Jonny Rose :: 5.31


This week Johnny Laird returns to the podcast to interview his friend, Jonny Rose.

Rose is a resident of Croydon, England who’s committed to the economic, social and spiritual well-being of Croydon and its inhabitants.

He shares his story and out of it we hear his love for his local community and how he’s using social media to foster, strengthen and empower the community. Rose is also involved with the Croydon Tech City and the Purley 2.0 Project, a project meant to increase the digital literacy and participation of people in the local community. The aim is to empower them, make their voices heard and to affect real change in the community.

related ::

Jonny’s blog
Jonny on Twitter
Croydon’s Facelift
The London Riots in August 2011
Scott Gould on the sbpodcast

ariah fine :: 4.39

ariah fine

this week we talk with author, and community organizer ariah fine about his latest project, clean water for elirose.

ariah shares why community and social justice matter to him and how he was inspired to write a children’s book to share the story of clean water with his young children.

some questions to ask yourself while you listen ::

what issues are dear to your heart?
are resources available to explain those issues to people of all ages?
what resource could you create to better explain the issue?
what could you and your family do to help provide clean water for people around the world?

related ::

ariah’s website
ariah on twitter
ariah on facebook
clean water for elirose
giving up

music ::

so elated – god is with us

How To Be The Church (You Tell Me!)

Vieux Montréal 1889. Église presbytérienne St.Gabriel's Church of Scotland, rue © 2009 Philippe Du Berger | more info (via: Wylio)
(Originally posted in my personal blog.)

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.

will taylor :: 4.3

william james taylor
william james taylor

in this week’s podcast, thomas has a (rather long) blether with will taylor.

at the age of 36, will says he still hasn’t got it worked out — or possibly even worked out what “it” is. he describes himself as “slowly but purposefully moving through life, mission and faith.” he’s doing this in his context as a youth and community worker in a church of about 70 people in southeast UK and is also as a husband to esther and and a dad to two girls, millie and bella.

related ::

full audio download
will’s blog
will on twitter

music ::

blancheneige bazaar orchestra – orient express

Share your photos – What do YOU look like right now?

At roughly 09:00 CST (15:00 DST) I sent out a request to our sbpodcast co-hosts asking them to “take a picture of yourself – exactly how you are RIGHT NOW and send it to me (for @sbpodcast blog post).”

I’m still waiting for the whole team to send in their pictures but here they are in order I receive them (I’ll update the post as they come in) — and yes, I had a slight advantage…

To be fair, Travis was the first to respond, but he said he didn’t have a camera readily available with him at work — so he’ll send his photo later in the day.

Jonathan Blundell
Jonathan Blundell
Johnny Laird
Johnny Laird
stewart culter1
'I'm in Edinburgh walking back to the station through the Christmas Market. The building in the background is the Scott Monument which commemorates Sir Walter Scott.' - Stewart Cutler
stewart cutler 2
'The other direction... Edinburgh castle' - Stewart Cutler

Thomas Mathie
Thomas Mathie

Travis Mamone
Travis Mamone

Now it’s your turn!

Take a photo of yourself – exactly how you are RIGHT NOW and send it to us at or leave a link to your photo in the comments below.

Members of the something beautiful tribe…

Dave McHam
Dave McHam

mike rusch :: 2.38

mike rusch
Mike Rusch

this week we talk to Mike Rusch, husband, father, follower, and one of the co-founder of the Cobblestone Project, a community movement in northwest Arkansas.

from the Cobblestone website:

The Cobblestone Project was founded in April 2008 by families who were committed to stepping forward to make a meaningful difference in their community. The motivation of this movement to action was the belief that every person has a unique and immeasurable value by virtue of their shared human story. These families believe that this human story is defined by a movement towards the restoration of the image that all people were created in. They believe that every human heart deserves dignity, respect and the opportunity to fully realize their beauty.

When a community of people engages together in bringing to light those whose image can not fully be achieved, true change begins to take place.

The dream of the Cobblestone Project is to work towards

“A Community Without Need”

related ::
mike on twitter
the cobblestone project
the cobblestone on twitter

music ::
moby – pale horses (apparat remix)
bifrost arts – i sought the Lord

the twitter connection


do you twitter at work? do you tweet your friends all hours of the day?

we want to follow you (and of course we want you to follow us too :-))! and we want others to have a chance to follow you as well.

simply leave your twitter name in the comments below so we and other listeners can find you.

also, if you prefer facebook, be sure and become a fan of our new facebook page and join in the conversation there as well.

micah davis :: 1.9

this week we talk with micah davis, one of the co-founders and the lead techie behind is a networking site for people of faith to find and build relationships and community with folks of similar interests and passions within their natural and existing offline communities. we talk about the origination of the site as well as the importance of community for people of faith.

related ::
micah’s twitter feed

music ::
jukebox the ghost – good day
williamson – cool people make me tired
sixpence none the richer – amazing grace (give it back)

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.

links ::