Rank #1: Episode 50: The Scandal of The Cross
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 scandalous. And we touch on an important question: why does talking about the cross make people so cross?
Make sure to check out Episode 51: The Mystery of the Cross – which is a companion to this episode, and in which we explore some of the main explanations of what the cross is all about.
Aug 31 2018
Rank #2: Episode 92: Lacy Finn Borgo on Seasons of Silence
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 of silence, and the importance of helping your children to wonder. Also, we share the perils of man-flu, and Nick discovers that he has another god-child. Much to his surprise.
Nov 09 2019
Rank #3: Episode 66(6) The Second Coming
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, although we’re not averse to jewels, gold, exotic spices, etc.
- Nick Page, Revelation Roadon Amazon UK; on Amazon.com
- The Rapture Index
- Michael Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly
- J. Nelson Kraybill, Apocalypse and Allegiance
- Wes Howard-Brook, Unveiling Empire
Apr 27 2019
Rank #4: Episode 59: The Cycle of Grace with Trevor Hudson
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 self-acceptance.’ Terrific stuff. Apologies for those of you expecting the podcast on the second coming, but, you know, you just can’t predict these things.
All of Trevor’s books are worth a read, but those referred to in this podcast are:
- The Cycle of Grace (also some videos accompanying the book)
- Discovering Our Spiritual Identity
- Holy Spirit Here and Now
Jan 19 2019
Rank #5: Episode 60: How Not to be Happy
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 yourself what a horrible person you are – here are the key skills you need to take unhappiness to the next level. Anything we’ve missed? Send your top unhappiness tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Feb 02 2019
Rank #6: Episode 85: Steve Chalke on the Lost Message of Paul
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 presented as the champion of exclusion, he was the very opposite. He was the great includer; a revolutionary who saw a new inclusive world dawning and gave his life to help bring it in.’
Sep 21 2019
Rank #7: Episode 82: Authority and Doubt
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 for?’ Also Joe gets insecure about the logo and there are some amazingly good emails.
- How to Survive the Mid-Faith Crisis: Lee Abbey 8-12 June 2020
- Exploring the Enneagram with Dave Tomlinson
- Paying Attention to God: Lee Abbey 2-6 March 2020
Aug 24 2019
Rank #8: Episode 70: The Thin Places.
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 talks about a cave church on Patmos, both struggle to find the words. There’s a bit of badly-quoted poetry, some great emails, a quote from Saint George Michael and a surprising amount of Bongos.
Jun 01 2019
Rank #9: Episode 90: Making friends with death
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 the other things that happen to us?
Oct 26 2019
Rank #10: Episode 47: You have to leave in order to return
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 old phrases which might have lost their power and meaning. It also begins with Joe singing: you have been warned.
Jul 20 2018
Rank #11: Episode 69: The Badly Behaved Bible and other topics
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 therapeutic value of John Wick 3.
Nick Page, The Badly Behaved Bible
May 25 2019
Rank #12: Episode 53: Personality Types
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 Ethel Sadoldperson is.
- Sandra Krebs Hirsh, Soul Types
- Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
Oct 12 2018
Rank #13: Episode 78: The God-breathed Book
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.
Jul 27 2019
Rank #14: Episode 76: The Christmas Special. In July.
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 every single day of our life. Also we announce the first Midfaith Crisis Book club. Sort of. Much to his embarrassment, we’re going to work through Nick’s latest book, The Badly Behaved Bible. So get hold of a copy and join us. Or not. Whatevs.
Jul 13 2019
Rank #15: Episode 93: The reality of our hope
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.
Nov 16 2019
Rank #16: Episode 74: Effing the Ineffable
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 whether we can ever eff the ineffable. All this plus the new album from Martin Luther Vandross.
Jun 29 2019
Rank #17: Episode 71: An Interview with Adrian Plass
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 Doctor, and Shadow Doctor: The Past Awaits.
Jun 08 2019
Rank #18: Episode 94: Happy New (Liturgical) Year
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 Ethel rebukes us both. And it’s the return of Martin Buber’s Christmas album.
- The Two Ronnies: Four Candles
- Martin Buber, I and Thou
Nov 30 2019
Rank #19: Episode 77: A World Class Failure
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 references.)
Jul 20 2019
Rank #20: Episode 87: Look, what the people really want to know…
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 listen to the podcast just to hear his own opinions? Many crucial questions. But what the people really want to know is…
Oct 05 2019