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

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

Trevin’s Seven

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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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

Trevin’s Seven

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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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Thursday, 10 October 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast pick for the week: At Mere Fidelity, Thomas Kidd joins Matthew Lee Anderson and Derek Rishmawy for a conversation on his new book Who Is An Evangelical? 

Kindle Deal: The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 14:10

The Why Behind Christian Education

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A few years ago, I reviewed a book with contributors who make the case for their preferred choice for Christians and education. The major options—public school, Christian school, or homeschool—have strengths and weaknesses. Every school is different, and every child is different.

As I...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 14:10

3 Suggestions for Strengthening Your Creativity

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A leadership book I consistently recommend is Todd Henry’s The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. I first read it several years ago when I was new to my role at LifeWay.

In the last year, I’ve had to learn the hard way some life lessons about the...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast Pick for the Week: On this week’s episode of The Habit: Conversations with Writers about Writing, Jonathan Rogers interviewed James K. A. Smith about his new book on Augustine. Two of my favorite writers talking about two of my favorite subjects (writing and Augustine!).

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In two previous columns (see here and here), I’ve been reflecting on the American Dream, the pursuit of happiness, and our changing definitions of freedom.

The last written work that C. S. Lewis delivered before his death in 1963 was an opinion piece for the Saturday Evening Post called...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 14:10

Freedom, Limits, and the “Right” to Happiness

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Not long ago, I wrote about the American Dream turning on itself due to our changing definitions of “freedom” and “happiness.” We’ve moved away from the idea of freedom forsomething to freedom fromeverything—any constraint that would stop us from being or doing...

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