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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.

    Evangelism, with William Taylor

    Evangelism, with William Taylor

    From the 2021 Faithful Conference, Kevin interviews keynote speaker William Taylor. Taylor is the rector of St. Helen’s Church in Bishopsgate, London. There is a lot of fun banter, book recommendations, and a wealth of advice about evangelism, but what shines through most clearly is William Taylor’s firm faith in the Word of God to accomplish the mission of the church.
    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:
    William Taylor [0:00 – 3:23]
    End the Confusion! [3:23 – 4:56]
    Conversion Story [4:56 – 10:27]
    Hospitality [10:27 – 14:26]
    Personal Miscellany [14:26 – 17:59]
    St. Helen’s and Dick Lucas [17:59 – 26:02]
    Teaching and Planting in England [26:02 – 32:35]
    Christian America [32:35 – 35:19]
    The Word: One to One [35:19 – 39:32]
    Evangelism Advice [39:32 – 46:03]
    Lightning Round: Books! [46:03 – 56:13]

    Books and Everything:
    By William Taylor:
    The Word: One to One
    Revolutionary Work: What's the point of the 9 to 5?
    Read, Mark, Learn series
    On Evangelism:
    Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, by J.I. Packer
    Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
    Questioning Evangelism, Second Edition: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did, by Randy Newman
    Know and Tell the Gospel, by John Chapman
    Evangelism As a Lifestyle: Reaching Into Your World With the Gospel, by Jim Petersen
    True Devotion: In Search of Authentic Spirituality, by Allan Chapple
    Funny:
    The Jeeves & Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse

    • 56 min
    'A Theology of Paul and His Letters,' with Dr. Douglas Moo

    'A Theology of Paul and His Letters,' with Dr. Douglas Moo

    Dr. Douglas Moo, theologian and professor at Wheaton, joins Kevin, Collin, and Justin to talk about his new and substantial contribution, A Theology of Paul and His Letters. Weighing in at 784 pages, there is a lot to unpack. Among the topics they cover are: how to balance text and tradition, the biggest change in Pauline theology, Paul’s instructions on the family and sex, the work of N.T. Wright, and how substitution makes everything work.
    Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of Good News of Great Joy, by John Piper, containing twenty-five short devotional readings from John Piper aim to help you keep Christ at the center of the Advent season.
    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 Thanksgiving Means in Michigan [0:00 – 2:12]
    Dr. Douglas J. Moo [2:12 – 7:32]
    Text and Tradition in Theology [7:32 – 15:17]
    What is the biggest recent change in Pauline theology? [15:17 – 19:29]
    Same Text; Different Takes [19:29 – 29:26]
    Traditional Conclusions [29:26 – 34:05]
    Women and the Home [34:05 – 37:45]
    Sexual Mores Conflict [37:45 – 41:08]
    A Glaring Omission [41:08 – 44:25]
    On N.T. Wright [44:25 – 49:07]
    New Realm [49:07 – 51:57]
    Substitutionary Atonement [51:57 – 55:24]
    The Gagging of God, by D.A. Carson [55:24 – 1:01:45]
    Books and Everything:
    A Theology of Paul and His Letters: The Gift of the New Realm in Christ, by Dr. Douglas Moo
    Other books by Dr. Moo

    • 1 hr 1 min
    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

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