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

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