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Dec 11 2010

Featured Podcast: Steve Brown Etc.

  • 20 October 2014: Ordinary – Michael Horton – Are you missing out on the radical adventure Jesus promised? What if the definition of the victorious Christian life is just keeping your nose above water? Join Michael Horton on Steve Brown, Etc. for a freeing discussion of his new book, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. You just may find that God has called you to be exactly where you already are. Michael Horton is host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The White Horse Inn. He’s also the author of more than 20 books and a professor at Westminster Seminary California.
  • 13 October 2014: Grace in Practice – Paul Zahl – You’re loved, forgiven and free! Now what? Join Paul Zahl on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life. Listen to hear how God’s radical grace changes everything from how we raise children to how we do church. Dr. Paul Zahl is a retired Episcopal priest, scholar and author. He studied at Chapel Hill, Harvard, Oxford and more. Dr. Zahl served as rector for a bunch of churches and as Dean of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Pennsylvania.
  • 6 October 2014: Jesus on Trial – David Limbaugh – Are the gospels hard evidence of the life and work of Jesus? Is it possible to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt? Join David Limbaugh on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about his new book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel. David is an attorney and law professor who subjected the Christian faith to the same scrutiny he applies in court. Listen to hear this former skeptic’s reasons to believe. In addition to being a lawyer, David Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated columnist, political commentator, author of five New York Times best-sellers and the younger brother of Rush Limbaugh. Click here for Steve’s FREE booklet, Who is Jesus?
  • 29 September 2014: Renaissance – Dr. Os Guinness – When it gets really dark, a little light will do. Get a bunch of little lights together, and you can change the world… maybe. It’s happened before, anyway.  Join Dr. Os Guinness on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about his new book, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times. Do we dare to hope that better times are ahead? Dr. Guinness is a prominent social critic and the author or editor of more than 30 books, including A Free People’s Suicide, The Call and The Case for Civility. He’s the founder of the Trinity Forum and drafter of The Global Charter of Conscience and An Evangelical Manifesto.
  • 22 September 2014: Killing Lions – John & Sam Eldredge – “You are not alone. It’s not all up to you. You are going to find your way.”  Those are words we all need to hear, especially those of us who think we don’t need to hear them. This week on Steve Brown, Etc., join John Eldredge and his son, Sam, as they talk about their new book, Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face. Listen to hear wisdom from a series of conversations between a young man in his twenties and his best-selling-author-of-books-on-men dad. John Eldredge is a counselor and director of Ransomed Heart. His books include Wild at Heart, Epic and Beautiful Outlaw.  Along with his two brothers, Sam Eldredge publishes AndSonsMagazine.com for men.
  • 15 September 2014: The Gospel of Wisdom – Michael Card – Wisdom may not always come with age, but it rarely comes without it. Join Michael Card on Steve Brown, Etc. to find out what we can learn from Jesus’ longest-surviving apostle… no, not Steve Brown, the Apostle John! Michael Card has just released the fourth book in his Biblical Imagination Series, John: The Gospel of Wisdom. Listen to find out what Biblical Imagination is, why it’s so important and what it can reveal about the book of John. With 19 #1 singles and over 20 albums to his credit, Michael Card also has a master’s degree in biblical studies and is the award-winning author of A Sacred Sorrow, Scribbling in the Sand and A Violent Grace. Visit MichaelCard.com for more from the Biblical Imagination Series and Michael’s new companion album to John: The Gospel of Wisdom.
  • 8 September 2014: Relaxing with God – Andrew Farley – Despite what you may have heard at church this weekend, you don’t have to do more or be more to make God happy. Isn’t that a relief? Join Andrew Farley on Steve Brown, Etc. for a radically freeing discussion of his new book Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline. Kick back with the God who’s already quite pleased (and doesn’t need your help), and you just might find yourself doing more and being more than you ever imagined. Then again, maybe not. Relax anyway. Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Church Without Religion and the best-selling author of The Naked Gospel, God without Religion, Heaven is Now, and The Hurt and the Healer. Connect with Andrew at AndrewFarley.org.
  • 1 September 2014: The Wonder-Working God – Jared Wilson – Walking on water, multiplying the fish and loaves, people coming back from the dead; do you believe in miracles? Jared Wilson is on Steve Brown, Etc. this week to talk about his new book, The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles. Join him for a behind-the-veil look at what Jesus was up to with all the neat stuff he did. Jared is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Vermont and he blogs at Gospel Driven Church. He’s also the author of The Pastor’s Justification, Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, and Gospel Deeps. Don’t miss Jared on SBE talking about his book, The Storytelling God.
