19 episodes

In this podcast, Paul E. Miller, author of A Praying Life, invites you into a conversation about Jesus and how he lived as a person. Ministry and conversation partners, Liz Voboril and Jon H., join Paul in exploring the details of Jesus’ earthly life. In attending closely to the cadences of the one person who lived a perfect life, we gain a clearer vision of what it means to be human. Learn more about Paul Miller and his ministry at seejesus.net.

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In this podcast, Paul E. Miller, author of A Praying Life, invites you into a conversation about Jesus and how he lived as a person. Ministry and conversation partners, Liz Voboril and Jon H., join Paul in exploring the details of Jesus’ earthly life. In attending closely to the cadences of the one person who lived a perfect life, we gain a clearer vision of what it means to be human. Learn more about Paul Miller and his ministry at seejesus.net.

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 5. In-Harvard vs In-Christ

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 5. In-Harvard vs In-Christ

    This episode continues our series on the J-Curve, looking at what it means to be "in Christ." 
    “My sister Rosanne got into Wellesley College and she came back on Thanksgiving vacation and said 'Paul, you could get into Harvard.' She didn't have to say that twice. I heard that once and I was planning my life..."
    “We are all 'in' something. 'In Christ' is mystical, but it’s remarkably unmystical as well. "If you teach justification by faith and the atonement separate from this really rich idea that that I am in Koinonia with Jesus then you answer the question at the beginning of Romans 6 badly. The answer in Romans 6 to the problem of selfishness and the Christian life is that our union with Christ is an embodiment in which we continually reenact His life of love, and that leads to suffering and a life of repentance."
     

    • 20 min
    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 4. Marketing the Self

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 4. Marketing the Self

    This episode continues our series on the J-Curve, looking closer at what we tend to do instead of the J-Curve: marketing ourselves and trying to climb the failure-boasting chart. 
    “The word “boast” the way Paul uses it in Philippians 3 is bigger than our English word. It also includes glory and rejoicing. So, when your favorite sports team wins, you glory in that sports team. The concept gets right at the heart of how our flesh operates."
    “When I was silent in that meeting, it put to death something evil in me – my boasting self. I felt the pain of that." "A lot of people are quiet – they don’t boast – but Paul is not so much talking about what you say, but about the boasting self. If you are critical, that’s a form of boasting. You’re bringing someone down. Gossip is the boasting self. You’re sharing information about someone else that quietly lifts you up. So many of our sins rotate around this desire to move up the failure-boasting chart!"

    • 24 min
    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 3. All of Life is a Gift

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 3. All of Life is a Gift

    This episode explores the idea that gift-giving is deep in the structure of the universe... reflecting the heart of our gift-giving God. 
    “You’re driving in heavy traffic, and someone coming from the opposite direction wants to make a left-hand turn in front of you. To let them do that might cost you missing a traffic light. You can see from their turn signal that they are requesting a gift. And, in most cases, what do you do? You give them a gift of time. They wave their acknowledgement and you nod in exchange. Though there’s no takeaway for either of us, we both walk away satisfied."
    “It’s like you're touching the structure of the universe which is the mind of God: all of life is gift.." "I don't know if I've ever heard anyone connect the structure of the universe with a left turn! But it’s kind of hopeful because if you see things in this way that it's not like you have to go and move across the world to engage in the deep structure of the universe. It's built into everyday life it if we see it and receive it as well as give it."

    • 28 min
    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 2. The Love J-Curve of Christmas

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 2. The Love J-Curve of Christmas

    This episode continues our series on Paul's latest book, J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life. 
    “As Americans we have a whole declaration of no limitations, but the very nature of love is to have your freedom constricted. What we’ll react to sometimes in a difficult relationship to the feel of the relationship—I have to be careful what I say around the person, it’s unfair, it’s unbalanced. Life shouldn’t feel this way. But that’s actually the feel of love, that narrowing, the constricting, the limiting.
    “That’s the womb where resurrection takes place—it’s where you get to know Jesus." "When people recoil from the narrowing of love it narrows their hearts. If you want to see someone who has a wide heart, they’ve experienced narrowing. It’s like the heat of that forms the human soul the way it should be.”

    • 21 min
    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 1. "I'll Never Do This Again!": How the J-Curve Helps

    [J-CURVE: Union with Christ] 1. "I'll Never Do This Again!": How the J-Curve Helps

    This episode begins a new series on Paul's latest book, J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life. 
    “The American church is like me at the back of the plane, at many levels, thinking everything has gone wrong. And part of what has gone wrong is that we don’t really have any teaching on dying and rising with Jesus."
    “We’re missing a significant piece of Christianity." "One of the difficulties of suffering of any kind is that it is disorienting. You lose your way. It feels devoid of meaning. What the J-Curve does is bring hope to it, because dying is not the last word, and it gives you a toolkit of what to do when you find yourself in a patch of suffering.
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    • 24 min
    [JESUS] 12. How Jesus Became a Missing Person, Part 3

    [JESUS] 12. How Jesus Became a Missing Person, Part 3

    This episode wraps up our conversation about how Jesus became a missing person.
    “Secular-liberalism itself is no longer aware of its Jesus roots. What it’s done now is still hold on to Jesus, but no longer as a person, just his attributes.”
    “Political correctness is simply Jesus’ attributes, secularized." “One of the big passions of my life is for the church, and for our youth in particular, to experience an embodied Jesus. When that happens, they are inoculated against the siren call of Secular-liberalism and they can out-compassion Secular-liberalism because Secular-liberalism does not have the spirit of Jesus. A virtual Jesus haunts our culture, but we have the real thing!"

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

Yellowyak2 ,

Continuing to bless

25 years ago, my husband and I were deeply impacted and changed by and through the Sonship seminars and material. Through the years we have read all of Jack and Rose Marie Miller’s books with much profit. But until this podcast we had not had opportunity to hear Paul Miller Teach his new material on Jesus. This podcast has come at a perfect time of deep trial and need for spiritual refreshment. It has benefited us very much. Thank you for this ministry.

IanBump ,

Going Through a Second Time!

I went through the first 5 See Jesus J-curve episodes on a solitary road trip and not only fell more deeply in love with Jesus’s embodiment of the whole Trinity’s attentiveness, compassion, and how that moves God to action, but was deeply convicted by my own failure to be like Him. The more I reflected, the more I fell in love with Jesus, and all that He has done for me and that He actually lives in me now and that I have constant access to Him, which makes me want to pray and love all the more.

I am now going through a second time to listen more attentively and look forward to reading the Gospels and all of God’s Word and spending time with people with more attentiveness, compassion, and action.

I am so thankful for God’s work in Paul Miller and moving him to write and teach as he has. I also recommend A Loving Life and A Praying Life— both the books and the studies. I now want to do the J-curve Study!

motherof6boys ,

Susan Bradford

I have just listened to all of these podcasts in the last two days and they are excellent. I love the focus on the person of Christ. Thank you Paul Miller for helping me to "see Jesus" and to see how attentive he is with the people around him. I also am still thinking about how Jesus doesn't dominate a scene and he leaves space and silence for processing on the part of those who are watching and engaging.
I would love to listen to more!

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