Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture

exilesEvery now and then I get to record a radio interview that I want to listen to over and over again. One such case is my interview with Michael Frost about his current book, Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture.

Mike has so many good things to say and he says them so well.

He previously wrote The Shaping of Things to Come together with Alan Hirsch. ‘Shaping’ is a book aimed at church leadership giving leaders ideas on reshaping church for the current culture. It was a great read and so I was very keen to get copies of Exiles and Alan Hirsch’s current book, The Forgotten Ways when I heard that they were available.

I’m currently working my way through Exiles and thoroughly enjoying it, so it’s wonderful to be able to spread Mike’s message to a wider audience through the interview.

We live in a time when more followers of Jesus are living outside the church than ever before. People who are still very keen to follow Christ are giving up on going to church. What does that say about the people that are ‘dropping out’ and what does it say about the church?

In the interview with Michael Frost we look at just what is meant by the term post-Christian culture. We also talk about Mike’s use of the term exiles. Are we really exiled in a foreign culture? How do we thrive in a post-Christian culture while staying faithful to Jesus? How much should we engage with the current culture? How much do we stand up against the existing culture?

My interview will be broadcast on 98.5 Sonshine FM this Sunday night and then replayed on Monday night. You can hear the interview by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

If you missed my earlier post, I interviewed Alan Hirsch about his current book, The Forgotten Ways, a couple of weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed the conversation.

If you’ve read Exiles I’d love to hear your thoughts. I look forward to your comments.



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Merry-go-round or roller coaster?

Are you a merry-go-round or roller coaster kind of person?

What kind of life do you want to live? Would you settle for the safe, boring, uneventful ride of the merry-go-round or do you prefer the thrills of the roller coaster, even though it brings a mixture of highs and lows?

It’s nice to feel safe and secure but we were created to experience more than that.

Life certainly deals us all some tough circumstances but can we use those times to build a stronger future? How do we hang on to faith during the hard times when God seems a million miles away?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Today we looked at riding the roller coaster of life. How do we cope with the ups and downs? How should we approach the difficulties of our lives?

Click here to listen to what Ross had to say.

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Hail the Sausage King

I deal with all the big issues on my radio programme.

Australia’s best butchers made the pilgrimage to Perth earlier this month to compete in the ultimate “sausage cook off”.

Competition was fierce as the beefy butchers fought it out to be crowned as Australian Meat Industry Council’s National Sausage King. Judges savoured the flavour, taste and texture of the snags as well as checking out the raw and cooked appeal of the product. They were particularly interested in consistent shape and thickness, shrinkage and freshness.

The meat industry takes sausages very seriously. Thankfully the days of using all the left over bits and pieces in sausages are behind us. It’s all about quality these days.

Winning the Traditional Australian category was Western Australia’s own David Ebsary of Menu Master Meats. David joined me on 98.5 Sonshine FM this morning to discuss his new title. It’s not often I get to talk to a king on the radio.

During the chat I asked about the best way to cook a sausage and whether one should poke holes in the sausage skin when cooking. I also brough up the sensitive issue of tomato sauce on snaggers.

You can listen to our discussion by clicking here.

I think it’s about time I cooked up some sausages for dinner.

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