Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs

J.A. Franklin, T.J. Pelham, Daniel French

Are you wondering how a Christian should respond to current events? What are we to think about a world that appears to be going absolutely mad? How are we to discern the signs of the times? In this podcast, featuring The Reverend Thomas Pelham, The Reverend Daniel French, The Reverend Doctor J.A. Franklin and the occasional guest, we attempt to give some answers. Email us at irreverendpod@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter @irreverendpod or on Telegram at https://t.me/irreverendpod. We also have a youtube channel which can be found by searching Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs! If you would like to support the show, which can be done from £1.50 plus VAT per month, you can join our Patreon community. Please go to www.patreon.com/irreverend

Thermocalypse Now?
Jul 22 2022
Thermocalypse Now?
This podcast is free and will not go behind a paywall. If you enjoy this episode, please make a one-off donation at or become a regular supporter at and receive new episodes early! We appreciate your support and it will help us to expand this enterprise.Welcome to Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs! CofE vicars Tom Pelham and Jamie Franklin talk about the news from a spiritual perspective and offer some hints and tips on how to navigate the modern world with your soul in tact.This week: is it the thermocalypse or just some sunny days? Rev Jamie shares some thoughts from Psalm 19 about the gift of the sun and how the diverse weather patterns of the world speak of God's creativity and wisdom. The Guardian has a different view, of course, we are all going to die in flames and we should be terrified - an unexpected move, Prince Harry has thrown his hat into the ring by flying in a private jet to an exclusive United Nations conference, opining his way to sanctimony by simultaneously raising the climate alarm and insulting the Supreme Court of his adopted nation.In church news, voices in the Church of England continue to attempt to define what a woman is and the American Episcopal Church comes very close to condemning crisis centres whilst affirming abortion up to birth.We close out with some Question the Revs on walking out of church during woke sermons, silent prayer and personal favourite Scriptures.Notices:Thanks to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: a one-time donation at Buy Me a Coffee: Circles: Good Things Substack Blog/Newsletter: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: the show
Sex Strike
Jul 1 2022
Sex Strike
The three revs are back in conversation. In this week's episode Thomas Pelham, Daniel French and Jamie Franklin discuss the latest and most salient news items from a Christian perspective. Beginning with a reflection on Romans 1, we move on to ask whether the Prime Minister was right to say that only women can have penises, review the strange DIY Covid video sick-note made by a clearly not too unwell Jeremy Vine and renewed calls to plunge the country back into a series of draconian coronavirus "measures", talk about the striking down of Roe v. Wade in the US and the resultant calls by feminists in New York State for a sex strike to teach men a lesson, demands by high-ranking officials in the British Army for full-scale war with Russia and the innovative liturgical decision by the Diocese of Oxford to encourage new converts to pledge to safeguard the integrity of creation upon the occasion of their baptisms. We also read an email from the mother of a daughter struggling with transgender issues. All of that and much much more in this week's episode!Notices:Thanks to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: Circles: Good Things Substack Blog/Newsletter: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: says no to women being born with penisesJeremy Vine unconvincing sick noteChristians debate abortion Why I'm a Pro-Choice ChristianSex StrikeKendrick Lamar wears a bleeding crown of thorns for womenBritain preparing for war with RussiaGreen baptismal vowsSupport the show
Febrile Times
Jun 24 2022
Febrile Times
Revs Jamie Franklin and Thomas Pelham are back discussing news and current events from a Christian perspective. This week: Gary Lineker: ethnic minority or pasty-faced white man? You decide. Also in the news, Jordan Peterson savages the sacrifice of children on the altar of a brutal far-left ideology (ouch!), academic Tim Hayward is investigated by the British government for tweeting that there are two sides to the story of the Ukraine-Russia war and the Federal Drug Administration approves vaccines for six month old babies. We also answer a question about giving to your parish church. All that and much, much more including cultural commentary, films, television and Tom Pelham's in-depth review of his trip to an industrial museum in this week's episode