Biblical Power for Your Life

| with Rev. E. J. Niles and Rev. Karen Tudor | Thursday at 2 p.m. CT
Biblical Power for Your Life

Program Overview

The Bible is the most widely read but least understood of all sacred scriptures. Cohosts Revs. Karen Tudor and E.J. Niles introduce a biblical topic each week from a cultural, historical, psychological, and symbolic perspective that will help you discover spiritual Truths about yourself!

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.


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  • Original air date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Most people assume Jesus must have made plans for who would take over the leadership of the church, or movement, he began with his preaching and healing ministry, after his death. But there is no reliable evidence that this is true. The gospel that has Jesus giving Peter the "keys to the kingdom" was written long after Jesus' death and after Paul had been preaching the gospel to the Gentiles and establishing churches in different parts of the world. It was up to these two visible leaders with very different personalities, backgrounds, and gifts to determine how the movement begun by Jesus would continue. Join Karen and E.J. as they compare and contrast the two leaders and explore how the church developed under their joint leadership.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Apostles were recorded in the gospels to perform miracles, not only while Jesus was with them, but also after his resurrection and ascension. Peter was the established leader of the Apostles after Jesus' ascension, and in the gospel account, had been given the mantle of leadership from Jesus, although scholars believe this was inserted later to establish that legitimacy. But Peter was undoubtedly influential, and in leadership in many ways, including performing healing miracles himself. We will explore these miracles, and consider their implications and meanings, how they compare with Paul's miracles in the first part of the series, as well as what they can teach us about our own spiritual lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 04, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The Apostles were recorded in the gospels to perform miracles not only while Jesus was with them but also after his resurrection and ascension. Paul, who proclaimed himself an Apostle, is recorded to have performed miracles in the Acts of the Apostles and by his own accounts. We will explore these miracles and consider their implications and meanings as well as what they can teach us about our own spiritual lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
    Episode Description:
    In Mark 5, Jesus performs an unusual healing of a man possessed by many demons by directing the demons into a herd of pigs grazing nearby, that promptly stampede off the cliff, into the lake, and drown. This story has long confounded easy understanding as innocent animals are sacrificed by this healing act of Jesus. Join E.J. and Karen as they tackle this story from metaphysical, historical, social, and symbolic angles to derive understanding for our own lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Of all the stories of Jesus' miracles and healing, there is one story where the one seeking healing went to great lengths to reach Jesus. The story is so dramatic that it catches Jesus' attention in his teaching, and he is moved by the faith of those who are bringing the paralyzed man as much as the man himself. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this story of healing and faith through several lenses of interpretation, and gain insight for yourself!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Of all the stories of Jesus' miracles and healing, there is one story where the one seeking healing went to great lengths to reach Jesus. The story is so dramatic that it catches Jesus' attention in his teaching, and he is moved by the faith of those who are bringing the paralyzed man as much as the man himself. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this story of healing and faith through several lenses of interpretation, and gain insight for yourself!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    As we take a look at the familiar story of the biblical hero, Samson, we will focus in on some of the details that most have forgotten or never heard. These details lend dramatic flavor, but also telling details about the nature of Samson and perhaps, heroes themselves. Join Karen and E.J. as they use different lenses of the Bible to examine the hero story of Samson and apply the lessons to our lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Reading the Bible literally and in the sequence in which it appears is fraught with pitfalls, contradictions, and at times, uncertainty about who to root for! Using different lenses or levels of understanding through which to read the story or event reveals new dimensions of Truth that one can apply to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore some familiar stories and characters in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures through metaphysical, maieutic, and psychological lenses and hear the beauty and inspiration as conveyed through its poetic, storytelling, and historical lenses.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Reading the Bible literally and in the sequence in which it appears is fraught with pitfalls, contradictions, and at times, uncertainty about who to root for! Using different lenses or levels of understanding through which to read the story or event reveals new dimensions of Truth that one can apply to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore some familiar stories and characters in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures through metaphysical, maieutic, and psychological lenses and hear the beauty and inspiration as conveyed through its poetic, storytelling, and historical lenses.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Reading the Bible literally and in the sequence in which it appears is fraught with pitfalls, contradictions, and at times, uncertainty about who to root for! Using different lenses or levels of understanding through which to read the story or event reveals new dimensions of Truth that one can apply to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore some familiar stories and characters in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures through metaphysical, maieutic, and psychological lenses and hear the beauty and inspiration as conveyed through its poetic, storytelling, and historical lenses.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 08, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Reading the Bible literally, and in the sequence in which it appears, is fraught with pitfalls, contradictions, and at times, uncertainty about who to root for! Using different lenses, or levels, of understanding through which to read the story or event reveals new dimensions of Truth that one can apply to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore some familiar stories and characters in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures through metaphysical, maieutic, and psychological lenses, and hear the beauty and inspiration as conveyed through its poetic, storytelling, and historical lenses.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We introduced the idea of love through mysticism and the use of erotic and romantic imagery in the language of the Christian mystics in our last episode. Today we will explore the thread of mysticism that runs through every level of consciousness using references from Hebrew and Christian scriptures as well as that of other faith traditions. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    As we have discussed in the previous series on the evolution of social justice in the Bible, this series will focus on the word love and its many forms that are described in the Bible. Translating from Hebrew and Greek, the word love and all of its attendant forms, describe different ways of relating to one another, to God, and to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore these various terms for love, their applications, and their spiritual meanings throughout time and throughout the Bible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    As we have discussed in the previous series on the evolution of social justice in the Bible, this series will focus on the word love and its many forms that are described in the Bible. Translating from Hebrew and Greek, the word love and all of its attendant forms, describe different ways of relating to one another, to God and to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore these various terms for love, their applications, and their spiritual meanings throughout time and throughout the Bible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    As we have discussed in the previous series on the evolution of social justice in the Bible, this series will focus on the word love and its many forms that are described in the Bible. Translating from Hebrew and Greek, the word love and all of its attendant forms, describe different ways of relating to one another, to God, and to one's life. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore these various terms for love, their applications, and their spiritual meanings throughout time and throughout the Bible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We have examined the evolving consciousness of the authors and redactors of the Bible. This short series looks at the issues of social justice as they indicate an evolving morality and ethos concerning women, the poor, aliens and slaves, and attitudes toward those of different social strata. This segment will look at the changing social strata as the community developed from tribal to agricultural to city societies and from monarchy to occupation to exile to diaspora and some return to the homeland. The implications for our spiritual life remain potent as we examine the lives and stories of these human experiences.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We have examined the evolving consciousness of the authors and redactors of the Bible. This short series looks at the issues of social justice as they indicate an evolving morality and ethos concerning women, the poor, aliens and slaves, and attitudes toward those of different social strata. This segment will look at how aliens and slaves are treated and their role in the community. As the consciousness changes, more questions about who is alien and whether they can be included as part of the community arise. The implications of these questions have corollaries for our own modern world as well.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We have examined the evolving consciousness of the authors and redactors of the bible. This short series looks at the issues of social justice as they indicate an evolving morality and ethos concerning women, the poor, aliens and slaves, and attitudes toward those of different social strata. This  segment will look at how the poor are defined and treated by the community as a whole and the evolving social, ethical, and spiritual obligation to care for and help the poor inside and outside the community.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We have examined the evolving consciousness of the authors and redactors of the Bible. This short series looks at the issues of social justice as they indicate an evolving morality and ethos concerning women, the poor, aliens and slaves, and attitudes toward those of different social strata. This first segment will look at the place of women throughout the Bible, their relative power, and their impact on the spiritual message we can take away from their stories today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    After completing our look at how the Hebrew Bible was put together in our three-part series Evolution of the Bible, we turn our focus toward the consciousness of the writers through the centuries and their view of God as it evolved throughout the Hebrew Bible and into the Christian Bible. Recognizing that it is our own human perspective about the nature of life, God, and humanity that evolves gives us a context for understanding the scriptures in ways that deepen and support our spiritual lives in the 21st century. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace the evolving human consciousness that is evident in the stories, writings, and theology found in the evolution IN the Bible!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    After completing our look at how the Hebrew Bible was put together in our three-part series Evolution of the Bible, we turn our focus toward the consciousness of the writers through the centuries and their view of God as it evolved throughout the Hebrew Bible and into the Christian Bible. Recognizing that it is our own human perspective about the nature of life, God, and humanity that evolves gives us a context for understanding the scriptures in ways that deepen and support our spiritual lives in the 21st century. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace the evolving human consciousness that is evident in the stories, writings, and theology found in the evolution IN the Bible!

