Category Archives: Christ

#82-Risen: The Story of Lazarus


lazarusThis week, we break from our look at audio books to delve into some spiritual areas.  I recently spent a weekend dealing with the deaths of two parents in two families close to me. Putting these two events so close together stirred my soul deeply.  When I got back to my home church the following weekend, I heard a lesson from John 11 on Lazarus.  What should our perspective be on a story of resurrection?  I share this lesson with you on this podcast.  (This podcast is a bit longer than usual.  I hope you can hang with me!)


#65-Thinking of Clerical Crime


Non-Prophet Murders cover

This week’s podcast requires some thinking. Some books just set you thinking; even if they are murder mysteries.  In this case though, I’m not thinking about how the crimes might have been better executed.  I ask some questions of Christians about the reputation of the Church – the Bride of Christ.  All of this is stimulated by re-examining Becky Wooley’s book, Non-Prophet Murders.  Join me and let me know what you think with some feedback!  I’d love to hear from you!



#63 – The Violin Player and the Fearsome Powers

Anka Watt - By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen - Own work, GFDL,

Anka Watt – By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work, GFDL,


We explore some spiritual ideas on today’s podcast.  Randy Harris, a professor from Abilene Christian University, shares a powerful lesson from Colossians 2. He even references Anka Watt.  Why?  You’ll have to listen.

Here are some quotations which may entice you:

  • Jesus Christ has triumphed over all the powers of darkness. Why aren’t you living like that?
  • Become what you are.
  • You are set free from sin by Jesus Christ. He has conquered all the dark powers.  And we spend the rest of our lives learning to become  what He has declared us to be.
  • God loves you so much that He’s conquered the dark powers through Jesus Christ

Join me for some amazing and encouraging words!

#58-ReCast: An Interview with Ebeneezer Scrooge


ACC 1-Scrooge DescriptionsThis week features the last of the recasts.  We look back to a very early podcast with a lot of imagination.  How about an interview with Ebeneezer Scrooge?  You remember Scrooge!  He’s the curmudgeon whose greed and avarice hardened his heard against all mankind.  But, he’s visited by three spirits who change his heart and, thus, his actions.  What if you could hear from him now?  I take a stab at this possibility by imagining an interview with the reformed Scrooge!

Yes, this podcast was originally a “Christmas season” episode. However, this story is really not about Christmas; it is about redemption.  And redemption is a universal theme good at any time of the year.  So, my production of A Christmas Carol is available for sale year ’round.  Go to my page for the book and listen to some samples.

Here are the links for this podcast!

#57-Podcast Re-Cast: Surviving Perilous Times


We continue looking back at prior podcasts – “re-casts” if you will – while I am moving and the studio is being rebuilt.  We go back to look at a spiritual episode from the past, this week.

Most of the time we read passages like Luke 21 in light of an end-of-times narrative.  However, I think that Jesus’ hearers – his disciples and apostles – would have heard this narrative in a different way.  Jesus was preparing his disciples with instructions for survival in perilous times.  In their day, Jerusalem was going to be destroyed, the church was to be scattered through persecution, and disciples would be killed.  How would they get through those times?

In many ways, our times are not so different.  There is persecution for believers in Jesus – some that leads to death.  Churches are in trouble for various reasons.  And times seem to be getting more difficult.  How to God’s children cope?

In this podcast, I go back to Jesus’ instructions for His first followers from Luke 21:5-36.  Let’s hear Jesus’ words as they might have heard them, not as an end-of-times narrative.  What do we learn of coping in perilous times?

#55-ReCast: An Interview with Becky Wooley


Non-Prophet Murders coverBecky WooleyIf you listened last week, you know that we are going to feature some older podcasts as “re-casts” for the next four weeks while I move and re-build my studio in a new home.  This week’s re-cast features my friend and author, Becky Wooley.  As a minister’s wife and church secretary, she has the inside scoop on how churches run.  And she has taken that information and some great imagination to write the clerical crime novel, Non-Prophet Murders.   Grit along with three pastors find themselves the target of a killer.  Can Grit and his girlfriend, Grace, find the killer before he or she strikes again!  Full of humor, satire, and some scary moments, Non-Prophet Murders keeps you guessing “who-dun-it.”  Listen and find out how she does it!

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

#53-The Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ


0411091740_0001Since this is Holy Week in the Christian calendar, I have produced a narrative of the events of Holy Week – from the arrest of Jesus through the resurrection – based totally on the Scriptures.  Rather than rely on just one of the Gospel narratives, I have meshed the four narratives together in one cogent story.  I pray that you are blessed by this telling of these important events – the most important events in all of history!

Here are some links to the Gospel records of this story:

#44-Upside Down Blessings


blessings copyThis week, we go back to the world of spiritual ideas to talk about “blessings.”  Each week, I end this podcast with an exhortation to “share you blessings with someone else.”  The question is, “What are our blessings?”  Are they the things we have?  The people we know?  The life we lead?  Jesus tells us about blessings and this lesson from my home church talks about those definitions in the context of Jesus’ birth.

Scriptures referenced in this lesson are:

#42-The Story of Christmas


birth-of-jesusIt’s two days before Christmas as I write this.  The season of giving, receiving, family, friends, fellowship, and food is upon us.  But, will we take time to remember the reason for this season?  Will we take time – individually and corporately – to celebrate, to contemplate, to remember the One who gave us the most important gift of all?  “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.  God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.  He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:16, The Message)  This podcast celebrates this gift in words and music.  Enjoy!

Music heard in this podcast:

#40-Giveaways, Audiobooks, & Carols #2

Concealed in My Heart

Concealed in My Heart

Songs That I Whisper

Songs That I Whisper

Painted Sky-vol 1

The Wells Fargo Express Series – Volume 1 – The Desperate Road

Faith and the Law-Ambush

Faith and the Law-Ambush

Holiday Give-Away 2015

This week’s podcast looks at four books from two very different genres.  For the ladies, there is the sweet romance series by Regina Puckett, The Warren Family.  This features two books, Concealed in My Heart and Songs That I Whisper.  For the guys, there are two westerns.  From Remington Colt’s Wells Fargo Series, Murray Pura pens The Desperate Road.  James Griffin has written Faith and the Law: Ambush.  Both books feature great characters and exciting action.  You’ll hear samples from all these books as well as a look at a traditional Christmas Carol.  And don’t forget that my Holiday Give-Away is in full swing – right through New Year’s Day!

Music on this podcast:

Angels We Have Heard by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist:
Canon and Variation by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist:

Links for this podcast:

Concealed in My Heart by Regina Puckett

SongsThat I Whisper by Regina Puckett

The Desperate Road by Murray Pura

Faith and the Law: Ambush by James J. Griffin

Holiday Give-Away

Christmas Miracle by Donna Patton

Miracles: 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman