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Are you wondering how a Christian should respond to current events? What are we to think about a world that appears to be going absolutely mad? How are we to discern the signs of the times? In this podcast, featuring The Reverend Thomas Pelham, The Reverend Daniel French, The Reverend Doctor J.A. Franklin and the occasional guest, we attempt to give some answers. Email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @IrreverendPod. We also have a youtube channel which can be found by ...
 
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We're off this week, so to keep you going, here is Rev Jamie's near two-hour long conversation with Carbon Mike from back in November 2020. Carbon Mike is a software engineer, conservative, social critic and the host of the Dangerous Space podcast. He describes himself as a "pilgrim" when it comes to faith, meaning that he's not quite there but he …
 
Irreverend reaches 40 this week. To mark the occasion, Revs Daniel, Jamie and Tom review the recent government edict that nightclubs and "crowded venues" will from September only be frequented by the double-vaccinated. We feature an article on biopolitics and the biosecurity state from American priest and scholar Peter Leithart. We also talk about …
 
Revs Jamie and Daniel get together to discuss the fallout from England's final loss at Euro 2020: Is the UK systemically racists or is this the work of Chinese Twitter Bots? We also talk about the latest movements towards a Covid-19 biostate in England and much more so in France. We cover latest developments in Church of England news, including a l…
 
Special episode in which Tom and Jamie take on some very interesting questions: Can I be a Christian without the Church? How do we cope with all the pain and suffering in the world? What about that Marian theology? Is there a rapture? Is there salvation outside of Christ? If you would like to send in questions for a future episode, please email us …
 
Jamie and Tom begin with a profound rumination on comedy and contemporary culture before delving into the serious issue of a Labour MP's attempt to introduce abortion up to term for any reason in the UK. We discuss the latest Covid-19 news, including a helpful blog that may assist you or loved ones in climbing down from the fear. We finish up with …
 
In this special episode, Jamie sits down with New York based software engineer and cultural commentator Carbon Mike to talk about the general state of things. Topics include gain of function research in the Wuhan lab, Malthusianism and its influence on current affairs, the social and biological catastrophe of lockdowns, the religious significance o…
 
In one of the most significant twists in the Covid-19 story to date, this week the Health Secretary Matt Hancock was exposed by The Sun newspaper as having an affair with an aide in breach of his own social distancing guidelines. Hancock tried to cling on but eventually resigned and was replaced by Sajid Javid. We look at Matthew 23 and ask what Ch…
 
Revs Jamie and Daniel get together to discuss recent affairs such as the elite's seeming contempt for their own Covid-19 rules and the MOD's government briefing paper on "augmented humanity". We also compile a pretty solid reading list of relevant dystopian novels. Our Scripture this week is taken from Genesis 11, the story of the Tower of Babel. W…
 
Revs Tom, Jamie and Daniel discuss the entirely unsurprising extension of the lockdown beyond June 21st, touching on the effects upon the NHS and the implications for weddings specifically. We also discuss the vaccine roll-outs and concerns around children's vaccination. We finish with something completely different (thankfully!). Our Scripture thi…
 
Laura Dodsworth joins Revs Jamie and Tom for the second half of this episode. Before that we discuss latest developments including identity politics in football and cricket, the lockdown probably not ending on June 21st, and a joint letter from Humanists UK and Churches Together urging as many people as possible to get vaccinated. We speak to Laura…
 
We're off on our hols this week, so we thought we'd put out our first ever episode on the Fear of Death from all the way back in October 2020. We hope you enjoy going with us right back to the beginning of the podcast and look forward to being with you properly again next time! Notices: Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is ove…
 
Revs Tom and Jamie are joined by the Rev'd Dr Bernard Randall for the second half of this special episode. In this first half, we discuss John 3:16-21 and what it tells us about lies and truth in the modern world, Dominic Cummings' latest foray into public life, vaccine efficacy, how to pray, the "COVID pantomime", cognitive behavioural therapy and…
 
Revs Tom, Jamie and Daniel get together to discuss the way that the government have used fear to control people, the recent attack on people who do not want to have COVID-19 vaccinations and the projection of the words "vaccine saves" onto the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Our Scripture this week is taken from Isaiah 43:1-2, which speaks of God's …
 
Revs Tom, Jamie and Daniel get together to discuss: hugging, the local elections, Michael Gove's personal email to Jamie on vaccine passports, the masked gargoyle in St Alban's Cathedral, racist Church monuments and what vicars are being asked to do about them, and Dr Bernard Ridley, reported to a counter-terrorism unit for preaching a sermon about…
 
The gruesome twosome Revs Tom and Jamie get stuck into some meaty conversation from the book of Acts about the possibility of Christianity being persecuted in our lands before long. As evidence of this, we cover the arrest of street preacher John Sherwood who was detained overnight in a police cell for expounding upon the first chapter of the book …
 