  • Original air date: Thursday, February 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    After completing our look at how the Hebrew Bible was put together in our three-part series Evolution of the Bible, we turn our focus toward the consciousness of the writers through the centuries and their view of God as it evolved throughout the Hebrew Bible and into the Christian Bible. Recognizing that it is our own human perspective about the nature of life, God, and humanity that evolves gives us a context for understanding the scriptures in ways that deepen and support our spiritual lives in the 21st century. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace the evolving human consciousness that is evident in the stories, writings, and theology found in the evolution IN the Bible!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    While there remains public debate about teaching the biblical creation story in schools alongside scientific findings about evolution, the irony is that archaeologists and biblical scholars have unearthed and studied artifacts and scriptural fragments that tell us the Bible itself is a product of evolving points of view, fueled by political influences and cultural values, written by multiple anonymous writers, over hundreds of years of changes, additions, and redactions. If only we had those stone tablets written with the finger of God! Join E.J. and Karen as they explore Richard Elliott Friedman's book Who Wrote The Bible? in this broad introduction of how the text was written.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    While there remains public debate about teaching the biblical Creation story in schools alongside scientific findings about evolution, the irony is that archaeologists and biblical scholars have unearthed and studied artifacts and scriptural fragments that tell us the Bible itself is a product of evolving points of view, fueled by political influences and cultural values, written by multiple anonymous writers, throughout hundreds of years of changes, additions, and redactions. If only we had those stone tablets written with the finger of God! Join E.J. and Karen as they explore Richard Elliott Friedman's book, Who Wrote the Bible? in this broad introduction of how the book was written.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    While there remains public debate about teaching the biblical Creation story in schools alongside scientific findings about evolution, the irony is that archaeologists and biblical scholars have unearthed and studied artifacts and scriptural fragments that tell us the Bible itself is a product of evolving points of view, fueled by political influences and cultural values, written by multiple anonymous writers, throughout hundreds of years of changes, additions, and redactions. If only we had those stone tablets written with the finger of God! Join E.J. and Karen as they explore Richard Elliott Friedman's book, Who Wrote the Bible? in this broad introduction of how the book was written.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much controversy has arisen and continues to this day about Jesus' claim to messiahship—"What did he know? When did he know it? What did he claim to be?" Many verses of the Hebrew Bible have guided early Christian gospel writers and theologians to interpret those verses as prophesying the arrival of a messiah and place some of them in the mouth of Jesus. Whatever biographical information the writers may have had 40-50 years after Jesus' death was knit together with fragments of scripture and lore that fleshed out a life seemingly foretold by scripture and ordained by God to reinstate all humanity into God's grace. Join E.J. and Karen as they look at the clues in the gospels and Hebrew text that lead to the making of a messiah.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much controversy has arisen and continues to this day about Jesus' claim to messiahship—"What did he know? When did he know it? What did he claim to be?" Many verses of the Hebrew Bible have guided early Christian gospel writers and theologians to interpret those verses as prophesying the arrival of a messiah and place some of them in the mouth of Jesus. Whatever biographical information the writers may have had 40-50 years after Jesus' death was knit together with fragments of scripture and lore that fleshed out a life seemingly foretold by scripture and ordained by God to reinstate all humanity into God's grace. Join E.J. and Karen as they look at the clues in the gospels and Hebrew text that lead to the making of a messiah.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much controversy has arisen and continues to this day about Jesus' claim to messiahship—"What did he know? When did he know it? What did he claim to be?" Many verses of the Hebrew Bible have guided early Christian gospel writers and theologians to interpret those verses as prophesying the arrival of a messiah and place some of them in the mouth of Jesus. Whatever biographical information the writers may have had 40-50 years after Jesus' death was knit together with fragments of scripture and lore that fleshed out a life seemingly foretold by scripture and ordained by God to reinstate all humanity into God's grace. Join E.J. and Karen as they look at the clues in the gospels and Hebrew text that lead to the making of a messiah.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much of our knowledge about the Bible is centered around the heroes and major players in the stories. But often just as important are those who serve the hero or patriarch on their right hand. Seeing how these individuals support, advise, and even clean up messes gives us great insight into the characters of the heroes and patriarchs but also what qualities complete the dynamics for a successful partnership. Join E.J. and Karen in this most interesting look at those who are second! This installment will examine the relationship between Deborah, the Judge and Barak, the Commander of the Army, and how Barak’s choices and decisions to team up with others can teach us how to be successful beyond our own abilities.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much of our knowledge about the Bible is centered around the heroes and major players in the stories. But often just as important are those who serve the hero or patriarch on their right hand. Seeing how these individuals support, advise, and even clean up messes gives us great insight into the characters of the heroes and patriarchs but also what qualities complete the dynamics for a successful partnership. Join E.J. and Karen in this most interesting look at those who are second! The third installment will introduce Joab, David’s commander who is also his cousin, his strongest ally, and even sharper critic!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much of our knowledge about the Bible is centered around the heroes and major players in the stories. But often just as important are those who serve the hero or patriarch on their right hand. Seeing how these individuals support, advise, and even clean up messes gives us great insight into the characters of the heroes and patriarchs but also what qualities complete the dynamics for a successful partnership. Join E.J. and Karen in this most interesting look at those who are second! The second installment will concern Joshua in his early role serving under Moses and Aaron and his rise to leadership in his own right.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Much of our knowledge about the Bible is centered around the heroes and major players in the stories. But often just as important are those who serve the hero or patriarch on their right hand. Seeing how these individuals support, advise, and even clean up messes gives us great insight into the characters of the heroes and patriarchs but also what qualities complete the dynamics for a successful partnership. Join E.J. and Karen in this most interesting look at those who are second! The first installment will examine Aaron's role in support of Moses and his own leadership as the first priest.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all but, in fact, in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian Scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times as well. The sixth installment will compare passages from the Book of Ezekiel to those of Daniel and Revelation to further explore how the Hebrew Bible influenced the writer of the Book of Revelation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all but, in fact, in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian Scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times as well. The fifth installment will compare passages from the Book of Daniel to the Book of Revelation to show where some of the ideas for this apocalyptic literature derived.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all but, in fact, in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian Scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times as well. The fourth installment will be from chapter 5, looking at the meaning of the handwriting on the wall.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 03, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all but, in fact, in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian Scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times as well. The third installment will be from chapter 6, describing the significance of Daniel facing the lion in the lion’s den.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all but, in fact, in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian Scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times as well. The second installment will be from chapter 3, exploring the miracle story of the fiery furnace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Many people do not realize that much of the apocalyptic ideas we have about the end times were not in the Book of Revelation at all, but, in fact, were in the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament of Christian scriptures. This book, too, is apocalyptic, meaning that it has hidden or symbolic meanings that require interpretation and deeper understanding. Join E.J. and Karen as they delve into the stories of this book, mining both the historical meanings as well as deeper spiritual meanings for our own times. The second installment will be from Chapter 3, exploring the miracle story of the fiery furnace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    While we have read the parables as being the expressed teachings of Jesus, supposedly quoted verbatim, there is growing evidence that not only are they not verbatim teachings, but they may also be contrived by the Gospel writers to convey something about Jesus himself. John Dominic Crossan wrote in his book, The Power of Parable: "how fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus." Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implication of certain parables about Jesus, how they reflected the needs of the early church, and what these revised perspectives might mean about our own lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    While we have read the parables as being the expressed teachings of Jesus, supposedly quoted verbatim, there is growing evidence that not only are they not verbatim teachings, but they may also be contrived by the Gospel writers to convey something about Jesus himself. John Dominic Crossan wrote in his book, The Power of Parable: "how fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus." Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implication of certain parables about Jesus, how they reflected the needs of the early church, and what these revised perspectives might mean about our own lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    While we have read the parables as being the expressed teachings of Jesus, supposedly quoted verbatim, there is growing evidence that not only are they not verbatim teachings, but they may also be contrived by the Gospel writers to convey something about Jesus himself. John Dominic Crossan wrote in his book, The Power of Parable: "how fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus." Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implication of certain parables about Jesus, how they reflected the needs of the early church, and what these revised perspectives might mean about our own lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The Hebrew prayer known as "The Shema" is prayed with Jewish children as they go to sleep and taught to them not only as a bedtime prayer but also as a blessing and assurance of protection. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this prayer that is derived from Deuteronomy, as well as comparisons to prayers of oneness from other traditions and how it applies to our own Unity teachings of "God as One Source."
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    As the accounts of the resurrection were added to the original Gospels, so were stories about the appearances of Jesus, his teachings to his Apostles, and the accounts of his ascension. Join Karen and E.J. as they compare them, contrast them, provide context for these stories, and as always, illuminate the meaning for our own lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    As the accounts of the resurrection were added to the original Gospels, so were stories about the appearances of Jesus, his teachings to his Apostles, and the accounts of his ascension. Join Karen and E.J. as they compare them, contrast them, provide context for these stories, and as always, illuminate the meaning for our own lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The miracles of Jesus depicted in the Gospels fall into two types: nature miracles and healing miracles. While unusual, they are not uncommon in the scriptures, and in fact, often refer to a miracle described in the Hebrew Bible. In this series, E.J. and Karen will explore the miracles described in the synoptic Gospels and the miracles denoted as "signs" in the Gospel of John for understanding more of what they were intended to teach or demonstrate and how we can use them in our lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The miracles of Jesus depicted in the Gospels fall into two types: nature miracles and healing miracles. While unusual, they are not uncommon in the scriptures, and in fact, often refer to a miracle described in the Hebrew Bible. In this series, E.J. and Karen will explore the miracles described in the synoptic Gospels and the miracles denoted as "signs" in the Gospel of John for understanding more of what they were intended to teach or demonstrate and how we can use them in our lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The miracles of Jesus depicted in the Gospels fall into two types: nature miracles and healing miracles. While unusual, they are not uncommon in the scriptures, and in fact, often refer to a miracle described in the Hebrew Bible. In this series, E.J. and Karen will explore the miracles described in the synoptic Gospels and the miracles denoted as "signs" in the Gospel of John for understanding more of what they were intended to teach or demonstrate and how we can use them in our lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The care and support for both widows and orphans is spelled out in the Law, largely in Deuteronomy. Throughout the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures, widows are noted and stories are told about them; some are named while some remain unnamed. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the role of widows as part of the spiritual life of Israel as a community and as representing real people in real conditions. Learn what the prophets, Jesus, and Paul taught about them and how that translates to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The care and support for both widows and orphans is spelled out in the Law, largely in Deuteronomy. Throughout the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures, widows are noted and stories are told about them; some are named while some remain unnamed. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the role of widows as part of the spiritual life of Israel as a community and as representing real people in real conditions. Learn what the prophets, Jesus, and Paul taught about them and how that translates to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The care and support for both widows and orphans is spelled out in the Law, largely in Deuteronomy. Throughout the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures, widows are noted and stories are told about them; some are named while some remain unnamed. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the role of widows as part of the spiritual life of Israel as a community and as representing real people in real conditions. Learn what the prophets, Jesus, and Paul taught about them and how that translates to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    People often ask how Unity can be Christian and at the same time honor all paths to God. The answer is simple: By following Jesus' example. Jesus demonstrated "radical inclusivity" and reached out to people of all faiths and backgrounds. He even pointedly challenged the purity system of his day, flouting the rules of who was "in" and who was "out." Were we to follow his example, we would practice an "Inclusive Christianity"—spirituality based on loving God and loving one another, without exception. Is there room in our society today to recast Christianity as inclusive rather than exclusive? And how might we go about it? Join E.J. and Paula Coppel, ministerial candidate at Unity Institute® and Seminary as they explore this question and how we can start living this message today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Ed Townley has written a new book titled, Kingdom Come: Understanding the Book of Revelation,  which decodes the Scriptures to reveal a navigational guide to spiritual progress—what writer Joseph Campbell called “the hero’s journey.” Kingdom Come challenges the popular view of Revelation as a prophecy of end-times—with eternal bliss for the chosen and hellfire for everyone else. Townley asserts that the kingdom of heaven is not the reward of an afterlife but the product of an expanded consciousness that allows us to fully embrace our human experience. Join E.J. as she hosts Ed and discusses his view of this most controversial of biblical writings.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Beyond the canonical Gospels there are myriad of other gospels and writings that give us a view of how Christianity developed in its early days. As there were gospels and letters that served the various views of early Christians, we find they range from purporting to tell stories about Jesus's infancy and life; about his words, teachings, and works; and about the universal or cosmic meaning of his life including predictions about the end of the world and his return on earth. Join E.J. and Karen as they share what biblical scholars have learned about the make-up of the New Testament and how it came to be.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Beyond the canonical Gospels there are myriad other gospels and writings that give us a view of how Christianity developed in its early days. Ideas about who Jesus really was—fully realized Son of God? God in human form? Adopted Son of God? Ethereal spirit with no body?—were all a part of the mix of early Christianities. The various philosophies formed into groups of followers who developed their own rituals and traditions and lore. Join Karen and E.J. as they walk through these early ideas about the meaning of Jesus' life and how those ideas relate to our own ideas about Jesus today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
    Episode Description:

    Beyond the canonical Gospels there are myriad other gospels and writings that give us a view of how Christianity developed in its early days. Jesus left the disciples with little guide for how his teachings may be best shared with the world. Struggling to determine its place in Judaism or in the gentile world, as a philosophy or a church, the earliest Christianity slowly evolved. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the traces left behind for us today.

