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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.
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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.
11 March 2020 Episode 11 - This is big, but God is bigger - Kirsty
Kirsty is a country girl from Bega with a deep love for her family, beginning with her identical twin sister. Together they've shared everything from schoolyard pranks to careers in physiotherapy, and a path that led to Bible college. There they also met the very different men God had set aside for them. And when Kirsty's husband suffered a tragic accident, she tells Jenny Salt it was their mutual faith that would deliver fresh hope in the midst of painful struggles.
6 March 2020 Episode 10 - “Can we trust God with this?” - Helen
When huge challenge is followed by huge challenge, how do you manage to hold on to God? As the trials mounted, Helen Thomas had to ask herself again and again, "Can we trust God with this?"
2 December 2019 Episode 9 - Nothing is wasted in God’s economy - Stephen
In this episode, Jenny chats with Stephen Liggins: author, pastor, lecturer and even a medal winner in the world masters athletics! Hear how God has used all of this in His purposes.
4 November 2019 Episode 8 - A childhood silence that gave way to words of life - Darlene
In this episode, Jenny chats with Darlene Evans about growing up in a Christian home, but it wasn’t a typical Christian home nor a typical childhood. Married by the age of 17 and a mother of 4 by the age of 26, Darlene’s life has taken many turns, including later in her life, communicating the gospel to those who would otherwise never hear it.
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1 October 2019 Episode 7 - Reflections on life in the shadow of death - Richard
In this episode, Jenny chats with Richard Hibbert about life and ministry in Turkey and Bulgaria (among other places), someone with an ever-present taste for adventure, and his reflections on life in the shadow of death.
3 September 2019 Episode 6 - Early morning ministry - Sam
In this episode, Jenny chats with Sam Robinson about what it's like to be a Sydney breakfast radio announcer, and reflecting on a life with lots of surprising turns.
6 August 2019 Episode 5 - Unexpected journeys - Amy
Join Jenny as she chats with Amy Vink who reflects on her life as a wife, mum and missionary... unexpected journeys with the God who is always faithful.
9 July 2019 Episode 4 - The joy of disability - Kirk
In this episode, Jenny catches up with Kirk Patston, SMBC Old Testament lecturer to chat about life with disability - a focus of disability that says it's neither strategic or efficient, but can even bring joy.
3 June 2019 Episode 3 - A heart for Catholicism - Rachel
Jenny has a conversation with Rachel Ciano, who wears many hats - including wife, mother and church history lecturer with a keen interest in the Reformation.
7 May 2019 Episode 2 - Cultural revolution to personal revolution - Rebecca
Jenny chats with a professional violin player, Rebecca Irwin, about performing and coming to faith.
9 April 2019 Episode 1 - God’s gardener - Nicole
In this episode, Jenny chats with Nicole who runs her own gardening business – a business that’s been growing and thriving throughout the northwest of Sydney over the 20 years.