Update

Apologies for the lack of podcasting just at the moment. A couple of recording arrangements have had to be postponed, so that's thrown my shedule out for a bit. But don't worry, TMR isn't going away. I'll be back "on-air" as soon as possible.

Blessings, Julian.

Current Programme

adeFor the second interview in our short series on the Ukraine Crisis—the first of which was with Dr Paul Craig Roberts—we are once again joined by the lawyer, writer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde, who has appeared on the programme several times in the past to speak on geopolitcal matters.

In this in-depth interview, recorded on 8 April 2022, Adeyinka Makinde draws upon his considerable knowledge and understanding of military history and international relations to share with us his perspective on the historical, political and geographical conditions that he argues have led to the current Crisis.

(Adeyinka Makinde trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has an academic research interest in intelligence & security matters. He is a contributor t o a number of websites for which he has written essays and commentaries on international relations, politics and military history. He has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia.)

Upcoming Programmes

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We hope to be joined by Dr Piers Robinson—co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies—for a conversation on his recent article, "Cock-up or Conspiracy? Understanding COVID-19 as a ‘Structural Deep Event’ ".

Dr Piers Robinson is a co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies and was Chair/Professor in Politics, Society and Political Journalism, University of Sheffield, 2016-2019, Senior Lecturer in International Politics (University of Manchester 2010-2016) and Lecturer in Political Communication (University of Liverpool, 1999-2005). He researches and writes on propaganda, media, international politics and conflict.

 


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We shall be joined once again by Rev Phill Sacre—an ordained minister in the Church of England and host of the YouTube channel "Sacred Musings"—for a conversation on "Following Christ in the New Old Normal".

"It's all over!" "Just move on!" "Let's get back to the Old Normal." So say many. But would any of that be wise? Can we really be confident—after two years of mass manipulation, profiteering and technocractic power grab—that the darkness we witnessed, just months ago, is really "all over" just like that? And would it be right to "move on" and forget the lessons of the Covid Era? Perhaps we shouldn't want to relive the exact Old Normal anyway.

So, join us as we discuss what it might mean to follow Christ in the "New Old Normal"—to live out and encourage "awakeness" rather than "sleep" in the church and beyond.

Phill is a Christian minister. He is ordained in the Church of England and serves on a part-time basis in a parish on the Essex coast. The remainder of his time he devotes to his online ministries: Understand the Bible and Sacred Musings : Building on Christian Foundations (on YouTube). His previous interviews with us can be found here and here.


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In-between interviews, we shall continue the TMR Movie Roundtable sessions with a growing list of titles that connect with themes covered on the podcast over the last several years.

On the list at the moment—in no definite order—are: Soylent Green (1973), the dystopian thriller set in 2022 (!), starring Charlton Heston and Edward G Robinson; Minority Report (2002), the conceptual-science-fiction action film, starring Tom Cruise; Fahrenheit 451 (1966), directed by François Truffaut; Arlington Road (1999), the domestic terrorism thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack; THX 1138 (1971), George Lucas's first feature film, starring Donald Pleasance and Robert Duvall; Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), starring John Hurt; and (oh yes) The Sound of Music (1965), starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (for which treat we shall certainly be joined by Johnny Iron!).

Our roundatble guests will be drawn from the usual talented crew—Frank Johnson, Mark Campbell, GK, Johnny Iron, Jenifer Thyssen and Anthony Rotunno—but you never know, the guest list keeps growing, so there's no telling what will happen.


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We hope to be joined once again by the theologian and lecturer Dr. Martin Erdmann, Director of the Verax Institute, for an interview on Volume Five—"A Religious Quest for an Ideal Society"— of his magnum opus, The Triumph of Progressivism.

"American Civil Religion is the most effective rival religion to true Christianity in the US"—Martin Erdmann

As a fish is unaware of the water in which it swims, so the majority of Americans do not perceive that there exists in the US today a state religion, incompatible with true Christianity, yet not openly opposed to it. Feeding on the many symbols, events, ideals and heroes of America's history and public life, and borrowing from the language and metaphors of Christianity, this state religion vies for the allegiance of every citizen. Arguing that every state cultivates its own particular brand of civil religion, Dr. Erdmann encourages us to stand firm when our allegiance to Christ is challenged by the state, and advises us to remain vigilant as we approach the days of a global civil religion.


May God bless you, and thanks for listening,

Julian.


 
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