  • Original air date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Episode Description:

    Even if one believes in celebrating the birth of Jesus as a religious practice, how one does it is shaped by cultural, theological, and denominational contexts. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore how Christmas is celebrated in various cultures in a variety of rituals and religious practices. How many ways can YOU say, "Merry Christmas"?
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, December 06, 2012
    Episode Description:

    Even if one believes in celebrating the birth of Jesus as a religious practice, how one does it is shaped by cultural, theological, and denominational contexts. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore how Christmas is celebrated in various cultures in a variety of rituals and religious practices. How many ways can YOU say, "Merry Christmas"?
     
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
    Episode Description:

    During the Inter-Testament period, a time of much political and religious confusion and questioning, many political parties emerged. They were both religious and political. Three of these parties survived to become an influence in the time of Jesus: the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Zealots. During the next two episodes of Biblical Power for Your Life, Karen and E.J. will look at how they emerged, what Jesus may have thought about them and how they continued through the first centuries after Jesus' death.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    During the Inter-Testament period, a time of much political and religious confusion and questioning, many political parties emerged. They were both religious and political. Three of these parties survived to become an influence in the time of Jesus: the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Zealots. During the next two episodes of Biblical Power for Your Life, Karen and E.J. will look at how they emerged, what Jesus may have thought about them, and how they continued through the first centuries after Jesus death.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
    Episode Description:
    While still a ministerial student at Unity Institute® andSeminary, Dr. Tanner has recently received his Ph.D., with a focus on New Testament studies. He has been preparing a paper for the Society of Biblical Literature, which posits that the quest for the historical Jesus may have erred in either neglecting or totally ignoring the record of the faith, memory and experience of the disciples of Jesus or their account of the impact of Jesus' life and teachings. Join E.J. as she interviews Dr. Tanner and explores what we may still learn about Jesus and his ministry through the eyes of those who knew him best.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 01, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Robert Funk, biblical scholar, once referred to the number of times the Scriptures mention Jesus celebrating and partying, calling him a veritable "party animal"! E.J. and Karen decided to check out all of the various ways that Jesus is depicted in or encourages celebration in the Gospels. Join them as they present these references and their implications that give another view of the life and teachings of Jesus—party animal!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Episode Description:

    As a spiritual teacher, Jesus was a good storyteller.  In accordance with Eastern traditions, he used symbolic language, metaphor and parable to describe the spiritual life to his disciples and to the people he taught and healed. When some of those stories were recorded in the Gospels, they got different twists depending on the writer, his perspective and his purpose. Join E.J. and Karen as they compare the parables found in Matthew and Luke and what we can apply to our lives today.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Episode Description:

    As a spiritual teacher, Jesus was a good storyteller. In accordance with Eastern traditions, he used symbolic language, metaphor and parable to describe the spiritual life to his disciples and to the people he taught and healed. When some of those stories were recorded in the Gospels, they got different twists depending on the writer, his perspective and his purpose. Join E.J. and Karen as they compare the parables found in Matthew and Luke and what we can apply to our lives today.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Karen will interview Rev. Paul Smith, author of Integral Christianity: The Spirit's Call to Evolve. In his book, Paul Smith presents a model of Christianity that incorporates the insights of a Jesus-centered theology of biblical interpretation, integral philosophy and more than 50 years of pastoral experience in leading evolutionary change in the local church. The perspectives of integral theory and practice, articulated by Ken Wilber, help uncover the integral approach that Jesus advocated and demonstrated in the metaphors of his time and that traditional Christianity has largely been unable to see. Smith says, "Jesus pushed his own religion to newness by including the best of its past, and transcending the worst of its present. He calls us to do the same, whatever our religion is today."


  • Original air date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Men are named in the Bible as actors along a line of narrative. Women, when they are named at all, tend to be a wife or helper to the protagonist or ancillary to the narrative as a whole. Sometimes, women are named in a group or as a group and fulfill certain functions that upon further consideration, may give us more insight into our own natures and biblical heritage. Join Karen and E.J. as they consider this often overlooked group in the Bible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Less well-known than the women in the canonical Bible are the women mentioned in the intertestamental writings of the Apocrypha. This group of women have influenced the development of certain ideas about the afterlife and inspired early stories about the lives of saints as a model followed in the Catholic Church. Join E.J. and Karen as they tell these stories with an eye to our modern lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    While we may remember the wives who gave birth to the well-known sons of the Bible, we may be less aware of the significance of the "other wives" whose progeny also supplied aspects to our biblical heritage. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the "other wives" of Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David and what their presence in our biblical history means to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 06, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As the summer winds to a close and the fall winds begin to pick up, fall festivals are in the air! Most of those we know and celebrate have their earliest beginnings in pre-Christian and indigenous cultures. While the practices, rituals and deities or saints invoked may differ, their meanings and symbols serve us today. Join Karen and E.J. as they discuss various traditions, practices and beliefs that celebrate and prepare the human spirit for the change of seasons, from light to dark!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As the summer winds to a close and the fall winds begin to pick up, fall festivals are in the air! Most of those we know and celebrate have their earliest beginnings in pre-Christian and indigenous cultures. While the practices, rituals and deities or saints invoked may differ, their meanings and symbols serve us today. Join Karen and E.J. as they discuss various traditions, practices and beliefs that celebrate and prepare the human spirit for the change of seasons, from light to dark!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In an article of a publication of the Jesus Seminar, Paul Alan Laughlin describes the distinctions between and the benefits of our growing understanding of the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith that was developed in the first few centuries of Christianity. While the former is hard to fully lay hold of with certain facts, the latter is as firmly outlined and established as if it had come down on tablets of stone from Mount Sinai Laughlin presents a new look at this premise that compares the historical Jesus with three distinct images of the Christ of faith that developed at various periods in the early church. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they explore these images of the Christ of faith and the historical Jesus as they apply them to our modern lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In an article of a publication of the Jesus Seminar, Paul Alan Laughlin describes the distinctions between and the benefits of our growing understanding of the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith that was developed in the first few centuries of Christianity. While the former is hard to fully lay hold of with certain facts, the latter is as firmly outlined and established as if it had come down on tablets of stone from Mount Sinai! Laughlin presents a new look at this premise, which compares the historical Jesus with three distinct images of the Christ of faith that developed at various periods in the early church. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they explore these images of the Christ of faith and the historical Jesus as they apply them to our modern lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 09, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In an article of a publication of the Jesus Seminar, Paul Alan Laughlin describes the distinctions between and the benefits of our growing understanding of the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith that was developed in the first few centuries of Christianity. While the former is hard to fully lay hold of with certain facts, the latter is as firmly outlined and established as if it had come down on tablets of stone from Mount Sinai! Laughlin presents a new look at this premise, which compares the historical Jesus with three distinct images of the Christ of faith that developed at various periods in the early church. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they explore these images of the Christ of faith and the historical Jesus as they apply them to our modern lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 02, 2012
    Episode Description:

    In an article of a publication of the Jesus Seminar, Paul Alan Laughlin describes the distinctions between and the benefits of our growing understanding of the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith that was developed in the first few centuries of Christianity. While the former is hard to fully lay hold of with certain facts, the latter is as firmly outlined and established as if it had come down on tablets of stone from Mount Sinai! Laughlin presents a new look at this premise, which compares the historical Jesus with three distinct images of the Christ of faith that developed at various periods in the early church. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they explore these images of the Christ of faith and the historical Jesus as they apply them to our modern lives today.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In this series, Revs. E.J. and Karen will follow early Christian beliefs and worldview into the evolution of what has become traditional Christianity. In this discussion, the driving forces, the needs of the people at the time and conscious understanding of God illustrate how Jesus' message meant something very different from what Jesus may have intended. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace this understanding and reveal a deeper appreciation for the tradition that has delivered Jesus' teachings to our modern day doorstep, ready for a new, transforming interpretation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In this series, Revs. E.J. and Karen will follow early Christian beliefs and worldview into the evolution of what has become traditional Christianity. In this discussion, the driving forces, the needs of the people at the time and conscious understanding of God illustrate how Jesus' message meant something very different from what Jesus may have intended. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace this understanding and reveal a deeper appreciation for the tradition that has delivered Jesus' teachings to our modern day doorstep, ready for a new, transforming interpretation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    In this series, Revs. E.J. and Karen will follow early Christian beliefs and worldview into the evolution of what has become traditional Christianity. In this discussion, the driving forces, the needs of the people at the time and conscious understanding of God illustrate how Jesus' message meant something very different from what Jesus may have intended. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace this understanding and reveal a deeper appreciation for the tradition that has delivered Jesus' teachings to our modern day doorstep, ready for a new, transforming interpretation!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Mayan calendar seems to predict an end time is coming on December 21, 2012, the time of the winter equinox. But what is it really? What does the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic literature really mean? Join Karen and her guest, Rev. Laura Barrett Bennett, as they explore the Book of Revelation, both in its historical context and its symbolic message, for our life and times. Prepare for a revelation of your own!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Mayan calendar seems to predict an end time is coming on December 21, 2012, the time of the winter equinox. But what is it really? What does the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic literature really mean? Join Karen and her guest, Rev. Laura Barrett Bennett, as they explore the Book of Revelation, both in its historical context and its symbolic message, for our life and times. Prepare for a revelation of your own!
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
    Episode Description:
    To get to the essential message of Jesus, biblical scholars have sifted through the canonical and extra-canonical writings to determine the verses and ideas that seem wholly unique to Jesus. The essential teachings of Jesus can be reduced to 12 lessons that have the power to completely re-order one's perspective of the world. It is through changing perspective that begins the process of transforming one's life. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore these essential teachings of Jesus. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Episode Description:
    To get to the essential message of Jesus, biblical scholars have sifted through the canonical and extra-testamental writings to determine the verses and ideas that seem wholly unique to Jesus. The essential teachings of Jesus can be reduced to 12 lessons that have the power to completely re-order one's perspective of the world. It is through changing perspective that begins the process of transforming one's life. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore these essential teachings of Jesus. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The message of Jesus is often interpreted not as the words of Jesus from the Gospels but from the assertions of Paul and the letters attributed to him about what the meaning of Jesus’ life is for us all. As we compare the Gospel According to Paul in excerpts from his letters to the words and teachings of Jesus we can glean from the Gospels, we get very different ideas. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore these differences and show how Paul’s perspectives overshadowed and even obscured some of the most transforming teachings humanity has known.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    We continue to explore some of the teachings of Jesus that come through his most famous examples—those of the parables that are ascribed to him. We will explore the deeper meaning of certain parables and the ways in which there are no easy answers to arrive at nor are they simple moral teachings. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Beatitudes as found in the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain give deeper insight into what is needed to live a spiritually connected life. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the transforming message of these teachings that goes beyond its literal interpretations.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Beatitudes as found in the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain give deeper insight into what is needed to live a spiritually connected life. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the transforming message of these teachings that goes beyond its literal interpretations.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
    Episode Description:

