ian adams :: 3.45

ian adams

ian adams is a writer, mentor, teacher and artist working with themes of community, culture, and spirituality. based in south devon, england. he heads up a number of pace bene projects which aim to bring peace and well-being to the world, local and global, and is a a director of StillPoint which encourages people to explore spiritual practise and wisdom rooted in the Christian mystical and contemplative traditions.


ian adams’ website
in the belly of the big fish
the still point
the see change
Cave, Refectory, Road: Monastic rhythms for reshaping christianity
fresh expressions


ben thomas

Addition by Adoption: Kids, Causes & 140 Characters

Addition by Adoption

Love, laughter and lunacy in 140 characters.

by Kevin D Hendricks

A work-at-home dad turns to Twitter to share updates about kids, causes and life.

It’s a curated selection of bizarre quotes, funny stories and temper tantrums. Woven between potty-training woes and breakfast time songs is a family growing through adoption and learning how to change the world, one status update at a time.

You’ll find humor, parental commiseration and life-changing wonder mixed into a quick and compelling read.

Available from Amazon.com on May 11 for $9.99.

Pre-Order April 13-20:

Addition by Adoption will be available for pre-order from April 13-20 only. Why pre-order? Glad you asked:

  • It’s cheaper. The pre-order price is $12.99 and shipping is included. Because the shipping is included it’s ultimately cheaper than the official version will be (the book will cost $13.98 with basic shipping from Amazon).
  • More money to charity. Twice as much money will go to charity: water. Score.
  • It’s autographed. Each pre-order copy will be signed by Lexi, my 4-year-old daughter and star of much of the book. Bonus.
  • Get it early. You’ll receive pre-order copies 2-3 weeks after ordering (depending on shipping and printing times), but likely before the official launch.

Pre-order now!

Mandatory FCC disclaimer: each of the sbpodcast hosts were given a digital pre-release copy of this book for review and the advertising of the book on this site has been donated.

gerry hanan :: 3.12

this week we talk with Gerry Hanan. Hanan grew up in Ireland where his dad owned a toy shop and he went to the same school as U2. that wasn’t enough adventure for him though so he now lives with his wife and kids in Austin, Texas, where the weather is better. he spends his time shooting fashion and beauty photographs, walking his dog and having adventures in prayer.

related ::
hanan’s website
hanan on twitter

music ::
apathy edge – wake up restart
so elated – unnamed

william stanger :: 3.6

this week Thomas talks with William Stanger: Follower of Christ, husband, father, book lover, music fanatic, movie and coffee addict, part-time blogger, sports enthusiast (mainly watching!), exiled Scotsman on the verge of applying for Canadian citizenship who works for the Salvation Army.


william’s blog – Two weeks from everywhere

william’s flickr 365/2010

william on Twitter

on last.fm, LibraryThing, 43Things, blip.fm, and flickr william is ‘wcs53’

skype: wcstanger

william on Facebook


Ulrich Schnauss – Shine (MINT Remix)

Z-arc – Theta Sigma (Remix)

both on the album Intelligent Toys 5

goosebumps & justice (advent reflections) :: 2.45


this week we get our wives involved in our advent reflections :: goosebumps & justice.

we hope you take the time to listen but even more — reflect in silence — the birth of the King of Light, Justice, Peace, Word and Love.

what does it mean to you this year? what do you think it met to the people of Israel roughly 2,000 years ago? how will it affect you tomorrow?

related ::
laurie’s blog
laurie on twitter
olwyn on facebook
avril’s blog
avril on twitter
download the script

music ::
so elated – zechariah and the least expected places
sojourn – o come, o come emmanuel
adeline – the peasant king
so elated – come thou long expected jesus
sojourn – let justice roll (live)
shawn mcdonald – hallelujah

emma boyd :: 2.20


stewart brings us another great interview this week, chatting with emma boyd, a gap year worker with christian aid in the UK, a photographer and an activist for the protection of children and specifically the invisible children of uganda.

related ::
emma’s photography
emma’s blog
emma on twitter
emma on flickr
christian aid
fields of life
invisible children
audio boo

music ::
church of the beloved – do not be afraid
brian lee and his orchestra – just got off a train
matt papa – where is the difference

ron buford :: 2.6


this week we talk with Ron Buford, the man who envisioned the controversial United Church of Christ’s God is Still Speaking campaign.

Ron talks about his own journey back to church, some of the things he has discovered along the way and what he’s doing in the UK working with the United Reformed Church.

Ron’s identity-building project at the UCC married progressive theology with old-fashioned business savvy – walking proof that faith and enterprise can co-exist in a healthy, fruitful tension. Ron’s work also demonstrates ways that other non-profit organizations can employ out-of-the box approaches to get more than their often-limited dollars can buy when they overcome what noted author; Edwin Friedman called “a failure of nerve.”

Ron brings public relations and marketing experience from such companies as CIGNA, AT&T and Blue Cross. He also has worked with several large hospitals across the US.

Ron loves to try his hand at new things and tough challenges. He had his own start-up dot com company that was covered by Business Week, Newsweek, and hundreds of publications. Business Week called his invention of the electronic safe-deposit box “a development to watch.” Although operating on a shoestring budget and a small staff, the start-up managed to acquire clients in all 50 states, Canada, Europe and Japan and formed alliances with some large companies. It was an idea well ahead of its time.

Ron devised the blueprint for the UCC’s “God is still speaking,” campaign in collaboration with Randy Varcho, graphic designer. Buford had been a member of the UCC for more than a decade when he came back to his native hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, to work at the church’s national offices. Laboring “under the radar,” he saw that the denomination had an identity problem: the church’s rich progressive history – its defense of the Amistad slave-ship rebels in the 1830s, its leadership in the abolitionist and civil rights movements, its groundbreaking decisions to ordain African Americans, Native Americans, women, LGBT persons and so many others was too often unknown to UCC members and by the general public. The Stillspeaking Initiative launched a movement within the UCC to claim its history, heritage, and core values, walking boldly toward the future, with the assurance . . . God is still speaking,

“As a church that often speaks to the head,” says Buford, “we needed to use more of our emotional intelligence and also speaks to the heart. People needed to fall in love with their church again.”

as usual we’d love to hear your thoughts on what Ron says so get in touch or leave a comment!

United Church of Christ (USA)
United Church of Christ on Twitter
United Reformed Church (UK)

gundonark – Faith
gundonark – Hope

tribes pt.1 :: 1.22

happy reformation day!

this week, Thomas talks with Stewart Cutler and they review and discuss Seth Godin’s new book, Tribes. the book focuses on marketing and leadership and both Stewart and Thomas think the church as a whole can learn some very relevant things from the book.

related ::
listen to Seth speak on the topic
FREE companion PDF with case studies
Tribes Q&A
stewart cutler blogs about tribes

music ::
dave andrews – jesus for prime minister
brioskj – dawn of a wonderful day
psalters – wayfaring stranger
j skywalker – jesus for president