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KLC Podcast

Welcome to Christianity for the Everyday, a podcast of the Kirby Laing Centre.

Public theology is about how the very good news of Jesus relates to all of life. We like to quote Gerard Manley Hopkins’ statement that “Christ plays in ten thousand places.” In our podcast we aim to find those myriad ways in which Christ plays in our lives, so that we can play alongside him. Join our team and invited guests as we explore Christianity and the everyday from the most mundane aspects of our lives with their hidden glory, to geo-political issues that impact upon them.

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Playfulness in Creation with Calvin Seerveld

In this episode of Christianity for the Everyday we have a conversation with Calvin Seerveld who served as professor Emeritus in Aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto for many years. Now in his 93rd year of life, it was a privilege for us to hear his thoughts on a variety of subjects such as art, God’s call on us to be playful in creation, ageing, reading the Bible, and receiving and embracing the ‘hugs’ God gives his children through the creation.

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“Thin Places” with Tracy Balzer

In this episode of the podcast we have a conversation with Tracy Balzer about her work in the areas of contemplative and Celtic spirituality, pilgrimage and Christian holy places. We discuss the nature and importance of “Thin Places”, where God seems powerfully present; “Thick Places”, where God seems far from us; and the experience of pilgrimage to Christian holy sites. From her research, writing and teaching, to her own experience and travel, Tracy is an insightful and instructive guide for us on the pilgrim’s journey.

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Religious Freedom in a Secular Age with Mike Bird

In this episode of the podcast we speak with Mike Bird, Australian Anglican priest, theologian, and New Testament scholar, about his recent book: Religious Freedom in a Secular Age: A Christian Case for Liberty, Equality, and Secular Government. Drawing on a variety of examples of challenges facing religious freedom in secular societies, Mike helps us to define a healthy secularism that actually protects religious liberty and fosters true diversity, while highlighting the dangers present in both Christian nationalism on the one hand and secular progressivism on the other. Mike manages to speak to these issues with equal parts incisiveness and humour, and provides hopeful suggestions for Christians (as well as people of other religions and no religion) who wish to engage constructively in the public sphere today.

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The 30-Minute Bible with Paige Vanosky

In this episode of Christianity for the Everyday we sit down with Paige Vanosky to discuss her new book, The 30-Minute Bible: God’s Story for Everyone, co-authored with Craig Bartholomew. She recounts her life-changing ‘ah ha!’ moment after trying to summarise the story of the Bible for an everyday audience and realising how profoundly cohesive the stories of Scripture are, the overarching story they tell, that Jesus comes out of an unfolding story that began in the garden of Genesis 1, and how we are to take our place in the great story God is telling.

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Learning to Carry Our Wounds with Jerry Sittser

In this episode of Christianity for the Everyday we speak with author and professor Jerry Sittser about his profound book A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss, in which he recounts his experience of losing his wife, his daughter and his mother in a tragic accident and the journey from despair to hope that followed. We also talk about his desire to be a bridge between the academy and the church; the major landmarks along the road of suffering and loss; the necessity of being attentive to our present experience; having a deep root system in Scripture and practical spirituality; memorising the Psalms and other scriptures; the human capacity to live in tension; the spiritual life as pilgrimage; the way our souls grow as we learn to carry our wounds and find we become able to help others carry theirs; and to choose life, especially amidst the darkness.

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