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The Meaning of America
For this special Independence Day bonus episode, Kevin goes solo to talk about what America means and how Christians should relate to our nation. The most contentious debates that we currently have are about history, and we can’t agree on which story to tell about America. Kevin examines two books that approach this problem of America’s story differently. Are they incompatible? Which way do you take?
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of The Supremacy of God in Preaching Revised and Expanded Edition by John Piper.
John Piper pleads for preachers to make the supremacy of God the bracing air of their sermons. He longs to see a new generation of preachers, and a revived band of seasoned brothers, set aflame with the grandeur of God—his glory as the goal of preaching, his cross as the ground of preaching, his Spirit as the power of preaching. It is fitting that The Supremacy of God in Preaching now appears in hardcover for the first time. It has proven to be an enduring work through the decades.
Revised and Expanded Piper [0:00 – 1:22]
What we disagree about is history. [1:22 – 6:52]
Is there such a thing as an American? [6:52 – 10:58]
Book 1: Covenant, Crucible, Creed [10:58 – 23:49]
Book 2: Celebration and Criticism [23:49 – 30:57]
6 Quick Thoughts [30:57 – 46:47]
Books and Everything:
After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division, by Samuel Goldman
Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, by Wilfred McClay
|Jun 28, 2021|
"Lament for a Father," with Marvin Olasky
In his new book, Lament for a Father: The Journey to Understanding and Forgiveness, Marvin Olasky, editor of WORLD Magazine , puts all his journalistic expertise and experience into uncovering the story of his father.
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Recovering the Lost Art of Reading: A Quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful by Leland Ryken, Glenda Faye Mathes.
Reading has become a lost art. With smartphones offering us endless information with the tap of a finger, it’s hard to view reading as anything less than a tedious and outdated endeavor. This is particularly problematic for Christians, as many find it difficult to read even the Bible consistently and attentively. Reading is in desperate need of recovery.
Recovering the Lost Art of Reading addresses these issues by exploring the importance of reading in general as well as studying the Bible as literature, offering practical suggestions along the way. Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes inspire a new generation to overcome the notion that reading is a duty and instead discover it as a delight.
Do you want to hear about Abraham Lincoln? [0:00 – 1:13]
The Perfect Sponsor Book for LBE [1:13 – 1:53]
Marvin Olasky [1:53 – 5:05]
WORLD Magazine [5:05 – 8:10]
Lament for a Father [8:10 – 13:34]
From Success to Failure [13:34 – 18:52]
The Turning Point [18:52 – 24:08]
The Mercy of Reticence [24:08 – 30:20]
Mother’s Story [30:20 – 35:49]
Iron-Clad Chain, Daisy Chain [35:49 – 41:52]
Don’t Wait Until You’re Seventy [41:52 – 47:55]
The Single Biggest Social Problem in America [47:55 – 50:41]
Book Recommendations [50:41 – 53:25]
Advice for Those with Bad or Good Fathers [53:25 - 56:30]
Books and Everything:
Messages from My Father: A Memoir, by Calvin Trillin
|May 18, 2021|
Moving Past Despair
When you consider the prospects for Christians right now, you might think they would be in despair. And you might be right. There is a lot of evidence that things are not going well. Kevin, Collin, and Justin look at several specific phenomena that would cause despair. And then they give us things that we can do now to move from that despair and into hope. Plus, there are some great book recommendations!
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Rejoice and Tremble: The Surprising Good News of the Fear of the Lord by Michael Reeves.
Rejoice and Tremble examines the difference between sinful and godly fear and corrects the negative perception of the fear of God. It is part of a series created in partnership with Union School of Theology to teach Christians to delight in God, grow in Christ, serve the church, and bless the world.
