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Dec 11 2010

Featured Podcast: Steve Brown Etc.

  • 16 January 2017: All in on Grace – Matt Johnson – Forgiveness is a nice idea until someone hurts you badly enough to need it. But our demands for changed behavior before we forgive will clog our arteries with bitterness and kill relationships. It’s better to bet everything on grace and just let it go. Join Steve and the crew as they get to know Key Life author Matt Johnson and talk about forgiveness and his post, Sorry Not Sorry. They also talk some about his upcoming book, Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity. Matt is a husband, a father to two little girls, and an armchair student of theology. He is a freelance writer and editor with a penchant for redemptive snark. Until recently, Matt spent seven years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry.
  • 9 January 2017: Lost & Found – Kendra Fletcher – Kendra Fletcher is a homeschooling mother of eight who had it all together. Everything was dialed in—the right schooling, the right theology, the right church. Then it all fell apart and her family learned that being “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Join Kendra on Steve Brown, Etc. to hear her story and get a sneak peek into her upcoming Key Life/New Growth Press book, Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace (click to preorder). You’ll go from feeling woefully inadequate to celebrating God’s radical grace. In her free time from homeschooling, Kendra is a popular conference speaker, author, and co-host of the podcast Homeschooling in Real Life. Seriously, she really is a Key Life author. Check out Kendra’s author page at KeyLife.org.
  • 2 January 2017: Mister Preacher – Chad West – Chad West used to be a pastor. When that life fell apart, he loaded the few possessions he cared about into the back seat of his car, gave away or burned the rest, and drove off to start over with no real plan except to follow his heart. Join Chad on Steve Brown, Etc. to hear his story and get a sneak peek into his upcoming Key Life/New Growth Press book, The Lies We Live. If you’re wishing you had the faith for a fresh start in 2017, Chad’s story will either inspire you or really freak you out. Chad is the anti-social social media guy for Key Life. In addition to being a former pastor, Chad has a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling and he’s the author of the science fiction book, Fade. Hang out with him online at MisterPreacher.com and check out Chad’s author page at KeyLife.org.
  • 26 December 2016: Wholeheartedness – Dr. Chuck DeGroat (Re-Air) – Here’s a tough pill to swallow: Underneath all your busyness and exhaustion is the fear that you’re too fatally flawed to pull it all off. The toxin of shame drives you to prove to yourself and the world that you have what it takes. Then, frenzied and pulled in a thousand different directions, you look for rest and peace in all the wrong places. Sorry, but your new time management app ain’t gonna fix that mess. You need wholeheartedness. Join Dr. Chuck DeGroat on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self. What if finding the rest and peace we long for is as easy as failing and falling into wholeness? Dr. DeGroat is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He’s also the author of Toughest People to Love and Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places. P.S. Click here to read what SBE producer, Erik Guzman, wrote about Wholeheartedness.
  • 19 December 2016: Because of Bethlehem – Max Lucado – When life gets hard, it’s comforting that God knows what it’s like to be human. He didn’t sit on the outside looking in on our suffering. His love for us compelled him to become one of us, and now we have a sympathetic King on the throne in heaven. Join Max Lucado on this special Christmas edition of Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here. He just might get you to love Christmas as much as he does. More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.
  • 12 December 2016: The New Activist – Eddie Kaufholz – It’s never been easier to end up overwhelmed by all the injustice in the world. Just scrolling through the news feeds on our phones can leave us both stirred to action and simultaneously discouraged that our little bit will make any difference in the face of so much evil and suffering. But there are effective and fulfilling ways to move from observer to activist. Join Eddie Kaufholz from the International Justice Mission podcast, The New Activist, on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun conversation about inspiring action that changes lives. Eddie speaks, teaches, and writes about relationships, seasons of life, marriage, dating, parenting, the church, and theology. Connect with him on EddieKaufholz.com and visit IJM.org to find our more about the amazing work of International Justice Mission.
  • 5 December 2016: A Mirror Dimly – Zach Bolen – When trusted spiritual leaders fall, when we watch the innocent suffer, when death hits home… hard questions often give way to doubt. That can be scary for people who define themselves by their faith. Join Zach Bolen, lead singer for Citizens and Saints, on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about doubt, faith, and putting it all to music on their new record A Mirror Dimly. You’ll hear that doubt is a normal part of faith and how God’s unconditional love frees us to struggle honestly without fear of slipping into the darkness. Visit CitizensAndSaints.com and ZachBolen.com for the latest from Zach, and check out Citizens and Saints on YouTube.