    We have long believed that the teachings of Jesus were ahead of the understanding of many people who lived during his time. But we are learning that to fully understand or unpack the meaning requires a fundamental shift in awareness and consciousness. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the teachings from the Sermon on the Mount and some parables to find the deeper meanings that help open awareness and transform consciousness, using Ken Wilber's Schematic of Consciousness as a reference.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The goal of the spiritual journey is continuing transformation and growth in spiritual maturity and awareness of the Divine in every moment. But this transformation is not for the individual alone, but to bring more light to the world. Discover how this growth is spurred in the teachings of Jesus and how traditions as diverse as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Unitarianism and Unity all share versions of this same drive to "save the world." Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    After Jesus' ministry was complete, his disciples and followers banded together to "keep the fires burning" that had been started in their hearts. They also began to live together in spiritual communities to reinforce and support the teachings they had embraced. Care for one another became a hallmark of the early Christian communities for the first two to three hundred years. Hear how this Christian tradition is expressed today in traditional Christian faiths and in our Unity culture.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 08, 2012
    Episode Description:

    As we grow spiritually, the call to put our spirituality into action becomes stronger. In the Scriptures, we find Luke's Gospel to contain many examples of the growing sense of inclusiveness and universality in the message of Jesus. Our own Unity culture contains a hallmark of acceptance that newcomers feel. Learn how this acceptance both serves and deters the growth of Unity and how it plays out in our own spiritual lives.
     

