Episode 239 – A Disease I Do Not Have the Co … Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in No Comment

This Christmas cast is about communication between people, and God. Moreover, it’s about the cost of poor communication, which can be suicide, let alone habitual alienation. And the rich advantage of good communication, which can be the difference between life and death, let alone satisfaction and personal happiness. Recently, Tullian Tchividjian spoke at a ‘Broken […]

Episode 238 – Motivate! Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in No Comment

This is a short talk on motivation and love. What motivates a person to do something — to REALLY do something. As opposed to remaining endlessly exhausted and trapped, within a cycle of inner conflict and desuetude. As usual in PZ’s Podcast, love is the answer. But how? And why? Karl Barth’s decisive mistake is […]

Episode 237 – One Monkey Sunday, October 15, 2017 in No Comment

You listen to the group Honey Cone, described today as early feminists, and they are talking about a universal truth and in memorable pop terms. No hatred of men here, just the emotional recognition that if you don’t love her, she can’t really love you. Love between a man and a woman is a two-way […]

Episode 236 – Psychosis Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in No Comment

“Psychosis” is a very strong word for a cultural phenomenon. But it allows us to speak of a fissure over against reality, when groups of people see things around them in a way that is divorced from the facts. You can apply the phenomenon of group fissure from reality, to anything you like. I can […]

Episode 235 – The Year We Make Contact Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in No Comment

I’m talking about pastoral contact, which is just another way of talking about personal contact. How do you get through to somebody? How do they get through to you? What establishes direct contact with the person that you really are? The music of my casts almost all concerns that point of contact. Music can do […]

Episode 234 – Turning Point Monday, September 11, 2017 in No Comment

This theme of the insuperability of at least one problem in your life continues to absorb me — and in the light of hope and hopefulness. I tell the story of a woman who recently attended a meeting of church executives, almost all of whom are absorbed by current issues and questions of identity in […]

Episode 233 – The Story in Your Eyes Monday, September 11, 2017 in No Comment

We’ve all got a story in our eyes! The Moody Blues, and in particular their inspired songwriter Justin Hayward, caught that “Silent-Running” fact in the 1971 single that starts this podcast. We’ve all got a story in our eyes. Characteristically, the story results from pain, and, also characteristically, from pain suffered in earlier life. At […]

Episode 232 – Easier Said Than Done Monday, September 4, 2017 in No Comment

Sometimes when I hear a sermon or address that stresses the presence of God in catastrophic situations, let alone God’s presence in the midst of sin and sinners, I want to stand up and ask (tho’ I never do): “Do you really believe what you are saying? Are you willing to go all the way […]

Episode 231 – On the Road to Love Monday, August 28, 2017 in Comments Off on Episode 231 – On the Road to Love

One more ‘riff’ on the paucity of mainstream church “address” to the hungry and hurt visitor, let alone the hungry and hurt regular; but with hope: Justin Hayward is sometimes accused of sentimental romanticism. I don’t agree. I think he is on to something. His songs locate the heart of human pain in the misses […]

Episode 230 – Question (LIVE) Monday, August 28, 2017 in No Comment

The fact that the mainstream churches are hiding their Light under a bushel is the primary reason for their atrophy. The fact that most of our churches are “missing in action” when it comes to the seemingly insuperable pain of living that we bring to them and to their representatives — well, that, I believe, […]

Episode 229 – I Live on a Battlefield Thursday, August 24, 2017 in No Comment

A penetrating comment recently from a friend set up a chain reaction inside me that’s resulted in this new cast. After a long hiatus and with the support of Mockingbird, I’m starting back up and hope these new episodes may speak. My friend, who is about my age, observed that everyone we know, without exception […]

Episode 228 – Eternal Return Monday, February 13, 2017 in No Comment

I keep trying to make sense of the divisions we are almost all feeling currently.How can one get “under” them, i.e., in hopes of lessening them a little? Does anyone who is reading this enjoy feeling estranged from others, especially old friends, for example, because of political opinions? Very few, I’ll bet. But it’s happening. Then the insight came: […]