16 June 2021
Showing our kids that following Jesus is a great adventure
As we approach Father’s Day, Andy Frost thinks back to how his dad influenced his own Christian journey when he was younger. He also shares details of a great new resource to help fathers as they take their kids on an adventure of faith.
14 June 2021
Support for singles of all ages
Whenever there is provision for singles in churches it is often targeted at young people. Rev Eleanor Jeans is author of a course called Securely Single, which aims to help those of any age live life to the full, whether singleness was something they chose or not. She shared about her own experiences of being single with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
11 June 2021
Moving on from past mistakes
Have you ever looked back over your life and wondered how it could have been different? Jen Baker’s new book, Unwavering, encourages us to reflect on the choices we make to move from making fear-based decisions to faith-based living. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues chatted with her about her own journey with this.
10 June 2021
Carers need space for their own wellbeing
During Carers Week, 7-13 June, carer and mental health awareness trainer, Anita Kelly shares candidly about the pressure of being a carer, the effect of the pandemic, and how important it is that carers feel valued and cared for themselves.
25 May 2021
Pursuing racial justice
On this, the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, the US national prayer director for 24-7 Prayer, Lisa Koons, reflects on the racial justice movement born in the wake of his death and the teaching of Jesus about the pursuit of justice.
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25 May 2021
We need to talk about sex in church!
When many Christian couples get married they are ill-equipped to navigate sexual intimacy. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke with psychosexual nurse therapist Emma Waring, who longs to see churches talking more openly about the struggles couples face in the bedroom
13 May 2021
A message of hope
Since the pandemic, the number of eating disorders has risen dramatically. Abbie Young works for tastelife, a charity that offers help to those suffering from food-related issues and their carers. Here she shares about her own struggle with anorexia and why the charity is looking for volunteers right now.
12 May 2021
Holding grief and joy together
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10–16 May) is nature. Here, Rachael Newham bravely shares her story, as well as the part nature has played in her recovery – and how she thinks we all need to give ourselves time and space in this season.
11 May 2021
Healing after an affair
During UK National Marriage Week, we’re inviting couples to consider having some tough conversations, whether that be about sex, making a will or handling money well. Steve and Claire Musters spoke to Premier’s Maria Rodrigues about the way forgiveness saved their marriage, as documented in their new book Grace-Filled Marriage.
5 May 2021
What does the Bible say about sex and relationships?
There is much wrong in what our culture teaches us about attitudes towards sex and relationships, but also many wrong perceptions about what the Bible says about these vital topics. Elaine Storkey unpacks why this is and reveals what it truly says
4 May 2021
When life falls apart
Have you experienced disappointment and loss? Sarah Stockinger has journeyed through miscarriage and, more recently, experienced a ministry job falling through…after her and her husband sold everything to move to America to take up the post. She shared what she has learned through these experiences with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
29 April 2021
Moving from fear to compassion
Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:
22 April 2021
What the minor prophets can teach us about suffering
Where do you turn to when you’re struggling? Chances are that you don’t turn to the books of the minor prophets in the Bible, but author Debbie Duncan shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues why these books are full of gems that are helpful for life in the 21st century.
8 April 2021
Finding hope in the wilderness
There has been a lot of talk about hope in recent days. We remain hopeful that lockdown will continue to ease in the way the government has outlined. We are hopeful that we can visit friends and family – and even stay with them. We hope that we will soon be able to sing alongside our church family again.
25 March 2021
'I was pregnant with my 5th child when my marriage and ministry fell apart'
Karen Allen reached a tipping point in her life when she told God she couldn't do ministry anymore. Her marriage of 14 years had suddenly ended and she found herself pregnant with her 5th child. A close friend spoke into her life and changed things. Here is some of what Karen shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
9 March 2021
'The Queen’s faith should determine how she reacts to the Meghan and Harry interview'
Millions of people are thought to have tuned in to watch the interview with Oprah last night. Here's why Lauren Windle thinks a response should come from the Royal Family themselves and not their PR team
5 March 2021
My mum ran a brothel
EMMA WEAVER grew up in a situation where she would alternate between living with her mum or dad. At one point she moved to Spain with her mother, but when financial difficulties hit she returned to the UK to be with her father. In that time her mum set up a business. Premier's Maria Rodrigues heard something of the story, as written in Emma's book 'Unvanquished Spirit'.
