Mid-faith Crisis

Mid-faith Crisis

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A podcast for every Christian who has ever asked ‘Is that it?’


What is the good news? (Part Three)
Aug 7
Have you been mis-sold your personal salvation policy? In the midst of some pretty bongo-filled weeks, Joe and Nick finally get around to their versions of the good news. But not before we share some more excellent stuff from listeners. Warning: contains…
124: What is the good news? (Part Two)
Jul 31
Never has so much feedback been packed into one podcast. We’ve had so many responses to our question about ‘what is the good news?’ that we decided to do a bumper selection from all the emails. There’s loads of great stuff in here, so enjoy some actual…
123: What is the good news? (Part One)
Jul 24
Last episode Nick posed the question ‘what is the good news?’ This week – predictably – they completely fail to answer it. So this is just the start of the discussion. Is the gospel different things to different people? Is it more than just reserving a…
122: A festival of courgettes
Jul 17
Back after a short break and we begin with an argument over courgettes of all things. After that, there’s some great feedback, with more on staying in churches when it’s difficult, why faith is like a jigsaw and how the moments of failure teach us about…
121: Should I stay or should I go?
Jul 3
When is it right to leave a church? Is it ever right? Can you leave on good terms? A heartfelt email leads us into a discussion of how difficult it is to stay in a church when our fundamental beliefs change. Also, we talk about the need for personal…
120: Shall we debrief?
Jun 26
Nick is being crushed by a deadline but fortunately we have feedback to come to our rescue. How do we deal people and churches who have caused us pain in the past? Are we often too cynical about the traditions from which we have come? It’s all about the…
119: Jeff Lucas on the priceless gift of disillusionment.
Jun 19
A great interview with Jeff Lucas. With his usual depth, humour and honesty, Jeff talks about prayer as a mix of gratitude and complaining, the need for honesty about our fragility and brokenness, and how disillusionment is gift to be cherished. Not to…
118: Questions raised. No questions answered.
Jun 5
The now usual batch of interesting, intelligent and often moving feedback. We look at beliefs versus action, beliefs versus knowledge, a four-person Trinity and speaking in tongues. Among other things. A mixed bag, then… We’re going live! Join us at 19:30…
117: The theology of ‘I dunno’
May 29
It’s Pentecost! And, in what must be the most disrupted podcast ever, we discuss the Holy Spirit, and how the church has never known quite how to approach the subject. Also Nick takes several phone calls, Ethel tells us what she’s been doing in lockdown,…
116: The thin spaces of doubt
May 22
Does it matter what you believe? Welcome to part two of our discussion – well, round two, maybe, since we end up having an argument about it. But never mind that, we have another load of terrific feedback, including a quote from Hafiz (who was a Persian…
115: More than just God in a bod
May 15
Some good feedback this week, including news from down under, another question about hell, and a question that brings up some important questions. How can we reconcile the humanity and the divinity of Jesus? Does it matter what you believe? Is it possible…
114: Grayson Perry’s Spiritual Art Club
May 8
What is spirituality? Is it doing ‘spiritual things’ like praying, meditating, reading the Bible? Or is everything that we do spiritual? Also, some epic emails, we share more of our regular daily practices, and Joe seeks greater insight by wearing…
113: The cheese stage of grief
May 1
We’d like to say that this is a deeply profound episode. but basically, it’s us mucking about. There’s a bit about quiet times, and we wonder whether Satan could reschedule. Meanwhile, Joe is getting wet both indoors and out.
112: We’re always inventing tradition
Apr 24
What are the origins of Easter? Did Christians build their churches near sacred groves? We touch on Odin, the age of yew trees, and how a man called Gerald invented the entire Wicca religion. Yes, we’re continuing last week’s discussion of pagan myths and…
111: Small Wonders of God
Apr 17
We explore how scarcity and limitations make us more grateful, how we constantly need to re-learn forgotten skills and habits, and how we all need to cherish the small, often unregarded moments of joy. Also, we celebrate the wisdom of Saint Joni of…
110: It’s our story as well
Apr 10
