Philip Yancey joins the show to discuss why he is so drawn to the subjects of grace and suffering, what it means to be a grace dispenser, the problem with evangelism, why art is a central witness for the church and his new book Vanishing Grace.
Barbara Brown Taylor returns to the show to discuss why she will not watch her interview with Oprah, who would play her in a movie, introverted pastors, disappointment with God, transformation and translation, worrying and praying, the troubling word “sin” and Learning to Walk in the Dark.
Luke’s Dad rejoins the show to discuss humanism verses existentialism, if we can really ever know ourselves, the difference between free will in psychology and theology, and letting go of the non-essentials. FYI it get’s a bit nerdy.
Kristen and Rob Bell join the show to discuss dealing with criticism, how destructive focusing on the parts instead of the whole can be for marriage, shining light on our baggage, communication, the universal rhythm of sacrifice, Friday Night Lights, loving the many through the one. Luke tries unsuccessfully to get info on Rob’s new TV show and successfully to get info on their new book The Zimzum of Love.
Wade Hodges returns to the show to do a super classy wrapup show discussing Luke’s foray into blogging, Christians who can live in paradox, the four hats a preacher wears, foul mouthed guests, and Wade attempts to figure out the upcoming guests for November.
Dr. Anna Carter Florence joins the show in front of a live audience to discuss the intersection of standup and preaching, setting the text free, and why Luke needs to go to Columbia Seminary.
Richard Beck rejoins the show to discuss his new BFF Greg Boyd, Warfare Theology, agnosticism about the Devil, the weakness of Progressives’ treatment of evil, the legitimacy of Free Will, how guilt is good, his desire to make amends with his hero Nadia Bolz-Weber, and of course Lady Gaga.