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Friend of the show Brad Jersak joins the Tent to talk about his brilliant new book A More Christlike Word. Any conversation with Brad is always a balm to the soul and a tonic to the mind, and this one is no different! All about Brad and his books can be found HERE. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can get LOTS …
 
Harmony Smith is the Director of Worship for the Vineyard Movement in the UK & Ireland where she encourages, raises up, and trains worship and music leaders, and she also co-pastors Belfast City Church with her husband Andy. From her bio: "Harmony is a worshiper, songwriter and pastor whose heart is all about seeing people connect with Jesus in a l…
 
Obery M. Hendricks joins the Tent to talk about his brilliant and searing new book Christians against Christianity. He is a visiting research scholar at Columbia University and has held positions at Drew University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also served as president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African-American theologi…
 
David Blower is a wordsmith, a singer songwriter, a host of the Nomad podcast and the author of some of the best political theology Stephen Backhouse has ever read. You can find out about David and how to find his words and music HERE. The Nomad podcast can be found HERE. The YoHo Journal can be found HERE . You can get 10% off by entering the code…
 
Pete Enns and Jared Byas are the hosts of the Bible for Normal People podcast and the authors of a number of excellent books. We talked about the dangers of doing good theology in this crazy christianised age of ours, and, despite everything, the continued relevance and joy they find in the bible. Their podcast is HERE Pete's books can be found HER…
 
Leroy Logan is the UK's most highly decorated and well known black police officer. He is the founding member of the Black Police Association. He is the author of "Closing Ranks", which detailed his time as a senior police officer in London. In "Red White and Blue", the dramatised version of his story directed by Steve McQueen, Logan was played by t…
 
Dolly Waddell is a mentor for individuals and a coach for organisations and teams. She is a veritable whirlwind of positive ideas, practical steps and encouragement, especially when it comes to developing female leaders. You can find out more about her work HERE. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support us …
 
Virginia Linzee and Andrea Lippke join the Tent for the second part of a deep discussion around abortion, adoption and raising Down Syndrome children. More about Andrea Lippke and her work can be found HERE. More about Virginia Linzee and her work can be found HERE and HERE Virgina has supplied the following notes of her research. Scroll to the end…
 
Virginia Linzee and Andrea Lippke join the Tent for part one of a deep discussion around abortion, adoption and raising Down Syndrome children. More about Andrea Lippke and her work can be found HERE. More about Virginia Linzee and her work can be found HERE and HERE Virgina has supplied the following notes of her research. Scroll to the end for a …
 
Ben Richards BSc, PhD is an expert in paleoclimate and climate change. He is a leader in YWAM England and instigator of YWAM's COP26 outreach SteeringGroup. He has lived and worked all over the world and is currently based in London. For more information Ben recommends: -Tearfund info sheet: HERE -Atmospheric Scientist Katharine Hayhoe: HERE -For s…
 
The Revd. Dr. Myron Penner is a scholar priest and the author of the provocative book "The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness In A Postmodern Context". You can find out more about him and his book HERE and HERE. More about the Tent Summer School HERE Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support us by becomin…
 
Tom Millay is a leading scholar of Kierkegaard, an opponent of nationalism and a pastor in a deeply patriotic part of the world. He's also intellectually generous, charming and kind. Bonus! Tom's talks and sermons are HERE and his book "You Must Change Your Life" can be found HERE More about the Tent Summer School HERE Has anything we make been int…
 
Songwriter and musician Lucy Grimble joins the Tent to talk about the politics of praise music, playing to the crowd, and sharing the stage with people with whom you disagree while keeping integrity, grace and hope! Watch the video for Lucy's song "Still I Will Praise" (featuring Bianca Rose) HERE You can discover more about Lucy and her music HERE…
 
The country has usurped holiness. There is no true power in patriotism. The second of a two-part talk on Justice, Love and the Imaginary Nation. The lecture was originally given for the Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice, an online course accredited by the Institute of Religion, Peace and Justice at St Stephen's University, New Brunswick. I…
 
Ross Lawhead is an author and illustrator (The Ancient Earth Trilogy, !Hero, The Death of Godman) and he joins us in the tent to discuss The Myth of Redemptive Violence and to help us ponder how to begin telling better stories. With Die Hard as our origin story, we dissect the surprisingly troubling Back to the Future, and parse out why the recent …
 
Nations are incapable of real justice. Patriotism is incapable of real love. The first of a two-part talk. The lecture was originally given for the Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice, an online course accredited by the Institute of Religion, Peace and Justice at St Stephen's University, New Brunswick. It is reproduced here with permission. …
 
Richard Beck is the kindest, wisest person you will hear today. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He is a celebrated teacher and author of a number of works, including Unclean, Reviving Old Scratch and The Slavery of Death. His new book Hunting Magic Eels: Recovering an Enchanted Faith in a S…
 
Meekness? Powerlessness? How does this work for people who do not live and move in spheres of privilege? Priest, teacher and youth advocate Natasha Beckles does NOT want Christianity to be a religion of cringing worms. She pushes back at some of the stuff she has heard on this podcast, and a great conversation ensues! Natasha works HERE. More about…
 
Tobias Jones is no stranger to bestseller lists and best-of-year reviews. He writes books: investigative journalism, current events and fiction, as well as chronicles of his adventures in community living. There are few people who have thought as deeply, or written as well, about human cultures and movements and the hidden powers that govern our pr…
 