It’s Easter, everyone. We talk about celebrating the whole story – even the dark bits and, why, this year, Easter Saturday may be particularly relevant. Meanwhile, we look at how to annoy people into the Kingdom of God, share listeners’ film…
109: At the movies with Dave Hopwood
Apr 3
We have an interview with Dave Hopwood, who talks about how he uses film to communicate and explore deep truths about Christianity. Meanwhile, Joe is awake, annoyed, and grieving. Nick discusses the morality of buying eggs. We touch on whether Australia…
108: Attention, intention and self-isolation
Mar 27
A mixed bag of poetry, prayer and lots of good feedback. We talk briefly about paying attention and its relationship to prayer, and touch on techniques that might help us learn how to slow down and look. Meanwhile, Joe’s pigeons have relationship issues…
107: Buying a field
Mar 20
What can you say in the face of everything that is happening in the world? In a time of lockdowns and self-isolation, we have more great feedback about healing, and we explore what hope we can be sure of in these times. It’s all about buying a field,…
106: [Bongos] Happen
Mar 13
Loads of great response to Ruth’s interview in episode 104: lots of praise, some questions and a bongo load of mystery. We talk about why the questions and wrestling are important, and how we have to learn to live alongside grief, rather than get rid of…
105: Soulful Nature – An Interview with Brian Draper
Mar 6
We have an interview with author and speaker Brian Draper, about how experiencing nature can open up spaces for us to make a deeper connection between faith and everyday life. Brian talks about the soul, contemplative walking, labyrinths, mindfulness and…
104: ‘Strength to walk the journey’
Feb 28
How do we approach the subject of healing? Do miracles happen? Or is all of life a miracle anyway? We have a profound interview with Ruth Brown, about her response to her cancer diagnosis. Also Joe has problems with both his bowels and his toenails, Nick…
103: Confess! Confess!
Feb 21
We discuss guilt and confession. Is guilt ever good? Can confession be therapeutic? If so, to whom do we confess? Also, we explore how we should react when God doesn’t show up, there’s some welcome birdsong from Australia, and Nick is worried about…
102: Stan has no authority
Feb 7
Along with some important, moving and actually quite hilarious emails, we talk a bit more about demons, Satan, and the lies which dominate both our personal and public lives. Joe finds the metaphor of demons quite helpful, and Nick decides that the…
101: Demands and duties
Jan 31
This week we’re thinking about involvement with the world. Should we just do the things that we’re passionate about? And if so, how do we make sure that we’re passionate about the right things? Should we ever put demands on people? Has Nick really felt…
100: Who’d have thought it?
Jan 24
We’ve reached three figures! In this episode we chat about why we started the podcast, what’s the best (and worst) thing about it, and where we go from here. Expect a bit of dodgy audio. We recorded part of this while walking round the ramparts of an Iron…
99: Retreats for Extroverts and other issues
Jan 17
It’s a mega-feedback episode. We explore whether silent retreats are really good for extroverts, what we think of demons and the demonic and pick up on how our themes are going. All this, and a stunning lack of planning for the imminent 100th episode.…
98: New year, new theme
Jan 10
Happy New Year! We’re back with a discussion of how to reflect on last year using the examen approach. And we talk about setting themes for the new year, rather than new year’s resolutions. Mid-faith Crisis – The Big ConversationSaturday 14th March 2020…
97: Hopes and fears and all that swaddling
Dec 20, 2019
In a strange reversal, Joe is quite grumpy, and Nick is quite upbeat. It’s the shortest day of the year, but there is light in the darkness, folks. We talk about naming our hopes and fears, dealing with the overload of drama, being aware of God’s presence…
96: A coffee cup on the altar!
Dec 13, 2019
Joe has been putting his coffee cup on the altar. Which is not a euphemism for some kind of spiritual discipline, but a real event, which leads us into lots of chatty rambling about winter, fasting, how stripping things back reveals the underlying…
95: Being the Incarnation
Dec 6, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 30 min
A look at how Easter 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 festivals of ‘Washing the Donkey Saturday’ and the Bifidus Digestum, Calvinist Kinder Eggs…
64: Seven Ways to Stop Sinning
Mar 29, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…