Resources from 2017

February

Feb 23

Join the New England Study Tour This May!

Deadline to Register is March 1

by Staff

Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.

Feb 23

At Your Wits' End by Kole Farney

Mark this down: the Lord hears and answers the cries of desperate people. 

Feb 23

When We Open the Bible by David McLemore

To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.

Feb 23

Rules Without Reasons by Mike Leake

Sometimes, we won't think there are good enough reasons given to obey God, yet we are called to obey Him anyway.

Feb 22

Angry Twitter and Confused Christians by Owen Strachan

While important matters call for our earthly attention, we cannot forget that the church's unique commission is to promote a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Feb 22

When You Are the Old-Timer by Lucy Crabtree

We ought to be the most hospitable toward the sojourners among us.

Feb 22

Love for the Forgotten Pastor by Joshua Jenkins

The promise of the gospel is not that man will remember you, but that God knows you.

Feb 21

What Will Your Children Remember About You? by Steve Burchett

When your children grow up, and they are asked, “Tell me about your dad” or “Tell me about your mom” - what do you think they will say?

Feb 21

Why Should One Consider Formal Theological Education? by Nathan Finn

We ask Nathan Finn, "Why should one consider formal theological education?"

Feb 20

Links For The Church (2/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on entertainment, letting God, the Trinity debate, and singleness.

Feb 20

Letter from a 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

We really do want the best for you, which is why we felt like you needed to know these things. With a little more hard work and concentrated effort on your part, this can be a win-win for all of us.

Feb 20

Thankful for His Keeping by Keri Seavey

The gift hidden within difficult seasons is that we may see more clearly and understand more deeply our desperate need of His keeping. 

Feb 19

Grace is Meant to be Shared by Charles Spurgeon

I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself.

Feb 17

For Better Conversations by Jim Elliff

Your artful questions and interest make both sides of the conversation possible.

Feb 17

Health, Wealth, And Not Much Else by Andrea Burke

Revival wasn't shouting and screaming; it was the beat of love within me for others.

Feb 17

One Thing: Devin Maddox by Staff

Series: One Thing

How can a church engage in social justice without falling into the errors of the social gospel?

Feb 16

How to Get Your Prayer to Work by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The power to answer prayer belongs to God alone. And the glory for answered prayer belongs to God alone.

Feb 16

Expositional Imposters by Mike Gilbart-Smith

Seven pitfalls to avoid when preaching expositional sermons.

Feb 16

Jesus Walks Amongst the Churches by David Appelt

Jesus is not far-off, peering through a telescope. He is among the churches. And He is with us now. 

Feb 15

The Insensitivity of the Cross by Joshua Jenkins

God was mercifully insensitive to our feelings and desires at the cross. 

Feb 15

For Young Adults Considering Ministry by Ashlyn Portero

Is your greatest desire to see the gospel go forward in the place where God has you?

Feb 15

God Still Seeks Wandering Fools by Andy Sabaka

The incarnation glorifies the extent to which God would go to seek out those who were running from him.

Feb 14

Christians and the Realm of Desperation by Michael Kelley

If we are to follow Jesus, then we must have a growing understanding that the Christian does not operate in the realm of desperation.

Feb 14

Be a Humble, Lifelong Learner by Joshua Hedger

There is something freeing when you humble yourself and place yourself before a group of people who say, “We see this area that needs to be worked on.”

Feb 14

Clint Pressley on Leading Big Change in the Local Church

We ask Clint Pressley, "How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?"

Feb 13

Pastor, Keep A Close Watch On Your Life and Illustrations by Jared C. Wilson

You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.

Feb 13

Links For The Church (2/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on spiritual formation, joy, women's roles, and multi-ethnic ministry. 

Feb 13

Do You Pray For Your Competitors? by Adam McClendon

What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?

Feb 12

He Shall Give You a Comforter by Charles Spurgeon

The Holy Ghost is no temporary gift, he abides with the saints.

Feb 10

Pastoring People Through Slow Change by Dave Harvey

The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.

Feb 10

One Thing: Lane Harrison by Lane Harrison

Series: Conversations

What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?

