Resources by J.A. Medders

J.A. Medders, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas. He and Natalie have two kids, Ivy and Oliver. He also blogs at www.jamedders.com and tweets from @mrmedders. Jeff's first book, Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life, is now available.
Sep 13, 2016

When Evangelism Gets Bogged Down by J.A. Medders

Evangelism conversations tend to run in many directions. Don't get bogged down in red herrings and rigamarole; keep it about our Redeemer and the redemption he offers to us sinners in himself.

Oct 31, 2014

The Five M's of a Gospel Life by J.A. Medders

What in the world does it mean to be gospel-centered? What does it look like to have a gospel life?

A Gospel Life will have these 5 M's as it's lens that it sees and does everything through. These become a way of thinking, living, responding and reacting to life. You'll find that there is a gospel wakefulness that oozes in everything. Gospel growth can occur by applying…

Apr 28, 2015

Shticky Church by J.A. Medders

The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?

Oct 28, 2015

Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Pastor Ted plops down in his chair, opens his Gmail, and reads a two-sentence email from a church member: “Hey, can we meet? I’d like to talk you about something.”

May 14, 2015

Keep Preaching the Gospel, Doofus by J.A. Medders

When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”

Sep 30, 2014

Jesus Buys Clunkers by J.A. Medders

We are all in repair. We forget that about ourselves and others far too much (at least I do). We are not allowed to wallow in the muck of guilt after we sin . Godly sorrow yes (Romans 7:21-8:1)! But we need to get over ourselves and our stupid thoughts of how “great of a Christian” we thought we were. And please don't be shocked when another Christian sins and…

Apr 22, 2015

I Preached a Dud. Now What? by J.A. Medders

You just stepped down from the stage and you know it. Your wife knows it too. You preached a dud. At least you think you did. And probably a number of people in the church thought so as well. What now?

Sep 7, 2015

His Body Is For You by J.A. Medders

What does Jesus mean when he says, "This is my body which is for you?"

Jun 24, 2015

Have We Lost Our Sense of Sacredness? by J.A. Medders

Our churches will experience a super-nova of the Spirit when we stop trading personal and meaningful holiness for what is safe in the world’s eyes.

Nov 30, 2014

Gospel Theology by J.A. Medders

There are millions of pages of truth, facts, opinions, epics, myths, fairy tales and short stories available to us. But there is a truth that can be summed up in a sentence or two and it has more value than everything thing.

Theology Springs from the Gospel

There are also stacks of wonderful theology books available. Some incredible and some terrible. But what is fundamental to…

Aug 31, 2014

Eldership Principles - Abilities and Actions by J.A. Medders

Eldership in the local church is a big deal. Every local church needs a plurality of elders/pastors who lead the church.

Being in the church planting world, eldership in a new church is huge. Church planter this needs to be on your radar. And what I have seen, some planters are not sure how to look for elders, define their roles and/or develop them. They are near paralyzed…

Jun 17, 2015

Confession Is A Cosmic Trust Fall by J.A. Medders

We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.

May 26, 2015

5 Jesus-Centered Truths For Evangelism by J.A. Medders

In evangelism, we’ll often talk about a variety of topics (suffering, faith, truth, etc.), but don’t forget that you are ultimately there to proclaim Christ. Always bring it back to Jesus. When I’m evangelizing, there are five truths I want to communicate about Jesus.