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Stumbling through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope.

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Nicola Slee - Faith in Feminism? (N224)

May 22, 2020 09:06 - 1 hour - 108 MB

Theologian, poet and author Nicola Slee joins Jemimah to talk about when she first encountered feminist theology and its potential to challenge, inform and enrich our Christian faith and practice.  Nicola Slee is Director of Research at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theology and Professor of Feminist Practical Theology in the Faculty of Religion at VU Amsterdam. Her research interests range around Christian feminist practical theology but also encompass poetry and theology and othe...

Sam Wells - Improvising Faith (N223)

May 06, 2020 13:43 - 1 hour - 97.4 MB

In this episode vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square, London and professor of Christian ethics at King's College, Sam Wells shares his belief that to live well is to improvise well. He defines improvisation in the theatre as "a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear." And that, he believes, is how we should approach life. Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting...

Q&A Special (N222)

April 17, 2020 09:20 - 2 hours - 117 MB

We felt these unprecedented times deserved an unprecedented episode of nomad. So for the first time we recorded a remote episode, with Jemimah beaming in from Cardiff, David from Birmingham, and Tim and Nick from Nottingham.  To help stimulate the conversation, we thought we'd ask the Listener Lounge for questions.  So tune in if you want to know how we’re coping with the pandemic, what signs of hope we’re seeing, whether we still believe in God, what prayer means to us, the most signifi...

Q&A Lockdown Special (N222)

April 17, 2020 09:20 - 2 hours - 117 MB

We felt these unprecedented times deserved an unprecedented episode of nomad. So for the first time we recorded a remote episode, with Jemimah beaming in from Cardiff, David from Birmingham, and Tim and Nick from Nottingham.  To help stimulate the conversation, we thought we'd ask the Listener Lounge for questions.  So tune in if you want to know how we’re coping with the pandemic, what signs of hope we’re seeing, whether we still believe in God, what prayer means to us, the most signifi...

Meditations for Isolation - The Power of a Greeting (N221)

April 14, 2020 14:29 - 24 minutes - 28.5 MB

In this final meditation of the series, Anna reflects on the power of the greeting that Jesus gave his disciples when he met them in the upper room on Easter day. She considers what Pádraig Ó Tuama shares about this greeting in his book In The Shelter: Finding a home in the World. She then leads us in a stilling exercise followed by an Ignatian style meditation, using our imaginations to enter into the scene in the locked room as told in John and Luke’s gospels. Anna then finishes with a sho...

Meditations for Isolation – Freedom from the Tyranny of Fear (N220)

April 10, 2020 05:48 - 23 minutes - 26.6 MB

In this meditation Anna Robinson reflects on our struggles with fear, anxiety and distress. She looks at how Jesus himself felt great fear, particularly at this time of Easter. Then, drawing on the wisdom of James Finley, Anna leads us through a stilling exercise and meditation where we can bring our deepest fears and distress to Jesus. Through this we hope together we can find freedom from our experience of the tyranny of fear. David Blower compliments the meditation with original music a...

Meditations for Isolation - Loving Kindness (N219)

April 08, 2020 08:27 - 29 minutes - 34.3 MB

In this contemplation, Anna Robinson considers the significance of acknowledging how we are feeling in these uncertain and unsettling times. She considers the importance of kindness and compassion to others and ourselves, recognising our shared human experiences. Anna then leads us into a stilling exercise to help us become fully present, after which she guides us a Loving-Kindness meditation that fosters feelings of compassion and kindness and enables us to feel more connected to those we l...

Meditations for Isolation - Peace and Presence (N218)

April 02, 2020 14:19 - 30 minutes - 35.3 MB

Rather than an interview based episode, we felt these strange times required something a little more meditative.  Each month for the last year Anna Robinson has been producing some wonderful meditations for our patrons. So we asked her to produce a short series for our main podcast feed, called Meditations for Isolation.  In this meditation, Anna reminds us we are not alone in finding ourselves weighed down by worry and concerns. Anna will lead us in contemplating divine presence and pea...

Sally Mann - Hope in Lockdown (N217)

March 26, 2020 10:06 - 27 minutes - 31.8 MB

For just a few weeks we’ve all been living in a very different world. Sociologist and Baptist Minister Sally Mann reflects on how her community in London’s East End are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, and where she sees glimmers of hope amidst the grief and isolation. If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter. Nomad can only keep going because a small group of faithful listeners help us pay the bills. Our donors gain access to the Nom...

