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Dec 11 2010

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  • 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, 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (, 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.
  • 20 June 2016: Reviving Old Scratch – Richard Beck – It’s been said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist. (It was something like that. Check with Kevin Spacey or Charles Baudelaire.) Looking at the headlines, you’d have to be a crazy person to say that evil doesn’t exist. But is that evil the work of a dark spiritual being and his minions, or can it all be boiled down to social justice issues? Join Richard Beck on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted. While surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt Satan’s existence, Jesus knew his enemy, and so should we. Richard Beck is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. His published research covers topics as diverse as the psychology of profanity to why Christian bookstore art is so bad. Connect with Richard at his blog, Experimental Theology.
  • 13 June 2016: That’s My Dad! – Joe Battaglia – Father’s Day is almost here, and you’re wondering what to get the man who has everything. Have you considered one more sermon on how he’s letting America down? Maybe then he’ll finally “man up” and be the spiritual leader God called him to be. Well, if that’s what you’re shopping for, we ain’t selling. Join Joe Battaglia on Steve Brown, Etc. for a Father’s Day program without the guilt trip as he discusses his new book, That’s My Dad!: Honoring the Fathers Who Shaped Our Lives. Joe Battaglia is the founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a media company that serves heavy hitters like Dr. Steve Brown and Key Life Network. Joe is also the author of The Politically Incorrect Jesus, and he’s an executive producer for the nationally syndicated radio program, Keep the Faith. 
  • 6 June 2016: Hidden Agendas – Dr. Steve Brown (Re-Air) – We all have a secret plan to get from where we are to where we want to be. We wear masks to further our hidden agendas, but it leaves us feeling phony, ashamed, guilty, and afraid.  There is a better way. Join Steve Brown on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart. You’ll see that there’s so much more to life than hiding, pretending, and never being loved as we truly are. Steve Brown is a cynical old preacher, author, speaker, seminary professor, and the founder of Key Life Network.
  • 30 May 2016: Unparalleled – Jared Wilson – What’s so special about Christianity? Aren’t all religions basically the same? Christianity isn’t just one among many similar belief systems and philosophies. Its counter-intuitive, unmatched truth answers the deepest longings of every human heart.   Join Jared Wilson on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Unparalleled: How Christianity’s Uniqueness Makes It Compelling. Jared Wilson is an author, speaker, the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and managing editor of For the Church at
  • 23 May 2016: Heal Us, Emmanuel – Greg Ward & Irwyn Ince – The majority of Christians believe we’re made in the image of God and we’re all created equal. But most American Christians don’t have any significant interracial relationships, and that can cut the legs off our work for justice. At the very least it leaves us tone deaf to people who don’t look like us. Join Rev. Greg Ward and Rev. Irwyin Ince on Steve Brown, Etc. as they discuss the book to which they contributed, Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church.
  • 16 May 2016: The Seed: A True Myth – Erik Guzman – We’re all running scared from the shadow. It haunts our pasts and drives us to build labyrinths to protect ourselves from its pull. But wall building has taken its toll, leaving us exhausted, crazy, and trapped within prisons of our own creation. Only true Love can set us free. Join our producer and friend, Erik Guzman, on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his new book, The Seed: A True Myth. Perfect Love really does cast out fear… and offers new life within the Love Fractal. Erik is Executive Producer and Vice President of Communications at Key Life Network. He’s also the author of The Gift of Addiction: How God Redeems Our Pain.
  • 9 May 2016: Hidden Agendas – Dr. Steve Brown – We all have a secret plan to get from where we are to where we want to be. We wear masks to further our hidden agendas, but it leaves us feeling phony, ashamed, guilty, and afraid.  There is a better way. Join Steve Brown on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart. You’ll see that there’s so much more to life than hiding, pretending, and never being loved as we truly are. Steve Brown is a cynical old preacher, author, speaker, seminary professor, and the founder of Key Life Network.
  • 2 May 2016: Steve Brown, Etc. Grace Party! – Live music, comedy, sick talent—you don’t have to wait for the Key Life Grace Party on May 20th! Steve and the crew will bring the party to you. Join Buddy Greene, Charlie and Ruth Jones, and Josh Bales on Steve Brown, Etc. for in-studio performances and discussion about the radically freeing message of God’s grace. Then keep the grace party poppin’ in person—May 20th at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida—as we celebrate the launch of Steve Brown’s new book, Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart, and our Executive Producer Erik Guzman’s first book, The Seed: A True Myth. It’s all FREE! Click here for details. This Week’s Guests Buddy Greene is a Nashville recording artist best known for the perennially popular song, “Mary, Did You Know?” Check out his new album, Someday, at Charlie and Ruth Jones are the community creatives behind City 616 and Greensboro Grub in Greensboro, North Carolina. Visit to be inspired. Josh Bales is a pastor, counselor, and singer/songwriter with four albums and more than ten years touring under his belt. Connect with him at
  • 25 April 2016: The Justice Calling – Bethany Hoang & Kristen Deede Johnson – God loves justice because God is love. He hears the cries of his children and calls us to stop sex trafficking, labor slavery, and extreme poverty. But joining God in his work of setting things right in the world requires divine strength that we simply can’t conjure. Join Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson on Steve Brown, Etc. as they discuss their book, The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance. Sustainable passion for justice comes from knowing God’s passion for sinners and sufferers like us. Bethany Hoang engages leaders around the world with the critical connection between justice and spiritual formation. She advises and regularly speaks on behalf of the Institute for Biblical Justice for International Justice Mission, a global organization that protects the poor from violence. Hoang was named among “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today and one of “20 Women to Watch” by Catalyst. Kristen Deede Johnson is associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory.
