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Join two ordinary pilgrims as they stumble through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope.

Join two ordinary pilgrims as they stumble through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope.
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Join two ordinary pilgrims as they stumble through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope.

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English


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

6/26/2018
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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. If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook...

Duration:01:22:21

Vicky Beeching - From Shame to Pride (N175)

6/22/2018
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Vicky Beeching was the darling of the Christian worship scene. For a decade she wrote hit albums and toured American mega-churches, leading worship for thousands of people every week. Her songs become some of the most sung around the world. But from the age of 13 Vicky had kept a secret. She was gay. When finally at the 35 she came out, the evangelical Church she loved turned on her. Boycotting her music, they ended her career over night. This was backed up with an unrelenting flood of...

Duration:01:17:05

Sarah Corbett - The Art of Gentle Protest (N174)

5/24/2018
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"If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair, then should'nt our activism be beautiful, kind and fair?" It's obvious when you hear someone say it. So why is so much activism loud and aggressive? Sarah Corbett burnt out on just this kind of activism, partly because she's an introvert, and partly because she increasingly doubted its effectiveness. So she formed the Craftivist Collective "an inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, beautiful crafted works to help...

Duration:01:33:33

Kallistos Ware - The Jesus Prayer (N173)

5/21/2018
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware is considered by many to be the leading theologian today in the Orthodox Church. He is perhaps best known as the author of the book The Orthodox Church, and more recently the companion volume, The Orthodox Way. Metropolitan Kallistos is also known as one of the great advocates of the Jesus Prayer, a prayer that countless Christians through the centuries have considered to be central to their spiritual growth. It was a prayer Rowan Williams referred to in our...

Duration:01:22:48

Rachel Held Evans - Loving the Bible Again (N172)

5/3/2018
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Rachel Held Evans was brought up in the 'buckle of the Bible Belt' and inherited a conservative evangelical faith. But shaken by the realities of our broken world, cracks began to form, and questions turned to doubts, doubts to cynicism and cynicism to despair. But through this journey she continued to wrestle with the Bible, sometimes exasperated by its apparent complicity with the bloody, ugly, mess of this world, and other times challenged and inspired by it. So how does she understand...

Duration:01:31:01

Stephen Backhouse - For God and Country? (N171)

4/23/2018
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Political theologian Stephen Backhouse believes that the earliest Christians tended to see patriotism as a vice – a temptation to guard against. Now it seems most Christians assume it is a virtue. Many of us, for example, don't think twice about asking God to Save the Queen or Bless America. So we ask Stephen whether the gospel is good news for our nations, what it means for a follower of Jesus to be a good citizen, whether we should be a blessing to our nation, or an unsettling presence,...

Duration:01:43:59

Danielle Shroyer - Original Blessing (N170)

4/9/2018
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Danielle Shroyer believes that more than any other idea, the doctrine of original sin has "slowly eroded our understanding of our relationship with God". Not only that, she believes it is unbiblical, and was rejected by Judaism and many Christian traditions, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church. So we ask Danielle how she understands sin, separation, and our relationship with God. Her answer? Original Blessing. If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook...

Duration:01:27:29

Malcolm Guite - Poems on the Passion

3/27/2018
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Poet and priest Malcolm Guite helps us mark the death and resurrection of Jesus with poems from his series on the stations of the cross, and with his reflections on the Messianic Event. Nomad's David Blower responds to Malcolm’s poetry and thought in sound and song, and Kate Blower brings the Easter readings. Malcolm’s poems are published in the book Sounding the Seasons. We produce devotionals like this every month as bonus content for our supporters. So if you're interested in helping...

Duration:00:30:13

Thomas Oord - The God Who Can't (N168)

3/1/2018
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Professor Thomas Oord has spent years wrestling with the problem of evil. Why, if God is all powerful and all loving, is there so much evil in the world? This question has brought Thomas to the edge of his faith. In recent years, though, he has begun to consider a radical solution. Perhaps God can't stop evil? As shocking as this sounds, Thomas is careful to show how biblical this idea is, and just how much it looks like Jesus. Tune in for a mind bending episode! If you want more from...

Duration:01:28:03

Georgia May - Can Radical Hospitality be Too Radical? (N167)

2/22/2018
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Georgia May's parents had an open-door policy. Literally. Most of the time the front door of their home was left open, so that people would feel welcome at any time. Consequently, Georgia grew up with a house full of people who's didn't feel they had a family of their own. This radical approach to hospitality led to many lives being transformed. But Georgia also knows first hand what can happen when radical hospitality goes wrong. So we ask her, when is radical too radical? If you want...

