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2009 Conversations

2008 Conversations

2007 Conversations

2006 Conversations

2005 Conversations

Benji creator Joe Camp: Moral movies, personal cost (12/26/04)

Gloria Gaither: A Gaither family Christmas(12/19/04)

Allyson Feliz: Olympic medalist  shares passion for following Christ (12/12/04)

Dan Dean: Walking by faith (11/28/04)

J. Don George: Every church can touch the poor (11/21/04)

Brock Gill: Jesus is no illusion (11/14/04)

Ted Dekker: Good, evil and the battle for souls (10/31/04)

Bob Kilpatrick: CCM: Growing and changing (10/17/04)

Eugene H. Peterson: Man with a message (10/10/04)

Caz McCaslin: Fixing kids sports (9/26/04)

Jerry B. Jenkins: A novel approach to evangelism (9/19/04)

Natalie Grant: Living the dream (9/12/04)

Sharon Ellard: A life-changing education (8/29/04)

Steven Curtis Chapman: All things new (8/22/04)

Jim Ryun: Running to Jesus (8/15/04)

George Barna: Today’s church: By the numbers (8/8/04)

Randy Singer: Made to count (7/25/04)

Holly McClure: Morality and the media (7/18/04)

Don Miller and Richard Flory:Taking the Church to today's culture (7/11/04)

Cecil Richardson: Pastoring the Air Force’s 'Pastors' (6/27/04)

Barry Meguiar: Driven by faith (6/20/04)

Thomas E. Trask: Concerned for America (6/13/04)

Dr. David Yonggi Cho: The work of the Holy Spirit (5/30/04)

Tom Greene: High school: A great mission field (5/16/04)

Jennifer Rothschild: Walk by faith, not by sight (5/9/04)

Chaplain Alex Taylor: Forgiveness and restoration (4/25/04)

Joshua Harris: Not even a hint (4/18/04)

Nicky Cruz: Changing America (4/11/04)

Jason Schmidt: Lessons learned on life’s field (3/28/04)

Scott Temple: One church, many colors (3/21/04)

Michael W. Smith: Called to worship (3/14/04)

Representative Jo Ann Davis: Christians in politics (2/29/04)

Darlene Zschech: Sing, shout … just shout the praise the Lord (2/22/04)

Surgeon James W Long: For your heart’s sake, get fit (2/15/04)

Jerry R. Kirk: Battling pornography (2/8/04)

Dr Michael Ferris: A choice to heal (1/18/04)

Chaplain Al Worthley: Outside the four walls of the church (1/11/04)

2003 Conversations

2002 Conversations

2001 Conversations

Olympic medalist  shares passion for following Christ

Allyson Felix, at age 18, is a world-class sprinter and a silver medalist in the 200 meters at the Olympics in Greece. Felix, the daughter of a pastor, spoke recently with sportswriter Gail Wood — a frequent contributor to Today’s Pentecostal Evangel — about her greatest passion in life: following after Jesus Christ.

PE: You once stood in line to get the autograph of Marion Jones and now you race against her. What’s that like?

FELIX: It’s definitely a different feeling. I have to put things in a different perspective. I have to have the mind-set that this is my competition.

PE: Was it difficult getting over that awe factor?

FELIX: When you step on the track, it’s all business. I still admire her. I still have the respect for her. But on the track it’s different.

PE: You’re asked for your autograph now. Do you write anything with it?

FELIX: I usually put “God bless you.”

PE: How old are you going to be when you retire from track?

FELIX: I have no idea. I want to be in the sport for a while. Go to as many Olympics as I can. Two or three more.

PE: What are you going to do after track?

FELIX: I’d like to teach elementary school. That’s what my mom does.

PE: I’ve heard that your dad says your room is messy.

FELIX: There is something always going on. The little things are hard to keep up with.

PE: What are the big things?

FELIX: Track, of course. School. But my most important thing is my walk with God.

PE: What is it like growing up being a pastor’s kid?

FELIX: I think you get watched a little more. But I never felt it was a burden or anything. It was fine for me.

PE: When did you accept Jesus into your heart?

FELIX: I was 6. I was at my dad’s service. Then when we came home from church, he explained things to me and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. It’s made all the difference.

PE: Do you pray before racing?

FELIX: Yeah. Always.

PE: What do you pray about?

FELIX: It’s about faith. Also, if there is any way that I can use this race to glorify God.

PE: I hear people criticize Christian athletes — that they aren’t supposed to be tough competitors and that they make good losers. What are your thoughts about Christian athletes being competitive?

FELIX: I feel I’m as competitive and determined as anybody else. My focus may be a little different. But I’m not going to let them beat me.

PE: How do you keep a balance between ego and knowing who you are before God?

FELIX: My family helps me. I know this is a gift from God. I can’t do it on my own. Knowing that and repeating that makes it easier. I know it’s a gift and I don’t take it for granted.

PE: The Bible talks about doing your best for God. Does that help drive you?

FELIX: When you do track, or any other sport, you’re on a stage and people look at how you present yourself and the way you compete. God can use all that to change someone’s life. That’s always a big part of it.

PE: So, you accept being a role model?

FELIX: Yes. That’s one of the best parts. I can be a witness.

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