Faith. Culture. Hope. Life. Longtime journalist and commentator Billy Hallowell has covered thousands of the biggest faith and culture stories.
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Promise Keepers CEO Ken Harrison breaks down biblical manhood, the lies culture tells us and his journey through law enforcement as a Christian. This is a powerful episode that will leave you with a plethora of take-aways.
Ephesians 6 is one of those Bible chapters that is so easy to bypass. You read it and think, "Yeah, we're in a battle" and move on. But, like many, you might not realize what that battle really is, why it matters — and how you could be missing what's really unfolding in the realm of good vs. evil. Let's explore these issues, hear a real-life possession story and explore why we must all wake up.
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Author Richard Simmons is on a mission to help people recognize that "truth is discovered and not invented." In his book, "Reflections on the Existence of God: A Series of Essays," he grapples with the most basic — yet most debated — question in human existence: Does God exist? His answer and the evidence that takes him there will inspire you.
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Colorado baker Jack Phillips has long been at the center of controversy for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. His battle, which reached the Supreme Court, has attracted everything from support to anger, with the baker fielding death threats, vandalism and harassment along the way. While many have asked, "Why not just bake the cake?" Phillips offer a response worth hearing, no matter where you stand.
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This episode of Edifi is packed with two powerful interviews, as Bishop T.D. Jakes and FOX News host Shannon Bream drop by. Jakes discusses culture, chaos, division and his new book, "Don't Drop the Mic: The Power of Your Words Can Change the World." And Bream explores her career and faith, including her new book, "The Women of the Bible Speak." Explore this powerful episode!
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Brittni De La Mora was once one of the world's most famous porn stars — then she found Jesus and everything changed. Brittni and her husband Richard – who are now both in ministry — discuss her incredible transformation story, how they met, and what discovering Jesus truly means. Listen to this powerful interview, and be sure to also subscribe to hear Brittni and Richard on their weekly "Let's Talk Purity" podcast: https://edifi.app/podcasts/let-s-talk-purity-26147/
Justin Brierley is the longtime host of "Unbelievable?", the U.K.-based podcast and radio show that brings together Christians and atheists (and sometimes Christians with differing theological views) to discuss and debate some of the most essential theological and cultural subjects of the day. Brierley has likely heard every argument imaginable from some of the most prominent atheists around the globe, yet he remains a Christian who is resolute in his faith and steadfast in his belief in the Bible. Listen to him explain why he facilitates these fascinating discussions, and why his faith in scripture has persisted after hearing some of atheists' toughest arguments.
Apologist Ken Ham takes a particular position when it comes to his debates with atheists and secularists — and it surrounds an intentional tone. In this interview, he discusses his new book, "Will They Stand," his mission to spread the gospel, why he believes parents need to train Christian kids, and the reason he decided to build a life-size Noah's ark. This episode is packed with powerful content.
Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, who represents Washington's 3rd congressional district, was one of just 10 Republicans in the U.S. House to vote to impeach former president Donald Trump. She sat down for a candid conversation with Billy Hallowell about faith, truth and the importance of putting Jesus before anything else. In this candid discussion, she explains the events of January 6, how she reacted and why — even though she voted for Trump, she felt compelled to vote for impeachment.
This powerful interview offers a rare lens into the life and faith of a member of Congress, shedding light on the difficult decision to place what one believes is right over the will of a political party or even political aspirations. Regardless of whether one agrees with Herrera-Beutler's decision, it's clear that a lot is on the line for her. Still, she is resolute that "truth is truth" and that faith and truth must drive our decisions — not political whims.
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Explore the headlines of the week. From Mr. T's call to faith to Vice President Elect Kamala Harris' Bible plans there's plenty to explore. Plus: David Curry of Open Doors USA breaks down the worst places in the world to be a Christian — and the shocking increase in persecution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Bachelor" star Ben Higgins sheds light on his faith, his journey and his experience starring on the popular ABC show. Listen to him explain his journey. Also, hear Billy Hallowell respond to the attack on the U.S. Capitol — and the real issue plaguing our culture.
