Life and Books and Everything
Life and Books and Everything

Episode · 2 months ago

The Meaning of America


For this special Independence Day bonus episode, Kevin goes solo to talk about what America means and how Christians should relate to our nation. The most contentious debates that we currently have are about history, and we can’t agree on which story to tell about America. Kevin examines two books that approach this problem of America’s story differently. Are they incompatible? Which way do you take? 

Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of The Supremacy of God in Preaching Revised and Expanded Edition by John Piper.

John Piper pleads for preachers to make the supremacy of God the bracing air of their sermons. He longs to see a new generation of preachers, and a revived band of seasoned brothers, set aflame with the grandeur of God—his glory as the goal of preaching, his cross as the ground of preaching, his Spirit as the power of preaching. It is fitting that The Supremacy of God in Preaching now appears in hardcover for the first time. It has proven to be an enduring work through the decades.

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Revised and Expanded Piper [0:00 – 1:22]

What we disagree about is history. [1:22 – 6:52]

Is there such a thing as an American? [6:52 – 10:58]

Book 1: Covenant, Crucible, Creed [10:58 – 23:49]

Book 2: Celebration and Criticism [23:49 – 30:57]

6 Quick Thoughts [30:57 – 46:47]

Books and Everything: 

After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division, by Samuel Goldman 

Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, by Wilfred McClay  

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