Mike McHargue - You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) (N216)

March 09, 2020 09:45 - 1 hour - 105 MB

Mike McHargue is the host of the podcast Ask Science Mike, co-founded of the The Liturgists Podcast and author of Finding God in the Waves. He’s a public educator who weaves together insights from science and faith to help people navigate what it means to live well. We ask Mike the question that scientists, philosophers, theologians and self-help gurus have wrestled with for thousands of years: why we do the things we do? Or rather, why we so often don't do the things that we want to do! ...

Jemimah McAlpine & Joy Brooks - Jemimah, Joy and Jezebel (N215)

February 25, 2020 10:27 - 1 hour - 58.1 MB

In another break from our usual interview format, we listen in on a conversation between Jemimah McAlpine and Joy Brooks as they reflect on their experiences as women who grew up immersed in evangelical Christianity. Unpicking some of the messages they absorbed over the years, they examine what it means for them to move away from repression and reconnect with their embodied and internal experiencing. Learning to value their own voice, they also explore the responsibility that comes with agen...

Noel Moules - Christian Animism and the Re-Enchantment of the World (N214)

February 10, 2020 12:45 - 1 hour - 102 MB

In this episode we speak with anabaptist, anarchist and Christian animist, Noel Moules. Christian and animism are perhaps two words you haven’t heard together before, in fact you may well think that animism sounds somewhat dodgy! Noel shows us though how Jesus himself held to this ancient indigenous worldview, where rather than matter and spirit being understood as dualistic opposites, the entire natural world is sentient, personable and alive.  So we ask Noel how this revelation has chang...

Ann Morisy - Enacting Hope in Troubled Times (N213)

January 24, 2020 10:12 - 1 hour - 92.8 MB

Ann Morisy is a community theologian, community worker and author who has researched and written on everything from the spirituality of public transport, through to the spirituality of ageing. Her works draws on a wide range of research and influences, including sociology, political science, economics and theology.  We ask Ann whether in these increasingly troubled times, her community work and studies are leading her to hope, what can get in the way of our discovery of hope, and what a g...

Steve Chalke - The Lost Message of Paul (N212)

January 10, 2020 09:39 - 2 hours - 110 MB

There’s a handful of guests that have appeared on Nomad a number of times, and Steve Chalke is one. Why? Because he keeps speaking and writing about really interesting things. He was one of the first high profile evangelicals to critique the penal substitutionary understanding of the cross, and to bless a same sex marriage. Not only that, but he founded and leads one of the UK’s largest charities, whose volunteers, activists and professionals work in 36 communities across the country. In t...

Em Kolltveit - No Room at the Inn (N211)

December 20, 2019 06:26 - 22 minutes - 25.7 MB

It's Christmas! And so we thought we'd share a festive Devotional episode with you all. Pub landlady, touring musician and anglican priest Em Kolltveit talks about community building and hospitality when there’s no room at the Inn. We produce Devotionals like this every month. If you're interested, you can access them by making a small monthly donation in $s on our Patreon page, or in £s on our PayPal membership page.  If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on ...

Zoe Heming & Nick Thorley - Disability, Doubt and the Search for Wholeness (N210)

December 11, 2019 13:28 - 1 hour - 64.9 MB

Rather than our usual interview format, in this episode we host a conversation between Zoe Heming and Nick Thorley. Zoe is a priest in the Church of England and for many years has suffered with chronic pain, which often means she has to use a wheelchair. Nick works for Christian Aid and (as you may be aware) hosts Nomad Podcast. He has been visually impaired since he was a teenager.  Zoe and Nick talk openly and honestly about their experience of disability, how it has shaped their life, f...

Richard Beck - The Gospel According to Johnny Cash (N209)

November 29, 2019 09:21 - 2 hours - 110 MB

Richard Beck is Professor of Psychology at Abilene University, author, blogger and leader of a weekly bible study for inmates at the maximum security French-Robertson unit. He’s also a big fan of the country musician Johnny Cash (who also knew a thing or two about prison). David Blower (another Cash fan) asks Richard what we can learn from the faith of Johnny Cash, a man known for his deep empathy for the marginalised and who risked commercial success to stand in solidarity with them, but ...

