The problem of evil is a great topic for discussion; I’ve spent many hours debating it with friends. But when you actually encounter evil our abstract theories tend to dissolve quite quickly. In many ways,…

Dave Tomlinson is an interesting character. Fundamentalist background, to international leader in the House Church movement, to experimenter in emerging church, author of the influential ‘The Post-Evangelical’, to ordained minister in the Anglican Church. It’s…

Alister McGrath clearly loves apologetics, and so did I. The cut-and-thrust of defending the faith, the hours spent wrestling with life’s mysteries and condensing them down into easily memorisable sound bites (I found it helped…

Sara Miles was a hardened, skeptical atheist. Then one day out of idle curiosity she wandered into a Church, had a bite of bread and a sip of wine and God came crashing into her…

Carl Medearis’s book really resonated with me, and articulated what I’d been feeling and experiencing working as a pioneer in Nottingham. Good communication is not so much about what you say, but what people hear….

I suspect John Polkinghorne is the most educated guest to appear on the podcast (and the first ‘Sir’). So he seemed like the right person to speak to for some answers on life, the universe…

It’s Steve Hollinghurst’s turn to be interviewed on Nomad Podcast this month. Steve is the Researcher in Evangelism to Post-Christian Culture, at the Sheffield Centre in the UK. He describes this role as ‘finding out…

‘We are in a war between dullness and astonishment. The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality or school prayer. The critical…

I recently read the Mental Health Foundation’s report The Lonely Society? It suggests that young adults are the loneliest age group in our society. For example, nearly 60% of those aged between 18 to 34…

A friend sent me the following article, which was written for the weekly notice sheet at his parent’s Methodist church. What’s interesting about it is it wasn’t written by a young, radical, missional thinker, but…

The sort of interviews I really enjoy doing on Nomad podcast are with those people who have deeply reflected on the nature of church and mission in their cultural context, and who are actually living…

On this month’s podcast Nick had a chat with Steve Timmis, one of the founding leaders of the Crowded House Network. Steve has helped form a network of local Christian groups which he describes as…

When I started out on this journey of thinking through what Christian community and mission means in my context, I found myself becoming increasingly critical of ‘traditionally structured’ church (and on many occasions, with good…

Frank Viola is proposing that we adopt the model of church described in the New Testament. He’s summarised this as a ‘grassroots experience that is marked by face-to-face community, every-member functioning, open participatory meetings (as…

It was really inspiring interviewing Mark Stibbe for this month’s podcast, and hearing him talk about how he and Andrew Williams courageously restructured their mega-church into small missional communities. One of the things that struck…

One of the things that concerned me about taking Christian community more seriously was the time commitment. How could I fit it in to my already packed schedule? Balancing church commitments, work, family, friends and…

Listening to Nick talk, on the latest episode of Nomad, about how his understanding of church and mission has developed over the years, reminded me of the importance of geographical proximity.

‘Third place’ is a term used by sociologists to refer to social surroundings other than the two usual social environments where we spend most of our time, the home (‘first place’) and work (‘second place’)….

One of the main points we discussed on the podcast was the idea of the grand-narrative (the big-story) of the Bible. My experience in Church has been that at best I’ve been taught a book…

Over the last few years Nick and I (Tim) have spent many hours wrestling with thoughts of what it means for us to express our Christian faith as part of a community (and drinking a lot of tea and eating many a toasted sandwich). This has naturally led us onto thoughts of how such a community might join God in his plan to bring new creative life to the area in which we live. We both recently got married (to Lora and Hannah) and now all of us are starting to think more seriously about the sort of life God might be calling us to (and have progressed to drinking wine, and eating olives and hummus).