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PZ's Podcast: Please Come to Boston, KISS FM, and Lounge Crooner Classics

PZ’s Podcast: Please Come to Boston, KISS FM, and Lounge Crooner Classics

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EPISODE 74: Please Come to Boston

If Dave Loggins hadn’t written and recorded that song in 1974, my youth ministry would have failed the first day. But he did, and it didn’t. This podcast is the story of why.

But wait!: there’s more.

I took a little break from the recording studio recently, in order to take a trip to Boston — to do what I thought the song was telling me to do. It was an interesting trip, with some vivid highlights, like the P. S.-K. and the PCFR and the…

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Six Best Books on Clergy (That Are Also Sympathetic to Them)

Six Best Books on Clergy (That Are Also Sympathetic to Them)

Another year-end list from PZ:

1) Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy. This is the grand-daddy of them all, in my opinion. Father Sergius begins his ministry, within the Russian Orthodox Church, with all the right ingredients: a broken disappointed heart, an excellent education, and an appealing personality. He then becomes a saint! (But for all the wrong pelagian reasons) Later, he trips himself up, very badly, and flees his calling. Even later, however, most unusually, he finds it again.

I taught this once and first-time readers fell tumbled over into the snow. We all exist in this book, which is actually a…

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PZ's Podcast This Week: The British Invasion

PZ’s Podcast This Week: The British Invasion

Today two new talks have been published on “PZ’s Podcast” (Subscribe free on iTunes.)

The first is entitled The Browning Version and concerns a 1951 movie starring Michael Redgrave and written by Terence Rattigan, which is based on Rattigan’s 1948 play.

It is about a man who must lose his life in order to gain it. The material connects directly with the 25th Chorus of “Mexico City Blues”:

Is my own, is your own,
Is not Owned by Self-Owner
but found by Self-Loser —
Old Ancient Teaching

This podcast is dedicated to David Browder.

The second cast for this week is called “‘Man Gave Names…

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Other Than A Knave Or A Fool: Cozzens, Rattigan & Frankenstein

Other Than A Knave Or A Fool: Cozzens, Rattigan & Frankenstein

James Gould Cozzens, who knew so many clergy, and right up close, remarked in a letter to his mother that he didn’t think he had met a ‘professional Christian who was other than a knave or a fool’ (23 July 1935). The ‘fool’ part got this reader’s attention, and I wondered.

For some reason, the first image that came into my head was Frankenstein’s Monster as portrayed in the overwrought Hollywood melodrama from 2004, Van Helsing. In that long, long movie, there is a surprising moment, an arresting moment — if you weren’t asleep already, so over-filled with action the…

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Terence Rattigan's "A Bequest To The Nation" (1970): A Lesson In The Understanding Of Adult Emotions

Terence Rattigan’s "A Bequest To The Nation" (1970): A Lesson In The Understanding Of Adult Emotions

An incredibly powerful rumination from our resident Rattigan expert:

Terence Rattigan’s late play “A Bequest to the Nation” reflects on the love affair of Lord Horatio Nelson with Emma Hamilton. This is well covered material both on stage and screen. Rattigan, however, chooses to focus on Lady Nelson’s relation to her husband’s affair, and especially on the quality and impact of the forgiveness she extends to her husband.

What I did not know about this dramatic business of the year 1801 and before, is that Nelson was a child of the rectory, and his brother a clergyman, as well. What Horatio (Lord…

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What Is There Beyond Hope? Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea (and The Browning Version)

What Is There Beyond Hope? Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea (and The Browning Version)

I finally got around to watching Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version (1951), on the strong recommendation of trusted friends and Mbird co-contributors. I had seen the David Mamet-directed(!) version of Rattigan’s Winslow Boy many years ago, and it has always been one of my favorites. But The Browning Version blows it out of the water – people, put this film on your Netflix queue now! To say that it illustrates pretty much all of the themes that we love to explore on this site – death and resurrection, judgment and love, grace in relation to human bondage/suffering, yes even Law…

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A Brief Excerpt from Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea (1952)

Miller: … And you alone know how unequal the battle has always been that your will has had to fight.

Hester: ‘I tried to be good, and failed.’ Isn’t that the excuse all criminals make?

Miller: When they make it justly, it’s a just excuse.

Hester: Does it let them escape their sentence?

Miller: Yes, if the judge is fair — and not blind with hatred for the criminal — as you are for yourself.