interview with neurosurgeon and bestselling author Dr. Ben Carson. This interview took place in 2012 at Patrick Henry College.

Jul
18
The Olasky Interview: Min Jin Lee

An in-depth interview with bestselling author Min Jin Lee.