By Paul FM Zahl
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From "Telstar" to "Vault of Horror", from Rattigan to Kerouac, from the Village of Bray to the Village of Midwich, help PZ link old ancient news and pop culture. I think I can see him, "Crawling from the Wreckage". Will he find his way? This show is brought to you by Mockingbird! www.mbird.com
||CleanEpisode 235 – The Year We Make Contact||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 m||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 234 – Turning Point||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 absorb||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 233 – The Story in Your Eyes||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. Cha||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 232 – Easier Said Than Done||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||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 agre||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 230 – Question (LIVE)||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||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 229 – I Live on a Battlefield||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, w||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 228 – Eternal Return||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 frie||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 227 – Do The Bus Stop!||The animus expressed in connection with the Inauguration has made me think about events that happened almost 47 years. The catalyst was the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, and then Kent State. Everyone went wild. A few of us were conservatives then. (Don||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 226 – Christiaan, Yes||I’m feeling optimistic about our future — both mine, and Mary’s, personally; and also the future of our country and the world. This is partly because we are witnessing a kind of up-ending of shibboleths and “narratives” tha||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 225 – Walk in the Room||A forthcoming book on the sacraments, edited by Justin Holcomb and David A. Johnson, has got me thinking about the “means of grace” — or rather, how do we know and recognize God’s grace in our actual personal lives. The history o||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 224 – Robert Nathan||I want to introduce Robert Nathan to you. Robert Nathan was born in 1894 and died in 1985. He was the author of many novels, almost all of them bittersweet yet delightful tales of romantic love and its progress with everyday people. Several of them, inc||10/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 223 – MIA||I think American Buddhists are missing in action. I think they really are. At least in one particular. They are missing in action in relation to an almost overwhelming contradiction with their teaching that exists in common public culture today. I am ta||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 222 – Circle for a Landing||The problems we all have are different, depending on the person and your history. Yet they are all urgent; and they all require, ultimately, urgent care. This cast presupposes the universality of urgency, at least in one concrete area of your life. In o||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 221 – Centennial||Healing, one’s healing, doesn’t come from fiat, i.e., from declaration. Nor does it come from deletion, i.e., from living as if events in your past never took place. Healing comes from abreaction and merger, from engagement, even the ‘||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 220 – 1,2,3 Red Light||I’m getting more and more convinced that we’re doing our peers a disservice by not talking about Satan. Satan is alive and well; and, as the New Testament says, he is prowling around like a lion seeking someone to devour. This cast touches o||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 219 – Hey, Everybody||Gosh, I like Tommy Roe! But why? Well, partly, because his songs are catchy and sweet, and especially “Everybody” (1963). But “Dizzy” (1969) also makes me… dizzy. The real reason a person likes a song — or really likes||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 218 – What’s Going On||Just how “effective” are collective expressions of grief? Do they work? Every time I see a vast concourse of people gathered at the site of a massacre, I honestly “feel with” the grief; and yet remain a little skeptical. It’||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 217 – The Monolith||We’re just awash — aground! — in “narratives” these days. “Narratives” are conceptual stories or frameworks that are designed by the ever-grinding mind to organize and categorize realities of everyday life. Many of the realities faced by the||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 216 – Cook’d Book||The text is from a leading Presidential candidate, but it applies to two of them — two persons who are ideologically apart but have one main thing in common. That main thing is: They are exposing the Cook’d Book of life, which is designed ||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 211 - Son, This Is She||There is this amazing supposed contrast between the God Who comes to us from without, and the God Who speaks to us from within. Historic Christianity generally hears the First. Eastern religion generally hears the second. Personally, I hear both -- by w||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 210 - Saved!||When you were in a tight spot, how did help get through to you, assuming help did get through to you? Did God speak from out of the whirlwind -- of crisis, panic, and despair? Or did aid come from inside yourself -- a 'how-to' or random thought that prov||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Episode 113 - Return to Form
(You) were lost, but now (you're) found; and I have just found PZ's podcast. As in the olden days you had me from the "opening bars". I miss your stream of consciousness, free (but maybe not so free?) associations and nerdforms. Now I know where to come for my fix. Wonderful stuff!
Every episode a gem.
Look forward to the arrival of each new episode and when PZ takes a break I return to old episodes for a fresh listen.
Love them all. WOW PZ U just get better along with me (hopefully)