matt wilson :: 1.4

matt wilson

we talk with matt wilson this week, who heads up the message trust, in manchester, england – along with Andy Hawthorne – the original founder and visionary. wilson is also the author of “eden:called to the streets” and is an active blogger at faithscape21.blogspot.com.

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dave mcham :: 1.3

dave mcham

this week we talk to Dave McHam who has been working and dreaming to start an after school program for the youth of Waxahachie, Texas. in the midst of his dreaming and planning God has called him to a slightly different ministry in Waco, Texas – 60 miles south of Waxahachie.

music :: thanks to EMI Records for providing the music and CD giveaway for this episode. be sure and listen to find out how you can win your own copy of Shawn McDonald’s new CD, Roots.

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the light has come

From Pagan Christianity?:

“The Primitive Church had no New Testament, not thoughtout theology, no stereotyped traditions. The men who took Christianity to the Gentile world had no special training, only a great experience – in which ‘all maxims and philosophies were reduced to the simple task of walking in the light since the light had come.”

– B.H. Streeter, 20th century English theologian and biblical scholar.

may we each learn to walk in the light of Christ.

chad crawford :: 1.2

Chad Crawford

wow! a full day early!

in this episode Jonathan talks with Chad Crawford, youth pastor, blogger and a host of Homebrewed Christianity. Chad talks about his journey thus far, including how 9/11 and the Iraq war has shaped his theology, hiking the Appalachian Trail and sustainability within communities. also, Thomas and Jonathan say the word definitely more than just a few times.

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((deep)) :: 1.1

Deep Glasgow, Scotland
Deep Glasgow, Scotland

This episode (our first official episode – YEAH!) we discuss a new emergent community building near Thomas, Pagan Christianity and hear stories from ((deep)), a unique church gathering that Thomas heads up at his church in Glasgow, Scotland.

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My creed

Thought I’d share this with the Something Beautiful community.

This has become a bit of a personal creed for me. Not as strong as the Apostles Creed or other important creeds of our faith – but it’s something that’s begun to drive me and lead me each day (especially at work).

imagine if suddenly…
rather than seeking revenge, you sought reconciliation
rather than repaying violence with violence, you sought creative transforming nonviolent alternatives
rather than focusing on external conformity to moral codes, you were internally transformed by love
rather than loving insiders and hating outsiders, you welcomed outsiders into a new “us” and “we”
rather than anxiety about money or security or pleasure, you trusted ourselves to the care of God
rather than living for wealth, you lived for God who loves all people, including our enemies
rather than hating our enemies and competitors, you loved them and did unto them not as they have done unto you – or before they do unto you – but as you wish they would do for you

What creeds or verses or thoughts challenge you and help move your forward each and every day?

Something Beautiful :: 052208 (beta)

The initial podcast for Something Beautiful.
Jonathan and Thomas talk through their dreams and vision for the Something Beautiful Podcast.

Music by Moby, Jonah Dempcy, Fleet Foxes, Great Lake Swimmers, Flobots

Click here to view a photo of the sculpture Jonathan mentions during the podcast.