Have you heard of Michael Reeves? [0:00 – 3:56]
Life & Football & Everything [3:56 – 7:22]
How’s COVID-19 going? [7:22 – 25:41]
Reasons for Current Earthly Despair [25:41 – 44:54]
Now what do we do? [44:54 – 1:01:56]
Books & Everything [1:01:56 – 1:15:29]
Books and Everything:
Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We've Left Behind, by Grace
Churchill: Walking with Destiny, by Andrew Roberts
Surviving Religion 101, by Michael Kruger
The Life of John Murray, by Iain H. Murray
The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, by William Eleazar Barton
Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001, by
|May 05, 2021|
Gospelbound, with Sarah Zylstra
The only way we can move forward in the church is by going back to the Gospel. Journalism and education have become intrinsically destabilizing forces for Christianity, and anxiety is at an all-time high. Sarah Zylstra and Collin Hansen have written Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age to respond to this very problem. [Collin also hosts another podcast called Gospelbound). You will find encouragement and direction in this episode.
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands by Jen Wilkin, the Best-Selling Author of Women of the Word.
Ten Words to Live By teaches readers how the Ten Commandments come to
The Prescriptivists Lost [0:00 – 1:00]
The First Ever Female Guest on LBE [1:00 – 1:57]
The Sarah Zylstra Orbit [1:57 – 6:20]
Where Good Writers Come From [6:20 – 11:27]
In what sense is the Gospel “binding?” [11:27 – 14:18]
Where is all this anxiety coming from? [14:18 – 20:01]
The Media, Education, & Anxiety [20:01 – 27:35]
Why do we prefer to be anxious? [27:35 – 35:15]
Stories that Encourage [35:15 – 45:40]
The Danger of Nostalgia [45:40 – 53:56]
A Better Way [53:56 – 59:50]
Books and Everything:
Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age, by Sarah Zylstra
|Apr 21, 2021|
Men and Women in the Church
There is much at stake in God making humanity male and female. Created for one another yet distinct from each other, a man and a woman are not interchangeable—they are designed to function according to a divine fittedness. But when this design is misunderstood, ignored, or abused, there are dire consequences.
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Men and
Men and women—in marriage especially, but in the rest of life as well—complement one another. And this biblical truth has enduring, cosmic significance. From start to finish, the biblical storyline—and the design of creation itself—depends upon the distinction between male and female. Men and Women in the Church is about the divinely designed complementarity of men and women as it applies to life in general and especially ministry in the church.
Background of the Book in Question [0:00 – 6:01]
We’re more confused than ever. [6:01 – 18:11]
Critiquing the Thin Complementarians [18:11 – 36:21]
Critiquing the Thick Complementarians [36:21 – 48:44]
Stop Cherry-picking Examples [48:44 – 58:20]
The Publishing Conundrum [58:20 – 1:04:24]
|Apr 06, 2021|
Who’s to Blame for the Atlanta Shootings?
Kevin DeYoung podcasts solo this time to help us understand from a Biblical
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Practicing
Pastor Sam Crabtree surveys the Bible’s teaching on gratitude, demonstrating that every moment is an opportunity to observe, embrace, and appreciate with thankfulness the wondrous workings of God in ordinary life. Practicing Thankfulness includes 100 practical suggestions for practicing thankfulness
How to Be More Thankful [0:00 – 0:55]
4 Preliminary Comments on the Atlanta Shootings [0:55 – 8:49]
On Culpability [8:49 – 25:28]
Distinguishing the Bad Ideas from the Good [25:28 – 30:57]
Is the church to blame for this man’s bad ideas? [30:57 – 36:25]
Bad Culpability Extrapolations [36:25 – 45:12]
Don’t let the bad outweigh the good. [45:12 – 47:11]
Books [47:11 - 57:33]
Books and Everything:
Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair, by Duke L. Kwon &
More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, by William
Race and Covenant: Recovering the Religious Roots for American Reconciliation,
American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time, by
Slaying Leviathan: Limited Government and Resistance in the Christian Tradition,
|Mar 23, 2021|
COVID-19 a Year Later: Perspectives from a Pastor and Doctor
Dr. Miguel Núñez, Pastor for Preaching & Vision at IBI and President of Ministerios Integridad & Sabiduría, left his medical practice to follow his passion of preaching the Gospel. When COVID-19 broke out in 2020, he used his medical expertise to assess the situation for The Gospel Coalition. Now, one year later, he again offers his insights to you, along with a conversation about how the preaching of the Gospel is spreading in the Dominican Republic.
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World by Brett McCracken.