Vicky Walker - Sex, Relationships and Religion (N208)

November 12, 2019 10:42 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

In this episode we speak with writer, speaker and researcher, Vicky Walker. Vicky conducted a survey with nearly 1500 people about their experiences of the changing nature of relationships and how, if at all, their faith and churches have helped them make sense of this. It turns out (spoiler alert!) the Church hasn’t always been that helpful. So where do we look for signs of hope in these confusing times?  It’s a fascinating and challenging conversation. Interview starts at 14m 5s If y...

Pádraig Ó Tuama - In the Shelter (N207)

October 23, 2019 09:26 - 1 hour - 102 MB

In this episode Jemimah speaks with Irish poet, storyteller and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama. It’s a profoundly wise and insightful interview, touching on themes of language, story, gospel, power, community, sexuality and religion. It’s not an interview you can listen to just once!  Interview starts at 16m 10s During the conversation, Padraig reads the poems Narrative Theology 1 & 2, which are taken from Readings from the Book of Exile (Canterbury Press, 2012), and he reads a prayer from ...

Jennie Hogan - This is My Body (N206)

October 10, 2019 09:43 - 1 hour - 91.5 MB

When Jennie Hogan was 11 years old she had a brain haemorrhage. Then at the age of 14 she had another one. This devastating experience left her with a brain injury that would transform her life.  So we met up with Jennie at Goodenough College where she is a chaplain, to talk with her about how her experience of trauma, illness and disability has caused her to reflect on how she relates to her body, what an embodied faith means to her, how she’s learnt to live with uncertainty, and about th...

Brian McLaren - How to Pass on Your Faith When Your Faith is Evolving (N205)

September 25, 2019 08:28 - 1 hour - 93.7 MB

Author, speaker and activist Brian McLaren knows a thing or two about navigating an evolving faith. He was raised in the fundamentalist Plymouth Brethren tradition, but is now a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" - just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He also knows a thing or two about raising children, with four of his own, grandchildren, and he’s the author of the children’s book Corey and the Seventh Story. So he seemed like the ...

Greg Boyle - Homies, Homicides and the Power of Radical Kinship (N204)

September 11, 2019 09:35 - 1 hour - 97.9 MB

Fr. Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest, who in 1986 was appointed pastor of a church in one of the most deprived areas of Los Angeles, in a church that sat between two large public housing projects, which had the highest concentration of gangs in the country.  Amidst shocking levels of violence and murder (Greg himself buried some 229 young men), Greg slowly began to make connections with the gang members, and eventually established the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the wo...

Simon Jay - Prayer and the Urban Walker (N203)

August 30, 2019 14:03 - 34 minutes - 39.7 MB

Instead of our regular show we're treating you to a Nomad Devotional. Community development worker Simon Jay reflects on life in his neighbourhood and his discovery of urban walking as a form of prayer and community building. David Blower responds with music and ambient sounds. You can enjoy devotionals like this every month, along with Nomad Contemplations and access to our Listener Lounge. Simply donate $5 a month, either through Patreon or PayPal.  If you want more from Nomad, check o...

Alexander John Shaia - The Four-Fold Path of Transformation (N202)

August 13, 2019 09:52 - 2 hours - 118 MB

How do we face change? How do we move through suffering? How do we receive joy? And how do we mature in service? According to psychologist, spiritual director, liturgist and author Alexander Shaia, these four questions are the questions of our lives. They are universal, sequential, and cyclical, and are recognised by every major religious faith and school of psychology and forms the very heart of Christian belief and practice. In fact, Alexander made the startling discovery that each of the ...

Barbara Brown Taylor - Finding God in the Faith of Others (N201)

July 24, 2019 08:06 - 2 hours - 113 MB

Episcopal priest, professor, theologian and author Barbara Brown Taylor, joins us on Nomad.   In the early 2000s Barbara left the ministry, an experience she described in Leaving Church, the first of a trilogy of books about redefining her faith. But it’s what Barbara got up to after church leadership that we want to talk about. Barbara spent 20 years teaching world religions, and forming relationships with local leaders from a variety of other faiths, a journey which she describe in her l...