This week sees the three ecclesiastical musketeers Tom, Jamie and Daniel take on the subjects of fear and death in the context of the present crisis. In politics, we discuss Johnny Mercer's dramatic resignation from the government describing it as, amongst other things, a "cesspit". In the Church, we review the shocking news that a quarter of Brits…
 
Back to the original duo this week, as reverends Tom and Jamie discuss ALL the big stuff. We start with a conversation about Boris Johnson's most recent tedious doom-mongering. Is he a "floundering buffoon", a puppet or something even more sinister? We talk vaccines and vaccine passports. Tony Blair has said that we need even more "publicity" in or…
 
A veritable panel this week, as regular co-hosts Revs Daniel, Jamie and Tom are joined by bona-fide American political commentator Esther O'Reilly. We talk about GraceLife Church in Canada whose pastor was jailed for a month for ignoring COVID restrictions and is now conducting meetings with his congregation in an undisclosed location. We also talk…
 
This week Revs Tom and Jamie give it both barrels on the subject of Easter Monday's dismal, doom-mongering, life-sapping press conference, predicting imminent death for the entirety of the human race unless we wear masks forever and never touch another human being again...oh and also unless the government are allowed to create a new medical aparthe…
 
In this week's episode, we celebrate our newly acquired number one Christian podcast in the UK status and attempt to answer some frequently asked questions and comments: What should I do if I still want to go to church and haven't got one? And the often repeated story of people either being literally excluded from churches through church closure or…
 
After the customary round of hellos, we celebrate the Church's victory in Scotland in which the unconstitutional banning of services has been overturned in the courts. We move from there to assess a document given to us by a listener that comes from the CofE Bath and Wells diocese, in which an assessment is made of the Church's performance in the p…
 
This week's episode sees Rev. Daniel, Tom and Jamie discuss a recent meeting between evangelical church leaders and the government which appears to indicate that social distancing and mask usage in churches will continue after June 21st . We also have an extensive discussion about the recent pausing of the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine in many c…
 
In this episode, we welcome to the pod, the Reverend Phill Sacre all the way from sunny Clacton-on-Sea. We discuss the latest events such as the cultural significance of the Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey debacle and we take into consideration Phill's optimistic predictions around the breakdown of the lockdown narrative, the importance of the working…
 
In this episode Revs Tom, Jamie and Daniel talk about the relationship between lockdowns, experts, Brexit and the Iraq War using an insightful Article by Phil Sacre, Will Lockdowns be the End of Experts? We also talk about the gloomy prospect of coerced vaccination. We note endorsements that the vaccine has received from the Queen and from high pro…
 
Jamie and Daniel French take the reins for this special 20th edition of Irreverend! We review the recent governmental unveiling of a "roadmap" out of lockdown and the four tests that must be met if even this glacially paced timetable is to be met. We get our rant on about the conservative press who are now passionately advocating for a two-tier soc…
 
In this episode, Revs Tom and Jamie review the week's news, most notably the government's new plan to decrease the amount of Coronavirus cases to less than 1000 before the lockdown is eased. Along the way, we briefly review the Talk Radio Hitchens vs. Hodges debate, Jamie shares his own philosophical argument against lockdowns and we review some in…
 
Revs Tom and James are joined this week once again by the inimitable Rev Daniel French. Topics for discussion include: a new era of prohibitionism as pubs may be allowed to reopen but without any alcohol - we ask, "Is it worth going to one in that case?"; the omni-competent and benevolent Matt Hancock threatens to throw citizens in jail for ten yea…
 
In this week's episode, Revs Jamie and Tom catch up on recent developments, including Tom's shocking lack of knowledge of the contemporary film world. We review a recently leaked document which suggests that 20% per cent of congregants in the CofE will not return after the pandemic restrictions are lifted, and which also postulates "radical changes…
 
Greetings friends. For this special episode, Rev J reads out his article that was recently published in the North American Anglican Journal: Living Death: An Ecclesial Apostasy. As always please write in with any comments, suggests, excoriations, or anything else at all to irrevendpod@gmail.com. Also please follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod and r…
 
A simple and yet hopefully entertaining episode this week, as Revs TJ and JA catch up with the latest news and events. We have a good chat about media messaging around COVID, review some of the themes from last week, including a challenging letter in The Times from a former Dean of Wells advocating for the opening of cathedrals for worship. And aft…
 
Dear listener. Just a regular week with the home team Tom and Jamie. We review the latest pronouncements by the government to the effects that lockdown is going to last a very long time. We review the status of and growing hostility toward so-called lockdown sceptics. Jamie reveals why he prefers to use the term "anti-lockdown". We review the lates…
 
As a special treat for our listeners, Tom and Jamie sat down for an extra conversation this week on the topic of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. We settle the age-old question of whether or not the bread and wine really turn into Christ's body and blood...well, sort of. As always please follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod and email the show at …
 