Helping believers navigate today’s media-saturated culture, Brett McCracken presents a biblical case for wisdom. Inspired by the food pyramid model, The Wisdom Pyramid challenges us to increase our intake of enduring, trustworthy sources while moderating our consumption of less reliable sources.
The Wisdom Pyramid [0:00 – 1:26]
March Madness & COVID-19 [1:26 – 4:05]
Introducing Dr. Miguel Núñez [4:05 – 6:01]
Revisiting COVID-19 a Year Later [6:01 – 10:59]
Why Developing Countries Handled COVID-19 Better [10:59 – 15:11]
Fear & Surprises [15:11 – 19:27]
What’s coming next? [19:27 – 22:20]
What COVID-19 Reveals About Our Spiritual Condition [22:20 – 27:24]
The Backstory of Dr. Miguel Núñez [27:24 – 33:17]
The Backstory of the Dominican Republic [33:17 – 43:47]
Influences in the Gospel Movement of the Dominican Republic [43:47 – 51:10]
The View of the U.S. Church from Latin America [51:10 – 59:48]
Americanos Hablando Español [59:48 – 1:04:20]
|Mar 10, 2021|
Stephen J. Nichols on R.C. Sproul
Stephen J. Nichols is President of Reformation Bible College, Chief Academic
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional by Paul David Tripp.
Best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites us to set aside time from the busyness of our lives to focus on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Each of the short readings in Journey to the Cross encourages us to abide in the abundant joy found in Christ as we encounter the Savior more fully and follow him more faithfully during this Lenten season.
Recommended Devotional for Lent [0:00 – 1:17]
Not THAT Stephen Nichols [1:17 – 4:05]
Meeting R.C. Sproul [4:05 – 11:12]
Shaping Influences on R.C.: Pittsburg, Gerstner, Berkouwer, Vesta [11:12 – 16:57]
Gravity and Gladness [16:57 – 23:21]
Ligonier Valley Study Center [23:21 – 30:31]
The Big Break [30:31 – 36:56]
Controversies [36:56 – 39:31]
Jim Boice [39:31 – 42:44]
Evangelicals and Catholics Together [42:44 – 49:04]
Classical Apologetics [49:04 – 53:59]
Favorite Book of R.C. Sproul [53:59 – 56:13]
Quick Questions [56:13 – 1:06:49]
Books and Everything:
Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional, by Paul David Tripp
R.C. Sproul: A Life, by Stephen J. Nichols
The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul
|Feb 16, 2021|
Tim Keller on Reformed Resurgence
Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, is the special guest for this conversation. Along with Collin, Justin, and Kevin, Tim Keller discusses the Reformed movement itself, The Gospel Coalition, and what comes next in Evangelicalism. Along the way you’ll hear advice for evangelizing, warnings about Christian celebrity, and of course book recommendations for pastors and leaders.
The Short Studies in Systematic Theology Series is designed to equip the church to faithfully understand, love, teach, and apply what God has revealed in Scripture about a variety of theological topics. The series gives valuable advice on applying spiritual gifts in the preaching and evangelism ministry.
Promoting, Celebrating, & Articulating Systematic Theology [0:00 – 1:30]
Tim Keller Fighting Sin Not Cancer [1:30 – 17:03]
Top Book Recommendations for Forming Pastors and Leaders [17:03 – 21:37]
Tim Keller’s Other Spiritual Gifts [21:37 – 27:13]
British Evangelicalism [27:13 – 34:20]
Reading at a Rural Church; Eating in a Big City [34:20 – 39:41]
Reformed Resurgence: The Young, Restless, & Reformed Movement [39:41 – 51:06]
Evangelical Celebrities [51:06 – 54:33]
How to Define Evangelicalism: Models vs. Institutions [54:33 – 1:00:34]
More About the Pastor Celebrity Experience [1:00:34 – 1:10:20]
Post-Movement Evangelistic Strategies [1:10:20 – 1:12:25]
Encouragement [1:12:25 – 1:15:20]
Books and Everything:
Dynamics of Spiritual Life, by Richard F. Lovelace
Evangelism Through the Local Church, by Michael Green
Evangelism in the Early Church, by Michael Green
Between Faith and Criticism, by Mark Noll
|Feb 01, 2021|
Division, Whataboutism, & Christian Nationalism
Why is it so hard to acknowledge when our opponents get something right? Or
The Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series is designed to help readers see the whole Bible as a unified story culminating in Jesus Christ. In each volume, a trusted scholar traces an important topic through God’s word and explores its significance for the Christian life.
