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Dawn McAvoy (Both Lives Matter) and North Korea

6/17/2018
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We're delighted to have the extraordinary Dawn McAvoy, Co-Founder of Both Lives Matter, on the podcast to unpack the recent debates on abortion law in Northern Ireland. Plus, our in-house 'expert' discusses the significance of Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. And we chat about the key Brexit votes in Parliament this Monday, and the SNPs brave moment of defiance/cheap media stunt.

Duration:00:47:16

Njoki Mahiaini - Being Christian in the public square today

6/3/2018
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This week the fantastic Njoki Mahiaini steps in for James and chats about Christians in the media and public square, from her experience working in the UK Parliament, the BBC, Brussels and the Jubilee Centre. It's fascinating and really helpful! Plus, we chat about anti-semtism in the Labour Party, islamophobia in the Conservative Party, and whether Ruth Davidson could be the next Prime Minister. Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:18

Richard Chapman - Church of England

5/20/2018
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Richard Chapman, Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the Church of England, joins us to talk about the work of the Bishops in the House of Lords - how do they fit in, what do they do, and what have they been campaigning on? Plus, we chat Brexit and the significant change to the regulations on fixed-odds betting terminals - something many Christians campaigned on, including Gareth Wallace, who gives us his reaction. Enjoy!

Duration:00:44:51

Alfie Evans: Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship

5/6/2018
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Dr Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship and formerly a general surgeon, speaks to us about the tragic and difficult case of Alfie Evans, which dominated world news last week, as well as a couple of other historic medical cases in the courts at the moment. Read Peter's blog on Alfie Evans here. Plus we look at the local election results. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:51:37

Louise Davies - Christians on the Left

4/21/2018
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This week James is away, so Jenn McKelvin, Acting Executive Director of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, co-hosts, and we chat to the fantastic Louise Davies, the new Director of Christians on the Left. Plus, we chat about the Windrush scandal, Syria, legal aid cuts, and the local elections. Enjoy!

Duration:00:47:47

David Barclay - the Good Faith Partnership

4/8/2018
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With Parliament away on its Easter holidays, we chat to David Barclay, from the Good Faith Partnership, about their work to connect leaders from the worlds of politics, business, faith and charity to better solve social and political problems, and to give a voice to those often ignored in Westminster. And he tells us about the excellent Buxton Leadership Programme. Plus, the wonderful David Scullion updates us on Brexit. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:41

Back to Brexit - Johannes de Jong

3/18/2018
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Johannes de Jong, from Sallux, is back with the second half of his interview on Brexit and the EU, and Christian attitudes towards both. Plus Ally Henderson is back to chat with us about it, and we also look at the fallout from the death of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury. Enjoy!

Duration:00:49:10

Religious Freedom in the UK (Barnabus Fund report)

3/4/2018
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This week we chat about the Barnabus Fund's big new report on religious freedom in the UK, and chat about issues of religious discrimination, free speech, the UK's history of religious freedom, and religious literacy. We're joined again by the brilliant Ally Henderson - former Parliamentary candidate and a lawyer specialising human rights, employment, equalities, public law, and much more. Plus, we chat about Jeremy Corbyn's speech on Brexit. Enjoy!

Duration:00:47:27

Johannes de Jong - Syrian and Brexit

2/18/2018
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This week we're joined by Johannes de Jong, Director of Sallux, a Christian political organisation working at a European level. He talks to us about the Turkish attacks on north west Syria, and the help that Christians there are asking for (click this link for Sallux's petition). He also chats about a Christian approach to Brexit and the European Union (second half of the interview next week). Johannes campaigned for Remain, and has *quite* strong views on the matter! Plus, we talk...

Duration:00:50:14

Joe Boot on sphere sovereignty

2/5/2018
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We're back! (Sorry about the illness-related absence) Also back is Rev Dr Joe Boot, who expands on something he spoke about in his previous interview, the historically Christian idea of 'sphere sovereignty' - a framework for thinking about how Government, family, church, civil society and so on fit together - and his new book Gospel Witness. The interview was actually longer than we could fit in the pod - so for the full version go to www.holpolpod.com Plus, we chat about Theresa May's...