of Irreverend! Our Scripture this week is taken from Psalm 46: 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.' A good thing to remember in febrile times.Notices:Please sign and share the petition 'Do not require parents to register home educated children with local authorities': to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: Circles: Good Things Substack Blog/Newsletter: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: Lineker suffers racist abuseJordan Peterson: We are Sacrificing our Children at the Altar of a Brutal Far-Left IdeologyI used to be Transphobic. Now I’m an allyFDA unanimously approves covid vaccine for 0-4 years and commentary from The Epoch TimesAcademic Tim Hayward investigated by British government for “dangerous” tweetingSupport the show
Hungary Four - England Kneel
Jun 17 2022
Hungary Four - England Kneel
Rev Tom Pelham is back joining regular host Rev Jamie Franklin. In an episode packed full of spiritually enlightened cultural wisdom, we ask why the English football team has become so terrible (maybe because they have stopped caring about football and now imagine that the sport is a vehicle for the transmission of their "values"?) and why Hollywood seems so unilaterally incapable of making entertaining films (with the notable exception of Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick). We talk Matt Walsh's recent documentary What is a Woman? and discuss recent church news including: Justin Welby and various bishops slam the government's plans to send illegal immigrants abroad to seek a better life in Rwanda (but, whoops, they put their public letter on an online newspaper that has a paywall so nobody can read it!) and Pope Francis saying some surprisingly sensible things about Ukraine. In other news, the technocrats want to ban smoking for everybody except octogenarians and Cineworld finds itself caught in the middle of an internecine battle for supremacy between Sunni and Shia Muslims. We also talk the plausibility of many of the outlandish claims made by transhumanists, talk about how to live meaningfully in a "post-democratic" situation and much much more! Our Scripture this week is taken from Psalm 131 and raises the question as to whether or not we would find our lives a lot more peaceful if we just stop concerning ourselves with all this stuff.Notices:Please sign and share the petition 'Do not require parents to register home educated children with local authorities': to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: Circles: Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: and Charles Slam Rwanda PlanPope Francis Comments on UkraineWould you prefer peace or "justice" in Ukraine?Technocrats want to ban smokingThe Fantasy of AddictionThe Crimes of the Pharmaceutical IndustryIslamic Protestors Close Down Lady of HeavenSectarian CinemaSupport the show
Artificial Wombs and Climate Missionaries
Jun 10 2022
Artificial Wombs and Climate Missionaries
Church of England vicars Daniel French and Jamie Franklin get together to offer a spiritual perspective on current events, this week taking our Scriptural reflection from Genesis 1:28-30: man and woman created by God after his own image. In this bumper edition, we range through renewables, energy bills and green "technology", the political philosophy of the England Football team, Star Wars and sci-fi going woke, the jubilee, no confidence in Boris and Nadine Dorris' savage attack on Jeremy Hunt, transhumanism and the metaverse, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Prince Andrew, the terrible massacre of Christians in Nigeria and the question of whether or not climate activists are missionaries (they're not). We hope you enjoy this episode of Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs and, if you do, please don't forget to subscribe and share!Notices:Please sign and share the petition 'Do not require parents to register home educated children with local authorities': to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: or create a Thursday Circle: Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: Weekly Sermon Audio: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: players booed by Hungarian schoolchildrenChristians Massacred in NigeriaCan transhumanism save our species?Tamagotchi KidsArchbishop of Canterbury says we should forgive Prince AndrewAre climate change activists missionaries?Census change to eradicate genderSupport the show
Gender Outlaw
Jun 3 2022
Gender Outlaw