The Best Person to Disagree With [0:00 – 1:46]
Collin’s Jolly Holiday [1:46 – 4:17]
A Brief Digression on Morally Problematic Television [4:17 – 7:34]
Justin’s COVID Christmas [7:34 – 10:53]
VidAngel & Cobra Kai [10:53 – 12:15]
Kevin’s December Viewing [12:15 – 17:45]
Both/And: Why is it so hard to see both sides of an issue? [17:45 – 25:54]
Both/And: Should we even want this approach? [25:54 – 35:23]
Whataboutism & Selective Policing [35:23 – 40:57]
Christian Nationalism [40:57 – 56:16]
Book Recommendations Featuring Pro-Life and MLK, Jr. Topics [56:16 – 1:08:25]
Books and More Books:
The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture, by Scott
Defending Life, by Francis J. Beckwith
Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility, by George Yancey
Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times, by David S. Reynolds
The Attributes of God: An Introduction, by Gerald Bray
Forty Questions About the End Times, by Eckhard Schnabel
The Bible and the Future, by Anthony A. Hoekema
Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America,
America in the King Years, by Taylor Branch
Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, by Clarke D. Forsythe
Concise Guide to Conservatism, by Russell Kirk
The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, by Edward H. Bonekemper, III
Geerhardus Vos: Reformed Biblical Theologian, Confessional Presbyterian, by Danny E. Olinger
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, by Jake Knapp and John
Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, edited by Dennis E. Johnson
For Christ and the University: The Story of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of
C. Stacey Woods and the Evangelical Rediscovery of the University, by A.
Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture, by Christian Smith
Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us, by Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
R. C. Sproul: A Life, by Stephen J. Nichols
|Jan 20, 2021|
John Piper Talks Books
John Piper sits down with Kevin DeYoung to discuss human purpose, pastoral leadership, the advantages of reading slowly. And of course they discuss books, too. So many books. Reading them; writing them; loving them; but most of all desiring God through them. (See the full list below.) And in this conversation you will get a picture of what will perhaps be John Piper’s magnum opus.
Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp.
New Morning Mercies is great for people looking for a devotional in the new year—featuring 365 gospel-centered devotions. Each reading leads with a compelling, gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. It equips you with the good news that you need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
An Excellent Book for 2021 [1:11 – 2:37]
What did John Piper do for Christmas during coronavirus? [2:37 – 4:58]
Why Piper doesn’t like the word ‘retirement’ [4:58 – 12:45]
Especially Formative Books for John Piper [12:45 – 19:57]
On the Pros and Cons of Reading Slowly [19:57 – 34:48]
Books to Kickstart Pastoral Ministry [34:48 – 43:54]
Favorite Biographies [43:54 – 46:32]
Books to Return To [46:32 – 51:59]
The Hardest Book John Piper Had to Write and His Favorite [51:59 – 57:38]
Providence: John Piper’s Latest Book [57:38 – 1:03:15]
Enjoying the Process of Writing; Praise for Pastors Who Don’t Write Books
More Questions on Providence and Providence [1:09:33 – 1:20:40]
The Most Important Verse in the Bible [1:20:40 – 1:25:08]
Books and More Books:
Thinking God’s Thoughts: The Hermeneutics of Humility, by Daniel P. Fuller
The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity, by Daniel P.
Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards
The End for Which God Created the World, by Jonathan Edwards
The Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards
Validity in Interpretation, by E.D. Hirsch
Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer, by C.S. Lewis
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen, introduction by J.I.
