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 279 - The Ballad of Marianne and Paula

    September 6th, 2019  |  22 mins 20 secs

    This podcast is a personal summons to out-of-bounds faith.

  • Episode 278 - Bonaparte's Retreat

    July 29th, 2019  |  25 mins 42 secs

    Core truths of life are often suppressed, masked, covered over, hidden. But when the truth about anything, from ill-anchored relationships to cultural captivities to urban blight, comes out, "Some People" (Belois Some,1985) become threatened. And more than threatened.

  • Episode 277 - Running a Losing Race

    July 24th, 2019  |  25 mins 37 secs

    The secret of wisdom, as you get older, would be to bring a perspective that embodies an accurate disillusionment with false hopes and inevitably disappointing projects while at the same offering hope in "the things that remain". To do that -- to portray life in its "True Colors" while at the same providing a better Palette -- well, such is the ambition of this podcast.

  • Episode 276 - Widow's Pique

    July 8th, 2019  |  23 mins 35 secs

    This particular cast concerns widowhood. Accurate statistics tell us that when you look out from the pulpit at your congregation, at least in most "main-line" churches, the number of widows likely to be present far outnumbers the number of widowers. And yet, I know of no more verboten subject in the pulpit than the disparity in life expectancy between men and women.

  • Episode 275 - How, Exactly, Does Love Come Down?

    June 24th, 2019  |  18 mins 42 secs

    We all want to know, when we are down -- I mean, when we are really down -- where we can turn for help. "Where Do I Go" ('Hair', 1969), when I have nowhere else to go? Specifically, where do I go to find God? Or rather, where is God located that I might find him?

  • Episode 274 - Tyrone Davis and the Future of Mankind

    May 28th, 2019  |  22 mins 50 secs

    People who come to church for the first time -- and most of us, probably -- are looking for relief from personal pain. We come to God -- when we really come to Him -- for relief and help in the now! This is an empirical fact from experience.

  • Episode 273 - The Treasure

    May 16th, 2019  |  18 mins 29 secs

    Only one or two relationships that you have had will be on your mind at the end. It will be a person, not a thing; an intimate connection, not an idea or "narrative".

  • Episode 272 - The Bell That Couldn't Jingle

    May 7th, 2019  |  22 mins 30 secs

    A short witness of a counter-intuitive Word received in church the other day; and an even more counter-intuitive "Word" from the world of pop music, which came crashing through my windshield on the way home from church.

  • Episode 271 - Lazy Susan

    April 19th, 2019  |  23 mins 47 secs

    Imputation is the prime "agent" within the great dynamic of the Grace of God. In this cast, I try to explain how imputation works in life, concluding with reference to Taylor Caldwell's 1960 novel entitled "The Listener."

  • Episode 270 - You Little Trustmaker

    April 1st, 2019  |  20 mins 42 secs

    This podcast is in fact a reflection on love and trust, on love enacted as well as love sworn. I hope it will open a door on your own loves, let alone on your own isolation (when you feel it) -- a door on Love as it really is.

  • Episode 269 - Soul Trajectory

    March 20th, 2019  |  21 mins 49 secs

    As the human soul makes its trajectory through life, it "lights on" hoped-for objects of connection. From birth to death, the soul is looking for, urgently aspiring to locate, a substitute for the connection with God that it had before it was born. Unfortunately, the soul is almost always disappointed.

  • Episode 268 - Seasons in the Sun

    March 2nd, 2019  |  23 mins 50 secs

    A reflection on the times of our lives.

  • Episode 267 - Blowing Away

    February 8th, 2019  |  23 mins 20 secs

    Let's just talk about moms and dads and children, boyfriends and girlfriends, 'Friend and Lover' ("Reach Out of the Darkness", 1968). These are the things -- the people -- that make your world go 'round, or make it crash!

  • Episode 266 - Soul Searchin' Time

    February 4th, 2019  |  22 mins 57 secs

    How is it possible for Gospel-emphasizing Christians to still flee a particular sinner?

  • Episode 265 - Surprise, Surprise

    January 30th, 2019  |  22 mins 7 secs

    A friend recently surprised me with the observation that Christians he knows who preach a "theology of glory" seem to be more welcoming, and forgiving, of real actual sinners than Christians he knows who preach a "theology of the Cross". My own experience confirms what my friend said.

  • Episode 264 - Tip for a Happy Marriage

    January 7th, 2019  |  26 mins 33 secs

    When the stresses involved in over-committedness and sheer over-work threaten not just to get you off course but to sink you -- that's when this tip for a happy marriage becomes, suddenly, decisive.