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Dec 11 2010

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  • 31 August 2015: Fool’s Talk – Dr. Os Guinness – “Christians have often relied on proclaiming and preaching, protesting and picketing. But we are strikingly weak in persuasion―the ability to talk to people who are closed to what we are saying.” - Os Guinness Join Os Guinness on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his book, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion. Discover how to be a subversive communicator of the gospel to people who aren’t interested in it. Dr. Guinness is a prominent speaker, apologist and social critic. He is the founder of the Trinity Forum and has written or edited over 30 books including Renaissance, A Free People’s Suicide and The Case for Civility.
  • 24 August 2015: The Lasting Supper – David Hayward – Asking tough questions about our beliefs can be a scary process that strips us of once-comfortable religion, leaving us with a naked spirituality. Many end up alone looking for answers outside churches, all the while longing for community. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join David Hayward, the Naked Pastor, on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his online community for the spiritually naked,, and his new book, Questions Are the Answer. David is a former pastor and popular cartoonist at He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University.
  • 17 August 2015: HeartSupport – Jake Luhrs – When Jake Luhrs from the internationally renowned metal band, August Burns Red, heard from fans about their struggles–addictions, abuse, depression, self-harm–he couldn’t leave them to struggle alone.  Join Jake on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about how his music led him to create, a place of authenticity, hope and healing that connects music fans with artists, one another and the help they need. Also, visit to get ABR’s latest album, Found in Far Away Places, and click here to watch their new video for “Identity.”
  • 10 August 2015: Spiritual Friendship – Wesley Hill – Friendship holds a place of high honor in Christian scripture and tradition. In fact, Jesus taught that laying one’s life down for friends is the greatest love possible. So, what does it look like for single Christians, especially those who are gay and celibate, to enjoy this high form of love? Join Dr. Wesley Hill on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian. Despite what our culture teaches, romantic love isn’t the be-all and end-all of relationships. Dr. Hill is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania and the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. He also contributes to Christianity Today, Books & Culture and First Things.
  • 3 August 2015: The Colson Way – Owen Strachan – Chuck Colson was known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man.” He was one of the Watergate Seven and went to prison for obstruction of justice. But that’s not the end of his story. Join Owen Strachan on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World. Hear how Jesus transformed Colson from a man who obstructed justice into one of his generation’s most active proponents of it. It’s an inspiring story of how God works through the worst of us to reach the world with the good news of his forgiveness and love. Owen Strachan is assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College. He’s the author of seven books and his work has appeared in The Washington Post, The American Spectator, The Atlantic, National Review and more.
  • 27 July 2015: Church Refugees – Josh Packard – Why are the faithful leaving the church? This isn’t the rise of the “nones” who have no religious affiliation. These are the “dones” who still believe in Jesus, but not organized religion. Join Dr. Josh Packard on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of the new book he co-authored with Ashleigh Hope, Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are DONE with Church but Not Their Faith. Josh Packard is a professor of sociology at the University of Northern Colorado. He’s an active church member who studies church decline. Josh is also the author of numerous academic articles and the book, The Emerging Church. Connect with him at Program Link: Here’s a link to the message from Dr. Rod Rosenbladt that was mentioned at the end of this program, “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church.” Don’t miss it!” 
  • 20 July 2015: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War – Joseph Loconte – The mechanized destruction of World War I left a generation disillusioned and plagued by doubt. Even so, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis emerged from the trenches of the Great War primed to ignite one another’s Christian imaginations, transform literature and impact the faith of millions. Join Joseph Loconte on Steve Brown, Etc. for a delightful discussion of his new book, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918. You’ll hear the untold story of two beloved authors and get insights from the past that are particularly relevant today. Joseph Loconte is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City. He writes widely about the importance of religious freedom in strengthening democracy, human rights and civil society.
