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, 10 October 2019 14:10

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Podcast pick for the week: At Mere Fidelity, Thomas Kidd joins Matthew Lee Anderson and Derek Rishmawy for a conversation on his new book Who Is An Evangelical? 

Kindle Deal: The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 14:10

The Why Behind Christian Education

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A few years ago, I reviewed a book with contributors who make the case for their preferred choice for Christians and education. The major options—public school, Christian school, or homeschool—have strengths and weaknesses. Every school is different, and every child is different.

As I...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 14:10

3 Suggestions for Strengthening Your Creativity

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A leadership book I consistently recommend is Todd Henry’s The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. I first read it several years ago when I was new to my role at LifeWay.

In the last year, I’ve had to learn the hard way some life lessons about the...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 14:10

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Podcast Pick for the Week: On this week’s episode of The Habit: Conversations with Writers about Writing, Jonathan Rogers interviewed James K. A. Smith about his new book on Augustine. Two of my favorite writers talking about two of my favorite subjects (writing and Augustine!).

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In two previous columns (see here and here), I’ve been reflecting on the American Dream, the pursuit of happiness, and our changing definitions of freedom.

The last written work that C. S. Lewis delivered before his death in 1963 was an opinion piece for the Saturday Evening Post called...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 14:10

Freedom, Limits, and the “Right” to Happiness

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Not long ago, I wrote about the American Dream turning on itself due to our changing definitions of “freedom” and “happiness.” We’ve moved away from the idea of freedom forsomething to freedom fromeverything—any constraint that would stop us from being or doing...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 14:10

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Podcast of the Week: The newest episode of Rough Translation: Liberté, Égalité and French Fries. The story of residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Marseille, France who considered their local McDonalds to be a home of sorts, as well as a gateway into French...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:10

The Last Generation of Unconnected Missionaries?

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When the great missionary Adoniram Judson wrote to his future father-in-law to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he did not mince words.

“I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world? Whether you can...

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Kanye West has undergone a conversion to Christianity, according to his wife, Kim Kardashian. “He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ,” she says. The conversion has resulted in a forthcoming album that will include Gospel songs, as well as hip-hop...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester. $3.99. 

Podcast of the Week: So, What’s an Evangelical? Good conversation here on Quick to Listen with Thomas Kidd on evangelical history and...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 14:10

Reasonableness in an Age of Outrage

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One reason we should consider periodic breaks from social media is because we need time for clearing the mind and disengaging from a world marked by a profound lack of reasonableness.

In Facebook comments and Twitter threads, unreasonableness is on full display. More and more it appears people are...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 14:10

Find a Book From My Recent Stack

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I’m in the middle of a pretty intense writing season right now, working hard toward the deadline for my next book. The topic is “expressive individualism”—the idea that the purpose of life is to find and express yourself. Regular readers may recall a series of columns I...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Balanced Christianity by John Stott. $1.99.

Podcasts:

  • I’ve enjoyed Season 25 of Business Wars about cereal, which chronicles the longstanding competition between Kellogg’s, Post, and General Mills.
  • My session at The Gospel Coalition—”The Thrill of...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:10

Why It’s Good to Read the Bible with the Church Fathers

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Many years ago, I worked alongside a Sunday school teacher who insisted that he didn’t need any curriculum or study helps. He just wanted to take his group through the Bible without any guidance. “Who needs a commentary or study notes? I just pray for the Holy Spirit to lead me to the...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 14:10

The Worship Song I Can’t Bring Myself to Sing

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There’s a popular worship song I’ve heard in recent years that I just can’t sing. The heart behind the lyrics is right, and the overall focus of the song is the goodness of the Lord, but at one point, it repeats a line over and over again—that God is never going to let us...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 14:10

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Kindle Deal: Christian Mission in the Modern World by John Stott. $4.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Christianity Today – LifeWay’s Stores are Closing, but Its Books will be in More Bookstores than EverLifeWay’s 170 stores were located in...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:10

Has the American Dream Turned On Itself?

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“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Few words inspire the American heart more than the rights listed in the opening to the Declaration of Independence. In the centuries since Jefferson penned that memorable phrase—in the aftermath of war and through the courage of men...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 14:10

The Digital Era Is Revolutionizing Your Expectations

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It’s no secret that new technologies and online habits are changing us in subtle yet profound ways, giving rise to new experiences and expectations. Writers like Tony Reinke, Andy Crouch, and Cal Newport have given us books rich with insight regarding the effect of the smartphone and social...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:10

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Podcast: The new season of Living and Effectivethe podcast collaboration of Christianity Today and the Christian Standard Bible—is now available. It’s all about grief, the prosperity gospel, and the power of God’s Word. Check it out here or...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 14:10

The Beauty and Power of a Missional Church

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I never planned for my initial response to Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence” to balloon into so many columns. Still, I’m glad for the opportunity to have this interaction with Mark, an astute evangelical observer, because the missional conception of the church...

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If you’re a regular reader of mine, you may be scratching your head over the amount of words I’ve devoted in response to current critique of the missional church movement and whether or not we should see the church as an instrument of God’s mission. Perhaps you wonder: What’s...

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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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