Podcasts - Lectures


Contemplative Prayer  |  Papers on Spirituality
Lectures in Church History

This is a lecture on "Epistemology" I typically gave to my Intro to Philosophy Class. How do I "know" what I know? How can I be certain of what I "know?"
Please keep in mind this is an Introduction class with mainly freshmen students.

This lecture is in two parts to keep the audio file from being too large:
Introduction to Epistemology and Uncertainty - Part I
Introduction to Epistemology and Uncertainty - Part II

Lectures - Teachings

  "Grace to You," a study in Ephesians
A six week series I taught at our church on Paul's letter to the Ephesians using the classic by Watchman Nee, "Sit, Walk, Stand."
Unfortunately, the first teaching (an introduction of Ephesians and Watchman Nee) was not recorded. If you are not familiar with Watchman Nee, please read a brief biography of his life. Many of his writings are now considered Christian classics, none more than "Sit, Walk, Stand." I recommend that every believer read this book.

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Introduction to Law and Grace  (download) See note below - open PDF file
[You might want to open this PDF file of slides to follow along for the Introduction.]
Ephesians Chapter 2, "Sit"  (download)
Ephesians Chapters 3-4  (download)
Ephesians Chapter 3-4, "Walk"  (download)
Ephesians Chapter 6, "Stand"  (download)

Contemplative Prayer
These are three teachings of a seven part series I taught based on the Brother Lawrence classic,
The Practice of the Presence of God.
For those not familiar with Brother Lawrence, I would highly encourage you to purchase this book at your local bookstore or go to Amazon. Most versions of this book are abridged, but the basic message will come through in any version. This is a profound work (making a difficult/complex topic simple). You can also read this brief biography of Lawrence's life.

The class included spending some time each night "practicing" God's presence. These were guided times of prayer and our "practice" time increased with each session.

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Introduction to Contemplative Prayer  (download)
The Struggle of Contemplative Prayer  (download)
Apophatic Theology and Prayer  (download)

Papers on Christian Spirituality in Church History
CH101 hosted a Spirituality Weekend Retreat in Hartselle, Alabama. Several attendees read papers written on specific people and/or documents in Christian history exploring how spirituality has been expressed in other periods of time.

The Development of Christian Spirituality, PART I  (download)
by Al Baker
The beginnings of Christian spirituality are traced from the writings of Plato, through Philo of Alexandria, the Apostle Paul, and to the first clear example in Christian history in Clement of Alexandria.
Al Baker earned a B.S. in Management/Marketing from Troy University and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He served as a university pastor for 14 years and now works as an online marketing consultant. Read Al Baker's full bio.

The Virtue of Simplicity in The Shepherd of Hermas  (download)
by John Gibson
Of all the documents that failed to make the New Testament canon, The Shepherd of Hermas came closer than any other to making that canon. This paper explores the spirituality of simplicity as contrasted to double-mindedness in this early second century Christian document.
John Gibson earned a B.S. in Religious Studies from the University of Alabama, served as a pastor for 10 years, and currently is a supervisor in the Department of Human Resources for the State of Alabama.

The Development of Christian Spirituality, PART II  (download)
by Al Baker
The development of Christian spirituality is traced from Origen of Alexandria, through Greggory of Nyssa, Pseudo-Dionysius, the monastic tradition, and the English mystics of the 12th-14th centuries. This section ends with the Spanish mystic John of the Cross.
Al Baker earned a B.S. in Management/Marketing from Troy University and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He served as a university pastor for 14 years and now works as an online marketing consultant. Read Al Baker's full bio.

Spirituality Lived out in The Desert Fathers  (download)
by Tammy Thompson
In The Sayings of the Desert Fathers we have a collection of sayings and stories that reveal a simple, yet profound spirituality lived out by the first "monks" of the Christian faith in the Egyptian desert.
Tammy Thompson earned a B.S. in Education from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire and served as a university pastor for 4 years. She has been teaching in private schools for the last five years.

Wisdom and Creation: A Framework for Earthy Spirituality  (download)
by Wayne Fair
St. Patrick models an earthy spirituality grounded in the creation story. This paper presents an argument against viewing spirituality only from an esoteric standpoint.
Wayne Fair earned a B.S. in Religious Studies from the University of Alabama, and an MDiv. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor for 15 years. Wayne works in the IT Department of the University of Alabama.

The Cloud of Unknowing: Spirituality in a Post-Modern World  (download)
by Erick Schwartzkopf
The Cloud of Unknowing presents a form of spirituality rich in the apophatic tradition. This particular Christian document and the spirituality it represents is highly regarded by post-modern spirituality seekers, yet is not without danger. This paper shows how the author of Cloud warns the reader how to avoid unorthodoxy in this unique pursuit of Christ.
Dr. Schwartzkopf earned a B.S. in English from the University of Alabama, then served as a university pastor for 4 years. He then earned a DVM from Auburn University and works as a domestic Veterinary in northern Georgia.

The Development of Christian Spirituality, PART III (download)
The Positive Framework in the Darkness of John of the Cross
by Al Baker
Some have focused on the darkness in John of the Cross, even describing his struggle as clinical depression. This paper attempts to show how the original audience would have seen his message within a positive framework.
Al Baker earned a B.S. in Management/Marketing from Troy University and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He served as a university pastor for 14 years and now works as an online marketing consultant. Read Al Baker's full bio.