Mid-faith Crisis

Mid-faith Crisis

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95: Being the Incarnation
Dec 6
We reflect on the profound effects that something as simple as kindness and hospitality can have. It’s all about being the Kingdom of God and how we need each other to live it out. Meanwhile, Nick’s had a review, Joe gets bored of history (again) and…
94: Happy New (Liturgical) Year
Nov 29
It’s Advent – which is really the start of the liturgical year. It’s supposed to be a period of fasting and waiting and paying attention to the coming of Christ. It’s all about hope, people. Nick gets obscurely historical, Joe gets needlessly wiffly and…
93: The reality of our hope
Nov 15
More fantastic feedback. More hope in the darkness. Some tough, poignant and sacred stories this week. But we also talk about science, human growth, not looking down on others and the amazing ability of humans to look for patterns and imagine the future.…
92: Lacy Finn Borgo on Seasons of Silence
Nov 8
An interview with Lacy Finn Borgo, friend, teacher, author of famous emails, spiritual director and founder of Good Dirt ministries. Joe and Lacy pick up on recent discussions about death and sorrow, as well as talking about the crucial value of seasons…
91: ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes’
Nov 1
We have more wonderful, moving emails reflecting on last week’s episode about death. Thank you to the listeners who share such poignant, sacred things. Along the way, we explore the difference between facing your own mortality, and coming to terms with…
90: Making friends with death
Oct 25
We discuss death, the afterlife and all that stuff. Basically because we have two fabulous emails. Can you really make friends with death? What happens after? Will Joe really be a star? And can Jesus’ injunction to ‘love our enemies’ apply to death and…
89: Ruth Valerio on Creation and the Environment
Oct 18
Ruth is the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director with Tearfund – a job title which makes Nick and Joe quite jealous. She talks about her work as an environmental campaigner, the Christian response to climate change and the single most important thing…
88: New paradigms and other mysteries
Oct 11
We talk about disagreement within the church. Are the ideas we adopt in Mid-faith Crisis really new, or merely rediscovered? And in this new way of thinking, how do we respond to people who want to ‘bring us back into the fold’? Joe talks about paradigms.…
87: Look, what the people really want to know…
Oct 4
Order! Order! It’s a mid-faith crisis look at politics – or political debate and discussion to be precise. How can we disagree well with one another? How do we deal with criticism and difference? Can we resist the urge to fight fire with fire? Does Nick…
86: Back with Feedback
Sep 27
We’re back from our holidays with a bumper bag of feedback, including reaction to the Steve Chalke interview, questions about the Badly Behaved Bible and whether we have to go through lots of mid-faith crises, rather than just one. Also there’s an…
85: Steve Chalke on the Lost Message of Paul
Sep 20
A wide-ranging, powerful, thought-provoking (and quite long!) interview with Steve Chalke. Steve talks about his new book, The Lost Message of Paul and how his message has been misunderstood. The result, claims Steve, is that ‘although Paul has often been…
84: Now that’s what I call Ethel vol 1
Sep 6
We’re away on our holidays at the moment. But to keep you going, here’s a supercut of the best moments from long-time contributor to the podcast, Ethel Sadoldperson (Mrs). May you all be greatly blessed. We’re going to take a short break after this…
83: We need to talk about Jehovah
Aug 30
In the final part of our romp through Nick’s book The Badly Behaved Bible, we look at the acts of violence in the Old Testament. How are we to understand these? Also, we explore why Jesus, Paul and Matthew would all fail preaching class and how we can…
82: Authority and Doubt
Aug 23
Continuing through The Badly Behaved Bible, we discuss the crucial role of doubt in the development of faith and how the authority of scripture actually works out in our lives. Or, to put it in the words of Saint Edwin of Starr, ‘Law (huh) what is it good…
81: The Not-so-good Book
Aug 16
Continuing through Nick’s book, The Badly Behaved Bible, we have reached some of the… er… murkier bits. We look at the rough, even rude bits of the Bible and wonder why Jesus is not allowed to mention the toilet. Then we chat about how the theology of the…
80: Reading and other acts of resistance
Aug 9
Or, canons, colons, unicorns and other stories. Continuing our relentless march through Nick’s book, The Badly Behaved Bible, we look at the formation of the canon, the problems of translation and the perils of taking the Bible too literally. Also, a lot…
79: Exile Stories
Aug 2
It’s the second in our series looking at Nick’s book, The Badly Behaved Bible. This time we’re looking at how the Bible was created and the importance of exodus and exile – not just in the creation of scripture, but also in our own lives. We all need…
78: The God-breathed Book
Jul 26 • 31 min
It’s the first of our series on Nick’s book, The Badly Behaved Bible. We talk about the misinformation surrounding the scriptures, whether Christians have to read the Bible at all, and how we can experience the Bible and not merely ‘study’ it. How to…
77: A World Class Failure
Jul 19 • 35 min
How do we deal with feelings of failure? How do we change the wrong narratives that tend to trap us? We explore the power of the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Featuring an introduction by a very special guest! (Warning: contains cricket…
76: The Christmas Special. In July.
