Scathed by scandal and riddled with controversy, the American church today faces a credibility crisis. What is the way forward for renewal in our generation? Trevin Wax offers perspective from church history and the church around the world to help listeners recommit both to removing the rot from the church and fortifying the foundations of unchanging truth. It's time to rebuild.
Episode 7: Can Anything Good Come From D.C.?
If you’re active and involved in your church, you’ve probably noticed that things have gotten more tense regarding politics in recent years, and unless your church is monolithic in its political views, you’ve probably seen some division and debate. You want to apply your faith to your political involvement, yet you also want to avoid getting coopted by partisan alliances. On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he offers suggestions as to how better think through the relationship of Christians to political life.
Episode 6: Reckoning with Race
In the past decade, many Christians have wrestled afresh with questions about racial injustice, racial disparities, racial prejudice and discrimination, and what racial reconciliation can and should look like in the church. There’s no avoiding this challenge. And if we truly believe God gets glory when we reflect the beautiful diversity of His kingdom, we can’t opt out. Are we up for the task of letting theology, not politics, drive the discussion among Christians regarding race? On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he examines the road to racial equality and racial unity within the church.
Episode 5: The Authority Question
We can’t talk about renewing the church in our generation if we don’t put the question of abusive leadership on the table. But discussing leadership raises an even bigger question, one of authority, and how it is to be exercised. There’s no easy task in front of us. The problem is multifaceted. Shepherds who, for one reason or another, abuse their authority, lording their power and domineering the sheep. And shepherds who respond by failing to lead, abandoning the proper sphere of influence they’ve been given. On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he questions how to rebuild the culture of leadership in the church to showcase healthy examples of authority and power.
Episode 4: I Kissed Chastity Hello
What if we can acknowledge with clarity some of the problems of purity culture while also rediscovering and fortifying the foundational Christian teaching about chastity? What if we can remove the rot and uphold the foundations, as a way of standing apart from the world for the good of the world? We need to distinguish what the Bible teaches, by getting out of our culture and looking at the church through history (including the excesses and flaws there) as well as the church around the world (where the question of sexual ethics is a non-negotiable). On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he wrestles with the best way to articulate and apply a Christian sexual ethic in ou
Episode 3: The Water Is Toxic
Social media primes us to see our life as a stage, a performing of an identity for our online community. These practices form and encourage negative character traits that lead us away from the kind of wholeness God desires for us. We get lonelier and more isolated, finding online communities that don’t ask much of us, often at the expense of flesh-and-blood neighbors and church members. Social media makes it harder to be a follower of Jesus, to be whole, an integrated person. The water is toxic, and we feel trapped. On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he discusses how we can be purifying agents in the toxic waters of social media.
Episode 2: Renewing the Church
We’ve experienced a wave of terrible revelations about the condition of the church in the past decade. So much has come to light. And like homes that didn’t get the attention they needed after a flood, there’s rot, for sure. There’s mold in the house. Rotting floors. Sin has seeped in, and it’s left a watermark. And even after the floodwaters are gone—after the church split, after the abuser is exposed, after the deconversion—the effects of all that remain. The rot is strong. But thankfully, so is the foundation. On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he discusses how we can be the generation that roots out the rot to start the process of rebuilding.
Sobering, but hopeful reminder that Christ is prevail
Heard about Reconstructing In Faith listening to TGC’s Gospel Bound with Colin Hansen in a conversation about Trevin Wax’s new book. So happy Trevin mentioned this series— super timely and relevant. Thankful for the reiteration of the bottom line: Jesus won’t give up on His Church/Bride, so don’t lose heart.
Bold,encouraging and directive!
Provocative questions that I'm thankful Trevin is not afraid to ask and think about and fully explore. We need direction to deal with the state of our church and this has been encouraging and helpful guidance and great reminders of how beautiful the Gospel is.
So well thought out!