The Evangelical Seanchaí Podcasts
Nick Park, Executive Director of Evangelical Alliance Ireland, highlights the church scene in Ireland and chats with featured guests as well as providing his unique take on the week’s news stories.
Episode 21 – 7th February 2020
Nick shares his personal experience of what it means to be homeless, and why he believes housing to be a human right and a moral issue. Also,David Turner of Church in Chains explains how we can pray for the Church in Kazakhstan.
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Episode 20 – 29th January 2020
Praying & Voting, Mick Toolan, & the Church in Indonesia
Nick encourages us to pray before we vote – and highlights some of the key issues guiding his vote. Mick Toolan talks about his water charity work in Cameroon, and David Turner of Church in Chains describes how Indonesia is both the home of megachurches and of persecuted Christians.
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Episode 19 – 17th January 2020
The 2 Popes, Steve Vaughan & the Church in Syria
Nick contrasts the Two Popes movie with the reality. Steve Vaughan shares about a new early morning Faith & Work initiative in Dublin, and David Turner of Church in Chains describes the Persecuted Church in Syria.
Episode 18 – 11th January 2020
Fake News & Measles, Pastor Jayaseelan & the Church in Mexico
Nick asks how much of the news headlines we really getting. Pastor Jayaseelan shares about the Ministry of Jesus Church in Ballyfermot. Also, David Turner of Church in Chains helps us know how to pray for the Church in Mexico.
Episode 17 – 1st January 2020
New Year’s Day Podcast
Nick encourages us to listen to the man who stands at the gate of the year, and to enter 2020 hand-in-hand with God. Nick also looks ahead to initiatives planned in the next 12 months, including an interview with Dr James Davis about Dublin becoming a ‘global hub of Christianity’. David Turner shares some of the areas that Church in Chains are keeping their eyes on in 2020.
Episode 16 – 22nd December 2019
Nick reflects on the Christmas Carol ‘O Holy Night’ – a heart cry from an atheist who wanted to see a church that would look more like Jesus. Paul Carley explains how the Bridge Church in Celbridge has teamed up with a local cafe to provide Christmas Dinner for over 60 members of the community. Also, David Turner of Church in Chains shares about the reality of Christians who face arrest simply for singing Christmas Carols.
Episode 15 – 12th December 2019
Reinhard Bonnke, Mitch Belfast & the Church in Afghanistan
Nick pays tribute to Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke who went to be with the Lord this week. Mitch, from Crown Jesus Ministries, describes Bonnke’s role in his own calling as an evangelist. Also, David Turner of Church in Chains helps us know how to pray for the Church in Afghanistan.
Episode 14 – 5th December 2019
Loving Christmas, Culture Connect Drogheda & Christianity in Ethiopia
In a week in which Peter McVerry said he hates Christmas, Nick describes how his own attitude towards Christmas has radically changed. Nick also chats to Edward and Flora Okobi, who came to Ireland from Nigeria and pioneered the Culture Connect organisation in Drogheda. Also, David Turner of Church in Chains shares insights into what it’s like to be a Christian in Ethiopia.
Episode 13 – 27th November 2019
Christian Schools, Katy Edgmon of Zoe Community, & The Church in Algeria
Nick reflects on why the British Labour Party dropped their plans to abolish private schools – and argues that religious schools should be a matter of choice. Nick also meets Katy Edgmon to hear how Zoe Community seeks to help local churches respond to crisis pregnancies. Also, David Turner of Church in Chains shares disturbing news from Algeria.
Episode 12 – 19th November 2019
Venice, King Canute, Robbie Frawley, Bono’s Wedding & Christianity in Turkey
Nick reflects on what Venice and King Canute can teach a Church that faces a rising tide of social change. Nick also chats to Robbie Frawley about coping with tragedy, UCB radio & how he ended up as a guest at Bono’s wedding. David Turner of Church In Chains talk about what it’s like to be a Christian in Turkey.
Episode 11 – 13th November 2019
Gay Byrne, Jonny Lindsay & the Church in Egypt
Following the death of the broadcaster Gay Byrne, Nick Park of Evangelical Alliance responds to those who view his legacy in a negative light. Nick also chats to Jonny Lindsay about his ministry at Vox Magazine, and to David Turner of Church In Chains about religious freedom, discrimination and persecution in Egypt.