  • Original air date: Thursday, March 01, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Our encounter with Love brings us into stage 4, where we encounter the Christ within and begin to practice the teachings of Jesus, balancing doing and being as a spiritual discipline. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they explore this stage from the view of the teachings of Jesus and examine the pitfalls of the ego and note how Jesus modeled the way out of burnout and perfectionism.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As we balance following the Law with understanding the spirit of the Law, we enter into the field of Love. As we explore this stage, we will use David's relationship with God, focusing on his transgressions, his repentence and his reconciliation. In this stage we will discover the real meaning in the Book of Job.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Episode Description:
    After we encounter the Light and begin our faith journey, we soon must adopt a moral and ethical way of living in accordance with this new understanding. While this law offers security and identity in a community, it's shadow of rigidity and judgment must be transcended into acceptance and understanding. E.J. and Karen will explore this stage using the story of Mosaic Law and those of Jonah and Job in fulfillment of this stage of development.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 09, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The four stages of faith development as delineated by Fr. Richard Rohr describe both the dawning of the light of awakening and the subsequent shadow emerging that must be integrated in order to move to the next stage. In the initial encounter with Light, Revs. Karen and E.J. will use the story of Jacob's life to illustrate this first stage of spiritual development that we all share along the spiritual path. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    David is blessed with many children from several wives as were the patriarchs of his time. But even though David was a great king and beloved of God, his own human love blinded him in his role as father. He falls victim to a common parental trap—loving without the ability to discipline his children. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore David's story for remarkably useful lessons every parent can benefit from knowing!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Despite David's greatness as king and warrior, he is perhaps equally recognized as a lover of God and beloved of his people, both men and women. He also famously fell in love with another man's wife, Bathsheba. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the aspects of Divine Love that David represents—its heights and its gifts as well as the perils of unbridled human love that his life also exhibits. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    David is introduced in the Bible as a young shepherd, the youngest of a family from the tribe of Benjaminites, the least among the tribes. But in a classic plot reversal, David becomes not only the mightiest of warriors, but the greatest of kings of Israel. E.J. and Karen explore his story and his qualities as a warrior and as a king. They also explore some aspects of his personality that will have some tragic results and important lessons for us all.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Revs. E.J. and Karen will explore the lyrics of Handel’s Messiah in reference to the Scripture that is captured by them. They will give the historical context behind these familiar images and words and perhaps new meaning as we hear them sung by our favorite choirs of the season. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In accepting the gift of the miraculous birth of their sons, both Hannah and Mary shared some similar experiences, whether in actual fact or by folklore. On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Karen and E.J. will explore these birth stories, these two women and the qualities they share.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah represent the changing consciousness and increasing conscience of the Jewish people. At the destruction of Jerusalem, we hear Ezekiel, who follows Jeremiah, voicing God’s message of hope to the people and giving them visions of a better day. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this major prophet and the visions that become part of the apocalyptic literature we know today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah both represent the changing consciousness and increasing conscience of the Jewish people. The message of these two prophets was that in addition to being true to God, Israel was also taken to task when it failed to take care of the most vulnerable among them. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the words of these prophets within the historical context of their times as well as with the growing sense of responsibility and consciousness of the people of their time.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah both represent the changing consciousness and increasing conscience of the Jewish people. The message of these two prophets to Israel was that in addition to being true to God, it was also taken to task when it failed to take care of the most vulnerable among them. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the words of these prophets within the historical context of their times, as well as with the growing sense of responsibility and consciousness of the people of their time.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    From Abraham to the letters of Paul, eight biblical covenants with God can be found that not only trace the changing relationship with God but also the evolution of human consciousness. Join E.J. and Karen as they discuss the covenants in this two-part program, along with insights and applications to your own spiritual life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    From Abraham to the letters of Paul, eight biblical covenants with God can be found that not only trace the changing relationship with God but also the evolution of human consciousness. Join E.J. and Karen as they discuss the covenants in this two-part program, along with insights and applications to your own spiritual life.
  • Episode: The Book of Job
    Original air date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As part of the Wisdom literature in the Jewish and Christian traditions, the Book of Job holds some of the most powerful and sweeping images of God and creation, as well as some of the most poignant and daunting conditions of human life. Join Karen and E.J. as they delve into the Book of Job and leave you with pearls for your spiritual journey today from this ancient text.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    While world religions developed independently from one another for the most part and drew from the cultures and experiences of the people they arose from, there came a time of great change in world culture, known as the Axial Age. During this time, world religions also transformed and restructured in new ways, based on prophets or teachers of great influence. E.J. and Karen will explore this period of time and trace the influence of the change and how it affected the religions we know today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As we hold that there are common truths that underlie all faith traditions, we also see the value in the Wisdom literature that has evolved with different traditions and cultures. Our own Wisdom literature is influenced by the culture that the Israelites found themselves in and that developed among them. Join Karen and E.J. as they make selections from among varying traditions and compare and contrast the wisdom found there.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As we hold that there are common truths that underlie all faith traditions, we also see the value in the Wisdom literature that has evolved with different traditions and cultures. Our own Wisdom literature is influenced by the culture that the Israelites found themselves in and that developed among them. Join Karen and E.J. as they make selections from among varying traditions and compare and contrast the wisdom found there.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Bible is a theological, historical, symbolic, mythological collection of literature that records the evolution of morality and human relationship with God, as God has been known through the ages. It also has a smattering of prayers sprinkled throughout its pages. Join Revs. Karen and E.J. as they explore various prayers throughout the Bible, some familiar and some obscure, and perhaps gain insight for your prayer life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Like so many of the life events captured in the Gospels about Jesus, the transfiguration is a referential image from the Hebrew Bible with a couple of twists thrown in. E.J. and Karen will explore the Gospel account and the threads of the ideas behind it that are woven into Jewish scriptures, Jewish thought, as well as the cosmology of the time. Learn how it may have gotten into the Gospel tradition and why it matters to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Was Jesus an apocalyptic prophet or a savior? Could he have been both? Or neither? Or some combination of the two or what? Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the Gospels and intertestamental and apocryphal texts to see the derivation of the end-times philosophy and whether the historical Jesus taught these ideas or whether they were inserted into the Gospels later by others. We will also discuss how this philosophy has shaped our image of Jesus to this very day.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Was Jesus an apocalyptic prophet or a savior? Could he have been both? Or neither? Or some combination of the two? Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the Gospels and intertestamental and apocryphal texts to see the derivation of the end-times philosophy and whether the historical Jesus taught these ideas or whether they were inserted into the Gospels later. We will also discuss how this philosophy has shaped our image of Jesus to this very day.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Biblical scholars believe that a source document existed from which the Synoptic Gospels were drawn. The source document, known as "Q," may have been one of several sources that are not available to us today or have not yet been recovered. It is believed that Q may contain the most original ideas or teachings of Jesus that have been captured. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the various documents that have been classified as "Q" that show the evolution of early Christian thought about Jesus' teachings, his life, his death and his resurrection.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Biblical scholars believe that a source document existed from which the synoptic Gospels were drawn. The source document, known as "Q," may have been one of several sources that are not available to us today or have not yet been recovered. It is believed that Q may contain the most original ideas or teachings of Jesus that have been captured. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the various documents that have been classified as "Q" that show the evolution of early Christian thought about Jesus' teachings, his life, his death and his resurrection.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The writings in the New Testament had many cultural and philosophical influences that were present during the life of Jesus but heightened after his death. Gnostic ideas and influence can be found throughout the canonical and noncanonical Gospels, pointing to a mysticism that defines early Christianity. While scholars debate the extent of Gnosticism in early Christian thought, there is evidence of the use of Gnostic ideas and world view that have shaped Christianity through the ages. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore these ideas and influences in how we read the Christian Bible today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The writings in the New Testament had many cultural and philosophical influences present during the life of Jesus which were heightened after his death. Zoroastrianism was prevalent in the 200 years before and after Jesus' life, and its influence on the thinking of evangelists and theologians of the early Christian church is evident. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the world view presented by Zoroastrianism and its affect on Christian Scripture.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In the days of early Christianity, interest in Jesus’ early life began to grow, and out of that stories arose about the circumstances of his birth and childhood that are not conveyed in the canonical gospels. The Gospel of Thomas contains the stories about his childhood after being lost in the Temple and until beginning his ministry. The Gospel of James contains stories about his mother, Mary, including circumstances of her birth and childhood that prepared her to be the mother of Jesus. Join E.J. and Karen as they examine these little-known stories and discover their significance for us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In the first days of Christianity, interest in Jesus’ early life began to grow. Consequently, stories arose about the circumstances of his birth and childhood that are not conveyed in the canonical Gospels. The Gospel of James, for example, contains stories about his mother, Mary, including circumstances of her birth and childhood that prepared her to be the mother of Jesus. Join E.J. and Karen as they examine these little-known stories and discover their significance for us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 02, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In the first days of Christianity, interest in Jesus’ early life began to grow. Out of that interest arose stories about the circumstances of his birth and childhood that are not conveyed in the canonical gospels. The Gospel of Thomas contains the stories about his childhood after being lost in the Temple and until beginning his ministry. The Gospel of James contains stories about his mother, Mary, including circumstances of her birth and childhood that prepared her to be the mother of Jesus. Join E.J. and Karen as they examine these little-known stories and discover their significance for us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As we explore the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, we discover that it not only contains controversial references to the possible relationship she had with Jesus, but also has rich spiritual teaching that we can apply to our own lives today. In addition, her story describes the shift in the role women play in our spiritual heritage. Join Karen and E.J. as they trace the power of women in the Bible through to the woman known as Mary Magdalene.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As we explore the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, we discover that it not only contains controversial references to the possible relationship she had with Jesus, but also has rich spiritual teaching that we can apply to our own lives today. Join Karen and E.J. as they delve into this little-known Gospel and mine some spiritual gold!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Different versions of the arrest and trial, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are depicted in the Gospels. As we compare them, we find differences that the Gospel writers wanted to convey in telling them with a specific purpose, and we see how they fit into the ideas of how Christianity developed and about what Jesus came to do and be. In this episode, we will examine the resurrection stories through the lens of each Gospel writer and compare and contrast their reasons for writing them as they do. Join Karen and E.J. in this discussion about Lenten themes.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Different versions of the arrest and trial, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus appear in the Gospels. As we compare them, we find that each Gospel writer had a specific purpose in telling his story, and we see how the stories (and their differences) fit into the ideas of how Christianity developed and about what Jesus came to do and be. In this episode, we will examine the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus as told in each Gospel. Join Karen and E.J. in this discussion about Lenten themes. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Different versions of the arrest, trial, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are depicted in the Gospels. As we compare them, we find differences that the Gospel writers wanted to convey in telling them with a specific purpose, and we see how they fit into the ideas of how Christianity developed and about what Jesus came to do and be. Join Karen and E.J. in this discussion of Lenten themes.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Who was Mary Magdalene really? What was her relationship with Jesus? With the apostles? Why has she been depicted as a scandalizing figure in Christianity? The answers to these questions and many more may surprise you. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Ideas such as hell, purgatory and limbo were developed hundreds of years after Jesus' life. They were not part of Jesus' teaching or Jewish thought but came into Christianity through other doors. Learn what led to their inclusion in Christian cosmology and how to get them out of yours today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Where did the notion of the devil come from? How have Christians read into the Hebrew Scriptures a devil that Jews did not know and that Jesus did not teach? Learn where these ideas came from, what WAS meant by the references in the Old and New Testaments and how to see this troubling symbol for what it really is.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The earliest forms of Christian community can be traced to the Jesus movements that formed after Jesus' death and the Christ cult that developed in the second half of the first century and informed much of Paul's writing. In this program, we will examine how the Book of Revelation is the culmination of this Christ notion that is unique to the early Christian community. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implications of this transition—what was gained, what was lost—in our Christian heritage.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The earliest forms of Christian community can be traced to the Jesus movements that formed after Jesus' death and the Christ cult that developed in the second half of the first century and informed much of Paul's writing. Jesus went from spiritual teacher to cosmic god. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implications of this transition—what was gained, what was lost—in our Christian heritage.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The earliest forms of Christian community can be traced to the Jesus movements that formed after Jesus' death and the Christ cult that developed in the second half of the first century and informed much of Paul's writing. Jesus went from spiritual teacher to cosmic god. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the implications of this transition—what was gained, what was lost—in our Christian heritage.