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

When you think of a pastor and his Bible, you may picture a well-worn Bible sitting on a desk, next to a stack of commentaries, a moleskin journal on top. You may think of the Bible you use in sermon prep, or maybe it’s the Bible you carry onto the platform when you preach.

You think...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imageKindle Deal: Reading the Sermon on the Mount with John Stott. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Alex Tizon – My Family’s SlaveOne of the most riveting essay / profiles I’ve read in recent months.

2. Molly Worthen – U Can’t Talk to...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:10

Too Shocked To Pray: A Personal Update

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The map showing the distance between me and Corina these days.

Last week, my family received news of a diagnosis that immediately changed our lives.

My mother-in-law, who lives in Romania, has been facing various health issues for quite some time. (For those who have read This Is Our Time,you’l...

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I am grateful for the Southern Baptist Convention.

  • I am grateful for pastors who have shaped me through their preaching, shepherding, mentorship, and encouragement in mission.
  • I am grateful for my Sunday school teachers, and for the professors at Southern Baptist institutions who have...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Word Matters Podcast

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Why did Jesus commend a dishonest manager?” from Luke 16. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:10

The Revenge of Analog Discipleship

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Is digital on the way out? Is analog on the way in?

A new book by David Sax, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, focuses on recent movement away from digital technology and back toward “real things” like vinyl records, board games, hardcover books, and...

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What if you could travel back in time a hundred years?

The early 1900s were a time when technology was progressing by leaps and bounds. The age of science and reason had stirred up a sense of optimism across North America. New methods of studying the Scriptures had become popular, with...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:05

Trevin’s Seven

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imageWord Matters Podcast

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “What does the number 666 mean?” from Revelation 13. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love...

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New research on Americans and Bible engagement has been released, and as usual, the statistics give reasons to be both alarmed and encouraged.

Let’s start with cause for alarm. The problem of biblical illiteracy isn’t going away anytime soon. More than half of Americans say...

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imageI can’t believe I’m writing this post.

First, because I am in no way recommending the new Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why.From beginning to end, the show is saturated in sin, stark and unrelenting—incessant swearing, physical violence, sexual assault, drug use, alcohol...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcasts

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “What is Paul’s thorn in the flesh?” from 2 Corinthians 12, with special guest Dr. George Guthrie. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS
  • I joined Aaron...

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We live in an age of anxiety. Cultural pessimism is all the rage, both inside the church and out. In an anxious age, we are tempted not only to egregious and obvious transgressions, but to more “common sins” like complaining (which I’ve written about here) and, of...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 10:10

Feasting as an Act of War

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I don’t think I will ever look at a family feast or a church potluck the same way again.

From childhood on, I’ve always thought of birthday dinners or holiday meals or church potlucks as fun and fellowship—reasons to get together and enjoy some food and games. But now, I...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imageKindle Deal: The Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock. $0.99.

Podcast:

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “What does it mean to work out our salvation?” from Philippians 2. You can subscribe to the podcast...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:10

On Writing, Branding, and Platform-Building

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On Easter weekend, an extraordinary conversation unfolded on Twitter (in hundreds of tweets) among several well-known evangelical women writers. A number of concerns were raised:

  • Why so much attention to building “platforms” and author “brands” these days?
  • Doesn&...

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imageI’ve adapted a portion of This Is Our Time and added some additional material for my friends at Gospel Centered Discipleship this week. What does it mean to follow Jesus in a world where everyone believes the purpose of life is to follow your dreams and be true to yourself?

In a...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imageKindle Deal: The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection by Ross Johnson and Philip Johnson. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. John Stonestreet – Jesus, the Last AdamThe gospel’s contrast between Adam and Jesus never...

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One of my frequent prayers during sermon preparation goes something like this: Help me, Holy Spirit, to make what is unfamiliar understandable and what is familiar strangely fresh.

I want people who are new to the Bible to see its treasures and comprehend them for the...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 10:10

The Beauty of Spiritual Struggle

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In North America, we have been trained to assume that if a process does not come easily to us, there must be something wrong. From the way we use technology, to the way we make shopping decisions, and even the way we learn and work, we often assume that struggle is bad. Everything...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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imageBook Deal:My newest book, This Is Our Timeis available both on Kindle and in paperback for only $7.99 today.

Podcasts:

  • This week, Chris Martin invited me onto his blog podcast to talk about fears, bullying, writing, and other questions that no one else ever asks me...

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imageMarvin Olasky is one of my favorite interviewers. I’ve always enjoyed reading the excerpts from his Olasky Interviews series in World Magazineand hearing him interact with different thinkers and leaders with various perspectives at Patrick Henry College.

Last month, a few...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 10:08

4 Surprises in Bible Publishing

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For seven months now, I’ve been serving as the Bible and Reference Publisher for Broadman & Holman and overseeing the launch of the Christian Standard Bible.

The challenge of this new role has been the need to learn multiple disciplines at once, while also receiving a crash...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:10

Outlawing Stay-At-Home Moms?

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Should it be illegal for mothers to stay at home and raise their children?

Believe it or not, this is an actual topic of discussion in Australia, after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a report suggesting that moms who stay at home are a drag on the economy:

O...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:10

My Father-In-Law’s Conversion Story

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imageAnother excerpt from This Is Our Time is available online. This one was published in Shattered Magazine, and tells the story of my father-in-law’s conversion from Communist ideology to Christianity.

Florin, a bright and enthusiastic 24-year-old Romanian, received a...

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