Sheridan's Interviews

As a broadcaster I have had the opportunity of interviewing some of the world’s most prominent authors, artists, activists, politicians, poets, thinkers and musicians. Here are a few of those conversations. Even more lie within the search box above. Try typing a name or topic there and see what you find!

Star Dust and Lunar Buggies. An Interview with Charlie Duke, the 10th Man on the Moon

This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first step on the moon. Only twelve people have set foot on that bright grey satellite we gaze at each night. Charlie Duke was the tenth. In this fascinating interview, you’ll hear him describe the experience in gripping detail. What’s it like to be strapped into a violently shaking projectile that blasts you into space, with myriad possibilities of you dying in the process? What’s it like riding lunar buggies and playing ‘Moon Olympics’ on that powdery surface? Listen in. It’s just a shame he left his boots up there. More…

Leather-Clad Preacher to Outlaws: The John Smith Interview (1942-2019)

In recent days the world has lost a great hero of the faith. John Smith, legendary Australian preacher, commentator, evangelist and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club has died after a long battle with cancer. He addressed the United Nations, nearly faced execution in the Philippines, and followed a radical call to reach outlaw bikers and the marginalised with the gospel. But in his early years he was anything but the radical. In this 2007 interview you’ll hear how the once racist youth became a leather-clad preacher of peace, all because of the ‘unconditional, indiscriminiative’ love of Jesus. More…

066 My Chat with William Paul Young, Author of The Shack

Image from The Shack of Mack (Sam Worthington) and Papa (Octavia Spencer)

When William Paul Young sat down to write a story for his children about a man who meets God in a forest shack, little did he know it would become a publishing phenomenon—and now a movie. In 2008 Paul dropped by the Open House show, to chat about the book’s meaning, the personal story behind it, and to answer his critics. More…

064 A Miracle Story I Can Believe: Sean George Raised From the Dead

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Miracles can be hard for the modern mind to accept. And I can be sceptical myself about ‘miracle’ stories. I’ve heard too many that proved to be bogus or didn’t last. But Dr Sean George’s story is remarkable. Medically documented and verified, it’s one miracle I can believe. And it happened through the power of one simple, little, silent, heartfelt prayer… More…

063 The Day I Interviewed Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen

Fans adore Joel Osteen’s positive-thinking sermons. Critics say he’s more self-help guru than gospel preacher. When I sat down with Joel at the 2009 Hillsong Conference, I met a meticulously styled man with a friendly smile and courteous spirit. I put the critics’ concerns to him, got some answers, left thinking well of Joel, but also with a bunch more questions. More…

049 Life With God: The Richard Foster Interview

Richard Foster is one of the most significant spiritual writers of our day. The author of bestselling books like ‘Celebration of Discipline’ and ‘Life with God’, his life is dedicated to helping us live deeply in a superficial world. In this personal interview you’ll hear Richard share his formative experiences, his spiritual highs and lows, and give some wonderful insights on living a ‘with-God’ life that results in joy. More…

045 How Author Beth Moran Broke Her Life of Silence

Imagine dropping grades in exams because your pen ran out of ink and you couldn’t ask for a replacement. Imagine hiding from friends you saw in the street because you were too afraid to say hello. That was author Beth Moran’s life. In this interview you’ll hear how she can now sit on a conference stage with me and speak. Inspirational. More…

042 Three Ways to Focus Your Life, with Tony Campolo

Man looking through binoculars in desert landscape

None of us want to reach the end of our lives and feel we’ve achieved little. Listen to my conversation with speaker, sociologist and prolific author Tony Campolo as we talk about his life, work, influences, and the three things we can do to focus our lives and leave a profound impact on others. More…

041 The 5 Love Languages with Gary Chapman

I recently went to Australia to be with my mother as she started chemotherapy. I went on that trip hoping to provide some practical help, and I did. But my mother really wanted something else. As you’ll hear in this interview with Dr Gary Chapman, the reason why is love languages. And they affect more than just our relationships with others. More…

040 Rethinking Celibacy for the Single Christian

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘celibacy’? Monks, nuns, robes and rosary beads? The forced lifestyle of the ‘dateless’ or a relic of yesteryear morality? According to author Christine Colon, celibacy isn’t just about sex and singleness isn’t a life stage to be endured until the real thing (marriage) comes along.

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