Communion with the Triune God, by John Owen
The Glory of Christ, by John Owen
How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper
The Religious Life of Theological Students, by Benjamin B. Warfield
The Christian Ministry, by Charles Bridges
The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel, by Jonathan Edwards
Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon, especially “The Minister’s
Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Walking with the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe
Listening to the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe
Giant Steps, by Warren Wiersbe
Reformed Dogmatics by Hermann Bavinck
Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown
William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Danielle
Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, by Iain Murray
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, by Courtney Anderson
Portrait of Calvin, by T.H.L. Parker
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton
What Jesus Demands from the World, by John Piper
Desiring God, by John Piper
Providence, by John Piper (Pre-Order at Westminster Books)
|Jan 06, 2021|
How Did Sexual Identity Politics Win?
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Carl Trueman joins Kevin, Justin, and Collin to discuss his latest book, published by Crossway, which analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. You’ll also learn the benefit for Christians of reading Nietzsche and Freud, and what you can say to someone when there isn’t time to debate the philosophy of gender.
Thirty-second long book title [00:55 – 1:25]
If identity is sexual, then sex is political. [1:25 – 7:37]
Behaviors demand toleration; identity demands recognition. [7:37 – 13:39]
Grappling with the history of ideas [13:39 – 22:26]
Intended audience [22:26 – 24:29]
Why Carl wants to be called a bigot [24:29 – 28:32]
Should pastors read these non-Christian authors? [28:32 – 34:18]
Is Protestantism to blame for sexual identity politics? [34:18 – 44:48]
Natural law will help us communicate to younger generations. [44:48 – 50:55]
What can you say to the other side when there isn’t time to debate? [50:55 –
Against lament? [56:16 – 57:50]
Family shapes theology. [57:50 – 1:03:00]
Books and Everything:
Civilization & Its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud
The Triumph of the Therapeutic, by Philip Rieff
Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture,
“The Fury of the Fatherless,” by Mary Eberstadt, First Things
|Nov 24, 2020|
Getting to Know J. Ligon Duncan, III
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin DeYoung interviews Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III, chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary. This interview was recorded live on stage from the Faithful Conference at Christ Covenant on November 7th. Listen and you’ll learn the books and people and places that made Dr. Duncan who he is. You’ll even find out his DJ name.
Early Life and Conversion [00:00 – 7:16]
A True South Carolinian [7:16 – 10:17]
Encounters with God in Study [10:17 – 15:20]
Taking the Racial Blinders Off [15:20 – 23:08]
Critical Race Theory [23:08 – 27:47]
Reformed Books [27:47 – 31:57]
Covenant Theology [31:57 – 33:08]
Ligon Unplugged [33:08 – 38:50]
Lightning Round [38:50 – 48:27]
Books and Everything:
Knowing God, by Jim Packer
Search the Scriptures, edited by Alan M. Stibbs
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper, by Geerhardus J. Vos
Favorite Hymn: “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds,” by John Newton
Systematic Theology, by Louis Berkhof
“Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras,” mvt. 2 from Ein deutsches Requiem, by Johannes Brahms
|Nov 17, 2020|
What the 2020 Election Means
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, &
College Football [1:32 – 5:05]
Talking about the Election [5:05 – 33:11]
Does a vote have an inherent meaning? [33:11 – 48:48]
Alex Trebek [48:48 – 59:06]
What book, movie, or music do you go to when you need to reorient yourself?
Book & Music Recommendations:
The old, red United Methodist Hymnal
Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
any systematic theology
The Planets, mvt. 4, “Jupiter” (Thaxted) by Gustav Holst
The Mission: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture by Ennio Morricone
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way” by William Cowper
|Nov 10, 2020|
The Trinity and Evangelicalism
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Dr. Scott Swain—Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary—joins Kevin, Justin, and Collin to discuss his book, The Trinity: An Introduction. Listen in to hear about recent controversies surrounding the doctrine of the trinity, if the Holy Spirit is indeed forgotten in our discussions about the trinity, why analogies for the trinity are unhelpful, and why Orlando is the most magical place on earth.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway book we want to highlight this week is Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives by the faculty at Reformed Theological Seminary. Join a host of twenty-six scholars, including O. Palmer Robertson, Michael J. Kruger, and Scott R. Swain, as they explore how the concept of covenant is clearly taught in Scripture and how it lays the foundation for other doctrines of salvation.
LBE is also excited to announce that listeners of the show can receive 30% off Crossway books, bibles, tracts, audiobooks, and ebooks by signing up for a free Crossway+ membership. Crossway+ is a new membership program designed to provide you with gospel-centered resources aimed at strengthening your faith and serving the church. Registering for a free Crossway+ membership makes it more convenient and affordable than ever to purchase directly from Crossway.
Who is Scott Swain and why is Orlando the greatest and most magical place on earth? [0:00 - 8:40]
Analogies and the trinity [8:40 - 12:10]
20th Century evangelicalism and the doctrine of the trinity [12:10 - 20:45]
What is biblicism? [20:45 - 23:53]
Relations of origin and the persons of the trinity [23:53 - 29:30]
Why we should reject social trinitarianism [29:30 - 31:31]
The work of the Holy Spirit and revivalistic-charismatic movements [34:55 - 38:21]
A tool-kit of systematic theology categories and terms [38:21 - 49:12]
The drama behind the filioque [49:12 - 50:50]
How should pastors communicate these orthodox categories to their congregations? [50:50 - 57:35]
Resources on the Doctrine of the Trinity:
The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders
The Wonderful Works of God by Herman Bavinck
The Essential Trinity: New Testament Foundations and Practical Relevance by Carl Trueman and Brandon Crowe
On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus
Retrieving Eternal Generation by Scott Swain and Fred Sanders
Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves
Dogmatic Theology by William Shedd
Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One by Philip Ryken
The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology) by Sinclair Ferguson
|Oct 28, 2020|
Why Christians Should Be More Involved with Politics
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Jeff McAlvey joins Kevin and Justin to discuss the Christian’s role in politics. Jeff worked closely with Michigan Governor John Engler in the 90s, oversaw the state appropriations process when Governor Engler was the Senate Majority Leader, and started a lobbying group after his time in Washington DC. Listen in as Kevin, Justin, and Jeff unravel some of the misconceptions around politics in America and offer advice on how church members can love their neighbors and be more politically involved in their local communities.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway book we want to highlight this week is, When the Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture (Suffering and the Christian Life, Volume 1) by Mark Talbot. When the Starts Disappear engages the topic of suffering, not only through Reformed theological and philosophical insights but with profound biblical reflection and personal experience through the author himself.
Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting by Ronald Baily and Marian Tupy
What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics by O. Carter Snead
Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
|Oct 21, 2020|
Team Compassion vs. Team Courage
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Justin, and Collin are back together to discuss some of the more pressing issues facing the church today: sexual misconduct and allegations, this time concerning the late Ravi Zacharius, friendless pastors, the curse of fame, dangers facing the church from “the Right” and “the Left,” and helpful books for forming one’s political philosophy.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway titles we want to highlight in this episode are the ESV Scripture Journals (Illuminated Scripture Journals and the Greek Scripture Journal ). Bible readers can take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture
These thin, portable, long-lasting notebooks are great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a sermon series.
Our attempts at journaling [0:00 - 10:34]
The sexual misconduct and allegations of Ravi Zacharius [10:34 - 37:10]
Agreeing and disagreeing on the dangers facing Reformed(ish) Evangelicalism [37:10 - 1:01:14]
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell
Christ and the Kingdoms of Men: Foundations of Political Life by David C. Innes
Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davidson Hunter
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Article: Why The Young Hate The Torries by Ed West
Article: Unequally Woked by Samuel James
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
America in the King Years (3 book series) by Taylor Branch
|Oct 07, 2020|
The Greatest Modern Reformed Theologian
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Dr. James Eglinton joins Kevin to discuss his latest work, Bavinck: A Critical Biography.
Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volume Set) by Herman Bavinck
The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy by David Fergusson and Mark Elliot
|Sep 30, 2020|
The Religious Fervor of American Politics
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, and Justin discuss the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Classic liberalism and its critics, which books were most formative in their youth, and what career they each would have chosen if not for the ones they are in now.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is the ESV Every Day Bible: 365 Readings through the Whole Bible. This bible was designed from the ground up to be an inviting daily-reading Bible, to help readers achieve their goal of reading through the Bible in a year.
