Great Stories with Charles Morris
#16: Andraé Crouch: Stories and Songs from the Father of Modern American Gospel Music

#16: Andraé Crouch: Stories and Songs from the Father of Modern American Gospel Music

February 24, 2021

You may not know his name but you’ve definitely heard and sung along to his music. Known as the father of modern gospel, Andraé Crouch won seven grammies and had a profound influence on the music industry.

Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard are just a few household names who covered some of the several hundred gospel songs Andraé wrote in his lifetime. He worked with Michael Jackson and Modonna, and arranged music for The Lion King and The Color Purple.

But more than all of these accolades, Andraé Crouch loved Jesus. He went home to be with the Lord in 2015, but you can get to know him today when you listen to this musical episode of the Great Stories podcast as Charles and Andraé sit around a Steinway piano to stories and the tune of some of his most powerful music. You won’t want to miss this classic conversation from the Haven Today archive.

#15: Dane Ortlund On Discovering How the Heart of Christ is Gentle and Lowly

#15: Dane Ortlund On Discovering How the Heart of Christ is Gentle and Lowly

February 17, 2021

Longtime listeners of the Haven Today radio broadcast have a fond appreciation for the ministry’s third speaker: Ray Ortlund. A trusted voice on the radio, Ray also served as a mentor to Charles as he took the helm about twenty years ago. Today, Charles goes full circle and interviews Ray’s grandson, Dane, about his journey to discover the heart of Jesus. The result became a profound little book called Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, which is quickly becoming a staple for Christians wanting to draw nearer to Christ today.

Dane Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church. He is the author of several books, including Gentle and Lowly, and the editor of the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Dane lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Naperville, Illinois.

#14: Dr. Gary Chapman Returns to The Five Love Languages

#14: Dr. Gary Chapman Returns to The Five Love Languages

February 10, 2021

With Valentine's Day around the corner, Charles Morris returns to one of his favorite interviews on the topic of love with Dr. Gary Chapman. You might recognize him as the author of The 5 Love Languages. Written more than two decades ago, this is one of those rare books that is consistently found near the top of every bestseller list year after year. 

So why does this concept of five love languages resonate with so many people — both Christians and unbelievers? And what do they have to do with how we relate to God and others?

Charles and Gary answer these questions and get to the heart of how to better communicate and receive love in this special Valentine's Day conversation. 

#13: Dr. John Lennox Answers Challenging Questions About God and COVID-19

#13: Dr. John Lennox Answers Challenging Questions About God and COVID-19

February 3, 2021
  • If God is all loving, why did He allow the Coronavirus Pandemic to spread?
  • If God is all powerful, why doesn’t he eradicate Covid-19 right now?
  • How can my faith in Christ help me cope with this new way of life?
  • How is the Lord actually making a difference right now?

These are not easy questions to answer. In this conversation, Oxford mathematics professor Dr. John Lennox (author of Where is God in a Coronavirus World? and Has Science Buried God?) examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it, but also offers us a sure and certain hope to cling to.