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 February 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ by Michael Card. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Billy Graham 1918-2018. Christianity Today’s mini-biography is the best place to get an overview of Graham’s life and legacy.

2. Marilynne...

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The best way to understand your culture is to leave it, at least for a while.

For me, it took being outof American society for five years to understand certain aspects of the culture in which I was raised. Whenever I returned home from doing mission work in Romania, I noticed things I had never...

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For a long time, I was bothered by the fact that God didn’t allow Moses into the Promised Land. I sympathized with Moses in his one moment of weakness, and I wondered if God judged him too harshly.

I was also bothered by the fact I was bothered.

It’s not good to stay in a place where you...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:20

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Kindle Deal:True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World by David Skeel. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Randy Alcorn – The Little Known Story of Olympian Eric Liddell’s Final YearsChariots of Fire wasn’t the end of this...

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I grew up as a child of the Religious Right.

I came of age in the 1990s during the peak of Focus on the Family’s political influence and the drama of President Clinton’s sex scandals. I was taught that we could not and should not separate private character from public office. In 2000,...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 13:10

Why ‘Progressives’ Cannot Abide Dissent

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One of the central questions facing our society today is how rival visions—what constitutes “the good life,” or what constitutes “progress,” or what future we should aspire to—can coexist peacefully, without coercion or domination, in a pluralistic age.

Christians...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: Help My Unbelief by Fleming Rutledge. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Tim Keller – 3 Ways to Pass On Faith to the Next Generation. It is impossible to lay blame neatly when one generation fails to pass its faith on to the next one....

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 13:10

Will Sexual Propriety Make a Comeback?

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If you’ve been following the trajectory of the #MeToo movement and listening to our society’s ongoing conversations about sexual harassment and assault, you may get a little dizzy from the back-and-forth over what constitutes proper behavior between the sexes. The allegations made...

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Have you heard the phrase, “They’re so heavenly minded they’re of no earthly good!”

It’s usually a slur against Christians whose heads are “in the clouds” all the time, too focused on heavenly matters to be of any help for the practical side of life. The...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: Death by Living: Life is Meant to Be Spent by N. D. Wilson. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Alistair Begg – Preachers are Servants, Not Celebrities.What Alistair Begg learned from the ministry of Charles Spurgeon.

2. Sarah Pulliam Bailey...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:10

Pro-Life or Anti-Abortion: What’s in a Name?

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Whenever media coverage turns to the anniversary of the Roe v. Wadedecision, some pro-life advocates complain about receiving the label “anti-abortion,” a much narrower descriptor (with negative connotations) than the preferred “pro-life.” The “anti-abortion”...

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The success of The Greatest Showmanis nothing short of astonishing. The movie musical starring Hugh Jackman brought in a paltry $8.8 million when it opened a few days before Christmas. The next week, it earned nearly twice that amount, a rare feat for Hollywood today. Propelled by word of mouth...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:10

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Podcast: This week, I was a guest on the 5 Leadership Questions podcast with Daniel Im and Todd Adkins, discussing trends in Christianity in North America.

Kindle Deal: A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology by Kelly Kapic. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 13:10

Are We Still Evangelical?

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Recently, I wrote about the “evangelical identity crisis” precipitated by this situation: (1) large numbers of people identify as evangelical but don’t adhere to its historic doctrinal commitments, and (2) large numbers of people adhere to common doctrinal commitments but...

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Parents, don’t take the biblical proverb “train up a child” and treat it like a promise, assuming that if you do everything right in your parenting, your children will turn out right. Proverbs are general truths, not specific promises. Besides, when we consider the overall context...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: The Good Book for Kids: How the Bible’s Big Ideas Relate to You. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Sophia Lee – Guilt Offerings. Fascinating article on abortion from the Buddhist worldview and the memorializing of unborn dead.

2. Two...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:10

The Hospitality That Makes a Church Stand Out

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How should Christians stand out in a society increasingly fragmented and polarized, isolated and lonely, embittered and embattled?

Too often, the temptation is for the church to allow these forces to overwhelm us until we retreat to the safety of a fortress that shuts the door to doubters. But...

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Last week, John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview asked me to participate in a Breakpoint symposium with other Christian leaders (Os Guinness, Mindy Belz, Roberto Rivera, David Dockery, and more). We were given the space of 250 words to respond to the following...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: I read this book last year and highly recommend it. Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity by Edward Gilbreath is $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jonathan Leeman in The Washington Post – Why...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:47

On the Evangelical Identity Crisis

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How do you define an evangelical?

“Someone who likes Billy Graham and likes to debate the definition of ‘evangelical.’”

We chuckle because there’s more than a little truth to that joke. But these days, more than a few wonder if the “evangelical” label is well...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:10

A Brief Defense of the Christian Subculture

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In Christianity Today,Morgan Lee reports on a growing nostalgia for artifacts from the Christian subculture of the 1990s.

  • Baltimore Ravens player Benjamin Watson and Owl City’s Adam Young confess their appreciation for the Focus on the Family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey.
  • The magazine Bri...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 13:10

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Kindle Deal: My “theology in story” book Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After is only $1.99 this weekend.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Joel J. Miller – Ten Rules to Read More Books This Year. I echo these...

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In a valiant effort to get people into God’s Word, pastors and church leaders sometimes stress the simplicity and ease of Bible reading. We want to make the Bible seem more accessible than it is with the hope that more people will read it. This is the wrong approach.

It’s true that, at...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 13:10

Here’s To a Judgment-Free Year?

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“Here’s to a judgment-free 2018!”

I heard this sentiment expressed a few times on television as hosts, celebrities, and revelers in Times Square counted down to the New Year.

Pay no attention to the judgments that other people make about your life and choices. 

You be you in...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:10

Trevin’s Seven – Best of the Year Edition

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After having written more than 75,000 words on this site this year, I’m ready now to publish my last blog post of 2017. Periodic breaks from blogging and social media help me be refreshed spiritually and intellectually. I plan for my time online to be sparse over the holidays as I focus on...

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