Know What You Believe by Paul Little
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors by Martin Lloyd-Jones
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism by Carl Henry
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
Comeback by Dave Dravecky
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics) by St. Augustine
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
|Sep 23, 2020|
We Are in the Time of Judges, Not Revival
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, and Justin discuss the writing process, how things have exponentially changed in the online Christian writing space, what books have most recently moved them, which pastor biographies are their favorite, and what message the church needs to hear most in 2020. And if nuanced discussions on culture, books, and theology don't quite do it for you, be sure to tune in to hear the guys give their best Chris Farley impressions.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway, a publisher whose goal is to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp. For every celebrity pastor exiting the ministry in the spotlight, there are many more lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Tripp draws on his decades of ministry experience to give churches twelve gospel principles necessary to combat this leadership crisis. Each of these principles, built upon characteristics such as humility, dependency, and accountability, will enable new and experienced leaders alike to focus their attention on the ultimate leadership model: the gospel.
What did you do on Labor Day? | Crossway sponsorship: Lead by Paul David Tripp [0:00 - 11:48] - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/gospelbound/leaders-who-wont-flame-out/
Changes in Online Christian Writing [11:48 - 38:46]
What is the last book that moved you? [38:46 - 54:05]
Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America by Shelby Steele
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund
The chapter on Adoption in Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Favorite Pastor Biographies:
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain Murray
Disciplines of a Godly Man (Updated Edition) by R. Kent Hughes
The message that the church needs to hear in 2020 [54:05 - 1:08:00]
|Sep 16, 2020|
4 Questions for Divisive Topics
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin shares four questions to ask regarding the most divisive topics in the church today: voting, police shootings, and Coronavirus.
Kevin also shares 4 book recommendations of some of the most recent and enjoyable titles he has read through.
This episode is sponsored by Crossway, a publisher whose goal is to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is Unfolding Grace: 40 Guided Readings through the Bible; discover the overarching storyline of God's Word as it is revealed through forty Scripture readings drawn from key points in the biblical narrative. Each passage, coupled with brief and accessible commentary, will help you follow God's grace as it unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. Unfolding Grace includes 40 illustrations by Peter Voth, excerpts discussing the flow of God’s plan of redemption, a single-column format, a smyth-sewn binding, and a Study guide.
The Morality of Laughter by F. H. Buckley
The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences by Jason A. Josephson Storm
4 questions to ask when discussing voting [22:31 - 34:52]
4 questions to ask when discussing the Coronavirus [42:05 - 54:25]
|Sep 09, 2020|
Discerning My Vocation, with Julius Kim
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor are joined by Dr. Julius Kim—President of The Gospel Coalition—to discuss each other’s seminary experiences, issues in evangelicalism, how to discern one’s vocational calling, how to be a better preacher, and, last but not least, which books have been most influential in the life and ministry of Dr. Kim.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway, a publisher whose goal is to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is, Weep With Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation by Mark Vroegop, with contributions by Thabiti Anyabwile, Trillia Newbell, Jarvis Williams, John Onwuchekwa, Collin Hansen, Mika Edmondson, and more. In an effort to bridge the canyon of misunderstanding, insensitivity, and hurt, Mark Vroegop writes about the practice of lament. Vroegop invites readers to mourn with him over the brokenness that has caused division and to use lament to begin the journey toward a diverse and united church. Pick up your copy of Weep With Me by Mark Vroegop today.
Weep With Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation by Mark Vroegop [0:00 - 1:43]
Where we went to seminary and the different branches in evangelicalism [1:43 - 27:58]
Wrestling with my vocational calling [27:58 - 39:38]
How to become a better preacher [39:38 - 52:10]
What books most influenced Julius Kim over the years and what he is reading now [52:10 - 58:07]
Julius Kim’s prior wedding band career [58:07 - 1:06:38]
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Reformed Theology in America: A History of Its Modern Development by David F. Wells
|Sep 02, 2020|
Tears Do Not Equal Repentance
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, and Justin discuss the recent scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr. and the difference between a therapeutic confession and one that admits guilt and sin, what habits of rest and recreation they practice, what their favorite biblical commentaries are, and lastly, they discuss Samuel James's article, "Which Enemy? Which Doorstep?"
