This Is Our Time (Paperback)
Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel
B&H Books, 9781433648472, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (3/1/2017)
Uncertain. Confused. Overwhelmed.
Many Christians feel bombarded by the messages they hear and the trends they see in our rapidly changing world.
How can we resist being conformed to the pattern of this world? What will faithfulness to Christ look like in these tumultuous times? How can we be true to the gospel in a world where myths and false visions of the world so often prevail?
In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of twenty-first-century American Life in order to help Christians understand the times. By analyzing our common beliefs and practices (smartphone habits, entertainment intake, and our views of shopping, sex, marriage, politics, and life’s purpose), Trevin helps us see through the myths of society to the hope of the gospel.
As faithful witnesses to Christ, Trevin writes, we must identify the longing behind society’s most cherished myths (what is good, true, beautiful), expose the lie at the heart of these myths (what is false and damaging), and show how the gospel tells a better story – one that exposes the lie but satisfies the deeper longing.
About the Author
Praise For This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel…
“No one combines gospel depth, keen insight, practical help and good storytelling like Trevin Wax. This book is good on every level.”
—J. D. Greear, PhD, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and author of Jesus, Continued and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart
“My favorite books are the type that step on my toes and expose my blind spots, while inspiring me to live more faithfully. It’s a tough note to hit—speaking prophetic truth that motivates, rather than defeats—but in This Is Our Time, Trevin Wax hits it perfectly. Through compelling stories and smart cultural insight, Trevin unmasks the popular myths that permeate our society and church. He writes in a style that is enjoyable and relatable, while challenging the church to maintain its distinctiveness in the world. This is the kind of book that causes you to see through a different lens, and I will no doubt return to it again!”
Sharon Hodde Miller, author and blogger
“Trevin Wax is a thoughtful, biblically energized leader. This book shows a path for faithful presence in the culture, with neither naïveté nor panic. Read prayerfully and prepare to do spiritual warfare with wisdom, fidelity, and love.”
Russell Moore, president, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“Why are we increasingly anxious and dissatisfied? No matter how Jesus-rooted we think we are, the promises and myths of our culture grip all of us. Trevin Wax offers something rare. Even as we discover our own entanglement in these myths, through Trevin’s compelling narratives, there’s no judgment. No guilt. Just wisdom, compassion, and a gospel-way forward. And—did I mention epiphany? Yes, small and mighty epipha- nies on nearly every page. I needed this book. The Church needs this book.”
Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas
“Every living generation of Christians bears the weighty responsibility of stewarding the gospel and contextualizing in the heart language of their peers. Trevin has proven himself repeatedly to be a voice for our generation who not only stew- ards the content of the gospel well, but also how the implica- tions of our chief message speak to the cultural moorings of our present age. This Is Our Time is both needed and timely.”
D. A. Horton, pastor of Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, California, author, speaker, and poet
“Voices that can speak to the church about the culture and to the culture for the church are much needed and too rare. In This Is Our Time, Trevin Wax proves to be just such a voice. These pages convey deep understanding of our time and practi- cal wisdom for believers living in the midst of it.”
Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions and The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer Abolitionist
“This Is Our Time reveals why Trevin Wax is one of the bright- est stars in the evangelical firmament. Wax combines a master- ful grasp of the biblical narrative with a perceptive exegesis of our cultural context in order to shine gospel light on the false stories of salvation that captivate so many people in our day.”
Bruce Ashford, provost and professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of Every Square Inch and One Nation under God
“Noise. There’s a lot of it and it can be difficult to decipher what is real and good and what are lies. We often and possibly unknow- ingly place our trust in the many myths of our culture that are masked as truth. In This Is Our Time, Trevin Wax clears the fog so we might see the myths that kill our souls to find truth that will nourish them. We are reminded of our Resurrected King who is interceding for us as we seek to live in a world that is not our own. Trevin is right; this is our time, and he masterfully and graciously instructs us on how to magnify the Lord with our lives.”
Trillia Newbell, author of Enjoy, Fear and Faith, and United
“This Is Our Time offers a rare combination for a book on cultural engagement; it is both intellectually informed and a delight to read. Trevin Wax shows us how some of the most ubiquitous cultural narratives of our day shape our hearts and identities ways that are making Christianity feel like an irrelevant, or even immoral, diagnosis. His cure for a diseased culture and a fatigued church is not a heavy dose of cynicism but rather the medicine prescribed by the Great Physician. Trevin turns to the hope filled story of the good news that offers Christ as a better treatment plan. This Is Our Time appeals to the imaginations of the next generation of Christians with engaging stories that are told within the framework of the biblical story of redemption. We needed this book and Trevin was the right person to write it!”
Josh Chatraw, PhD, executive director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement School of Divinity at Liberty University
“As a careful reader of Scripture, of history, and the human heart, Trevin Wax helps us better understand our cultural moment. His book This Is Our Time is a giant step forward in rethinking the task of faithful Christian witness, suggesting that we listen to our neighbors. What do they want? What do they dread? To answer these questions, as Wax convincingly has, is to humbly blur the lines of us versus them—and help us better tell the Story whose every promise is yes in Christ.”
Jen Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place
“Trevin Wax cares about culture because he cares about peo- ple, and because he cares about Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost. This Is Our Time is an insightful book that illuminates the contrast between the true story of our world and the false hopes and dreams on display in our culture’s beliefs and prac- tices. Trevin Wax is a reliable guide in helping believers live as faithful witnesses in a secular age.”
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College
“In our day of social media, selfies and Hollywood messaging, Christ-followers often eschew the culture’s offerings or are addicted to them. Trevin thoughtfully and compassionately por- trays another path altogether: how we can be faithful in our day. This Is Our Time helped free me to embrace the age in which I’m living by looking for the longings and myths of our culture and exposing them to the light of the gospel. A most practical and theologically sound work, as you’d expect from Trevin Wax.”
Kelly Minter, author and Bible teacher
“Trevin Wax aptly identifies one of the key ways myths take root in our heart: our habits. Rather than a blanket rejection of tech- nology, popular culture, and the myths they project, he helps us to take a step back and engage them fully. With a focus on the church’s unique role in this particular environment, Wax pro- vides hope to those who may feel particularly discouraged and vulnerable in the midst of what has become the new normal.”
Richard Clark, online managing editor for Christianity Today
“In This Is Our Time, Trevin Wax helps us navigate the times in which we live. Thoroughly pastoral and deeply personal, he speaks to the concerns and temptations we face daily, asking us to place the ever-shifting pressures of culture, technology, and human opinion within the fixed framework of God’s Word. Here is wise and practical help ‘for such a time as this.’”
Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher
“This is a really good book. I loved reading it and had a hard time putting it down. It is a great read, incredibly insightful in its analysis, and helpful in its wisdom for how we move forward in a day of cultural, moral, and social chaos. Trevin Wax has provided believers and nonbelievers with a great tool that will get you to thinking. Get it and use it!”
Daniel Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“As time erases the memories of Communism’s human rights abuses, its principles and methods have begun to hold out fresh and deceptive promise for many around the globe. This Is Our Time shows the timeless sufficiency of the gospel in melting the revolutionary heart, while reminding us that we cannot take Marx’s fire in our laps without being burnt ourselves.”
K.A. Ellis, ambassador for International Christian Response and advocate for Global Religious Freedom