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SALT - Podcast
Conversations with Jenny
Join Jenny Salt as she takes you deeper into the lives of 'ordinary' people with heart warming, sometimes challenging and always distinctive gospel stories.
We've teamed up with The Bible Society Australia to produce these seasons of SALT. Where possible, we'd love you to leave a review to help spread the word! (If you'd like to financially support the production of SALT we'd love to hear from you. Please email Greg Swanton, SMBC general manager, or phone 02 97474780.)
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22 September 2020 Episode 31 - 10, 9, 8… God Is Great! - Colin
An Irishman, a Victorian and a musician walk into a bar - and they're all the same bloke!
Colin Buchanan is one of Australia's most beloved country music and kid's worship composers. His family journey spans the globe, his musical journey the breadth of this country, and his spiritual journey from darkness to light.
Join Jenny Salt as she presents a bonus-length, musical special that peers into the corners of Colin's life and comes out with a smile on its face!
15 September 2020 Episode 30 - When The Lights Go Out - Ruth
Ruth was a missionary in Africa for more than 20 years, during which time her witness had to survive war, hostile governments and the most personal of assaults.
In 1960 Ruth Myors left Australia to work as a midwife with the Somali people. For over two decades she served in a hospital in Somalia, a village in Ethiopia and a radio ministry in Kenya.
Bureaucratic decisions, coups, communist takeovers, natural disasters, sudden deaths - all disrupted plans and brought about unexpected changes in her life.
Ruth wrote about these experiences in her memoir When The Lights Go Out, and she shares them with Jenny Salt.
Trigger alert: This episode contains some distressing details of assault.
8 September 2020 Episode 29 - What’s In A Name? - Michael
What would it be like to grow up as the son of one of Australia's best known Christians - would it make you, or break you? Michael Jensen gives his reply...
Michael Jensen is the son of former Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and nephew to evangelical heavyweight Philip Jensen - two lives that have often cast long shadows over his own.
Jenny Salt asks him to share what it was like to grow up with a family name that was both loved and vilified by the people around him.
What Michael reveals is how he quietly fashioned a name for himself that still challenges people to come to terms with the Gospel, but in a way that is uniquely his own.
1 September 2020 Episode 28 - Helping Children Grieve - Jill
Jill McGilvray has experienced deep and abiding grief as her life has unfolded, and has turned it into an opportunity to help the smallest members of our community cope with their darkest hours.
Grief and loss are inevitable parts of life in this world. As Job puts it, "Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward."
The experience of both can be a lonely, painful and confusing time, especially for children.
Jill has not only faced her own loss and grief, but has been involved in bereavement counselling with children for many years.
Join Jill as she shares the lessons she has learned from decades of helping others grieve.
25 August 2020 Episode 27 - Australian / Israeli / Christian - Megan
Megan lived in the midst of a whirlwind of relationships created by her mother's own need to find love. But despite the people flowing in and out of her life, Megan knew from an early age she was no-one's 'special someone'.
Life in Australia, followed by a sojourn in Israel, a Jewish upbringing and a Christian education - all combined to increase her sense of a jumbled identity.
However when Megan decided to strike out and become a person of consequence, the greatest consequence of all was her meeting with God.
18 August 2020 Episode 26 - Flying High In Mongolia - David
David thought that his life would have no ceiling - literally. His early dreams were of serving God behind the controls of an aircraft. So how did he end up landing rough in Mongolia?
As a country town lad, David Burge was enamoured with the freedom of the open sky. It was only exceeded by his first love for Jesus.
When he contemplated a future in ministry, he thought that God would naturally combine his desire to be in the cockpit with an opportunity to transport the Gospel to unknown places.
But the flight-path God had in mind would take him from soaring highs to crashing lows, and a ministry in Mongolia that would take him closer to God than he ever thought possible.
11 August 2020 Episode 25 - Married To Mission - Helen
Helen lived a privileged life in a privileged suburb of Sydney. She grew up in an expansive home, holidayed by the sea and attended an exclusive private school. Her early life looked very much like an episode of Downton Abbey.
Her intensely academic parents planned a successful scientific career for their third child. However, Helen shocked them to the core when she opted to train as a missionary.
In the middle of her lonely upper-class life, God had reached out to reveal to Helen what real life looked like. And though Helen's path has taken her through many dark valleys, she has never had to confront them alone.
Trigger alert: This episode contains some distressing details of assault.
5 August 2020 Episode 24 - A Musical Life - Trevor
Trevor Hodge has played in everything from school concerts to cover bands, even as God brought together a musical career that has supported the faith of thousands.
Yet his biggest achievement is arguably breaking ground for a new sort of ministry position in Australian churches.
Trevor tells Jenny the story that led to him to become one of Australia's first 'magnification pastors', a term that has become synonymous with ministering the word of God to the soul through music.
28 July 2020 Episode 23 - Terror, Torment and Tragedy + Christ - Naomi
Naomi Deck grew up a promising girl in a happy family on New South Wales' south coast. However bullying by a group of Wicca devotees left her in fear for her life, and all but crushed her personality.
