24 episodes

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.

Reconstructing Faith with Trevin Wax North American Mission Board

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 248 Ratings

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.

    Season 2, Episode 10: Better Together: Denominations and the Hope of Evangelical Renewal

    Season 2, Episode 10: Better Together: Denominations and the Hope of Evangelical Renewal

    In the first episode of this season, we looked at the reconstruction of Notre Dame after the fire, the painstaking work of refashioning and rebuilding a place that took centuries to construct. Rebuilding requires sacrifice… a dogged commitment to seeing the task through. If this is the case for churches, it’s also the case for families of churches, for networks, partnerships, conventions, and denominations. In episode two, we looked at the trend of “dechurching.” But the other big story is about the shifting landscape of those who do belong to a church. I’m talking about the decline of most denominations in America, and the rise of non-denominational churches in Protestant Christianity.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 2, Episode 9: Family Breakdown and the Family of God

    Season 2, Episode 9: Family Breakdown and the Family of God

    The iconic family scenes we see in classic TV are not the norm for most people in American society today. Divorce has disrupted more families than ever before in our history. And the ripple effects go beyond the obvious heartache and loss, affecting even the banalities of annual rituals and traditions. Challenges to family life aren’t new. But the challenges in our day have multiplied. And these problems aren’t unrelated to the difficulties we face as God’s people, especially since we see in the New Testament how the church is to be the family of God. On this episode of Reconstructing Faith, join Trevin Wax as he considers the church’s responsibility in the era of family breakdown.

    • 57 min
    Season 2, Episode 8: After the Worship Wars

    Season 2, Episode 8: After the Worship Wars

    In the latter decades of the 20th century, many churches across the country shifted from a formal style of worship, with traditional and classical music, to a more informal style of worship, with praise choruses and rock-influenced instrumentation. These changes in worship didn’t happen without conflict. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, controversies became so heated in some churches that some observers began calling them “The Worship Wars.” Today, we may be well past the worst of the worship wars, but we’re never going to be in a season where discussions over what we do as gathered members of the body of Christ go away.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 2, Episode 7: The Spiritual Burnout Society

    Season 2, Episode 7: The Spiritual Burnout Society

    For the past few years, sociologists and journalists have been describing millennials as “the burnout generation.” Now, there are reports that burnout and stress are on the rise with Gen Z as well. And then there’s the reality of spiritual burnout, the inability to feel the presence and power of God, a loss of desire for spiritual things. Burnout isn’t just a pastor problem. It isn’t just a workplace problem. It’s a spiritual problem, and this challenge affects the church.

    • 57 min
    Season 2, Episode 6: No One Knows What’s Real Anymore

    Season 2, Episode 6: No One Knows What’s Real Anymore

    We’ve entered a new era in terms of technology. AI is the most powerful predictive tool we’ve ever created. It’s really good at analyzing and predicting human behavior… like, scary good. And the new world of AI is leading to ethical dilemmas previous generations would have found unimaginable. What will happen when in the future, it becomes even harder to discern truth from falsehood, human fingerprints from AI creations, when we no longer agree on common narratives because we’re living in parallel online AI-influenced universes? What does unity and division look like in the church when these problems arise? And how will we address some of the ethical questions that arise?

    • 57 min
    Season 2, Episode 5: Gender Sanity in a World Gone Mad

    Season 2, Episode 5: Gender Sanity in a World Gone Mad

    There will be no avoiding conversation about sex and gender in the days ahead, and as Christians, the starting place must be our convictions about reality. All our choices must flow from those convictions. Strong convictions are the prerequisite for true conversations. And convictions and compassion aren’t in opposition. When the world is falling en masse for a bold and terrible lie, the most important and compassionate thing the church can do is uphold the courageous and irrepressible truth.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

Bubly water ,

Best Christian Podcast of its Time

If you havent listened to this podcast, it is well worth your time. Informational, thought provoking, and highly encouraging. Very well put together.

Chris-2425 ,

Thought provoking and well produced.

I don’t often write reviews for podcasts, but this show is a well worth the time spent listening. As a youth pastor, this show has greatly helped me as I think through the world teens are living in, both in the church and outside of it.

JackofallTraights ,

Outstanding

This podcast is one that every Christian should listen. We live in a time of confusion and hopelessness. The church must rise up and be what Christ called us to be - discipleship makers and lovers of Him. We can’t do that without understanding the battles. Listen closely and apply the charges to your life and faith. Be salt & light for ALL generations!

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