Episode 10 – 6th November 2019
Genocide, Homelessness, Persecution in Sri Lanka and Laurel & Hardy
Nick explains why recognising the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians as ‘genocide’ is more than semantics. How Evangelical Christians are joining Ireland’s Jewish community to listen to Holocaust survivors and mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Damian Jackson talks about a new church initiative to address the issue of homelessness. David Turner explains persecution in Sri Lanka. Finally, there’s a review of the movie ‘Stan & Ollie’ – what’s that doing in a Christian podcast?
Episode 9 – 29th October 2019
A New Irish Christian Documentary, Persecution in Nigeria & People Trafficking
Nick explains why push and pull factors have created a flood of migrants that will not abate. How can rich & developed nations avoid the tragedy of migrants suffocating in containers? David Patton talks about his new documentary film – ‘The Spiritual Journey of Ireland’ Meanwhile, David Turner explains why life is so different for Christians in different regions of Nigeria.
Episode 8 – 19th October 2019
Fraser Hosford’s New Book, Persecution in Iraq & Glorifying Criminality
Nick questions whether making drugs gangs a source of entertainment is feeding Ireland’s problem with criminality. Fraser Hosford shares about the launch of Praxis Press with his new book ‘Down With This Sort of Thing.’ David Turner highlights conditions for Christians in Iraq and a new housing initiative through a Church in Chains partnership.
Episode 7 – 12th October 2019
Featuring David Wilson on Biblical Sexuality & David Turner on North Korea
Nick Park discusses how the world, and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, are recognising African Christians who are transforming their Continent . David Wilson of Agape Ministries shares about the upcoming “Living Out’ Conference, and how church leaders can help Christians with same-sex attractions who want to remain faithful to biblical standards of sexuality. David Turner, of Church in Chains, also explains what it is like to be a Christian in North Korea.
Episode 6 – 5th October 2019
Featuring Patrick Mitchel & a movie review of ‘Unplanned’
Nick Park discusses partisanship and intransigence in the news headlines, a BBC documentary on the Northern Irish Troubles, and a hug in a US courtroom that dramatically displayed Christian forgiveness. Patrick Mitchel of Irish Bible Institute talks about his new book ‘The Message of Love’. David Turner shares about persecution of Christians in Uzbekistan. The podcast finishes with a movie review of ‘Unplanned’ – the powerful story of Abby Johnson’s journey from abortion clinic director to pro-life campaigner.
Episode 5 – 27th September 2019
Featuring the pastors of Betania Church in Dublin
Episode 5 features an interview with the pastors of the 1000-strong Betania Church in Dublin, recorded live on the construction site of their massive new building. David Turner shares about persecution in Iran. Also, Nick looks at why news stories about Boris Johnson, Maria Bailey & Donald Trump should make Christians pause for their own integrity check.
Episode 4 – 20th September 2019
Featuring Donna Jennings of TIO & David Turner
Nick Park brings his unique take on the week’s headlines, focusing on Justin Trudeau’s ‘blackface’ past and our need for grace and redemption. David Turner shares about persecution of Christians in Eritrea. Also, Nick interviews Donna Jennings about her experience with Micah, her autistic son, and about an upcoming TIO Conference in Greystones, County Wicklow, to help equip the Church to celebrate and minister to those with learning disabilities.
Episode 3 – 16th September 2019
With Nick Park, Arise Fire Conference Team & David Turner
Nick Park of Evangelical Alliance Ireland reflects on the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and why TearFund Ireland are praying for the climate. There’s an interview with the planners of the National Women’s Fire Conference in Dublin. David Turner shares about persecution in Pakistan, and Nick launches a new segment – God’s Growing Church – by explaining why church worship songs need to be both biblical and singable.
Episode 2 – 8th September 2019
With Nick Park, Roy Angle & David Turner
Nick Park of Evangelical Alliance Ireland reviews the news headlines, concentrating on the alarming decline in society’s expectations of leadership and why we are turning bullies into heroes and role models. Roy Angle shares about his passion for the Church to provide community. David Turner shares about the Persecuted Church in India. The Evangelical Seanchaí Podcast seeks to inform, connect, equip & represent Ireland’s Evangelical Christians.
Episode 1 – 31st August 2019
Evangelical Alliance’s Nick Park chats with TearFund Ireland, Church in Chains, & draws inspiration from Stephen the Blind Hedgehog.