Trevin’s Seven

Podcast: This week, I was a guest on World Radio’s Listening In podcast with Warren Cole Smith.

Kindle Deal:  How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. $1.99.

Of note: Jeff Vanderstelt reviewed This Is Our Time for TGC this week. I love the application he gives in describing a conversation with his son.

I was reading This Is Our Time when I discovered my 13-year-old son watching countless unboxing videos—YouTube videos of people opening boxes of new items they’ve purchased. I asked him what longing these videos fulfilled. At first, he said he didn’t know. After more probing questions, he identified that he enjoyed the sense of newness he experienced. The videos provided him with a vicarious, though temporary, sense of satisfaction associated with the newness of discovery. These videos also convinced him that he needed to keep buying new things to keep the sensation coming (an advertiser’s dream). This interaction led us to start asking several questions:

  • What longing is this appealing to?
  • What is happening to us as we watch?
  • What are we being led to believe as a result?
  • What do we end up doing in response?

I developed a shorter version: What is happening to us and what happens through us as a result? As we learn together how to answer these questions, we allow the gospel to confront lies and satisfy our deeper longings.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Silvia Foster-Frau – Sutherland Springs a Month after the Massacre. Gripping, heart-rending testimonies from a church community still grappling with an act of horrific violence.

2. New research on evangelicals: People who self-identify as “evangelicals” for surveys don’t affirm key evangelical beliefs.

3. King Michael, the last king of Romania, died this week at 96. Read his bio in The Guardian, which tells the story of his alliance and then rejection of the Nazis, as well as his exile by the Soviets.

4. Eric Geiger – 4 Types of People on Your Team (and Only One that is Effective). Applying Pascal’s framework to leadership, there are two essential qualities in all great leaders: Intentionality (knowledge) and intensity (zeal). In your context, you have met these four types of people. And only one of them is really effective.

5. H.B. Charles – What Expository Preaching Is NOT. Great insights from a great preacher.

6. Bruce Ashford – Tayloring Christian Politics in Our Secular Age. Ashford applies insight from philosopher Charles Taylor to our posture in politics.

7. Dorcas Cheng-Tozun – Your Spouse Doesn’t Need Your Unconditional Support. Our first concern shouldn’t be what our spouses can or cannot do, but who they are and who they are becoming.

from Trevin Wax Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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