Feb 10

Pastors and the Problem of Evil by Gary Shultz

Our people need the hope of the cross and the assurance of the resurrection.

Feb 9

Diary of an Ex-Shepherd by Mike Leake

"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."

Feb 9

How Can I Delight in God's Word?​ by Casey Lewis

When the Bible is our delight, we look forward to reading it each day and feel a keen sense that something's missing when we don't.

Feb 9

The Gospel and Social Media Part 4 by Ronni Kurtz

Thinking through these questions often can help identify your stream as a gospel-filled well your followers should drink from often or a gospel-less pit followers should avoid.

Feb 8

Song Requests and Gospel Rest by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, God’s glory in your selections should be more important than making someone happy

Feb 8

When You Are The New Kid by Lucy Crabtree

Roll up your sleeves, labor alongside them, and love them.

Feb 8

Dear Bi-Vocational Pastor by Joshua Jenkins

There is no nobler task than to deliver good news to weary souls week-in and week-out.

Feb 7

What's Left When a Church Closes by Luke Holmes

The danger of focusing on things over people is that we might actually get what we want. 

Feb 7

Photobombing Jesus

Confessions of a Glory Thief

A simple, but profound truth: Jesus came to save glory thieves from themselves.

Feb 7

J.D. Greear on Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

We asked J.D. Greear, "What are some important things to remember when sharing the gospel with Muslims?"

Feb 6

10 Books for Your Church's Book Table by Jared C. Wilson

I have composed this list thinking of the kinds of needs and interests most Christians seek out answers for in the sorts of books that sell most often at Christian bookstores.

Feb 6

How Journaling Combats Sin by Allyson Todd

Journaling is not an end in and of itself; the end is to look to and live by the cross.  

Feb 6

Links For The Church (2/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on self-care, abortion, our problem, and community.

Feb 5

The Father Sent the Son to be the Savior of the World by Charles Spurgeon

Didst thou ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy?

Feb 3

When They Say Parenting Gets Worse by Andrea Burke

You don’t get to decide to lay down your life one day and then not think about it again

Feb 3

How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media? by Staff

Series: Conversations

How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?

Feb 2

The Gospel and Social Media Part 3 by Ronni Kurtz

In a thread of confirmation bias, hate, uncareful thinking, narcissism, and over exaggerations, be the voice of gospel reason.

Feb 2

Stott’s Simple—Yet Surprising—Productivity Secret by Kevin Halloran

Hitting the pause button on life and ministry will help us find rest for our souls and experience a sweet foretaste of heavenly rest in Christ’s presence.

Feb 1

Community Requires Vulnerability by Christine Hoover

Community isn’t something that comes to us; it’s something that we go toward.

Feb 1

Gospel-Division That Creates Gospel-Ambassadors by Jonathon Woodyard and Dave Zuleger

Belief in the gospel is the only way anyone can cross the gospel line and experience eternal life.

January

Jan 31

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle by R.D. McClenagan

We've heard it said, "God will not give you more than you can handle." Truthfully, God can and does give us more than we can handle - all because it leads us back to Him.

Jan 31

What are some common rookie preaching mistakes? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We asked H.B. Charles: "What are some common rookie preaching mistakes?"

Jan 30

Christian Life Beyond the Quiet Time

Devotion as a Way of Life

Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?

Jan 30

Links For The Church (1/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on womanliness, accountability, seminary, and presence. 

Jan 29

Looking to the Future with Hope by Charles Spurgeon

The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.

Jan 27

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction. 

Jan 27

What Are The Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks?

We asked Noah Oldham, "What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?"

Series: Conversations

What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?

Jan 26

The Gospel and Social Media Part 2 by Ronni Kurtz

Remember, a cross and the pursuit of the good of others should mark your Christian life. This must be true for your social media presence as well.

Jan 26

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

Jan 25

How to Practice Christian Encouragement by Jared Musgrove

I believe encouragement should take its place alongside any list of spiritual disciplines. 

Jan 25

The America We Forgot by Owen Strachan

There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.

Jan 24

5 Words That Should Scare Your Pastor by Mike Leake

Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.

Jan 24

How can a pastor effectively counsel someone without creating a co-dependency?