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    After Jesus' death and before the Gospels were written, groups known as the Jesus Movement promoted philosophical ideas that they believed were embodied by the teachings of Jesus. Learn more about what the teachings of the Jesus Movement were and how they were inserted into the Gospels, but used differently. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    After Jesus' death and before the Gospels were written, groups known as the Jesus Movement promoted philosophical ideas that they believed were embodied by the teachings of Jesus. Among those ideas was that of the establishment of the "kingdom of God" here and now. Sound familiar? Join E.J. and Karen as they discuss these early ideas among the followers of Jesus and what a radical and even seditious idea this "kingdom of heaven" notion truly was!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    After Jesus' death and before the gospels were written, the Jesus Movement consisted of groups who considered radical ideas for living as a community. Some of these ideas came from philosophies of the day but were fueled by the teachings of Jesus and his followers. In this series, E.J. and Karen will explore some of the philosophical ideas about community life that were developing at that time and that would inform what would be captured as the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, which were written down later. The excitement of this possible way of life had a life of its own and informed the beginnings of Christianity. Join Karen and E.J. in rediscovering the excitement of these world-changing ideas.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The Gospel writers often described the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers as "challenging" Jesus, usually with regard to some point of Jewish law. Out of those encounters, Jesus often taught an expanded understanding of Jewish law—the spirit of the law—that has become the "new law" for Christianity. But there were other encounters, often with women, that seemed to call forth from Jesus something that he might not have planned on revealing or possibly known until the encounter took place. When Jesus met the woman at the well, a dialogue ensued that contains revelations that are not repeated anywhere else in the Gospels. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this dialogue from a cultural, historical and metaphysical view to reveal some surprises for our own spiritual path!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The Gospel writers often described the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers as "challenging" Jesus, usually with regard to some point of Jewish law. Out of those encounters, Jesus often taught an expanded understanding of Jewish law—the spirit of the law—that has become the "new law" for Christianity. But there were other encounters, often with women, that seemed to call forth from Jesus something that he might not have planned on revealing, or possibly known until the encounter took place. When Jesus met the woman at the well, a dialogue ensued that contains revelations that are not repeated anywhere else in the gospels. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this dialogue from a cultural, historical and metaphysical view to reveal some surprises for our own spiritual path!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The Gospel writers often described the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers as "challenging" Jesus, usually with regard to some point of Jewish law. Out of those encounters, Jesus often taught an expanded understanding of Jewish law—the spirit of the law—that has become the "new law" for Christianity. But there were other encounters, often with women, that seemed to call forth from Jesus something that he might not have planned on revealing or possibly known until the encounter took place. In this segment, Karen and E.J. will explore several encounters with women, some known, some nameless, that seemed to elicit a reaction from Jesus and give us a deeper, more revealing teaching. Join us as we explore these encounters and apply them to our own lives. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. In this two-part edition, Karen and E.J. will examine different versions of the same story told by different Gospel writers. The differences underscore the perspective of the author and provide interesting twists for our spiritual lives!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. In this two-part edition, Karen and E.J. will examine different versions of the same story, as told by different Gospel writers. The differences underscore the perspective of the authors and provide interesting twists for our spiritual lives!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. In this segment, we will examine the five Gospels and compare and contrast their messages and their theology as we find new insights for ourselves in the process!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were and what theological intentions they may have had. The Gospel of Thomas is a sayings Gospel that does not describe the life events, healings or death of Jesus. It merely enumerates a list of presumed sayings of Jesus and provides a richer view of the teachings of Jesus. Join E.J. and Karen as they mine some of these insights for our lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. The Gospel of John is traditionally thought to be written by the John known as the "beloved disciple" of Jesus. But this author's style is strikingly different from the other four Gospel writers and contains many strongly Gnostic ideas that were influential in the early church. Join E.J. and Karen as they explore this Gospel for its rich spiritual message that we can use in our own lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. The Gospel of Luke is traditionally attributed to a Greek writer who sought to emphasize the inclusiveness of Jesus’ message and to attract Jews living outside of Israel to his life and message. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore this Gospel for the spiritual gems found only in Luke that apply to our lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. The Gospel of Matthew is traditionally attributed to a Jewish writer who sought to convince his audience that Jesus' life was the fulfillment of the Jewish Scriptures. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore this Gospel for the spiritual gems found only in Matthew that apply to our lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    To anyone who has read the five Gospels about the life and ministry of Jesus, it is clear that there are similarities, contradictions and stark differences in style and content among them. Scholars have given us much insight into who the authors may have been, who their intended audiences were, and what theological intentions they may have had. The Gospel of Mark appears to have been a source document for Matthew and Luke as well as for the most succinct and action-oriented. We'll explore this gospel for its content and gems for our spiritual lives. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Biblical archeology and scholarship have revealed much about the time of Jesus: the culture in which he lived, the understanding that the people of his time might have had about his teachings, what Jesus likely said, and what he did not, among the sayings attributed to him. With this information comes an understanding of the historical Jesus that gives context to his words and teachings in contrast and comparison to what has developed as traditional Christianity through the ages since he walked the earth. Join E.J. and Karen as they discuss these distinctions and how they impact our spiritual lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In the sixth Century BCE, before Socrates, Plato or Jesus, Siddhartha Gautama lived and awakened in awareness, becoming known as the Buddha, or "the enlightened one."  In this program, we compare the teachings of Jesus as described in the five Gospels with the teachings of the Buddha as recorded by his disciples. Join Karen and E.J. as they compare their words in this fascinating study of our spiritual life as taught by two of the greatest spiritual teachers the world has ever known.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Because Paul wrote his letters without meeting Jesus and before the Gospels were written, he developed his own interpretations of the meaning of Jesus' life. As we look closely at the writing of the Gospels, we see that the contrast between Paul's evolving theology and the teachings of Jesus make for interesting comparisons and contradictions. Join us! 
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The stories found in the books of Jonah and Ruth reflect an expanded view of the post-exilic identity of the "chosen people" that included all those who accepted one God as their God. These books of the canonical bible reflect this growing acceptance that all are called to be "people of God."  Join E.J. and Karen as they explore the meaning found in these stories of love and redemption and what we can apply to our lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    As the Israelites return to their homeland, the process of rebuilding the temple begins. They struggle with the prophet Ezra's exhortations to return to their old pre-Babylonian ways as they acclimate themselves to a home they barely remember or never knew and forge a new communal identity. See how this process has implication for our own spiritual identities as E.J. and Karen explore this part of our common history.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 05, 2010
    Episode Description:
    After the invasion of Israel and Judah, the Israelites were taken to Babylon where they spent the next 60 years in exile from their homeland. What they learned while they were captive in a foreign land, what they incorporated into their culture, and who they had become when they returned to Israel in subsequent generations influenced not only Judaism but Christianity as well. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore the implications of Babylonian influence in our beliefs today. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The prophets whose writings originated in the sixth century BC.E include second and third Isaiah, Ezekial, Zechariah, Haggai and Obadiah. We will explore these writings from the perspective of the consciousness of the writers in this time period, the message intended for the Israelites of the time, and explore their spiritual application in our own lives today. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The prophets whose writings originated in the eighth century BC.E include 1 Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Nahum and Habakkuk. We will explore these writings from the perspective of the consciousness of the writers in this time period, the message intended for the Israelites of the time, and explore their spiritual application in our own lives today. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The prophets whose writings originated in the eighth century BC.E include Amos, Hosea, 1 Isaiah and Micah. We will explore these writings from the perspective of the consciousness of the writers in this time period, the message intended for the Israelites of the time, and explore their spiritual application in our own lives today. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    As we complete this series on the allegories, we describe how the stories from other cultures are reflected in those we find in Genesis. This influence does not diminish their importance to our spiritual lives, but enhances its relevance to the human condition and the timelessness of their meaning. Join Karen and E.J. as they explore these familiar stories with fresh insights for today! 
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    As we continue to explore the allegories found in Genesis, we will see that certain elements put forth in these stories are answered in later books of the Bible. Join Revs. E.J. and Karen as they lend new insight into how these stories came to be, how later Scriptural text in the Bible reference these stories, and how the authorship of these early allegories inform their meaning for us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Did you know that there are two creation stories in the Bible? That there is an allusion to a time "when giants walked the earth?" This is evidence of different authors and different traditions edited within what is our spiritual text. Join Revs. Karen and E.J. as they explore the creation stories and the allegories in Genesis in this two-part series for deeper understanding and practical use in our lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 03, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The book of Esdras contains accounts described in the canonical Book of Ezra with some additions and discrepancies. It is believed to contain additional memoirs of Ezra. But as always, we will explore these pages for application to our spiritual lives today. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This account of Jewish history during the reign of the oppressing Seleucid kings mirrors the first eight chapters of First Maccabees but provides more of a theological view of how the Seleucid kings played into God's hands in punishing Israel for transgressions. Also, some early Christian ideas concerning the resurrection of the dead, the efficacy of praying for the dead, and assertion of the world being created out of nothing come from this book. Join us as we explore ideas that we can apply to our lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The establishment of the Hasmonean dynasty over the independent state of Judea after Seleucid oppression is the subject of this account of history of the Jewish state. There is political intrigue as well as warfare; the desecration of the temple and its restoration, purification and reconsecration by Judas Maccabeus. Learn how this story contains elements of our own spiritual life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This book parallels the Book of Daniel so closely, it appears to be the book rewritten in some parts. Still there are parallels to some of the other prophets, and it represents the Jewish thought and belief that served the Jewish community during times of suffering and repression.  Learn more about this book and the usefulness of these words for own time and lives as Karen and Jim explore its pages.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Like Proverbs, this book is full of wisdom teachings on such subjects as proper speech, riches and poverty, honesty, diligence, choice of friends, sin and death, retribution and wisdom itself. Join Jim and Karen as they discover what insights may still serve us in our own lives today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    While this book was attributed to Solomon, he is not mentioned nor involved in its writing. This is more of a philosophical understanding of the author of the first century BCE about immortality of righeousness and karmic consequences. Join Karen and Jim as they explore meaning and insight we can apply to our lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In the tradition of David and Goliath, Deborah as warrior and Esther as savior of her people, comes the story of Judith, a pious widow who by her faith in God takes matters into her own hands and saves her people and Jerusalem. Learn about this little-known heroine who uses controversial means to do a good thing and what lessons we can learn from her today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The books known as the Apocrypha constitute a collection of stories and teachings that were excluded from the Protestant Bible but included in Roman Catholic, Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches. The Book of Tobit contains folk tales that include archangel Raphael and a demon from Jewish tradition, while attempting to answer the question of how to be and do good in our lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    How did the Bible get written? While we may think of the Bible as inspired, it was clearly written by different individuals in different times in history. Some books are from the hand of more than one author. Some were written, rewritten and edited over long periods of time. Human leaders chose which books to include as "official" and rejected other popular spiritual books of the time. Understanding how the Bible was written gives us insight regarding how best to use and understand it. Join Jim as he provides this enlightening overview of the Bible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Many of the sayings of Jesus were in the form of simple descriptions or observations. They tell us something about how Jesus looked at the world and suggest much about the nature of human existence and about what it means to "put on the mind of Christ." Join Karen and Jim as they explore some of these references in this two-part series.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Many of the sayings of Jesus were in the form of simple descriptions or observations. They tell us something about how Jesus looked at the world and suggest much about the nature of human existence and about what it means to "put on the mind of Christ." Join Karen and Jim as they explore some of these references in this two-part series.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Not all of the original stories Jesus told began with “the kingdom is like ...,” nor did any of the original parables include the “morals” that were later attached in the Gospels. To understand his message, we must look at the parables from a fresh perspective and consider what they suggest about human existence and God’s kingdom. Join us as Jim and Karen wrestle with these parables as Jesus intended and come up with fresh insights!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Not all of the original stories Jesus told began with “the kingdom is like ...,” nor did any of the original parables include the “morals” that were later attached in the Gospels. To understand his message, we must look at the parables from a fresh perspective and consider what they suggest about human existence and God’s kingdom. Join us as Jim and Karen wrestle with these parables as Jesus intended and come up with fresh insights!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Many of the teachings of Jesus were in the form of parables and observations, rather than in the form of commands. To interpret Jesus’ parables and observations, it is helpful to consider his direct “commandments,” that is, the statements he made in the “imperative mood.” These “divine imperatives” are the only direct statements Jesus made regarding what he expected his disciples to think and do. Join Karen and Jim as they explore these teachings for reference in our own lives!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    As in the first part of this two-part series on "The kingdom of God is like...", we learn that the historical Jesus was speaking from a context not necessarily obvious to the modern reader through the words attributed to him. In part 2, we read more of the parables concerning Jesus’ teachings about "how the Universe works" as we explore his teachings and their implications for our lives. Join Karen and Jim in this revealing series!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Biblical scholars have long known that much attributed to Jesus were not likely his words. But through cultural studies of the people of Jesus' time and archaeological findings, much more is known and understood about the historical Jesus. With the help of biblical scholarship, Jim and Karen explore what the "kingdom of God is like" and what spiritual meaning those images have for us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    There are many references throughout the Bible of God as Shepherd as well as the parables and sayings that Jesus uses to describe God as the "Good Shepherd.”  In addition, there were real-life implications for the Israelites of the Old Testament and symbolic ones for  the Christians of the New Testament in these metaphors. Join Karen and Jim as they explore "God as Good Shepherd" in this revealing and enlightening two-part series.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    There are many references throughout the Bible of God as Shepherd as well as the parables and sayings that Jesus uses to describe God as the "Good Shepherd.”  In addition, there were real-life implications for the Israelites of the Old Testament and symbolic ones for  the Christians of the New Testament in these metaphors. Join Karen and Jim as they explore "God as Good Shepherd" in this revealing and enlightening two-part series.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In the weeks preparing for Christmas, the Christian church has observed a set of themes for spiritual contemplation and growth. Join Jim and Karen as they explore these themes using the scriptural references from the Christian liturgy as well as adding their own references and insights.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In the weeks preparing for Christmas, the Christian church has observed a set of themes for spiritual contemplation and growth. Join Jim and Karen as they explore these themes using the scriptural references from the Christian liturgy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In the weeks preparing for Christmas, the Christian church has observed a set of themes for spiritual contemplation and growth. Join Jim and Karen as they explore these themes using the scriptural references from the Christian liturgy as well as adding their own references and insights.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We are used to reading about scandals in the news media of the rich, famous and powerful—but in the Bible? Scandals abound in the Bible! Find out what they are, who they involve (you may be surprised!) and what you can learn about your own spiritual life