Elizabeth Oldfield is the Director of the think tank Theos and the host of The Sacred, a podcast which attracts an astonishing array of diverse people to talk about what they hold sacred in life. More about Elizabeth and her work can be found HERE Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support us by becoming a Fe…
 
Shane Claiborne heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Amongst other things we talk about nationalism, capital punishment and his project turning guns into gardening tools. You can find out more about Shane HERE. Read, sign, and endorse Christians Against Christian Nat…
 
Graham Singh is the founder of director of the Trinity Centres Foundation, an exciting venture bringing new communities to life through their old religious buildings. He is also the rector of St. Jax, an Anglican Church in the heart of Montreal, and a friend to Tent Theology. Indeed, you cannot find an older friend. Fun fact: he made up the name! Y…
 
Steve Bell is a singer, songwriter, poet, teacher and a living legend in the music industry. He joins the Tent to talk about making beautiful things during an ugly time, rediscovering the gospel, and what he did (and did not) learn from protest folk rocker Bruce Cockburn. We also talk about the political theology running throughout his latest album…
 
For people obsessed with spiritual warfare, they are crucial concepts. But have you ever noticed how deeply political demons, angels, Satan and the Sons of God are? Now you will. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support us by becoming a Fellow Traveller on our Patreon page HERE.…
 
Guli Francis-Dehqani is the Bishop of Chelmsford and the first ever Bishop for Housing in the Anglican Church. She is a priest, a theologian and a leading advocate for displaced persons, refugees and migrants, herself having been forced to flee her own native land following the Iranian Revolution in 1979. You can find out more about her work and li…
 
Jesus told his disciples to buy a sword, so clearly that means his followers should amass handguns, stand their ground and drop nuclear bombs. Right? Time to take a look again at Luke 22. For information on 'The Sermon on the Mount' Tent Spring School see HERE or email info@tenttheology.com Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful …
 
Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is a best-selling and award-winning author, having written or edited more than twenty-five books. He directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. A twelve-time Faculty Award-winning professor…
 
Friend of the show Justin Barringer ("The Business of War") comes back to the Tent to help us address common questions which arise whenever anyone tries to tell Christians about Jesus. You can find out more info about Justin and his books at: http://www.rogueminister.org/ For information on 'The Sermon on the Mount' Tent Spring School see HERE or e…
 
Dr. Melody Green is the Dean of Urbana Theological Seminary and Assistant Professor of Christianity and Culture, where she often teaches courses on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or the Inklings. She joins the podcast today to discuss the political dimensions of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, especially within The Lord of the Rings. You can find our more abou…
 
'Love your enemies' is not hard to understand but it is hard to do. The first of a series of sessions considering lethal and non-lethal violence and the mental gymnastics Christians go through to enthusiastically exempt themselves from the way of Christ. For information on 'The Sermon on the Mount' Tent Spring School see HERE or email info@tenttheo…
 
Archbishop Justin joins the Tent to talk about the powerful force of the NIMBY, the gospel of good neighbourhoods and what he says when people query whether a guy who lives in a palace can comment on the housing crisis. More about the Archbishop's Commission on Housing, Church and Community HERE. For information on 'The Sermon on the Mount' Tent Sp…
 
Dr Graham Tomlin is the Bishop of Kensington and a commissioner for the Archbishop's Commission on Housing, Church and Community, which can be found HERE. Graham's latest book "Why Being Yourself is a Bad Idea" can be found HERE For information on 'The Sermon on the Mount' Tent Spring School see HERE or email info@tenttheology.com Has anything we m…
 
Brian has been a pastor longer than he has been an adult. He is the author of many brilliant books and is a leading light in the movement away from American Christian Nationalism. He joins the Tent to talk about his life, work, and the recent movie made about his book 'Postcards From Babylon'. More about Brian HERE and you can watch 'Postcards From…
 
Kathi and David Peters are Americans who grew up with impeccable conservative christian pedigrees. Yet somewhere along the line the wheels fell off their patriotic evangelical wagon and they had to learn a new Way. They are filmmakers and their latest work is "Postcards from Babylon", a documentary based on the book of the same name by Brian Zahnd.…
 
Revd Dr Sharon Prentis is all about enriching the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. She joins the Tent to talk about the state of theological education, recruiting and training clergy from all walks of life, and how to set spaces to talk about race and ethnicity within our church circles. She wants us create places of peace, not just for o…
 
The second series of Followers of the Way launches with a look at the politics of prophecy, speaking truth to power and telling itching ears what they want to hear. And just what is the testimony of Jesus that is the spirit of prophecy, anyway? We are able to make a second season thanks to our patrons. You too can become a Fellow Traveller on our P…
 
“Most people come to rough areas to ‘bring Jesus to the poor’ and then they are distressed to discover that he is already there and the poor already know him!” Aaron is the most culturally aware and widely read person you’ll hear this year. He is smart and kind and writes beautiful books of his own. He is co-national director of 24-7 Prayer Canada …
 
“The Evangelical movement right now is like a cruise liner that has been hit by a bunch of torpedoes.” Political theologian Vincent Bacote wants to be part of a movement that not only proclaims good news, it performs good news. Stephen sits down with Vince to be schooled in the ways of the politician and theologian Abraham Kuyper. We find out what …
 
Putting the "theology" back into political theology with Lucy Peppiatt! Dr Peppiatt is the Principal of Westminster Theological Centre. She joins the Tent to talk with Stephen about all sorts of good things, including ways that trinitarian theology does and does not help us think about society and politics. You can find out more about Lucy, her tea…
 
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