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The Gavin Calver interview

Nick Whittome and Gavin Calver

January 10, 2020 • Gavin Calver

We are in conversation with Gavin Calver, CEO of the Evangelical Alliance in the UK. The Evangelical Alliance seeks to represent evangelical Christians in the UK, to bring Christians together and help them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. Gavin's infectious energy, vision and passion for Jesus and life is inspirational. We talk about how men can be less passive and take more of an activist role in their faith. Football fans just start a song, which is not passive at all - whereas church can sometimes be a bit polished, and men feel they have to 'receive'. As a practical outworking of this, Gavin encourages men to take a more activist stance in pointing our kids to Jesus, for example. We need to set the pace as men. Gavin talks about his passion for AFC Wimbledon, how he used to play with Scott Parker and Sean Wright-Philips, but injury put paid to his hopes of playing football at a national level. Gavin ran 1000 miles in 2019, and so we discuss the connection between fitness and faith. Gavin uses a lot of his time running talking to Jesus and listening to Him.

In conversation with Billy Vunipola

Nick Whittome with Billy Vunipola • September 6, 2020 • Billy Vunipola

Discipleship For Busy Blokes podcast had a great opportunity recently to catch up briefly in conversation with Billy Vunipola, rugby player for Saracens and England. Originally from Tonga, Billy and his family are now resident in England. He plays at Number 8 at the back of the scrum, and although he shares about notable games, tries scored and man of the match awards, he’s keen to stress how much it’s all about the team as a whole working together to gain victory. He also shares about the special bond he has with his brother Mako, who is also in the same two teams, and how they sometimes chat in Tongan.

In conversation with Chris Cartwright

Nick Whittome with Chris Cartwright • July 24, 2020 • Chris Cartwright

MPower's Nick Whittome is in conversation with Elim’s national leader Chris Cartwright. Chris briefly outlines his journey in faith and ministry, up to his current role as the General Superintendent of the Elim Pentecostal movement. We ask the million-dollar question: how can really busy blokes manage all the different priorities they are confronted by? We all get pushed into an extraordinary level of ‘busyness’, but we mustn’t beat ourselves up about that! Chris shares that he has been slowly working his way through the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer, along with a couple of really helpful principles for really busy blokes.

In conversation with Maldwyn Jones

June 6, 2020 • Maldwyn Jones

In this Elim MPower podcast episode, we discuss why men find it hard to face mental health problems. Maldwyn Jones shares about a time when he himself suffered a mental breakdown at the age of 27, which took him several months’ recuperation to overcome. He points to several factors that helped him get better: his wife Ruth acknowledged the struggle without letting him slip into a morass of depression; he had a daily routine supported by a mutual friend; he talked with the psychiatrist referred for him by his GP, and he spent a period of time doing physical work on a church building project, which helped him not just to feel useful but which also gave him better sleep at night. Maldwyn talks about struggling with self-confidence, and with battling his own self-esteem for much of his ministry. He credits the increased confidence of his later years both to Jesus and also to the strong love and support of his wife Ruth. He also describes the terrible issue of suicide particularly among younger men – and points to the love of God for us as men as the foundational starting point of who we are and for a strong sense of worth.