PZ's Podcast

About the show

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

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  • Episode 386 - I Am the Eggman

    May 22nd, 2024  |  23 mins 54 secs

    Appearances can deceive. Things are often felt more strongly than a person wants to let on. This cast describes the human condition as more serious than we sometimes imagine -- maybe than we ever imagine. At least until it happens to us!

  • Episode 385 - Jack, Be Nimble -- NOT!

    April 30th, 2024  |  21 mins 33 secs

    I keep hearing the word "nimble" these days. It comes up in relation to declining and therefore merging church institutions. What the word hides is institutional attrition. It is a way of putting a brave face on empirical defeat.

  • Episode 384 - Theme & Variations

    April 22nd, 2024  |  25 mins 51 secs

    PZ expounds on three principles of parenting informed by the Christian Gospel.

  • Episode 383 - Do You Need a Receipt?

    April 9th, 2024  |  22 mins 22 secs

    Everybody all the time is sitting on a major inward issue.

  • Episode 382 - We Interrupt This Program

    March 25th, 2024  |  20 mins 7 secs

    You can't help noticing, if you study Soviet-Era Iron-Curtain sci fi illustrations and posters, that there are ZERO aliens or extra-terrestrial forms of life to be seen. But where would you and I be without the possibility of answers that come from outside ourselves?

  • Episode 381 - Up the Down Staircase

    March 10th, 2024  |  19 mins 22 secs

    I'm trying to put into words the core principles of accessible Christian theology. Not mentally or intellectually accessible, but feeling-accessible -- heart-accessible -- and therefore actually and experientially accessible! Christian theology neither from the top down (solely), nor is it from the bottom up (solely). It is Up the Down Staircase!

  • Episode 380 - It Only Takes a Minute, Girl (Pt 2)

    February 28th, 2024  |  17 mins 35 secs

    The heart always loves at speed. You could almost say this is the secret of life. When we said 'yes' to God, or when we first said a real prayer, it "Only Took a Minute, Lord'. We didn't "count the cost". By the Grace of God, our hearts were so warmed that the warm lasted.

  • Episode 379 - It Only Takes a Minute, Girl (Pt 1)

    February 28th, 2024  |  24 mins 9 secs

    it is not true that "nothing can be loved at speed". One's heart in fact always loves at speed. Almost every big decision you've ever made was made "at speed"! The heart moves no other way.

  • Episode 378 - PZ's Mature Thoughts Concerning Rock n' Roll

    February 16th, 2024  |  23 mins 2 secs

    The music you love may say more about you than about the music itself.

  • Episode 377 - Happy 50th, Rod McKuen

    January 15th, 2024  |  22 mins 4 secs

    I've been thinking some about "borderland" states, meaning extremely strong states of mind and feeling that are not necessarily explicit, but are nonetheless real. Rod McKuen (d. 2015) was a magician of the borderland.

  • Episode 376 - Fury

    January 7th, 2024  |  18 mins 7 secs

    If only we could take the heartfelt learnings of the last third of our lives and import them retroactively into our lives' stressful, burdened second third. That's what PZ is trying to do for you today.

  • Episode 375 - New Morning

    January 1st, 2024  |  21 mins 2 secs

    The Truth of life lies in every case under the surface of the world. What you see, and even what you think you want to see, is not the Lasting Thing. Ultimately, what God is doing is different from what we think is going on.

  • Episode 374 - The Girl I Married (TZ 1987)

    December 29th, 2023  |  23 mins 42 secs

    On December 29th, 2023 Mary and I have been married exactly 50 years. This marker-episode concerns the primacy of individual belovedness over any and everything else, including career and professional achievement.

  • Episode 373 - “Everybody’s Talkin’” — NOT!

    December 17th, 2023  |  20 mins 34 secs

    Bishop Colin Buchanan died November 29th in Leeds Infirmary, and there’s been almost no coverage of it. Astonishing! This podcast is a reflection on the anonymity of death. And, believe it or not, this is a Christmas podcast!

  • Episode 372 - We've Only Just Begun

    December 4th, 2023  |  20 mins 6 secs

    This Christmas podcast is in honor of Mary's and my 50th Anniversary, which comes on December 29th. She and I are both in thankful awe of having made it thus far. And happily! To me this is worth celebrating. The cast sets out two requirements, or better, signs, as I see it, for an enduring marriage.

  • Episode 371 - At the Earth's Core

    December 3rd, 2023  |  17 mins 43 secs

    There's newness to be found at the center of the earth -- our earth, our core. This is the heart of the Christian Faith. God will always speak to beleaguered humans, but rarely until we get to the earth's core.