Resources by Theme: Practical

Apr 24

Creating a Culture of Hospitality by Bryan Elliff

 It is not about your house or your meal; it is about the Christ-centered fellowship that takes place at your house over your meal.

Apr 24

Links For The Church (4/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on marriage, smart women, expository teaching, and frienship. 

Apr 17

The Mission Field Under My Roof by Ashley Smith

The home is where stories are taught, faith is worked out, neighbors are heard, plates are filled, and where sojourners can find rest. 

Apr 17

Links For The Church (4/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pain, union with Christ, dying, students and missions, and historical evidence of Jesus.

Apr 13

The Freedom of Love by Jesse Benack

True love makes obedience a joy-filled pleasure.

Apr 11

The Messy Blessing of Multi-Gen Groups by Jeremy Wilson

Blending age-groups in our ministries helps us accurately represent the diverse spiritual family that God has given us.

Apr 11

Why Do We Read the Bible? by Casey Lewis

As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.

Apr 11

Michael Kelley on What Many Churches Get Wrong About Discipleship by Michael Kelley

We ask Michael Kelley, "What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?"

Apr 10

Advice on Hosting and/or Accepting Speaking Engagements by Jared C. Wilson

If you’re interested in hosting a conference or otherwise hosting a speaking engagement, or if your ministry platform is allowing you to begin pursuing God’s call into that option, I hope this advice will serve you well.

Apr 10

Raising Expectations for Young Believers by Erik Odegard

These young believers possessed a demonstrable commitment to personal and corporate growth in their walks with Christ.

Apr 10

Links For The Church (4/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on believer's baptism, perfectionism, loving your neighbor, and gray hair.

Apr 7

5 Discipleship Don'ts by Rebekah Hannah

Discipleship is about helping a disciple faithfully relate to Jesus, not to you.

Apr 6

Brother, I Wish I Would Have Known by Russell L. Meek

Be that friend. Love the addict. Remind them of the gospel - that there's another way that is better.

Apr 3

Links For The Church (4/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on redefining ministry, protecting your children, folding singles into the family, anxiety, and leadership credibility. 

Mar 31

What Is The Bible And What Does It Tell Us? by Casey Lewis

If we want to learn more about who we are, we don’t look within, instead, we look outside ourselves to God’s Word 

Mar 31

Sharing the Gospel at Work by David McLemore

You are not at your workplace by accident but by divine providence. 

Mar 30

4 Reasons Your Work Matters Today by Michael Kelley

All of us, when the work slips into tedium and routine, are prone to ask the question of whether or not what we are doing really matters.

Mar 28

The Gospel in 140 Characters by Benjamin Vrbicek

The gospel is bigger than the universe, but can it be tweeted in 140 characters or less?

Mar 27

Links For The Church (3/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on lamenting, singing at a new church, flirting, and sour desires. 

Mar 23

Scripture in Songwriting by Daniel Ross

Writing music for your people is a challenge - it is a heavy responsibility to put words and thoughts about God into people’s hearts and minds.

Mar 23

To PhD or Not to PhD by Todd Chipman

A few reflections on whether or not pursuing a PhD is a right fit.

Mar 23

One Problem With Being an Insecure Minister by Mike Leake

The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.

Mar 20

Links For The Church (3/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on conviction, congregational singing, preaching race, and weary moms. 

Mar 16

2 Good Reasons to Say "Amen" Today by Michael Kelley

There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.

Mar 16

Living to Honor, Not to Earn by Adam McClendon

My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace. 

Mar 14

Reclaiming Your Eyes from Pornography by Kole Farney

Let the unveiled image of Christ burn into the eyes of your heart. This is the hope of transformation.

Mar 14

David Prince on the Church and High Impact Sports by David Prince

We asked David Prince, "What should the Christian think about high-impact sports?"

Mar 13

Links For The Church (3/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on rest, childlessness, spiritual strength, and a forgotten hero. 

Mar 9

Helping Our Daughters To Be Sexually Pure by Mike Leake

The way to help my daughter pursue purity isn't to lock her up in a castle, but to help her walk in the freedom of the gospel.

Mar 9

On Malachi and Religious Ritualism by Russell L. Meek

Let us learn from God’s words through Malachi and seek out a true relationship with God characterized by Jesus’ command to love God and love our neighbor.

Mar 9

Confrontational Love by Adam McClendon

A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.

Mar 7

11 Characteristics of the Self-Righteous by Casey Lewis

In an effort to help us create self-awareness and keep us out of the trap, here are 11 characteristics of the self-righteous . . .

Mar 7

Gospel Culture by David McLemore

The culture that we allow our doctrine to create is the real test of what we believe the doctrine to be.

Mar 7

J.T. English on Growing Churches “Feeling Small” by JT English

We ask J.T. English, "How do you make sure a growing church keeps 'feeling small?'”

Mar 6

Links For The Church (3/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on integrity, home, small group woes, and knowing God. 

Mar 1

How to Leave a Church by Adam McClendon

If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected. 

Feb 28

4 Reasons to Preach Christ from the Old Testament by Russell L. Meek

But there is much more to the Abraham narratives than a simple “do this; don’t do this.”

Feb 28

Praying Specifically by Bryan Elliff

What if we walked into every day with the expectation that God hears and answers specific prayer?

Feb 28

Michael Kelley on the Writing Process by Michael Kelley

We ask Michael Kelley to describe his writing process.

Feb 27

Links For The Church (2/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on social media, raising faithful kids, lessons for American Christians, and the benefits of discipleship. 

Feb 24

Are You Suffocating Your Creativity? by Erik Raymond

If we allow ourselves to be diverted and distracted all of the time we will scarcely enjoy the deeply meaningful seasons of discovery that come from thoughtful reflection.

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 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.