But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Trevin Wax Kingdom People - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:10

The Boy Scouts and the Disappearance of Paths

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The Boy Scouts of America announced last week that the organization will now accept girls as members, thus ending the uniqueness of this iconic institution.

Many commentators have lamented the moral decline of the Boy Scouts, seen in the...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imagePodcasts: Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Who are the 144,000 in Revelation?” You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: The Holman Apologetics Commentary on...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:10

Welcome Everyone, Affirm No One

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The most well known hymn in America, "Amazing Grace," by the former slaveholder John Newton contains a line that many people stumble over.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

The hymn may be popular, but the sentiment is not. Few Americans...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 10:10

Are We Failing to Teach Our Kids Civics?

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imageWhen my wife became a U.S. citizen, she had to take a test and fill in answers the majority of Americans would not know. I remember, because when I quizzed her beforehand, Ineeded a refresher on civics--the rights and duties of American citizenship.

I'm not alone.

If recent...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb. $2.99.

image Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Andy Crouch – On “Thoughts and Prayers” After Another Mass ShootingThis article from Andy Crouch, written in 2015, is...

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imageThe earliest songs I can remember learning were hymns. From the time I was a toddler in the church nursery, I heard the great songs of the Christian faith. As a writer, I've grown to appreciate more and more the theological substance and artistic beauty of the hymns that have...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 10:10

Life Is Still Beautiful

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One of my favorite movies turns 20 this year: La vita e bella(Life Is Beautiful), an Academy Award-winning film that tells the story of Guido Orefice, a Jewish-Italian waiter, whose sense of humor charms the woman who will become his wife, and then protects their son from the...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcasts: Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, with Dr. Tom Schreiner helping us answer the question "Who are the Gentiles in Romans 2?" You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: Simply Christian: Why...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:10

Why I Love Reader’s Bibles

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In recent years, we've seen a trend toward the development of "Reader's Bibles." These Bibles, either in one-volume or multi-volume format, present the biblical text in its original, simplified form--without footnotes, study notes, verses, or chapter numbers.

A decade ago, The...

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Bro. Ken,

When I opened the email that said you planned to step down as senior pastor this year, I cried. The tears flowed both from sadness at the passing of time and from gratitude for you and your ministry. For more than a decade of my life, you were the primary chef who...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcasts: I was a guest on Oklahoma’s Messenger Insight this week, discussing This Is Our Time and the Christian Standard Bible.

Kindle Deal: Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations by Bruce Ashford. $2.99.

Book...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10

Should We Pull the Plug on Cable News?

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imageI used to be a cable subscriber for one year out of four: election year. As a political junkie, I found the up-to-the-minute news of a presidential campaign thrilling. I loved the drama.

Election 2016 changed that. It wasn't because, this time around, I was unable to...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:10

We Should Always Take Life “One Day At a Time”

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imageMany of you have been kind to ask about our family's situation, following my mother-in-law's terminal diagnosis earlier this year, and the challenges we have faced as my wife went to Romania to be her primary caregiver. Earlier this summer, Corina spent a month there, and...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Did God bless the Hebrew midwives for deceiving Pharaoh?” from Exodus 1. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Book Club: The good...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:10

Churchgoing Is Beautiful

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imageThe percentage of American Protestants who attend church every week has held steady since the 1970s. But churches report smaller numbers of Christians in worship each week.

What's going on?

1. Changing Definitions

First, the definition of "faithful churchgoer" has changed....

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Monday, 04 September 2017 10:10

When Should a Church Address a Current Event?

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imageWhen does a current cultural event necessitate a change of plans in your Sunday morning church service?

That's a question that I've been pondering in the aftermath of the Charlottesville protests a few weeks ago. The event took place on a Friday night, escalated on a Saturday,...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imageKindle Deal: The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer. $3.67.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. So many amazing stories in the wake of Harvey’s floods. I love this one, and I later found out Nicole uses The Gospel Project! Who...

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imageI just watched a video from my cousin who was canoeing down the streets of his brother-in-law's neighborhood, his paddles occasionally hitting car roofs submerged in the waters. Like many others, he's doing what he can to rescue neighbors and help people get to safety.

The...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 10:10

Fernando Ortega Gives Us Jesus

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My first impression of Fernando Ortega was at the Dove Awards ceremony in 2000. My parents had snagged some tickets for the family, and we drove into Nashville to the Opry House to watch our favorite Christian artists perform songs and receive awards.

When Fernando Ortega and...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcasts:

  • This week, I was a guest on the LifeWay Kids Ministry 101 podcast for a conversation about biblical literacy and family discipleship. Thank you to Jana and Chuck for sharing the desire to instill God’s Word in our families!
  • Brandon Smith and I released a...

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imageUnderneath our society’s ongoing debate over abortion, we find a fundamental clash of worldviews--strong beliefs, feelings, and affections that flow from one's overall outlook on life. The debate is clouded by assumptions about freedom, sanctity, and what constitutes...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:10

Before the Throne of Social “Likes”

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imageFour friends of mine have recently deleted their social media accounts. No more Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. They're done. Of course, they continue to read and write blogs, answer email, and engage online here and there. But they've come to believe their use of social...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Book Club Announcement: The good folks over at Gospel-Centered Discipleship are reading This Is Our Time together. You can join the conversation here.

Kindle Deal: Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer. $1.99.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY COLLEEN PINSKI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Middle Tennessee is in the eclipse zone. On August 21, my city will be inundated with people traveling from thousands of miles to witness a total eclipse, a rare event in which the moon obstructs the sun for several minutes.

Here'...

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Last September, my brother-in-law, who lives in Portsmouth, UK, got married, and my family went to England to the wedding. During that week, I had the opportunity to visit a few places that were meaningful to me as a reader of G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R....

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