Church of England vicars Daniel and Jamie Franklin get together to offer a spiritual perspective on current events, this week taking our Scriptural reflection from 2 Corinthians 11:12-15: the apostle Paul's observation that Satan masquerades as an angel of light and what that can tell us about geopolitical events and the godless humanitarian philosophy that underlies some of them. To that end, we speak about the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos and the technocratic elite's plan for a global government that will hold national governments to account. We discuss the striking parallels between the thought and philosophy of Davos and that of the Soviet communist regime. We also touch briefly on the multiple parties that were happening in Number 10 Downing Street and what they reveal to us about the beliefs of those who implement the lockdown laws. Also in Whitehall, things are looking very woke as the official line is that staff must recognise more than 100 genders and join gender non-conforming book clubs. We receive an email from a lefty listener and exchange some tedious observations about the weather. All in a day's work on Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs!Links:Davos 2022 - What just happened? 9 Things to KnowThe Downing Street Parties, what Sue Gray says about them, and how aides tried to keep them secretWelcome to woke Whitehall, where more than 100 genders are recognisedNotices:Thanks to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: or create a Thursday Circle: Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: Weekly Sermon Audio: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: the show
The KKK at Prayer
May 27 2022
The KKK at Prayer
In this episode of Irreverend, Church of England vicars Thomas Pelham and Jamie Franklin get together to offer a spiritual perspective on current events, this week taking our Scriptural reflection from 1 Timothy 2:-14: Paul's teaching that we should pray that governments allow us to live godly lives. In current events: we look at the new Schools Bill which threatens to change the relationship of the family to the state and destroy the basis for home education, a new study showing the devastating effect of lockdowns on toddlers, monkeypox and what that's all about, what football does when a black Muslim won't wear a rainbow flag on his shirt, Ricky Gervais' controversial comments about transgender people, Calvin Robinson's shunning by the CofE who he failed to recognise as the KKK at prayer, and much more! We attempt to give a spiritual perspective on all of this on this week's Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs!Links:To get involved in the New Conservative Forum, join the Telegram Group here and, if you are not a member, join the Conservative party here.This Authoritarian Government’s Education Bill Will Allow Local Authorities to Force Home Educated Children to Attend Their Own Failing SchoolsCovid lockdowns left toddlers unable to speak or play properlyIdrissa Gueye refuses to wear PSG shirt featuring rainbow symbolRicky Gervais Netflix special condemned by LGBTQ groups for ‘anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes'Belief in its own sin is subverting the churchNotices:Thanks to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: or create a Thursday Circle: Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: Weekly Sermon Audio: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: the show
The Church's Response to Roe v. Wade, The WHO Global Pandemic Treaty, Bill Gates New Tome and More!
May 13 2022
The Church's Response to Roe v. Wade, The WHO Global Pandemic Treaty, Bill Gates New Tome and More!
In this episode of Irreverend, Church of England vicars Daniel French and Jamie Franklin get together to offer a spiritual perspective on current events, this week taking our Scriptural reflection from 2 Corinthians 5:21: Christ's righteousness given to those who trust in him in exchange for our sinfulness. In current events: we look at different responses to the leaked draft implying that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and discuss the various criticisms that have been levelled at pro-life people and the Christian Church; the Global Pandemic Treaty which has been signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appears to hand a huge amount of sovereign power to the World Health Organisation, whose biggest funder is none other than Bill Gates. Speaking of Gates, he has a new book out in which he recommends that if there is a new pandemic we should do more of the same but only faster and harder. We attempt to give a spiritual perspective on this and more on this week's Irreverend: Faith and Current Affairs!Links:Prince Charles Backs Facemasks for CowsPriest who had two abortions says women need choiceUS Church asserts right to abortion in face of possible Roe v. Wade reversalWhy Progressives Can't Tolerate ChristiansWHO Global Pandemic TreatyDoes Bill Gates have too much influence in the WHO?Bill Gates wants to build a dystopiaNotices:Event with Nick Hudson and Jeffrey Peel of The New Era - www.thenewera.ukJoin or Create a Thursday Circle! - Thanks to our Patreon sponsors! Support us from £1.50 plus VAT per month: Good Things Substack blog/newsletter: Weekly Sermon Audio: irreverendpod@gmail.comAudio Podcast: on Rumble: on Odysee: the show