Mid-faith Crisis

A podcast for every Christian who has ever asked ‘Is that it?’ Mid-faith Crisis explores the Christian faith with honesty and humour. If you feel that you have more questions than answers, if you feel as though your faith is changing, if you feel that if the worship leader sings that chorus one more time you will strangle him with his own guitar strap, then this is the podcast for you. Warning. Contains traces of theology and occasional innuendo.

0:00 2021-11-27
There seem to be a lot of trigger words in this week's podcast, some quite surprising. Mainly we talk about discipleship and whether trying to be like Christ is really setting the bar too high. As well as discussing what has helped us move towards Christl...
0:00 2021-11-20
More about how we approach our difficulties reading the Bible and the need to learn to live with uncertainty and mystery. Then we talk about what we can learn from our children during the mid-faith crisis and how their naïveté is a thing to be cherished...
0:00 2021-11-13
Is there any point going to church if it’s just going to add to our cognitive dissonance? We explore the idea of putting a bit of space into the relationship and the need to ensure that, if we walk away, we are walking towards something helpful. We also...
0:00 2021-11-06
We were both a bit tired in this one. But before our batteries gave out entirely, we talked about how the wrong ways of reading the Bible can sometimes be the right ways, how it’s really important to ask why you decided to follow Jesus in the first plac...
0:00 2021-10-30
Author Matt Hyam talks about how justice lies at the very heart of the gospel – and how Jesus' message is an invitation to experience the life of the age to come. Lots of thought-provoking, and even eye-opening stuff. (Sorry about the sound quality with...
0:00 2021-10-23
It's a rather odd episode this week covering a bewildering range of topics, including Christian hairstyles, the Euthyphro dilemma, pluralistic ignorance, the unusual Christian fairytale of the Emperor's old clothes and whether hibernation should be an opt...
0:00 2021-10-16
Yes! It’s the fifth anniversary of Japan’s 12th most-listened to Christian podcast. A big 'thank you' to everyone who supports us. This week we talk about loads of stuff, including reframing our viewpoint, accepting problems and difficulties, the unhe...
0:00 2021-09-25
We talk about whether the stages of faith echo the stages of life. Is it possible to have your faith stage and your life stage out of sync? Does age bring wisdom and freedom? Also, some more on Genesis – do we place too much importance on this book? How...
0:00 2021-09-11
It’s our Genesis episode. Or the beginning of our Genesis episodes, perhaps. We talk about why Genesis has such influence and power, reading it as a story, the freedom of creation and how we might read it afresh today. Also, do we become like the gods w...
0:00 2021-09-04
All the 'P's this week as we talk about pensions, prayer, paradox, people, priests, providence, patience and perspective. We talk about how 'mystery' helps us rediscover practices we have previously rejected. And we discuss the stories we tell ourselves a...
0:00 2021-08-28
If we don't believe in an interventionist God then why are we still driven to pray about world events? Why, despite the questions and the difficulties of prayer, do we still find ourselves on our knees in the face of what's happening in the world? Plus th...
0:00 2021-08-21
Joe and Nick have been visiting lots of old churches, making one of us very happy. We discuss our different ideas of sacred spaces. Then tacklesome moving and challenging feedback – thank you for trusting us with your stories! Oh and there's a truly ang...
0:00 2021-08-14
An episode in which Nick explains his aversion to the idea of Celtic spirituality. Following on from last week's interview, we talk about whether new theologies have to appeal to ancient roots. Also we discuss ‘deep knowing’ and how we put it into act...
0:00 2021-08-07
We are joined by John Philip Newell, who talks about his new book Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul. In a wide-ranging interview, John Philip talks about the sacredness of the earth and of every human being, the concept of original sin, and giving expression to w...
0:00 2021-07-31
And we're back. Interesting questions in the feedback this week. Is there is a one-size-fits-all salvation? Are we good citizens of the Kingdom of God or are we yobs? Is church just a good behaviour club for the anxious middle classes? And how can we live...
0:00 2021-07-17
Among this week’s topics, we discuss renaming the Old Testament, speaking in tongues, and whether Joe is a druid. Also there is more feedback from the interview with Dave Tomlinson including ideas about original goodness as well as original sin, and the...
0:00 2021-07-03
Joe is back from holiday and has encountered a very angry version of the Lord’s Prayer. As well as the usual fascinating feedback, we talk about the interview with Dave Tomlinson, about the relationship between mid-faith crisis and rational enquiry, the...
0:00 2021-06-19
This week we have an interview with Dave Tomlinson. Dave talks about Christian humanism, our ‘common origin in goodness’, the importance of holding your nerve, the absolute importance of rational enquiry and the empathy of apes. So, lots of stuff, the...
0:00 2021-06-05
Nick’s been listening to God and God, appropriately enough, has been telling him to listen. So this week, helped by some great feedback on the power of deep listening, we talk more about spiritual direction, about the conviction that God is active and p...
0:00 2021-05-29
This week’s feedback leads us to think about whether church is like a running club, how to use our stories and memories as soul places, and how mid-faithers should read the Bible. We talk about reading big chunks quickly, and small chunks slowly. But ca...
0:00 2021-05-22
Joe has been traumatised by the dentist. Nick has had spiritual speech therapy. But apart from that we continue our discussion of soul places. What is it that makes something a soul place rather than just a ‘place’? Are there spiritual practices we ne...
0:00 2021-05-15
Nick is back and he’s been in lots of old churches. Joe is facing a highly invasive camera. We talk about whether God is all powerful and why churches need to be places where our souls find rest. Warning: contains inappropriately puerile humour. Like mo...
0:00 2021-05-01
This week we start with an email on prophecy from someone who may or may not be related to one of the hosts. Should you suggest that a ‘word’ from the Lord may not actually be accurate? We talk more about the terms we use for God, and discuss whether ...
0:00 2021-04-24
We have feedback from the Brian McLaren interview, which leads into a discussion about whether we should all go to more than one church. Do we need one, small community for our discipleship and a range of other places for our worship? Also we talk about k...
0:00 2021-04-17
In the second part, author Brian McLaren explores how doubt is a friend of faith, and how the Bible itself reflects the four stages of faith. Also, lots of great stuff about dealing with criticism and the challenges and difficulties of being teachers and ...
0:00 2021-04-10
The first of a two-part interview with author Brian McLaren talking about his new book, Faith After Doubt. Joe talks to Brian about four stages of faith: simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony and how these affect churches, leadership and even our...
0:00 2021-04-03
We reflect on the three acts of Easter - death, waiting, rebirth - and how this most profound of Christian festivals gives us permission to grieve and to celebrate. Also, is it better to go to church or to plant a wildflower meadow? And we invent the litu...
0:00 2021-03-27
This week we are joined by Dave Steell, Minister of One Church, Brighton, one of the most exciting and innovative churches in the UK. Dave talks about whether churches have a shadow side, why training baristas is good news and how ‘it’s not about heav...
0:00 2021-03-20
This week we delve into the feedback about the names we use for God. Is using different names just making God conform to our own images? Are we speculating above our theological paygrade? And, if culture eats strategy for breakfast, what does it have for ...
0:00 2021-03-13
Our 150th episode! And we pick up on the feedback about shopping, giving and whether tithing is a law, a burden or a cop out. Also, we talk about what it was that first gave you spiritual back ache, and Joe declares himself a one-man blessing machine. All...
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