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Theology in the Everyday

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The Theology in the Everyday series seeks to introduce and explain theological concepts in 500 words or less, with a 200-word section helping explain the doctrine to kids. At For The Church, we believe that theology should not be designated to the academy alone but lived out by faith in everyday life. We hope this series will present theology in such a way as to make it enjoyable, connecting theological ideas to everyday experience and encouraging believers to study theology for the glory of God and the good of the Church.

Jared C. Wilson on Advice for New Pastors Who Want to Quit

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Writer-in-Residence at Midwestern Seminary, what advice he would give a new pastor who already wants to quit.

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks,”What do most Christians not know about church discipline?”

Don Whitney on the Gospel in Spiritual Disciplines

FTC.co asks Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “How is the gospel connected to the daily effort in the spiritual disciplines?” 

For the Church Podcast

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Episode 273: Grab Bag!

It’s another installment of the Grab Bag feature here at the FTC Pod. Jared and Ross each come with unique questions for the other. Tune in and find out what surprise topics they discussed!


Episode 272: Conferences

Evangelicals love conferences. Well, most of them do anyway. Is the church’s interest in conferences changing? On this week’s episode of the podcast, Jared and Ross discuss the recent phenomenon of the mega-conference, what they like and don’t like about conferences, whether evangelicals’ love affair with conferences has changed, the advantages of smaller conferences, and even some thoughts on speaking at and hosting/organizing conferences.


The Heart of Pastoring Podcast

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Episode 10: Not a New Convert

It doesn’t matter how you start; it’s how you finish that makes the difference. In the season finale of The Heart of Pastoring Podcast, Jared and Ronnie discuss the “why” behind the qualification that pastors not be recent converts, what happens when they are recent converts, and the residual effect on ministers and their churches when there is too much rush of untested men into positions of leadership. Our hosts also take a little stock of their own lives and ministries from their mid-life vantage points and explore what it means to pursue a long track record of faithfulness, a reliable pattern of predictability in ministry, and a good ol’ “veteran-ship” in the faith.


Episode 9: Not Greedy

Does anyone go into ministry for the money? Maybe. Jared and Ronnie didn’t think they’d have a lot to say about the pursuit of money — and what the apostle Peter calls “shameful gain” — but they did. And it turns out ministerial greed and shameful gain isn’t just about money. There are other things pastors often succumb to becoming greedy about. In this conversation, our hosts explore the variety of ways pastors pursue discontentment, gluttony for things and experiences, and even how congregations can help pastors avoid financial (and other kinds of) anxiety and unrest.




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Jul 24

Episode 273: Grab Bag! by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It’s another installment of the Grab Bag feature here at the FTC Pod. Jared and Ross each come with unique questions for the other. Tune in and find out what surprise topics they discussed!

Jul 19

Three Ingredients for Faithful Preaching by Jason K. Allen

Faithful preaching has three primary ingredients. Creativity and homiletical polish are helpful, but the key ingredients of faithful preaching are preset and established by God. The three ingredients touch on who is qualified to preach, why one should preach, and what one should preach. Who May Preach? Though the gospel call is promiscuous, the call […]

Jul 17

Episode 272: Conferences by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

Evangelicals love conferences. Well, most of them do anyway. Is the church’s interest in conferences changing? On this week’s episode of the podcast, Jared and Ross discuss the recent phenomenon of the mega-conference, what they like and don’t like about conferences, whether evangelicals’ love affair with conferences has changed, the advantages of smaller conferences, and even some thoughts on speaking at and hosting/organizing conferences.

Jul 15

Prayer, A Sweet Communion by Drake Burrows

The Beginning of Prayer In the beginning, God breathed His breath into humanity. According to both Moses and Paul, this breath (or Spirit) caused Adam and Eve to be living souls (see Gen 1:7; 1 Cor 15:45). What does it mean to be a living soul? At the very least, it means that we were […]

Jul 10

Why Every Church Member Matters by Caleb Davis

Most people don’t know who you are. In fact, most church members are unknown. They aren’t speaking at conferences, writing books, on a website, or being paid. I’ve been at conferences with thousands and thousands of people and less than a dozen on stage. Most Christians are the people in the pew, not the pulpit. […]

Jul 10

Episode 271: Best Books for Pastors by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

We know pastors love books and talking about books, so on this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared and Ross share a few books they recommend for the pastor’s shelf.

Jul 4

Thomas Jefferson, The Baptists, and A Giant Block of Cheese by Thomas Kidd

Despite having a widespread reputation for irreligious beliefs, President Thomas Jefferson was a hero to many Baptists in America because he was arguably the nation’s greatest champion of religious liberty. Baptists wanted to convey how delighted they were with his election as president in 1800. A big block of cheese played a major role in […]

Jul 3

Episode 270: Baptists on Baptism by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It’s an “everything baptism” episode today! Jared and Ross talk about the biblical meaning and mode of baptism, the phenomenon of “spontaneous baptisms,” the connection between baptism and membership and discipleship, what age is the right age to baptize, and even their funny baptism stories.

Jul 2

Packer’s Dusty Puritan Discovery Still Guides and Helps by Jason G. Duesing

May a new generation continue to follow Packer to make new discoveries like his of their own.

Jun 28

The Biblical Language of Missions by Joe Allen

As you have read through your Bible, maybe you have wondered, “Why is no one called a missionary in the New Testament?” There are pastors and elders, apostles and evangelists, prophets and priests, but where are the missionaries? Indeed, you may have noticed that the word “mission” does not even appear in your English Bible. […]

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