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

Episode Resources

You may find the following links and resources helpful:

  • Book: [amazon_link id=”0310245729″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Where is God When it Hurts[/amazon_link] by Philip Yancey
  • Book: [amazon_link id=”0310517818″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Disappointment with God[/amazon_link] by Philip Yancey
  • Book: [amazon_link id=”0310245656″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]What’s So Amazing About Grace[/amazon_link] by Philip Yancey
  • Book: Open House Volume 1, in which this interview appears in print
  • Link: Philip Yancey’s blog

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  • March 27, 2013

    Looking forward to hearing where your new podcast heads Sheridan.

    I think I have listened to a few dozen of your interviews over the years, all free to me, all made me grow a bit and think as well. So thankyou.

    Nice to hear Yancey again.

    • March 27, 2013

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, David. Much appreciated. There’ll be some ‘old treasures’ brought out for a second hearing, like this, combined with some new content. Thanks for listening!

  • March 27, 2013
    Bev Murrill

    Thanks Sheridan. This is a great interview and I love the strength of your questions … not just pap but really well thought out questions.

    • March 28, 2013

      Thanks Bev. It helps when you’ve got someone brilliant to talk to!


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