Skip to main content
Reading Mission

Reading Mission

By embody

Reading Mission is a live podcast where we read some of our favourite books about mission, justice, and social change together. Each fortnight, Mitch and Emily will be sitting down to chat through and wrestle with books about local, national, and global mission and development. Participate live at embody.org.au/discord.
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Castbox Logo

Castbox

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Stitcher Logo

Stitcher

Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 9: Play Their Tune & Chapter 10: Wherever We Are & Chapter 11: The Days Left for Me
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 9: Play Their Tune & Chapter 10: Wherever We Are & Chapter 11: The Days Left for Me
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss being on mission where they are and reflect on their final thoughts of Plum Tree in the Desert. Covered in this episode: Chapter 9: Play Their Tune & Chapter 10: Wherever We Are & Chapter 11; The Days Left for Me Get a copy of The Plum Tree in the Desert from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Transcript available at http://embody.org.au/blog -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau http://tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:05:58
November 09, 2022
Plum Tree in the Desert: Chapter 7: The Light Shines & Chapter 8: She Must Love Us
Plum Tree in the Desert: Chapter 7: The Light Shines & Chapter 8: She Must Love Us
In this episode Mitch and Emily chat about those times we feel angry at God and what we do about it, the value of our stories and the resilience and perseverance mission often requires. Covered in this episode: Chapter 7: The Light Shines & Chapter 8: She Must Love Us Get a copy of The Plum Tree in the Desert from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Transcript available at http://embody.org.au/blog -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau http://tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:04:44
October 19, 2022
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 5: In Weakness & Chapter 6: The Seeds
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 5: In Weakness & Chapter 6: The Seeds
In this episode, Mitch and Emily reflected on the challenges of sitting and waiting on God and being obedient where we are in the present even when we'd rather be somewhere else.  Covered in this episode: Chapter 5: In Weakness & Chapter 6: The Seeds Get a copy of The Plum Tree in the Desert from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Transcript available at http://embody.org.au/blog -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau http://tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
57:58
October 05, 2022
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 3: Twenty Thousand Pots & Chapter 4: The Least of These
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 3: Twenty Thousand Pots & Chapter 4: The Least of These
In this episode, Mitch and Emily reflected on Scott and Margaret's stories and the journey both missionaries went through to discover their role in their individual communities. Covered in this episode: Chapter 3: Twenty Thousand Pots & Chapter 4: The Least of These Get a copy of The Plum Tree in the Desert from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Transcript available at http://embody.org.au/blog -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau http://tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
59:00
September 21, 2022
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 1: In Search of a Story & Chapter 2: The Right Time
Plum Tree in the Desert - Chapter 1: In Search of a Story & Chapter 2: The Right Time
Welcome to Season 3 of Reading Mission! In this episode, Mitch and Emily chatted about the first couple of chapters of Naomi Reed's book Plum Tree in the Desert. They discussed being aware of People of Peace and how God's timing doesn't always make sense to us. Covered in this episode: Chapter 1: In Search of a Story & Chapter 2: The Right Time Get a copy of Plum Tree in the Desert from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Transcript available at http://embody.org.au/blog -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau http://tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
57:47
September 07, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 11: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! & A Final Word: The most Important Step
When Helping Hurts Chapter 11: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! & A Final Word: The most Important Step
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss we (as churches) can partner with communities both locally and globally in a different way. Covered in this episode: Chapter 11: Chapter 11: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! & A Final Word: The Most Important Step Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau https://www.tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:05:23
August 03, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 10: Excuse Me, Can You Spare Me Some Change?
When Helping Hurts Chapter 10: Excuse Me, Can You Spare Me Some Change?
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss the 5 simple steps to moving mission and ministries into a more participatory space. Covered in this episode: Chapter 10: Excuse Me, Can You Spare Me Some Change? Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau https://www.tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:12:32
July 27, 2022
When Helping Hurts: Chapter 8: Yes, In Your Backyard & Chapter 9: And to the Ends of the Earth
When Helping Hurts: Chapter 8: Yes, In Your Backyard & Chapter 9: And to the Ends of the Earth
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss economic development strategies for both our local contexts and in the majority world. Covered in this episode: Chapter 8: Yes, In Your Backyard & Chapter 9: And to the Ends of the Earth Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau https://www.tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:14:38
June 29, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 07: Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm
When Helping Hurts Chapter 07: Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss Short Term Missions, various models and land in a place that is hopefully encouraging! Covered in this episode: Chapter 7, Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau https://www.tiktok.com/@embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:02:34
June 15, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 06: McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People Not Served
When Helping Hurts Chapter 06: McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People Not Served
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss the strengths and challenges of engaging with a participatory approach to community development.  Covered in this episode: Chapter 6 McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People NOT Served Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:17:15
June 01, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 05: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets
When Helping Hurts Chapter 05: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss Asset Based Community Development and the powerful role it can play when working with communities of all sorts. Covered in this episode: Chapter4, Not All Poverty is Created Equal Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:02:32
May 04, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 04: Not All Poverty is Created Equal
When Helping Hurts Chapter 04: Not All Poverty is Created Equal
