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Bridging the Ideal and the Real

28 EpisodesProduced by J. Pittman McGehee, D.D.Website

A collection of audio mp3s of lectures/sermons by J. Pittman McGehee, D.D. for all those with a deep human longing to experience the transcendent in their ordinary lives in the 21st century. To live a life with more mindfulness and self compassion, McGehee is an expert at describing the value of non… read more

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Quantity vs Quality

August 2nd, 2020

42:28

The ego has its own value system of what quality of life is for us and an essential part of our ego development is to acquire material things, power …

Teeter Totter II

July 17th, 2020

35:57

This talk is about our human ego and our soul and our imbalanced state that begins by building a lightness and a darkness in order to conform with …

Teeter Totter I

July 1st, 2020

36:03

In this talk, Pittman shares the idea of balance vs integration, coming to a realization that there are some things in our psyche that are just not for us. Attitudes or associations we may have been dealt in our early …

The Day My Father Died

May 31st, 2020

37:47

This is a story about the day Pittman’s Father died and the way men live with their ties cutting their bodies and feelings off at the neck. His intimacy at the end with his Father is revealing of the four Fs (feelings, …

Surprise Endings

May 29th, 2020

22:36

Pittman gives three stories at the beginning and then takes you through a bible story of Pentecost where they begin to understand that the holy …

What Matters? What's Possible?

May 6th, 2020

37:52

Pittman begins by describing our need for Mother (matter) being transcribed into material and that although it is important to have our material and physical needs met, it is also not what gives our life meaning. We all …

The Easter Chicken

April 12th, 2020

41:14

Pittman begins with a humorous story from childhood about a dozen baby chickens all colored for Easter that his Father had brought home. Only one …

Hurts So Good

April 10th, 2020

27:38

Pain is a peculiar human possession. We do not become close truly intimate without pain. Each of us has to take the risk of loving another as there …

What Matters. What's possible?

March 26th, 2020

38:14

Marion Woodman, in her book Addiction to Perfection does a definitive job explaining that our addictions whatever they may be are symbolic of our …

Dialectical Theism - Knowing God

March 24th, 2020

41:29

How do we know a piece of art, a song or wisdom or even the taste of water? Can we even know that which we cannot comprehend? How would I know what …

Maleness

March 9th, 2020

29:24

Pittman begins with the sadness he felt when he received notice of a friend/hero who had died when he happens upon a tv lecture by a female doctor about the endocrine system and male testosterone. As men, it is our …

Comedy - Release from Trajedy

March 3rd, 2020

26:06

Pittman begins by telling the story of hearing that Jesus was riding in to Calgary on an ASS and how that made him laugh as a young boy who was hearing it in a church of all places. Life is filled with ironic and …

The Sexuality Issue

March 2nd, 2020

41:41

Human nature says everyone will have a different sexuality — a personality and mystery of it's own. In this talk, Pittman defines Gods gifts of sexuality 1) procreation 2) to experience union (with another and with God) …

What is Your Thirst?

February 23rd, 2020

35:10

The nature of human beings is to be religious and Pittman gives two etymological descriptions of the word religion — to bind back which presumes …

The Evangelists Holy War

February 22nd, 2020

39:09

Pittman tells a poignant story of a childhood experience of the fear based preaching of an Evangelist and a high school friend who had the integrity …

The Religion That Wounds and the Religion That Heals

February 17th, 2020

1:11:58

Starting with a brief history of the evolution of Christianity, from St. Augustine’s original sin, Calvin's approach during the Reformation and then …

Rigors of Spirituality

February 12th, 2020

1:03:28

This mp3 is a talk given by Pittman McGehee on 9-28-96 at Adult Education Class at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. In a world that values …

The Abundant Life

February 9th, 2020

1:09:00

Materialism is not what we would call the abundant life. All ISMS are negative. We have more "stuff" than we have ever had before but there is still …

What Authenticates?

February 6th, 2020

38:13

Is it the desire to be "nice", to be what everyone expects of you what authenticates? Telling a story about Mrs. Bridge, McGehee reads to us vignettes of an unathenticated cardboard character trapped in mediocrity. Or …

Transition and Transformation

February 6th, 2020

43:34

This mp3 is a talk given by Pittman McGehee on 2-28-88 at Adult Education Class at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. We know we cannot judge …

Self Worth

February 6th, 2020

36:35

Real self worth is something that takes us all a very long time to truly accept but it is easier when we understand that we may all be a combination …

Plurality and Ambiguity

February 6th, 2020

35:37

There are always more ways to see the individual expression of wholeness than meets the eye of any one person and much more that we can …

The Priest as Shaman

January 31st, 2020

38:17

There is no life without struggle, sickness, pain and death. The Priest as Shaman enters the brokenness of everyone including his own. Into humanity he goes in every crisis, every death as a participant to experience …

Reductionism vs. Teleology

January 30th, 2020

38:13

In this talk, Pittman speaks of the value of recognizing our unconscious Self. The vicissitudes and events that occur that are looked at as cause and …

Trip to See the Cardinals

January 26th, 2020

35:47

As masterful story teller, Pittman McGehee tells a story about himself as a child with a T-shirt his Mom bought him that said, "Hi My Name is PITT." …

Dark Side of Blessings

January 26th, 2020

39:46

Pittman is describing how a blessing is a wounding and not at all what we think it is. This thought provoking talk will leave you with a completely new outlook on how important our mistakes are as we don't seem to grow …

Patriarchs: Perfection vs. Wholeness

January 24th, 2020

38:16

This is a very humorous and informative talk about the nature of wholeness. This Sunday School class talk was given by J. Pittman McGehee, D.D. on …

Releasing Shadow Figures

January 24th, 2020

34:16

This is a poignant and informative antidote of his relationship with esteemed school mate Cheesy Eubanks. McGehee takes us into Carl Jung's concept …

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