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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Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:10

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My pick for #1 favorite read of 2015 is this week’s Kindle Deal: Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine by Kevin Vanhoozer. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Gavin Ortlund – Humility is Not Hating YourselfWe think...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:10

Is the Church an Instrument?

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In several articles (see the most recent here), I’ve been interacting with Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” which makes the point that in our zeal for doing good things for God, our love and passion for God Himself has been eclipsed.

I resonate with this diagnosis...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:10

How The Church Became “Missional”

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When someone as prominent as Mark Galli, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today,puts the social gospel and the missional movement in the same basket, claims they both share a fundamental flaw in seeing the purpose of the church in instrumental terms (meaning, the church exists for the world), and...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language by Gary Burge and David Lauber. $4.99. 

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Brandon Vogt – Visiting G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and John Henry Newman: An...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:10

The Church Isn’t Missional?

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Does the church exist for the sake of the world?

Is the church missional in its purpose?

These are questions raised by Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” where he makes the case that evangelicals have become so focused on what we do for God that our relationship with God...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 14:10

Mark Galli Takes On the Missional Movement

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In my previous column, I summed up the diagnosis given by Mark Galli (editor in chief at Christianity Today) for the malaise in evangelical circles today.

Mark believes we have replaced a vibrant relationship full of longing for God with a host of religious activities. The activist strain within...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 14:10

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Podcast: I was a guest on the Group Answers podcast this week, with Chris Surratt and Brian Daniel, talking about multi-directional leadership, how polarization affects our churches and small groups, and the need for community.

Kindle Deal: Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 14:10

Diagnosing the Malaise in Evangelicalism Today

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In a series of articles titled “The Elusive Presence,” editor-in-chief for Christianity TodayMark Galli describes the heart of the crisis within evangelicalism today. Mark is a longtime participant in evangelical churches and a keen observer of evangelical trends. He serves at the...

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In 2016, Brandon Smith and I launched a new podcast called Word MattersThe gist of the show goes like this: We take a contested or puzzling passage of the Bible, walk through the most common interpretations, and then recommend how to preach or teach the passage...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 14:10

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Podcast: July saw the release of three new episodes of the Word Matters podcast hosted by me and Brandon Smith.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:10

How Your Future Self Helps You Fight Present Sin

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Earlier this year on a Christian university campus, a student approached me with a question about fighting sin. He belonged to a group of young men committed to conquering the temptation of pornography. He explained how these guys sought to hold each other accountable, and he asked for some...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:10

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Longtime readers of my column know that I usually take the month of July off from writing, in order to give more time to reading and reflection and to get ahead on other projects and responsibilities that come my way. This year—in order to give my best to the excellent LifeWay team that I...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:10

3 Sources of Joy in Preaching Weekly

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For two and a half years, in addition to my responsibilities at LifeWay and in other fields, I served my church as the primary teaching pastor. I was responsible for preparing and delivering 40 sermons a year.

A few months ago—for reasons pertaining to my family, my work, and my...

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In previous columns, we’ve looked at the danger and prevalence of “one-directional leadership”—when a leader is skillful at fending off dangers that appear from only one direction while neglecting or ignoring dangers that come from other directions. (See here, ...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus by Charles Morris and Craig Borlase. $0.99.

1. Kevin DeYoung – Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome PersonWhat does a quarrelsome person look like? What are his (or her) distinguishing marks? Here are twelve possibilities.

2. Carl Trueman –...

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Ten years ago, the television series Lostwas entering its sixth and final season. The story of Oceanic Flight 815, which crashed in the Pacific and stranded dozens of survivors on a mysterious island, caught the attention of millions of people around the world. Even if the finale was something of...

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In recent weeks, we’ve been looking at the need within evangelicalism for leaders who can spot and oppose threats coming at the church from multiple directions. (See here, here, and here.) I call this “multi-directional leadership” as opposed to a one-directional leadership that...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay. $1.99.

1. Rebecca McLaughlin – 20 Quotes on the Hardest Questions Christians FaceThese come from an excellent book — one of my favorites so far this year. 

2. Stephen Woodworth – Why do some pastors sabotage their own...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:10

We Will Sneer at Death

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Two years ago, our family found ourselves in the middle of an intense trial. My mother-in-law, just 64, was diagnosed with cancer already in advanced stages, leading to a summer in which my wife, Corina, spent (in total) three months in Romania as her primary caregiver during those last days. I...

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The miniseries Chernobyl depicts much more than the nuclear fallout from the power plant’s disaster in 1986.

Yes, it includes graphic images of people exposed to the highest levels of radiation. Yes, the camera lingers over eerie playgrounds, schools, and apartment buildings—long...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:20

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Kindle Deal: Jesus Loves Me: Celebrating the Profound Truths of a Simple Hymn by Calvin Miller. $2.99. 

1 June Cheng – Free at LastThe 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre finds many leaders of the protest now laboring for Christ. See also the story...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 14:10

The Problem with the One-Directional Preacher

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If you’ve been following along in the last couple of columns (see here and here), I’ve described the need within evangelicalism for leaders who can fend off threats coming at the church from multiple directions. We’re trained to spot threats that only come from one side (usually...

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the need for leaders alert to dangers that threaten the church from more than one direction. We are trained in sword fights wielded in only one direction. As a result, we never turn around to get a fuller picture of the battle. What we need are leaders who can...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian and Larissa Murphy. $2.99.

Article: Honored to have contributed an article to Premier’s Christianity magazine in the UK – The North Pole, Faulty Maps, and Why It’s Dangerous to Follow...

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Evangelicalism as a movement appears increasingly fractured and polarized, especially in regard to our political and theological debates.

Those on the evangelical right recognize the problems of progressivism and liberalism, while centrist or left-leaning evangelicals recognize the dangers of...

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