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Author: James Cary & Barry Cooper

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James Cary and Barry Cooper are two English friends who live 4000 miles apart and enjoy theology, culture and the arts. Now they record themselves and call it a podcast. Thanks, internet.

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Cary and (Rev Ash) Carter have words about the life and times of an extraordinary man: Richard Baxter. He lived from 1615 until 1691, and went from preaching to Parliament on a day of repentance for executing the King - to being imprisoned for being a theological troublemaker. What can we learn from his life, ministry and truly voluminous writings, including The Reformed Pastor. There's an updated and abridged version from Crossway here.The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday ...
Cary has words with author, podcaster, failed atheist and former Director of Theos, Elizabeth Oldfield who looks at the seven deadly sins in her new book, Fully Alive: Tending to the Soul in Turbulent Times. 'This remarkable book points not to some unreachable ideal of life but to a deeper, more soulful and meaningful experience of the lives we're actually living.'- Oliver BurkemanGet it on Amazon UK here: https://amzn.to/3yrNL9pRead her weekly blog here: https://morefullyalive.substack.comTh...
What is Protestantism? And why are Protestants reluctant to use the term about themselves? Is it useful anymore? Rhys Laverty should know. He is Editor in Chief at Ad Fontes, Managing Editor at Davenant Press, and Director of Communications at the Davenant Institute. Find him and his work here: https://thenewalbion.substack.com/The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcaryAll of ...
Cooper, Cary and Morgan Locke talk about The State of the Culture, art, entertainment, distraction, addiction and whether dopamine is all that. Plus some EXCITING new jingles...Referring to this article: https://www.honest-broker.com/p/the-state-of-the-culture-2024And mentioning The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt https://amzn.to/44c7PIzThe Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooper...
Cary has words with friend of the show, Randy Newman, author of Questioning Evangelism, Mere Evangelism and a new book about spiritual journey called, Questioning Faith. This is a conversation about how God uses us despite our terrible attempts at evangelism, and how non-believers are often stopped in their tracks by unexpected things. And it turns out there's one book by CS Lewis that neither Cary or Newman can understand or get into. Find out what it is in this episode.The Out o...
From November 2022. Cooper and Cary have words about THAT line in the Apostles' Creed. What exactly was Jesus doing between his death and resurrection?https://journal.rts.edu/article/he-descended-into-hell/Support the showThe Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcaryAll of Life for GodThe All of Life for God podcast is an engaging and thoughtful collection of exclusive...Listen o...
#169 Farewell, 2023

#169 Farewell, 2023

2023-12-2850:34

Well, that was 2023. Join James and Barry as they choose their favourite episodes, dive into the C&C mailbag, and talk about their favourite books, films, tv, podcasts, and moments of 2023. Pull up a cocoa, recline by the glowing hearth, and - sure, go ahead - stoke the auld acquaintance, as we see out another year together.The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcaryAll of ...
#168 Space Invaders?

#168 Space Invaders?

