Great Stories with Charles Morris
#21: Dr. N.T. Wright: Did the Resurrection Really Happen? How Can We Be Sure? Why Does it Matter?

#21: Dr. N.T. Wright: Did the Resurrection Really Happen? How Can We Be Sure? Why Does it Matter?

March 30, 2021

The most startling claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead after being brutally executed on a Roman cross two thousand years ago. Could it possibly be true? And if it were, what difference could it make to us today?

Dr. N.T. Wright, a leading New Testament Scholar and retired Anglican Bishop, joins Charles Morris for a special Easter episode of the Great Stories podcast. In this conversation about the historical resurrection of Christ, you’ll hear one of the best explanations for why we can be certain Jesus really rose from the dead and why that matters today.

#20: Lysa TerKeurst On Cancer, Infidelity, and Trusting God Through Hard Times

#20: Lysa TerKeurst On Cancer, Infidelity, and Trusting God Through Hard Times

March 24, 2021

Where is God when bad things happen? What about when things go from bad to worse?

Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst joins Charles Morris on today’s episode to talk about a season in her life when she faced one difficult moment after another … until the words, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” just seemed empty and naive. And yet, the Lord was there all along.

If you’ve ever gone through hard times, you’re going to find a friend in this interview who knows what it feels like to walk through deep devastation and heartbreak while still standing on the reality that God is good.

Click here to read a transcribed version of this interview. 

#19: Andrew Peterson On Encountering Jesus through Music, Christ-Haunted Places, and Celebrating the Resurrection

#19: Andrew Peterson On Encountering Jesus through Music, Christ-Haunted Places, and Celebrating the Resurrection

March 17, 2021

Easter is coming. But unlike the Christmas season, Easter doesn’t have as many of the rich traditions that help us anticipate Christ’s death and resurrection. On today’s episode, Andrew Peterson helps us bridge the gap between what we read in the gospel and how these events have direct implications for how we live every single day. You’ll also hear him talk about how he connects with Christ through music and the sense of feeling God’s presence in historic Christian places that are no longer active today. 

As Easter approaches, we encourage you to prepare your heart to celebrate the Resurrection through Andrew Peterson’s album Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1. You can also view a video of one of the most powerful songs on the album here (Is He Worthy?).

#18: Andy McQuitty On Living in the Shadow of Death

#18: Andy McQuitty On Living in the Shadow of Death

March 10, 2021

Death is a difficult topic. Most look upon it with fear, while others try to ignore it altogether. But one thing is certain ... it’s been on people’s minds more than usual lately.

When Andy McQuitty received his cancer diagnosis in 2009, it felt more like a death sentence. Not only did he have cancer, but he was very likely going to die from that cancer. This set him on an intense journey through the valley of the shadow of death, and he came out on the other side with a new perspective on how Christians can live with purpose—even as we approach life's final chapter. Hear his profound insights and reflections when you listen to today's episode. 

#17: J.I. Packer On Weakness, the Myth of Self-Sufficiency, and Finding Strength in Christ

#17: J.I. Packer On Weakness, the Myth of Self-Sufficiency, and Finding Strength in Christ

March 3, 2021

Today, strength is applauded while weakness is seen as a defect. For the Christian, this should be the other way around.

Having collided with a bread truck as a child and receiving brain surgery that left him with an indented skull, the late J.I. Packer (Knowing God) is well acquainted with weakness and frailty. In this conversation he tells how this shaped his life and led him to depend on Christ for strength. Throughout, he debunks the myth of self-sufficiency, laying out a path for us to follow from discouragement to freedom in light of our all-sufficient God.

J.I. Packer went home to be with the Lord in 2020. This conversation was originally recorded for the Haven Today radio broadcast in 2013. The message of Christ’s power being made perfect in our weakness is just as true today as it was then.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)