001 The Philip Yancey Interview

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Welcome to this first episode of More Than This, my new podcast on life, faith and spirituality. I’ll post this regular podcast on Wednesday mornings. Please subscribe to ensure you never miss an episode!

Where is God When it Hurts? What’s So Amazing About Grace? Disappointment With God. The Jesus I Never Knew. Rumours of Another World. Prayer. Philip Yancey sits in his den tapping out books that inspire millions. On one September night in 2007, Philip dropped by my previous show Open House for a chat. An intriguing discussion ensued about God, doubt, faith and the musings of an author with more questions than he has answers.

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In this hour-long conversation Philip Yancey and I explore:

  • Why he writes books
  • His experience growing up in a ‘toxic’ church
  • How doubt-tolerant God is
  • How his father’s death while he was a child later affected him
  • How we focus on cause when the Scriptures focus on response
  • Which of his books has most changed him
  • Why he’s still a Christian

And Philip answers some listener’s questions:

  • How he overcomes writers block
  • Whether he ever doubts his work is worthy of reading
  • How the church can offer grace to gay people
  • The issue of God and war
  • Why we knowingly hurt others

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