ELIM MPower Podcast

The discipleship podcast for busy blokes

The James Chipwete interview

Nick Whittome and James Chipwete • November 27, 2019 • James Chipwete

On this episode, MPOWER are in conversation with James Chipwete about the book of Jonah. James is a doctor, and he is one the elders at Birmingham City Church. They talk about why Jonah runs away, and why blokes in general can sometimes run away from responsibility or equally from fear of failure. James suggests that Jonah may not have received the best role modelling and that this could be why he disappears off towards Tarshish to begin with. Role modelling is such a help for men when it is available, and equally destructive when absent. We also explore what the captain says to Jonah when he is asleep – to wake up and call on his God. Jesus could sleep despite a storm because He was within the centre of God’s will, whereas Jonah was perhaps asleep in a rebellious place and the cause of a storm. Jonah seems to represent those men who have to get to the very end of themselves before turning to God, where all other options have been taken off the table. This inturn leads to a turnaround moment for Jonah – and listening and acting more quickly in response to God next time around. We look at how receptive the Ninevites are to Jonah’s rather terse outreach message because God has been doing work on them in the background – and deeper than this that Jonah’s outreach work perhaps lays the foundation for the later exile of Judah to Babylon. If blokes have blown it with things, the message of Jonah is that we worship a God of second chances. They unpack whether blokes sulk, like Jonah, and our tendency not to share our feelings, and how narrow Jonah’s perspectives really are, and its lack compared with the other people in his world. The Ninevites also seem to be so much quicker in their spiritual turnaround than Jonah is in his geographical about-face. We round up with this thought: that God sees us as men where we are, and if we need someone to walk alongside us, God can do this; and James closes by praying for everyone listening.

The Robson 'Robbie' Alencar interview

Robson Alencar and Nick Whittome • November 8, 2019

MPOWER: On this episode, Nick Whittier is in conversation with Robson Alencar from Birmingham City Church. We discuss Robson's journey to faith, how he navigated a recent tough time with some extreme pain and learning how to pray.

The Liam Husband interview

Liam Husband and Nick Whittome • October 18, 2019 • Liam Husband

MPOWER: In this MPOWER podcast episode, we are in conversation with Liam Husband, the lead pastor at Hope Community Church in Bournemouth, about: Liam’s family and the perils of keeping ducks! Recent church missions to Kenya and Estonia The local ‘coffee and bacon rolls’ ministry to the homeless of Bournemouth Advice for a bloke thinking about going on mission, and how we draw on skills we already have once we are in the mission field Progress for the Hope Community Church team through the Church Leadership Academy being offered out of Birmingham City Church The issue of fatherlessness Communication weaknesses among men, and how to overcome these, including modelling vulnerability The impact of hope and God’s plans from Jeremiah 29:11 Liam’s love of playing and watching rugby, the parallels between rugby and church and what spiritual victory looks like in church

The Mark Lyndon-Jones Interview

Nick Whittome and Mark Lyndon-Jones • October 4, 2019 • Mark Lyndon-Jones

MPOWER: in this first episode of the MPOWER podcast, Nick Whittome (Birmingham City Church) interviews Mark Lyndon-Jones who leads MPower - Elim's national men's ministry. How do you start a men's group? Struggles with isolation Blokes being very busy - and countering that with prioritising and planning Helpful resources, including the weekly MPower devotional email