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Episode · 1 day ago
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Jeff McAlvey joins Kevin and Justin to discuss the Christian’s role in politics. Jeff worked closely with Michigan Governor John Engler in the 90s, oversaw the state appropriations process when Governor Engler was the Senate Majority Leader, and started a lobbying group after his time in Washington DC. Listen in as Kevin, Justin, and Jeff unravel some of the misconceptions around politics in America and offer advice on how church members can love their neighbors and be more politically involved in their local communities.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway book we want to highlight this week is, When the Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture (Suffering and the Christian Life, Volume 1) by Mark Talbot. When the Starts Disappear engages the topic of suffering, not only through Reformed theological and philosophical insights but with profound biblical reflection and personal experience through the author himself.
Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting by Ronald Baily and Marian Tupy
What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics by O. Carter Snead
Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
Episode 20 · 2 weeks ago
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Justin, and Collin are back together to discuss some of the more pressing issues facing the church today: sexual misconduct and allegations, this time concerning the late Ravi Zacharius, friendless pastors, the curse of fame, dangers facing the church from “the Right” and “the Left,” and helpful books for forming one’s political philosophy.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway titles we want to highlight in this episode are the ESV Scripture Journals (Illuminated Scripture Journals and the Greek Scripture Journal ). Bible readers can take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture
These thin, portable, long-lasting notebooks are great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a sermon series.
Our attempts at journaling [0:00 - 10:34]
The sexual misconduct and allegations of Ravi Zacharius [10:34 - 37:10]
Agreeing and disagreeing on the dangers facing Reformed(ish) Evangelicalism [37:10 - 1:01:14]
Books to help inform a political philosophy [1:01:14 - 1:18:33]
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by Thomas Sowell
Christ and the Kingdoms of Men: Foundations of Political Life by David C. Innes
Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davidson Hunter
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Article: Why The Young Hate The Torries by Ed West
Article: Unequally Woked by Samuel James
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
America in the King Years (3 book series) by Taylor Branch
Episode 19 · 3 weeks ago
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Dr. James Eglinton joins Kevin to discuss his latest work, Bavinck: A Critical Biography.
Listen in for a fascinating look at the history of the modern Reformed tradition as told through the story of one of its greatest theologians, Herman Bavinck. Topics include Bavinck's Dutch Calvinistic context, his desire to apply Reformed orthodoxy to modern dilemmas, his association with the women's rights movement, if Bavinck was an evangelical, and his children and grandchildren's involvement in the Nazi resistance.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is Concise Theology by J. I Packer. Theology is important for the Christian life. And though it is marked by many complex terms and doctrines, there is yet what J. I. Packer calls “the permanent essentials of Christianity.” This concise introduction to these essential doctrines distills theological truths so both scholar and layperson alike can grow to treasure the unchanging pillars of the Christian faith.
Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volume Set) by Herman Bavinck
The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy by David Fergusson and Mark Elliot
Episode 18 · 4 weeks ago
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, and Justin discuss the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Classic liberalism and its critics, which books were most formative in their youth, and what career they each would have chosen if not for the ones they are in now.
This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is the ESV Every Day Bible: 365 Readings through the Whole Bible. This bible was designed from the ground up to be an inviting daily-reading Bible, to help readers achieve their goal of reading through the Bible in a year.
Formative books in our youth:
Know What You Believe by Paul Little
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors by Martin Lloyd-Jones
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism by Carl Henry
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
Comeback by Dave Dravecky
Confessions (Oxford World's Classics) by St. Augustine
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges