Resources by Theme: Practical

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 17

For Better Conversations by Jim Elliff

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

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 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 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

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 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 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

When You Are The New Kid by Lucy Crabtree

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

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

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 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 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.

Jan 30

Links For The Church (1/30) by Staff

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

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 23

Links For The Church (1/23) by Staff

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

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 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 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 9

Links For the Church (1/9) by Staff

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

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 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. 

Dec 30, 2016

How Long Should it Take Me to Prepare a Sermon? by Dave Harvey

It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”

Dec 27, 2016

3 Tips for a Strategic Ministry by Erik Raymond

My tips for a strategic ministry are old-fashioned, timeless, and proven.

Dec 26, 2016

Links For The Church (12/26) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on apologetics, Aleppo, the Word of the Year, and ministry kids. 

Dec 22, 2016

Do Something Awesome and Build a Family by Owen Strachan

The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.

Dec 19, 2016

Links For The Church (12/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Christmas giving, student missionaries, racial reconciliation, and hiring women. 

Dec 15, 2016

4 Cautions on Elder Training Programs by Jonathan Leeman

Don’t want to fool yourself into thinking you’re raising up leaders because you’re scraping the cream off the top. You want the whole cake to rise.

Dec 14, 2016

Battling Sin in the Heart by Casey Lewis

Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level.

Dec 13, 2016

We Can't Be Pro-Life if We're Not Anti-Poverty by Katie McCoy

If we’re going to speak up for the unborn, we have to speak up for the poor.

Dec 12, 2016

Links For The Church (12/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on in-person relationships, advent, one-sided friendship, and Linus' blanket.

Dec 7, 2016

14 Words of Advice for Guest Preachers by Sam Bierig

Filling someone else's pulpit can be quite a rewarding assignment if handled well, but it can also be nerve-wracking if you don’t follow proper decorum.

Dec 5, 2016

Links For The Church (12/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on declining church attendence, self-love, singing in church, and women in seminary. 

Dec 1, 2016

Yes, Go to Church on Christmas Day by Kaylee Freeman

Though gift-giving is special and can be done in a godly way, why would we want to miss this glorious time with our church family feasting on the joy of heaven in order to simply open earthly treasures?

Nov 28, 2016

Links For The Church (11/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving the church, equal friendship, marriage and singleness, and evangelism.

Nov 24, 2016

7 Ways to Kill Thanksgiving in Your Heart by Jared C. Wilson

If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.

Nov 23, 2016

3 Motivations to Hate Sin by Erik Raymond

The grace of Calvary will train your spiritual nostrils to see sin as supremely repulsive.

Nov 22, 2016

What Trump Hath Wrought: 6 Election Takeaways by Owen Strachan

As evangelicals seeking to engage the city of man, what are we to make of this year's Presidential election? Here are six brief thoughts.

Nov 21, 2016

Links For The Church (11/21) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on prayer, love, enemies, and community.

Nov 17, 2016

Christian Conversation by Jake Wright

Since we have been saved by and testify to the Gospel of Christ, we should speak in such as way as to represent Him well in our conversations.

Nov 16, 2016

The Beauty of Telling Your Story by Allyson Todd

To tell my story is to tell of the faithfulness of God.

Nov 14, 2016

Links For The Church (11/14) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on critique, praying for president elect, union and suffering, and heaven. 

Nov 8, 2016

David Prince on Sermon Prep by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"

Nov 8, 2016

Sunday Isn't Enough by Joe Thorn

Sunday is a glorious day and marks not only our calendars but also our lives. Yet, Sunday is not enough.