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Author: J.A. Franklin, T.J. Pelham, Daniel French

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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 searching Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs!If you would like to support the show, which can be done from £3 per month, you can join our Patreon community. Please go to www.patreon.com/irreverend!
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Mumble to the Lord!

Mumble to the Lord!

2021-07-2201:23:43

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 the shocking actions of a vicar in the Church of England who had the temerity to sing a song of praise to Christ in his church building and to bring Bibles into the same. He is rightly being driven out of his job by the parish authorities. It's good somebody is keeping their heads straight in these crazy times!Our Scripture discussion this week is taken from John 3:16.Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.comLinks:Peter Leithart - From Sword to Syringe Sky News - Proof of full vaccination condition of entry to nightclubs from end of SeptemberDaily Mail - Church of England vicar, 52, faces the sack for breaking Covid rules after hugging a mourner, singing a hymn with no mask on and putting out Bibles
Requiem for Alderaan

Requiem for Alderaan

2021-07-1501:33:461

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 large "Thank You NHS" flag draped upon an altar in a building in Tenterden, Kent. And finally we assess the possibility of humans marrying robots within the next thirty years.Our Scripture this week is Psalm 121.Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.comLinks:Marcus Rashford "overwhelmed" as hundreds gather at mural for anti-racism demo Church to apologise for expulsion of Jews from medieval EnglandMacron's Covid CrackdownIt's time to rebel - the Church of England is abandoning its flock
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 as irreverendpod@gmail.com!Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.com
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 a discussion of the Church of England's General Synod's plan to plant 1,000 churches in the next ten years and a very moving email of the week.Our Scripture this week is Psalm 139.Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.comLinks:Right to Life News - Attempt to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth failsDaily Mail - Britain won't return to normal until at least next SPRING: Chris Whitty warnsiNews - Local lockdowns could still be imposed after Covid ‘freedom day’ if new variants emerge, Sajid Javid revealsLockdown Sceptics - Pro-Lockdown SAGE Advisor Stephen Reicher Thinks Caring about Freedom is SelfishCoronababble - The 3-Step, COVID-Propaganda Detox PlanChurch Times - Synod to discuss target of 10,000 new lay-led churches in the next ten yearsArchbishop Cranmer - ‘Key limiting factors’: the end of stipendiary parish ministry
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 of the Covid-19 vaccination project, technocracy, the relationship of the state to "science" and the Great Reset and other ostensible conspiracy theories.Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.com
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 Christ's denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees has to teach us about this sordid state of affairs.Before that we review the more positive stories of the week: England doing in well in football! Cycling being interesting (for Tom)! And, of course, the great freedom march that happened in central London on Saturday June 26th. A wonderful time was had by all!Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.com
The Dawn of a New Paradigm

The Dawn of a New Paradigm

2021-06-2401:21:281

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. We talk about how this story relates to our contemporary political world encompassing themes of utopianism and a denial of nature as created by God.Notices:Thanks to our Patreons! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: https://patreon.com/irreverendIrreverend Weekly Sermon Audio: https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/IrreverendPodTelegram: https://t.me/irreverendpodEmail: irreverendpod@gmail.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAcRZPstCujEN4p8dF_ClQOdysee: https://odysee.com/@irreverend:5Audio Podcast: https://irreverend.buzzsprout.com
No Surprises

No Surprises

2021-06-1701:37:39

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 this week is taken from Ephesians 6:10-20, as Rev Daniel compares the shield of full armour of God to the contemporary shields of masks and PPE.Links:Dr Renee Hoenderkamp - We cannot allow our country to become a draconian dystopiaMartin Robinson - Wedding chaos caused by lockdown extensionBret Weinstein - How to Save the World in Three Easy Steps (video) and podcast versionNeville Hodgkinson - This untested vaccine should never have been released. The truth will out and heads will rollSteve Kirsch - Should you get vaccinated? Dr Ros Jones, Rev'd Dr William Philip, Rev'd Dr Jamie Franklin - The Pulse, Child Vaccination EthicsNotices:Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video, find our Telegram channel by searching Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs into Telegram, and rate and review us on iTunes!
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 about her fantastic new book, A State of Fear, and all sorts of issues arising from it, including the Church's response, how to bring about reconciliation and healing and where we go from here.Our Scripture this week is taken from John 8:31-38, 44-45: the lies which enslave and the truth which sets us free.Notices:Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video, find our Telegram channel by searching Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs into Telegram, and rate and review us on iTunes!Links:For Laura Dodsworth, find her website at www.lauradodsworth.com and follow her on Twitter @barereality.For Humanists and Christians: https://humanism.org.uk/2021/06/02/humanists-and-christians-urge-as-many-as-possible-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19/ and https://humanism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021-05-11-PG-Covid-19-vaccine-Churches-statement.docx.pdfFor Jamie's piece on ethical issues arising from Covid-19 vaccines: https://jamiefranklin.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/ethical-considerations-concerning-covid-19-vaccinations/
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 overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!
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 the NHS's "biggest data grab in history". In the second half, Bernard Randall tells us the story of how he was attacked and fired from his job as chaplain of Trent College for preaching a sermon on critical thinking and making up your own mind. And we discuss many of the implications of this sad turn of events.Notices:Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video, find our Telegram channel by searching Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs into Telegram, and rate and review us on iTunes!Links:https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/13/nhs_data_grab/https://christianconcern.com/news/school-chaplain-reported-to-terrorist-watchdog-for-sermon-on-identity-politics/
Psychological Operations