  • 28 November 2016: Life with a Capital L – Matt Heard – Religion will make you weird (or worse). That’s why, when you think about being godly, it’s good to remember that God’s big idea was to become human. Join Matt Heard on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity. Hear that Jesus didn’t come to show us how to deny our humanity, but rather celebrate it! If you’re sick of merely existing, this one will help you live life to the full. Matt Heard was the senior pastor at Woodmen Valley Chapel for twelve years. He is now a speaker, writer, and consultant. Connect with Matt at MattHeard.org.
  • 21 November 2016: Home – Elyse Fitzpatrick (Re-Air) – When people think of heaven, they often picture a place “up there” with polished halos, fat, winged babies with harps, and lots of cloud-pavement. What if, instead, heaven will be on earth, but better? Join Elyse Fitzpatrick on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings.  Elyse holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored over 20 books on daily living and the Christian life, including Found in Him, Because He Loves Me, and Comforts from Romans. Don’t miss your chance to join Elyse and Steve Brown at the Grace Encounter Conference in Orlando, March 15-17. Visit GraceEncounterConference.com for information and registration.
  • 14 November 2016: The New Believer’s Guide – Alex Early – If you could go back in time to when you first became a Christian and impart some wisdom to yourself, what would it be? Maybe you’d advise against wearing that “turn or burn” T-shirt with the Energizer Bunny on it. You could comfort your zealous young self who just threw away his entire collection of secular CDs with the knowledge that one day God would send Spotify to make things right. Just think of all the pain that could be avoided. Join Alex Early on Steve Brown, Etc., because until we invent time travel, the next best thing is his new book, The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life: What Will Change, What Won’t, and Why It Matters. The Christianese Glossary alone is worth the price of admission. Alex Early serves Redemption Church in Seattle and is the author of The Reckless Love of God. He’s also a sought-after speaker. (Don’t miss your chance to join Alex and Steve Brown at the Grace Encounter Conference in Orlando, March 15-17. Visit GraceEncounterConference.com for information and registration.)
  • 7 November 2016: Finding God in the Waves – Mike McHargue – Mike McHargue knows the pain of losing faith. While a deacon in a Baptist church, a personal crisis drove him to the Bible. Instead of answers, he found more questions and became an atheist. But that’s just the beginning of Mike’s miraculous story. Join “Science Mike” from the podcasts The Liturgists Podcast and Ask Science Mike as he talks about his new book, Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. If you’ve ever experienced doubt or unraveling belief, don’t miss this episode of Steve Brown, Etc. Mike McHargue is a popular podcaster, blogger, and in-demand speaker who uses his story to help people know God in an age of science.
  • 31 October 2016: Good & Angry – David Powlison – Doesn’t it irk you that everyone is so angry? From our news feeds to our offices to our families, we can’t escape it. Then we join in and hurt those we love most with words and actions we can’t take back. How could anger ever be good and redemptive? Join David Powlison on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness. There is a path toward a faithful and fruitful expression of anger over how things have gone so wrong. David Powlison is Executive Director of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and a counselor with over thirty years of experience. He has written a number of books and is the editor of The Journal of Biblical Counseling.
  • 24 October 2016: Parenting with Grace – Paul Tripp – The love parents have for their children can easily turn into pressure to do everything right, to make sure they grow up good and godly (or at the very least get straight As and become captain of the soccer team). What does it look like to parent without the burden of producing “perfect” children? Join Paul Tripp on Steve Brown, Etc. for help from his new book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. God’s grace to us and through us as parents will set our families free! Dr. Paul David Tripp is a best-selling author and the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He’s the author of Dangerous Calling, New Morning Mercies, Awe, and What Did You Expect?
  • 17 October 2016: Look – Jim Gilmore – Changing the way you see the world can change everything. But how? How can we overcome biases we don’t even know we have and gain new perspective? For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, let them join Jim Gilmore on Steve Brown, Etc. for an enlightening discussion of his new book, Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills. Jim Gilmore is the co-founder of Strategic Horizons and an astute cultural observer. His other books include the highly influential, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage and Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want.
  • 10 October 2016: Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel – Ray Ortlund – Marriage is a big deal, but maybe not for the reasons you think. When two imperfect people make vows of unfailing love, they are doing way more than committing to a lifetime together. They are revealing eternity. Join Ray Ortlund on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. Find hope in the grace and unending love of God as marriage gives us a glimpse of his passionate union with a broken creation. Ray Ortlund is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s the author of several books and a contributor to the ESV Study Bible.
