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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.

Life and Books and Everything Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor

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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.

    Evangelical Elites

    Evangelical Elites

    How do you use the term ‘elite?’ Is it positive or is it a term of derision? Elites, and especially Evangelical elites, have been criticized a lot lately. Collin, Kevin, and Justin have given this matter some consideration, and on this episode they offer their thoughts, turning the focus both internally and externally, with both positive and negative critiques. But first… books! They’ve been reading a lot. You’ll hear about productivity, theology, classic fiction, and of course a lot of history.
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of the ESV Concise Study Bible. The ESV Concise Study Bible is rich in content yet approachable and easy to carry—perfect for studying God’s Word in any context.
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE.

    Timestamps:
    Books First! [0:00 – 2:25]
    Collin is surprised. [2:25 – 7:36]
    Kevin is restrained. [7:36 – 19:18]
    Justin is almost finished. [19:18 – 28:54]
    Elites in the Spotlight [28:54 – 37:54]
    Hating on Elites [37:54 – 43:03]
    Evangelical Elites [43:03 – 46:40]
    Public Religious Research Institute Survey [46:40 – 49:08]
    Elitists Out of Step [49:08 – 53:35]
    Kevin Responds [53:35 – 58:34]
    Elites Not Reading the Room [58:34 – 1:02:11]
    The Inner Ring [1:02:11 – 1:03:15]
    Encouragement [1:03:15 – 1:07:18]

    Books and Everything:
    Collin:
    Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe--and Started the Protestant Reformation, by Andrew Pettegree
    Pilgrims and Priests: Christian Mission in a Post-Christian Society, by Stefan Paas
    Kevin:
    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, by Oliver Burkeman
    Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement, by Katy Faust and Stacy Manning
    Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body, by John W. Kleinig
    The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World, by Arthur Herman
    1984, by George Orwell
    Justin:
    Proverbs: A Shorter Commentary, by Bruce K. Waltke and Ivan D. V. De Silva
    The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom, by H.W. Brands
    Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President, by Ronald C. White
    Lonesome Dove: A Novel, by Larry McMurtry
    Articles on Elites:
    “The Galli Report 10.08.21,” by Mark Galli
    “The Failure of Evangelical Elites,” by Carl R. Trueman
    “Evangelical Elites, Fighting Each Other,” by David French
    “The Inner Ring,” by C.S. Lewis

    • 1 hr 7 min
    ‘Robert E. Lee: A Life’, with Dr. Allen Guelzo

    ‘Robert E. Lee: A Life’, with Dr. Allen Guelzo

    On this episode, Kevin interviews Civil War historian Dr. Allen Guelzo , Senior Research Scholar at Princeton. Dr. Guelzo’s new biography of Robert E. Lee paints a portrait of neither a sinner nor a saint, but a full picture of a complex human being. Dr. Guelzo is a historian with a solid theological background. He and Kevin address how General Lee could be both opposed to slavery and commit treason to defend it. The South came very close to victory: How would that have changed history? How did Lee’s fatherlessness affect his leadership? And of course they cover the question of the removal of statues. 
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of new books by Michael Reeves and Dane Ortlund . 
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE.
    Timestamps:
    Dr. Allen Guelzo, First-time Listener [1:02 – 2:47]
    Guelzo’s Other Historical Works [2:47 – 12:53]
    The Making of a Great Course [12:53 – 14:13]
    Writing a Biography of Robert E. Lee [14:13 – 19:21]
    What Movies Get Right and Wrong about Lee [19:21 – 24:47]
    “…the biography of someone who commits treason?” [24:47 – 29:24]
    A Christian Way of Doing History [29:24 – 36:18]
    Neither Saint Nor Devil [36:18 – 44:41]
    Robert, Son of the Great Light Horse Harry Lee [44:41 – 48:37]
    Before and After the War [48:37 – 51:53]
    What if the South had won? [51:33 – 58:30]
    Lee and Slavery [58:30 – 1:04:20]
    Should statues be removed? [1:04:20 – 1:09:22]

    Books and Everything:
    Robert E. Lee: A Life, by Allen Guelzo
    The Great Courses 
    Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia: 175 Years of Thinking and Acting Biblically, by Philip Graham Ryken 
    Edwards on the Will: A Century of American Theological Debate, by Allen Guelzo 
    Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President , by Allen Guelzo
    Gettysburg: The Last Invasion , by Allen Guelzo
    Redeeming the Great Emancipator , by Allen Guelzo, et al
    Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Allen Guelzo 
    Faith of the Fatherless, by Paul Vitz 
    “Of Monuments & Men,” by Allen C. Gue lzo and John M. Rudy

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Abortion, Threats to the Church, and Depicting Jesus

    Abortion, Threats to the Church, and Depicting Jesus

    In this episode Kevin and Justin take a long, hard look at abortion in America. With the new law in Texas making news, and a potential challenge to Roe v. Wade, they help us get back to basics with practical resources for changing hearts and minds regarding abortion. They also ask where the primary threat to the American church is coming from. Is it secularism from outside, or corruption and sin inside? And in a moment of light disagreement, they discuss the pro and cons of depicting Jesus in media like The Chosen. Plus, the book recommendations that are not at the top of everyone’s mind. 
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of The Death of Porn, by Ray Ortlund. 
    In The Death of Porn, Ray Ortlund writes six personal letters, as from a father to his son. Ideal for individuals and small groups, it will give hope to men who have been misled by porn into devaluing themselves and others.
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE .

    Timestamps:
    Eradicate Porn [0:00 – 2:30]
    Nebraska vs. Michigan State [2:30 – 6:06]
    Abortion [6:06 – 32:12]
    Is the greatest threat to the Church internal or external? [32:12 – 50:26]
    Problems with Depicting Jesus in The Chosen [50:26 – 1:03:01]
    Non-Top-Ten Book Recommendations [1:03:01 – 1:11:55]

    Books and Everything:
    Resources on Abortion:
    The Case for Life, by Scott Klusen dorf
    SLED argument against abortion 
    Pro-Lifers Shine on Twitter 
    Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice , by Francis Beckwith
    Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade , by Clarke Forsythe 
    Eternal Perspectives Ministries , with Randy Alcorn
    Robert P. George and Patrick Lee 
    Marvin Olasky, book on abortion forthcoming from Crossway
    Non-Top-Ten Book Recommendations:
    - From Justin:
    Commentary on the New Testament, by Robert Gundry 
    Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace , by Greg Lucas
    Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief, by Bruce Milne 
    - From Kevin:
    True Devotion: In Search of Authentic Spirituality, by Allan Chapple 
    Wisdom in Leadership, by Craig Hamilton 
    The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, J r. 
    The Everlasting Man, by G.K. Chesterto n

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Thinking Biblically About Abuse, with Jim Newheiser

    Thinking Biblically About Abuse, with Jim Newheiser

    In this episode, Kevin is joined by Dr. James Newheiser, theDirector of the Christian Counseling Program and Associate Professor ofChristian Counseling and Pastoral Theology at RTS Charlotte. Attitudes towardabuse, both inside and outside the church, have changed dramatically withinrecent generations. How can pastors deal with this issue Biblically in theircongregations? 
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of WhatGod Has to Say About Our Bodies, by Sam Allberry. 
    In What God Has to Say about Our Bodies, Sam Allberry explains that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made and should regard our physicality as a gift. He offers biblical guidance for living, including understanding gender, sexuality, and identity; dealing with aging, illness, and death; and considering the physical future hope that we have in Christ. 
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE.
    Timestamps: 
    What God Has to Say About Our Bodies [0:00 – 1:27] 
    Dr. James R. Newheiser, Jr. [1:27 – 7:01] 
    Talking About Abuse [7:01 – 12:31] 
    Defining Abuse [12:31 – 16:00] 
    Matthew 18 or Romans 13? [16:00 – 24:52] 
    Maxims That Try to Help but Cause More Hurt [24:52 – 27:03] 
    “Always believe the victim.” [27:03 – 32:14] 
    “If you feel abused, then you were abused.” [32:14 – 36:36] 
    “It’s never the victim’s fault.” [36:36 – 44:12] 
    Marital Separation [44:12 – 48:13] 
    Authority: Good and Bad [48:13 – 54:56] 
     
    Books and Everything: 
    What God Has to Say About Our Bodies, by Sam Allberry  
    When Words Matter Most: Speaking Truth with Grace to Those You Love, by Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser  

    • 54 min
    Afghanistan, Olympics, & Mars Hill

    Afghanistan, Olympics, & Mars Hill

    Catching up with friends after a long summer is one of the great joys of life. In this first episode of Season 4, Kevin, Collin, and Justin chat about some of their summer activities as well as some of the events that are currently happening in our world. They range from the serious (How should we pray for the Church in Afghanistan?) to the silly (Cornhole must become an Olympic sport!) You will discover some intriguing book recommendations too.
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ Is Essential, by Collin Hansen & Jonathan Leeman.  
    In Rediscover Church, Collin and Jonathan discuss why church is essential for believers and God’s mission. Through biblical references and personal stories, they show readers God’s true intention for corporate gathering: to spiritually strengthen members as individuals and the body of Christ. In an age of church-shopping and livestreamed services, rediscover why the future of the church relies on believers gathering regularly as the family of God. 
    In partnership with 9Marks and The Gospel Coalition, Crossway is planning to distribute 400,000 copies of Rediscover Church to Christians throughout the US and invites pastors and leaders to request 20 free print copies of the book (with free shipping) for use in their churches. Offer available while supplies last. 
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE.
    Timestamps: 
    Welcome Back [0:00 – 1:04] 
    20 Free Copies of Rediscover Church for Your Church [1:04 – 4:12] 
    Praying for the Church in Afghanistan [4:12 – 12:55] 
    Field of Dreams Game [12:55 – 21:55] 
    Olympics [21:55 – 32:01] 
    The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill [32:01 – 52:05] 
    Summer Book Report [52:05 – 1:07:09]   
    Books and Everything: 
    Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ Is Essential, by Collin Hansen & Jonathan Leeman
    Collin:
    Churchill: Walking with Destiny, by Andrew Roberts 
    Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News, by JeffreyBilbro 
    Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, byBill Haslam 
    Justin:  
    The Gospel according to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach, by Bryan Chappel 
    Daniel: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), by Paul House 
    Hearing the Message of Daniel: Sustaining Faith in Today’s World, by Christopher J.H. Wright 
    Keep in Step with the Spirit, by J. I. Packer  
    In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette,by Hampton Sides 
    After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, by Michael Ward 
    Kevin: 
    Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe, by Steven Ozment 
    Justifying Revolution: The American Clergy's Argument for Political Resistance, 1750-1776, by Gary L. Steward 
    Heralds of God, by James S. Stewart 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Meaning of America

    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.
    For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at crossway.org/LBE.  
    Timestamps: 
    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  

    • 46 min

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