It’s time to kick off a new year and a new season of the something beautiful podcast!
It feels really good to finally type that.
2013 was a year of fun, ups, downs, lefts and rights and if the first three weeks are any indication, 2014 will be as well.
This week’s podcast features Angus Mathie, father to Thomas Mathie who has been a part of the podcast from day one.
Angus is a retired telecommunications worker who has a tremendous passion both for his faith and his family.
He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for almost 42 years and he lives in Glasgow, near Thomas and his family.
During this podcast, we talk about his journey and a tragedy he experienced early on in his marriage that could have ripped their marriage a part but ultimately made them stronger for it.
As mentioned during the podcast, we plan to release a podcast twice a month this year. The podcasts will run from 10-20 minutes to hopefully give you plenty of time to listen to each episode either on your commute, walking the dog or running errands with your family. In addition, we’ll share the extended interviews with our guests for many of the episodes.
We hope you’ll continue to join us on this journey as we hope to truly share stories worth talking about.
Mike Beecham is yet another ‘friend’ of Will Taylor. He’s a professional designer, reader, husband and father to three teenage kids. Above all that, though, he’s a Christian that loves God, loves his church and has a passion to see godly men fulfil their calling. He clearly talks too much, thinks he’s funnier than he probably is and simply enjoys walking his journey with those people God has put him alongside with.
This week we kick off a new experiment with the podcast – a new bi-monthly wrap-up of each of the stories we hear on our podcast.
We’ll keep bringing you the great stories with our podcast followed the next week by a wrap-up and blether from our co-hosts and others in the sbpodcast tribe.
We invite you to listen in and the drop us a note or leave us a voice message and tell us what you think. Call the listener line – 972-535-8980 or click the big “Send Voicemail” button on the right hand side of the screen.
This week’s guest is Sarah Moon. She’s a writer and student, currently attending Bowling Green State University in Ohio, pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies.
She’s a feminist and a member of BGSU’s Organization for Women’s Issues. She’s passionate about reconciling her Christian faith with feminism and helping make the church a better place for women everywhere.
This week she chats with us about feminism, faith, abuse, and making the Church a more woman-friendly place.
This week we talk with television and film editor and director Matt Barber. Barber has worked on a number of projects including television’s The OC and Chuck and on the films Weathered and Not That Funny.
He’s currently directing the documentary, Jesus Don’t Let me Die Before I have Sex.
During our interview, Barber shares how he became interested in the topic and how you can help see the documentary be completed.
when we last spoke to steve knight, he was working for SIM International and was the resident blogger for emergent village. none of that holds true anymore. find out what he’s up to now as he continues to fine tune his passion groove towards planting missionally minded churches.
A few months ago Brett McCracken wrote an article for Relevant Magazine asking why so many young evangelicals are leaving the Church. Throughout the article (which he wrote in between his numerous blog posts drooling over Terrence Malick movies), McCracken basically suggests it’s all because of our generation’s rampant individualism. While there might be some truth to that, here’s the reason why I think so many young people are leaving the Church:
We do a really crappy job of being the Church.
Let me give you an example. McCracken’s right when he says there are a lot of young evangelicals who have a “me first” mentality, but that’s only half of it. In my own experience I’ve seen whole families that treat the Church like it’s only something you do for an hour every Sunday and that’s it. They get into their nice little polo shirts and khaki pants (or if you’re a girl, a blouse with open-toe shoes), sit in the pew, sing the songs, listen to the sermon, take communion, and then when it’s over they go straight home where they eat their Sunday meal and then watch football (because nothing says “keeping the sabbath holy” like watching men grope and pulverize each other). Then it’s the same thing next week, and the week after that, and the week after that, etc.
The problem is Church is more than just a Sunday ritual. In fact, if I’m reading my Bible right, it’s not something you do . . . it’s something you are.
It’s the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5).
It’s being Jesus’ ambassadors to a dying world (2 Corinthians 5:20).
It’s about living in community and having all thing in common (Acts 2:44).
And yes, I do a crappy job of being the Church just as much as the next Christian.
So I want to ask you, my dear readers, how you and your local faith community try to be the Church. I want to know how you try to live like an actual family rather than a bunch of individuals who only see each other once a week. I can’t wait to hear your answers.