Are you ready for 2021? After the dumpster fire that was 2020, there are a lot of reasons to be wary, but here are some tips for diving into 2021 with the right mindset. Plus: the top 3 feel-good stories of the year, 2 important headlines to pay attention to — and plenty more. It's the 2021 "listicle" episode, so don't miss it!
John Bevere breaks down what the "fear of the Lord" really means and how we find God's will for our lives. Dive into the exploration of fear, love and so much more, as Bevere discusses "X: Multiply Your God-Given Potential." Listen to more podcasts over on Edifi!
Country music star Coffey Anderson takes us inside his new Netflix show "Country Ever After" and his faith journey. His incredible story and his wife Criscilla's bravery during her cancer journey have captivated and inspired millions. Listen to him explain it all on this episode of "Edifi."
You might know Skillet frontman John Cooper for his music, but get ready to see him like you never have before. Cooper is taking on post-modernism, relativism, and culture chaos and is set to release his new book, "Awake & Alive to Truth." He's standing up for truth and breaking out with some fascinating takes on our truly troubled times.
Sen. Tim Scott's personal story is incredible. He discusses overcoming adversity and discovering the American dream, while also diving into his latest book, "Opportunity Knocks: How Hard Work, Community, and Business Can Improve Lives and End Poverty."
Danielle D'Souza Gill joins "Edifi With Billy Hallowell" to tackle abortion myths, the argument that men should have no opinion on the matter and her new book, "The Choice: The Abortion Divide in America." During the show, she proclaims, "I hope that from this that we can really create a culture of life in the country … [and] the changing of people’s hearts and minds." Dive into the discussion and check out other transformational shows on the Edifi app.
Charlotte Pence Bond reveals what it was like growing up with her father, Vice President Mike Pence, the Billy Graham rule, what her dad has taught her and her journey to faith. Plus: A response to AOC's religious freedom comments.
The Rev. Johnnie Moore and Rabbi Abraham Cooper join forces to reveal the horrors unfolding in Nigeria. The educate us about the situation on the ground and their new book, "The Next Jihad: Stop the Christian Genocide in Africa." This is a must-listen episode.
The Rev. John Revell takes us inside the complex world of being a cop in today's challenging culture. From suicide struggles to chaos amid ongoing protests, Revell — a longtime police chaplain — explores the troubling dynamics and helps us see far beyond the headlines into the difficulties of a tough and harrowing career.
"O.C." star Samaire Armstrong shocked everyone when she delivered an impassioned video supporting President Donald Trump. Now, she's speaking out about being potentially blacklisted, her counter-cultural message and why she decided to break her silence.
Pastor Lucas Miles comes on the podcast to discuss exorcisms, possessions, demons and evil, and to break down what the Bible really says. Miles is interviewed in Billy Hallowell's new book, "Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts."
Billy Hallowell breaks down the biggest headlines of the week — from the implications of Justice Ginsburg's death to reaction to "Cuties." Plus: author Craig Denison drops by to discuss hope, chaos and more.
Meet Amy, a woman who believes she was possessed — and healed. Plus, Ben Courson drops by to discuss his new book "Flirting With Darkness," and Tre Goins-Phillips breaks down the biggest faith headlines of the week.
Skillet frontman John Cooper shares his experience living just three blocks from the recent chaos in Kenosha, his take on the gospel and the ways he believes America can heal. Plus: the biggest news of the week with The Christian Post. Go to Edifi.app (and download Edifi from your app store) for more powerful Christian podcasts!
Actor Jim Caviezel Is known for his epic film, "The Passion of the Christ." And amid a long Hollywood career, he has clung close to his Christian faith. In this episode of the podcast, he dives into the gospel and offers his take on our chaotic culture. Go to Edifi.app (and download Edifi from your app store) for more powerful Christian podcasts!
Pastor John MacArthur appeared on "Edifi" to tell Billy Hallowell why he has no plans of backing down amid his intense church-state battle. "This is not the America that I've known," he said, going on to make the case for why he's defying California's mandates to keep his church's doors open. Plus, he addresses critics who take issue with his views on Romans 13.