  • 13 July 2015: Jesus Outside the Lines – Scott Sauls (Re-Air) – Are you sick of all the polarized bickering in our culture? It’s obviously getting us nowhere, but as soon as our issue is up for discussion, we dive right in. What to do? Scott Sauls is here to show us the way. Join Scott on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his new book, Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides. While many want to use Jesus’ name as a club in the culture wars, his words and actions actually show us how to love our enemies. Scott Sauls is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Visit him online at
  • 6 July 2015: The Miracle of the Kurds – Stephen Mansfield – Get ready for some good news from the Middle East! That isn’t something you hear every day. Join New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Mansfield on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, The Miracle of the Kurds: A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq. Stephen Mansfield is a popular speaker and author. His books include The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama, The Search for God and Guinness, Lincoln’s Battle with God and Killing Jesus (just to name a few). Connect with him at
  • 29 June 2015: A More Christlike God – Brad Jersak – What if God is more radically forgiving and loving than we’ve dared to believe? In other words, what if God is just like Jesus? Be careful how you answer, because we become like the God we worship. Join Brad Jersak on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel. If Jesus really did “unwrath” God from dead religion, then perfect love has cast out fear! Brad Jersak teaches New Testament and Patristics at Westminster Theological Centre in the UK. He’s also the senior editor for Plain Truth Ministries. Connect with Brad at
  • 22 June 2015: A Year of Living Prayerfully – Jared Brock – When you hear the word “prayer,” do you suddenly feel guilty because you don’t pray as much as you should? Maybe you get a little sleepy thinking about how boring prayer is. The more spiritual among us might think of an intimate time of peace and joy with our heavenly Father. When Jared Brock thinks about prayer, he starts making travel arrangements. Join Jared on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun and freeing discussion of his new book, A Year of Living Prayerfully: How A Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life. Jared Brock is co-founder of Hope for the Sold, a charity that fights human trafficking. He’s also a documentary filmmaker. Jared’s writing has appeared in Esquire, The Huffington Post and more. Connect with Jared at
  • 15 June 2015: Malestrom – Carolyn James – Male violence, patriarchy and father wounds… bad things happen when men lose sight of who God created them to be. Jesus shows us a better way.  Join Carolyn James on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book, Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World. Recapture God’s original vision for men. Carolyn is a popular speaker for women’s conferences, churches, colleges and seminaries. Her books include Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Lost Women of the Bible.
  • 8 June 2015: Everyday Grace – Jessica Thompson – Our relationships fill life with its greatest joys and its deepest hurts. So how do we nurture friendships, parent-child bonds and loving commitment to our spouses that endure the pain we cause one another? The key is radical grace. God’s unconditional love frees us to love unconditionally. Join Jessica Thompson on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book, Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus. You’ll rejoice that having rich, life-giving relationships isn’t all on us. Jessica is a popular speaker and author. Along with her mom, Elyse Fitzpatrick, she’s the co-author of the best-selling parenting book, Give Them Grace and Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. Jessica also writes for Dropping Keys and Key Life.
  • 1 June 2015: Work & Retirement – Steve Brown & Justin Holcomb – Lily Tomlin once said, “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” We all tend to define ourselves by what we do. Prisons of performance hold a powerful allure. However, radical grace sets us free to work with a sense of purpose born from our God-given identity as his beloved children. Whether you’re unemployed, sick of the job you have or struggling with retirement, join Steve Brown and Justin Holcomb on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of their new minibooks, What Do You Do for a Living? and Life After Retirement.
  • 23 May 2015: The Challenge of Jesus – N.T. Wright – Studying the historicity of Jesus doesn’t have to end in a crisis of faith in the reliability of the Gospels. However, a serious study of history will reveal a portrait of Jesus that is not only different from what the skeptics have imagined, but also very different from what many Christians have imagined as well.  Fortunately, one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars is on Steve Brown, Etc. to set the record straight. Join Dr. N.T. Wright for a discussion of his book, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Who do you say Jesus is? Are you sure you’re right? N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. He taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Dr. Wright currently serves as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
  • 18 May 2015: The Politically Incorrect Jesus – Joe Battaglia – Righteousness without tears is arrogance, and the world has seen too much righteousness from Christians with too few tears. Love leaves the building when the thought police try to impose their collective will on us, but Jesus came to redeem culture, not to condemn it. Join Joe Battaglia on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, The Politically Incorrect Jesus: Living Boldly in a Culture of UnBelief. Political correctness is a religion of condemnation. That’s true whether it comes from believers or non-believers and regardless of political affiliation. Jesus shows us the way beyond the politics and polemics on both sides of the aisle. Joe Battaglia has been behind the marketing efforts of movies like The Passion, Polar Express, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, God’s Not Dead and many more. He is the founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a company specializing in media consulting, creative promotions, and the production and syndication of radio programming (including Steve Brown, Etc.).
