God Help the Child – How Childhood Trauma Shapes and Misshapes.

Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, the Pulitzer, the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Book Critics Circle award published her 11th novel, God Help the Child: A novel, in April 2015. Join us as we explore ways in which childhood trauma shapes and misshapes […]

50 Shades of Frenzy: Sex, the Bible, and What the Fuss is About

The film "Fifty Shades of Grey" is set to open on Valentine's Day, of all days. There is a reason well over 40 million people have purchased the erotic fan-fiction Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker,and Fifty Shades Freed.  The question is why? Why would a book about a woman who toys […]

Knowing Their Place: Women as Heroes – Lisbeth Salander, Katniss and the Virgin Mary

With the increasing popularity of books and films giving a starring role to women as the ones who save the day, are these new heroines of contemporary culture a clash with Christianity?  with host Jennie Spohr and panel Lauri Evans Deason, Dr. Christine Chaney and Bill Hogg https://s3.amazonaws.com/thekindlings/tkmhales061112.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()

T. S. Eliot: Journey of a Pessimist to Faith in God

From The Lovesong of Alfred J Prufrock  to the mysterious complexity of The Wasteland and more, Earl Palmer gives us a detailed biography of one of the greatest poets of the 20th century – T.S. Eliot. Centered around The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot as a reference, Earl draws an image of the man through his poetry. What shaped […]

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan – Live at Hale's Ales

"Was Jesus just an illiterate peasant?" Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. This controversial take on the life of Jesus caused waves across the country with a Fox News Interview with Reza Aslan that moved the book into the spotlight, but what does the book really say and why does it matter? We'll talk […]

Love and Truth Together in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment

Where do Love and Truth exhibit complimentary, generative outcomes in Raskolnikov's life? How did Dostoyevsky come to write the such a compelling story that affirms the oft-resisted truth that joy is found in suffering, redemption found in confession and owning up to our darkness? Earl Palmer and Dick Staub take a thorough look at a […]

"Peace Like a River" with Leif Enger. Podcast: Journeys Interview Segment 1 of 4

Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly 20 years. He currently lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. Peace Like a River is his debut novel. Peace Like a River was a National Bestseller; it was listed […]

Defining Joy – The Humor of Jesus by Earl Palmer & The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Have you considered the humor and the laughter of God? G.K. Chesterton suspected that Jesus' greatest subtlety was the quite joy that he carried throughout his life. Earl Palmer looks at the humor of Jesus and attempts the difficult task of defining Joy, through his own book – The Humor of Jesus: Sources of Laughter in the Bible –  and C.S. Lewis' The […]

Donald Miller "Blue Like Jazz" Podcast: Journeys Interview Part 1 of 4

Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz came out of nowhere to become a bestseller and went on to be made into a feature film by the same name. He also wrote A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, Storyline: Finding Your Subplot in God's Story, and Searching for God […]

Gaudy Night: The Art and Pull of Mysteries and Thrillers

Taproot Theatre Company's staging of Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)inspires a conversation on the art and pull of mysteries and thrillers. Join host Jennie Spohr and author Michael Gruber, Bernadette Pajer, Johnathan Longenbaugh and librarian and blogger David Wright as we explore the deep dark depths of this thrilling genre.   https://s3.amazonaws.com/thekindlings/tkmtaproot100212.mp3Podcast: Play […]