Psychological Operations

2021-05-2001:38:181

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 intention that we not live lives characterised by fear.Links: The Telegraph - Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid crisis was ‘totalitarian’, admit scientists Cake and Liberty - Oi Missus, Where's Your Bell?The Independent - This is what we do about anti-vaxxers: No job. No entry. No NHS access Notices:Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!
A Monumental Waste of Time

A Monumental Waste of Time

2021-05-1301:42:361

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 tolerance! Our Scripture this week is taken from John 17:15-19, through which we ask the question: is the Church of England really allowing itself to be guided by the truth as revealed by Christ or is it merely jumping onto fashionable political bandwagons in search of approval from the world?Notices:For information on how to either attend or view online Dr Edward Dowler's Pusey House address, The Church and the Virus, please see http://www.puseyhouse.org.uk/lectures.html or send an email to pusey.chapel@stx.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list for the Zoom link.Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and encouraging. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month (plus VAT).If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!Links:Daniel French (Spectator) - The CofE's misguided obsession with statuesChristian Concern - School chaplain reported to terrorist watchdog for sermon on identity politicsMethodist Covenant Prayer
Ironic Reverse Colonialism

Ironic Reverse Colonialism

2021-05-0601:26:141

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 of Genesis in public!We repair the awful oversight of not talking about the huge London protest march that occurred on Saturday 24th April and was totally ignored by the UK media.We ask how the church can continue to allow itself to be run by men like Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, the latter of whom this week has reopened the conversation around euthanasia and who is transforming the NHS general practice into an online service with horrendous results.In church news, we discuss the significance of not singing and the continued absence of the common chalice! We also review the latest update on church bell-ringing and bring to bear a chilling email of the week.Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is overwhelming and it will help us to do so much more. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month.If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!
Daniel in the Dalek's Den

Daniel in the Dalek's Den

2021-04-2901:34:18

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 say they would take spiritual advice from a robot priest and the various implications of ordained AI ministry. We also tackle developments in church bell-ringing and look at the Church of England's 'From Lament to Action' anti-racism report and some robust epistolary feedback from Calvin Robinson.Finally we read out two emails of the week which help us to settle the perennial question, "Is the COVID disaster best explained as incompetence, ideology, conspiracy or all three?"Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is literally overwhelming and it will help us to do so much more. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month.If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com!Please email irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!
Solace, hope and even joy...

Solace, hope and even joy...

