Friday, June 22, 2012

"No Longer Just a Hobby": An Interview With Trevin Wax

Every morning I get up, check my email, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader and begin my day. Thanks to modern technology, in a matter of a few minutes I am caught up on everything that is going on in the world - politics, economics, culture, theology, religion, philosophy, sports, opinion, news, etc. One site and blog that has become a must visit is Trevin Wax's blog at the Gospel Coalition called Kingdom People. Anyone who has frequented Christian blogs and websites has likely come across his page on multiple occasions.

In additional to blogging, Trevin Wax serves as the managing editor of  The Gospel Project, the author of two books Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, (Crossway) and Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope (Moody Publishers).  Prior to this, he was involved in mission work in several Romanian villages in 2000-2005 while pursuing his bachelor's degree in Pastoral Theology at Emanuel University of Oradea. He then received his Masters of Dvinity a the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (we actually graduated together) and then served as an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TN.

Wax is a gifted writer, a young leader in evangelicalism, and was kind enough to answer a few questions on blogging, writing, ministry, and the Gospel Project.

1. How did you get into blogging?

Trevin:  I started blogging as a student in Romania - just off and on. I relaunched the blog as Kingdom People and began blogging daily in October of 2006. I was in seminary at the time, and I wanted an outlet - a place for discussion of all the great things I was learning. Over time, the blog audience grew, and I've come to see it as part of my ministry and no longer just a hobby.

2. What is the Gospel Project and what role do you play in it?

Trevin:  The Gospel Project is a new curriculum line being developed by LifeWay for classes and small groups of all ages. It is a theologically robust, Christ-focused, mission-driven curriculum that focuses on the grand narrative of Scripture. I'm the Managing Editor, which means I oversee the lessons being prepared and written - across the board, all age groups. I edit the lessons to make sure they conform to the Baptist Faith and Message, are theologically sound, accessible to laypeople, and are in line with the core values for our curriculum.

3. What upcoming books and other projects are you working on?

Trevin:  I've just finished a manuscript, fiction actually! For a while now, I've been beating the drum for us theology-types to get more into fiction and create some compelling stories. I decided to go ahead and take a stab at it. I'm hopeful that my largely non-fiction reading audience will give it a chance.

4. What advice would you give young Christian bloggers/writers?

Trevin:  Don't covet a bigger blog. Don't see your blog as simply a means to increase your stature before others. Instead, view your blog as a means to increase your service to the Lord and to His people. Also, take careful note of the tone of your blogging. Are you drawn to controversy? To commentary? To negative criticism? All blogs will have a mix of these things from time to time, but the tone of a blog can turn in one direction or another by the prominence of certain themes or types of posts. ' And the rest of my advice would be technical: Write. Write often. Write regularly. And see the blog as a discipline, not just a hobby.

5. What are some books your reading right now? 

Trevin:  Just finished:  Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics and A. G. Sertillanges' The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Method

I'm in the middle of *What I Saw in America by G.K. Chesterton, the sixth Harry Potter book, Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation, Augustine's Confessions (my third time on that last one!), and Eckhard Schnabel's Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods.

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