Rev Daniel French, vicar of Salcombe and occasional Spectator columnist invites us to revive the habit of regular Bible reading. In world of swamped by trivia, false and fake news, and wild conspiracies on Left and Right, we can be pleasantly surprised to find that the Bible holds a balanced view of life, a deep realism. Using some personal anecdot…
 
We had the privilege of a return visit to Irreverend Land from US commentator Esther O'Reilly, sharing some in-depth perspective on the crazy events in Washington D.C. on January 6th, the legacy of Trump, the possibility of ever-greater levels of censorship and ostracisation for conservatives and maybe Christians in the US, the breakdown of the soc…
 
Rev J shares a brief meditation upon passages Psalm 46 and Isaiah 64. In the midst of the shaking of the nations and the weariness of the peoples, we must nevertheless bestir ourselves to take hold of God, praying for renewal in our hearts and in the Church. Do be in touch at irrevendpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter for updates!…
 
We are back with a bang this week. TJ Pelham returns from his well-earned parental leave to spread abroad his fatherly wisdom. And we are joined by educator, journalist, political activist and now Church of England ordinand Calvin Robinson! We talk about the madness of yet another damaging and ineffective lockdown and sceptical case made by Alistai…
 
Happy New Year to all our listeners! This is a special episode in lieu of the normal podcast. Rev. J looks back at the crazy year we’ve just had and forward to the future, stressing the need for repentance for our folly and faith that the Lord has purposes for whatever might be coming next. As always please do be in touch with comments, suggestions…
 
Daniel French is back as co-host with J.A. Franklin this week as Tom is away on parental leave following the successful reception of his new child. Congratulations to him! On the show, we review all of the week's doom-mongering warnings about the Christmas period. We talk about Daniel's recent and popular Spectator piece on the Vicar of Dibley taki…
 
This is the audio of a recent conversation that I, Rev. Jamie, had with Carbon Mike. Carbon Mike is a software engineer, conservative, social critic and the host of the Dangerous Space podcast. He describes himself as a "pilgrim" when it comes to faith, meaning that he's not quite there but he is very sympathetic. He also has a very cool voice. We …
 
In this episode, we are joined once again by priest and Spectator journalist Daniel French. We begin by reviewing an apparent disagreement between the Prime Minister and one of his scientific advisors at to whether or not we will carry on forever the various "behaviours" we have learned during 2020 . We move on from that to review an article releas…
 
We begin today with Jamie's reflection upon visiting a hospital in London to be with his family as his grandmother passed away. We reflect the importance of communicating the hope of the Gospel at this time and ask whether the Church has failed to do this. We also discuss the state of policing in this country as another shocking video of police bru…
 
We begin our new episode with some correspondence concerning difficulties faced by doctors and nurses working in the NHS in the current circumstances. And we discuss a message from a listener who raises the issue of an altruistic comparison between abortion and lockdowns. Our main theme this week is an analysis of the nations' behaviour with regard…
 
A lucky dip this week as we desperately try and keep up with the mad goings on in the world. In our weekly look at science, we review the suppressed Danish mask study, which shows that wearing masks in the community made no difference to viral transmission - why does this sort of scientific evidence not affect government policy and what is the true…
 
Back to the home team this week as T.J. and J.A. consider an article written by Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes, in which it is asserted, amongst other things, that lockdown sceptics are looking for an easy way out. We discuss the nature of lockdown scepticism and whether the bishop's claim is justified. Is the lockdown sceptic position really an "e…
 
In this momentous week, we had the great privilege of sitting down for a virtual cup of tea with freelance writer, cultural critic and American Anglophile Esther O'Reilly. Plenty to talk about this week including the new UK shutdown and the Church's response to the Covid restrictions in general with Esther sharing her perspective from the other sid…
 
In this very special episode, we sit down with the Venerable Doctor Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings in the Church of England. We discuss four articles that Edward has written over the lockdown period. We begin with a discussion of the Church's early reaction to the pandemic, including the controversial decision to prevent clergy from praying …
 
In a first for our podcast, we are joined by a very special guest, priest and columnist for The Spectator, the Reverend Daniel French. We discuss Daniel's experiences over the last eight months and talk about the opportunities the Church might have as a result of the change brought about in the world due to Covid. Could this be the end of the age o…
 
We begin this episode with a comprehensive review of a recent audit published by the Daily Mail in which many of the catastrophic effects of the lockdown are laid bare. We then review a recent article written by a Christian surgeon, which is an exhortation for fellow Christians to stop dabbling in 'pseudoscientific claptrap'. We ask if the argument…
 
As restrictions tighten once again in England, Jamie and Thomas critique the ostensible communitarian basis of lockdowns, arguing that they hurt the poor and marginalized the most. They suggest, following Matthew 25:31-46, that lockdowns are not the best way of recognizing the presence of Christ in all of the world's people. Mentioned in this episo…
 
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