Jul 12 • 39 min
Happy Christmas everyone. For some reason Joe has decided that mid-July is the ideal time to reflect on Christmas. So grab a mince pie, pull a cracker and join us to reflect on the idea of incarnation and how crucial it is, not just to Christmas, but to…
75: On Pubgrimage
Jul 5 • 35 min
Nick’s been on a pilgrimage. (Or a pubgrimage as his wife called it). We talk about what defines a pilgrimage, and what makes it different from a hike. (It’s something to do with intentionality, a sacred destination and quality footwear.) Also lots of the…
74: Effing the Ineffable
Jun 28 • 40 min
Can we really say anything about God? We talk about the need to get rid of old images of God and replace them with new ones. And even then, whether the new ones can possibly tell the real story. It’s all apophatic theology versus kataphatic theology and…
73: Talking therapies
Jun 21 • 34 min
A lot of feedback this episode, with people sharing their thin places, and questions about counselling and communities. We talk about the benefits of spiritual direction, Joe wants more bongos in the opening and Nick has to chase the dog. Church of the…
72: Letting go in Minsmere
Jun 14 • 24 min
Yes, we’re back from our trip to the RSPB Minsmere Bird Reserve. And in this, short, but perfectly formed episode, we reflect on what we saw there, talk about letting go of things and the importance of welcoming our visitors – even the unwelcome ones.…
71: An Interview with Adrian Plass
Jun 7 • 39 min
Nick interviews writer and all-round top bloke Adrian Plass. We talk about church, living in community, speaking honestly, some surprising answers to prayer and how he’s finally come to really like God. Also, check out Adrian’s latest books The Shadow…
70: The Thin Places.
May 31 • 35 min
We talk about the places where you really get a sense of God’s presence. We know that God is with us everywhere and at every moment – but why is it that we feel that presence more in some places than others? Joe talks about the Minsmere Bird Reserve, Nick…
69: The Badly Behaved Bible and other topics
May 24 • 34 min
Nick talks about his new book. Also we look at the importance of asking the right question, the need to recognise what path of life we’re on, and how to build more attentiveness into your day. Not to mention some merchandise possibilities and the…
68: Pay attention, everyone
May 17 • 29 min
Nick’s been on a course. On an island. An island off the coast of Ireland. We talk about different kinds of spirituality, about the need to get out of your comfort zones and the importance of paying attention to others, to creation and to God. Nick Page,…
67: Work, work, work
May 10 • 37 min
We talk about work and its importance in our lives. How can we be a blessing in the workplace? What can it show us about our own stories? What’s the problem with the phrase ‘work-life balance’? And why does Nick think that it’s OK to record a podcast…
66(6) The Second Coming
Apr 26 • 33 min
Yes it’s here! Like a thief in the night, the second coming episode has actually arrived. We talk all things apocalyptic. Don’t get left behind – listen to the episode! Also, you can now support the podcast by donating stuff. Well, money, technically,…
65: The Easter Journey
Apr 12 • 30 min
What does Easter mean for people in mid-faith crisis? We look at how the most important Christian festival can help us explore our journey in a new way. There’s stuff on deconstructing faith, why victims of manflu need more help, the new Christian…
64: Seven Ways to Stop Sinning
Mar 29 • 37 min
Nick has written an article. It’s about how psychology can help us not to sin quite so much. So Joe asks him questions about it. Oh and Joe is quite jet-lagged. That’s about it, really. 7 ways to stop sinning
63: On Pilgrimage with Alexander Shaia
Mar 15 • 34 min
We’re joined again by Alexander Shaia who reflects on a 55-day pilgrimage along the Camino way. He talks to Joe about the challenges of coming home from these kind of life-changing experiences. With Joe recording some of this from his holiday in Mexico,…
62: Conversing about Converting
Mar 1 • 37 min
So, we’re in the mid-faith crisis. Do we still seek to make converts? And if so, what does conversion look like these days? The boys reminisce about their previous lives as evangelists and Ethel has an evangelistic thrust. Also, a crucial question: could…
61: How not to be happy part 2
Feb 15 • 31 min
We’ve got follow up! Listeners send us great tips for being unhappy. Nick’s wife, Claire, sends in three pages of notes on his behaviour. Joe shares a Valentine’s Day poem. And we talk about the links between mid-faith crisis and depression. A bit of a…
