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

Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:10

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Podcast Picks of the Week: 

  • Some colleagues at LifeWay recommended 1865 – a dramatized podcast (with bonus episodes of commentary) telling the story of the immediate aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Riveting audio drama.
  • Another...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:10

When Suffering Strikes Your Story

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In the previous three columns, we’ve considered the challenge of living according to the Scriptural Story of our world when lesser stories so easily occupy our time and attention: career advancement, political involvement, or entertainment. The primary story for the Christian should be the...

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The gospel isn’t about us. It’s a message forus, yes, but it’s ultimately a royal announcement about Jesus. Even if you were never to have existed, the gospel would still be true. It is, as we saw in the previous column, “public truth.” And as the cosmic announcement...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 13:10

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I’m looking for an editorial coordinator who would work closely with me in my role at LifeWay. Here are more details, and the way to apply for this position.

Podcast Pick of the Week: I enjoyed this conversation on Unbelievable with Douglas Murray (author of The Madness of...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 13:10

The Big Story We’ve Fallen Into

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One of my favorite lines from The Lord of the Ringsis when Sam and Frodo reflect on people and adventures recounted in old tales and songs. Then Sam asks, “I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into.” At the heart of this question lies the understanding that we are all in a...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 13:10

What’s Your Primary Story?

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Every new year we’re reminded of the importance of disciplines, habits, and resolutions. We resolve to do this or that­—more exercising, less eating, more Bible study, less Twitter. When we step into a new calendar year, we take stock of the past and look to the future.

But more...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:10

My 10 Favorite Reads of 2019

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Every December, I post a list of the books I most enjoyed reading over the course of the calendar year. This year, I am posting earlier than usual because I plan to take the rest of the month off from regular writing. I’m near the finish line of submitting a manuscript, and my creative...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:10

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Podcasts: I was invited on three podcasts this week.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 13:10

When the Apostle Paul Called Out Two Women in Church

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I’ve always wondered who was more right: Euodia or Syntyche—the two women Paul mentions in his letter to the Philippians.

What would it have been like to be present in the service on the first Sunday morning the letter was read to the small gathering of believers? The parchment from Paul...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:10

Recent Highlights from My Reading

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I’m near the end of my work on my next book. Before Thanksgiving, I hope to finish the last of my edits to the fourth draft. (See this earlier column for more details on the book’s subject.)

Naturally, with so much of my creative energy devoted to this book, I’ve not had as much...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 13:10

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Podcast pick for the week: Don’t miss this enlightening conversation between Mike Cosper and Alan Noble on ministry and life in a secular age. Fantastic!

Kindle Deal: John: The Gospel of Wisdom (Biblical Imagination Series) by Michael Card. $4.99.

Seven of the best articles I...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:10

May the Words

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An interesting topic for a church history dissertation would be the origin and rise of choosing a “life verse”—a portion of Scripture chosen by a Christian as especially meaningful, words that serve as a banner over his or her life. I believe the practice is recent, appearing only...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 13:10

The Troubling Trajectory of the Sexual Schismatics

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A number of high-profile authors and speakers today have embraced the Herculean task of reshaping the Christian faith into something that can coincide with the core tenets of the sexual revolution. We see this strange syncretism growing in the West, more slowly in adoption than its evangelists...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 13:10

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Podcast pick for the week: Michael Bird joined N. T. Wright and Justin Brierley on an episode of Ask NT Wright Anything, to discuss the highly anticipated academic release The New Testament In Its World. 

Kindle Deal: The Lost Art of Disciple Making by Leroy Eims. $1.99.

Seven...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:10

Pastor, Don’t Imply That Church Is Optional

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All across the world this weekend, people will gather in groups—some bigger, many smaller—to worship Jesus. To sing songs, to pray together, to hear God’s Word preached. Voluntarily. No one forces millions of people to show up, to come together for worship, and yet it happens. It...

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imageBy the end of this month, I hope to have turned in the manuscript for my next book—an accessible look at the dominant way most people view the purpose of life as opposed to the Bible’s perspective. Last year, I did a multi-part series on expressive individualism: the idea that the...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:10

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CSB Webinar: On Tuesday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. CST, I will be hosting a 30-minute webinar about the CSB and its history, translation philosophy, and why it might be a great translation choice for your church or ministry. Every attendee will receive a complimentary CSB Text Bible (US...

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One of my favorite moments in the Gospel of Mark is in the description of Jesus’ appointment of the disciples. In Mark 3:13-14, we read:

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 14:10

G.K. Chesterton Before the U.S. Supreme Court

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No, G. K. Chesterton never appeared before the United States Supreme Court in person. (Just imagine the massive man making an impassioned case before the judges!) Yet he was quoted in 2018 and 2019 in both a dissent from Justice Neil Gorsuch and a concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Gorsuc...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:10

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Podcast pick for the week: The current season of Business Wars covers the rivalry between Facebook and Snapchat. Great storytelling about two battling businesses.

Kindle Deal: One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christiaby David Helm. $0.99.

Seven of the best articles...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:10

For Jesus’s Sake, Be Kind

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I confess to being one of the many Americans heartened by Ellen Degeneres’s defense of her friendship with George W. Bush and the fun they had at a football game a few weeks ago. In an increasingly polarized era where it’s harder to find common ground with fellow citizens, a...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 14:10

The Ironies of the Evangelical ‘Crisis’

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The surprising fact about today’s evangelical “identity crisis” in North America is that nothing about it should be surprising. The conflicts and tensions in the movement today have been present for decades (centuries even), and the strengths and weaknesses of the movement are so...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:10

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Podcast pick for the week:If you use The Gospel Project (and even if you don’t), you’ll likely enjoy The Hero of the Story podcast. Check it out on Apple or Spotify.

Kindle Deal: The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:10

A Closer Look at the ‘Nones’ in Their 20s

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Earlier this week, I shared some surprising findings about the religious beliefs and practices of Americans in their 20s, based on research included in a new book, The Twenty-Something Soulby Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley.

Today, I’m going back to their book to offer a few...

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The sky is not falling when it comes to religiosity among 20-somethings. No matter how many breathless blog posts and scary headlines you read about religious decline among young people, you should know that religious practice remains steady even as religious affiliation has declined.

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