2023-12-1453:56

James and Barry have extended words about Unidentified Autonomous (or Anomalous, or Aerial) Phenomena - UAPs to their friends. Strange things are being seen in the skies, even by highly trained and highly sceptical USAF fighter pilots, there is video evidence which has been made publicly available, and these things are being discussed at the highest levels of government. What's going on? Why have governments previously wanted to keep quiet about it? And how should Christians think about these...
Cooper and Cary have words about spiritual revivals with Jonathan Thomas, writer and presenter of the documentary Welsh Awakenings. Jonathan is pastor of Cornerstone Church Abergavenny, and the presenter of All Things Considered on BBC Radio Wales.Watch the documentary trailer here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/welshawakeningsJonathan's book, Intentional Interruptions: Learning to be Interrupted the Way God Intended: https://tinyurl.com/2e4nrdamThe Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wedn...
James and Barry have words about the TV juggernaut that is The Chosen. Lots of their friends love it. But James and Barry have... thoughts. Is The Chosen a 2CV - second commandment violation - and if not, is it still worth watching?Here's the Justin Peters Youtube VideoCary’s Water into Wine showThe Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcaryAll of Life for GodThe All of Life for G...
Cooper and Cary have words about power and its abuse with Mark Stirling, former medical doctor and pastor. He's the author of Not So with You: Power and Leadership for the Church. Mark's book: Not So With You (Amazon UK)Not So With You (Amazon US) The spate of recent scandals of power abuse by leaders within the evangelical world suggests something is wrong in our churches. When a leader misuses power, they have misunderstood and misrepresented God and the gospel. This volume addresses t...
James and Barry have words about the shift from "being anxious" to "having anxiety". What does anxiety have to do with idols? What are the reasons behind the current "anxiety epidemic"? Is anxiety a condition that ought to be pathologised? Is looking back at historic "trauma" always a helpful way to improve mental health? And how does our new identity in Christ change things?ReferencesThe Student Health Crisis Is A Myth https://unherd.com/2023/09/the-student-mental-health-crisis-is-a-myth/Why...
James and Barry have extended words with Thomas Umstattd (@ThomasUmstattd) about writing. In 2009, Thomas started AuthorTechTips.com, a website to help authors use the web to promote their books. In 2014, Thomas’s blog post Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed went viral and reached over a million people in just a few weeks. As a podcaster, he hosts the Novel Marketing Podcast, and the Christian Publishing Show.The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK ti...
James and Barry discuss the art of listening. What does the Bible have to say about it? And how does it relate to anger? Are we bad at listening because it's a selfless thing to do? After all, there's no "I" in "LISTENING" is there? Oh wait.The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Join us on Patreon to take part. https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcaryAll of Life for GodThe All of Life for God podcast is an engaging and thoughtful collection of e...
Cooper and Cary have words with Matt Fuller, pastor of Christ Church Mayfair in London - yup, the most expensive one on the British Monopoly board. Matt is the author of Reclaiming Masculinity: Seven Biblical Principles for Being the Man God Wants You to Be. (Cary has known Matt for 25 years and is fine with the fact that Matt did not dedicate this book to him, but went with two other guys instead...)The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm UK time. Jo...
Has the church become a battleground for personal preferences? Is the holy communion of believers threatened by our own biases and individualistic tendencies? Cooper & Cary have words about disagreements and disputes in the church, and how to handle them. In Philippians 4, Paul pleads with Euodia and Syntyche to "agree in the Lord". How do we do that? What does that even mean? And should there be times when we simply can't "agree to disagree"?Philippians 4https://earlychurchhistory.org/be...
Cooper and Cary have words with Ros Clarke, author of the new book Human: Made and Remade in the Image of God. She writes, "If we want to understand what it means to be truly human, we need to listen to God rather than look inside ourselves”. Why do people prefer to look inside themselves, and what is better about listening to God instead? And how did writing this book change how Ros felt about herself?Ros' Book: https://ivpbooks.com/human-930The Out of the Silent Planet book group is on Wedn...
James and Barry have words about what unbelievers really believe. Tara Isabella Burton has written a stimulating book called Strange Rites about people in the States who identify as "spiritual but not religious". She argues that America is not "secular" at all, but "spiritually self-focused".Does that explain why people currently seem so willing to believe in phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, and all things "woooooo"? And does it explain why the hyper-rational arguments of the new atheists seem...
Cooper and Cary have extended words with Matthew Fisher about the Bebington Quadrilateral and the definition of evangelical. They also get into whether or not the evangelical focus on a person's "conversion" is a healthy one. Barry's "conversion experience" was quite a dramatic one - but to what extent should we presume that kind of thing is normative?All of Life for GodThe All of Life for God podcast is an engaging and thoughtful collection of exclusive...Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spo...
James and Barry have words about parachurch ministries. It's hard to find a popular Christian teacher who doesn't have his or her own parachurch ministry. Then there are campus ministries, youth ministries, evangelism ministries, mercy ministries. Are they God's gift to the church, coming alongside the local church to help them fulfil their mission? Or do they actually keep the church from being what it's supposed to be? This could get awkward, given that Cooper has spent half his life workin...
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Russell Bray

I've been listening to these guys and plowing through their prior issues and find them to be very entertaining, thought provoking, humble and versed on the culture of this age. one of my favorite podcasts.

Jul 22nd
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Torrey Jones

Great podcast, guys! I really enjoy the thoughts and insights shared in an often humorous way.

Jan 11th
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