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, 13 December 2018 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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This is likely my last post of the year. A very merry Christmas to all of you! Thank you for reading and recommending my column.

Kindle Deal: My book Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After is just $1.99 on Kindle right now.

Seven of the best articles I...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:10

Expressive Individualism Series

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This fall, I have been writing a series of columns on expressive individualism and its challenge to the church in the 21st century. Several readers have asked me to bring these reflections together in one place for easy access. Here are links to every post in the series.

1. Expressive...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 13:10

10 Favorite Reads of 2018

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Books are companions during specific seasons of life. As I look back over the past decade of top 10 “favorite reads,” I can see myself in particular locations reading these books: the hospital room, the bus, on the living room couch, in my home library, by the nightstand, or on a plane....

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 13:10

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Podcast:

  • The season finale of “Living and Effective,” a new podcast hosted by Richard Clark in partnership with the Christian Standard Bible and Christianity Today is out. This episode is “The Bible Tormented Bonhoeffer,” on how Scripture both haunted and comforted...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 13:10

Doing Ministry in a World of Expressive Individualism

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As we draw to a close this series on expressive individualism, I’d like to offer a few suggestions on how we can be more effective in ministry in a society where expressive individualism reigns. In the previous column, we noted two major temptations:

  • to recast Christianity according to...

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My column today is featured over at LifeWay Voices, a new site with helpful articles and videos. Click here to read the full article, which explains why many Christians start but never finish a Bible reading plan.

It’s the time of year when many Christians are preparing to start a...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:10

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Podcast:

  • The fourth episode of “Living and Effective,” a new podcast hosted by Richard Clark in partnership with the Christian Standard Bible and Christianity Today is out. This episode is “How Luther Lost Control of the Message.”
  • The newest episode of Word Matters...

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If you’ve been following along in this series on expressive individualism (one of the big challenges facing the church today), you may be thinking: Trevin, this cultural analysis is helpful in understanding our current context, but what’s to be done?This question is especially...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 13:10

Caught in the Riptide of Mere Inspiration

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In an earlier column (part of a series on expressive individualism as a challenge facing the church today), I mentioned what happens to the notion of sin in a culture like ours. When “Be true to yourself” is the greatest commandment, the failure to be yourself becomes the biggest sin,...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: Sending Well: A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching by Dino Senesi. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Pamela Haag – Death By Treacle. Sentiment surfaces fast and runs hot in public life, dumbing it down and crippling intimacy in private life.

2....

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What happens when the Bible and humanity collide? Not what you’d expect.

Christianity Todayand the Christian Standard Bible have partnered together to create a new podcast hosted by Richard Clark called “Living and Effective.” The program’s first season journeys...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 13:10

What Expressive Individualism Does to Sin

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In recent weeks, we’ve looked at various challenges facing the Christian church in the West, one of the biggest being expressive individualism – the be true to yourselfmindset that finds self-fulfillment and expression as the highest goal of life.

In this type of society, isolation and...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:10

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Podcast: The second episode of “Living and Effective,” a new podcast hosted by Rich Clark in partnership with the Christian Standard Bible and Christianity Today is out. This episode focuses on the Jesus Movement and why it made such an impact.

Video: Midwestern...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 13:10

Why You Should Consider Reading the Bible Chronologically

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A few weeks ago, I recommended various Bible reading plans and laid out the strengths and weaknesses of each.

One increasingly popular approach is chronological. This plan takes you through the Bible’s grand narrative, so that you follow the storyline chronologically, helping you see...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 13:10

The Dangerous Gift of Discernment

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Discernment provokes a negative reaction for many Christians. Perhaps they are familiar with an overly suspicious, constantly negative church member who seems to delight in sniffing out scandals or taking on theological error. Some self-styled “discernment” ministries online establish...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 14:10

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Podcast: 

  • I am excited to announce a partnership between the Christian Standard Bible and Christianity Today on a new podcast hosted by Rich Clark called “Living and Effective,” a program about what happens when the Bible and the culture collide. More details here.
  • I was a...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:10

You Are Not Timeless or Placeless

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One of the peculiar characteristics of living in a time of expressive individualism—a time in which many conceive the purpose of life in terms of their ability to find and express a version of themselves that resists conformity with previous generations, family constraints, or other outside...

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Longtime readers of my column at TGC know that at the end of every year I select my “ten favorite reads.” Looking ahead, I don’t know how I will limit my list to ten this year, so I’d like to share some early recommendations.

Here are some books I am currently reading or have...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable by Sam Chan. $5.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jeff Haanen – God of the Second ShiftThis may be one of the most important cover stories from...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:10

Your Church is Not a Restaurant

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In recent columns, we’ve explored how the church can be faithful in a world of “expressive individualism.” But what happens when the church doesn’t stand out?

In a consumer-oriented society, the default orientation for church attenders is to see their local congregation...

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In earlier columns (see here and here), we looked at the definition of expressive individualism and the challenges it poses for the church that seeks to be faithful in this cultural moment. This emphasis on being true to yourselfand discovering the “real you” to express to the worldcan...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: The Pressure’s Off: There’s a New Way to Live by Larry Crabb. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Mike Phey – Loving and Living in Kairos TimeLoving people in kairos time means no longer seeing time as a scarce asset under our...

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In my previous column, we looked at the term “expressive individualism.” Today, I want us to see why a society captivated by this view of the world presents a challenge for the church in our efforts to be faithful to the gospel.

Me vs. God

The first reason why expressive individualism...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 14:10

Expressive Individualism: What Is It?

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Earlier this year, I identified four of the big challenges facing the church in the West today. We’ve looked extensively at the problem of societal fragmentation and political polarization. Now we turn our attention to the reality of a culture awash in what is often called “expressive...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Unleashed: Being Conformed to the Image of Christ by Eric Mason. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Ed Stetzer – The Technological Discipleship Gap. New research on Christian engagement on social media platforms. Stetzer shows how new digital...

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