Resources by Theme: Practical

Jul 19

Learning to Talk About Disability by Lucy Crabtree

My prayer is not for my disability to show you something lacking in yourself, but to demonstrate the wholeness of Christ. 

Jul 18

Misusing Your Spiritual Disciplines by Michael Kelley

Rather than backing God into a corner, the spiritual disciplines position us into a kneeling position.

Jul 17

5 Words of Advice for Young Seminarians by Jared C. Wilson

If you try to do theological education in your own strength, you fail, no matter how good your grades are.

Jul 17

Links For The Church (7/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on climate change, good intent with racism, strong women, and grief in a worship service.

Jul 13

A Church Where Everyone Can Grow by David McLemore

Learning about God isn't easy on our own; it works best inside the community of faith.

Jul 10

Links For The Church (7/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting, going through the motions, loving the wrong things, and worry.

Jul 4

A Checkpoint for Your Ambition by Michael Kelley

The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.

Jul 3

Links For The Church (7/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mask-wearing, your smartphone friend, evil as a good thing, character in leadership, and judgment from friends.

Jun 29

2 Signs You're an Insecure Leader by Chad Williams

Leaders who regularly justify themselves are forgetting that God has already done that for us in Jesus.

Jun 29

How Do You Respond When Admonished? by Steve Burchett

We savor the times when a passage soothes our fears, but how do we respond when Scripture confronts our sinfulness?

Jun 27

How Generosity Can Grow Your Ministry by Art Rainer

When we live with open hands, we reflect the generosity of our God.

Jun 26

Links For The Church (6/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on joy in the morning, children and the Bible, lamenting for real people, same-sex attraction, and anxiety.

Jun 22

A Winning Vision

Reflections on 10 Years of Church Planting

Your church doesn't need to be preoccupied with vision; it needs to be serious about the Bible.

Jun 20

How Savings Can Save Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Guarding your ministry through sound stewardship can benefit both your home life and your ministry.

Jun 19

Links For The Church (6/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on race, anxiety and creatives, soulful living, and marks of humility. 

Jun 13

How Debt Can Destroy Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Give generously. Save wisely. Live appropriately. And avoid letting debt become a ministry killer.

Jun 13

The Difference Between Attractional and Attractive Ministry by Mike Leake

Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.

Jun 12

Links For The Church (6/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on husband leadership, missionaries and conflict, repentance, weary anti-racist workers, and selfie-centered worship. 

Jun 8

Elements of Effective Prayer by Adam McClendon

Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought

Jun 8

Proceed at Once to the Text by Joshua Jenkins

In our preaching, let us find ourselves winded by the pace at which we get to Christ.

Jun 6

Leading Kids Beyond 'Praying the Prayer' by Mike Phay

When it comes to our children's salvation, we must be careful that our eagerness does not overcome their readiness.

Jun 5

Links For The Church (6/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on apologetics, social media, a pastor's personal life, sabbath, and missionary confusions. 

Jun 1

And the Survey Says... by Adam McClendon

Six things I was reminded of when I sought the congregation's feedback on my preaching.

May 29

Links For The Church (5/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on delayed adulthood, purity with young women, women's discipleship, a theology of home, and the struggle of reading the Bible. 

May 26

5 Things to Look For In a Church by Justin Huffman

Don’t just look for a church that is like the churches you have already been acquainted with.

May 24

Jealous for His Time: The Wife of a Seminarian by Kaylee Freeman

I was bitter because theological education was stealing time I thought was due me. 

May 23

5 Characteristics of a Godly Leader by Adam McClendon

The church doesn't just need more leaders; it needs more leaders who are pursuing godliness.

May 22

Links For The Church (5/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving your church, Proverbs 31, service, and word-centered discipleship. 

May 18

The 4 Biblical Marks of Corporate Worship by Jason K. Allen

Our attempts to improve Christian worship may, in fact, distract from it. Often, less actually is more. There can be a beauty in simplicity.

May 17

On Your Knees: Missions Work Thousands of Miles Away by Steve Burchett

Powerful preaching and fruitful ministry on the mission field depend on the prayers of God’s people.

May 16

I'm Listening, Sam

Why Millennials Leave the Church

Hang in there, Sam. The church has been through some pretty dark times, but she’s beautiful.

May 15

Links For The Church (5/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the law, single working women, culture and counseling, and Christians at work. 

May 12

Men, Lead Out in Prayer by Casey Lewis

Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.

May 9

Stirring One Another Up by David McLemore

We need strong words from one another because the glory of Jesus is too wonderful to miss out on.

May 8

Make Room for Different Kinds of Discipleship by Stacy Reaoch

In our efforts to encourage discipleship in the local church, be open to different ways God might choose to influence you.

May 8

Links For The Church (5/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting, hospitality, the pastor as steward and soldier, corporate confession, and Jesus and our grammar. 

May 4

In Their Steps

Learning from Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Learn from the past, while running to Jesus.

May 4

For Those Who Are "Over" Church by Jeremy Wilson

If you’re thinking about giving up on church, reconsider. Don't be fooled by the idea that you're better off with the body.

May 2

The Imperfect Disciple

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

Read the book Matt Chandler says "demystifies discipleship."

May 1

Links For The Church (5/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on quick-fix phrases, the infertile couple, distraction in prayer, and children's personalities. 

Apr 28

Why A "Paper" Bible is Better Than A Bible App At Church Meetings by Steve Burchett

Your paper Bible could be precious and useful to you in ways that a digital Bible never could. 

Apr 27

Ask Good Questions on Sunday Morning by Ryan Higginbottom

Pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt others to take a risk and answer your inquiries honestly, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Apr 27

Is Singleness a Problem - or an Opportunity? by Owen Strachan

Singleness on its own terms is not a problem. In Scripture, it’s an opportunity.

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.