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The Abba Podcast: with John MacDonald
59 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Walking With God & Same-Sex Attraction (Pt.2)
Homosexuality has been, for a long time, regarded as sin by believers. We read our translations describing same-sex attraction as abominable and treat same-sex attracted people accordingly. What if we have misunderstood the Bible teaching on same-sex relationships? What if we have forgoten Jesus' instruction to love? How then do we regard same-sex attracted people and fellow believers? In this follow up to his conversation with Michael Bird, John looks at what the Bible says and means regarding same-sex attraction and more importantly, what the Bible doesn't say.
72 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Walking with God & same-sex Attraction: In conversation with Michael Bird
What is it about same sex attraction that causes Christianity to react so negatively at times? What about the people, the individuals who are wrestling with faith and same sex attraction, how to we treat them, how do we respond and how do we love them? In conversation with Michael Bird, John MacDonald explores some of these issues. Part one of a two part look at the issue of same sex attraction
87 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
God: Angry deity or Loving Parent? a look at Psalm 22
I chat with Florian Berndt & Felicia Murrell about faith journeys. We talk about the gospels core message, separation/alienation, Jesus' cry from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me" finishing with thoughts on the cross and Psalm 22
81 minutes | May 23, 2021
David Tensen: Poetry is the language of the heart
I chat with poet David Tensen about his inspirations, broken times, when trite faith answers don't add up and wounded heroes. We speak about recovery from burnout, the need to be a rescuer and how his faith grew through deconstructing and reconstructing, dismantling coping mechanisms and getting help If you thin you don't like poetry, think again. David's poetry is life, it is raw at times and most of all it is real - giving language to our own heart cries.
50 minutes | May 8, 2021
In Conversation with Godfrey Birtill Part 1
The music in this video is used with Godfrey's permission. I do not profit from its use. Described variously as a minstrel, troubador and worship leader I chat with Godfrey about his journalism career, songwriting influences, ministry in Psychiatric wards and Glory in the Pub.
52 minutes | May 8, 2021
In Conversation with Godfrey Birtill Part 2
The music in this video is used with Godfrey's permission. I do not profit from its use. Described variously as a minstrel, troubador and worship leader we talk about Godfrey's changing theology, the Father singing over us, his musical influences and Moravian connections. There's a wee bit about living in lockdown thrown in there too.
51 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Part 2: Conversation with Florian Berndt
From Self destructive and suicidal teen to living loved, Florian Berndt shares his perspective on God & life This is the second part of our chat and includes the issue of religious zealotry & discipline, prophetic ministry & community, and a chat about all creation groaning
45 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Part 1: Conversation with Florian Berndt
self destructive as a teen, suicidal and never feeling a home in his heart… The love of God revolutionised Florian’s life, theology and living. The joy that was missing came alive in him. Florian says, "The revelation that accompanied this experience involved both the masculine and the feminine aspects of the parental nature of the Divine and not only did I finally find a place of rest in my heart, but my entire mind seemed to get reconfigured and my theology started to deconstruct from that moment on" In this first part we touch on subjects such as Free Grace, Wrath & Passion, West/East Church theology, femininity of Holy Spirit Part 2 is available now
102 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Sammy Horner: Rev Sam and The Outcasts
Sammy Horner has been many things but is best known as musician/singer with The electrics, The Sweet Sorrows and for his Celtic Worship music. Sammy speaks with John MacDonald about life in lockdown, his new music and books as well as faith and life. This podcast includes some of Sammy's music: "Who Gives a Damn?" The Blessing", "The Whole Shebang", "The Good Ship Kelly Jean" "Willingly" and "You Are Loved, You Are Accepted".
74 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
The Road to Recovery: conversation with Steve Myatt
What happens when a successful pastor blows it; when he loses friends, home, job? How do you rebuild from that? Steve Myatt lived that nightmare and shares his story with humility and vulnerability as he tells of his journey to liberation. Think you've blown it? THINK AGAIN!
95 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Divine Healing in The Modern World: A Chat With Mark Marx
Mark Marx was born in Cape Town, studied art in London and launched out, in healing ministry while based in small town Northern Ireland. How did this South African born Londoner, designing the interiors of homes of the wealthy, end up in Coleraine selling double glazing, before travelling the world equipping the church with the belief that all believers can heal the sick? Mark is motivated by the overwhelming love of God the Father to touch others and bring them into His embrace through Jesus. Listen as Mark speaks about the perseverance, humility of heart and faith that God has worked in him and has taken him across continents. https://www.healingonthestreets.com/
81 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Felicia Murrell Talks Race, Culture, Faith and Love
I had a fascinating chat with Felicia Murrell around her experiences as a Black Woman, talking about racism and the culture that allows it. Where and how, does faith and more importantly love work in such times? Listen and learn. Felicia drops pearls of wisdom and insight into the conversation that are well worth pondering. Felicia will also be part of the teaching/speaking team for the Open Table conference III (online) commencing February 26th 2021. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-open...
100 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Natalie Collins, Gender Justice, Abuse and Faith
Author of 'Out of Control', the delightful Natalie Collins popped into Abba Podcast to chat about her work as a gender justice specialist (yes she does explain it) working in the area of domestic abuse. We chatted about male violence, faith and Natalie shared some of her personal journey and experiences in a toxic relationship
41 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Dorothy Winter: Life, Ministry, Faith and Faithfulness
Jack & Dorothy Winter pioneered the revelation of Father's Love, ministering around the world. I had the enormous pleasure and privilege to chat with Dorothy recently as she recalled some of those years and the incredible love and faithfulness of God throughout.
35 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Are Followers of Jesus Really Saved to Serve?
Apologies for the occasional poor sound quality. This was recorded over the internet and the connection was not so stable at times Saved to Serve - it sounds like a new age mantra or self help declaration. For many years believers in Jesus have heard and followed this mantra devotedly and at times slavishly BUT is it true? Are followers of Jesus really called and saved to serve? If so why are we not seeing greater efforts and results from this obligated service? If not, why have we followed this idea down into the rabbit hole? John MacDonald offers some thoughts, insights and advice on the matter
76 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Barry Adams: On the Fatherhood of God
Barry Adams, author of worldwide phenomenon, "The Father's Love Letter" talks about his experience and understanding of God's fatherhood for us. Barry shares about God the Father's love in time of family crisis and his hopes for the future
100 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
What Is Deconstruction?
In the rapidly changing faith landscape many are questioning what they have always heard and believed. In some people's thinking this is the first step in a great falling away and for others it is an awakening to a more solid faith base. John speaks with Phil Drysdale (https://www.phildrysdale.com/) about his experience and ministry to those who are 'deconstructing'. He explains what it is, how it affects people and some of the implications of deconstruction for believers.
30 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Is God Our Father?
If God does not adopt us as His sons & daughters what are we then? Is God really our Father if He doesn't adopt us? John shows, from the Bible, that God has not only, always been A Father but, that He has always been our Father - even before we had heard of Him. Be assured of God's eternal love for you as His beloved child. Video will also be available on YouTube (search for jmac336)
55 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Does God Adopt Us?
The question of being God's children has been a dilemma for many believers. When the Bible calls us the adopted children of God is that an accurate description of our relationship with Him? Trevor Galpin brings a wonderful and fresh look at this topic, bringing great clarity to our status as children of God. In the next episode John will talk about how the Bible shows that God is our true and real Father...
10 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
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