60: How Not to be Happy
Feb 1 • 28 min
We were going to do an episode on happiness, but then we realised we weren’t very good at that. So here are our top tips for being unhappy. From endlessly comparing yourself to others, to replaying all the bad things you’ve done, to simply reminding…
59: The Cycle of Grace with Trevor Hudson
Jan 18 • 44 min
And we’re back! After a brief New Year break, we have an interview with Trevor Hudson. Trevor takes us through the cycle of grace, how God’s love is actively involved in our lives, and how our lives should be rooted in ‘a profound sense of acceptance and…
58: Christmas and all that swaddling
Dec 21, 2018 • 35 min
What actually is the real meaning of Christmas? What does it signify for those of us in the mid-faith crisis? In this yuletide episode we discuss signs and symbols, light and darkness and how Christ is always with us. Meanwhile Nick is spectacularly…
57: Back to Reality with Mark Scandrette
Dec 7, 2018 • 49 min
An interview with Mark Scandrette about personal growth, the role of the enneagram in understanding ourselves and how through the beatitudes Jesus calls us back to what is real and true. Meanwhile, Joe recommends lighting a candle in the darkness, and…
56: The Mid-faith Crisis Film Club
Nov 23, 2018 • 41 min
It’s the long awaited (and quite long) film show. We pick our top films to help us think about spiritual formation. Typically, Joe’s all come from 2018 while Nick’s all come from around 1940. And, sadly, there’s no place for any of the Carry On films.…
55: Taking off the masks
Nov 9, 2018 • 36 min
In the feedback from our personality episode, we discuss the ‘masks’ we wear in order to conform, their relationship to personality, and how they can become a burden to us. Also Joe advertises his cult, Nick has a new book out, and we remember that great…
54: ‘Death is a Very Good Part of Life’
Oct 26, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, Joe interviews theologian Bethany Sollereder to explore the issue of death and dying. Why is our culture so afraid of death? Why is grieving important? Who, what or where is apoptosis? We also find out why Joe playing snooker instead of…
53: Personality Types
Oct 12, 2018 • 37 min
What role does personality play in faith? We explore ideas about personality types, and how our different personalities affect what we believe and how we behave. We also take a look at some bad language in the Bible and find out what Myers-Briggs type…
52: Now we are two!
Sep 28, 2018 • 38 min
Yes, it’s the second anniversary of the Mid-faith Crisis podcast. We reflect on why we started this, what, if anything, has changed in our lives over the past two years and the importance of discussing the real questions. Plus loads of lovely feedback…
51: The Mystery of the Cross
Aug 31, 2018 • 35 min
In this second part of our discussion of the cross (recorded about 5 seconds after the end of the first part) we explore some of the major historical models of the atonement. Was it about victory? Ransom? Substitution? Justice? Example? (Answer: all of…
50: The Scandal of The Cross
Aug 31, 2018 • 37 min
In the first of two-parts on this topic, we explore the cross – the event which lies at the heart of the Christian Gospel. In this first part, we look at the many different ways the first Christians talked about it and why it seemed so foolish and…
49: Serious stuff with jokes in it
Aug 17, 2018 • 35 min
It’s a feedback episode with great stories from the listeners about the power of forgiveness. We touch on the need to forgive ourselves, discuss whether laughing at something means not taking it seriously, and address the fate of Nick’s beard. There is…
48: Inching towards forgiveness
Aug 3, 2018 • 35 min
Forgiveness is, perhaps, the most characteristically Christian thing that we do. But what does it look like? How do we go about forgiving those who have hurt us? We discuss strategies for forgiving others, how it sets us free and how we are really all…
47: You have to leave in order to return
Jul 20, 2018 • 34 min
We say that ‘God is love’. But how do we know that? This episode explores the need for experiences, feelings and emotions. We look at the need for new experiences, new metaphors, new ways of understanding, and how these things can breathe life back into…
46: Rambling in Lee Abbey
Jul 6, 2018 • 20 min
In which our heroes sit on a bench in the North Devon countryside, and ramble on about how the knowledge that God loves us can transform our lives. Featuring sheep, house martins, and a van passing by.