26 February 2021
‘You never know what God has planned for your life’
Santia Deck is the highest-paid female American footballer in history. Here she tells Jeanette McCarthy about the highs and lows of her career, her battles with self-image and how her faith in God and the support of the women in her life have inspired her to help the next generation
23 January 2021
Let's talk about sex
Adrian and Celia Reynolds have written a book about the struggles couples often face with physical intimacy in marriage, exploring why the Bible says about it and the priority sex should take in a marriage. Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke with them about it
22 January 2021
Processing unexpected death
Kate Patterson and her pastor husband had been writing and presenting on the topic of eternity, when a few months later it became a more significant topic for the family than they could ever have imagined. Kate has now released a book called 'Living for Eternity', and Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke to her to find out more
22 January 2021
The Church is failing single people
Lauren Windle, a 30-something Londoner, has spent the last year interviewing people on their dating experiences in Church and has written Notes on Love based on her findings. It is a much-needed upgrade from a long line of handbooks telling people “How to wait patiently for your Boaz” or “You’re single because you’re not ready”. Lauren tells Tola-Doll Fisher she wrote it not as a guide, but as an invitation to explore a relationship status that she says has been sorely blown out of proportion
19 January 2021
Violence against Christians in Nigeria is spiralling out of control
In 2017 Amina was part of a group kidnapped by Muslim terrorists and held hostage for eight months. Five years before, the terrorists came to her home and slaughtered her husband. Premier reporter Tola Mbakwe spoke with Amina about her experience
13 January 2021
Do UK churches only cater for the middle-class?
Natalie Williams has authored two books on the role she believes churches ought to play in combatting poverty and injustice. When she became a Christian, she says she had to learn new ways of behaving, and not just when it came to following the Gospel. She spoke to Premier Radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
10 December 2020
My children were sexually abused
Debi Ray Rivers is founder of SCARS, a ministry seeking to educate adults about sex abuse in an attempt to prevent it happening to children. She herself was the product of rape and was abused as a child, so it was heart-breaking when she discovered a family member had been abusing her daughters. She shared the story with Premier radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
9 December 2020
Women around the world are bracing for a hard Christmas
As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified this year. The UN is calling on activists and civil society groups to wear the colour orange to raise awareness of the many women in vulnerable positions around the world
26 November 2020
‘My OBE comes with a sense of responsibility’
Muyiwa Olarewaju’s father was killed by militants because of his faith. As he celebrates being awarded an OBE, Muyiwa speaks with Urenna Kiwanuka on being determined to counter the millitants’ promise to wipe his father’s name from all the earth
25 November 2020
Would you adopt a child with a different skin colour to you?
The government has removed the requirement for an ethnic match in adoption but Black children are still far less likely to find forever homes. Adoption and fostering charity Home for Good has conducted a poll to find out why
19 November 2020
Could you live without a toilet?
As COVID-19 thrusts the importance of good sanitation into the limelight, the United Nations reveals it may not meet the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation set for 2030. World Toilet Day is a chance to assess the pressing needs that are yet to be met
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16 November 2020
Should we discuss period pain and sex in church?
Fiona Furman battled for years with excruciating pain during her 'time of the month' which led to a hysterectomy at a young age, but it took a very long time for anyone to realise that something was medically behind it. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
12 November 2020
Emmerdale’s Down syndrome abortion storyline is insulting and Christians needs to speak out
ITV soap Emmerdale is running a storyline about a coupling choosing to abort their baby when they find out it has Down syndrome. Sarah Costerston a Christian mother to a girl with Down’s says it’s an insult to parents like her.