Sally Mann and Shane Claiborne - People, Places and Post-Evangelicals (N200)

July 03, 2019 12:50 - 1 hour - 102 MB

In this episode we bring together London based sociologist, pastor and community theologian Sally Mann and Philadelphia based social activist and author Shane Claiborne. Shane had crossed the pond to join Sally and others in launching Red Letter Christians UK. So we took the opportunity to quiz them about the state of evangelicalism in both the UK and US, what lies at the heart of their faith, their concerns about post-evangelicalism, and why they see signs of hope in the Red Letter Christ...

Cynthia Bourgeault - Centering Prayer (N199)

June 20, 2019 18:48 - 1 hour - 89 MB

Cynthia Bourgeault is a mystic, priest, and author, who is committed to teaching and spreading the recovery of Christian contemplative practices. So she’s the perfect guide for nomad’s ongoing exploration of contemplative practices.   She’s been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer, and so that’s what we quizzed her on. The conversation is soaked in deep wisdom and insight. You won’t be disappointed.  Interview begins at 14m 30s If you want more from Noma...

Christopher Collingwood - Zen Wisdom for Christians (N198)

June 10, 2019 08:57 - 1 hour - 106 MB

Christopher Collingwood is an Anglican priest - Canon Chancellor of York Minster, no less. And… he’s a Zen Buddhist teacher. So clearly he knows a thing or two about navigating an evolving faith, and the pushback that can come with it. So we quiz Chris on his journey, and ponder how, if at all, Zen can help us on our journey of faith reconstruction. Interview begins at 16m 30s If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter. Nomad can only ke...

David Blower - We Really Existed and We Really Did This (N197)

May 21, 2019 11:07 - 1 hour - 81.8 MB

Tim and Jemimah sit down with David to talk through his new album - We Really Existed and We Really Did This. It's a conversation in which David wrestles with faith and theology, and searches for signs of hope in the increasingly chaotic times we live in. As you'd expect from David, it's deeply reflective, insightful and challenging. It's a must listen (even if we do say so ourselves). Go to David's Bandcamp page to get a copy of the album. Interview starts at 4m 25s If you want more fro...

Natalie Collins - Power, Privilege and Patriarchy (N196)

May 08, 2019 08:01 - 1 hour - 105 MB

Natalie Collins is a gender justice specialist, who speaks, writes and trains on issues of violence against women and wider gender injustice. In trying to make sense of her own experience of domestic abuse - and the fact that over the course of a lifetime over a quarter of women experience domestic abuse - Natalie began to ask questions about the patriarchal nature of our society (and Church) and how this shapes the way men view women and themselves.  It’s an honest, insightful and chall...

Ruth Wilde & John Philip Newell - Getting in the Way (N195)

April 19, 2019 08:29 - 29 minutes - 27.3 MB

Rather than based around an interview, this episode is in the style of our Nomad Devotionals, which our patrons enjoy each month. Ruth Wilde of Christian Peacemaker Teams reflects on the practice of "getting in the way", and John-Philip Newell reflects on a spirituality deeply rooted in the material creation. And we ask what does it look like to become peace makers between humanity and creation? David weaves these reflections together with readings, music and songs. If you want more from...

Martin Newell - When Not to Obey the Rulers and Authorities (N194)

April 12, 2019 08:20 - 1 hour - 73.9 MB

Martin Newell is a catholic priest who has been arrested over twenty times. His crimes range from  criminal damage, trespass, and burglary, for which he has been to prison several times. All of this has been the result of Martin’s non-violent protests against the arms trade and more recently the government's inaction on the climate crisis. He believes that now more than ever we need to resist the rules and authorities, as the future of the planet is at stake.  Not only this, but Martin h...

Timothy Gorringe - The End of the World as We Know It? (N193)

March 26, 2019 10:43 - 1 hour - 102 MB

On this episode we speak with theology professor and climate change activist Timothy Gorringe about the climate crisis. Towards the end of last year the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change released a pretty bleak report. In summary, the report said that the situation is much worse than we previously thought, and unless we reduce global carbon emissions to zero by 2050, then by the end of this century the earth will be a very hostile place to live.  So we ask Prof. Gorringe how we ar...

Chine McDonald & Azariah France Williams - In Our Own Skin, In Our Own Words (N192)

March 07, 2019 09:32 - 1 hour - 88.5 MB

Rather than our usual interview format, in this episode we’re hosting a conversation. We’ll be listening in on Chine McDonald and Azariah France Wiliiams as they discuss their understanding and experience of blackness and how that has shaped their identity, their place in society and the way they relate to God and Church. It’s an authentic, moving, and inspiring conversation, and it was a real privilege to be able to listen in. Interview begins at 10m  If you want more from Nomad, chec...