  • 25 August 2014: Navigating Genesis – Dr. Hugh Ross – Does the Bible teach scientific nonsense? Does it teach anything about science at all? Dr. Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who works to harmonize the Bible with the facts of nature. He gets heat from uptight Christians and uptight scientists, so he must be doing something right. Join Dr. Ross on Steve Brown, Etc. for a lively discussion about his new book, Navigating Genesis: A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1-11. Dr. Hugh Ross has a degree in physics from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto. He’s the founder of Reasons to Believe and the author of a number of books including The Fingerprint of God, The Creator and the Cosmos, Beyond the Cosmos and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is.
  • 18 August 2014: Charis – Dr. Preston Sprinkle – There’s so much death and destruction in the Old Testament followed by all the love and forgiveness in the New Testament, it’s easy to think that God might have a split personality. Dr. Preston Sprinkle is on Steve Brown, Etc. this week to explain, and discuss his new book, Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us. Listen to hear how God really has been all about grace from the get-go. Dr. Sprinkle is director of Eternity Bible College’s extension site in Boise, Idaho. He co-authored The New York Times bestselling Erasing Hell with Francis Chan and is the author of the recently published Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence.
  • 11 August 2014: Know the Heretics – Justin Holcomb – Stop by Steve Brown, Etc. this week and get to know the heretics. No, not Steve and the crew! Those other guys. What is heresy? What are Christianity’s bedrock beliefs? Where’s the line? What kind of wacky stuff do you need to believe before you’re no longer a Christian? Join Dr. Justin Holcomb as he breaks down dogma and discusses his books, Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils. Justin Holcomb is a regular on Steve Brown, Etc., an Episcopal priest and adjunct professor of theology, philosophy and Christian thought at both Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary.   For more from Justin Holcomb, read his post “Heresy and a Call for Humility.”
  • 4 August 2014: Fauxthenticity & True Identity – Jim Gilmore – Who are you, really? Are you what you eat? Are you what you experience? Are you the stuff you buy? Are you your church? Join Jim Gilmore on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with him about his article in The Mockingbird, “True Colors: Car Choices, Food Sources, and the Fauxthenticity of Our Times.” We’re all cobbling together our identities out of what we do, what we drive, where we live, what kind of church we attend (or don’t attend), what we purchase, who we associate with… it’s exhausting. Take a break from all that and listen to this episode of SBE for a glimpse of your true identity.* Jim Gilmore is a big-time business guy (Harvard Business Review, WSJ, etc.) who specializes in cultural interpretation. He’s the co-author of Experience Economy and Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want. Jim is also a visiting lecturer at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the co-founder of Strategic Horizons. *Even if you don’t listen, share this program so the world knows you’re the kind of person who listens to Steve Brown, Etc.
  • 28 July 2014: Joy for the World – Greg Forster (Re-Air) – “The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost…” – Galadriel It’s pretty clear that this ain’t your religious right dad’s America. Christians have lost much of our power, money and influence. Maybe now we’ll have to do it Jesus’ way. Join Greg Forster on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with him about his new book, Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It. Greg is a program director at the Kern Family Foundation and a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for educational choice. He’s the author of six books and writes on theology, politics, economics and education.
  • 21 July 2014: The Pastor’s Kid – Barnabas Piper – Pastors’ kids grow up in a fish bowl, everyone in the church is watching them. Pastors’ kids are watching, too, and what they see often leads to a crisis of faith. Barnabas Piper is the son of best-selling author and pastor, John Piper, and he’s on Steve Brown, Etc. this week to talk about his new book, The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity. Whether you’re a pastor’s kid, a pastor or a struggling believer, join us to hear the one thing we all need to live in true freedom. Barnabas Piper writes for World Magazine and blogs at BarnabasPiper.com. 
  • 14 July 2014: Girl at the End of the World – Elizabeth Esther (Re-Air) – Elizabeth Esther grew up absolutely sure that she wouldn’t live past the age of 11. The fundamentalist church run by her family believed that the world would end in 1988. While she waited for the apocalypse, her family’s efforts to break her will through spankings worked, but other things were broken, too. Bad religion will mess you up good.  Join Elizabeth Esther on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with her about her new book, Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future. You’ll be blown away by her brave journey from fear of a false god to freedom in the arms of the true God who isn’t mad at his children.
  • 7 July 2014: Toughest People to Love – Chuck DeGroat – Are your employees a pain to manage? What about people in your church, family or community group? Do they have you ready to pop? Well, if everyone in your world is difficult to lead, it’s time to consider that it may be you. Join Dr. Chuck DeGroat on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun and eye-opening discussion of his new book, Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life — Including Yourself. Chuck DeGroat is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary, and Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco, which he co-founded with Scot Sherman. Visit ChuckDeGroat.net for more.
  • 30 June 2014: Saved Much? – J.D. Greear – “If you died tonight, do you know for sure where you would spend eternity?” That question is usually followed by an invitation to receive Jesus. For many who go on to pray a “sinner’s prayer,” it’s not the last time. Sometimes knowing “for sure” doesn’t come that easy.  J.D. Greear is here to help! He’s a mega-church pastor who wants you to stop asking Jesus into your heart. Join J.D. on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his new book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved. J.D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He’s also the author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.
