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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This is the painting of Augustine I have in my home library. I love the way he is gazing upward as he prays and studies.

Last week, on Beeson Divinity School's podcast, Timothy George and Matthew Emerson discussed the Center for Baptist Renewal--a movement that intends to equip...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: On the Pastor Talk Roundtable, Marty Duren, Chris Martin, Barnabas Piper and I discuss the discipline of writing.

Kindle Deal: A Year with G. K. Chesterton: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder$1.99.

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A few years ago, Corina and I paid our respects to a dear Christian missionary who had recently departed this life. At the visitation, we met with the man’s family. His legacy of faith spanned four generations--with children and grandchildren serving...

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A civilized society uses persuasion and argument to make a case and will not tolerate those who engage in violence toward opponents on the other side of the political aisle.

But what if we are at the precipice of losing this hallmark of civility?

Recent developments...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: But Don’t All Religions Lead to God?: Navigating the Multi-Faith Maze by Michael Green. $0.99.

imageSeven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Malcolm Yarnell – The Cross is Everything! Yarnell was the co-writer of the SBC resolution...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:10

Hope For the Desperate Times

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Five weeks ago, my family entered a time of intense struggle. (I wrote about it here.)

My mother-in-law in Romania received a terminal diagnosis, and just days later, Corina left to go be with her. The time of separation was difficult for us all. I had to shift gears...

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imageFor many annual vacations now, I've chosen to spend my devotional time in the Sermon on the Mount. I read Matthew 5-7 in its entirety every morning, and, over the course of a week, I work my way through a commentary on the Sermon. For centuries, this portion of Scripture has...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:10

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  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Why does Paul instruct us to hand people over to Satan?” from 1 Corinthians 5. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: The...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:10

White Brothers and Sisters, Take Up and Read

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Whenever there is disagreement or debate about race relations in the United States, or whenever we witness steps forward or backward in repentance and racial reconciliation, I notice that many of my white brothers and sisters who have a heart for unity quickly...

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Mere Christianityis a strange book to become a modern Christian classic, partly because it wasn't intended to be a book in the first place.

The work began as a series of radio addresses Lewis delivered during WWII. Next, these "broadcast talks" were printed as small pamphlets....

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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I’ll be away from the blog for a little while, focusing on family during this time. I appreciate your continued prayers for my wife and mother-in-law.

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  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question "Did Jesus spend the night...

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I love old books. They provide both comfort and challenge, both inspiration and critique.

Just this week, as our family has passed through a difficult time, my heart has been ministered to by a 17th-century minister, Thomas Watson, whose insights into God’s goodness in the midst of pain have...

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When you think of a pastor and his Bible, you may picture a well-worn Bible sitting on a desk, next to a stack of commentaries, a moleskin journal on top. You may think of the Bible you use in sermon prep, or maybe it’s the Bible you carry onto the platform when you preach.

You think...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:10

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imageKindle Deal: Reading the Sermon on the Mount with John Stott. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Alex Tizon – My Family’s SlaveOne of the most riveting essay / profiles I’ve read in recent months.

2. Molly Worthen – U Can’t Talk to...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:10

Too Shocked To Pray: A Personal Update

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The map showing the distance between me and Corina these days.

Last week, my family received news of a diagnosis that immediately changed our lives.

My mother-in-law, who lives in Romania, has been facing various health issues for quite some time. (For those who have read This Is Our Time,you’l...

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I am grateful for the Southern Baptist Convention.

  • I am grateful for pastors who have shaped me through their preaching, shepherding, mentorship, and encouragement in mission.
  • I am grateful for my Sunday school teachers, and for the professors at Southern Baptist institutions who have...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Word Matters Podcast

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Why did Jesus commend a dishonest manager?” from Luke 16. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:10

The Revenge of Analog Discipleship

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Is digital on the way out? Is analog on the way in?

A new book by David Sax, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, focuses on recent movement away from digital technology and back toward “real things” like vinyl records, board games, hardcover books, and...

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What if you could travel back in time a hundred years?

The early 1900s were a time when technology was progressing by leaps and bounds. The age of science and reason had stirred up a sense of optimism across North America. New methods of studying the Scriptures had become popular, with...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:05

Trevin’s Seven

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  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “What does the number 666 mean?” from Revelation 13. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love...

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New research on Americans and Bible engagement has been released, and as usual, the statistics give reasons to be both alarmed and encouraged.

Let’s start with cause for alarm. The problem of biblical illiteracy isn’t going away anytime soon. More than half of Americans say...

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imageI can’t believe I’m writing this post.

First, because I am in no way recommending the new Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why.From beginning to end, the show is saturated in sin, stark and unrelenting—incessant swearing, physical violence, sexual assault, drug use, alcohol...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcasts

  • Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “What is Paul’s thorn in the flesh?” from 2 Corinthians 12, with special guest Dr. George Guthrie. You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS
  • I joined Aaron...

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We live in an age of anxiety. Cultural pessimism is all the rage, both inside the church and out. In an anxious age, we are tempted not only to egregious and obvious transgressions, but to more “common sins” like complaining (which I’ve written about here) and, of...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 10:10

Feasting as an Act of War

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I don’t think I will ever look at a family feast or a church potluck the same way again.

From childhood on, I’ve always thought of birthday dinners or holiday meals or church potlucks as fun and fellowship—reasons to get together and enjoy some food and games. But now, I...

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