Philip Yancey | What Good is Disappointment?

Season 1 | Episode 5

Philip Yancey is one of the most compelling and popular Christian authors of our time. But faith has not always been easy for him—growing up in Atlanta included absorbing the confidently racist doctrine his childhood pastor distributed from the pulpit. He is not free from the pangs of doubt and disappointment today, but he gathers courage from the selfless love played out in people like Dr. Paul Brand, a medical doctor who dedicated his life to treating leprosy. In this episode’s conversation, Philip Yancey and Language of God host Jim Stump discuss rediscovering faith after messy first encounters, disappointment with the state of the world, and stepping into a life colored with hope.

Philip Yancey, author of books like Disappointment with God, The Jesus I Never Knew, and What’s So Amazing About Grace, is one of the best selling Christian authors alive today. His interactions with Christians from around the world and his early church experiences inform his writing on faith, the problem of pain, and unexpected grace. He holds graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. Yancey lives in Colorado as a freelance writer and avid hiker.

You can find a full list of Yancey’s books on his website. For more on his longtime friend and co-author Dr. Paul Brand, see Dr. Brand’s Wikipedia page.

This episode of Language of God was hosted by Jim Stump and produced by Colin Hoogerwerf. Additional help from Nate Mulder.