2021-04-2201:26:461

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 order to "confront vaccine hesitancy". And our vaccine passport letter bears fruit as we go national and become the news! All links at the end of the show notes.In Ireland, Christianity is now functionally illegal and finally some (Roman) church leaders have decided to speak up to a certain degree.We feature the Lament to Action report coming from the CofE, which is of course "deeply institutionally racist". The report outlines the measures that are going to be taken to correct this ostensible reality.Finally, we end with a deeply moving email of the week from a dear listener.We  encourage listeners to write to your MPs and tell them that we will not put up with any vaccine passports. Please also submit evidence to the cross-parliamentary commission that has been set up - https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/438/covid-19-vaccine-certification/ - even if it just to summarise the contents of our letter - https://vaccinepassportletter.wordpress.com.Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is literally overwhelming and it will help us to do so much more. If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month.If you would like to listen to our sermons, please have a look at our sister podcast, Irreverend: Sermon Audio at https://irreverendsermonaudio.buzzsprout.com! Please email irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!Media Links for our Vaccine Passport Letter:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/17/1000-vicars-vow-defy-vaccine-passport-plans-churches/https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56781724https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/uprooted-and-overlooked/open-letter-from-faith-leadershttps://www.spectator.co.uk/article/an-open-letter-from-christian-leaders-concerning-vaccine-passportshttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/church-vaccine-passports-boris-johnson-b1833036.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/17/uk-church-leaders-warn-against-dangerous-vaccine-passport-planshttps://www.christiantoday.com/article/nearly.1000.church.leaders.sign.letter.opposing.vaccine.passports/136656.htmhttps://unherd.com/thepost/church-leaders-vaccine-passports-would-be-un-christian/ https://soundcloud.com/user-215812931/rev-dr-william-ju-p
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 about elder isolation in the States and ask Esther if everyone in the US is as fed up with Fauci as they are here with Whitty (they are). We discuss vaccines again and update our audience on our vaccine passport campaign, which has now garnered well over a thousand signatures, is being picked up by the national press and has received favourable support from multiple MPs. We check out Edwina Curry's Dolores Umbridge impersonation as she declares that she does not want the great unvaccinated anywhere near her. We also discuss the latest dubious and manipulative misinformation coming at us from 10 Downing Street. And we bid a fond farewell to the Legend of Banter, Prince Philip, talking about some of our favourite quotes.To find Esther, you can follow her on Twitter and find her blog where she shares all of her unfashionable opinions.Please check out our new sister podcast Irreverend: Sermon Audio where we feature sermons written and delivered by our very own hosts, Jamie, Tom and Daniel.If you are a leader in a church or Christian organisation, please read and sign our Vaccination Passport Letter to the Prime Minister which is still open for signatures. If you are not a leader and would like to help please send this letter to any Christian leaders you know and share it in your social media channels. Whether you are a leader or not, please write to your MP and tell him or her how much you are scandalised by the very idea of vaccine passports.Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is literally overwhelming and it will help us to do so much more. We are already reaping the rewards with Tom's new microphone! If you would like to join our Patreon community, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month.Please email feedback, excoriations, criticisms etc to irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod, find our YouTube channel if you prefer video and rate and review us on iTunes!
Bad Friday (and Monday)

Bad Friday (and Monday)

2021-04-0801:30:162

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 apartheid in the UK using vaccine passports. We update our viewers on the Vaccination Passport Letter campaign, in which we voice our strong opposition to vaccines passports in society and church. We cover the obscene police church invasion in south London, which took place on Good Friday and ask what the heck were the police thinking? And finally, we turn to the best of the listener feedback including a "mildly enjoyable rant".If you are a leader in a church or Christian organisation, please read and sign our Vaccination Passport Letter to the Prime Minister . If you are not a leader and would like to help please send this letter to any Christian leaders you know and share it in your social media channels. Whether you are a leader or not, please write to your MP and tell him or her how much you are scandalised by the very idea of vaccine passports.Thanks so much to all of our new Patreons! Your support is literally overwhelming and it will help us to do so much more. Tom has even ordered a new microphone now! If you would like to become a Patreon, please go to https://www.patreon.com/irreverend. You can support us starting from £3 a month.Please email feedback, excoriations, criticisms etc to irreverendpod@gmail.com. Please also follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod and find our YouTube channel if you prefer video!
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 those who have been ostracized by the extreme, unfriendly and unwelcoming behaviour of congregations and ministers. We try to make some sense of this. As the spectre of vaccine passports for society in general and churches in particular looms ever larger, we review some comments made by the vaccine minister this week about the subject as it pertains to churches and talk about the implications. And for a bit of light relief, we consider the possibility of a joint application for the £90,000 a year post of Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of York.Thanks so much for listening and a special thanks and welcome to all of our new Irreverend friends this week. If you would like to contribute to Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs, please consider joining our Patreon community at www.patreon.com/irreverend! As always please contact us for any suggestions, criticisms, questions, excoriations at irreverendpod@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod and visit our Youtube page!​​​​ Please also rate and review us on iTunes to help us ascend the algorithm.If you are looking for an open church in England, please visit https://uklockdownchurches.wordpress.com​ where there is a list available with some basic information. Alternatively if you have an open church and would like to list it, you are welcome to do so there.
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 pandemic and what should be taken forward from it into the future. Alongside this we consider Douglas Murray's article on the findings of the Archbishop's antiracism taskforce, which was reported on in The Spectator this week. We assess the general situation after a year of lockdown and talk briefly about the enormous protest in London on Saturday and the highly misleading press coverage. Finally, our email of the week is from a listener who is a Buddhism. Apparently Buddhism hasn't come out of this crisis any better than Christianity!Thanks for listening. As always please contact us for any suggestions, criticisms, questions, excoriations at irreverendpod@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod and find our YouTube page here​. Please also rate and review us on iTunes to help us ascend the algorithm.If you are looking for an open church in England, please visit https://uklockdownchurches.wordpress.com/ where there is a list available with some basic information. Alternatively if you have an open church and would like to list it, you are welcome to do so there.
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Patrick Crooke

Enjoyed Jimmy's appearance on Delingpod very much, which led me to this. Great podcast!

Mar 29th
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