Salt Podcast

Conversations with Amy

Join Amy Townsend as she takes you deeper into the lives of 'ordinary' people with heart warming, sometimes challenging and always extraordinary gospel stories.

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29 May 2023    Episode 93 - For the love of God - Don

Jenny Salt's guest this week is Don Carson - some would say a living legend, although he would be unlikely to go there. But Don is a renowned speaker, scholar, academic and author who has had a profound influence on generations of Christians. He’s had a hand in more than 60 books on various parts of the Bible and preached on any Gospel passage you'd care to name.

We’re thrilled to have him on the show from his home in Chicago, USA.

Length: 44:02   Listen 

22 May 2023    Episode 92 - Public Christianity - Greg

This episode Jenny Salt speaks to media mastermind, Greg Clarke.

Greg has spent thirty years exploring the connections between Christianity and culture.

Greg has led university centres, ground-breaking media companies and top-tier charities. And what he’s striven to do is his desire to see Christianity communicated in every public context.

Length: 38:06   Listen 

15 May 2023    Episode 91 - Loving sick kids - Kim

This episode Jenny Salt sits down with paediatrician and child advocate, Dr Kim Oates, the former CEO of the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Kim is a doctor, academic, writer, husband, father, grandfather and a Christian.

It's hard to summarise all that Kim has done over the years but what shines brightest is that God has used a heart well-designed for working with children so that, in all types of pain, these little ones had someone who was ready to listen.

Length: 37:56   Listen 

8 May 2023    Episode 90 - The missionary mindset - Steph

Tune in as Jenny Salt introduces you to missionary psychologist Steph Schwarz.

From a young age, Steph had her eyes and heart set on the mission field.

She and her family did end up going to Africa but not as she expected.

As a psychologist, she helped others stay on the mission field, and in the process learned how to face trials with resilience.

Length: 35:55   Listen 

1 May 2023    Episode 89 - Broadway angels - Marcus

Get ready for a journey of wonder and spiritual encouragement as Jenny Salt introduces you to musical producer Marcus Cheong.

Have you ever wondered what a Broadway producer does? Or how you even become one?

Marcus Cheong has written and produced musicals that have been performed in one of the most iconic cities in the world.

How did he get there? And what did God teach him through resounding choruses, and the saddest of songs?

Length: 40:18   Listen 

24 April 2023    Episode 88 - Exchanging many gods for one - Sashi

This episode Jenny Salt introduces us to Sashi Grayndler.

Sashi grew up in a Hindu household, knowing what it was like to have life ordered by many gods.

But through a process of abandonment that stretched over many years she came to find the one God who would never leave. 

Length: 37:01   Listen 

17 April 2023    Episode 87 - Music and grief - Liv

Kicking off Salt Season 8, Jenny introduces us to singer-songwriter Liv Chapman.

You may have seen Liv's name at the end of the song PowerPoint for many of the congregational songs you sing in church.

She's a song writer, musician, church leader and also one who has experienced the devastating loss of a close family member.

But that loss has informed her music, drawing her and those who listen closer to a God who grieves with us.

You can find out all about Liv's work by visiting Emu Music.

Length: 44:06   Listen 

2 January 2023    Episode 86 - A psychologist on life - Lyn

Join Jenny as she speaks to psychologist Lyn Worsley for the final episode of Season 7.

Lyn is a senior clinical psychologist whose life has been filled with teachable moments.

A little nurse for her father; a comforter for grieving families; a psychologist committed to building resilience.

Lyn can give an insight into all of them, and especially where we need to build ourselves up today.

Length: 47:55   Listen 

26 December 2022    Episode 85 - Fashionable Christianity - Jules

Jenny Salt's guest in this episode is fashionista, Jules Cole.

Jules has been a fashion designer for more than forty years - teaching, working and writing about fashion.

But what does that mean from the perspective of the Christian faith?

What do faith and fashion have to do with each other? Join Jenny to find out.

Length: 40:05   Listen 

19 December 2022    Episode 84 - Fighting for faith - Pete

Jenny's guest today is Australian Defence Force chaplain Pete Ritchie.

Pete has a long association with the military and rescue services

Years spent in the navy and as a spiritual mentor to the men and women of the armed forces have brought him into close contact with many people facing the reality of death.