We dive into the biggest faith headlines of the week, including Justin Bieber's faith message — and Ed Young tells us about "The Fear Virus." Welcome to the new and re-branded "Edifi With Billy Hallowell" podcast.
Paula Faris' career trajectory has been pretty incredible. But when she was at the top of the media world as host of "Good Morning America Weekend Edition" and "The View," Faris made a shocking decision: to leave it all behind. Here's her incredible story.
Shannon Bream, anchor of “FOX News @ Night,” is a talented journalist who has a penchant for asking the right questions. A trained attorney, she has been on-the-air at Fox since 2007.
Bream describes herself as a lifelong “news junkie,” sharing her journey from working as a trained lawyer to journeying into the news business. But it’s perhaps her worldview that most sets her apart from many of her media peers.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa isn't sheltering in place. In fact, he and his organization, The Guardian Angels, are out and about in New York City, helping clean and feed the homeless while also trying to help those less fortunate avoid COVID19.
Matt Hammitt had it all, but then he found himself faced with a choice. The Christian singer decided to walk away from his successful role as the lead singer of Sanctus Real. Here's his powerful story.
James 5 is filled with important truths that call us to feel convicted and empowered. James Chapter 5 opens with a rebuke of wealthy people who have essentially stolen wages and mistreated workers. But there are also some inspirational aspects as well surrounding prayer. There's a lot to unpack, so let's dive right in!
Jesus tells us to love God and love others, but what does the Bible mean when it tells us to "love not the world?" And what does James 4 (NIV) mean when it tells us, "Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God?" Let's dive deep into these truths.
Forgiveness is hard — sometimes it's very hard. But what if everything you think you know about forgiveness is wrong? What if your failure or refusal to forgive could actually end up destroying you? Let's dive in.
Do you show favoritism? Do you treat the wealthy better than the poor? The Bible has some pretty convicting things to say about how we treat others. Here are some powerful lessons we all must keep in mind.
Some might look upon the idea of "fearing the Lord" as a bad thing, but most of us — if we're being honest — will admit that we have had healthy fears of our parents and other authority figures throughout our lives. If the Creator of the very air we breath and the bodies we inhabit has specific standards and truths, we would be operating in great error to ignore that wisdom.
God's standards matter. The Bible repeatedly tells us where the Lord stands on various issues — as well as on the state of the human condition, with Solomon detailing in Proverbs 6 the "six things the Lord hates." These activities and character flaws might sometimes arise in our own lives, so knowing and understanding each of them can be deeply beneficial to each of us, especially as we embark on the ongoing quest to be better and stronger people.
In an era characterized by rampant relativism, self-control is slipping away. But no matter what culture says, the Bible calls us to personal restraint, with moral parameters guiding our paths. When we reject God's order and live life for ourselves, we're on spiritual quicksand. Here's why.
There's a lot of talk today about "following your heart." The generally spouted mantras are "be true to yourself" and "be who you want to be," but there's an important reality that these feel-good slogans fail to take into account: we must first be who God wants us to be.
Our view of the world — and creation — impacts our entire existence. It dictates how we interact with people and institutions, and how we respond to moral choices. Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more difficult in our "everything goes" era to discover truth and, in turn, to live that truth out. In the end, though, truth is fixed; it doesn't ebb, it doesn't flow — and it certainly doesn't bend to individual whims. How are you measuring up?
Where do your morals, values and ethics come from? This is an essential question, because, whether we realize it, each one of us has a defined moral and ethical framework — and many of our ideas come from what we choose to put into our hearts and minds.
What is knowledge? That's a question that is becoming increasingly difficult for our modern world to answer. That said, the Bible is pretty clear about where knowledge comes from, what it is, and where we can obtain it.
Sure, schooling and college are great. But life is about more than earthly education. Let's dive right in.
How should we respond when unimaginable tragedy strikes, when everything around us seems to be imploding — or when life simply doesn't go as planned? These are monumental questions we all face at various points throughout our lives, as we encounter an array of struggles, pain and unexpected happenings. Here's my response.