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    When you think of people in the Bible, do they conjure up righteous, pious images? Did you know that there are some real scoundrels who often create situations that require the heroes to step forward in faith and courage and to act heroically? Learn who these characters are and how they present opportunities in our own spiritual lives to overcome adversity. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Practicing what Unity teaches is a lifelong journey, but every time we do, we change our life for the better. Join Karen and Jim as they explore the Bible for stories and verses that describe this important application of truth to our lives!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    If we are made in God's image and God is everywhere present and all good, then what role does prayer play? See why Unity uses a technique known as affirmative prayer and how the Bible supports this form of prayer in ways that may surprise you.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Unity teaches that we create our world and our experience through the activity of our thoughts. Learn how the Bible demonstrates this truth in stories and verses when you join Jim and Karen for this lively discussion!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 08, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Perhaps this second teaching of Unity could be considered the most controversial and the point at which Unity deviates from traditional Christianity. Learn how the Bible supports this teaching and why this one idea changes everything!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 01, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The first and central teaching of Unity is that God is good and everywhere present. The Bible is full of illustrations and references of the nature of God and the notion of only one God. Join Karen and Jim as they explore the Bible in reference to this truth.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Women are often overlooked or downplayed in the Bible, used as foils for men's actions and even remaining nameless in stories told about them. Emerging from the shadows are a number of very interesting women in the Bible who display both positive and negative qualities and, as always, provide a great lesson for our modern spiritual lives. Join Karen and Jim as they explore these fascinating women in the shadows.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 17, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Many of the heroes and patriarchs had miraculous or sensational births to herald the greatness that they would achieve. But their mothers often played an important role in their births (besides the obvious one!) that helped set the stage for the birth of a hero. Join Jim and Karen as they examine these births, the mothers involved and the roles they played in the early lives of these heroes.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Women played key roles at various times in the history of the Jewish people and even in gospels. Join Karen and Jim as they explore several important heroines outlined in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and learn what they can teach us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We learn much about the character and actions of the patriarchs, but little focus is placed on the matriarchs through whom the 12 tribes of Israel were born. Join Jim and Karen as they explore these women, their stories and the heritage they instilled in the children of Israel.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 13, 2009
    Episode Description:
    No self-respecting explorer would go out in the wild without a survival guide and kit, so why would someone on the spiritual expedition of life be any different? Join our host, Rev. Paulette Pipe, as she navigates her way through Unity’s very own Survival Guide, which includes tips on how to pray, meditate, and create and use your own affirmations.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The second part of the exploration of the "Epistle to the Hebrews" focuses on its use of spiritual symbolism, its metaphysical teachings, and its profound message about how faith can work miracles! Join Karen and Jim as they explain one of the most powerful and mysterious books in the New Testament and its practical application for your life here and now!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The author of the "Epistle to the Hebrews" was not known, even to second-century Christians, and remains a mystery to biblical scholars to this day. There are a variety of scholarly theories about the authorship of the Epistle, including one theory that it was written by a female Christian teacher. Join Jim as he explores the mystery of the origin of the “Epistle to the Hebrews,” and the consciousness-transforming mystical teaching it contains.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Social issues of the day are part of the subject of Paul's two letters. In Titus, Paul defends the lack of need for circumcision for non-Jews to be Christians, but warns against immorality that comes through misleading teachings. In Philemon, he addresses a slave who had deserted his master and become a Christian. His advice to the slave has been very controversial in modern times but leads to an interesting application of his idea of agape love. Join Jim and Karen as they explore these two letters and what they can teach us about our own spiritual lives!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    While much of the first letter involves church administration, there is also much encouragement that can be found in the second letter that we can apply to our spiritual lives. Taken together, we get a picture of the early church that often reflects our own spiritual journeys as well. Join us as we explore the value of these two letters from Paul.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In these two letters, Paul addresses a community that had found its values, separate from the society surrounding it, but feeling pressures from society to turn back to the life from which they had come. Sound familiar? Learn how this letter advises us in our own spiritual journeys toward changing our lives for the better and staying true to ourselves!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 25, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The church in Colossae was challenged by the practice of various religious traditions, which threatened to sway the focus from Christ to a variety of other sources. Paul's letter seeks to bring their attention back to the cosmic Christ and faith in Jesus Christ as their foundation. Learn as Karen and Jim explore this letter to discover spiritual truth that works in your own life as well!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In this letter to the church of Philippi in Macedonia, Paul encourages persistence in faith and holding higher ideals in the face of challenge. Join Jim and Karen as they explore the historical and theological ideas expressed here, as well as spiritual tools for you own life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This letter to the church of Ephesus is believed to have been written by a follower of Paul who referenced and reinterpreted some previous letters of Paul. Ideas, words and phrases appear here that appear nowhere else in Paul's writings, including the strongly Gnostic language of this letter. Join Karen and Jim as they discuss the spiritual ideas expressed in this letter and learn how they may apply to your own life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 28, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This important letter outlines Paul's rationale for faith in Christ that makes one "right with God" with no need to become Jewish or faithful to Mosaic Law. It includes all Gentiles and establishes a foundation for Christianity to take its place among world religions instead of remaining a Jewish sect. Learn how these verses are viewed by Unity as pointing to a deeper mystical truth that serves our own spiritual lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This letter contains evidence of a strained relationship between Paul and the church of Corinth. It reveals parts of Paul's own life, his ministry and the concern that he felt for the churches he had established. Nonetheless, there are many passages of beauty and insight that can be used in our spiritual lives today. Join Karen and Jim as they explore the mysticism and deep meaning of some of the verses found in this letter from Paul.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 14, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The first letter of Paul to the Corinthians contains his moral guidelines to the Corinth church, his list of spiritual gifts and one of the most famous love poems of all time. Join Jim and Karen as they discuss this letter from a Unity perspective and as an application to the spiritual life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 07, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Believed to be one of his greatest works, Paul's letter to the Romans contains much of the maturity of his theological thought concerning humanity's need for redemption and Jesus' role in that redemption as well as the way to receive that redemption through faith. Join Jim and Karen as they explore this letter, noting how it has shaped traditional Christianity and how Unity has interpreted these verses for spiritual living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In a few passages of the Gospels and in the first few chapters of the Book of Acts, the apostles are charged to take up and expand the healing ministry of Jesus. We will explore what we can learn from Jesus' command to them to go out "two by two" to preach the "good news" and to heal the sick, comparing it to their miracles and healings in the early days after his resurrection and ascension. As always, we'll find ways to see how these insights can apply to healing our own lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The stories about the Pentecost and Jesus' ascension yield interesting insights into early Christian beliefs as well as truths about the divine powers we all possess. Rather than seeing these events as unique to Jesus or his apostles, a broader view enables us to interpret these events as an allegory of our own spiritual lives and the potential we are here to demonstrate.
  • Episode: Resurrection!
    Original air date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Traditional Christianity has long held that had Jesus not resurrected, there would be no Christian religion. Some Bible scholars believe the resurrection stories and accounts of appearances of Jesus after his death may have been rumors or only added much later to the Gospels. What is the meaning of Jesus' life and ministry without the resurrection? Why are there different versions of the empty tomb and sightings of Jesus in the Gospels? Discover more about the empty tomb stories and lessons for your life!
  • Episode: Passion Week
    Original air date: Thursday, April 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    After a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is arrested, tried and crucified by Roman soldiers. His disciples flee and his death is a tragic ending to his ministry. This sequence of events in the last week of Jesus' life is the focus of much meditation and study in traditional Christian devotion but can yield many interesting insights from a metaphysical view. Join Jim and Karen as they compare the passages found in the gospels and apply these important lessons to our life today.
  • Episode: Palm Sunday
    Original air date: Thursday, April 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The ministry of Jesus culminates in a dramatic raising of a friend from the dead in front of a crowd, a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and a riot in the temple. Why did Jesus end his ministry in such public attention? How did these events result in the arrest, trial and execution of an itinerant Jewish rabbi? Join Karen and Jim as they explore these events and compare how these last few days of Jesus are recorded among the Gospel writers for new insights into these familiar events.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Ever heard the saying "What goes around, comes around?" This time-honored observation is actually the bedrock of great spiritual wisdom. Karen and Jim will discuss the teachings of Jesus that elucidate the karmic law of "reaping what you sow" from the perspective of traditional Christianity, New Thought teachers and Eastern spiritual teachers.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Is heaven reserved for the afterlife or is it accessible now? How did Jesus teach prayer from the perspective of his understanding of God, Goodness and Providence? Join Jim and Karen as they explore the Gospels from the perspective of traditional Christianity, New Thought teachings and Eastern spiritual teachers.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Throughout Jesus' teachings, he would often reference the common teaching of Jewish law and then say something that seemed to contradict it. The teachings on nonresistance are great examples of how he would have astounded the audiences of his time by his reversal of common thought. Learn what traditional Christianity has captured from these teachings, what New Thought teachers have written, and what Eastern teachers read into these pivotal teachings of insight
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Emmet Fox and Eric Butterworth, New Thought authors, have classic works on some of the teachings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Join Karen and Jim as they explore some of the teachings of Jesus from traditional Christian, New Thought and Eastern perspectives on such ideas as "the Light of the world," the "letter of the law," and reconciliation with one's adversary.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most famous passages of the Bible. We will compare what is written in the Gospels with interpretation from New Thought and Eastern spiritual teachers to give greater depth to these familiar words. Join us!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Jesus spoke using idioms of his time as well as describing uniquely original teachings. Some of his descriptions of the "kingdom of God" were astounding to his listeners and still somewhat mystify modern readers. Join us as we present some of the basic concepts that Jesus taught that were original for his time and have escaped capture in traditional Christian theology.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    There are many beliefs and theories about the historical Jesus versus the "Christ of faith" as developed in the letters of Paul. Nothing is certain and very little evidence or fact is available. Was he a wisdom teacher? Miracle worker? Savior? Social rebel? Son of God? Join Jim and Karen as they explore the Jesus found in the Gospels and share their own theories and beliefs about who they think Jesus was!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Psalms 73-150 are thought to have authors other than David, though a few are attributed to him here. Join Karen and Jim as they continue to explore the depth and beauty of the words that have given comfort and strength to people of many faith traditions (and those with no particular faith!) for many centuries.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The Book of Psalms is believed to be the most read and beloved of all the books of the Bible. They were attributed to David as hymns or songs of praise of God and describe in beautiful verses the great love of David for God. They are also among the most comforting passages of the Bible.
  • Episode: Choosing a King
    Original air date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The people of Israel clamor for a king and Samuel, as God's prophet, provides one for them in Saul, the first king of Israel. We will explore how this request is granted by God, but like many desires in our own lives, does not necessarily live up to expectations (Think: Be careful what you pray for—you just might get it!). Join Karen and Jim as they discuss this significant new era in the history of Israel and how it reflects similar steps along our own spiritual path.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 08, 2009
    Episode Description:
    After the judges and before the kings, there was a prophet called Samuel. Learn about his calling by God into service and see how his story describes our own initiation or calling by God to fulfill our true spiritual purpose.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 18, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The Gospel writer Matthew tells the story of the birth of Jesus from an entirely different perspective with a massacre of children and the visitation of the Magi. Learn why this story differs from the story told by Luke, what it was meant to convey, and how its symbolism applies to your spiritual life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 11, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The story of the birth of Jesus as told from Luke's perspective includes such things as angels and shepherds but no mention of the magi. Learn why the story of Jesus' birth might have been written in this way and what its symbolism can mean for you in your spiritual journey.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 04, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Before Jesus, the story of his cousin, John the Baptist, sets the spiritual stage for the coming of the Messiah and in our own stories, the Light of Christ Consciousness. Learn what the story of the life of John the Baptist teaches us about our own spiritual path and readiness "to put on the Mind of Christ."