  • 18 April 2016: Healing the Wounded Heart – Dan Allender – When it comes to healing from the trauma of sexual abuse, there are no easy answers, but there is hope. Join Dr. Dan Allender on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation. If you have suffered sexual harm, you can dare to believe that evil doesn’t get the last word. For over 25 years, Dr. Dan Allender has helped hundreds of thousands of victims of sexual abuse. He’s professor of counseling psychology and former president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington. He travels and speaks extensively on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, worship, and other related topics. He is also the author of 15 books, including The Wounded Heart, and coauthor of God Loves Sex.
  • 11 April 2016: Ask the Question – Stephen Mansfield – Tony Campolo often says, “Mixing religion and politics is like mixing ice cream and horse manure. It doesn’t do much to the manure, but it sure does ruin the ice cream.” That’s not entirely true. The religious beliefs of politicians have a direct impact on the policies they promote. Voters deserve to know what candidates believe. Join Stephen Mansfield on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidates.  Stephen Mansfield is The New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama, Lincoln’s Battle with God, and more. He’s the founder of The Mansfield Group, an in-demand speaker, and consultant.
  • 4 April 2016: Show Them Jesus – Jack Klumpenhower – Millions of church kids grow up and abandon the faith. You ever think maybe they’re leaving because they never heard the gospel? Join children’s ministry specialist Jack Klumpenhower on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book Show them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. You’ll see the problem with Sunday school lessons based on what children should do for God instead of what he has done for them, and how God’s love in Jesus captures hearts and leads to a living, loving faith. With over 30 years of experience as a Bible teacher and children’s ministry curriculum writer, Jack Klumpenhower has created Bible lessons and taught children about Jesus at churches, camps, clubs, conferences, and Christian schools all over the world.
  • 28 March 2016: Sinners, Sufferers & Grace – At Key Life, we believe that the deepest message of the ministry of Jesus and the Bible is the radical grace of God to sinners and sufferers. That means when you run to Jesus, no matter what you’ve done or what you’re going through, you can be sure that God’s not mad at you. This week on Steve Brown, Etc., join Steve and the crew as they apply that healing biblical truth to where it hurts most.  Then get more on radical grace and how it applies practically to guilt, suffering, doubt, and addiction in four new minibooks by Steve and Erik. Click here to get all four for only $12!
  • 21 March 2016: Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer – Kate Grosmaire – Could you forgive your daughter’s killer, even going so far as working to get him a lighter sentence? That’s exactly what Kate and Andy Grosmaire did when their daughter Ann was shot by her boyfriend Conor. Join Kate Grosmaire on Steve Brown, Etc. to hear the story of supernatural forgiveness and restorative justice that’s told in her book, Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace. It’s a rare journey onto holy ground as we move into Holy Week. Kate and Andy Grosmaire are the cofounders of the Ann Grosmaire “Be The Change” Fund, a charitable fund to promote forgiveness and restorative justice practices.
  • 14 March 2016: Good Faith – David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons – Christianity and cultural change; how can we hold onto our convictions while compassionately confronting contentious issues? Get this wrong and the consequences for the church and our country could be catastrophic. Is it already too late? Join David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of their new book, Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme. David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons co-authored the best-seller, unChristian. Kinnaman is president of the research and communications company, the Barna Group. Lyons is the founder of Q, a learning community that helps Christians advance good in society.
  • 7 March 2016: America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis – As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, 11:00 on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in America. Can the church really lead the way to overcoming the deep racial divide that still exists in our country? Join Jim Wallis on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. With all of our failings, God’s unconditional love and grace compels the church to live out the reconciliation we preach. Jim Wallis is an author, activist, pastor, and the president of Sojourners. He’s also the editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. Go to to get the resources Jim mentioned on this program.
  • 29 February 2016: Wholeheartedness – Dr. Chuck DeGroat – 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 new 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.
  • 22 February 2016: People to Be Loved – Preston Sprinkle (Re-Air) – The deepest message of the Bible is God’s unconditional love for sinners and sufferers. It’s all about radical grace. But how do we reconcile that with the Bible’s prohibition of homosexuality? Join Dr. Preston Sprinkle on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. Scripture challenges everyone to humbly accept what it has to say about how we love one another in light of God’s love for us. Also, don’t miss Preston’s post, Jesus, Homosexuality, and Scandalous Grace. Preston Sprinkle earned his PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He’s the Vice President for Eternity Bible College’s Boise campus and the author of numerous books including the New York Times best-seller Erasing Hell, which he co-wrote with Francis Chan.
  • 15 February 2016: Moving Mountains – John Eldredge – Steve Brown often says that unbelievers don’t pray because they’re scared God might be there. And believers don’t pray because they’re scared he might not. Even if he is there and he is listening, do our prayers really make a difference to a sovereign God? Join New York Times bestselling author, John Eldredge, on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority. What if our prayers really can move God’s heart… and the mountains in our way? In addition to being a wildly successful author, John Eldredge is a counselor, teacher, and president of Ransomed Heart Ministries. Find out more at
  • 8 February 2016: Lessons in Belonging – Erin Lane – “The thing I am most desperate to keep you from finding out about me is… I want to belong, but I don’t know how.” In that confession, Erin Lane gives voice to the longing of every human heart. We all know that it can be brutally hard to find a sense of belonging, especially at church, but what do we do with this deep desire that is so often denied? Join Erin S. Lane on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her book, Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe. Whether you’re a millennial who expresses her relationship to church with the word “none,” or a pastor wondering where everyone went, don’t miss this one. Erin Lane works for the Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Courage & Renewal as an assistant program director for clergy and congregational leader programs. She has a master of theological studies degree from Duke and is coeditor of Talking Taboo. Connect with Erin at

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