Colossians 3 has a powerful message about dying to self that should have us all do a double take. We're called to rid ourselves of anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language -- but are we failing? Here's some hope.
Prayer is powerful, yet we live in a chaotic world. Kids, family, work, responsibilities and other barriers sometimes cause us to forget the power and importance of prayer. And in an increasingly secular culture, it's easy to simply diminish or ignore what can truly happen if we seek God daily. Here are eight prayers and areas of focus that will change our lives — and the lives of others.
We’ve thrown respect out the window and exchanged it with this obsessive belief that what we believe, feel and say is what matters most. This faulty ideology will destroy us — unless we cling to true hope.
Culture tells us we're perfect, that we can do anything we want -- and do it with glee. Realty TV rewards the unthinkable. Relativism rages. But the Bible calls us to something very different. Here are the four questions we all must answer.
The Bible makes it clear that we're supposed to trust in God. But what happens when we drift away, fail to ask and always find ourselves saying "yes?" Things get a bit complicated...here's the solution.
Pastor David Platt has been under fire after President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to his Virginia church and the preacher prayed for the president. The fallout has been telling, as critics seem to miss some gospel points along the way. Here's why this matters. And deeply.
Culture tells us we're essentially perfect. Anything we say or do goes, there's no need for self-reflection, we decide what's right or wrong. Unfortunately, this isn't reality. We are each filled with weaknesses that we must confront — weaknesses that hold us back from people the people God wants us to be. I had a convicting moment this morning, and I'm hopeful it can help us all dive deeper so we can become more like Christ.
How we react says a lot about where we are, spiritually speaking. When I first saw Miley Cyrus' tweet I had a pretty pointed response, but then I felt convicted.
Let's dive into my reaction, while also covering some helpful tips on how to survive and thrive in a chaotic, fractured and strange culture.
Kathie Lee Gifford is known for her incredible career in TV, but you'll get a chance in today's devotional podcast to hear her speak about her Christian faith — and what she calls the "cure for the malignancy of the soul." After today's devotional, be sure to also check out the original, full-length interview between Billy Hallowell and Kathie Lee, which you can find here.
Are you humble -- or too prideful? Do you struggle with needing others' praise? The Bible tells us that "humility comes with wisdom," but many of us lack in this area. Let's dive deep into what the Bible says about pride — and challenge ourselves to really look into our hearts to see where we're failing and succeeding.
We are increasingly living in a post-truth world, as morals and values slowly sink deeper and deeper into the abyss. A quick look at the news makes it more than clear: we’re headed for an ethical derailment, and most people seem completely oblivious to the erosion of sanity that has taken form.
For Christians, a number of worries have emerged, with questions coming along with a great many fears. But in the end, it’s truth that most matters, and we are called to embrace God (and reality). But are we answering that call?
God is pro-life. Undoubtedly so. And if that's true, there's a deep responsibility on behalf of us all. Whether you're pro-life, pro-choice or confused about where you stand, this episode will convict you.
Is the Bible real? Did Jesus really die for the sins of humanity? Critics and atheists often demand evidence for these things. It's an endless battle, but here's what I have found to be the most compelling proof for Jesus and the Bible.
The Jussie Smollett saga has captured the headlines, but there are some elements of the case that might be overlooked. And believe it or not — whether you care about celebrity news or disregard it — the story holds some essential and convicting lessons for us all.
The Bible calls us to love our enemies, but many of us fail miserably.
This is particularly true when it comes to politics, as some Christians seem to assume that the biblical commandments to treat others well and to watch what comes out of our mouths are somehow supernaturally suspended when it comes to our ideological opponents.
Here’s why this massive error must be corrected.
“Duck Dynasty” star Missy Robertson is passionate about helping those in need. From assisting women coming out of trafficking and prison to helping children and families in need, Robertson and her family have devoted much of their time to charity — a topic that the TV star recently discussed in detail during an interview with “The Billy Hallowell Podcast.”
Looking for a new beginning in 2019? I have a list of 17 Bible verses (and commentary) over at PureFlix.com that can help you get there.