  • 11 May 2015: Reaching for Life – Victoria Teague – Victoria Teague spent a decade on coke and stripping in Atlanta, then Jesus walked into a club and rescued her. After that, Victoria spent another decade in church keeping her past a secret. Then Jesus showed up again, but this time he wanted to take Victoria back to the strip clubs to rescue others. Join Victoria on SBE as she tells her amazing story and talks about her book, Reaching for Life. You’ll be surprised by how much time Jesus spends in strip clubs. Victoria is a speaker, educator, mentor and founder of Victoria’s Friends, a volunteer-led organization that has helped hundreds of ladies find a new life outside the strip clubs.
  • 4 May 2015: Facing the Music – Jennifer Knapp (Re-Air) – In 2002, Jennifer Knapp was at the height of her career as a contemporary Christian artist. As a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter who had sold a million albums, Jennifer seemed to have it all. Then she disappeared and left it all behind. Jennifer returned to professional music in 2010 and publicly confirmed that she is gay. Join Jennifer on Steve Brown, Etc. as she tells her story and talks about her new book, Facing the Music. Get the latest from Jennifer at and check out her new album, Set Me Free. Program Note: We got a lot of complaints when this show first aired. Click here for Steve’s response.
  • 27 April 2015: Jesus Outside the Lines – Scott Sauls – Are you sick of all the polarized bickering in our culture? It’s obviously getting us nowhere, but as soon as our issue is up for discussion, we dive right in. What to do? Scott Sauls is here to show us the way. Join Scott on Steve Brown, Etc. as he discusses his new book, Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides. While many want to use Jesus’ name as a club in the culture wars, his words and actions actually show us how to love our enemies. Scott Sauls is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Visit him online at
  • 20 April 2015: Radical Grace & the Middle East – Matthew Creamer – Matthew Creamer is the son of missionaries to the Middle East. His story of being sexually abused by locals on the mission field, his subsequent alcohol abuse and four-year affair with the wife of a close friend is featured in Nate Larkin’s book, Samson and the Pirate Monks. Join Matt on Steve Brown, Etc. as he talks about life growing up in the Middle East, the destructive power of dark secrets and his freeing encounter with God’s radical grace. Matt Creamer is a self-described blond-haired, blue-eyed Palestinian, tobacco-chewing redneck.​ He’s also a contemporary Christian artist with three Arabic albums that were widely distributed in the Middle East. Get free downloads of songs from those albums at Also, click here for Matt’s worship music in English.
  • 13 April 2015: Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans – The Church is a mess; that’s always been true. In fact, it’s a sign of God’s supernatural care for her that such a dysfunctional conglomeration of losers hasn’t completely killed one another off. Yeah, Jesus still loves his whoring Bride… and he’s not alone. Join Rachel Held Evans on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of her new book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If something keeps drawing you back to the Church despite all her problems, this program is especially for you. Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger at
  • 6 April 2015: The Day I Met Jesus – Frank Viola & Mary DeMuth – It’s easy to forget that the women in the Gospels aren’t just characters in stories about Jesus. They’re real human beings with very real heartache. They also reveal how the very real God of grace seeks out the marginalized and offers healing. Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of their new book, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels. If you’re feeling powerless and desperate, this program will give you some hope. Frank Viola is a popular speaker, blogger and author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. Connect with him at Mary DeMuth is a former church planter. She’s also an author, speaker and longtime blogger at
  • 30 March 2015: U-Turn – George Barna & David Barton – Is America headed for its own version of the dark ages? George Barna and David Barton think so. If they’re right, is there anything we can do about it? Join George Barna and David Barton on Steve Brown, Etc. as they discuss their book, U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots. George Barna is the founder of The Barna Group and the executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute. David Barton is the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization.
