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Should we reject books by authors who rejected the faith?

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Release Date: 08/12/2019

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Nancy Guthrie, who is already in the running for best guest ever after last episode, returns for another round of talking books, banter, and throwing shade at Dave (well, actually at me, but I like to pretend it was directed at Dave). Listen in as we talk: Why it's taken us so long to have her on the show Why we like having guests in-studio instead of joining via teleconference If/when one of us will be invited onto Nancy's podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible The story behind Nancy's upcoming book, Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus Why women need to be deeply engaged in Bible study...

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At long last, Nancy Guthrie joins us in the studio this week! Nancy is a Bible teacher, host of Help Me Teach the Bible, and the author of many books, including the upcoming Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, which we'll talk about a bit next episode. But this week, we're talking about a lot of different and important topics, including: Nancy's history in publishing—from publicist to author—and how it made her a better writer Why we should thank the author of The Total Woman (Google that one, y'all) for encouraging Nancy to start writing Nancy's rules for endorsing books The...

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'Tis the season for exhaustive lists of top- something or others from bloggers and podcasters everywhere. So, we're getting right down to business on this episode as we present to you our completely self-serving end-of-year book lists. Along the way, we also discuss: When Aaron sounds most pretentious How we rank Tim Keller’s books The challenge of enjoying poetry Our happiness about our friend Scarlet being okay after a health scare What we thought about The Last Jedi Aaron's favorites: My Grandmother Told Me to Say She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman The Prodigal Prophet by Timothy...

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About a year ago, Dave and I had the privilege of being joined in-studio by acclaimed novelist Leif Enger while Barnabas was out on a work-related trip. He declared us really bad friends, and we're okay with that. So, today, as we all gear up for Thanksgiving, we're representing this interview as a special holiday gift to you! Listen in as we discuss: Leif's writing process and why it took 10 years for Virgil Wander to be released; Why his latest is his "most Christian but least evangelical" book yet What it means to be a successful writer (and how he handles criticism);...

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It grieves all three of us on this podcast when anyone walks away from the Christian faith. Joshua Harris' recent announcement of his "deconstruction" of his faith is just one of many that each of us—Barnabas, Dave, and me—know of and are affected by to varying degrees.

He isn't the only one, of course. There are so many (former) pastors that have either rejected the faith entirely, or through their behavior, been revealed to be out of step with the message they proclaimed. So what should we do with the books they wrote that we maybe found helpful once upon a time? Listen in as we discuss

  • Should we get rid of books based on the author's character?
  • Can (and should) we separate the message from the individual sharing it?
  • What hope do we have for authors who reject the gospel they once proclaimed?
  • How should we respond as we learn about the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of historical figures?

All this plus sucker-punching, and our updates on what we're reading.


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