Back in 2009, a few friends began meeting to eat, drink and talk about how they liked Jesus but were increasingly uncomfortable 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 key 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, Steve Chalke, 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.
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 experiments in online community, and reconstructing worship with monthly devotionals that mix together music, songs, prayers, readings and guest reflections. All of which can be found on 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 the 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!”