This is The Good Book Company Podcast, a show where we have lively conversations with authors about church, culture and the Christian life.  

Episode 13: Is the bible really good news for sex and relationships? (Jason Roach)

    

In this episode we catch-up with urban pastor Jason Roach about Swipe Up, his new honest (and sometimes humorous) book for youth and young adults about sex and relationships.

Jason tells us how God interrupted his medical career to put him on the path toward becoming a pastor in an impoverished part of South London. He is now a consultant to the Bishop of London and is working with his church to tackle complex social issues such as knife crime. 

Oh, and he tells us how he managed to have a poledancer for a girlfriend...

Find out more here: www.thegoodbook.co.uk/swipe-up

 

 

Episode 12: The Rational Case for the Jesus of History (Dr. John Dickson)

    

In this episode we speak to Dr John Dickson, Australian apologist, historian, and Founding Director of Australia's Centre for Public Christianity.

We cover how he became a Christian through reading the gospels alongside hamburgers and a faithful Christian, his career as a professional singer/songwriter and how he eventually (somewhat reluctantly) ended up in the world of academia. 

John shares his heart for proclaiming the gospel by presenting the rational case for Jesus of Nazareth. 

His new book, Is Jesus History? is an exploration of the historicity of Jesus and whether he is relevant today. Find out more here: www.thegoodbook.co.uk/is-jesus-history

 

Episode 11: Church Then and Church Now (Dr. Albert Mohler)

    

In this episode we speak to social commentator, apologist and President of Southern Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler. We delve into his childhood to find out how he came to be described as "one of America's most influential evangelicals". 

We also discuss the growing concern over ministry leaders and mental health, and find out how the book of Acts can and should inform our approach to ministry today. 

Find out more about Dr. Mohler's expositional guides on the book of Acts at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/acts-1-12-for-you

 

Episode 10: Evangelism today...but especially at Christmas! (Glen Scrivener)

    

In this episode we catch up with Glen Scrivener about his new Christmas evangelistic book The Gift, and cover a whole host of other evangelism things. Such as how he became a Christian, how he became a reverend, and how he became an evangelist. We also talk about the increasingly confusing world of campus outreach, and how to truly reach people in a digital age.

Warning: contains cricket references.

Find out more at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/the-gift

 

 

Episode 9: Showing Children Jesus in the Old Testament (Alison Mitchell & Catalina Echeverri)

    

The story of Daniel and the lions' den teaches children many things... It teaches them about praying; it teaches them about Daniel’s faithfulness to God, and God’s faithfulness to Daniel; and it teaches them that God is the real king of everyone everywhere. But if you peel back another layer, you’ll see that like the rest of the Old Testament, it also points to Jesus.

In this episode, we speak to author Alison Mitchell and illustrator Catalina Echeverri, about how they went about bringing this to life in Jesus and The Lions' Den, the latest addition to our beautiful, award-winning storybooks for children.

Find out more at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/lion

 

Episode 8: Women of Color on the Word of God (Kristie Anyabwile, Kim Cash Tate & Jackie Hill-Perry)

    

His Testimonies, My Heritage is an inspiring collection of devotions on Psalm 119 by a diverse group of women of color—African-American, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Asian women. Contributors include Kristie Anyabwile, Jackie Hill-Perry, Trillia Newbell, Elicia Horton, Christina Edmondson, Blair Linne, Bev Chao Berrus and more.

It is a faithful exposition of Psalm 119 and incorporates each contributor’s cultural expression both within the teaching and as they bring the word of God to bear on their lives.

Find out more at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/his-testimonies-my-heritage

 

Episode 7: Igniting wonder in a child’s heart (Tim Thornborough)

 

Those of us that have children under our care—parents, godparents, grandparents, kids’ ministry workers and more—have been gifted a wonderful opportunity and privilege. We can ignite the spark of wonder in a child’s heart that sets them up for a lifetime of adventurous curiosity into all the things of God and His Word.

In this episode founder of The Good Book Company, Tim Thornborough talks to us about Spark Wonder, a new campaign to urge parents—and anyone else with children in their care—to see Christian storybooks as a key discipleship tool.

Find out more at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/spark-wonder

 

 

Episode 6: Rethinking Obedience (Jonty Allcock)

 

"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."

What do we do when God's commands sound impossible? Most of us find opt-outs and excuses, or pretend we're doing better than we are.

In this episode, Jonty Allcock argues that there is a better way. And in his new book Impossible Commands he says that obedience can be a life-giving joy rather than a job, a delight instead of duty.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/impossible-commands

 

Episode 5: Praying bigger and better (Alistair Begg)

 

So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there’s a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don't know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself?

In this episode, renowned Bible teacher Alistair Begg talks about his new book Pray Big. He shows us that the Apostle Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He also expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly, and the truths that underpin and shape Paul's prayers can motivate us to pray and set us an example.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/pray-big

 

Episode 4: Am I Just My Brain? (Sharon Dirckx)

 

Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads.

In this episode, brain imaging scientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?"—and "Why am I?"

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/am-i-just-my-brain

 

Episode 3: Illustrating Bible Stories for Kids (Steph Williams)

 

Illustrating Bible stories for children is much harder than it seems. How much can a restless toddler take in from one story? How do you emphasise what you want them to remember? Do we have to convey the whole gospel every time?

In this episode we talk to Steph Williams, writer, designer, illustrator and Mum of three as she unpacks the 'Little me, Big God' series and how she went about turning three gospel stories into age-appropriate books for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Find out more about Steph's books at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/little-me-big-god

 

Episode 2: Faith and Culture (Dan Strange)

 

Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it’s important that we are neither bewitched by it—buying into everything it tells us—or bewildered by it—lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble.

In this episode, Dan Strange, author of Plugged In, encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality—the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/plugged-in

 

Episode 1: Looking After Our Pastors (Christopher Ash)

 

What do you think about your pastor? Do you chew over his sermons and wonder if they are clear and helpful? Do you feel he spends enough time with you? In fact, do you ever catch yourself wondering what he does all day?

In this episode we talk to seasoned former pastor, Christopher Ash, about his new offering The Book Your Pastors Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed To Ask). In it he urges church members to think about pastors not just in terms of what they do – how they lead and pray and preach and teach and so on – but about who they are. He encourages us to remember that pastors are people and to pray for them as they serve us.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/the-book-your-pastor-wishes-you-would-read