45: ‘A massive suitcase full of us’
Jun 22, 2018 • 38 min
In which our heroes discuss the value and practice of going on retreat and the need for solitude, silence and reflection. Including our top tips for those thinking of going on retreat (#retreathacks). Plus feedback on the whole ‘calling’ thing, and…
44: How big is your calling?
Jun 8, 2018 • 36 min
In which we look at calling, guidance and all that stuff. Do you have to be called to the ministry or is it OK just to want to give it a go? Does God micro-manage our life, or is it all a lot more up to us? And what does it mean to hear from God.…
43: Taking the Pistis with Steve Chalke
May 25, 2018 • 49 min
Joe interviews Steve Chalke. Always engaging and thought-provoking, he talks about how we wrongly define church, what the gospel is and the meaning of the Greek word, pistis. No, really.
42: Flippant Depth
May 11, 2018 • 37 min
Along with a humungous amount of excellent, thought-provoking feedback this week, Joe temporarily masters technology enough to record an interview with listener Shane Styles, whose guidelines for social media use we both found so helpful. Shane’s 10 steps…
41.5: Bonus episode – Back to the future
May 4, 2018 • 20 min
In what can only be described as a ‘low-key’ episode, our heroes meet in a hotel in the countryside somewhere to discuss the future of the podcast, whether Hitler can be forgiven, Stanley Spencer and Joe’s new found fame on another podcast. Also listener…
41: What the hell!
Apr 27, 2018 • 42 min
In which our heroes discuss hell, damnation and other associated, cheery subjects. Is there such a thing as an orthodox view of hell? What are the options? We explore what the Bible says (not a lot), what the early church believed (different things) and…
40: Detachment and Deep Work
Apr 13, 2018 • 31 min
In which our heroes discuss the need to detach from distractions, especially social media and all that stuff. We talk about the need for space in our lives, and how to detach from the things which stop us doing the ‘deep work’ that is so necessary, both…
39: Interview with Alexander Shaia Part 2
Mar 30, 2018 • 43 min
Happy Easter, everyone. This week we have the second part of our interview with Alexander Shaia on his idea of the fourfold journey as it is reflected in the gospels. Meanwhile Joe joins us from his holiday in Mexico – accompanied by the world’s biggest…
38: Interview with Alexander Shaia Part 1
Mar 16, 2018 • 40 min
In the first of a two-part interview we hear from Alexander Shaia, author, teacher, speaker and, most remarkably, a person who is prepared to go to Worthing and spend time with Joe. He talks about his background, about the power of story and myth, and…
37: The magic prayer word is banana
Mar 2, 2018 • 35 min
In which we talk quite a lot about how a wrong image of God leads to problems with prayer. Plus lots of other topics, (not least why the mid-faith crisis and the mid-life crisis are not synonymous) and lots of great letters. And do you have a least…
36: ‘There is something hypnotic about your podcast…’
Feb 16, 2018 • 37 min
In which our heroes tackle a whole bunch of feedback on various topics, including stages of faith, the good and the bad side of beauty and mainly a lot of good stuff on how to talk to your children about your beliefs. Meanwhile, Joe explains that 14th…
35: How to succeed at parenting and other myths
Feb 2, 2018 • 33 min
In which our heroes share their expertise about being parents. A short podcast, then. Anyway, we discuss how to talk to children about God in the Mid-faith Crisis, why pretending to be an expert on parenting is ridiculous, and the relative merits of…
34: How to Look Good Sacred
Jan 19, 2018 • 33 min
In which our heroes discuss the body. Is dieting a spiritual discipline? Is it wrong to care about our appearance? How can we achieve a balanced view of our own bodies? Is St Belinda of Carlisle correct in saying that ‘Heaven is a place on earth?’ Yes,…
33: Practical Thankfulness
Jan 5, 2018 • 26 min
In which our heroes discuss different ways of building thankfulness into our lives. What difference does it make? And is Nick ever going to be able to say ‘Thanks for your feedback’ and actually mean it? Meanwhile Joe gets all poetic and does stuff on a…
32: Happy Christ-tide Eve-Eve!
