Cameron Sinclair :: 7.2


This week we talk with history professor Cameron Sinclair about why history matters and how we can break down some of the old stereotypes through story.

Cameron is a professor at Brookhaven College in Dallas and co-hosts the History Banter podcast with Brad Folsom.

He’s also a graduate student working on a PhD in History at the University of North Texas. Generally, he’s most interested in the histories of the United States and Mexico during the 19th century but specifically Texas after the Civil War.


History Banter Podcast
Cameron on Twitter
Brookhaven College
Homebrewed Christianity

music – The Owl Named Orion
Coloured Lines – Dirty
Ketsa – Universal Will

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

What is your dream for the church?

We posed a question to our peeps on Twitter Wednesday and your responses have been wonderful!

We asked…

Dream for the church
What's your dream for the church?

Here’s what you had to say…

@sbpodcast To stop tearing each other down

@sbpodcast That we actually live like we are parts of One Body instead of different islands at war with each other.

@sbpodcast to be Jesus in every community and not just do Jesus.

@sbpodcast that it becomes less about which building you go to and more about how you live your life.

@sbpodcast to realise we are it rather than it is a place we go to.

@sbpodcast to realise God loves everyone… not just the church. And Jesus is everyone’s… not just the church’s. Tx

@sbpodcast that we focus less on religion on more on Christ. #dream4church

@sbpodcast to stop doing church like an organisation and do it as an organism.

@sbpodcast That we are the hands and feet of Jesus, serving the world and showing it the light of God.

@sbpodcast Honesty, to ourselves about who/ what we are and to the world

@sbpodcast A dream 4 the Church. That it will truly live the radical hospitality that it claims 2 have! #transform #outlawpreachers

@sbpodcast A place where trust is never broken and friends really are friends for life.

@sbpodcast My dream is ‘no walls’

And from Facebook…

Paul Partridge: basically to show God’s love

I so hope we’ll all fight to see these dreams come true.

May we be known as a people excited and working towards the church we wish to see (as Tripp Fuller mentions in his interview) rather than a people bent on angst and ignoring the very thing we love so much.

We’ll try and keep posting updates as they come in – or you can post your thoughts in the comments below.

tripp fuller :: 4.12

tripp fuller

this week we talk with homebrewed christianity co-host tripp fuller. along with hosting a pretty sweet podcast, tripp helps organize the big tent christianity events, has collaborated on a book with phillip clayton and is working on his PhD in philosophy of religion and theology at claremont graduate university.

tripp shares his story and how it gives him amazing hope for the future of the church any why theology is important to christianity today.

related ::

homebrewed christiainty
tripp on twitter
big tent christianty
transform network
transforming christian theology
tripp talks to peter rollins
that’s “too gay” – brian ammons’ banned chapter from baptimergent

music ::

in your people – tripp fuller

a musical interlude :: 3.47

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just in time for a new year, it’s another something beautiful musical interlude! our mix this week is from thomas who puts out some pretty sweet mixes of his own from time to time over on his nanolog.

from Thomas:

In preparation for a new year… I give you the sixth instalment in the alight here mixcast series. 2010 was a great year for music and, as such, it is my intention to highlight some new material that has really captured my attention as well as more familiar tracks that have sustained my interest and really grown on me.

All the artists featured are independent musicians… please support them by checking out their music, buying where appropriate, and spreading the word.

Oh and this mixcast is brought to you in conjunction with the something beautiful podcast – we have a “musical interlude” every-so-often and it was my turn… so it made sense to bring the two together.

Enjoy… and please support the artists featured.

music ::

The Breaker Anointing by Shekinah taken from The Wind Lost Its Breath And The Sea Became As Smooth As Glass
Angle Of Incidence by The Echelon Effect taken from Fracture And Fragments
Like A Firefly (Love) by Lowercase Noises taken from Carry Us All Away
Summit by Emmalee Crane taken from Formantine
Light Of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling by The Opiate Mass taken from Volume 2: Albatross (direct download)
Golden Contrails by Cousin Silas taken from Complex Silence 9 – Fresh Landscapes (netlabel release)
Meeting at the utility pole by edPorth taken from Saying vamos and thinking let’s go
Big Sky by Matt Stevens taken from Ghost
Count Your Blessings by The Lower Lights taken from The Lower Lights – A Hymn Revival
Redemption Today by United Harvest Workers Union taken from their self-titled release
Falling Off Trees by Uniform Motion taken from Pictures (netlabel release)
I Will be Silent by Over the Ocean taken from Paper House

(all tracks from bandcamp releases unless otherwise highlighted)

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)