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Prostitution, China and the Catholic Church, and Ashers Bakery

We’ve got LOADS of big things to talk about this week: 🇨🇳 Ryan Day on the Catholic Church’s big and controversial agreement with the Chinese Government, with Ryan Day 🍰 Simon Calvert on the Ashers Bakery ‘gay cake’ court case ⛓ Lousie Gleich on prostitution and modern slavery 🔵 And Gareth Wallace on the Conservative Party Conference Enjoy! —— Few random links from the episode: Louise mentioned Beyond the Streets and their amazing work. More about the Ashers Bakery case from...


Christians in immigration, the workplace, and the Labour Party Conference

This week we're joined by a plethora of fantastic guests! Attieh Fard, the Founder and Director of Fard and Co Solicitors, talks about how new post-Brexit immigration laws could affect Christians going to and from Europe to do ministry. Hannah Rich, Vice-Chair of Christians on the Left, talks about the Labour Party Conference and what Christians on the Left are doing to be a positive Christian influence in the Labour Party. And we're joined by Jenn McKelvin, Acting Director of the...


Vote Welby?

Hello again! We're back and with a bang! Thanks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for sparking a big debate this week on Christianity and politics, after he co-wrote a report with the left-leaning think tank the IPPR, and then spoke to the Trades Union Congress. We got three great Christian political thinkers round the table to hammer out all the questions it raised. From think tank Theos Hannah Rich, who is also Vice-Chair of Christians on the Left; from the Evangelical...


From the Archives 3/3: Tim Farron - David Alton and Nick Spencer

We're back soon, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives. This week, we're replaying the interview we did after Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Lib Dems, citing treatment of him as a Christian. We spoke to former Liberal MP and Chief Whip, and former Lib Dem Peer, Lord David Alton, who had his own run-ins with the party on issues of conscience; and Nick Spencer, the highly respected Senior Fellow at Theos, made the...


From the Archives 2/3: Michael Wear

We're back in a few weeks, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives. This week, we're replaying our interview with Michael Wear, the former White House adviser to Barack Obama, who particularly worked on issues related to faith communities. Michael came on the podcast to talk about his experience there and also about his book, Reclaiming Hope, where he writes candidly - and sometimes critically - about the Obama...


From the Archives 1/3: Andy Flannagan

We're back in a few weeks, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives. This week, we go back to January 2017 and our second podcast, when I went to chat to Andy Flannagan, who was then Director of Christians on the Left. Andy's since moved on to greater things, and Louise Davies, his brilliant successor, came on the pod back in April, but the interview is still fascinating and well worth a listen. Enjoy!


Review of the Year

Sam Hailes, Editor of Christianity Magazine, steps in this week for Johnny (who is off ill), and Sam and James look back at the year gone since the election - including the election, Brexit, and the role of Christianity in a changing Britain. Enjoy!


Brexit's Coming Home - or is it?

Johnny's away this week, so James is joined by a Brexiteer and a Remainer to talk about Theresa May's new position on Britain's exit from the EU. David Scullion (Deputy Editor at Brexit Central) steps up to co-host, and Ben Ryan, from Theos, chats to James about how the referendum itself left the Prime Minister's hands tied. Enjoy!


National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - and killer robots

This week we look back at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - Parliament's biggest annual Christian event - with the guy that made it happen: James Lee, from Christians in Parliament. And we listen to some of Tim Keller's talk at the Prayer Breakfast. Plus, James chats about why there was a Christian policy conference last week all about the future of robotics. Enjoy!


Dawn McAvoy (Both Lives Matter) and North Korea

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.


Njoki Mahiaini - Being Christian in the public square today

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!


Richard Chapman - Church of England

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!


Alfie Evans: Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship

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!


Louise Davies - Christians on the Left

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!


David Barclay - the Good Faith Partnership

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!


Back to Brexit - Johannes de Jong

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!


Religious Freedom in the UK (Barnabas Fund report)

This week we chat about the Barnabas 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!


Johannes de Jong - Syria and Brexit

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 about...


Joe Boot on sphere sovereignty

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 Plus, we chat about Theresa May's...


Tim Farron Premier interview

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.