Dec 22, 2017 • 29 min
Yes, it’s the Christ-tide Eve-Eve show. In which our heroes discuss all things Christmassy. We focus on what’s really important about Christmas, the sparkliness or otherwise of Joe’s baubles and Nick’s opinion that the main problem with Christmas is that…
31: The Spirituality of Paddington
Dec 9, 2017 • 35 min
In which our heroes reflect a bit on last episode’s arguments before going on to discuss the spirituality of… er… Paddington 2. Why do we respond so deeply to goodness and kindness? What does it mean to be good? How can we think the best of everyone, even…
30: Jesus Part 1
Nov 24, 2017 • 40 min
In a strangely argumentative episode, Nick and Joe talk about what it means to follow Jesus. Nick gets very insistent on the resurrection, Joe uses the word ‘ontological’ and there’s a lot of discussion about reality and metaphors and stuff like that. We…
29: The Landscape of the Heart
Nov 10, 2017 • 44 min
In which we have an interview with Roy Searle, one of the founders of the Northumbria Community. Roy talks about the importance of space, the need to escape the ‘consumer-based faith’, about ‘living life with the questions’ and how our thirst for…
28: Lots of Books
Oct 27, 2017 • 43 min
In which our heroes get up early and talk about books. What books have transformed your understanding of God or of what it means to be a Christian? Nick and Joe share their top five (and Ethel Sadoldperson gives us her recommendations). And we have a…
27: We’ve got a big announcement
Oct 13, 2017 • 32 min
In which our heroes talk about all the feedback from the last episode, reflect on the first ever Day for the Bewildered (including Ethel immortalised in icing sugar) and talk about whether Nick should become a woman for the sake of balance. But more…
26: Walking each other home
Sep 29, 2017 • 42 min
It’s our first anniversary! And to celebrate, we’ve got actual content, with an interview with the very wonderful Jill Rowe, in which she talks about women and gender and being loved and how we are all, in the end, ‘just walking each other home’. So light…
25: ‘Weakness, negligence and deliberate fault’
Sep 15, 2017 • 33 min
In which our heroes deal with more feedback from recent episodes. How do we cope with the painful, destructive effects of sin? Do we hold our beliefs, or do our beliefs hold us? Is there really such a thing as prophetic Bongo playing? Also we have a quote…
24: It’s a sin!
Sep 1, 2017 • 34 min
In which our heroes discuss sin, guilt and other bad stuff. Do we take sin too seriously? Or not seriously enough? And is there anything we can do about it anyway? Meanwhile Nick has been reading Romans, Joe has forgotten to record Bake Off and Ethel…
23: Definitely Maybe
Aug 18, 2017 • 35 min
In which our heroes deal with the excellent feedback from last episode. After our podcast on creeds, we hear from the listeners about their beliefs. Can we have certainties during the Mid-faith Crisis? Or is it all just ‘maybes’ and ‘perhapses’? Is…
22: The schism starts here
Aug 4, 2017 • 36 min
In which our heroes try to come up with a creed for the Mid-faith crisis. In what will surely end up as a schism between them, Joe and Nick try to define what our core beliefs are. Is Nick living in the past? Is Joe really going to do the seagull dance?…
21: What we did on our holiday
Jul 21, 2017 • 22 min
In which our heroes record the podcast – in a Pod! On holiday! Yes, a bit of an unusual edition this one, recorded on holiday in Scotland. We talk about sacred spaces, about the need for ‘seasons’ in your life, about looking at yourself non-judgementally…
20: Letters to our younger selves
Jul 7, 2017 • 35 min
In which our heroes write a letter to their younger, less bald versions. And, indeed, where we share some lovely letters that our listeners have written as well. Along the way we touch on Nick’s pathetic need to be special, and what really lies behind…
19: Marginal Gains
Jun 23, 2017 • 32 min
In which our heroes discuss change and transformation. How do we change? What does it look like? How can Nick claim to have changed when he is, essentially, doing the same jokes he was 20 years ago? Talking of which, Nick’s new book is almost out, Joe has…
18: Don’t make me angry
Jun 9, 2017 • 34 min
In which our heroes sit in Joe’s garden, listen to the birdsong, chill out and discuss… er… anger. What makes us angry? Is it always wrong? How do we deal with it? Also, we hear about Nick’s inability to answer emails, we have our competition winner, and…
17: Lifting the Label
May 26, 2017 • 32 min
In which our heroes discuss the use and abuse of labels. Are you liberal or conservative? Progressive or traditional? Catholic or evangelical? What do we really mean by these labels, and how can we avoid using them in a way to make ourselves feel…
16: How to be a Bad Christian
May 13, 2017 • 46 min
