Back in January 2009, a few friends began meeting to eat, drink and talk about how they liked Jesus but were increasingly frustrated with organised 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 leading Christian thinkers and activists 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 2.0 was born!
Every couple of weeks, Tim and Dave pooled their theological naiveté and blundered through interviews with the likes of Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Greg Boyd, Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Krista Tippett, Rowan Williams and Tom Wright. Why? Well, Tim and Dave liked travelling, skyping and namedropping! But they also hoped these chats would be thought-provoking for others, too.
And slowly, Tim and Dave began to realise that people were indeed finding their conversations thought-provoking. So they began to venture out from behind their mics to meet the Beloved Listeners, with a number of mini-gatherings, and a weekend extravaganza.
Then in 2017, the pressures of being the most popular progressive Christian interview podcast in the Nottingham area (it’s not a very big area!) got to Dave, and he decided to step down. And friend of Nomad Podcast David Benjamin Blower stepped into the fray.
With the emergence of Nomad 3.0 came an experiment in online community, an attempt to reconstruct worship with monthly Devotionals, and an opportunity to do theology together through Nomad’s Book Club. All of which can be accessed through Nomad’s Patreon page. But still at the heart of Nomad can be found a twice-monthly podcast, through which we ask real questions and enjoy honest conversation as together we search for signs of hope in this post-Christendom wilderness.
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!”