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Dec 11 2010

Featured Podcast: 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.
  • 24 March 2014: Pastrix – Nadia Bolz-Weber (Re-Air) – Just when you thought it was safe to ignore spiritual memoirs, here comes Nadia Bolz-Weber! Join our favorite 6’1″, former stand-up comic, recovering alcoholic, tattooed Lutheran pastor on Steve Brown, Etc. If you’re desperate enough to hear the gospel, don’t miss this one as we talk with Nadia about her New York Times best-seller, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She’s been featured on NPR and Sojourners, and in The Denver Post, The Christian Century, and more. Connect with Nadia at NadiaBolzWeber.com.
  • 17 March 2014: Why? – Philip Yancey (Re-Air) – 19,000 people die in a tsunami in Japan. Children are brutally murdered in Newtown. Civil war erupts in Sarajevo and 11,000 people are killed. How can we hold on to faith in the face of such tragedy? Where was God? Join Philip Yancey on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk about finding meaning in the midst of suffering. In his classic book, Where Is God When It Hurts?, Philip wrote about keeping the faith in the midst of pain. Now, 35 years later, his new book, The Question That Never Goes Away, revisits the question, “Why, God?” Philip Yancey is a journalist, best-selling writer and speaker. His books include, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, Prayer: Does It Matter?, and What Good Is God? Connect with Philip at PhilipYancey.com.
  • 10 March 2014: God’s Vision for Diversity – Trillia Newbell – The Bible is filled with diversity, so why is it that our churches are not? For Christians, Sunday morning is still the most segregated time of the week. Join Trillia Newbell on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk with her about the connection between friendship, Jesus, grace, and racial unity. Trillia writes about faith, family, and diversity. Her new book is titled, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Connect with Trillia at TrilliaNewbell.com. 
  • 3 March 2014: The Christian Gentleman’s Smoking Companion – Ted Kluck & Zach Bartels – What do a Christian pop star, a pope, a Puritan, a full-fledged member of The Gospel Coalition, and Steve Brown have in common? A love for cigars and pipes. Join Ted Kluck and Zach Bartels on Steve Brown, Etc. as we talk about their new book, The Christian Gentleman’s Smoking Companion: A Celebration of Smoking to the Glory of God. Is smoking a sin? How do you get your wife to let you smoke? What is the proper way to light a cigar? How, exactly, do you smoke to the glory of God? Listen to this week’s talk show to get answers to those questions and more! Ted Kluck is the author of more than ten books on everything from Mike Tyson to the emergent church to pro wrestling and the end times.  Connect with Ted at TedKluck.com. Zach Bartels is the pastor of an old-school Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan.  Visit Zach online at ZacharyBartels.com.
  • 24 February 2014: Exploring Grace Together – Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson – Join Elyse Fitzspatrick and Jessica Thompson on Steve Brown, Etc. as we discuss raising children, behavior modification, and radical grace. Elyse is a counselor, conference speaker and head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. She is also the author of 18 books including Found in Him and Give Them Grace, which she co-wrote with her daughter Jessica Thompson. Jessica is a wife, mother of three and the author of Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family.
  • 17 February 2014: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi – Muslims believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he lived a sinless life and that he is the messiah. However, when it comes to Jesus’ divinity, his death on a cross and the resurrection… not so much. So, what happens when a devout Muslim studies the Bible to refute its claims and becomes a Christian? Join Nabeel Qureshi on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk with him about his new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Nabeel has a couple master’s degrees from Biola and Duke where he studied the origins of Islam and Christianity. He also holds a medical doctorate and is on the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Find out more at  SeekingAllahFindingJesus.com
  • 10 February 2014: The Price of Preaching Grace – Tom Sloan – It’s surprising how many people get angry when you tell them God isn’t mad at them. Some get so angry, they go out of their way to make you pay for preaching that message.   Tom Sloan is a broadcaster and missionary to Mexico who “got grace” in a profound way. However, when he started teaching about God’s love with no “kicker,” the refried beans really hit the fan.   Join Tom on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk with him about paying the price to preach radical grace.   Get the latest from Tom’s ministry in Mexico on his blog, sloans2mexico.wordpress.com
  • 3 February 2014: Mother of Rain – Karen Spears Zacharias – One of the problems with being believers who suffer with mental illness is the struggle against the thought that if we just had enough faith, if we were just good enough, our mental illness would go away.   That’s simply not true.   Join Karen Spears Zacharias on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk about postpartum psychosis and the inspiration for her debut novel, Mother of Rain. Too often, when we don’t understand something, we distance ourselves from it. Therein lies the power of good storytelling; fiction can help us approach the darkest realities.   Trust me, this program is way more fun than it sounds.   Karen is a reporter, columnist and one of our favorite guests. Her work has been featured everywhere from Good Morning America to National Public Radio. Karen’s books include Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide? and A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder.   Visit Karen’s blog at Patheos.com.
  • 27 January 2014: Why? – Philip Yancey – 19,000 people die in a tsunami in Japan. Children are brutally murdered in Newtown. Civil war erupts in Sarajevo and 11,000 people are killed. How can we hold on to faith in the face of such tragedy? Where was God? Join Philip Yancey on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk about finding meaning in the midst of suffering. In his classic book, Where Is God When It Hurts?, Philip wrote about keeping the faith in the midst of pain. Now, 35 years later, his new book, The Question That Never Goes Away, revisits the question, “Why, God?” Philip Yancey is a journalist, best-selling writer and speaker. His books include, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, Prayer: Does It Matter?, and What Good Is God? Connect with Philip at PhilipYancey.com.
  • 20 January 2014: Get Real – Dr. John Leonard – News Flash! It’s possible to encourage evangelism without a guilt trip. No, really. I’m being serious.   Join Dr. John Leonard on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk with him about his new book, Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day.   Steve says that if you own one book on evangelism, Get Real should be it. It’s that freeing and right on.   Dr. Leonard is a pastor, seminary professor and evangelist. He has served as a missionary to Mission to the World and Arab World Ministries. Check out his church at CresheimValleyChurch.org.
  • 13 January 2014: Manly Men – Stephen Mansfield – WARNING! THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS MANLY MEN. LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK. Where have all the good men gone? Is manliness a mystery to you? Have you mismanaged your manliness? Join Stephen Mansfield on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk with him about his new book, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self. Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of Lincoln’s Battle with God, The Faith of Barack Obama, Searching for God and Guinness, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. Connect with Stephen at StephenMansfield.tv.
  • 6 January 2014: Life & Death – Matt Chandler – At the beginning of a new year, many of us resolve to get our lives together. However, for Christians, trying to clean up our acts without getting radical grace is a futile effort. Join Matt Chandler on Steve Brown Etc. as we talk with him about his book To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain. Listen to hear how the way to authentic Christian maturity in 2014 is a simple matter of life and death. Matt is the author of The Explicit Gospel and lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, Texas. Don’t miss your chance to join Steve and Matt at Liberate 2014, February 20-23! Click here for more information.

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