  • 23 June 2014: Straight-Face – Brandon Wallace – Brandon Wallace grew up wearing a mask. He put it on around friends and family, and when going to work as a youth pastor in a very conservative church in Arkansas. In January of 2012, Brandon took off his mask and came out of the closet. Straight-Face is his story. Join Brandon Wallace on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with him about the good news that sets us all free to give up the masquerade. Connect with Brandon on his Facebook page and at TheGayChristian.com for the latest on the release of Straight-Face.
  • 16 June 2014: Dad Time – Max Lucado – Now that Father’s Day is over and the preachers are done laying into dads about how important they are and how they’re not measuring up, stop by Steve Brown, Etc. for a dose of radical grace for dads! There’s hope for jacked up fathers! Join Steve and the crew as they talk with Max Lucado about his new book, Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood. Max Lucado says he’s not a superstar, but if you have to say you’re not a superstar, you probably are. Max is a best-selling author and probably the most popular inspirational writer in the Universe. He’s been featured on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and big-time radio shows like ours. Connect with Max at MaxLucado.com.
  • 9 June 2014: God’s Children – Sally Lloyd-Jones – “The rules don’t change you. But a Story—God’s Story—can.” – Sally Lloyd-Jones Invite your inner child to come over to Steve Brown, Etc. and play! Join New York Times best-selling children’s book writer, Sally Lloyd-Jones, as we talk about approaching God like little children. Sally is an expert at conveying biblical truth to young children. Her books include the Gold Book Award winning, Jesus Storybook Bible; the Christian Book of the Year, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing; and her latest, Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale. Don’t miss Sally’s post here at KeyLife.org, “Teach Children the Bible Isn’t About Them.”
  • 2 June 2014: Girl at the End of the World – Elizabeth Esther – Elizabeth Esther grew up absolutely sure that she wouldn’t live past the age of 11. The fundamentalist church run by her family believed that the world would end in 1988. While she waited for the apocalypse, her family’s efforts to break her will through spankings worked, but other things were broken, too. Bad religion will mess you up good.  Join Elizabeth Esther on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with her about her new book, Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future. You’ll be blown away by her brave journey from fear of a false god to freedom in the arms of the true God who isn’t mad at his children.
  • 26 May 2014: Coffee with Jesus – David Wilkie – If you’re offended by religious humor (or fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants radio), this episode probably isn’t for you. Everyone else, don’t miss David Wilkie on Steve Brown, Etc. as we discuss his irreverent and insightful comic strip, Coffee with Jesus.  David is co-founder of Radio Free Babylon and the author of Coffee with Jesus, complete with the best of his comic along with exclusive content.
  • 19 May 2014: Is It My Fault? – Justin & Lindsey Holcomb – One in four women end up suffering domestic violence over the course of their life. And once a pattern of abuse begins, it’s seemingly impossible for women to break free. However, there is hope. Join our very own Justin Holcomb and his wife Lindsey on Steve Brown, Etc. as they discuss their new book, Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence. Justin is an Episcopal priest and Director at Key Life Network. He also teaches theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Lindsey counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her graduate research focused on violence against women and public health responses.
  • 12 May 2014: Jesus is Better Than You Imagined – Jonathan Merritt – “What we call religion is often a malformation of true faith. Rather than a vibrant adventure of knowing God, it is an oppressive way of trying to be good or look good or feel good.” – Jonathan Merritt Join Jonathan Merritt on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun and enlightening conversation about how he finds a surprising Jesus in unlikely places. If you’re suffering from the emptiness epidemic, don’t miss this one! Jonathan is an award-winning faith and culture writer and senior columnist for the Religion News Service. His books include A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars and Green Like God. Jonathan’s new book is titled Jesus is Better Than You Imagined.
  • 5 May 2014: Joy for the World – Greg Forster – “The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost…” – Galadriel It’s pretty clear that this ain’t your religious right dad’s America. Christians have lost much of our power, money and influence. Maybe now we’ll have to do it Jesus’ way. Join Greg Forster on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with him about his new book, Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It. Greg is a program director at the Kern Family Foundation and a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for educational choice. He’s the author of six books and writes on theology, politics, economics and education.
  • 28 April 2014: Sober Mercies – Heather Kopp (Re-Air) – “Where do I turn for hope when I already have the answer (God), but it isn’t working? Isn’t addiction exactly the kind of awful sin I was supposed to be saved from? Why do I crave what is trying to kill me?” – Heather Kopp If you can relate to those questions, don’t miss Heather Kopp telling her story this week on Steve Brown, Etc. You might just find the freedom to be a faithful addict! Heather is a self-professed Christian drunk and the author of Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk. She’s also the author of I Went to the Animal Fair and The Dieter’s Prayer Book. Connect with Heather at SoberBoots.com.
