Life and Books and Everything is a podcast hosted by Kevin DeYoung where discussions center on, well, life and books and everything. As a church pastor and theology professor, Kevin loves to talk about faith, theology, history, current events, and the occasional hot topic. The format for LBE includes interviews with leading authors and thinkers, recurring conversations with Justin Taylor and Collin Hansen, and the occasional solo musing from Kevin. Listen in and we hope you will learn something, laugh a little, and get some good book recommendations along the way.
The Darkness Does Not Win
With so many sad things in our world, it can be difficult to see any bright spots. This article reminds Christians of the hope of Christmas.
A Plea to Pastors: Don’t Cancel Church on Christmas
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin reads his article from The Gospel Coalition and pleads with pastors not to cancel Christmas services this year.
A People of Public Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Life and Books and Everything! In this episode, Kevin reads from his recent article in WORLD Opinions about the history of an American holiday and the opportunity it presents to Christians to display their thankfulness.
The Process of Church Disestablishment in America with Jonathan Den Hartog
If you love long words like antidisestablishmentarianism and are looking for a deep dive into history, then this episode is for you. Jonathan is a professor at Samford University who specializes in the founding era of American history. He joins Kevin to talk about the 50 years process by which the American states ended their church establishments. Find out how it happened, why it happened, and why it did not happen (hint: it wasn’t because secularism was winning out over Christianity).
0:00 Intro and Sponsor
1:09 Guest: Jonathan Den Hartog
4:56 Religion and Disestablishment in the American States
13:49 Secularism or Religious Liberty?
39:39 Presbyterian Perspectives
44:58 Freed from Worldly Cares
49:04 Liberal Religion in Massachusetts
54:11 "Doing History"
Disestablishment and Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States
Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Second Coming of Christ
Life and Ministry with Mark Dever
In this fun, punchy, and (hopefully) edifying conversation, Kevin interviews his good friend, Mark Dever, about his conversion, his ministry on Capitol Hill, whether you have to be an extrovert to evangelize, and why Kevin likes G.K. Chesterton and Mark doesn’t.
Intro, Guest, and Sponsor [0:00-4:21]
Does Membership Make Churches Unfriendly? [4:22-8:58]
Dever's Youth and Conversion [8:59-15:13]
Practicals for Evangelism [15:14-19:14]
Dever's Later Education [19:15-25:42]
Ministry in DC [25:43-36:16]
Dever's Influences [36:17-40:22]
Strengths and Weaknesses [40:23-44:10]
Presbyterians and Baptists [44:11-48:14]
Liberty, Pandora, and the Serpent
Was America founded on purely Christian principles and ideals? Or, were the founding fathers simply trying to prevent corruption and preserve the sanctity of consciousness?
In this article for WORLD opinions, Kevin discusses three observable pillars that make up the famous and crucial founding principles of America’s heritage.