Resources by Theme: Practical

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. 

Nov 7, 2016

Links For The Church (11/7) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on limitedness, songwriting, praying for America, the problem of evil, and women's ministry health. 

Nov 7, 2016

The 5 C's of Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.

Oct 31, 2016

Links For The Church (10/31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Halloween, assurance of salvation, dating, and dreaming. 

Oct 27, 2016

What Job's Friends Did Right by Zach Barnhart

Despite the harsh criticism often given of them, Job's friends show us how to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our listening.

Oct 26, 2016

Jesus' Comforts Are Not 'One Size Fits All' by Jared Sparks

We would do well to learn how to grieve with people. 

Oct 24, 2016

Links For The Church (10/24) by Staff

This week's links provide helpful resources on nurturing, pains of humanity, mental illness, a prayer for unity, and encouragement. 

Oct 21, 2016

Why So Few Christian Intellectuals?

A Response to Alan Jacobs

It is a very difficult thing indeed to be a boldly biblical Christian in elite culture today.

Oct 19, 2016

10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ by Jason K. Allen

If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these ten tips helpful.

Oct 17, 2016

Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?

Your 5-Step Visitor Hospitality Checklist

I hope you will work through this 5-step checklist with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.

Oct 17, 2016

Links For The Church (10/17) by Staff

This week's links cover the topics of cynicism, joy, singleness, and second glance logic. 

Oct 13, 2016

Making Decisions in Light of God's Sovereignty by Michael Kelley

Confidence in God's sovereignty doesn't always mean hesitancy in moving forward. We wait, we trust, and sometimes, we move.

Oct 13, 2016

2 Words That Kill Effective Bible Study by Zach Barnhart

Deciding what the Bible means "to us" seems like an innocent way to invite everyone’s voice to the table for discussion, but it’s a surefire way to kill effective Bible study.

Oct 10, 2016

Links For The Church (10/10) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on the local church, your mind, surviving, helping the hurting, and tent-making. 

Oct 6, 2016

3 Ways to Welcome Others as Christ Has Welcomed You by Kristen Wetherell

Through Christ, God has called every Christian to welcome other believers, whether through the doors of the church, in the pew, or while “doing life” during the week.

Oct 6, 2016

9 Tips for Giving a Retreat Talk by Benjamin Vrbicek

Join the retreat; don’t just speak at it.

Oct 3, 2016

10 Books Every Christian Home Library Needs by Jared C. Wilson

Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .

Oct 3, 2016

Links For The Church (10/3) by Staff

This week's links include women's discipleship, race conversations, creeds, and conscience.

Sep 29, 2016

What If I Work, Too? by Hannah Wright

Not every pastor’s wife will be faced with the need to work outside the home. But if she is, it is important for her and her husband to weigh the consequences, both positive and negative.

Sep 27, 2016

Starting a Family Devotion Time by Michael Kelley

Every family devotion time isn’t a home run. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice bunt that you believe God will somehow use in the story of their lives. So we choose, by faith, not to be discouraged, but instead to believe in a God who is drawing our kids’ hearts to Himself.

Sep 27, 2016

What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?

We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"

Sep 26, 2016

Links For the Church (9/26) by Staff

This weeks links provide resources on long-term missions, suffering, man-boys, and rejoicing with others.

Sep 22, 2016

Repentance: Running to the Greatest of All Treasures by Jonathon Woodyard

To be sure, repentance is turning from something. But salvation doesn’t come to those who turn from sin towards nothing. Our struggles deman we turn and run to the One who can save and satisfy us completely.

Sep 22, 2016

You Can Trust the Bible This I Know, for Jesus Told Us So by Rustin J. Umstattd

 We don’t have to base our faith on our emotions, a desire for it to be true, or any other subjective experience. The Word of God is completely trustworthy - Jesus says so himself.

Sep 20, 2016

Introducing Our New FTC Editorial Assistants by Staff

We've been pleased to bring on board a couple of editorial assistants to help with the day-to-day publication of FTC resources and other Midwestern publishing needs, and it's my privilege to introduce them to you.

Sep 19, 2016

Links For the Church (9/19) by Staff

This week's links provide help to prevent adultery, teenager fears, redemption & forgiveness, and praying for others. 

Sep 13, 2016

Reading for the Rest of Us by Sam Bierig

For most of us, our book list far outpaces the time we have to actually read. Here are six practical ways to help you read more and better.

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.

Sep 12, 2016

4 Important Ways Single Men Can Protect Women by Cody Barnhart

Here are four ways to protect women in your singleness that I think will help us churn out less self-centered boys and more biblically-minded men.

Sep 12, 2016

What To Do (and What Not To Do) When Your Pastor Resigns by Jared C. Wilson

We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.

Sep 12, 2016

Links For the Church (9/12) by Staff

This week, we've got five links addressing the emptiness of technology, Bible study mistakes, seasons and waiting, lukewarm Christianity, and worry.

Sep 8, 2016

Introducing The Center for Public Theology

An Interview with Owen Strachan

by Staff

An interview with Owen Strachan, professor at Midwestern Seminary and Director of the Center for Public Theology.

Sep 6, 2016

Kids, Broccoli, and Jesus: Teaching the Gospel with Passion by Mathew Gilbert

The goal of the gospel is God himself. And the goal of all kids ministry should be to direct their gaze into the splendor of God's grace in the gospel of Christ.

Sep 6, 2016

What does it mean to experience the Trinity?

We ask Joe Thorn, "What does it mean to experience the Trinity?"

Sep 5, 2016

Links For the Church (9/5) by Staff

This week's links include truth about Christ's love, correcting our unhelpfulness, cherishing the Bible, and fleeing from sin.

Sep 2, 2016

Be Careful How You Read Your Bible by Joel Littlefield

Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.

Aug 29, 2016

Links For the Church (8/29) by Staff

This week's links provide helpful resources for loving community, celibacy and the gospel, the truth about social missions, and church for Colelge students.