The People Who Make A Difference -The Road to Character by David Brooks

Rev. Palmer explores David Brooks' amazing new book, The Road To Character: “I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it.”—David Brooks. With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought […]

After Ten Years – A Reckoning (1943) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Earl Palmer

Earl Palmer discusses one of the great classics of prison literature, Letters and Papers from Prison – which effectively serves as the last will and testament of the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German pastor who was executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his part in the “officers’ plot” to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Podcast: […]

Poems from Prison: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Prophet and Poet

Welcome to The Kindlings Muse @ Earl Palmer Ministries hosted by Dick Staub. This event is taped for podcast in front of a live audience at the Burke Museum Cafe on the campus of the university of Washington. Each month we feature the Reverend Earl Palmer selecting and then discussing a book every thinking human […]

Two Kinds of Reconciliation – The Kindlings Muse with Earl Palmer

"Repentance is always difficult and not only because we must cross the threshold of self-love but also because our own sins are not easily visible to us." – Alexander Solzhenitsyn Where does reconciliation have its beginnings? What does it take for rifts to be mended? The Rev. Earl Palmer looks at reconciliation as portrayed in From Under the […]

The Virtue of Work –The Kindlings Muse with Earl Palmer

Why do we work? Where is the value in labor? The Rev. Earl Palmer and Host Dick Staub explore the virtue of work through two books:  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown and Why Work?: Discovering Real Purpose, Peace, and […]

Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, & Gary Haugen: Christians as Peacemakers – Live At Earl Palmer Ministries

Listen to a rich conversation between Host Dick Staub and the Reverend Earl Palmer as they discuss the works of Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Gary Haugen, examples of Christians as Peacemakers.  Suggested reading: Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library) and Good News About […]

Job – The Outer Limits of Faith and Prayer: The Kindlings Muse with Earl Palmer

What are the outer limits of faith and prayer? How do they manifest in the Book of Job? What insights into this epic tale of suffering can a modern poet and playwright offer? Listen as Earl Palmer and Dick Staub explore “The Book of Job" and J.B.: A Play in Verse by poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish. […]

Handel's “The Messiah:" A Look Into the Greatest Christmas Oratorio with Earl Palmer

Handel's "Messiah" has never lost its popularity since the day it was first performed in London in the 1742. What were the circumstances under which George Handel composed this iconic masterpiece? How did his intentions with structure and text shape the overall composition? Why do we still listen to this piece of work hundreds of years […]

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Story of Survival and Friendship – The Kindlings Muse with Earl Palmer

Earl Palmer looks at the life of J.R.R. Tolkien through Humphrey Carpenter's  J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Beginning with Tolkien's childhood and deep friendships formed , through the tragic events in the Battle of Somme that shaped Tolkien's epic storytelling later in life, Palmer paints an in-depth picture of Tolkien's life, faith, and their influence on the […]

Earl Palmer – Marks of Integrity and Sanity, "Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood"

Starting the fall 2014 season, Rev. Earl Palmer discusses, Not:I Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim C. Fest – an intimate account of life under the Third Reich through a child's eyes. Fest's father is a "conservative Catholic teacher, opposes the Nazi regime and as a result loses his job and status. Fest is forced to move […]