The anxiety that followed would drastically alter her life until one day she discovered that God was equal to all her fears.
But Naomi found her faith would have to rise to a whole new level the day she prayed, "Dear God make me humble," followed by, "Help me to never deny you."
21 July 2020 Episode 22 - My Two Japanese Fathers - Shion
Shion spent her earliest years split between Japan and Australia, absorbing the traditions of the first and the laid-back lifestyle of the second.
However, wherever she lived, she found her footsteps dogged by continuing interactions with the Christian faith - beginning with her very unlikely name, the Japanese word for 'Zion'.
But as she struggled to come to terms with her distant Japanese father, and her faithful Japanese father-in-law, Shion learned the qualities of still one more Father who longed to lead her into the Kingdom of God.
14 July 2020 Episode 21 - The Hardest Place Is Where You Are - Lakgva
Lakgva grew up in post-Communist Mongolia, a place of desperate poverty and spiritual malaise. A once-proud nomadic people were coping with the collapse of a rigid state system and a flood of western ideas.
Personally, Lakgva's family was devastated, with his university trained parents no longer able to find work. At 12 he was sent out to earn a living and came to view life through bitter eyes.
When his mother began going to church, Lakgva perceived it as a further reason to be ashamed in a life pock-marked with constant embarrassment. However, he had little idea how profound her quiet faith would become in one of the hardest ministry places on earth, and particularly in his own life.
7 July 2020 Episode 20 - A Prodigal Son Story - James
James Brigden started life in an idyllic home, but the temptations of alcohol, fuelled by a hard-drinking Aussie culture took him far from his loved ones.
A self-confessed alcoholic, James struggled to find his way through addiction and in the process discovered the God who was able to set him free. Not just from his dependency on the bottle, but the sin that so weighed him down.
Join Jenny Salt as she delves into James's life and his road to recovery, discovering truths that are enough to make any of us more sober-minded.
6 May 2020 Episode 19 - Living as a Christian in the messy world of politics - Meagan
Meagan Skinner had to grow up very fast in a family situation that was laced with uncertainty and trauma.
But God used those experiences to drive a biblical desire to see the world 'just that little better' for those around her. When she was given the chance to staff for a Sydney politician, it seemed like a good way to see through great changes.
Yet she soon found that being a Christian in the halls of power could be as crushing as it could be useful.
29 April 2020 Episode 18 - Not belonging… and belonging to God - Anna
Anna tells Jenny Salt a wonderful tale of how God uses great disappointment to grow our appreciation of His power and His goodness. She tells how she worked for decades to declare the Gospel overseas, only to have her dream fall apart at every point. But in those deepest and darkest points she discovered the truly beautiful presence of God.
22 April 2020 Episode 17 - Fathers and the Fatherhood of God - Simon
Simon Flinders is the pastor of a Sydney suburban Anglican church, which seems simple enough. Yet his life has been profoundly shaped by the family he grew up in, and ultimately by the fatherhood of God.
15 April 2020 Episode 16 - Preaching to the heights about the God who came down - Neeraj
Jenny Salt speaks to Neeraj, the grandchild of Nepal's first Christian converts.
During their time together she uncovers the 16-year prayer vigil that resulted in the Gospel crossing the borders of that mountain-locked country.
And Neeraj reveals his heart to 'preach to the heights' as he plans to return to his spiritually dark homeland.
8 April 2020 Episode 15 - A modern medical missionary - Andrew
Andrew Browning's medical career has taken him from the searing deserts of Tanzania to the struggling townships of Ethiopia, where he has put his special talents at Christ's service.
Widely regarded as the finest fistula surgeon in the world, Andrew has laboured alongside Dr. Catherine Hamlin and others to relieve the suffering of women made outcasts in their societies through no fault of their own.
And in doing so, he's seen God at work both in his life and the lives of his patients.
1 April 2020 Episode 14 - Wired to reach a sceptical world - John
Jenny Salt interviews John Dickson, the world-famous apologist, speaker and writer who has used every conceivable medium to challenge people to think about the claims of Jesus.
Jenny digs back into John's past, uncovering the pains that led him to think about the brevity of life, and the people who made Jesus personal to him. The career that followed makes for incredible listening.
25 March 2020 Episode 13 - From New Age to new life, and New York - Maia
Maia tell Jenny she desperately wanted to be the 'good girl', but couldn't find a path that satisfied her conscience. For years she delved into the New Age movement, looking for the spiritual guide she was hoping for. She found what she was looking for, though, on a highway to western Sydney. Since then Maia has been helping collect stories of faith from all over the world.
18 March 2020 Episode 12 - Christianity, science and other stuff - Andre
Andre was a youth leader, a ministry apprentice and a committed Christian - but before all of that, he was a scientist. Could his love for the world around him actually be the path God was calling him down? He tells Jenny Salt it was the hardest, best decision he's ever made.