  • 23 March 2015: Jesus, Continued… – J.D. Greear – Jesus told his disciples that it was better for him to leave and send them the Spirit instead. For many Christians, that’s hard to believe. Who wouldn’t prefer walking with God in the flesh? Still, Jesus said it, so what’s missing in our experience of the indwelling power of God? Join J.D. Greear on Steve Brown, Etc. for a fun and freeing discussion of his new book, Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You. If you’re feeling distant from God and you long for a more intimate and dynamic walk with him, don’t miss this program. J.D. is the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and the author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved.
  • 16 March 2015: Trapped in Hitler’s Hell – Anita Dittman – Anita Dittman grew up in Hitler’s Germany. She was raised by her Jewish mother and came to faith in Christ at the age of seven. After the war began, Anita was sent to a concentration camp and spent her teenage years fighting for survival. Join Anita on Steve Brown, Etc. as she tells her story as recounted in her book, Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust. You’ll be moved to believe that we really can trust God in the midst of a horribly broken world. Click here for a trailer and information on the documentary, Trapped in Hitler’s Hell.
  • 9 March 2015: New Morning Mercies – Paul Tripp – In a world that is passing away, God’s mercies are new every morning. But let’s face it, it’s hard to live in the comfort of that truth…especially before a cup of coffee. We need some serious help to even remember the gospel, much less walk in the freedom it offers. Well, never fear, Paul Tripp is here! Join Paul on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his new book, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. It’s filled with daily doses of gospel goodness for grace junkies.* Paul Tripp is a popular pastor, conference speaker and counselor. He’s professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, and the director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care. Paul is also the author of What Did You Expect? and Sex & Money. Connect with Paul at *Coffee sold separately.  
  • 2 March 2015: Rejoicing in Lament – Todd Billings – Todd Billings is a Christian theologian who, at the age of 39, was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Tough questions followed: Why me? Why now? What about my wife and kids? Where is God in all of this?  Join Todd on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ. It’s a rare invitation into one man’s personal darkness so we can see the light of the suffering savior. Todd is an award-winning author and professor at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has degrees in philosophy, literature and theology from Wheaton, Fuller and Harvard.  
  • 23 February 2015: Reflections on Fifty Shades – Sharon Hersh & Natalie Collins – With over 100 million copies of the books sold, and now the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey has obviously struck a nerve. Is it just an over-sexualized culture looking for a thrill, or is there something deeper going on?  Could there be a holy longing behind the popularity of Fifty Shades? Is Fifty Shades normalizing partner abuse behind the glitter of sex? Join Sharon Hersh and Natalie Collins on this special edition of Steve Brown, Etc. for some fresh perspectives. Sharon is a licensed professional counselor and popular speaker. She teaches graduate counseling courses on sex and sexuality, as well as addiction. Sharon has written several books, including the popular Bravehearts: Unlocking the Courage to Love with Abandon. Natalie Collins is an activist working to end violence against women and gender injustice. She’s the founder of the DAY Programme and Spark. Natalie is also behind the campaign, Fifty Shades is Domestic Abuse. Also, visit for resources on domestic violence.
  • 16 February 2015: It is Finished – Tullian Tchividjian – No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, who you’ve slept with or what you’ve smoked, because of what Jesus has done, God’s not mad at you. That is such unbelievably good news that we need constant reminders it really is true. Join Tullian Tchividjian on Steve Brown, Etc. for a freeing discussion about radical grace and his new devotional, It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. Tullian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. He’s an author, popular speaker and the founder of Liberate.
  • 9 February 2015: Aloof – Tony Kriz – Have you ever felt like God went away on vacation just when you needed him most? You’re not alone. Join Tony Kriz on Steve Brown, Etc. for a discussion of his book, Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides. Listen as Tony and Steve address the universal cry of the human heart, “God, are you there?” Tony has a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. He’s a popular speaker and professor teaching around the country on topics of authentic faith, spiritual formation, cultural integration, cross-spiritual communication and sacred friendship. Connect with Tony at

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