But he shares there's hope in Jesus for even the messiest of times.

Length: 36:49   Listen 

12 December 2022    Episode 83 - After the monsoons - Naomi

This episode Jenny introduces us to missionary and author, Naomi Reed.

Naomi has penned ten books, but never saw herself as a writer.

First and foremost she was a physiotherapist, and that trade took her to the heights of the world and hundreds of faith stories.

Length: 35:30   Listen 

5 December 2022    Episode 82 - The church of hard knocks - Wayne

This episode Jenny crosses to the wrong side of the tracks to meet Wayne Pickford.

Wayne is the minister of what many might call 'the church of hard knocks', with unemployment, poverty, domestic violence and lots of colourful characters all part of its community.

But overriding all these social issues is the beauty of lives transformed by the gospel of grace.

Length: 33:44   Listen 

28 November 2022    Episode 81 - If Spring could sing - Jerrah

Jenny Salt has the pleasure of introducing her listeners to a very creative young man, Jerrah Patston.

If you were to imagine a ray of sunshine embodied as a person, Jerrah is your man.

Jerrah lives with autism and intellectual impairment. He's also a composer, community musician, a valued member of his local church and, all up, a fun guy to be with.

Length: 34:55   Listen 

21 November 2022    Episode 80 - Helping victims of violence - Leonie

Meet Leonie Menzies, a woman whose childhood stretched across multiple cultures and continents, who uses her hard-won lessons to help a whole new generation of children.

Leonie's early childhood was spent in the beauty of the French Alps, and the noisy hustle and bustle of Niger and Nigeria.

It was also marked by a series of hellos and goodbyes, and a grief and loss that actually resulted in her becoming a person of hope - hope which she now offers to those whose lives seem hopeless.

Length: 41:24   Listen 

14 November 2022    Episode 79 - Getting to the heart of things - David

Jenny does a deep dive into the life of David Whalley, a Christian man who knows what it feels like to hold a beating heart in his hands.

David began his life as a hyperactive child when medicine barely understood what that was.

Who would have thought that, as an adult, he would embark on a medical career that would lead him to navigate the pathways of the human heart?

Length: 36:00   Listen 

7 November 2022    Episode 78 - Musician to missionary - Derek

Tune in to hear Jenny Salt chat with Derek Brotherson, the Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College.

The pieces that make up his life are a strange fit – music, law, theology – sounds a bit like a medieval monk.

But rather than being sequestered away, Derek's desire to serve took him to South East Asia and a difficult-to-reach majority religion.

Length: 40:24   Listen 

31 October 2022    Episode 77 - The forest underground - Tony

In this episode, Jenny invites onto the show passionate Christian environmentalist and overseas mission worker, Tony Rinaudo.

Tony is a man overflowing with excitement and enthusiasm for the path God has led him down - including the journey that led him to discover an underground forest.

Some who've crossed paths with Tony have called him crazy. But if he is, he’s crazy about Africa, the environment and God.

Length: 43:26   Listen 

24 October 2022    Episode 76 - Jesus for teens - James

Jenny's guest in this episode is James Lane, a man charged with bringing the Gospel to sceptical teens.

James has made a mission out of talking to our High School kids about Jesus – something that would scare the life out of most of us.

But his greatest struggle was an unexpected unravelling of his life that left him gasping for grace.

Length: 37:13   Listen 

17 October 2022    Episode 75 - In sickness and in health - Elizabeth

In this episode, Jenny introduces us to Elizabeth Spencer, an everyday woman whose family life is a tribute to God’s amazing grace.

Elizabeth has found deep and abiding love – not once, not twice, but three times in her life.

Two husbands, both with significant challenges But above and beyond them, a Lord who will not let her go.

Length: 36:45   Listen 

10 October 2022    Episode 74 - Around the world in 80 ways - Tim

Kicking off Salt Season 7, Jenny introduces us to the CEO of Anglican Aid, Tim Swan.

From his earliest years, Tim had a sense that God had a plan for him.

It began with music, moved into mission, and has brought him to a place where he now gets to meet tens of thousands of new Christians every year.

You can see all of the projects Tim is involved in by visiting the Anglican Aid website.

Length: 39:26   Listen 

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