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss the Relief, Rehabilitation and Development model of "doing mission" and the freedom of seeing our ministries through such a lens empowering the church into not needing to be all things to all people. Covered in this episode: Chapter4, Not All Poverty is Created Equal Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:15:55
April 20, 2022
When Helping Hurts Chapter 02: What's the Problem & Chapter 03: Are We There Yet?
When Helping Hurts Chapter 02: What's the Problem & Chapter 03: Are We There Yet?
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss some biblical frameworks for defining poverty. They also chat about how the systems and structures we are a part of influence our action or inaction when it comes to poverty alleviation. Covered in this episode: Chapter 2, What's the Problem? & Chapter 3, Are We There Yet? Get a copy of When Helping Hurts from your local bookstore, Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:19:48
April 06, 2022
When Helping Hurts Introduction & Chapter 01: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
When Helping Hurts Introduction & Chapter 01: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
In this episode, Mitch and Emily talk about their personal responses to the question "why did Jesus come to earth?" and touch on how they think about their own involvement in mission. Covered in this episode: Introduction & Chapter 1: Why did Jesus Come to Earth? Get a copy of When Helpling Hurts from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: Facebook Instagram Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:09:47
March 23, 2022
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 08: Apocalypse Now - Last Things and the Things That Last
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 08: Apocalypse Now - Last Things and the Things That Last
In this episode, Mitch and Emily talk about Bruno and the tension of living in the now but not yet of the Revelation of Jesus. Covered in this episode: Chapter 8, Apocolypse Now: Last Things and the Things that Last. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: Facebook Instagram Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:11:26
February 09, 2022
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 07: Epistles - Letters from Jail and Other Tough Places of Discipleship
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 07: Epistles - Letters from Jail and Other Tough Places of Discipleship
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss their summer reading, the letters from Paul to the church in Philippi and Corinth and how we can apply these principles in making poverty personal in discipleship. Covered in this episode: Chapter 7, Epistles: Letters from Jail and Other Tough Places of Discipleship. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, Free Music Archive - Josh Woodward http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:26:01
January 19, 2022
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 06: The Early Church: Standing Against Poverty Together
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 06: The Early Church: Standing Against Poverty Together
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss the role of the early church in addressing poverty and the role different faith traditions play in this process. Covered in this episode: Chapter 6, The Early Church: Standing Against Poverty Together. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:44:47
December 22, 2021
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 05: The Gospels and Messianic Transformation
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 05: The Gospels and Messianic Transformation
In this episode, Mitch and Emily wrestle with what it really means to make poverty personal in our globalised, consumeristic western culture. Covered in this episode: Chapter 5, The Gospels and Messianic Transformation. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:20:34
December 08, 2021
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 04: Prophetic Ministry - Radical Hope from the Margins
Make Poverty Personal Chapter 04: Prophetic Ministry - Radical Hope from the Margins
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss the prophetic nature of The Simpsons and the importance of having prophetic voices speaking into our own lives at a time such as this. Covered in this episode: Chapter 4, Prophetic Ministry - Radical Hope from the Margins. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:40:08
November 24, 2021
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 03: Hebrew Poetry and the Awesome Truth
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 03: Hebrew Poetry and the Awesome Truth
In this episode, Mitch and Emily join the Finer Things Club and chat through the power of poetry and art to help us experience the divine, and give voice to the raw emotion of life in a complex and often difficult world. Covered in this episode: Chapter 3, Hebrew Poetry and the Awesome Truth. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:22:04
November 17, 2021
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 02: Hebrew Laws and "Always Having" Poverty
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 02: Hebrew Laws and "Always Having" Poverty
In this episode, Mitch and Emily discuss God's utopian experiment with the nation of Israel, the laws that would prevent entrenched poverty, and the Bible's call to systems, structures, and rules that uplift the powerless and restrain the powerful. Covered in this episode: Chapter 2, Hebrew Laws and "Always Having" Poverty. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:26:10
October 27, 2021
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 01: Beyond Excuses
Make Poverty Personal, Chapter 01: Beyond Excuses
Welcome to Reading Mission, our new book club podcast recorded live in our Discord server every fortnight! In this first episode, Emily and Mitch sit down to read through the first chapter of Make Poverty Personal: Taking the Poor as Seriously as the Bible does by Dr. Ash Barker.  In this episode we talk about the importance of justice and eliminating poverty to the Christian mission, how God's heart breaks for people who are experiencing poverty and oppression, and learn some leadership tips—and some excuses—from the story of Moses. Covered in this episode: Forward by Shane Claiborne, Introduction, and Chapter 1: Beyond Excuses. Get a copy of Make Poverty Personal from your local bookstore or Christian retailer, or online. Correction: At around 1:10, Mitch says that Make Poverty Personal was republished in 2019. It was actually republished in 2009. -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:40:55
October 13, 2021
Episode 00 - Welcome to Reading Mission!
Episode 00 - Welcome to Reading Mission!
We are so excited to announce a new book club podcast: Reading Mission! Reading Mission is a live podcast where we read some of our favourite books about mission, justice, and social change together. If you are exploring what mission is and what it means to live a missional life, this is the book club for you!  Every episode will be recorded live in our Discord, so you can listen in and contribute to the discussion in chat. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the live recording, we will be putting out every episode as a podcast so you never miss a conversation.  The first book we'll be exploring is Make Poverty Personal: Taking the Poor as Seriously as the Bible Does by Dr Ash Barker. We hope you join us! -- Join the conversation: http://embody.org.au/discord Follow us: http://facebook.com/embodyau http://instagram.com/embodyau Credits: Our theme music is 'Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)' by Josh Woodward, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward Used under Creative Commons. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and pay respects to elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connections to land, waters, and culture.
01:21
September 22, 2021