Christian Life

Jan 25

Episode 196: How to Make Christian Movies Better by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

Why are Christian movies so bad? On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the state of Christian media and how it can be improved.

Jan 24

Cultivating Faith Like a Child by Adam Kareus

“I’m getting a new friend tomorrow!” This was the announcement my 5-year-old daughter had for me when I picked her up from kindergarten. She was absolutely sure she would have a new friend coming. This was kind of mystifying for me, for while I am aware that little kids make friends with an ease that […]

Jan 13

Matt Smethurst on Having a Healthy Relationship with Social Media by Matt Smethurst asks Matt Smethurst, managing editor at The Gospel Coalition, “What are helpful diagnostic questions someone can ask to evaluate if they have a healthy relationship with social media?”

Jan 11

Episode 194: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson dig back into the ol’ mailbag and answer listener-submitted questions related to handling the departure of a beloved pastor, what first-year pastors should prioritize, performance-driven worship, when to leave the secular workforce and pursue a ministry job, and more.

Jan 5

Serving Jesus: Our Effort or His? by Paul Davis

I have often struggled understanding what I should leave up to God’s sovereignty and what is my responsibility.  Some people emphasize God’s sovereignty in salvation almost to the exclusion of human responsibility. For example, when William Carey planned to go to India as a missionary, he was told by one minister, “Young man, sit down. […]

Jan 4

Episode 193: Patrick Schreiner on A Political Gospel by Jared C. Wilson and Patrick Schreiner

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with fellow Midwestern Seminary professor Dr. Patrick Schreiner about his new book on Christians bearing public witness in a politically crazy world.

Jan 4

How Guilt and Shame Can Bring Us Closer to God by Scott Sauls

Instead of running and hiding and creating masks with which to cover their nakedness, the Bible’s most exemplary saints shed their masks in favor of transparency and self-disclosure.

Jan 3

Unraveling the Riddle of Rejoicing Always by Joe Allen

Some Bible verses lend themselves quite well to becoming a tweet, a “life verse,” or the inside of a greeting card. But when we read the Bible looking for catchphrases and mottos, we risk mangling the meaning of the Bible and invariably miss out on important truths. Two verses in particular have become slogans for […]

Dec 30

To Obtain the Inheritance by Jim Elliff

We are co-heirs with Christ, meaning all that Christ has received in his ascension, we have received. The realization of all that will not come until later, yet it is ours.

Dec 30

After the Manger by Grace Sutton

In this week that bookends Christmas and the new year, I hope you remember that Christ was not only the baby born for you and the man who died for you, but a boy who lived for you.