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The Premier Lecture

Find out more about the Premier Lectures with Lord Boateng, the Bishop of London, John Lennox and Os Guinness, and listen to what you may have missed.

The Premier Lecture 2015

AGAINST THE FLOW

Do you sometimes feel like you need to be encouraged in your faith, especially with the challenges you face in an increasingly secular culture?

Well, it was our birthday on 10th June, and as part of our celebrations, we held the 4th annual Premier Lecture. The speaker was respected apologist and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, John Lennox, speaking on "Against the Flow” – and using the book of Daniel. 

You can hear the lecture again here:

Or read the full transcript here:

The Premier Lecture 2015

The Premier Lecture 2014

“That they may all be one” - TOWARDS A NEW ECUMENICALISM

Lord Boateng

Premier is presenting the third annual Premier Lecture with the Rt. Hon Lord (Paul) Boateng on Tuesday 10th June. An interview with Lord Boateng will be broadcast on Premier Christian Radio on Sunday 15th June at 9pm.

Rt. Hon Lord (Paul) Boateng was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Tony Blair’s Cabinet from 2002. Born in Ghana, he came to Britain at the age of 15 when his father was imprisoned without a trial after the coup d'Etat that overthrew the government of Kwame Nkrumah. He trained as a solicitor and was elected to Parliament in1987 as MP for Brent South. In 2005 he was made British High Commissioner to South Africa and in 2010 appointed to the House of Lords as Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley.

Lord Boateng is an ecumenical Christian and his Lecture will explore the need and scope for a new ecumenism in relations between Christians and people of other faiths. (Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Warsi, said recently that the scale of religious persecution is growing and 100 million Christians were persecuted for their faith in 2013.)

The Premier Lecture 2013

BUILDING JERUSALEM IN ENGLAND'S GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND

Bishop of London

Premier Christian Media Trust presented the second annual Premier Lecture with the Bishop of London, the Rt. Reverend and Rt. Honourable Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA at a prestigious London venue on 10th June.

The vision of building a society that welcomes Jesus has inspired generations of Christians. An increasingly secular Britain has no such vision and the Bible tells us that where there is no vision people perish. Bishop Chartres will explore what can be done to transform the nation and London in particular, as Christians and churches live out their faith and relationship with Jesus in every sphere of life in preparation for His return.

Read the Bishop of London's speech

Read more about the 2013 Lecture

The Premier Lecture 2012

CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE WORLD LEADERS TO ENSURE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT FOR ALL

Os Guinness

People throughout the world are to be invited to sign-up to and support a ‘Global Charter of Conscience’ in an international campaign to guarantee freedom of thought and religion for all. Author and social critic Dr. Os Guinness, who hopes to persuade world leaders to reaffirm their support for Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, presented the details of a ‘Global Charter of Conscience’ in a radio lecture, on June 28th, commissioned by Premier Christian Media Trust. It was the prelude to the launch of a new campaign website - www.declarationforfreedom.org, where everyone can learn more about, and sign-up to, the Charter.

Anyone visiting the site from the UK will find a facility which will enable them to write to their local Member of Parliament asking them to support the campaign. Premier Christian Media will also be approaching the Commons and Lords, Christian church leaders, and leaders of other faiths. World leaders will also receive from Premier the ‘Global Charter of Conscience’ as a key element of the campaign.

‘The Premier Lecture’ - ‘Soul Freedom; Living with our deepest differences in an age of expanding diversity’ - will be the first in a planned series of annual radio lectures by Premier, featuring an acknowledged expert in their field.

Martyn Eden, Premier Christian Media’s Political Editor explains; “Freedom of conscience is the very essence of a free, democratic society. If we can’t live and act on the basis of our beliefs and values, we are not free. Those who hope to privatise faith and exclude it from the public square are destroying the freedom of thought, conscience and religion proclaimed in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And that’s the key issue which Dr. Guinness will address in his lecture.”

Guinness, a Senior Fellow of the East West Institute in New York and co-founder of the Trinity Forum, seeks to persuade the United Nations to recognise his ‘Global Charter of Conscience’ as an adjunct to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He also plans to highlight the inadequacy of the Equality Act [2010] and how it fails to address tensions between different strands of equality policy.

For more information on ‘Declaration for Freedom’, log on to the website.

55:01Listen to The Premier Lecture with Os Guinness

54:30Listen to The Premier Lecture with John Lennox

51:15Listen to The Premier Lecture with the Bishop of London

56:40Listen to The Premier Lecture with Lord Boateng

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