30 episodes

Series 7 of Bishop Steven Croft's popular podcast looks at the first letter of Peter, with Bishop Steven and friends reflecting on its lessons for us as we look to becoming a deeper church again.

We are undoubtedly living through one of the greatest crises of our lives. Series 4, Reflections for a Church in Lockdown, and series 5, Comfortable Words, aim to resource the Church during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Series 6, Come and Eat, encourages us to put ourselves in the way of God's grace as we regather.

Series 1 - 3 of My (extraordinary) Family see Bishop Steven talking with someone he's come to know in his travels about their faith, their work and their story. What does it mean to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world?

My (extraordinary) family Bishop Steven Croft

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Series 7 of Bishop Steven Croft's popular podcast looks at the first letter of Peter, with Bishop Steven and friends reflecting on its lessons for us as we look to becoming a deeper church again.

We are undoubtedly living through one of the greatest crises of our lives. Series 4, Reflections for a Church in Lockdown, and series 5, Comfortable Words, aim to resource the Church during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Series 6, Come and Eat, encourages us to put ourselves in the way of God's grace as we regather.

Series 1 - 3 of My (extraordinary) Family see Bishop Steven talking with someone he's come to know in his travels about their faith, their work and their story. What does it mean to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world?

    Distinctive

    Distinctive

    Episode 5: Distinctive

    The Church holds in tension two great images: on the one hand, we are a chosen race, God’s own people. On the other, we are aliens and exiles, living against the grain as we wait for God’s kingdom to come in its fulness. As we look forward in anticipation this Advent, the words of 1 Peter set us on the path of living as best we can in these in-between times.

    Photo: Shutterstock

    • 19 min
    Chosen

    Chosen

    Episode 4: Chosen
    Bishop Steven is joined this week by the Rt Revd Mary D. Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

    As they delve deeper into 1 Peter, Bishop Mary discusses the complexities of being ‘chosen’ without feeling entitled, as she and Bishop Steven contemplate the seeds of hope for a post-pandemic future and the idea of the church as a centre for healing and protection. She also has some thoughts about the Lambeth Conference, taking place in 2022...

    A video of their conversation is also available to watch on the Diocese of Oxford YouTube channel

    • 17 min
    Living Stone

    Living Stone

    Episode 3: Living Stone
    We have learned during the pandemic how important our church buildings are. But we've also learned more deeply than we did before, that the church is not the building. The church is the community which gathers for worship, whether virtually or physically, and is sustained by the presence of the Risen Christ in Word and sacrament. It is we who are the living stones.

    Church leadership teams can sign up to find out more about Come and See 2022 using this form


    The picture for this episode is taken from the poster on Bishop Steven's wall, referred to in his introduction.

    • 16 min
    Resilience

    Resilience

    Episode 2: Resilience
    In a candid conversation with the Bishop of Western Louisiana, the Rt Revd Jacob Wayne Owensby, Bishop Steven delves deeper into the first letter of 1 Peter.

    Facing the uncomfortable realisation of feeling too content in the world as it is, and the importance of being the light in a world that’s aching for more, Bishops Steven and Jacob explore how to be people of resilience and grit in times of great hardship.

    A video of their conversation is also available to watch on the Diocese of Oxford YouTube channel

    • 18 min
    Exiles

    Exiles

     
    Episode 1: Exiles
     

    We will only navigate the challenges of the coming years if we learn to be a deeper church again. This new series of podcasts explores what God is saying to us as a Church through the first letter of Peter.

    Join the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, and some of his fellow bishops from around the world as they rediscover that the medicine Peter offers is good for today’s church.


    Photo: Shutterstock

    • 17 min
    Draw Near with Faith

    Draw Near with Faith

    Come and Eat - Draw Near with Faith
    Come to this table, not because you must but because you may,
    not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
    Through small, simple actions, the scattered and dispersed Church is drawn together as one. Bishop Steven concludes our exploration of Holy Communion - the meal through which God will build up his tired and depleted church after the demands of the last 15 months.

    We need to come and eat, and be restored.



    Bishop Steven has asked some of our very creative liturgists to draw together some resources and prayers for parishes to mark this season of regathering and rededication. These resources invite churches to renew their thanksgiving to God for the ‘wonderful sacrament’ of Holy Communion.



    Image from Shutterstock.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Amygorm ,

Amy

Yes please - more of these insights and gentle drops of wisdom to stir our days and invite us into the roominess of a gracious God. Thank you!

Archdeacon Olivia ,

My (extraordinary) family

A great conversation between +Steven Croft and ++John Sentamu which helps us to know what bishops are for - to encourage us and to give us all confidence to be witnesses to our faith in our daily lives.
Best quote: ‘The only way you know you’ve got courage is by doing risky things’. Let’s make 2019 a year of taking risks for God.

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