S2: Ep46: Crystal Downing Talks Dorothy Sayers

Crystal Downing is the co-director of Wheaton College’s Marion Wade Center and an expert on the Inklings and Inkling-adjacent authors. This week on The Habit podcast, I speak with Dr. Downing, about her new book, Subversive: Christ, Culture, and the Shocking Dorothy L. Sayers.

We discuss the dangers of Christian celebrity, the strategy of shock in Dorothy Sayers’ work, and the subversion at the very heart of the Christian faith.

S2: Ep45: Charlotte Donlon Knows What Loneliness Is Good For

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I speak with Charlotte Donlon, author of The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other and host of the Hope for the Lonely podcast.

We discuss the two-way street between loneliness and belonging, the power of stories to de-stigmatize our loneliness, and the crucial difference between loving someone and understanding them.

S2: Ep44: Dane Ortlund Cultivates Surprise

This summer I started hearing about a new book called Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, by Dane Ortlund. Sam Allberry called it a book “that astonishes us with the sheer abundance and capacity of Christ’s love for us. 

I read the book, and it was as good as I had heard. I very happy when Dane Ortlund agreed to be on this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast. We talk about beauty, theological correctness, and the importance of surprise in the spiritual life.

S2: Ep43: Andy Lepeau Wants You to Write Better

This week on The Habit Podcast, I speak with Andrew T. Le Peau, former Associate Publisher at InterVarsity Press, blogger, and author of Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality.

We discuss the simple power of physical exercise to generate creative ideas, as well as the things that get in the way of the writer’s voice. Also, we go back and forth on the constructive tension between my own emphasis on self-forgetfulness in writing and Andrew’s claim that all writing is autobiographical.

S2: Ep42: Anne Snyder Loves Institutions

Anne Snyder is editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine. In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, Anne and I discuss our culture’s antipathy towards institutions, the role of theological reflection during a time of crisis, and her work with Comment Magazine to serve both readers and writers in uniting thought and action.

S2: Ep41: Brown Bannister Says “There You Are!”

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I talk with music industry legend Brown Bannister about the difference between “Here I am” and “There you are” personalities, the similarities between producing a record and teaching students, and how Brown has avoided cynicism over his long career.

This episode was recorded for last weekend’s Hutchmoot:Homebound conference, where it aired as a video.

S2: Ep39: Barnabas Piper Isn’t Afraid to Be Happy

This week on The Habit Podcast, I interview Barnabas Piper, author of Hoping for Happiness.

We talk about the unrealistic expectations that artists can sometimes project onto their craft, how much easier it is to write while sad than while happy, and the distinction between hope and optimism.

S2: Ep38: Marilyn McEntyre Speaks Peace

This week on The Habit Podcast, I talk with Marilyn McEntyre, author of Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict.

We discuss the rich etymological depth of the word “conversation” and its connection to “dwelling with”; the lost art of visiting; transactional speech in a capitalist world; poetry’s abiding danger to the status quo; and the recovery of metaphor.

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