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, 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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Thursday, 18 April 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jen Pollock Michel – Christian Life is Paradoxical. Embrace it.&...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:10

Signs of Hope for the Next Generation

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Below is the video from one of my talks at The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference: “Signs of Hope for the Next Generation.”

It’s dangerous to look at the next generation and see only signs of hope, just as it’s dangerous to look at the next generation and see only...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 14:10

The Thrill of Orthodoxy

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We live in an age that resists authority, dogma, and institutions. Those who challenge historic doctrines and practices are seen as heroic and courageous, as if there is something inherently attractive and exciting in being heterodox. To defend the faith, we must not merely rely on rational...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Video: Over at For the Church, I answer the question: What encourages you about the future of the church?

Kindle Deal:  Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World is, in my opinion, the most important book to come from Tim Keller in the past 5 years. It is only $4.99 on...

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Gen Z is growing up. The oldest members of the generation coming behind the millennials, born after 1995 and before 2012 and labeled by Jean Twenge as “iGen” due to their adolescent years being shaped by the omnipresent iPhone, are now finishing college and entering the workforce. The...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 14:10

The Church Needs More Church History

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On a recent visit to southern California, Corina and I spent an afternoon strolling down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We recognized many of the names on the sidewalk and took pictures next to the stars left in honor of our favorite singers and bands, actors and actresses.

We admired the pillars in...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: My favorite of the Oliver O’Donovan ethics trilogy, Finding and Seeking: Ethics as Theology is just $2.99 right now.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Karen Swallow Prior (in Vox!) – Abortion Will Be Considered Unthinkable 50 Years From Now.&nbsp...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:10

Self-Righteousness Wears Many Disguises

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Recently, I wrote a column about the preface to Jesus’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector and what that introductory comment tells us about the connection between trusting in yourself and looking down on others. When we look at the parable itself, particularly the description of...

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It’s common these days to hear people disparage the big conference or to claim that attending an event is an unnecessary luxury since so many of the talks are live-streamed or divided later into clips for consideration. Some decry the focus on “big names” and well-known...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 14:10

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Video: Over at LifeWay Voices, I answer a question about a technology likely to catch the church off guard. This is coming, and we need to be ready.

Kindle Deal: Two of my books are on sale this week. This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel and Gospel...

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When you want to mobilize for political battle, you shift strategy and rhetoric toward creating and sustaining neatly defined sides, with faithful soldiers lined up and ready for action. In the United States, political debates have long been a battle between Republicans and Democrats, but in recent...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 14:10

Look Up to God, Or Look Down on Others

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I’ve always been fascinated by the introduction to Jesus’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector:

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. . . . (Luke 18:9)

Luke describes...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: How People Change by Paul David Tripp and Timothy Lane. $0.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. LifeWay to Close All 170 Stores. This is the end of an era for brick-and-mortar Christian bookstores. Please pray for the wonderful employees who have...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:10

7 Books I’ve Read More Than Once

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I’m always on the lookout for reading recommendations from people I admire. I love “favorite books” lists and suggestions from leaders and friends. Many of these titles make their way to my wishlist. A few of them find a place on my bookshelf.

What interests me even more than the...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 14:10

What We Lose When We Lose Language-Learning

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From the late 1950’s through the 2000’s, enrollment in foreign language programs at the university level grew steadily. After 2009, language class enrollments began to drop.

Why Language Learning Is On the Decline

Leigh Jones, from WORLD Radio, interviewed several professors to find out...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Letters to a Young Pastor by Calvin Miller. $0.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Carl Trueman – The West is a Third World Country: The Relevance of Philip Rieff. Cultural conservatives face a time when it is not simply a question of debating the...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:10

The Glorious Love of God as Our GPS

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I’m glad there’s such a thing as GPS. For those of you who, like me, are (should we say) “directionally challenged,” GPS is a lifesaver. We rely on maps because we need ways of seeing the world around us, of knowing where things are and how to get there. Maps serve a...

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I’ve been enjoying the video series with Jonathan Pennington called “Cars, Coffee, Theology.” Dr. Pennington, one of my past professors at Southern Seminary, has started a collection of interviews, including Tom Schreiner, Mike Cosper, Matthew Levering, Russell Moore, and...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Supernatural Power for Everyday People by Jared Wilson. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jonathan Parks-Ramage – Jesus, Mary, and Joe Jonas. A gay reporter’s journey into Reality L.A., an evangelical church in Hollywood.

2. Tim Keller...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:10

Social Media and the Snare of Self-Justification

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One of the points I make in This Is Our Time,in the chapter devoted to the smartphone, is that much of our social media use stems from the desire to know and be known (and fully affirmed).

Faithfulness in the age of social media will require Christians to understand why we are drawn to these spaces...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 13:10

Famous Christian Quotes… That Aren’t Real

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Some of the most famous Christian quotes floating around out there are on the Internet aren’t real. To put it another way, the quotes are real, but they’re sometimes misattributed to famous Christians instead of lesser known writers. Or no one knows the actual origin of the quotes at...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Video: Russell Moore, Scott Sauls, and I have a roundtable discussion on the question, “How Should Pastors Use Social Media?”

Kindle Deal:The Bible Guide: A Concise Overview of All 66 Books. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Elisabeth Elliott – Your...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 13:10

Theological Minutia Matters

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Who needs theological education? Doesn’t theology just lead to mind-numbing debates over insignificant matters? Only theological eggheads insist on parsing doctrines and dogmas until powerful, life-changing experiences with God get dissected and reassembled as stale and crusty formulas. Who...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 13:10

Here’s Why I Keep Returning to Lesslie Newbigin

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Lesslie Newbigin was a missionary from Great Britain who spent 40 years working in India during the 20th century. When Newbigin went back home, he experienced a greater shock than anything he’d confronted in India. The churches in his own country—the churches that had sent him to...

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