Janet Williams - Seeking the God Beyond (N191)

February 22, 2019 09:01 - 1 hour - 96.3 MB

Janet Williams joins us to discuss apophatic theology and spirituality. I know, it doesn’t sound like the most riveting topic. But trust me, it’s essential listening for anyone who’s been through some kind of deconstruction, faith evolution or dark night of the soul, anyone who’s interested in mysticism, or who’s gown tired and disillusioned with the Church’s obsession with trying to tightly define God. It’s a conversation I’m going to be pondering for a long time. Interview starts at 11m ...

10th Anniversary Q&A Marathon (N190)

February 08, 2019 09:25 - 3 hours - 202 MB

It was 10 years ago that Nomad first uploaded an episode. 10 years!! So to celebrate we’d like to give you a gift as a thank you for all your support and encouragement. But what to give the beloved listener to mark such a special occasion? A 3 hour 40 minute Q&A marathon episode, that’s what!  If you'd like to give a gift back to us, why not leave us a nice review on iTunes, Apple Podcasts - or whichever podcast app you use - and on our Facebook page. If you want more from Nomad, check ...

Edwina Gateley - Missionaries, Mystics and Mother God (N189)

January 21, 2019 09:33 - 1 hour - 91.3 MB

Edwina Gateley is a mystic, and a social activist. Her life has been a rhythm of extended periods of prayer and solitude (including 9 months of silence in a caravan in a forest!) and activism (including establishing a mission agency that has sent hundreds of people into missions work around the world, and working with prostitutes on the streets of Chicago). Through both her radical activism and deep contemplation Edwina’s understanding and experience of God and Church has been radically ch...

Brian Zahnd - Christians in the Age of Trump (N188)

January 04, 2019 09:10 - 1 hour - 99.7 MB

Brian Zahnd is back on the show. This time we’re chatting with him about the themes raised in his soon to be released book Postcards From Babylon. In it he takes aim at the toxic relationship between Church and Empire, and the religion that has emerged from it, which he calls Americanism. This religion has its own liturgies, gods and sacrificial systems, nearly all of which stands in direct opposition to how the early church understood what it meant to follow Jesus. So how are followers o...

Danielle Wilson & Brad Jersak - Nativity at the Edges (N187)

December 19, 2018 08:59 - 31 minutes - 36.6 MB

It's that time of the year again! So we thought we'd offer up a Christmas themed Devotional for you all. Brad Jersak talks a bit about how the Nativity is understood in the Eastern Church, we reflect on the feminine in the salvation story, and Danielle Wilson shares reflections on her time spent in a refugee camp in Greece. And of course, all this is woven together with music and song by David Blower. If you'd like to contribute to Danielle's work with Global Aid Network, you can do so thr...

Brad Jersak - On Charismatics and Contemplation (N186)

December 05, 2018 09:21 - 1 hour - 105 MB

For many of us, the charismatic movement has been a mixed bag of bonkers and blessing. The danger is, of course, that we throw the blessed baby out with the bonkers bathwater! Especially for those of us who have been through some kind of deconstruction, we can easily end up rationalising away anything mystical. So we asked Brad Jersak to help us think all this through. Brad is a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church and is deeply contemplative. But he’s also a charismatic. So we ask him wh...

Liz West - The Enneagram: 9 Pathways for Spiritual Growth (N185)

November 23, 2018 09:47 - 1 hour - 83.8 MB

Enneagram trainer Liz West joins us on the show to talk about this ancient tool for transformation. You may have seen the rather "dodgy" looking enneagram symbol, but don’t be put off. This is an ancient treasure that goes right back to the fourth century desert mothers and fathers who began to discern the things that blocked our relationships with ourselves, with others and with God. And that’s what make the enneagram unique. It doesn’t so much reveal who you are, as the coping mechanisms y...

James Alison - Scapegoat: How Civilisation Harms and How the Cross Heals (N184)

November 08, 2018 08:35 - 1 hour - 98.7 MB

Catholic theologian and priest, James Alison joins us on the show to discuss scapegoating. It's a word we're all familiar with, but as James explains, it's through the violence of the scapegoating mechanism that civilisations are built. And, it is through the scapegoating mechanism that the cross heals. It's a fascinating way of understanding the atonement, especially for those of us disillusioned with models of atonement that require a violent God. So tune in for a truly mind bending and in...

