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In light of current events, we are re-releasing the conversation Stephen had with Virginia Linzee and Andrea Lippke in August 2021 about Abortion, Adoption and Down Syndrome. This is the second of a two part conversation. LifeUni can be found HERE. Download more Tent Courses and Resources HERE. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruit…
 
In light of current events, we are re-releasing the conversation Stephen had with Virginia Linzee and Andrea Lippke in August 2021 about Abortion, Adoption and Down Syndrome. This is the first of a two part conversation. LifeUni can be found HERE. Download more Tent Courses and Resources HERE. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitf…
 
Don't judge and don't throw pearls to swine. We explore Matthew 7:1-6 in today's episode on the Sermon on the Mount! Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for allowing us to release these recordings. You can find out more about them HERE. LifeUni can be found HERE. Download more Tent Courses and Resources HERE. Has anything we m…
 
Natasha Beckles sits down with Natalia-Nana, who is a specialist in equity, diversity, inclusion and liberation. They discuss incarnation, the bible and the church, misogynoir and Child Q, as well as their wider work in EDIL, decolonisation and anti-racism and the task advising organisations and supporting leadership in hosting Safe Spaces for Peop…
 
The tenth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew 6:25-34. We have created a culture of all-pervasive fear, anxiety, and dread about "having enough." How might the way of Jesus help us escape the madness? Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for allowing us to release these recordings. You can find out more about t…
 
Dr Curtis Holtzen is a professor of philosophy and theology at Hope International University in California. As well as his most recent book The God Who Trusts, he is the coeditor of Connecting Faith and Science: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries, In Spirit and In Truth: Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship, and By Faith and Reason…
 
In light of recent and apparently perennial gun violence in America we have decided to re-issue a previous Tent Talk on Buying Swords in Luke 22 from episode 45. Other Tent episodes on this topic include: 3. What About War 5. Culture Warriors 11. Romans 13 41. Violence 43. More Violence (with Justin Bronson Barringer) 50. Shane Claiborne 103. Turn …
 
The ninth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. Wealth vs Riches in Matthew 6:19-24. How do we come to terms with the fact that the god of money has shaped us much more than the God of mercy, the God of grace, the God of forgiveness? Here's the thing about gods: they always demand a sacrifice. Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Ch…
 
Prof. Norman Wirzba is a leading figure in the field of fields. He cares about farming, food, our connected lives and the justice that is inherent in living at peace with the land. Along with frequent collaborators such as Wendell Berry, Robert MacFarlane and others, Norman thinks deeply about the Anthropocene - our current age of significant human…
 
The eighth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. Has the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:7-15 become old hat? What if we were meant to know God's will as we pray through it daily, but understanding God's will is far more straightforward and right in front of our faces than we realized? And finally, how might we see parallels between Jesus's temptation…
 
A Tent Talks first. Listen and lean in, as we are joined by the ground-breaking womanist theologian - the Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas. She is in conversation with our previous tent talk guest and theologian, Dr Selina Stone, and our host Reverend Natasha Beckles. They engage in a rare, rich transatlantic conversation exploring eschatology…
 
The seventh of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. The call to perfection in Matthew 5:48-6:9 and 6:16-18 is often taught as impossible, thus giving licence to Christians to ignore and even despise the Way of Jesus as irrelevant to their gleeful embrace of power, violence and nationalism. We take a closer look... Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper t…
 
You can find out more about the YoHo journals and purchase a copy of Rotten Institutions HERE. Use promo code TENT10 for a ten percent discount. More about Linda Woodhead HERE. More about Eve Poole HERE. 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.…
 
Stephanie Drury is the founder of stuffchristianculturelikes, the go-to site for anyone who if they did not laugh would rage. Underneath the wicked humour and sharp insight is the deeper work of binding up the broken hearted and setting the captives free, especially women harmed by evangelical culture. Stephanie joins the Tent to talk about being t…
 
The sixth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew 5:38-48, Stephen discusses how turning the other cheek is not "doing nothing," but is instead a way of resisting violence and giving the violent a new way to see reality. The way of Jesus does not allow us to take a human life to solve a problem, no matter how logical that solution may …
 
Sara Billups is a breath of fresh air. She is smart, funny and kind, and has lived a varied and interesting life. She is a Seattle-based writer seeking a deeper faith in our complicated world. She's been the only Christian in the room in creative spaces in the city, but of late has also found herself increasingly alienated from culturally dominant …
 
The fifth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. Should followers of Jesus swear oaths and pledges of allegiance? What if it is to the Queen or to the bishop as an act of obedience? Stephen weighs in on what Jesus has to say on the matter as we focus on Matthew 5:33-37. Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for allowing us to r…
 
Chris Marchand is an Anglican priest and church music leader from Peoria, Illinois in the USA. He also teaches history and literature classes at Schole Academy, an online Classical Christian school. He has just released Gentle Spacemakers an album of the music he's written for the Tent Talks podcast (which also includes the theme song for The Hyphe…
 
The fourth of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. In this episode we focus on Matthew 5:27-32 and Jesus's teachings on lust and adultery. In this passage we see that the heart of Jesus's message was a concern about broken relationships, that sin is always a communal event, and that seemingly harsh teachings like this one were about protecting our …
 
An extra episode offering some reflections on the war in Ukraine and the Way of Jesus in response to listener questions. Gracie and Bob Ekblad's writing and work can be found HERE. Tearfund is HERE. Red Letter Christians are HERE. Christian Peacemaker Teams are HERE.Tent
 
