Life and Books and Everything, Season 2

I can think of a lot of reasons why I’m sick and tired of coronavirus (I’m not literally sick!). But if one good thing came out of the shutdown for me personally, it was starting up a podcast with my friends Justin Taylor and Collin Hansen.

After an initial run of ten episodes, we are back with a revamped second season. We’ve added a producer, sponsors, future guests, and a new look. If you are interested in hearing the three of us talk about Life and Books and Everything, visit this link or check us out on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

In Episode 1 of Season 2 we discuss our summer reading lists, how to balance the pursuit of safety and trust in God’s sovereignty, Grace Community Church’s decision to gather indoors for services in California, and whether the Big Ten should have canceled football? We are very pleased to have the first episode sponsored by Crossway. In particular, we want to highlight the book by Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. It’s been getting rave reviews. Check it out.


Introduction + Book Giveaway Announcement with Crossway [0:00 – 4:50]

Summer Reading [4:50 – 29:47]

Collin’s summer reading:

The Future of Christian Marriage by Mark Regnerus

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz

The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross

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


Justin’s summer reading:

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Redeeming the Great Emancipator by Allen C. Guelzo

Reconstruction: A Very Short Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy by Seth Mnookin


Kevin’s summer reading:

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney

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

Manliness by Harvey C. Mansfield

Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes


How can we understand the balance between the pursuit of safety and absolute confidence in God’s sovereignty? [29:47 – 45:38]

Grace Community Church and their choice to gather indoors for services in California and the challenges facing churches in the pandemic [45:38 – 59:50]

Should the Big Ten have canceled? [59:50 – 1:11:40]