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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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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One of the biggest debates facing evangelicalism today is not the nature of marriage and sexuality, but whether or not different views of marriage and sexuality constitute an issue on which orthodox Christians can simply “agree to disagree.”

In other words, how close is our understanding...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Warren Wiersbe’s Be series is only 99 cents on Kindle right now.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jonathan Pennington – Why Did Jesus Need to Be Baptized? Jesus’s answer to John’s reluctance is instructive, both in...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:10

On Church Photo Booths and Instagram Posts

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At Christianity Today, Kate Shellnutt reports on a new phenomenon—the rise of the church photo booths that make it easy for attendees on special occasions to take a picture and share it through social media. She writes:

In recent years, Instagram-friendly congregations have offered...

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Jen Pollock Michel’s newest book Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of And in an Either-Or Worldcombines a Chestertonian love for paradox, biblical reflection, and wisdom gained through a life spent following Jesus. She points us away from safe simplifications of what we believe and invites...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home by Jen Pollock Michel. $4.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. It’s hard to overstate the legacy of Warren Wiersbe, who died last weekend at the age of 89. Here’s a look at his life, and a...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 14:10

We Dare Not Lose the Psalms

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“Today, we are part of a generation that has largely forgotten how to pray and sing the psalms. For the first time in all of church history, the psalms are no longer the bedrock for our individual devotion or corporate worship.” So write Keith and Kristyn Getty in the preface to Psa...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 14:10

Easter and the Power of the Firstfruits

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The Easter season marks the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus in the past, but there’s a sense in which Easter is just as much about the resurrection that will happen in the future.

That’s because, as Paul makes clear in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus is the “firstfruits of those...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 14:10

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Podcast: Earlier this week, I was a guest on Bill Delvaux’s Heroic podcast, which focuses on the path to true manhood in light of Christianity. We discussed the nature of prayer, and we got specific into questions about my prayer life and how it connects to my work and...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 14:10

The Gospel of Inclusion Is Far Too Narrow

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One of the ways error can creep into the church is when people attempt to simplify the Christian faith by picking up one truth—a real truth that makes up part of the Christian faith—and then holding tightly to it while letting go of other important truths. Over time, that one...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 14:10

The Amazing Assault of Grace

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Several weeks ago, I posted an article recommending a number of books I’ve read more than once, a list that included Les Misérables.I first read Hugo’s masterpiece while in seminary and then, about a decade ago, I revisited it via Julie Rose’s translation.

Listening to a...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:10

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Podcast: On Jimmy Scroggins’ Church for the Rest of Us podcast, we had a wide-ranging conversation about developing yourself as a reader — how to get started, what books matter, how to know what books to choose, how reading connects to ministry, etc.

Kindle Deal: Humil...

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It’s rare to find a book that delves into historical trends, philosophical reflection, and contemporary analysis while remaining remarkably cohesive and (even better) immensely enjoyable to read. How else can I describe Steven D. Smith’s Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 14:10

God Has a Plan Through Your Life

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“God has a plan for your life.”

This statement has become something of a truism among evangelicals, whether it introduces a gospel presentation or comes during a time of suffering and trial, as a source of comfort in knowing God is sovereign over our sorrow.

In the midst of turmoil, we...

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