Dr Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College in London. Her doctorate was on ‘Holy Spirit, Holy Bodies?: Pentecostalism, Pneumatology and the Politics of Embodiment’. Dr Stone’s research and teaching focus on the themes of politics, power and social justice, which she began exploring as a practitioner while working as a …
 
The third of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. In this episode we focus on Matthew 5:17-26 and discuss how Christ himself fulfills the law, how we can apply the difficult to translate word "raca" to how we treat each other, and what we can learn from Jesus's reference to "Gehenna." Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for al…
 
Mohammed Girma is a Christian scholar and advocate who works all over the world in peacemaking and leadership development, He is a lecturer at the University of Roehampton in London and international advocacy officer at the International Bible Advocacy Centre. Girma has held visiting research and lecture positions at the London School of Theology, …
 
The second of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. In this episode we look at The Beatitudes and the beginning of the Sermon from Matthew 5:1-16. Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for allowing us to release these recordings! Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support us by becoming a F…
 
Jared Byas is the co-host of The Bible For Normal People podcast and the author of Love Matters More. But we hardly talk about any of those things and instead get stuck into a conversation about power, authenticity, and staying positive in a toxic world! Nietzsche gets name-dropped and Kierkegaard makes an appearance or three. You can find Jared's …
 
The first of a series on the Sermon on the Mount. In this episode we look at the beginning and the end of the Sermon, as well as Matthew 4 which sets the context. Thanks to Jon and the Dig Deeper team of St Luke's Church for allowing us to release these recordings! Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for you? You can support u…
 
Carolyn Mackie, researcher and academic, is an expert on the connections between Incarnation and anthropology in the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. She joins the Tent to discuss one of her latest published pieces: an exploration of how Kierkegaard's attack on 19th c. Danish Christendom and the post-holocaust writing of the German Hannah Arendt can …
 
Dr Jason Byassee is a wise, funny and kind man who knows a thing or two about a thing or two, especially when it comes to the future of old institutions and being a Follower in this present age. He is a professor at the Vancouver School of Theology, a prolific author and the editor of one of Tent's very favourite books! You can find all you need to…
 
Lisa Sharon Harper is an activist, speaker and prolific, award winning author who joins the Tent to talk about her latest, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and the World and How to Repair It All. You can find out more about Lisa and her work, and more about how to order "Fortune" HERE. Has anything we make been interesting, useful or fruitful for …
 
Mark Charles is the son of a Navajo father and a Dutch-American mother. He is an activist, speaker, and author on Native American issues. In 2019, Mark published "Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery" with co-author Prof. Soong-Chan Rah. In 2020 he was an independent candidate for President of the United …
 
You can stream or purchase a high quality version of the song at Chris's Bandcamp page or purchase his Christmas EP from 2020 (which also includes the song). 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.Tent
 
The full video for "I moved from one South Africa to another" can be found HERE Common Hymnal is HERE More about Naomi Tutu HERE 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.Nomtombi Naomi Tutu, Malcom du Plessis
 
The video for the song "215" can be found here, which features numerous Canadian musicians, including Steve Bell, a former guest on the podcast. You can discover Brian's music through any streaming platform or purchase it directly through his website. You can find out more info about Cheryl Bear, who co-wrote the song with Brian, on her website. Ha…
 
Chris's talk is in part based on his book Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: A guide for churches and families, which can be purchased through most book outlets. Chris has also released a couple of albums of Christmas music, one electronic instrumental and one more traditional. This is the first of two episodes on resting at Christmas, The secon…
 
Magical thinking has not disappeared from the modern political imagination. Politics is not called the ‘dark arts’ for nothing. Wherever one finds groups and individuals intent on forcing their agenda through the system, silencing their opponents, or decimating their foes with lethal violence, one finds shades of black magic. In service of getting …
 
Danielle Strickland is well known to many listeners of Tent and friend to many friends of the show. We talk about building tiny homes, dealing with the principality of the nuclear family, bursting celebrity bubbles, and how the politics of power affects men and women differently. Lots of Good stuff here for people learning to live well in a world t…
 
We interrupt regular programming while Stephen responds to listener questions about Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Poppies, and memorialising war. Most of the Tent theology and bible teaching will touch on matters of war, violence and peace in some way. Most of the guests on the programme are also committed to non-violence as a way of life and thou…
 
"Love in action is listening to understand, not to react." Long time listeners to Tent will know Sean McCoy as a friend, inspiration and occasional co-host of the show. His daughters can be heard beginning and ending every episode. Sean hails from Texas, has served time in the armed services and the oil and gas industry, has been a proud patriot an…
 
New Testament scholar Scot McKnight and his daughter Laura Barringer join the Tent to discuss their book A Church Called Tov. Though it initially focuses on toxic church environments, abusive church leaders, and the people who enable them, the book is primarily a call for our communities to be transformed into families devoted to goodness as we see…
 
Dr. Chris Green thinks more deeply and more wonderfully on race, justice and pentecostalism than anyone you know. He is a prolific author and professor of Public Theology at Southeastern University. Rev. Kenneth Tanner is a priest, theologian, wise guide and kind colleague to many friends of Tent (including amongst others Brad Jersak and Brian Zahn…
 
Terry M. Wildman (Ojibwe and Yaqui) is the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the brilliant First Nations Version of the New Testament. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity. He is also the founder of Rain Ministries and has previously served as a pastor and worship lea…
 
Friend of the show Brad Jersak joins the Tent to talk about his 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 of extra g…
 
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 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 theological institutio…
 
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 …
 
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