It’s our second ever interview! It’s another man called Dave! Joe interviews Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a Bad Christian, The Bad Christian’s Manifesto and his latest book, Black Sheep and Prodigals. We talk about how it’s a bad thing to leave God…
15: Telling the Truth
Apr 28, 2017 • 32 min
In which our heroes discuss how hard it is to be truly honest and what stops us from letting others see behind the masks we wear. Along the way we take feedback from listeners, wonder at our sheer inability to organise our diaries, and Nick reveals how…
14: Waiting for Resurrection
Apr 14, 2017 • 22 min
In which our heroes discuss the necessity of waiting and the hope of resurrection. It’s Easter Saturday, a day when, in the gospels, nothing much happens. Hopes have been dashed, dreams have been crushed, and all there is to do is wait… But waiting itself…
13: Values, not vision
Apr 1, 2017 • 34 min
In which we feature our very first interview! Joe interviews Dave Steell, who leads One Church, Brighton, and discusses the idea that, with the right values, the vision takes care of itself. It’s about who we want to be, not just what we want to achieve.…
12: The Problem of Prayer
Mar 17, 2017 • 35 min
In which our heroes discuss one of the key practices of the Christian life. Yes, it’s the first of a series we’re calling by the catchy title of Stuff we have to do as Christians, even though we might not like it and we’re no longer part of the official…
11: We all need to belong
Mar 3, 2017 • 34 min
In which we look at what it means to belong. Joe shares his life story, Nick has been giving himself, and we discover the menopraise, which is like the menopause, but for churchgoers. Also there is a lot of childish argument at the beginning. And quite a…
10: Yes, but are you ‘born again’?
Feb 17, 2017 • 29 min
In which our heroes look at what it means to be saved. What does it mean to be born again? Should we even still be using the phrase? We explore surrender and rebirth and all the possibilities that opens up for us. Along the way, Nick gets grumpy about the…
9: Get grumpy about something that matters
Feb 3, 2017 • 28 min
It’s a feedback show! In which our heroes share some letters and emails from some of our listeners – all of which are more profound, intelligent and deeply moving than the normal rubbish we provide. Along the way we explore how to disagree well, why The…
8: The good news, part one
Jan 20, 2017 • 29 min
In which our heroes discuss the gospel. What’s so good about the good news? Along the way we explore the concept of a press release from the kingdom of God, and how Jesus invites us to join our kingdom with his – because we all need a bit of regime…
7: I’m H.A.P.P.Y
Jan 7, 2017 • 28 min
In which our heroes discuss happiness. Happy new year, everyone! But what does it mean to be happy? Can we really pursue happiness? What really makes for a happy life? Along the way, Nick blames the Declaration of Independence, we explore why new year’s…
6: ‘Do not be afraid…’
Dec 23, 2016 • 22 min
In which our heroes celebrate Christmas. Why is it good news? It’s a special Christmas episode, enlivened by the fact that Joe and and Nick are actually in the same room for once. We look at how the Bible really depicts Christmas, why it really is a cause…
5: Church, and how to survive it
Dec 11, 2016 • 28 min
In which our heroes discuss church. What is it? Why do people stop going? This week’s podcast look at the strengths and limitations of church, what our attitude to church should be, and why we have to take responsibility for our own spiritual formation.…
4: The Bible is a weird thing…
Nov 26, 2016 • 26 min
In which our heroes discuss what it means to have a dialogue with the Bible. How do we read the Bible? Why are people threatened when it is questioned? How can we allow God to speak to us through our reading? Also, we invent the brilliant new cookery…
3: Father, Son and Floaty Thing
Nov 12, 2016 • 26 min
In which our heroes discuss the difficulties of having false and even pagan images of God. Are the images we have helpful? How do we change them? Plus Joe uses the word ‘apophatic’, Nick gets the all-clear from Dr Strange, they try not to confuse Michael…
2: Life is a game of two halves
Oct 29, 2016 • 22 min
Topic: Carl Jung and the stages of life In which, our heroes discuss Carl Jung’s ideas about mid-life and the masks we wear. Along the way, Nick and Joe discuss what realistic worship songs might sound like, whether Brian McClaren should have a performing…
1: The Hungry Caterpillar of Faith
Oct 14, 2016 • 27 min
Topic: Introducing the mid-faith crisis What are the symptoms of the mid-faith crisis? And what can we do about it? This introductory podcast looks at how we can respond when our faith seems to be in meltdown. Along the way Joe and Nick explore doubt and…