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
    Episode Description:
    This famous story of betrayal is actually a powerful coming of age story in our own spiritual life. Learn about the real source of this story (hint: it has a source prior to the Bible!) and how it applies to your life today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 06, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Ever wished for a sign from God? Want to strengthen your trust that God really will come through for you? Join Jim and Karen as they look at the story of Gideon, who illustrated a practice of trusting God that relates to our own journeys toward greater faith
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
    Episode Description:
    In several places in the Bible are insertions to the narrative that seem to come out of nowhere and even at times contradict the story where it is found.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
    Episode Description:
    After the patriarchs and before kings were established, there were judges. These were leaders believed to be "raised up" by God to lead the people and act as prophets. One was a woman named Deborah who was both spiritual and political leader.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 09, 2008
    Episode Description:
    While everyone is familiar with the story of Cain and Abel and their rivalry, few may be aware that this represents a repeating motif in the Bible—that of brothers vying for leadership or their father's favor.
  • Episode: Tower of Babel
    Original air date: Thursday, October 02, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Did you know that there is a story in the Bible that attempts to explain why people speak different languages? Did you know that it also provides some mystical insight that you can use in your own life?
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Is the story of Noah and the ark historical fact or allegory? What was its purpose and how can we use insights from this story for our own lives today?
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What does the Bible teach about the taking of life? Is it ever sanctioned or always wrong? What did Jesus teach about capital punishment? Join our discussion as we explore the Bible for references that shed light on many of our present day ethical questions.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 11, 2008
    Episode Description:
    As we remember the terrorist attacks of 2001 on this day, we will explore the Qur’an and its relationship with the Bible, including how both texts describe the history and heritage of three faith traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Learning what we can from the differences and the similarities will increase our understanding and help us face the challenges of our global life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 04, 2008
    Episode Description:
    As elections draw near, what does the Bible say about politics? What wealth and success principles can we find in the Bible? How do they compare with capitalism and socialism? Is capitalism more in alignment with Universal Law than socialism, or vice versa?
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 28, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Polygamy, divorce, premarital sex, homosexuality—what does the Bible really say about these topics? How has the Bible been used in an attempt to control or judge human behavior? And what limits does God place on our sexual behavior?
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Karen will speak with her guest, Rev. E.J. Niles, chair of Scriptural Studies at Unity Institute®, about the historical period known as the Second Temple Era. This is the time the Jews returned to their homeland after the Babylonian exile and the reconstruction of King Solomon's Temple took place. The period is rich with beautiful biblical images of returning home, returning to God, and constructing a new identity and culture for the Jews as a sovereign people.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 07, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Were you made in God's image and likeness? Or were you born a sinner? With sin on your soul? What does the Bible say about the need for baptism? Why did Jesus get baptized? If you reject the idea of original sin, does baptism have value for you?
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 31, 2008
    Episode Description:
    God's majesty and power have been thought to be demonstrated in acts of wonder by Moses and the patriarchs, prophets and Jesus and his disciples. But did they happen? Are they true? What do biblical miracle stories mean to us today? Learn more about the variety and types of miracles, why they appear in the Bible and what insight they may have for your life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 24, 2008
    Episode Description:
    If God is all-knowing, why are some prayers answered while others are not? Is there a secret to prayer that is more than reciting the Lord's Prayer? Are visualizations and affirmations enough? Does the Bible give us any clues?
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Did you know that there are actually two accounts of the creation of Adam and Eve? Find out how both apply to our lives and how the rabbinical teachings of these two stories compare to our Unity teachings. Is evolution theory compatible with biblical accounts? What is creationism and intelligent design?
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 03, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Where did the word "tithe" come from? What does it mean? How does this relate to our relationship with God? Join us as we explore the biblical answers to these questions as well as our Unity teaching on tithing, prosperity and you!
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 26, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Many New Testament historians have discerned elements of humor in the teachings of Jesus. The forms of humor found in his words include use of exaggeration, parody and surprising endings in parables. This program will explore examples of Jesus‘ use of humor and his purpose in using humor.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 19, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The Bible has served for generations as a resource for prayer. But what does it specifically say about how to pray? What models does it offer for prayer, and how might we use these to enhance our own prayer practice?
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 12, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Is there an afterlife? Is there a hell? Does the Bible deny reincarnation? Find out what the Bible says and doesn't say about life after death as Karen and Jim dive into the Scriptures on the important questions surrounding the end of our earthly existence.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 05, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Our culture has long revered the notion of “righteous, god-fearing” people—but what does that really mean? And what does the Bible say about the need to fear God?
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
    Episode Description:
    If you have ever listened to traditional preachers deliver warnings about avoiding the “wrath of God” and wondered what that might be, here’s your chance to see what the Bible says about it! Delving beneath the surface of the text often reveals new insights and deeper understandings than what the literal words might say to us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 22, 2008
    Episode Description:
    For centuries, theologians and philosophers and nearly everyone else, have pondered this question: If God is Good, why is there evil? While it continues to be a question that raises much debate, Unity has a rather unique answer. The Bible also has many possible explanations for evil and its remedy. Join Jim and Karen as they explore this intriguing question from the vantage point of the Scriptures.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Does God exist? What evidence does the Bible give? What about the devil or Satan? Join Karen and Jim as they use the Bible to explore references and descriptions about God and the various names for God, the devil and Satan.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 01, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Referencing the Bible for social and moral direction has been a tradition through time. In many ways, the Bible offers timeless wisdom and insight for every human life. In other ways, biblical morality informed a particular culture at a particular time in history that does not serve well in contemporary times.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 24, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The Bible has been used through time, by individuals and by various cultures, in many diverse and multifaceted ways. This one book provides a moral teaching, a reference for cultural values, a history of a people, guidelines for spiritual community, a work of literature and a reference for individual spiritual revelation and development—and that's the short list!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What is the "mark of the beast?" What is the significance of "666?" Discover the answer to these classic questions from the Book of Revelation as Karen and Jim explore the last 10 chapters of this last book of the bible. You may be surprised to learn how this work points to the destiny of the human soul and what it may mean for your own life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Learn the historical context of this book, the purpose of its writing and the meaning of the first 12 chapters in the Book of Revelation, arguably the most controversial book of the bible. Jim and Karen will discuss the spiritual interpretation and life application that can be mined from this largely misunderstood biblical work.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Was Jesus' mother a virgin at his birth? Was Mary of Magdala married to Jesus? What role did she play in Jesus' ministry, before and after his death? Join us as we discuss these two important women in Jesus' life and ministry and their impact on Christian spirituality today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The Gospel of John is very distinctive in style and content, differing from those of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and has often been compared to the Gospel of Thomas. Some of the most familiar quotes from the Gospel of John are actually Gnostic teachings. Join us as Revs. Jim and Karen explore some of the similar themes in the Gospels of Thomas and John, how they reflect the Gnostic ideas of their time and have impacted Christian theology.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Paul is the single most significant figure in Christianity and perhaps the most controversial as well. Join us as we explore the moral, theological and mystical aspects of Paul's writings that have shaped the teachings of Christianity and see how they are interpreted in Unity theology. This week E.J. Niles, Unity Institute faculty, joins the discussion.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Imagine the confusion of the disciples after Jesus' resurrection and ascension! Who could lead them now? Jim and Karen will explore the leadership of the early Christians from a historical and symbolic viewpoint and how the resolution shaped Christianity into what it is today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Jesus’ message has been interpreted by many over the centuries, and as much as has been written, much still remains in debate. Join us as we explore the teachings and message of Jesus as evidenced through his parables and the Gospels. Our discussion will involve biblical scholarship and interpretation as well as Unity’s beliefs about the meaning of Jesus’ life. This is a program you won’t want to miss!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Ever wondered who went around recording the miracles Jesus performed? Join us for a lively discussion of the miracles of Jesus—what Bible scholars believe about the miracles, how they compare to those of Elijah and how you can use them to create miracles for yourself!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 14, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Most people are familiar with many of the miracles of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. Learn the metaphysical truths embedded in each of the stories and see how they can serve your life today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 07, 2008
    Episode Description:
    A question that inevitably arises in every human life when things go wrong is, “What did I do to deserve this?” Many books have been written to elucidate the teachings from the Book of Job and the many answers that this Bible story gives to this classic question. Listen as Revs. Jim and Karen discuss the story, its many ideas and the ultimate answer to the question, “Why ME, Lord?”
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 31, 2008
    Episode Description:
    One of the greatest love stories in the Bible begins with the devotion of two women—Ruth and Naomi in the Book of Ruth. Their story of devotion to one another—“your God will be my God and your people will be my people”—leads to finding a love that creates a secure, happy family for both women. Jonah’s call to preach to the people of Ninevah and his reaction to the call is a story of repentance—“changing one's mind”—that is both entertaining and enlightening for the listener. Learn how these two stories describe God’s universal love for all people and how their lessons can influence your own spiritual growth!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 24, 2008
    Episode Description:
    King David was the most heroic and idealized of all the characters of the Bible. He was a poet, a warrior, a king and a musician whose playing even soothed the mental illness of King Saul. David was known for his great capacity for love: for God, for his family, for his men, for his country. His indiscretions with his use of love were also renowned along with their disastrous consequences. Learn how his story illustrates all aspects of the use of love and what it teaches us today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 17, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Egypt, they were led into the desert to wander for 40 years, under the guidance and direction of God through Moses. What they experienced, how they were organized into a nation, and what it meant to receive the commands of God as a strengthening of the covenant with His people are discussed in this segment. Find out how their story describes the universal experience of loss and transition and how we can use these lessons to help us transform our own lives today!
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The life of Moses was spared during a time when all baby boys born of Jewish women were to be allowed to die. Not only was his life protected, but he grew up in the privilege of the palace of the Pharaoh. Discover how Moses was called into service to save his people and lead them out of bondage, and how his calling has given a name to God for all time.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 03, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Did you know the odyssey of the 12 tribes of Israel begins with a dream and a dream interpreter? Learn how the dreams of Joseph, the 11th son of Israel, change the course of Jewish history by leading the ancestry of the Jewish people into Egypt for 400 years. Discover what Joseph represents in your own spiritual journey and how the power of dreams can give insight into your own life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 20, 2007
    Episode Description:
    The writings of the prophet Isaiah have traditionally been adopted by Christianity as prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus Christ. They can also be seen as the Christ awareness coming into fuller expression into human life—a birthing or awakening of individual consciousness. This Christmas season, learn how the words of this ancient prophet can have an intimate and more powerful meaning for your life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 13, 2007
    Episode Description:
    Just are we are sometimes challenged by the conflicts of physical needs and urges versus intellectual intention, so are these conflicts played out symbolically in the story of twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. Learn how their story describes a pathway for bringing balance into your own life through healing and reconciliation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 06, 2007
    Episode Description:
    Three world religions trace their beginnings to Abram, also known as "Father Abraham." This segment will explore the story of Abraham and his wife, Sarah and how their journey together in faith informed the foundations of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Learn how this ancient story can shed new light on your own faith journey!
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 29, 2007
    Episode Description:
    Discover the keys to the spiritual symbolism in the Bible. Each biblical character symbolizes spiritual ideas and states of consciousness that anyone might experience, while each story depicts a spiritual journey going on within you. Don't miss this introduction to the Bible—learn who wrote it, how it was assembled and how it affects YOUR life today!

Host Bio

Rev. E. J. Niles
Revs. Karen Tudor and E.J. Niles delve deeply into the metaphysical interpretation of the Bible each week.

Rev. Karen Tudor is an ordained Unity minister and currently serves Unity Church of Practical Christianity,
New Braunfels, Texas, as senior minister. Karen speaks around the state to business groups, churches,
and organizations, as a consultant in conflict resolution, communication, and organizational dynamics. Rev. Tudor has served in Unity Worldwide Ministries at the regional and national levels for more than 15 years.

Rev. E.J. Niles is an ordained Unity minister who currently serves as adjunct professor of Scriptural studies in Unity Institute® and Seminary's Master of Divinity program. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s of science in systems management from the University of Southern California, and is certified in Spiral Dynamics Training, Discernmentarian Training through Worshipful Work, and Unity Worldwide Ministries Peacemaking. Rev. E.J. is the founding minister of Spiral Pathways Ministry, an alternative ministry that relates Bible writings to the evolution of consciousness. She is a member of various professional associations including Association for Global New Thought, the International New Thought Alliance, American Teilhard Association, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is an associate of the Jesus Seminar. She was recently elected to the board for the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion (SSMR).

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