Each week Christian MP Tim Farron unpacks the murky world of politics and encourages believers around the UK to engage prayerfully. Tim will share what life is like in Parliament, which issues Christians should care about and what you can do to make a difference. Tune in every Tuesday at 5pm or download the podcast from your chosen podcast provider.
Dame Andrea Leadsom: Is being ambitious ok? Play in Edifi Player
Dame Andrea Leadsom: Is being ambitious ok?
Series 2 of A Mucky Business kicks off with Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, talking to Dame Andrea Leadsom, who nearly became Prime Minister in 2016 and has had several top jobs in Cabinet. Andrea talks about why she gets annoyed when Christians suggest that ambition is wrong and what Boris Johnson said to her in *that* bus on the way to the EU debate in Wembley – the debate in which she likely persuaded many people to vote Leave. Each week, Tim also answers a question …
Series 2 Trailer Play in Edifi Player
Series 2 Trailer
Find out about what's coming up in series 2 of 'A Mucky Business' and why MP Tim Farron is keen to see Christians around the UK engage in politics. If you have any feedback or suggestions of guests, questions or topics, please email: email@example.com or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp. Series Producer: Cara Bentley
Derek Thomas: how to pray when the President comes to town Play in Edifi Player
Derek Thomas: how to pray when the President comes to town
When major leaders including President Biden visited Cornwall in June for the G7 summit, most of them did not know how much prayer was going on behind the scenes. But the MP for St Ives and Christian, Derek Thomas, was right at the heart of the local church's involvement. Christians met weekly in the run-up to the event to pray for each leader and the discussions they would hold. How can your church learn from this model of supporting a local political event and engaging with their MP? (Ft. …
Cat Smith: how should Christians respond to Covid retrictions ending? Play in Edifi Player
Cat Smith: how should Christians respond to Covid retrictions ending?
It’s time for the next episode of A Mucky Business with the Christian MP Tim Farron. This week he talks about taking the knee and racism in football, as well as what churches should do when the Covid restrictions, such as mask wearing, become guidance and not law. The guest this week is Cat Smith, a Labour MP and Methodist, who shares her view on whether the church has been treated unfairly during Covid. If you have any feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Miriam Cates: is it a Christian MP's duty to support families? Play in Edifi Player
Miriam Cates: is it a Christian MP's duty to support families?
What is a Christian politician's duty when it comes to the family? Is it their role to encourage couples to marry, stay together and spend time with their children? Is that naive and dismissive of people in different circumstances? Tim Farron discusses this with Conservative MP Miriam Cates, who is passionate about helping families out via taxes and other support. Tim also shares how he would have voted on the two abortion amendments added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill this …
Tim Farron: the tables are turned Play in Edifi Player
Tim Farron: the tables are turned
Cara Bentley asks Tim Farron how he became a Christian, the recent oversight regarding donations which fund his parliamentary staff, why he doesn't want to force non-Christians to live by God's laws and whether he'd ever be a church pastor. Tim shares his thoughts on how to pray in light of Matt Hancock's affair and resignation and the comments of the Bishop of Manchester, who referred to it as 'a middle-aged man having a bit of a fling'. If you have a question for Tim, email …
Michael Wear: Obama's faith advisor on the politicisation of Christianity Play in Edifi Player
Michael Wear: Obama's faith advisor on the politicisation of Christianity
Michael Wear has prayed with President Obama and advised him on how to engage with evangelical voters - so what does he think about President Biden's approach to faith and about why Christianity is so tied to political parties in America? Tim Farron also shares his view on how to cope with change as Christians and answers a listener's question about singing in church. If you have a question for Tim, email email@example.com or add 07711 701133 to your phone and send a message on WhatsApp.
Jane Dodds: How to trust God with your future Play in Edifi Player
Jane Dodds: How to trust God with your future
How can you trust God when it feels like life has not gone to plan? Leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, Jane Dodds, became an MP in August 2019 and then lost her seat 4 months later in the General Election. She describes how her Christian faith helped her and how she was blessed by Christian friends, before being re-elected to the Welsh Senedd this May. She talks about the differences between the UK parliament and the Welsh Senedd and Tim shares his view on the delay to lockdown easing and how to …
Andrew Selous: Is an established church good for the gospel and the country? Play in Edifi Player
Andrew Selous: Is an established church good for the gospel and the country?
Tim Farron interviews the MP who is the link between parliament and the Church of England - Andrew Selous. As well as being a Christian and a Conservative MP, Andrew is the Second Church Estates Commissioner, meaning he answers MPs' questions about the church. Tim asks him about his role and whether the C of E being tied to the state is good or bad. Tim also shares his thoughts on foreign aid and answers a listener's question about submitting to governing authorities. If you have any thoughts …
Sir Steve Webb: Coalition Christianity, how to work with believers from other parties Play in Edifi Player
Sir Steve Webb: Coalition Christianity, how to work with believers from other parties
Tim Farron speaks to former MP and Lib Dem minister Sir Steve Webb about the Coalition government and working with Christians of different political persuasions. Steve worked with Iain Duncan Smith in the Department for Work and Pensions - a department jokingly called the 'department for worship and prayer' as there were so many Christians. What was it like working alongside Conservative Christians he disagreed with politically? And how does he feel about the coalition now - will the Lib Dems …
Jeremy Marshall: How does the gospel help us fight political and personal uncertainty? Play in Edifi Player
Jeremy Marshall: How does the gospel help us fight political and personal uncertainty?
Every now and again Tim Farron asks a Christian from a different mucky business to share their story, to shed some light on politics from an outsider's perspective. This week, Jeremy Marshall former CEO of C. Hoare and Co. - a private bank - describes his own journey with uncertainty as he deals with cancer. How can the gospel help us combat political, cultural and personal uncertainty? Tim Farron explains how he thinks you should pray for Israel and Palestine and asks Jeremy: what's more mucky …
Murdo Fraser: Scotland's future and gracious debate Play in Edifi Player
Murdo Fraser: Scotland's future and gracious debate
How should Christians engage in the Scottish independence debate? The finance spokespeople for the Scottish Conservatives and the SNP are both Christian but on opposite sides. This week, the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser describes what role he thinks Christians ought to play when discussing independence and how he thinks Scotland's future should be prayed for. Murdo also explains why he didn't know he was an MSP until a journalist rang him up and Tim Farron speaks about how we should respond to …
Ruth Jones: How do MPs actually help people? Play in Edifi Player
Ruth Jones: How do MPs actually help people?
How much time do MPs spend on constituency work in comparison to on Westminster debates? Tim Farron and Labour's Ruth Jones discuss how MPs actually help people as well as how she answered an altar call to become a Christian at 14. And is it a Christian duty to vote? Tim and Ruth share their views as the country heads to the polls. To get your question answered by Tim in the next episode email firstname.lastname@example.org or add this number to your phone and send us a message on WhatsApp: 07711 …
Dr Lisa Cameron: Voting with my conscience Play in Edifi Player
Dr Lisa Cameron: Voting with my conscience
This week Tim Farron asks SNP MP and Christian Dr Lisa Cameron about what happened when she voted against introducing abortion in Northern Ireland and asks how Christians should engage with their MP if they disagree with their views. A year before becoming MP, Lisa wasn't even a member of the SNP and was working as a clinical psychologist. She describes why her life suddenly changed and what her mum bought her to set her up as an MP. To ask Tim a question, add this number to your phone and send …