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Episode 19 · 3 months ago

The Greatest Modern Reformed Theologian

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.

Resources mentioned:

Bavinck: A Critical Biography by James Eglinton - 40% off HERE 

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 months ago

The Religious Fervor of American Politics

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:

Kevin:

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

God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams by David Wells   

No Place for Truth: or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David Wells 

Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision by David Wells

Collin:

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

Justin:

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

Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame      

Episode 17 · 4 months ago

We Are in the Time of Judges, Not Revival

In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin, Collin, and Justin discuss the writing process, how things have exponentially changed in the online Christian writing space, what books have most recently moved them, which pastor biographies are their favorite, and what message the church needs to hear most in 2020. And if nuanced discussions on culture, books, and theology don't quite do it for you, be sure to tune in to hear the guys give their best Chris Farley impressions.

This episode of Life and Books and Everything is brought to you by Crossway, a publisher whose goal is to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp. For every celebrity pastor exiting the ministry in the spotlight, there are many more lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Tripp draws on his decades of ministry experience to give churches twelve gospel principles necessary to combat this leadership crisis. Each of these principles, built upon characteristics such as humility, dependency, and accountability, will enable new and experienced leaders alike to focus their attention on the ultimate leadership model: the gospel.

Timestamps:

What did you do on Labor Day? | Crossway sponsorship: Lead by Paul David Tripp [0:00 - 11:48] - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/gospelbound/leaders-who-wont-flame-out/

Changes in Online Christian Writing [11:48 - 38:46]

What is the last book that moved you? [38:46 - 54:05]

Collin's books:

Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp

How to Talk about Jesus (Without Being That Guy): Personal Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan 

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Kevin's books:

The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America by Shelby Steele

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

Justin's books:

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The chapter on Adoption in Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Favorite Pastor Biographies:

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson by D. A. Carson

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain Murray

Disciplines of a Godly Man (Updated Edition) by R. Kent Hughes

The message that the church needs to hear in 2020 [54:05 - 1:08:00]

Episode 16 · 4 months ago

4 Questions for Divisive Topics

In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Kevin shares four questions to ask regarding the most divisive topics in the church today: voting, police shootings, and Coronavirus.

Kevin also shares 4 book recommendations of some of the most recent and enjoyable titles he has read through.

This episode is sponsored by Crossway, a publisher whose goal is to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. The Crossway title we want to highlight in this episode is Unfolding Grace: 40 Guided Readings through the Bible; discover the overarching storyline of God's Word as it is revealed through forty Scripture readings drawn from key points in the biblical narrative. Each passage, coupled with brief and accessible commentary, will help you follow God's grace as it unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. Unfolding Grace includes 40 illustrations by Peter Voth, excerpts discussing the flow of God’s plan of redemption, a single-column format, a smyth-sewn binding, and a Study guide.

Timestamps:

Introduction + 4 book recommendations [0:00 - 22:31]

Books mentioned:

The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) by Michael Strain 

The Morality of Laughter by F. H. Buckley 

The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences by Jason A. Josephson Storm 

J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir by Ned B. Stonehouse - cover done by Marina Amaral 

4 questions to ask when discussing voting [22:31 - 34:52]

4 questions to ask when discussing police shootings [34:52 - 42:05]

4 questions to ask when discussing the Coronavirus [42:05 - 54:25]