We asked Adam McClendon, "How can a pastor effectively counsel someone without creating a co-dependency?"

Jan 23

What if You Aborted a Future Janitor?

Why We Should Reject Utilitarian Arguments Against Abortion

Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.

Jan 23

Links For The Church (1/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the rich, waiting, masculine friendship, and heresy.

Jan 22

Why You're Suffering by Charles Spurgeon

Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.

Jan 20

3 Principles to Communicate the Bible by Michael Kelley

All of us... are communicators of the gospel.

Jan 20

How can smaller churches conduct successful ministry training? by Joe Thorn

How can smaller churches conduct successful ministry training?

Jan 19

Exulting in the Shepherd by Joshua Jenkins

Psalm 23 has a lot to say about Christ's tender, loving care for us. But the psalm isn't primarily about the sheep; it is about the exaltation of the Shepherd.

Jan 19

The Gospel and Social Media Part 1 by Ronni Kurtz

Your justification isn’t in the fact that you don’t post selfies or engage in over-the-top political comment streams. It’s in the blood of a murdered Son.

Jan 18

Church, This is a Call for Familial Friendship by Christine Hoover

We must actively pursue deep relationships with others within our churches in which we bravely share how the gospel lays claim to our lives. 

Jan 18

A Question of (Alt) Right and Wrong by John Mark Yeats

Christians must hold to the higher standard that all believers are one, a new race in Christ. 

Jan 17

The Danger of Entertaining Lies by Tish Hedger

It would be convenient if Satan would show up as a talking snake. Then, we could run away screaming or call animal control. Instead, he comes to us as an agent of reason.

Jan 17

Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about? by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about?"

Jan 16

Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian? by Jared C. Wilson

How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .

Jan 16

Links For The Church (1/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on feeling dead on the inside, pro-life causes, repetition in worship, and teaching children about hell. 

Jan 15

Give Yourself to Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions.

Jan 13

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’? 

Jan 13

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Series: One Thing

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Jan 12

8 Important Things About the Young Timothy by Adam McClendon

Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.

Jan 12

The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason K. Allen

If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.

Jan 11

Christians in La La Land by Giana Hall

 The real call of Christianity is to find our love and meaning by trusting in, submitting to, and abiding in Christ.

Jan 11

8 Books That Have Influenced Me by Sam Bierig

 I would argue that a book is only truly influential in so far as it somehow moves into your life without you asking it to.

Jan 10

Don't Pollute the Stream by Mike Leake

If I had a few minutes to sit a new minister down and share a few things I’ve learned, there is one piece of advice that I believe is vital.

Jan 9

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right by Jared C. Wilson

In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism

Jan 9

Links For the Church (1/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on curiosity, congregational singing, procrastination, and weakness.

Jan 8

Are You Unholy About Holiness? by Charles Spurgeon

Even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives.

Jan 6

Are You Allergic to God's Judgment? by Erik Raymond

Declawing the Bible of its warnings against and judgments upon sin is not good for the church.

Jan 5

Community Keeps You From Drifting by David McLemore

All Christians want to stay close to Jesus. But to try to do that on your own is to set out to fail.

Jan 4

Friendship for the Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

The pastor's wife is just like every other woman in the church when it comes to friendship: she gets a choice who she lets in.

Jan 4

Caution and Help for the Hyperdriven Leader by Mike Ayers

There are leaders that propel their churches forward at breakneck rates helping them journey great distances and achieve impressive results. Though they often refer to themselves as “visionary leaders," I would argue that many of them are more hyperdriven than visionary.

Jan 3

A Better Temple by Joshua Jenkins

As beautiful as the temple was, it was but a shadow of the magnificence of Christ.

Jan 3

Ministry Isn't an Individual Sport by Jared Bumpers

Is your ministry an individual sport or a team sport?

Jan 2

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards by Jared C. Wilson

I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.

Jan 2

Links For the Church (1/2) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on interpreting the Bible, true masculinity, resolutions, and Christology. 

Jan 1

Let January Open With Joy

A New Year's Devotion from Charles Spurgeon

We open the gates of the year to the sweet strains of the harp of joy!