But there are three verses in particular that I think are most essential as we dive into the new year. Listen to me break them down.
“Duck Dynasty” star Missy Robertson recently revealed some of her family’s Christmas traditions, noting that the most comical annual event is her mother-in-law Miss Kay’s gag gift giveaway — something that she said typically has the entire Robertson family rolling on the floor in laughter.
Too many of us feel alone, trapped and confused. And it’s not all that surprising, as the world can be a truly tricky, complex and daunting place.
But as the pressures of life weigh us down, we’re reminded that there’s a source of comfort and calm that is always available to us.
There’s a “coolness” epidemic that threatens to ravage the Christian church — an insatiable quest among some to be seen as cool, relevant and in-step with the culture.
Many times this curious quest comes from a genuine place of love, with Christians making their best effort to mix in well with the world around them. And make no mistake: we are called to love others, even those with whom we disagree. But where's the balance?
Crowder is on a mission to share God’s love, using his music as a vehicle toward spreading the gospel. The solo performer, who formerly front-manned The David Crowder Band, recently told The Billy Hallowell Podcast that he believes Christians have a unique opportunity right now to make a real impact in the midst of a divided culture.
Celebrity trainer and fitness enthusiast Alec Penix is on a mission to inspire people to think deeper about physical — and spiritual — changes that can help transform lives.
Penix, who trains some well-known names in Hollywood, is a Christian whose faith informs his work, as he helps people reach their hopes, aspirations and personal goals.
At a time when many people see politics as the primary means to change culture, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, is placing his attention on a very different institution: the family.
'Tis the season for…difficult family dynamics. I was pretty intrigued to see how my last podcast and devotional about Christmas chaos so widely resonated.
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My “Christmas survival guide” offered some biblical insights on dealing with tough family members and related problems. So, I want to follow up on that.
The Christmas season is filled with food, fun — and family. Spending quality time with friends and loved ones is many times the most amazing part of the season.
Unfortunately, though, many of us have complicated family dynamics. While the holiday season is a time for peace and joy, difficult dynamics can sometimes cloud our festivities. The question is: how should we react to difficult and challenging family members?
Human nature can lead us to some pretty problematic (and even horrific) things, particularly when people avoid adhering to a concrete moral code.
Solomon affirms this reality again and again throughout Proverbs, reminding us in Chapter 28, verse 26 that “those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” So, who are you trusting in?
We’re all heard the timeless slogans — “There are no guarantees in life,” “We make plans and God laughs,” “Life gives you lemons and you make lemonade” — and the list goes on (and on).
The reality is, outside of our own definitive decisions, we have very little control over what happens to us in our lives. From curveballs to unforeseen circumstances, life can get pretty dicey.
Here's how to navigate it.
The Bible’s timeless truths are designed to get us thinking deeper about life, love and spiritual matters. Sometimes, a simple verse can spark a deep thought or stunning realization.
This is exactly what happened to me the other day when I was doing a morning devotion with my 6 year old and my 3 year old. It was the text of Psalm 24:1 (NIV) that stopped me in my tracks.
Society is tragically losing its ability to win and lose with grace. We’ve come to assume that a brash tone and a harsh tongue are the best methods for winning arguments. But are we wrong?
Whether your side wins or loses Tuesday's election, DO THIS.
There’s typically a message embedded deep in each and every mess we find ourselves in. Sometimes, we’ve created these messes — other times these messes have tragically found us.
Regardless of how our problems take form, we’re all in need of help and redemption. Here's how we get it.
It’s impossible to walk away after reading the Book of Proverbs without the word “wisdom” standing out in our hearts and minds. Without a doubt, wisdom — defined as “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships” — is at the very core of all of Solomon’s writings.
And as we navigate a tattered social structure that has everyone divided and jumping at one another, there are plenty of truths in Proverbs that should sustain and convict us. Here they are.
“TODAY” host Kathie Lee Gifford is an outspoken Christian who never wastes an opportunity to talk about her relationship with God.
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During a recent interview on “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” she delivered some powerful biblical lessons worth revisiting. Listen to my devotional about these stunning proclamations.
