Tony Jones :: 5.23

tony jones

This week we talk with theologian, author, blogger, Rev., Dr. Tony Jones.

Tony is the former National Coordinator of The Emergent Village and is now an adjunct professor at Andover Newton Theological School and Fuller Theological Seminary among other things.

Tony shares how he became involved in the emergent conversation in the late 1990s and how the emerging conversation has changed the Church today.

He also gives us some insight into how his latest project, Ordain Thyself, came about.

Related ::

Tony’s blog
Tony’s website
Ordain Thyself
JoPa Productions
The New Christian videos (featuring Trucker Frank)
Tony on Twitter
Tony on Facebook
Tony on G+

Music ::

Professor Hawthorne – Church Basement Roadshow Theme

jonathan merritt :: 5.19


When we last spoke with Jonathan Merritt, he talked about how God calls us to care for the environment. Now he’s back to tell us about his new book, ‘A Faith of Our Own,’ and how Christians should engage in politics without falling into partisanship.

related ::

jonathan’s website
jonathan on twitter

music ::

jes karper – third kind

elora nicole ramirez :: 4.24

elora nicole ramirez
elora nicole

this week we talk with up and coming author elora nicole about her story and how she’s seen God as a protector throughout her life — even in those times when He felt most distant.

UPDATE: Help Elora and Russell raise funds to bring home their forever child:

Help our friends adopt a child from Ethiopia by purchasing Fair Trade coffee

related ::

elora’s blog
elora on twitter
elora on facebook
elora writes on facebook
russell ramirez on the podcast
invisible children chicago rescue

music ::

shaun groves – kingdom coming

shane claiborne :: 4.1

shane claiborne
shane claiborne

this week we chat with activist/author and speaker shane claiborne. shane sits down with travis and talks about his life, his ministry, and where jesus fits into all of this.

related ::

the simple way
irresistible revolution
jesus for president
follow me to freedom: leading as an ordinary radical
common prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals
jamie moffett talks about the simple way and his recent trip to Iraq with Shane

music ::

skekinah – mirage
psalters – dumpster diving

anne jackson :: 3.40

anne jackson
anne jackson

this week we chat with author anne jackson about her struggles with porn addiction and burnout while working in the church, along with her two books, mad church disease and permission to speak freely.

as a related note from the show’s wrap we discussed some of the recent stats regarding church pastors in the U.S. frank viola and george barna share some of these stats in their book, pagan christianity:

At the time of this writing there are reportedly more than 500,000 paid pastors serving churches in the United States.

  • 94 percent feel pressured to have an ideal family
  • 90 percent work more than forty-six hours a week
  • 81 percent say they have insufficient time with their spouses
  • 80 percent believe that pastoral ministry affects their family negatively
  • 70 percent do not have someone they consider a close friend
  • 70 percent have lower self-esteem than when they entered the ministry
  • 50 percent feel unable to meet the demands of the job
  • 80 percent are discouraged or deal with depression
  • More than 40 percent report they are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules and unrealistic expectations
  • 33 percent consider pastoral ministry an outright hazard to the family
  • 33 percent have seriously considered leaving their position in the past year
  • 40 percent of pastoral resignations are due to burnout

NOTE: we apologize for cutting the audio short during the interview due to some audio issues. if you’d like to listen to the last 10 minutes or so of the podcast you can download audio here.

related ::

anne’s website
anne on twitter
anne on facebook
mad church disease
permission to speak freely
pagan christianity
blogging dojo

music ::

king slaFF – sacrifice (xxxy Remix)
karla lamboglia – cumulus nimbus
brighteyes – no one would riot for less

nicholas fiedler :: 3.36

nick fiedler
nick fiedler

this week we talk with author, podcaster, blogger and hopeful skeptic, nicholas fielder. nick talks about his journey from a “christian” towards a “hopeful skeptic” and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way.

related ::

nick’s site – the hopeful skeptic
nick on twitter
nick on facebook
the hopeful skeptic
the nick and josh podcast
hope exists

music ::

sojourn – go down moses
dj haggis – day 1
jon black – gravity (don’t let me go)

eric bryant :: 3.31

eric bryant
eric bryant

eric bryant is back for a return visit to the something beautiful podcast. we catch up on what eric’s been up to over the last year or so, including the re-release/re-packaging of his book peppermint filled pinatas as not like me. eric’s an author, stand-up comedian, speaker, and a pastor on staff with Mosaic in Los Angeles.

and be sure to listen to this episode to find out how you can win a copy of eric’s book, not like me.

also in this episode, we also hear from one of our new co-hosts, johnny laird. johnny’s a blogger and all around great guy living in london with his wife and two kids.

related ::
eric’s blog
eric on twitter
listen to eric’s first visit to the podcast
not like me
the origins project
johnny’s blog

music ::
mike monday – robot go disco
immortal beats – your time is over
moby – mistake
bodies of water – rise up careful