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Dec 11 2010

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  • 17 April 2017: Undone Redone – Tray & Melody Lovvorn – After six years of being apart, Tray and Melody Lovvorn’s divorce just didn’t work out. It wasn’t buckling down and working real hard to follow Jesus’ 10 principles for a healthy marriage that fixed things. It was God’s radical grace! Join Tray and Melody from as they tell their story of sexual addiction, betrayal, and flying off the whirring performance treadmill only to crash right into God’s unconditional love. Through Undone Redone, their ministry and weekly podcast, the Lovvorns provide life and marriage coaching, intensives, parenting solutions, and help churches create Christ-centered recovery groups. They have a passion to help men and women experience God’s grace in brokenness and to learn to connect deeply with others in authentic community.
  • 10 April 2017: Outside the Camp – Garth Cross – There’s a special kind of suffering reserved for people who have screwed up bad enough to be rejected by communities who say they believe in forgiveness and restoration. It’s a pain that brings perspective, but only after lament. Join Garth Cross on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, Outside the Camp: A Former Pastor Looks at the Church from a Distance. Hear the laments of sin and shame, broken community, and people in pain. Then listen as God responds with his radical grace. Garth Cross is the pen name of the man behind the consulting, writing, and training work done at
  • 3 April 2017: Undefended – Daniel Bush – It’s natural to avoid pain and suffering, but what if lowering our defenses actually opens us up to the supernatural? Would an intimate experience with God be worth giving up self-protection? Join Dr. Daniel Bush on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks with Steve and the crew about his new book, Undefended: Discovering God When Your Guard Is Down. The truth is that pain is coming whether we embrace it or not, so why not be vulnerable enough to meet God where it hurts? Daniel Bush received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and has served in pastoral, teaching, and counseling ministries for over 15 years. He’s also the coauthor of Embracing God as Father and Live in Liberty.
  • 27 March 2017: Katharina and Martin Luther – Michelle DeRusha – He was the father of the Reformation. She was a nun who dropped life in the convent like a bad habit. Together, they were a legendary couple with a revolutionary marriage. Join Michelle DeRusha on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book, Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk. Breaking vows, taking vows, and the private lives of a pair of plucky protestants… don’t miss it! Michelle DeRusha writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at, as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star, Prodigal Magazine and The High Calling. She’s also the author of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know.
  • 20 March 2017: Getting Jesus Wrong – Matt Johnson – Jesus is not a life coach, a movement leader, a cultural visionary, or a blessing dispenser, but you might not know that by listening to many Christians talk about their faith. Are you sure you’re following the right Jesus? Join Key Life author Matt Johnson on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about his new book, Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity. Matt shares his personal encounters with a string of false saviors and shows us what it looks like to get Jesus right. Matt Johnson is a husband, father to two little girls, and is an armchair student of theology living in Seattle. He’s also a freelance writer and editor. Until recently, Matt spent seven years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry. Many moons ago he forwent a proper education and traveled the country playing drums in bands you’ve never heard of.
  • 13 March 2017: Grace Encounter – Kevin Labby & Jerry Parries – Different, but not divided. That’s the idea behind two Central Florida churches—one African-American and one white—coming together to celebrate the renewing and reconciling power of the gospel. Join pastors Jerry Parries and Kevin Labby on Steve Brown, Etc. as they talk with Steve about forming a friendship, swapping pulpits, and leading their very different congregations to worship as one. Then share the experience with them, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Bishop Herb Andrew, Ray Cortese, Freddy Banos, and Alex Early at the Grace Encounter conference, March 15-17 at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Visit to register.​ The conference is only $25! 
  • 6 March 2017: Unchained – Noel Jesse Heikkinen – The Bible tells us that it was for freedom that Jesus set us free. How’s that working out for you? Do you still feel chained by sin and guilt? You’re not alone. Join Noel Heikkinen on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, Unchained: If Jesus Has Set Us Free, Why Don’t We Feel Free? The true definition of freedom in Christ will surprise you. Noel Jesse Heikkinen is an admittedly screwed-up pastor at Riverview Church in Lansing, Michigan. He’s also the US Midwest Network Director for Acts 29 and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Reliant Mission, an organization that mobilizes missionaries to work with local, missional churches globally.
  • 27 February 2017: Grace Encounter – Freddy Banos & Alex Early – Black, white, Hispanic, conservative, liberal… we’re a deeply divided country. But God’s radical grace has the power to bring us together. Join Alex Early and Freddy Banos on Steve Brown, Etc. as they talk with Steve, Pastor Jerry Parries, and Pastor Kevin Labby about the renewing and reconciling power of the gospel. Then get together with them, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Bishop Herb Andrew, and Ray Cortese at the Grace Encounter conference, March 15-17 at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Visit to register and get discounted hotel rates.​ The conference is only $25!
  • 20 February 2017: Lost & Found – Kendra Fletcher – Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, took pride in having it all together—the right schooling, the right theology, the right church, and the right meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Then it all fell apart. Three of Kendra’s children were taken to the brink of death in a period of 18 months. Join Kendra on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new Key Life/New Growth Press book, Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace. You’ll see that doing life and religion “right” is a poor substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. In addition to being a Key Life author, Kendra is a well-known writer, podcaster, and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles who addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on anything but the finished work of Jesus.   Click the image below to order Kendra’s book, Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace.
  • 13 February 2017: Grace Encounter – Elyse Fitzpatrick & Ray Cortese – Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” That’s more than a promise for the future. It’s happening right now in our broken lives as God’s unconditional love embraces us just as we are. Grace changes everything. Join Elyse Fitzpatrick and Ray Cortese on Steve Brown, Etc. as they talk with Steve, Pastor Jerry Parries, and Pastor Kevin Labby about the power of the gospel and what to expect at the upcoming Grace Encounter conference. Then join them, along with Bishop Clarence McClendon, Alex Early, Freddy Banos, and Bishop Herb Andrew for the Grace Encounter conference, March 15-17 at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Visit to register and get discounted hotel rates.​
  • 6 February 2017: Grace Encounter – Bishops Andrew & McClendon – With so much political, ideological, and racial division in our country, it’s crucial that the Church not only declares the power of God’s radical grace, but demonstrates it as well. That’s what the Grace Encounter conference is all about. Join Bishop Clarence McClendon and Bishop Herbert Andrew on Steve Brown, Etc. as they talk with Steve, Pastor Jerry Parries, and Pastor Kevin Labby about the renewing and reconciling power of the gospel. Then join them, along with Elyse Fitzpatrick, Freddy Banos, Ray Cortese, and Alex Early for the Grace Encounter conference, March 15-17 at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. Visit to register and get discounted hotel rates.​
  • 30 January 2017: Ladies, Lust & God’s Love – Sarah Taras – Given all the sermons calling out guys on sexual sin, one might think that’s a problem unique to men. But ladies struggle with lust too. And when that isn’t acknowledged in our churches, it can leave women feeling a double condemnation. They’re not only burdened with guilt because of their sin, they also experience the shame and isolation of thinking they’re the only women with that sin. Join Key Life author Sarah Taras on Steve Brown, Etc. for a conversation about how God’s unconditional love freed her to get honest about her problem with lust, and help other women who share the same struggle. Sarah is the co-host of the podcasts Fundyland Sees Red and Ezer Uncaged. She’s also a married mother of two with a Key Life/New Growth Press minibook on the way.
  • 23 January 2017: Finding a Rooted Faith – Fr. Andrew Petiprin – Are you desperate for truth and connection in an increasingly mad world? Has religion become a solitary endeavor for you? You may just find the longing of your heart in a rooted faith. Join Key Life author Father Andrew Petiprin on Steve Brown, Etc. as he tells his story and discusses The Narnia Option. You’ll hear how the relentless grace of God wouldn’t leave him alone until he found joy in a worshiping community, ancient ritual, and the beauty of holiness. Andrew Petiprin is Rector of St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church in Orlando, Florida. He was a British Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College in Oxford, trained for ordination at Yale, and is a regular contributor to The Living Church.
  • 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
  • 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 and check out Chad’s author page at
  • 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 and visit 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 and 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
  • 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 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 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.

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