Life and Books and Everything is a podcast hosted by Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, and Collin Hansen where discussions are centered on, well, life and books and a little bit of everything.
On any given episode, Kevin, Justin, and Collin may end up discussing sports, movies, politics, history, ministry, or current events. You’ll get some serious stuff, some humor, and some wonderful recommendations on outstanding Midwestern cuisine.
Mostly, you’ll hear about books—books we like, books we don’t like, books we want to read, books we want to write, books we want on a desert island, books for pastors and leaders, books for moms and dads, fiction books, theology books, history books, philosophy books, new books, old books—you get the idea.
And from time to time, we interview Christian leaders to talk about the books they’ve written and the books they’re reading.
We hope you’ll stop by and spend some time with us as well on Life and Books and Everything.
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 –56:16]
Against lament? [56:16 – 57:50]
Family shapes theology. [57:50 – 1:03:00]
Books and Everything:
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, ExpressiveIndividualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, by Carl R. Trueman
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,by David VanDrunen
Hands Across the Aisle
“The Fury of the Fatherless,” by Mary Eberstadt, First Things
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
Dr. Duncan’s Class on Covenant Theology in the RTS App (iOS | Android)
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
What the 2020 Election Means
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, &Justin wrestle with the current state of the 2020 election. Why doesn’t it seemto be a clear victory for the Left or the Right? What does it mean for thechurch? Does your vote have an inherent meaning, or is it entirely dependentupon your intentions? And they do indulge in just the right amount of rankpunditry.
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?[59:06 – 1:08:49]
Book & Music Recommendations:
The old, red United Methodist Hymnal
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Valley of Vision
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
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]Is it true that we often forget the Holy Spirit in our discussions of the trinity? [31:31 - 34:55]
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:
St. Patrick's Bad Analogies
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
Is Jesus Truly God?: How the Bible Teaches the Divinity of Christ by Greg Lanier
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.
God's Design for the Church: A Guide for African Pastors and Ministry Leaders by Conrad Mbewe
Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz
Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels' Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism by Matthew Thiessen
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
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] Books to help inform a political philosophy [1:01:14 - 1:18:33]
The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of Christianity and Politics by Greg Forster
Political Visions & Illusions: A Survey & Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies by David T. Koyzis
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin
Christ and the Kingdoms of Men: Foundations of Political Life by David C. Innes
The Federalist Papers
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
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
America in the King Years (3 book series) by Taylor Branch