78 episodes

An occasional podcast featuring Aaron Edwards and Andy Bannister. Each episode sees the two friends take a contemporary issue in culture and explore it from a Christian perspective.

Featuring banter, philosophy, culture, theology, bad jokes, apologetics, and more — the podcast aims to help Christians think wisely about the challenges of living in the 21st century.

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Theological and Political Disclaimer

The content of this podcast does not represent the views of any institutions, colleges, networks, churches, or secret government organisations with which we are affiliated or employed."

Pod of the Gaps Pod of the Gaps

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 39 Ratings

An occasional podcast featuring Aaron Edwards and Andy Bannister. Each episode sees the two friends take a contemporary issue in culture and explore it from a Christian perspective.

Featuring banter, philosophy, culture, theology, bad jokes, apologetics, and more — the podcast aims to help Christians think wisely about the challenges of living in the 21st century.

=========================================

Theological and Political Disclaimer

The content of this podcast does not represent the views of any institutions, colleges, networks, churches, or secret government organisations with which we are affiliated or employed."

    Episode 78 - Islamism and Islamophobia: A Christian Response (feat. Tim Dieppe of Christian Concern)

    Episode 78 - Islamism and Islamophobia: A Christian Response (feat. Tim Dieppe of Christian Concern)

    Many Christians are naïve about the ways Islam has gained much ground within western society in recent years, influencing numerous spheres of culture, politics, and law. The vision of Islamic beliefs ruling all spheres of society (‘Islamism’) may not be adopted by all western Muslims, but it is a belief entirely consistent with Islamic tradition.

    Where Muslims are often very bullish about defending their values and public symbols, Christians often happily give away such cultural ground, fearing the accusation of ‘Islamophobia’. What are the implications of allowing elements of Shariah Law to be imposed within western societies today? What can Christians draw upon to think through and respond to these challenges with love, confidence, and clarity?

    In this special episode in our mini-series on Islam, Andy and Aaron are joined by Tim Dieppe (Christian Concern), a regular media commentator on Christianity and Islam in British public life, to talk through these important issues.

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    RESOURCES:

    - Tim Dieppe, “What’s Wrong With Islamic Finance?” (2018) https://christianconcern.com/resource/whats-wrong-islamic-finance/

    - Christian Concern resources on Islam. https://christianconcern.com/ccissues/islam/

    - Andy Bannister, “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?” (2021)

    - Rodney Stark, “God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades” (2010)

    - Raymond Ibrahim, “Defenders of the West: The Christian Heroes Who Stood Against Islam” (2022)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 77 - Confronting Muslims in the West (featuring Bob of Speaker’s Corner)

    Episode 77 - Confronting Muslims in the West (featuring Bob of Speaker’s Corner)

    More and more Christians in western society today see the ever-increasing need to reach Muslims with the Gospel. The problem is: how? In this special episode, Aaron is joined by Bob of Speaker’s Corner to talk through challenges, strategies, and related issues that come with taking seriously the Muslim mission field before us.

    Bob is known especially for his confrontational mode of engagement in such mission, which some Christians disagree with. Is this because we’re overly influenced by “middle class churchianity”? In what ways can a more direct approach be more fruitful in reaching Muslims today?

    How does our wider progressive political culture affect our ability to challenge the beliefs of Muslims publically? What are the risks involved, and how can we navigate them with both wisdom and courage?

    All this and more, on this jam-packed episode of Pod of the Gaps.

    Useful Links:

    - https://www.youtube.com/@SocoFilms

    - 'Dawa Clowns Interrupting Conversation' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Eodk1A7x14&t=973s

    - https://twitter.com/btbsoco

    - Andy Bannister, "Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?" (London: IVP, 2021)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 76 - Is It Time to End the Church of England?

    Episode 76 - Is It Time to End the Church of England?

    We've come to expect the politically correct and increasingly “woke” posture of many of the Church of England’s official statements and policies in recent years. Recent announcements on issues such as race, Islam, sexuality, and even evangelism, showcase a desire to “play nice” with the secular and multicultural political establishment rather than offering a genuinely prophetic voice.