Elaine Heath - Pioneers, Lightning Rods and Anxious Churches (N183)

October 23, 2018 09:18 - 1 hour - 80 MB

Elaine Heath is the perfect person to speak to about the emergence of new expressions of Church. She's one of those rare people who understands and can navigate the institution (she's former Dean of Duke Divinity School and an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church), while at the same time has years of experience in small, experimental, missional communities. She's a pioneer who through her writing, speaking and retreats, has opened up a space for many others to explore new forms of c...

Nick Thorley - Recovery, Running and Resurrection (N182)

October 08, 2018 09:16 - 1 hour - 91 MB

The founding father of Nomad Podcast, Nick Thorley makes his triumphant return to the show, some 7 and a half years and 146 episodes after stepping down! Nick's been on quite a journey. Having recovered from addiction through the healing power of therapy and ultra marathon running, Nick reflects on the trauma of losing his sight, the changing nature of his faith, the folly of trying to compartmentalise our lives, what the church can learn from the recovery movement, and so much more. It's ...

Tom Wright - The Reconstruction of Paul (N181)

September 19, 2018 07:52 - 1 hour - 82.9 MB

Professor Tom Wright has got another book out! If you found the 1800 page tome that was Paul and the Faithfulness of God a little intimidating, then perhaps try his mere 500 page Paul: A Biography. Or failing that, how about a 50 minute Nomad interview to bring you up to speed with Tom's new insights on the apostle Paul. And fascinating insights they are too. Did you know, for example, that Paul struggled with doubts and with his mental health? No, we didn't either. So tune in for this, and ...

Paula Gooder - Phoebe, Patriarchy and Faithful Improvisation (N180)

September 07, 2018 07:56 - 1 hour - 67.5 MB

From just two verses at the end of Romans, Paula Gooder has gleaned some fascinating insights about Phoebe. She was likely a freed slave, who became wealthy and influential. And she was a deacon who carried Paul's letter to the Church in Rome, and most likely explained it to them. From these intriguing details, Paula has written a novel, exploring the life of this woman (and others) in the early church. So we met up with Paula to chat about women in the early church and the church today. A...

Steve Aisthorpe - The Invisible Church (N179)

August 20, 2018 12:00 - 1 hour - 75.1 MB

You're no doubt aware that the Church has been in steady decline in the West for a number of decades now. In the UK for example, Church attendance has roughly halved in the last thirty five years. But what do we know about all the people who left? Why did they leave? And what are they doing now? Researcher Steve Aisthorpe contacted 5000 church leavers to find out more. And what it discovered revealed a much more hopeful, but no less challenging picture of the Church!   Interview begins at ...

Elaine Heath - Spiritual Practices (N178)

August 03, 2018 11:16 - 38 minutes - 44.2 MB

It's summer and we're feeling generous, so with thought we'd share this month's Nomad Devotional with everyone. If you're a patron of nomad you'll be very familiar with our Devotionals. Each month we ask a guest to offer us a reflection. And then we unpack it with music, song and readings. This month we asked the former Dean of Duke Divinity School Elaine Heath to reflect on the spiritual practices she sees as vital for Christians today, and the spiritual practice that has had a particular...

David Benjamin Blower - Hymns for Nomads (N177)

July 21, 2018 16:08 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

For those of you who support us on Patreon, you’ll already be familiar with David Benjamin Blower’s music. Each month he responds to a guest’s reflection with music and song. And out of these Devotionals has emerged the album Hymns for Nomads, a compilation of spirituals, murder ballads and campfire songs. It’s a record that invites us to pick up an instrument, to play, sing, join hands and have some hard-won hope. So I met up with David to talk about why we sing together, why some of us h...

John Philip Newell - The Spirit, the Earth and the Soul (N176)

June 26, 2018 13:24 - 1 hour - 75.5 MB

Christianity in the West is collapsing. Poet, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell believes we can either deny it’s happening, try to shore up the foundations of the old thing, or we can radically reorientate our vision and ask what new thing is trying to be born. So we ask John Philip what this new thing is that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity. Interview begins at 6m 3s If you want more from Nomad, check out our websi...


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