  • 3 October 2016: Every Season Prayers – Scotty Smith – True spirituality is simply desperation, and a meaningful prayer life can feel a lot like gasping for air. Because of God’s love and radical grace, you can be more real and raw with him than you ever imagined. Join Scotty Smith on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks with Steve and the crew about his new book, Every Season Prayers: Gospel-Centered Prayers for the Whole of Life. If your prayer life is on life support, this one’s for you. Scotty Smith is founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He is now teacher in residence at West End Community Church in Nashville. Scotty also serves as an adjunct professor at five seminaries and is the author of several books.
  • 26 September 2016: Living Love in Disasters – Curt Moore – Devastating hurricanes, catastrophic flooding, whole communities left in ruins… where is God when disaster strikes? Those standing in the muck get to see him. They have eyes to see who’s driving the trucks full of water and food. They see teams with shovels and drywall from churches in other states, and they know. They see him in the tearful smiles of grateful new friends. Join disaster response specialist, Curt Moore, on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about how God shows up in the worst disasters. Love is alive and well in places where most of us wouldn’t choose to go. Curt Moore is the Mission to North America Disaster Response Specialist for the Gulf Coast Region and Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida.
  • 19 September 2016: Being There – Dave Furman – Dave Furman grew up loving Taekwondo, and playing tennis and football, but 10 years ago he developed a nerve disorder in his arms that left him disabled and in constant pain. Dave wanted to change the world, but he couldn’t even change his pants. And then depression set in. Join Dave Furman on Steve Brown, Etc. as he tells his story and shares the lessons learned in his book, Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting. If you or someone you love is suffering, don’t miss this interview. Dave Furman is the founding pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in United Arab Emirates, which serves people from over 60 nationalities from around the world.
  • 12 September 2016: The Art of Law and Gospel – RJ Grunewald (Re-Air) – We have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that you’re a lot worse than you think. The good news is that God’s grace is bigger than you can think. Join RJ Grunewald on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, The Art of Law and Gospel. God has spoken two words, Law and Gospel, and we need each one for different reasons. Listen to hear the hopeful truth that God’s mind-blowing love is only seen in the face of our unloveliness. RJ serves as Associate Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan, and he writes to make deep theology accessible to non-theologians. Connect with RJ and read his writing online at rjgrune.com.
  • 5 September 2016: Of Souls and Snowflakes – Tiffany Childs – Don’t you think adopting frozen embryos should get God’s blessing? Things should go smoothly for someone who decides to offer her family and even her body to save lives, right? That’s not what happened when Tiffany Childs opened her heart and home to “snowflake babies.” Instead her heart was broken, leaving her disillusioned and angry at God for not rewarding her selflessness. Join Tiffany Childs on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book, Of Souls and Snowflakes: An Adoption Story. Seeing the darkness of our own hearts can open our eyes to God’s unconditionally loving heart for us.
  • 29 August 2016: The Perfect Woman – Lauren Larkin – If you’ve spent much time in churches, you’ve probably heard of “the Proverbs 31 woman.” Women read Proverbs 31:10-31 and either strive to emulate this ideal, or they hate her guts because they know they’ll never measure up. Time for a reality check! Join Lauren Larkin on Steve Brown, Etc. and you’ll see that Proverbs 31 doesn’t provide a checklist for the perfect woman, but rather a hopeful picture of the full restoration God will ultimately accomplish by grace. Lauren has been married to her husband Daniel for 11 years and is a mother of three. She has a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Sacred Theology, and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Zurich. Lauren is also a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Church, a popular blogger, regular writer for KeyLife.org, and the co-host of Ezer Uncaged, a podcast on grace and gender. She has obviously taken this Proverbs 31 thing pretty seriously.
  • 22 August 2016: Walking Home Together – Chaplain Mike Mercer – We all know we’re going to die, but most of us try not to think about it much. That’s too bad. Preparing for death can improve the quality of life for ourselves and those we love. Join Chaplain Michael Mercer on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Walking Home Together: Spiritual Guidance and Practical Advice for the End of Life. God’s grace really does change everything, from the way we live to the way we die. Michael Mercer is a hospice chaplain, serving patients and families with end-of-life issues. Chaplain Mike has also been lead writer for the popular blog, InternetMonk.com.
  • 15 August 2016: Kierkegaard: A Single Life – Stephen Backhouse – This week on SBE, Kierkegaard: A Single Life. No, this isn’t another book about Christian dating. It’s about “the ultimate anti-Christianity Christian” like you’ve never seen him before. Join Stephen Backhouse on Steve Brown, Etc. for a story filled with romance, betrayal, family curses, humor, and riots as he discusses his new book about the life of Kierkegaard. You’ll see that “the father of existentialism” is as relevant as ever. Stephen Backhouse is the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St. Mellitus College in London. He has published a number of books and articles on religion, history, and Kierkegaard.
