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Literature is defined as "imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value." Spirituality is defined as "the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters." The purpose of this podcast is to examine how these two subjects intersect with one another and how they relate to our lives.

Literature is defined as "imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value." Spirituality is defined as "the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters." The purpose of this podcast is to examine how these two subjects intersect with one another and how they relate to our lives.
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Literature is defined as "imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value." Spirituality is defined as "the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters." The purpose of this podcast is to examine how these two subjects intersect with one another and how they relate to our lives.

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Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 21 -- Augustine's "Confessions"; Reading a Story, Pt. 25 -- How Much Does a Narrator Know?

8/7/2016
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Luke 1:63 which reads: "And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all." Our quote today is from Ezra Pound. He said: "Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree." In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, and "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing" by X. J....

Duration:00:17:22

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 20 -- Augustine's "Confessions"; Reading a Story, Pt. 24 -- How Much Does a Narrator Know?

7/30/2016
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 which reads: "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." Our quote today is from W. H. Auden. He said: "A real book is not one that’s read, but one that reads us." In this podcast, we are using as...

Duration:00:13:40

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 17 -- Augustine's "Confessions"; Reading a Story, Pt. 21 -- Point of View

7/9/2016
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Revelation 1:3 which reads: "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." Our quote today is from Gustave Flaubert. He said: "An author in his book must be like God in His universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest, Part 17" from the book, "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw...

Duration:00:14:02

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 16 -- Gospel of Luke; Reading a Story, Pt. 20 -- Thinking About Plot

6/29/2016
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Exodus 32:15-16 which reads: "And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables." Our quote today is from Arthur Schopenhauer. He said: "Without books the development of civilization would have been...

Duration:00:18:47

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 14 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 18 -- John Updike's "A&P" Continued

12/7/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Timothy 4:13 which reads: "Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." Our quote today is from Frederick Douglas. He said: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest, Part 14" from the book, "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt. We are continuing our selection from Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha: The Ferryman (Part 7) Kamala...

Duration:00:19:41

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 13 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 17 -- John Updike's "A&P" Continued

12/1/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Job 19:23 which reads: "Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!" Our quote today is from John Green. He said: "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest, Part 13" from the book, "Literature and...

Duration:00:21:36

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 12 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 16 -- John Updike's "A&P" Continued

11/24/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 45:1 which reads: "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." Our quote today is from Lafcadio Hearn. He said: "For this reason, to study English literature without some general knowledge of the relation of the Bible to that literature would be to leave one's literary education very incomplete." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest,...

Duration:00:21:31

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 11 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 15 -- John Updike's "A&P"

11/17/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Exodus 32:15-16 which reads: "And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables." Our quote today is from Lawrence Clark Powell. He said: "To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer...

Duration:00:20:05

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 10 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 13 -- John Updike

11/9/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 2 Chronicles 35:25 which reads: "And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations." Our quote today is from Cyril Connolly. He said: "While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living." In this podcast, we are using as our texts:...

Duration:00:15:54

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 9 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 13 -- Short Story

7/27/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Chronicles 29:29 which reads: "Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer." Our quote today is from F. Scott Fitzgerald. He said: "That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." In this podcast, we...

Duration:00:19:55

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 8 -- Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha"; Reading a Story, Pt. 12 -- Plot

7/20/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 2 Kings 12:19 which reads: "Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" Our quote today is from Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He said: "Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood." In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt,...

Duration:00:20:57

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 7 -- Hermann Hesse; Reading a Story, Pt. 11 -- Plot

7/14/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Kings 11:41 which reads: "And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?" Our quote today is from Ezra Pound. He said: "Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree." In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, and "Literature: An Introduction to...

Duration:00:17:01

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 6 -- Lao-Tzu; Reading a Story, Pt. 10

7/6/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 2 Kings 23:21 which reads: "And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the Lord your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant." Our quote today is from Samuel Butler. He said: "Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest, Part 6 - Lao-Tzu" from the book, "Literature and...

Duration:00:23:59

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 5 -- Lao-Tzu; Reading a Story, Pt. 9

6/9/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Joshua 24:26 which reads: "And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord." Our quote today is from Gao Xingjian. He said: "It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth." Our first topic for today is "Spirituality as Quest, Part 5 - Lao-Tzu" from the book, "Literature and...

Duration:00:16:57

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 4 -- Buddha; Reading a Story, Pt. 8

6/2/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Luke 1:3 which reads: "It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus." Our quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said: "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." In this...

Duration:00:19:01

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 3 -- Buddha; Reading a Story, Pt. 7

5/25/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Deuteronomy 31:24 which reads: "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished." Our quote today is from Boris Pasternak. She said: "Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray...

Duration:00:16:21

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 2 -- Buddha; Reading a Story, Pt. 6

5/11/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 45:1 which reads: "My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." Our quote today is from Helen Keller. She said: "Literature is my Utopia." In this podcast, we are using as our texts: "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, and "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing" by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. If...

Duration:00:14:53

Spirituality as Quest, Pt. 1 -- Buddha; Reading a Story, Pt. 5

5/5/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is 1 Kings 11:41 which reads: "Now the rest of the acts of Solomon and whatever he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?" Our quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said: "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original...

Duration:00:15:18

Art and the Divine, Pt 4; Reading a Story, Pt 4

4/27/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 139:16 which reads: "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." Our quote today is from Francine Rivers. He said: "I want to see Christian fiction speak to the hard and real issues that tear people’s lives apart. We need writers who are willing to ask the hard questions and go through the soul-searching and...

Duration:00:16:03

Art and the Divine, Pt 3; Reading a Story, Pt 3

4/20/2015
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Our passage from the Word of God today is Deuteronomy 31:24 which reads: "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished." Our quote today is from R. Payne Smith. He said: "The books of men have their day and grow obsolete. God’s word is like Himself, 'the same yesterday, today, and forever.'" Our first topic for today is "Art and the Divine, Part 3" from the book, "Literature and Spirituality" by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark...

Duration:00:12:22