It’s understandable why some people feel letdown, worried and fearful amid a chaotic culture.
With the news cycle and the politics of the day highlighting and perpetuating dysfunction, there’s a statistic that emerged this week that should actually give us all hope: 90 percent of Americans believe politicians “should display peace, kindness, gentleness and self-control.”
Here's why this matters.
Humility matters. But don’t just take my word for it. The Bible gives us quite a bit to chew on when it comes to pride.
Rather than seeing ourselves above others, we’re called to serve and love those around us.
The world tells us to chase riches, money, fame and “success.”
Celebrity homes, cars and hobbies are often center stage in the entertainment press, sparking a strange sense of jealousy among the masses. Meanwhile, social media is focused on selfies and the quest to bring attention to ourselves.
Here's why this is breeding a total mess for us all.
Veteran TV host Kathie Lee Gifford is an entertainer who has found widespread success over the decades, but it’s her deep Christian faith that most defines her. Gifford has made headlines in recent years for openly sharing the gospel in overtly secular spaces.
Listen to her break down the gospel, her faith — and the reason why she never hesitates to discuss salvation.
Proverbs is filled with so many important lessons. Each chapter is bursting with a plethora of essential subject matter — simple and timeless truths by which we can live.
Here are just five truths from Proverbs 22 that can help us build our faith, while navigating the complexities of life.
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There’s a lot of talk these days about “winning,” but very little discussion or explanation about what true victory really looks like.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with setting goals and trying to persevere to reach them, but there is something off-kilter when our goals and aspirations are sought without God’s guidance.
In the end, our motivation — and inspiration — matter.
God gives us the free will to decide for ourselves how we want to live, what we want to say and how we choose to interact with the people and things around us.
But free will often comes at a cost. Along with the ability to live and behave as we choose, God has also fortunately given us a blueprint to discern His plan for our lives. This roadmap is the Bible — a timeless book that explains the ins and outs of how human beings are meant to live.
With more than three decades in music under his belt, TobyMac — whose real name is Toby McKeehan — is still going strong. The popular singer-songwriter is out with a new album called “The Elements” and he recently opened up about his life, career and passion for community during an interview with “The Billy Hallowell Podcast.”
Each of us is filled with “desire.” This is a natural human reaction to the world around us; it fuels our goals, aspirations and wants. But the Bible makes it pretty clear that unrestrained desire — desire not based on Christ — is fruitless.
Here's how we fix it.
Singer Austin French is on a mission to make music that reaches fans’ hearts and souls. French, 24, recently shared his incredible journey from skeptical pastor’s kid to popular Christian musician — an exploration that forced him to question absolutely everything, including his childhood faith.
What would you say if your days (and words) were numbered? How would you look at the world differently? I received an email this week that left me convicted, saddened — and yet amazingly inspired. It's a message I think everyone needs today.
Ben Shapiro has made a name for himself in conservative circles, appearing daily on radio, TV and at events around the nation. His off-the-cuff and rapid retorts have solidified him as a favorite commentator among politicos — but what’s Shapiro’s backstory? He recently sat down with “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” to talk about free speech, culture and the roots of his career.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro shows no fear when he tackles some of the most controversial issues of the day. Abortion is just one of the topics he frequently addresses with passionate fervor; it’s an issue that he firmly believes is “the great moral issue of our time” and one for which history will ultimately judge our society. Listen to him explain why he cares.
Many people walk around talking about Jesus as though he was some kind of hippie who only preached peace and love. While it’s true that he certainly preached peace and love, Jesus did much more than that. Here’s the thing too many people have been missing about Christ. Are you guilty?
Actor Chris Pratt has wowed crowds with his acting skills, but he's also been going viral of late over his open proclamations about God and faith. Here's a look at his character and faith through the eyes of his brother, Cully Pratt.
A talent for the arts clearly runs deep in the Pratt family’s DNA. Cully Pratt, Hollywood megastar Chris Pratt’s older brother, recently revealed some fascinating details about the family’s creative genes — and some incredible facts about his own personal journey and his brother's rise to fame.
