Back in 2009, a few friends began meeting to eat, drink and talk about how they liked Jesus but disliked religion. So they moved onto the same street and spent time connecting with neighbours and creatively sharing their faith. They also began recording their conversations and inviting key Christian thinkers and practitioners worldwide to join them. Nomad Podcast was born!
After two and a half years of podcasting, the others decided they had better things to do. Tim however realised he didn’t have anything better to do. He then bumped into Dave, a likeminded thinker, also at a loose end. Nomad Podcast was reborn!
Every couple of weeks, Tim and Dave pool their theological naiveté and blunder through interviews with the likes of Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Greg Boyd, Steve Chalke, Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Krista Tippett, Rowan Williams and Tom Wright.
Why? Well, Tim and Dave like travelling, skyping and namedropping! But they also hope these chats will be thought-provoking for others, too. There’s no theological agenda. Nor are they expecting anyone to agree — indeed, they usually disagree with each other and themselves! It’s simply about asking real questions and enjoying honest conversation about mission, community and the future of the church.
But the story doesn’t end there. Tim and Dave soon realised that theological cut-and-thrust alone is not enough, so Nomad Spirituality emerged. Every now and then, they invite wise women and men to lead their listeners in a spirit-enriching meditation. Along with Nomad Extra, where handpicked guests reflect on current events, and Nomad Journey, where Tim and Dave witter on about their own experiences of pioneering and podcasting, the Nomad portfolio is complete.
So how would we sum up Nomad Podcast? Well, as one listener tweeted: “They’re not the most with-it bunch of guys, but great guests and topics!”