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

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I’ve been enjoying the newest songs from Matt Papa and Ross King, Every Last Word: A Scripture Songs Project. They’re doing something unique here. Every month, they release a new song that puts a longer passage of Scripture (word for word, in the CSB translation) to music....

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Brian and Cara Croft. $3.99.

Thank you to Matt Perman for this review of the new Worldview Study Bible, for which David Dockery and I served as general editors.

Seven of the best...

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Are fears about kids and screen time overblown?

In the conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard,Laura Vanderkam argues that many parents are too preoccupied with this question. She reads “angsty, virtue-signaling essays” online from parents who believe the best approach is to to...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 14:10

Fahrenheit 451 from Book to Screen

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying National Review’s “Great Books” podcast. Every episode focuses on a classic book that has shaped our society. After hearing the episode on Witness by Whittaker Chambers, I bought the book and devoured it in a few days, finding it...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: D.A. Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance is $3.99.

Over at For the Church, I did a brief video answering the question of what kinds of books (other than theology) pastors should read.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. The Color Photographs of WWI.Rare...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:10

An Update on The Gospel Project

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A couple months ago, I met a pastor with an incredible story.

Jason serves in a church that was once saturated by the prosperity gospel. For years, “health and wealth” teaching was rampant throughout every ministry area, from what they taught in preschool to what was preached from the...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 14:10

We Need Wisdom, Not Just Commands

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One of the central points of Eschatological Discipleshipis that biblical faithfulness requires not only the keeping of biblical commands, but also the outworking of biblical wisdom and discernment on what obedience looks like in our day.An “obedient Christian” not only takes the...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:10

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I’m going to try and unplug from most online interaction and blogging for the next week or so. See you in June!

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1 Malcolm Gladwell – How School Shootings Spread. I remember being haunted by this New Yorker essay when it first came...

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As Southern Baptists lurch toward our annual meeting next month, we are embattled and embittered, with people on various sides of our current debates experiencing grief and anger, concern and alarm. Last week, I warned of two tendencies that could further fracture our convention and make long-term...

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A new biography of C. S. Lewis’s wife, Joy, has altered my perception of Lewis himself.

This is not the first time that my view of someone has shifted based on the story of their spouse. A. W. Tozer’s wife’s comments about her husband made me wonder how a man so passionately...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:10

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Podcast: In the newest episode of Word Matters, David Allen joins me and Brandon Smith to discuss a question raised in Hebrews 4: “Was Jesus Really Tempted Like We Are?”

Kindle Deal: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller. $0.99.

Good news: Free...

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We are just weeks away from the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Questions about theological affinities, political loyalties, missiological approaches, Convention structures, the voices and treatment of women, the seriousness of domestic violence, properly reporting abuse,...

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When preaching and teaching God’s Word, we are right to focus attention on our understanding of the text and our delivery of the text’s meaning in a faithful and relevant manner.

It’s just as important, though, to understand our listeners. We must know our cultural context well...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson and Doug Moo. $0.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1 Mindy Belz – Itinerants and Pawns. I read every journalistic report Mindy Belz writes. She is one of the very best examples of world news...

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No matter where you come down on the debates over evangelical identity, one truth is indisputable: the evangelical movement in North America has been shaped by the divisions that became apparent in the early 20th century between fundamentalists and modernists. Arming themselves against those who...

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imageLast week, I wrote an article about our free time and the choices we have: to consume, to cultivate, or to create.

Today, I want to extend that idea beyond the choices we make in our leisure time to our responsibility as churchgoers and disciple-makers.

Wistful Toward the Past

Young people who have...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective by Brandon O’Brien. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Bruce Ashford – Theological Sickness Unto Death: Philip Rieff’s Prophetic Analysis of Our Secular Age. G...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:10

Consume, Create, or Cultivate: Your Choice

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I recently sat down with a 20-something who asked for some advice on how to become more productive in serving the Lord. He wanted to think more deeply and live more fully, and he wondered what he could start doing to cultivate the kind of life that would bear fruit for God’s kingdom in future...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 14:10

The Danger of an Unscraped Knee

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Kids don’t play outside as much anymore. You don’t have to look up statistics to prove this; you can just look at your own neighborhood. Houses full of kids, streets empty of play.

Jean Twenge’s book iGenlays out some of the reasons for the decline in outdoor play. We can blame...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:10

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Podcast: In the newest episode of Word Matters, Jonathan Leeman joins me and Brandon Smith to discuss Matthew 16 and the question, “How did Jesus build His church?”

Kindle Deal: I bought this honor-shame paraphrase of 1 Peter last time it was available on Kindle for...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:16

On Mission at McDonald’s

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For a good number of evangelicals, the word “missional” next to “millennial” conjures up the coffee connoisseur doing relational evangelism at upscale restaurants that cater to foodies. If millennials resist chain restaurants and opt instead for something more authentic than...

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Every year, Barna and the American Bible Society release new research on behaviors and beliefs about the Bible among U.S. adults. Click here for a summary of the surveys with charts and graphs to help you visualize the research.

Three findings stood out to me.

1. Most Americans appreciate the Bible...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:10

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Podcast:In the newest episode of Word Matters, Tom Schreiner joins me and Brandon Smith to discuss Romans 1 and the question, “Does the Bible forbid same-sex sexual activity?”

Kindle Deal: One of my favorite books from the past ten years is Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl&nbsp...

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In conversation about classic films, it seems like someone always says, “They just don’t make movies like they used to.” Except they do. Increasingly.

We have superhero films today that rival any blockbuster from the past. We’re singing along with musicals like La La Landand T...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 14:10

Wanted: People To Lead Us in the Way of Wonder

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In an age of disenchantment, a world in which people are starved by superficiality, we need writers and pastors and artists who can feed us with the wonder of existence.

The writers I most enjoy reading are those who lead us in the way of wonder: poets and artists who tell the truth by...

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