31 July 2020
God gives clear signs to those who need them
Susan Wright, 75, is the mother of five children and grandmother to nine. She became a Christian in her 20s then married John, now 86, in 1974. She has battled dyslexia and low self-esteem, but has held onto God’s faithfulness through the trials of life, including her husband having cancer twice, two years of unemployment – and even him being sent to prison
3 April 2020
We need to pray for our nation
Pastor John of Strengthen the Faithful felt God guide him to write the Wartime Miracles Leaflet and circulate it around thousands of churches and prayer groups. It calls for Christians to earnestly intercede with Almighty God for our nation, in the knowledge of how he so clearly answered similar prayers of faith during the Second World War
25 March 2020
What, no cheese? A vegan guide to building up your immune system
With many fresh food counters closing and self-isolation becoming the norm, some of us will be facing an involuntary vegetarian or even vegan diet. But it’s not all bad! Here are 3 plant-based staples you can try today to support your immune system...
17 December 2019
“The God I’ve encountered is different to what you’re making him sound like now”
Katia Adams spoke to Claire Musters about a childhood begun in Iran, seeing the radical faith of her parents and grandparents outworked, feeling called to be a leader – and why she had to wrestle with the gender debate for herself.
26 November 2019
IN CONVERSATION WITH ABBY EATON
Singer Abby Eaton seemed to have it all. She loved making music, her husband Chris was writing songs for big-name artists and the couple had a lovely home. But when they had a baby Abby found herself struggling with postnatal depression and tackling the taboo that often surrounds mental illness. She talks about her daily battle with anxiety and the joy of creating new music.
23 October 2019
Kingdom vs Chaos
Alistair McIver investigates how two women and the church are supporting the fightback against anti-social behaviour in the country’s most violent street
Everyone seems to want their 15 minutes of fame, these days. And when you, your work, or your location finally make it into the headlines of a national newspaper, that would appear to be ‘mission accomplished.’
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17 September 2019
Elaine Storkey puts us straight on the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well
Our years at Scargill: one couple's experience of living in community
'Cancer taught me to make time for what is important'
Modern slavery: the Sheffield charity helping vulnerable women rebuild their lives
13 August 2019
Christy Wimber - 'I have had to rethink what I believe'
Man Alive: Adrian Plass on the compensations of age
'I love my community' - why one young woman chose to live in a deprived part of inner city Manchester
How one church is combatting loneliness in their community
9 December 2018
What Christmas means to me
Rev Kate Bottley is a priest in Nottinghamshire and passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. She currently presents Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2 and is a regular on Songs of Praise. Rev Kate is also supporting The Children Society’s Christmas campaign.
13 March 2018
Living with a life-limiting illness
Ruth van den Broek was diagnosed with the degenerative disease cystic fibrosis (CF) as a baby and grew up knowing she would not live to a ripe old age. Now in the ‘twilight years’ of her late twenties, she tells Sharon Barnard why she is able to look to the future with hope
9 January 2018
February 2018 – New Look Issue
Baroness Elizabeth Berridge – on her calling to politics, making an impact and the importance of prayer
Love on the mission field – Dating in a different culture has very different rules, as two young missionaries discovered
Ideas and inspiration – Make the most of spring Great ideas to celebrate the season of hope
21 November 2017
Six things I am learning
In September Laura Treneer was appointed Chief Executive of Woman Alive’s parent company, the charity CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach), where she has been Innovation Director for the last three years. Her husband is pastor of a large Baptist church in Brighton where they live with their family.
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7 November 2017
Great ideas for Christmas – practical, spiritual and creative
Facing the year ahead: Anne Le Tissier has some tips from God's Word
Katherine Welby Roberts on motherhood and mental health
Out of my comfort zone – new CPO chief exec Laura Treneer on what she's learning
3 October 2017
Help, we're losing our grandchildren - advice from Katherine Hill on when your child's marriage fails
Secret believers – A moving testimony from a former Muslim living on the West Bank
Veronica Zundel says it's time we all stopped complaining
Natural ways to lower your risk of heart disease
19 September 2017
Never say never - a teashop story
In January 1994, we ran a short feature about the teashop at Lee Abbey in Devon, which had recently been given a star rating in the Egon Ronay guide, Just a Bite. It was managed by Mollie Foster. Now, 24 years later, Mollie shares her story and explains how God has led her back to the teashop …