Duration:00:47:31

Tim Farron Premier interview

1/14/2018
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This week Johnny's ill - sorry!! So, instead of a normal episode, Premier Christian Radio have kindly given us the audio for their big interview Tim Farron. You may have seen it hit the news this week, so have a listen for yourself. It's a fascinating listen! See you again in two weeks, when Johnny (hopefully!) will be back.

Duration:00:21:03

Christmas Special!

12/25/2017
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!! In this week's (post-)Christmas special, we look at MPs' cringy Christmas cards, Prime Ministers' crass Christmas messages, and ask if the label 'evangelical' is now more about politics than theology, after Tim Keller's fascinating New Yorker article on it. Plus, we chat to our favourite Brexit journalist, David Scullion, for his own take on the Christian debates about the EU, and an update on what on earth is going on in the negotiations! Happy New Year!

Duration:00:49:18

Tim Farron's Theos Speech

12/4/2017
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We're joined by guest co-host Imogen Atkinson to take a look at Christian responses to the budget, and take a deep dive into a very significant speech by Tim Farron on faith, politics and liberalism. And we comment on how boring Brexit still is - cos we recorded this before it all got VERY interesting on Monday! Thanks especially to FaithAction for their expert look at the impact the Budget will (and won't) have. Enjoy!

Duration:00:39:47

Ian Geary, Sarah Hutt and a Greggs sausage roll

11/19/2017
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This week, we chat to Ian Geary about a left-wing Christian vision for Government, and Sarah Hutt steps in for the temporarily-jet-setting James, and shares about her own experiences working with Tim Farron and Justin Welby. And, most importantly, we discuss Greggs sausage rolls. We may allow James back last week. But Sarah is very good.

Duration:00:40:25

John Stevens (FIEC) on political liberalism

11/5/2017
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John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches, joins us to make the case that Christians should be political liberals, following on from Joe Boot's alternative case last time out. And we discuss the sex scandals sweeping Westminster, and how they have been allowed to occur.

Duration:00:52:55

Rev Dr Joe Boot

10/25/2017
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Delighted to speak to Rev Dr Joe Boot, the founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, this week. Joe is a prominent theologian, writing on Christian engagement in the public square, and chats to us about his debate with John Stevens, about political liberalism and Christian engagement in politics, which occurred following Tim Farron's resignation. Plus we sum up the week in 30 seconds, and try not to say the B-word.

Duration:00:47:10

Danny Webster - Evangelical Alliance

10/8/2017
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*cough* After Theresa May's luckless conference speech, we chat about whether her coughing fit matters, and discuss her future and the Government's. Then we have Danny Webster, from the Evangelical Alliance, on to talk about What Kind of Society? - their new document setting out an evangelical Christian vision for society, and ask him how it impacts politics and the public square. Thanks for downloading! If you want to give us some feedback, click here.

Duration:00:44:07

The Grenfell Tower fire, with Revd Mark O'Donoghue

9/24/2017
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Finally back from the summer, we chat Brexit and Boris, with journalist David Scullion. And in our main interview, we look back at the Grenfell Tower fire disaster with local vicar Mark O'Donoghue, to find out how local churches have been helping the community through a truly horrifying tragedy. And if you've got 2 minutes, we'd be so grateful if you could fill out our listener survey (please!): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7DLYLQJ

Duration:00:47:07

SUMMER SPECIAL #2 - Dr Stephen Backhouse on Patriotism - Part 2

7/31/2017
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Click here to fill out our 2 min listener survey (please!) For our second summer special, we continue chatting to Dr Stephen Backhouse about whether patriotism is a Christian virtue, or whether Christians should steer well clear. In this second half, we look at how Christians should think about engagement in local communities and national politics, we look at whether you can have a Christian patriotism, and we also look at liberalism as a political option for Christians, and Brexit. And...

Duration:00:42:20

SUMMER SPECIAL #1 - Dr Stephen Backhouse on Patriotism - Part 1

7/31/2017
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Click here to fill out our 2 min listener survey (please!) For our first summer special, we chat to Dr Stephen Backhouse about whether patriotism is a Christian virtue, or whether Christians should steer well clear. In this first half, we look at the attitude of Jesus and the early church, at whether patriotism is useful for moral decisions, at whether it is better than cosmopolitanism, and at the issue - as possibility - of a just war. Enjoy!

Duration:00:45:14