    But is the CofE’s descent into ever more progressive viewpoints is inevitable? What about those who seek to reform Anglicanism from within, restoring its evangelical roots? Is there a case for disestablishing the Church of England altogether? What would we lose (or gain) if we did?

    Andy (a reluctant Anglican) and Aaron (a Methodist exile) dive into this entirely non-controversial topic with the usual mix of wit, wisdom, and insight.

    RESOURCES ETC MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

    * CofE Press Release: https://bit.ly/48XQiEF

    * CofE "Healing, Repair and Justice" report (see clause 32): https://bit.ly/49Pnj7u

    * Justin Welby's Ramadan video: https://bit.ly/3PjxqJt

    * ChatGPT's attempt at impersonating the Archbishop of Canterbury: https://bit.ly/4c9ZkBt

    * Michael Hampson, "Last Rites: The End of the Church of England " (Granta, 2006)

    * Ben Merkle, "The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great" (Thomas Nelson. 2009)

    • 59 min
    Episode 75 - Can We Change the World?

    Episode 75 - Can We Change the World?

    What are Christians supposed to do about the erosion of the Christian foundations of Western culture? Sometimes evangelicals have reacted by retreating from the call to be salt and light in the world, withdrawing into a narrow vision for the Gospel which limits its wider societal impact.

    But isn't trying to change the world something that liberals tend to focus on? Does working for social change risk watering down the gospel? Should we be seeking a new version of “Christendom” today, or is this too unrealistic an aim for the modern Church?

    Andy and Aaron explore all this ground, as well as thinking about what we can learn from evangelical missionaries who brought Christianity to other cultures.

    Please Help ...

    Pod of the Gaps needs your help to keep going! If you enjoy our adventures in culture and theology, please consider a small monthly tip to keep us recording: https://www.patreon.com/wkop

    Resources Related to this Episode ...

    Janet & Geoff Benge, "Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar" (YWAM Publishing)

    Corrie Ten Boom, "The Hiding Place" (Tyndale House Publishing)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 74 - What's Gone Wrong with Preaching?

    Episode 74 - What's Gone Wrong with Preaching?

    Week after week, year after year, churches spend inordinate amounts of time producing, presenting, and discussing sermons. Yet sermons are far less influential upon the average Christian’s life, faith, and beliefs than ever before. Why? The loss of pulpit authority? The loss of creativity in communication? The encroaching pressure of secular beliefs? The rise of podcasts and other digital media?

    Many wonder whether “the sermon” is past its sell-by date. But what if the lacklustre impact of preaching has as much to do with cultural assimilation and theological erosion as unimaginative communication? Aaron and Andy dig into all these questions and more!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 73 - Six Challenges for the Church in 2024

    Episode 73 - Six Challenges for the Church in 2024

    In keeping with the now ancient Pod of the Gaps tradition, Andy and Aaron kick off the new year by identifying their collective key challenges for the Church to face up to as it seeks to meet this cultural moment in light of the Word of God. As they reflect on what the Church has already been facing and look forward to some of the more significant implications lying ahead in the near future, they each live-reveal their "3 challenges" (without conferring!) and see whether they end up more in harmony than cacophony! If you care about the direction of the Church in the challenging times ahead, you'll want to listen to this one!

    **** Please help keep Pod of the Gaps by supporting us on Patreon. It really does make a huge difference and is massively appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/wkop ****

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

    Meic Pearse, "Why the Rest Hates the West"

    Corrie Ten Boom, "The Hiding Place"

    - https://davenantinstitute.org/uk-convivium-2024/

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Sobo Girl ,

Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyable podcast with lots of banter and Andy’s infamous puns to keep us entertained, but also genuinely Biblical, educational and thought provoking. Always look forward to the next episode.

StuartMcI ,

So refreshing

Such a great, easy listening podcast that is light hearted but thought provoking and serious when it needs to be. Aaron and Andy present a great biblical Christian perspective on so many challenging worldly issues.

Great listening fellas, thanks

Stuart

Sean B313 ,

Big issues

Tackling important topics, with good questions and discussion.

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