Duration:01:24:01

Jayme Reaves - Safeguarding the Stranger (N166)

2/9/2018
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Jayme Reaves grew up in a home and a church that weren't safe environments. This later led to a passion to study and experience true hospitality. Through her study of church history and her experiences in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland, she discovered that the hospitality we're called to goes way beyond simply welcoming the stranger. Instead we're called to protect the stranger. Tune in for an enlightening and challenging conversation. If you want more from Nomad, check out...

Duration:01:21:00

Brad Jersak - The Orthodox Way (N165)

1/24/2018
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Brad Jersak was in town recently, so we took the opportunity to quiz him about why his faith journey led him to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Despite many Western Christians being only vaguely aware of this ancient Christian tradition, it is increasingly influencing our beliefs. So we ask Brad, could the Orthodox Church be a home for spiritual nomads? If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter If you're looking for other people to share this...

Duration:01:35:46

John Swinton - Becoming Friends of Time (N164)

1/9/2018
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John Swinton is a Scottish theologian and founder of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. After years of work as a mental health nurse, John became an academic in order to process all that he'd learnt. And my word has he learnt a lot! His book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God, and Becoming Friends of Time are packed full of fascinating and vital insights about what we must learn from people with disabilities about what it means to be human...

Duration:01:17:55

Elaine Storkey & Rowan Williams - Advent 04: At the Margins

12/22/2017
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Here's the final part of our four-part Advent Devotional series. This time philosopher and theologian Elaine Storkey reflects on Advent in the context of those on the margins. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams finishes the Advent readings, and David Benjamin Blower closes things out with his unique style of music and songs. If you want more Nomad Devotionals, you're in luck as we produce one a month. Head over to our Patreon page for more information. If you want more from...

Duration:00:17:15

Elaine Storkey & Rowan Williams - Advent 03: Good News to the Poor

12/15/2017
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It's week three of our four-part Advent Devotional series. This time philosopher and theologian Elaine Storkey considers how Advent might be Good News to the Poor. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams continues to work his way through the Advent readings, with the help of Kate Blower. And David Benjamin Blower continues to bring the music and song. So good! If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter If you're looking for other...

Duration:00:16:20

Elaine Storkey & Rowan Williams - Advent 02: Peace Across Borders

12/9/2017
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Here's the second part of our four-part Advent Devotional series. This time philosopher and theologian Elaine Storkey bases her reflection around the idea of Peace Across Borders. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams again brings the readings along with Kate Blower, and David Benjamin Blower brings the music and songs. If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter If you're looking for other people to share this journey with, then...

Duration:00:16:50

Elaine Storkey & Rowan Williams - Advent 01: Liberation

12/2/2017
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If you're one of our Patreon supporters, you'll already be familiar with our Nomad Devotionals. Every month we ask a guest to reflect on a topic, and we unpack it with music, song, readings, and prayers. For Advent we thought we produce a four-part Devotional and make it available to everyone. So for the next four Sundays you can expect a reflection from feminist philosopher and theologian Dr. Elaine Storkey, and the former archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams will be...

Duration:00:22:41

Dave Randall - Songs that Change Society (N159)

11/23/2017
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Dave Randall has played guitar for some huge acts, including Faithless, Dido and Sinead O'Connor. As he's reflected on his career and the industry he's been a part of, he has begun to see the huge potential of music to change society. This prompted him to write the excellent book Sound System: The Political Power of Music. So if you're interested in pondering how the songs we sing might help us not just love God, but also love our neighbour, then tune in! If you want more from Nomad,...

Duration:01:41:41

Muhanad Al Qaisy - Palestinians and Ploughshares (N158)

11/9/2017
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Muhanad Al Qaisy's grandfather, grandmother and seven children were driven from their home in Palestine and into a refugee camp in 1948. Nearly 70 years later, the family is still struggling to make a life in the same camp. So we ask Muhanad what he sees as signs of hope. If you want more from Nomad, check out our website, and follow us on Facebook and twitter If you're looking for other people to share this journey with, then register on our Listener Map, and see if any other nomads are...

Duration:01:27:44

Nick Spencer - Doing Good: The Future of the Church? (N157)

10/23/2017
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Well, this is it, Dave Ward's final episode. After six years of podcasting, he's decided to go on to other things (probably something to do with horses...). In his final episode, we're chatting with Nick Spencer, the Director of Research at These Think Tank, and author of The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values. And we're asking him, what difference has Christianity really made to society, and what indications are there that it has a hopeful future? If you want...

Duration:01:14:24