Kirsten Powers tells about her conversion to Christ

Last April, Kirsten Powers went on Focus on the Family to talk about her watershed column shaming the media into covering the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. In that interview, she also shares her own story about coming to faith in Christ through the ministry of Tim Keller’s church in New York City. It turns out that Eric Metaxas also had a role in her conversion, and she is surprisingly candid about the whole thing.

I think the entire interview is fascinating, but the part where she shares her testimony begins at 17:20. You can download it here or listen below.

Here’s an excerpt:

Really, I mean it was just sort of like God…invading my life. It was very unwelcome. I didn’t like it… I started having a lot of different experiences where I just felt…God doing a lot of things in my life. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I did just have this moment of the scales falling off my eyes, and just saying, ‘this is totally true, I don’t even have any doubt’…

I don’t really feel like I had any courage…when I became a Christian, I just gave in… It wasn’t courageous; I didn’t have any choice. I kept trying to not believe and I… just couldn’t avoid it. If I could have avoided it, I would have. There is nothing convenient about it in my life, in the world I live in. It’s not like living in the South or living somewhere where everybody is a Christian. I live in a world where nobody is a believer.

As I said, this is a great interview, and I recommend that you listen to the whole thing.

(HT: Jonathan Merritt)

17 Responses to Kirsten Powers tells about her conversion to Christ

  1. Brad Wise July 17, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve noticed the change in her and so has Todd Friel at Wretched Radio. He’s mentioned it a few times. It’s amazing to see the difference between false and true conversion in her life.

  2. Lucas Knisely July 17, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Tim Keller’s influence on our culture will be something our children talk about.

  3. Paul Jacobs July 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I have noticed that she is far more objective and intellectually honest in her commentary now than in the past. I am so very happy that she is a sister in the Lord.

  4. Andy Moffat July 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    She’ll need lots of support from the rest of us.

  5. Donna Hogue July 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    The influence and transforming power of Jesus Christ is what our children should talk about!

  6. Ken Temple July 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    This is very significant – thanks for posting this Denny and I blogged about at my blogs also, linking to your article.

  7. Debbie Douglas July 18, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Her inner beauty has always shone through. Welcome Kirsten.

  8. Chris O'Brien July 18, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    You can see the change in Kirsten’s eyes, the windows to the soul. Yes, she is still liberal but intellectually and morally honest and with full integrity. Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton were liberals and– a saint! She has shown great courage and love in the Gosnell trial.

  9. Lamar D Campbell July 18, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    As a life-long southerner, I can faithfully attest to the fact that whilst a whole lot of folk here may *claim* to be Christians, *claiming* to be a Christian and actually *being* one are most definitely not the same thing. And living near – and working in – a college town, I walk amongst the unbelieving almost every single day. Try dropping the bomb of Creation within discussions with staunch evolutionists. “The South” is no safer than anywhere else, I’m afraid…

  10. Kathleen Brown July 18, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Hi Kirsten, I have watched you on Fox for quite a while and always liked you, even though I didn’t agree with a lot of your opinions. Over the last months, I have seen a change in you…now I know why! So happy for you!

  11. Scott Hauser July 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    What a wonderful interview on a changed life…reminds of the t-shirt where all the fish go one way except the one going the other way…Christ’s Way…I identify with the story on the many levels…I was a Peace Corps in Liberia in the early 70s…a public school teacher for 30 years…However, I was a life long Episcopalian who was led to become an Anglican…20 year volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry…So the concept of ‘evolution’ has transformed me…And it has for Kirstin…Praise God from ALL blessings flow…Godspeed, Scott Hauser

  12. Karen Covell July 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    As the Founder of THE HOLLYWOOD PRAYER NETWORK, I am filled with joy every time I hear that a Media professional has accepted the unconditional love, joy and hope of Jesus in their life! I praise God for Kirsten Powers. And I am not surprised that Tim Keller and Eric Metaxas were and are a part of her spiritual journey. They are both incredible men of God who live out their faith at every turn in their work, families and ministry. Their lives are a testimony to the power of Jesus here in our world. Oh, there is so much to be thankful for in this whole story!!!! KAREN COVELL,

  13. Miriam Brown July 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    The founder of the Methodist movement (now the United Methodist Church), John Wesley called that prevenient Grace. That is God’s grace always going before us, wooing us and encouraging us to respond. We aren’t forced, because it has to be of one’s own free will. However, God continues to be in front, always wanting us to respond to that calling. Kirsten obviously heard that message from God and thankfully answered us. I am happy to be a sister in Christ to Kirsten Powers.

  14. Doug Burnett July 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Where I disagree with Kirsten is that the Bible wasn’t written to governments. It was written to churches and individuals. To allow the government to handle our charity is moral laziness in one sense and eliminates the concept of a cheerful giver. Also, what she says about people in private enterprises goes double for people in the government. I think the average business person has more moral fiber than you average politician. I can choose not to deal with private enterprises but I have no choice but to deal with government.

  15. Scott Thompson September 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I was searching for a place to contact Kirsten. I am a conservative Christian, and while I know that Kirsten is more liberal in her political leanings than I am, I’ve always appreciated that she brought intelligence and common-sense to her arguments, rather than dismissing conservatives views as what is normally done by pundits (ie. conservatives are all backwards, racists, Bible-thumping homo-phobes, etc. ).

    Kirsten, I wish you well in all your endeavors. All who truly know Christ in a personal way are freedom-loving people. We aren’t the haters that many of the “extreme” progressives claim us to be. I know you know that. We have our faults, like all humans. We don’t agree with everything among ourselves etiher (ie., we can’t be classified as a “political group”).. We are white, we are blacks, we are Hispanic, we are Asian…we are even sometimes converted Jews. I think most of us agree that God created us, and in that He gave us rights that no man-made government can give or take away.

    I wish you the best Kirsten, if you read this.


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