Embracing Jesus changes hearts — and lives. That’s the lesson that author Ericka Andersen learned after she met her now-husband, Rick, began to discover his backstory and watched as God moved in his life. After growing up in an intensely abusive household and later suffering from the results of that treatment, Rick found Jesus — and his life was never the same.
Music and film producer Mark Joseph knows a thing or two about the entertainment world, having worked for decades in both the Christian and secular arenas. In his new book, “Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil's Music,” Joseph makes the case for Christians to “make their music in the middle of popular culture.”
Joseph recently told “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” that he believes it’s important for Christian artists to speak to the broader culture by having a presence in the mainstream.
Pastor Chris Sonksen is on a mission to encourage Christians to “quit church” — but his quest isn’t quite what you’d think. Sonksen, author of the new book, “Quit Church: Because Your Life Would Be Better If You Did,” recently told “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” that he’s concerned over the “common threads of weakening spiritual behaviors in people’s lives.”
The preacher, who is committed to offering solutions, doesn’t want people to literally quit worshipping at church as much as he wants believers to rethink their approach to living their faith out.
Evangelist Christine Caine believes it’s essential for Christians who are fearful or struggling in an increasingly secular culture to remember an important reality that sometimes gets lost in the social chaos: it’s essential to find a balance between truth and love.
Caine, author of the new book, “Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure,” recently told “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” that Americans today might find increased secularization troubling, but that her own experience growing up in Australia previously prepared her for such a dynamic.
She said she learned early on what it meant to exist as a Christian in a culture that didn’t embrace faith values. In America, some people are now waking up to that same reality, especially as culture rapidly shifts.
Jen Ledger has spent the past decade playing the drums for Christian rock band Skillet, but the performer recently ventured out on her own to release her first solo EP titled, “LEDGER.”
Now, she's on a mission to make a difference and to serve as a positive role model in an entertainment world in which it seems too many kids are being influenced by negativity.
Kate Bowler was an accomplished college professor, mother and wife when she was shockingly diagnosed in 2015 with incurable, stage four colon cancer. It was a reality that initially stunned the academic, who has since defied the odds — and isn't giving up on life.
“American Idol” alum Scott MacIntyre has faced his fair share of trials and tribulations. Born blind, MacIntyre later experienced kidney failure, pain, and uncertainty as he awaited two transplants — difficult and draining experiences that led him and his wife, Christina, to rely on their faith in God as they faced the unknown.
Listen to him reveal all the details.
Author and evangelist Lee Strobel was an atheist who once served as the legal affairs editor for The Chicago Tribune before embarking on a quest to try and disprove Christianity — an effort that ironically led him to embrace the faith.
Now, Strobel, whose personal story was told through the feature film and book titled “The Case for Christ,” is preparing to release “The Case for Miracles,” a new investigative book that relies on facts, interviews and studies to further explore spiritual matters.
Amid an increasingly secular culture, many Christians are finding themselves in a precarious place. American culture, which was once dominated by biblical themes and understanding, has increasingly become more hostile — or, at the least, apathetic, toward Christian values.
As a result, Christians find themselves unsure of how to adapt to these changing tides. Pastor Michael Anthony of Grace Fellowship in York, Pennsylvania, argues that it’s time for believers to stand up, regroup and “rediscover the divine equation of speaking the truth in love.”
Nick Vujicic was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a disorder that caused him to be born without any limbs. But despite some major challenges, Vujicic and his Life Without Limbs ministry have ministered to millions of people across 68 countries — a feat he credits to God.
The inspirational Christian speaker, who is out with a new book titled, "Be the Hands and Feet," shared his personal story of overcoming depression to become a well-known force for the gospel. And in an appearance on "The Billy Hallowell Podcast," he discussed faith, life, overcoming the odds — and his recent claim about an experience with spiritual forces that led to quite a bit of online discussion and debate.
The Babylon Bee continues to make a splash with its comical take on Christian culture, but unlike other satire sites, the Bee has a deeper purpose than simply making its readers laugh: the site aims to make Christians think as well.