  • 8 August 2016: The Art of Law and Gospel – RJ Grunewald – We have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that you’re a lot worse than you think. The good news is that God’s grace is bigger than you can think. Join RJ Grunewald on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, The Art of Law and Gospel. God has spoken two words, Law and Gospel, and we need each one for different reasons. Listen to hear the hopeful truth that God’s mind-blowing love is only seen in the face of our unloveliness. RJ serves as Associate Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan, and he writes to make deep theology accessible to non-theologians. Connect with RJ and read his writing online at rjgrune.com.
  • 1 August 2016: Home – Elyse Fitzpatrick – When people think of heaven, they often picture a place “up there” with polished halos, fat, winged babies with harps, and lots of cloud-pavement. What if, instead, heaven will be on earth, but better? Join Elyse Fitzpatrick on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings.  Elyse holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored over 20 books on daily living and the Christian life, including Found in Him, Because He Loves Me, and Comforts from Romans.
  • 25 July 2016: Etcetera GooseCast – Pastor Nar – The wild goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit: noisy, unpredictable, beautiful, and free. For the past six years, the Wild Goose Festival has been all those things as a community of spirituality, justice, music, and art converges for four days in North Carolina. Join Erik Guzman and his guest, Pastor Nar, on the GooseCast stage at the 2016 Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. In keeping with this year’s festival theme of stories that shape us, Erik and Nar tell their stories of past experiences with the Goose and talk about how Pastor Nar’s Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremony can help transform old scripts into new stories. And, of course, Erik managed to take some time to talk about his story, The Seed: A True Myth.
  • 18 July 2016: A Safe Place – John Freeman – It’s easy for straight, conservative Christians to underestimate the importance of spaces like the Pulse nightclub to the LGBTQ community. Gay bars aren’t just places to party, they provide sanctuaries from a hostile world, so a massacre like we saw in Orlando strikes at the heart of that sense of safety. Join John Freeman on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion about the spectrum of violence the LGBTQ community has endured. Instead of being on that spectrum, what if conservative Christians left our sanctuaries to love and serve the LGBTQ community in theirs? Wouldn’t that look a lot like Jesus being a safe place for all of us? John Freeman is president of Harvest USA, an organization that works to communicate the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ to a sexually broken world.
  • 11 July 2016: Grace Is Free – Marci Preheim – The church is infected with a deadly disease. Symptoms include burdensome to-do lists, conformity to arbitrary rules, and sickeningly sweet self-righteousness. Left untreated, the infection will ultimately lead to the death of faith. The good news is that the cure is free! Join Marci Preheim on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her book, Grace Is Free: One Woman’s Journey From Fundamentalism to Failure to Faith. If you’re dying inside from all the striving and people pleasing in the church, this program’s for you. In addition to being an author, Marci is a Bible teacher and co-host of the podcast Fundyland Sees Red. Connect with Marci at MarciPreheim.com.
  • 4 July 2016: Lights in the Sky & Little Green Men – Dr. Hugh Ross – Submitted for your approval, it’s the Steve Brown, Etc. Independence Day program! The movie Independence Day: Resurgence got the crew thinking about aliens, so they invited astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross to talk about his book Lights in the Sky & Little Green Men: A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials. As an astronomer, Dr. Ross has firsthand experience investigating UFO sightings, and while 99% turn out to be hoaxes or natural phenomena, he claims 1% are real. Join Dr. Ross on SBE as he makes his case that alien encounters are actually experiences of malevolent interdimensional beings. Dr. Hugh Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe (Reasons.org), an organization dedicated to integrating scientific fact and biblical faith. His books include Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Navigating Genesis, and the must-read, Beyond the Cosmos: The Extra-Dimensionality of God.
  • 27 June 2016: The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations – Mary Schaller & John Crilly – When you experience the freedom and joy that comes from realizing God’s not mad at you, it’s perfectly normal to want to share the good news. And, as it turns out, being normal is the best way to do that. Evangelism really can be as simple as a loving friendship between people who don’t share the same beliefs. Join Mary Schaller and John Crilly on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of their new book, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Walking alongside People Who Believe Differently. Mary Schaller is president of Q Place, a ministry that empowers Christians to engage in meaningful conversations about God with people who believe differently. John Crilly is a writer, poet, certified professional life coach, and former national field director for Q Place.

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