  • 21 April 2014: Death, Resurrection & Retirement – So, Easter came and went. Are you left lost in wonder or just wondering what all the fuss was about (and glad you don’t have to go back to church until Christmas)? Either way, join Our Favorite Lib., Tony Campolo, on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun and enlightening conversation about death, resurrection and retirement. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two old white guys sharing their insights about Easter. Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. Tony has written more than 35 books and he blogs regularly at RedLetterChristians.org. If you’d like to hear the sermon from Tony discussed on the program, click here for “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin.’”
  • 14 April 2014: What Works – Cal Thomas – Can Christianity save America, or should we prepare for the zombie apocalypse?  Join Cal Thomas on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with him about making political progress through promoting the common good. Cal is one of America’s most popular syndicated columnists, appearing in hundreds of newspapers. He’s the author of a bunch of books on politics, pop-culture and faith. His new book is titled, What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America. Check out this excerpt from the book below and listen as we put the “fun” back into fundamentalist. Adapted from What Works by Cal Thomas. Copyright © 2014. Used by permission of Zondervan. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ’Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10) After three decades of writing a syndicated column and as a reporter before that, I have pretty much seen it all, especially Man’s futile attempts to perfect himself and alter certain behavior through government, specifically the Federal government. There are a number of reasons for this failure, but chief among them is that we don’t focus on our past and on what worked in previous generations. We haven’t just emerged from a cave and must discover fire, or invent the wheel. We have a history – a human and an American history. Why does each generation behave as if it is the first? Why does so much of our politics resemble the film Groundhog Day in which Bill Murray wakes up each morning to repeat every event of the day before, ad infinitum? Why don’t we consult the past and common sense (and yes ancient truths contained in such books as Ecclesiastes and the Proverbs) in order to see what others discovered works before we were born? Wisdom existed before the Internet and other forms of mass communication – and video games, Facebook and Twitter. In fact, “Social media” can impede sound thinking and workable solutions to the problems confronting us. Today, we have more information than ever, but less wisdom; more talk, but less listening; more things in the superficial showroom (celebrities are a good example) and less in the intellectual storeroom (that would be knowledge). We KNOW what works – historically and instinctively, but politics too often gets in the way, as does ignorance. Too few people pay attention and the politicians easily pick their pockets – literally and intellectually. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, suppose we started focusing on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit? It’s amazing what problems can be solved if solutions, not partisan gain, become the goal. Solutions exist, mostly at the state level, but the major media, of which I have been a part most of my professional life, prefer combat to resolution. Real solutions would give them nothing to talk about and thus, lower ratings, which would lead to smaller profits. How about abandoning things that don’t work and start focusing on what does work?  The Preamble to the Constitution says “we the people,” not “you the government.” If we want to end the endless cycle, sufficient numbers of us have to wake-up each day with a different attitude, not just toward government, but toward ourselves. Government as intended by our founders, should be a last resort, not a first resource. When we start thinking as they did, we will see real change come to America, but not before. You’ve heard the definition of insanity? It’s doing the same thing and expecting different results. That’s Washington. That’s Groundhog Day!
  • 7 April 2014: The Storytelling God – Jared Wilson – What’s the deal with Jesus’ parables? Are they just sweet stories about how to get onto the straight and narrow, or do they really demonstrate God’s radical grace? Spoiler alert! It’s the radical grace thing. Join Jared Wilson on Steve Brown, Etc. for a dose of profundity and hilarity as we discuss his new book, The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables.  Jared is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Vermont. His books include, The Pastor’s Justification, Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, and Gospel Deeps. Connect with Jared at Gospel Driven Church and don’t miss his Key Life Pastors’ video chat with Steve and the rest of the crew.
  • 31 March 2014: The Age of the Spirit – Phyllis Tickle – We live in a time of technological and cultural upheaval. The world is undergoing drastic change (as it’s prone to do every 500 years or so… think the birth of Christianity, the Council of Chalcedon, the Great Schism, the Renaissance and Reformation). Now the Spirit is blowing again, and we see the effects all around us, but where are we headed?   Join us for Steve Brown, Etc. with Phyllis Tickle (pictured with last week’s guest, Nadia Bolz-Weber) as we talk with her about the past, the present and the future of Christianity. What is God’s Spirit up to? Phyllis Tickle is the founding editor for the religion department at Publishers Weekly. She’s the author of more than two dozen books, including The Great Emergence. Her new book was written with Jon M. Sweeney and it’s titled, Age of the Spirit, The: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church. Connect with Phyllis at PhyllisTickle.com. Image copyright Courtney Perry.  Contact Courtney for reuse permissions.

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