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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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:11

10 Podcast Recommendations

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My commute to downtown Nashville has lengthened in recent days. Middle Tennessee is experiencing a season of explosive growth, which benefits the housing market in the surrounding counties but weighs on those of us who endure the daily trek to Nashville for work.

Over the years, I’ve tried to r...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 14:10

Should We Do Away With Talk of Worldview?

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A few weeks ago, I recorded a podcast at Beeson Divinity School with Dr. Timothy George and Dr. David Dockery. We discussed The Worldview Study Biblea new CSB resource for which Dr. Dockery and I served as general editors. During the podcast, Dr. George asked about the meaning of the...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 14:10

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Podcast: David Dockery and I joined Timothy George on the Beeson Podcast to discuss The Worldview Study Bible. You can enter to win a copy here.

Kindle Deal:Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich by Dean Stroud. $1.99.

Seven of the best...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 22:28

Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan

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Today, I’ve got an article up at LifeWay Voices on the different Bible reading plans out there and how to decide which one is best for you. 

Bible reading plans can help you grow as a follower of Christ. They guide you through reading the Bible, so that you can see God’s plan for...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 14:10

Fighting Fragmentation on a Spiritual Plane

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In August, I started a series on four big challenges facing the church in the West and then launched into what I thought would be a two or three-part series on the fourth challenge I identified: polarization and fragmentation in society. To my surprise, that series has expanded considerably. (See he...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Living Wisely with the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall. $5.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. If you’re an evangelical born after 1980, Elizabeth Dias from The New York Times wants to hear from you. Answer a few questions here.

2. June Cheng...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:10

Fighting for Hope

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There are times in life when burdens threaten to overwhelm our hearts, when we walk through periods of pain for so long that we begin to feel numb to its presence, when numbness slides into a season of sorrow, which gives way to a sadness that turns into bleakness, and life loses its luster, and...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:10

2 Ways To Fight Fragmentation

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In recent articles, we’ve looked at political polarization and the causes of our societal fragmentation. Now it’s time to consider ways the church can stand out from the world by resisting the fragmentation and polarization that has become so prevalent.

How can church leaders help...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger. $3.99.

Special thanks to Louis Markos for his review of Eschatological Discipleship. “What time is it?” is a Christian question.

Wax argues that if we’re...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:10

Resisting the Great Untruths that Hurt Our Society

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When I first read The Atlanticcover story on “The Coddling of the American Mind,” I thought: This should be a book.Now it is. Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff have expanded the argument of their essay into a full manuscript, and they’ve delivered one of the most important books...

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In Christian circles today, we talk frequently about the dangers of lust in a sexualized society. We have True Love Waits, purity rings, and accountability groups meant to keep us from pornography or other forms of explicit content.

But there’s another version of lust that can be just as...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho. $0.79.

LifeWay Voices launched this week. Excited to see this new site!

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Pray for our brothers and sisters in...

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In recent columns, we’ve looked at the political polarization we find prevalent these days. We’ve observed the causes of our societal fragmentation and we’ve seen how too often the church has fallen prey to similar divisions which leads to a manner of debate that mirrors the world...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 14:10

Fragmented Churches in Fragmented Times

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Last month, I laid out four of the biggest challenges facing the church in the West. Polarization made that list, and in two recent articles (here and here), I’ve sought to unearth some of the reasons why our society has become increasingly fragmented, and to lay the groundwork for how the...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:08

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: This book made my top ten list of favorite reads last year. Right now, it’s only $3.49 on Kindle. Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. In my earlier columns on polarization and fragmentation (see he...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:10

Distrust and Disdain in the Internet Age

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In a recent article, I asked why political polarization is so prevalent in our time. Instead of going straight to the question of political parties and platforms, I wanted to examine deeper, underlying roots of our societal dysfunction. In a hyper-individualistic age, we are more suspicious toward...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 14:10

Why Are We So Politically Polarized?

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Isolation. Fragmentation. Polarization.

These are realities confronting our society today—problems that leave people feeling lonely and alienated from others. The pain of rejection and loneliness often pushes people toward self-protection, which leads to their retreat into cocoons of...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry That Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life by Bryan Chapell. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Big news out of LifeWay this week, as Thom Rainer announced his retirement. Here is his blog post about the decision,...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 14:10

Pursuing Education, Or Just Credentials?

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The digital age has led to an explosion of educational opportunities. You can stream online courses, attend all your classes in short bursts of time, join a seminary’s extension center, work through a program with a cohort, do an independent study, or attend all your classes on campus and...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:10

Reflections on Teaching at Wheaton College

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A year ago, I watched a conversation unfold on Twitter that produced more light than heat. An article about women’s discipleship stirred up conversations that led to dozens of posts and articles from women online regarding several important topics today: women who serve the church through...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: I was a guest on MBTS president Jason Allen’s podcast Preaching and Preachers this week, discussing the pastor and discipleship.

Kindle Deal: Craig Keener’s commentary on Romans (part of the New Covenant Commentary Series) is only $2.99 right now.

Seven of the...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:10

He Lets Us Live

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Early summer for my family is a parade of parties. Four out of the five of us celebrate birthdays within the same thirty-day period. Our daughter Julia kicks things off on June 13, followed by my birthday on June 24, our oldest son Timothy on June 25, and then our youngest son David’s...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 14:10

Feeling Courageous While Sexually Compromised

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One of the biggest challenges of navigating through the murky morass of our generation’s moral revolution is recognizing the ways in which we have become complicit or compromised in matters related to sexuality. In an environment of heated rhetoric and debate over same-sex sexual...

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