Simply Christian Life



The Simply Christian LIFE podcast is for the spiritually curious - everyone seeking God or a deeper relationship with God. Its about living simply, loving God, and loving our neighbors. Its about deepening the roots and broadening the reach of our faith. Its about spiritual practices like parenting, prayer, nonviolent communication, embracing diversity and permaculture gardening.Simply Christian LIFE is hosted by Michael Buerkel Hunn, who is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which includes New Mexico and the far west part of Texas.


  • Palm Sunday Sermon

    05/04/2020 Duration: 13min

    By The Rt Rev Michael Hunn, Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

  • Communion Is What We Are

    26/03/2020 Duration: 30min

    This episode explores the nature of communion as a reality we live in not as an event we do and how to suffer through the COVID-19 crisis as the body of Christ.

  • You’re not the boss of me

    18/03/2020 Duration: 36min

    1 Peter 2 : Who are you? And Whose are you?  How we answer those questions is the difference between slavery and freedom. 

  • A Global Commentary

    13/03/2020 Duration: 22min

    My copy of the first letter of Peter: a global commentary finally arrived! This episode works through the introduction.

  • New Birth Into A Living Hope

    06/03/2020 Duration: 30min

    1 Peter 1 : faith and suffering 

  • Season 2 Episode 1 : Introducing 1 Peter

    26/02/2020 Duration: 19min

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has invited all of the bishops of the Anglican Communion to study the first letter of Peter at the Lambeth Conference in the summer of 2020.  1 Peter is written to a mostly poor community which is a misunderstood minority in a society suspicious of the followers of Jesus.  In this first episode we learn about the letter itself and get ready to read the letter itself.

  • Episode 6: The Word Changes The World

    12/04/2019 Duration: 33min

    This episode covers the first part of chapter 4 of the book you are what you love by James K a Smith. In this chapter we look at the power of language – both the power of the words we use every day and also the power of the Word of God to change our world. How have the words you were taught to use for God as a child changed as you have grown older? Did the words you were taught to pray as a child shape your relationship with God and helpful and healthy ways? In harmful and hurtful ways?

  • Episode 5 : The Form of Our Worship Matters

    29/03/2019 Duration: 23min

    This episode covers the second half of chapter 3 of You Are What You Love by James K A Smith. The episode discusses contemporary Christian worship and how the “relevant” shape and form of much of our worship carries with it messages about consumerism which may be tempting our hearts away from God.

  • Episode 4 : Worship is Habit Forming

    22/03/2019 Duration: 27min

    This episode covers the first part of Chapter 3 of You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith.  We discuss our personal habits and how those habits are shaping our hearts and our households. 

  • Simply Christian Life episode 3

    15/03/2019 Duration: 34min

    In this episode Michael Hunn reflects on chapter 2 of James K. A. Smith’s book you are what you love. Chapter 2 contains reflections about the secular liturgies of our lives – including ways of rethinking  the shopping experience in America and wondering what all that shopping is doing to our hearts.

  • Chapter 1 : You Are What You Love

    08/03/2019 Duration: 34min

    In chapter 1 of the book you are what you love by James K A Smith we examine the way we love what we love in the power of habit and the unconscious loves of our lives. Including the fact that we all were ship things we think our ultimate – and what those things are really matters!

  • Simply Christian LIFE

    28/02/2019 Duration: 09min

    Welcome to the Simply Christian LIFE podcast!   Michae Buerkel Hunn is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande and your host.   This episode is an invitation to join Bishop Hunn this lent by reading You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith.    As you read the Preface to the book- consider the following questions and, if you like, share your answers either in the comments or on Facebook:   1. Why are you doing this? What are your hopes for deepening your relationship with God this Lent?     2.  Dr. Smith says “we worship what we love”.  What comes to mind as you contemplate this?  What does it mean to “worship?”  What does it mean to “love”?   3.  Specifically about the podcast, what are you hoping this podcast will be like?  How do you intend to use this podcast?