"What we want to make clear ... we're not making fun of Christianity, per se, and we're not making fun of Jesus or the Bible or the gospel," head writer Kyle Mann recently said on the "The Billy Hallowell Podcast." "What we're making fun of is the Christian culture that kind of builds up around those things and around the gospel and around the biblical message."
Go behind the scenes of the Babylon Bee.
The CEO of Pure Flix reveals the details behind an exciting, new biblical epic that's sure to send a powerful message about faith, God and our lives.
Michael Scott sits down with Billy Hallowell to hash it all out.
Forgiveness can be hard, especially when a loved one has wronged us. But regardless of what happens, Christians are commanded to offer grace to those who have hurt us...no matter what.
Of course, this is often easier said than done, as evidence from stories shared by people like Jason Romano. Romano's parents divorced when he was just 6 years old, though he said his dad was "always around" and he saw him on the weekends.
Eventually, his dad developed a problem with alcoholism — and, over the years, Romano, a former ESPN producer, said that it sparked family problems and chaos. Here's how he overcame that all.
Mason Wells survived two terror attacks. Now, he's telling his story. Find out more about Wells' new book "Left Standing" here: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Standing-Miraculous-Survived-Brussels/dp/1462121691/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Actress Candace Cameron Bure believes in the power of prayer.
The "Fuller House" star recently stopped buy the Faithwire newsroom in New York City to discuss faith, her new book and plenty more, spending a fair amount of time addressing the importance that prayer holds in her own life.
Faithwire's Senior Editor Billy Hallowell sits down with Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Sam Sorbo, to discuss their new movie "Let There Be Light." Wide ranging interview discussing the movie, Harvey Weinstein, atheism, and more.
"Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt talked motherhood, her new kids' book "Through Your Eyes" and her thoughts on the miscarriage she had before conceiving her daughter, Hayden in a recent appearance on "The Billy Hallowell Podcast."
Earhardt, 41, discussed how raising her daughter has been a gift and dove deep into her experience with having a miscarriage.
"We had a hard time conceiving ... we tried for not quite a year and then we got pregnant and we heard the heartbeat," she said. "We went for the appointment, we went for the next appointment and we didn't hear the heartbeat. We had a miscarriage."
A Millennial expert is warning that society is "on the verge of having a generation that has completely lost the knowledge of God."
Mike Sherrard, director of RC College Prep, a high school ministry of Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics group, recently appeared on "The Billy Hallowell Podcast," where he detailed this concern and said he doesn't believe it's all that dramatic of a statement.
The Burpo family captivated the world when father Todd Burpo published "Heaven Is For Real" back in 2010, a book that details his son Colton's near-death experience that included a purported visit to heaven and a conversation with Jesus.
Actress Roma Downey is on a mission to turn the tables on America's divisiveness, launching a new platform aimed at inspiring the masses with hopeful content that offers an encouraging lens into the good things happening around the world.
Downey, who recently launched Lightworkers alongside her husband, famed TV producer Mark Burnett, appeared on "The Billy Hallowell Podcast" to describe her passion for the project as well as her shock at the current state of civility in America.
Comedian Chelsea Handler’s Twitter feed is filled with daily insults, slams and rebuttals to much of what comes from President Donald Trump’s mouth as well as his Twitter account. And that’s fine; she’s entitled to her First Amendment rights.
But there’s one recent tweet in particular that I find profoundly disturbing. A Sept. 21, 2017, message from Handler about Trump and North Korea reads, “Uhhhh. Kim Jung’s letter to @realDonaldTrump is a little bit more sane than @realDonaldTrump. Maybe we trade?”
I get it; Handler is a comedian, but there are a number of reasons why there’s really nothing funny about her tweet.
"I think most people sort of view Revelation and prophesy sort of in the 'Sci-Fi' category of theologies. It's kind of one of those things where you can talk about when you make a movie about it but hey, is it really real?" - Jeff Kinley breaks down his views on the end times
Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is an outspoken Christian who has plenty to say about the division that's been raging in America. Get the story behind the story on The Billy Hallowell Podcast.