The Jerry Falwell Jr. Scandal [3:10 - 15:55]
Habits of rest, recreation, and sabbath [15:55 - 36:50]
Favorite Commentaries [36:50 - 59:48]
Multi-Directional Leadership [59:48 - 1:10:08]
New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson
ESV Study Bible by Crossway
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by D. A. Carson and G. K. Beale
Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church by Collin Hansen
Introducing the Old Testament: A Short Guide to Its History and Message by Tremper Longman
The Pillar New Testament Commentary (14 Volumes) from Eerdmans
Preaching the Word: New Testament Set by R. Kent Hughs
Reformed Expository Commentary Series from P&R Publishing
Tyndale Commentary Series from IVP Academic
ESV Expository Commentary Book Series from Crossway
The IVP Bible Dictionary Series from IVP Academic
|Aug 26, 2020|
Whom Am I Risking For?
Season 2 of Life and Books and Everything is here! Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, and Collin Hansen sit down together to discuss their summer reading lists, how to balance the need for safety and the need to trust God's sovereignty in the pandemic, Grace Community Church and their choice to gather indoors for services in California, and should the Big 10 have canceled?
Introduction + Book Giveaway Announcement with Crossway [0:00 - 4:50]
Summer Reading [4:50 - 29:47]
Collin's summer reading:
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz
The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross
Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paull David Tripp
Justin's summer reading:
Redeeming the Great Emancipator by Allen C. Guelzo
Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo
Kevin's summer reading:
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney
|Aug 19, 2020|
In Memory of J. I. Packer
Originally released on July 17th, 2020, in this special episode of 'Life and Books and Everything,' Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor remember their friend J. I. Packer as they share about his influence broadly and personally.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 4
Originally released on May 12th, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss the following: an airing of grievances in honor of Frank Costanza, how to accept criticism, the unique challenges of social media, best books on preaching and ministry, books we re-read, and what makes for bad preaching.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 5 - Conspiracy Theories, Parallels Between COVID-19 and 2004, Expertise and Authority, and Favorite Biographies
Originally released on May 20th, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor cover the following in the 5th episode of 'Life and Books and Everything': an airing of gratitude, conspiracy theories, parallels between COVID-19 and 2004, expertise and authority, our favorite biographies, and which biographies we’d like to write.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 6 - George Floyd and Books on Policing, Justice, and Civil Rights
Originally released on June 2nd, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss George Floyd, the need for leaders with character, and books they recommend related to policing, justice, and civil rights.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 7 - Disagreements About Systematic Racism, How to Approach History, and Recommended Books on Slavery
Originally released on June 10th, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss the morality of laughter, the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, their disagreements about systematic racism, how to approach history, and their recommended books on slavery.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 8 - Tearing Down Statues, Kneeling During the National Anthem, the Imago Dei, Favorite Writers
Originally released on June 16th, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss the tearing down of statues, kneeling during the National Anthem, what it means that we're made in the image of God, their favorite writers, and how to avoid bad writing.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 9 - Five Books to Take On a Desert Island, Why The News Makes You Dumb, and Why Politics is the True National Pastime
Originally released on June 23rd, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss the five books they would take on a desert island, why the news makes you dumb, and why politics is the true national pastime.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 10 - Cancel Culture, The Inner-Ring, New Statues That Should Be Built, and Summer Reading Lists
Originally released on July 1st, 2020, Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss cancel culture, the inner-ring, new statues that they think should be built, and their summer reading lists.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 3
Originally released on May 5th, 2020, this episode of 'Life and Books and Everything' admittedly covers too much of "everything," ranging from Star Wars to Mother's Day to infertility to regional U.S. differences to the COVID-19 re-open to social media as the message to how we read and retain and more.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 2
Originally released on April 27th, 2020, this is episode 2 of the first season of 'Life and Books and Everything,' with Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Season 1: Episode 1
|Aug 10, 2020|
A short piece about what to expect when you listen to Life and Books and Everything.
|Aug 05, 2020|