Small Groups Are Hard—and So Worth It
I’ve been on a long journey with community groups and have arrived at a strong conviction: Community groups are the best place for us—as relational beings—to become mature disciples of Christ. I have spent fifteen years leading and hosting community groups, including seven years of serving as a community pastor at Sojourn Community Church in […]
The Eternity of God
Series: Theology in the Everyday
As the supreme Artist, God has not only created time but is altogether uncontained by it. He is no distant deity but intimate and fully present in all time simultaneously. But what is God’s eternity?
Episode 212: Drew Dyck on Christian Publishing, Part 2
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, author and Moody Publishers editor Drew Dyck returns to talk about the ins and outs of Christian publishing, including plagiarism, ghostwriting, and more.
Cynicism Isn’t a Spiritual Gift
One of my favorite verses in the New Testament is a bit of an odd one. James, writing about prayer and dependence on God, makes this statement: Elijah was a man like us (James 5:17). Now, I’ve gone to church my whole life and have learned a lot about Elijah. He’s the wild wilderness dude […]
Thousands of Happy, Unwitting Plagiarists: The Shaping Legacy of Tim Keller
He may have entered into his reward, but I’ll still be standing on his shoulders, riding his gospelly coattails, and recycling all his best stuff forever and ever, Amen.
The Spirituality of God
“There is but one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions. . .”
Five Reasons Why Pastors Should Share Their Pulpit
Every bad church story happens either at a business meeting or a deacon’s meeting. This was a deacon’s meeting—circa, Spring of 2011. I was a 25-year-old youth leader who desperately want to learn and grow as a pastor—particularly in preaching. Our church just lost its pastor and hired an interim—Pastor Don. God bless him. Pastor […]
Episode 211: Books Every Christian Should Own
Get a pen and paper handy! You’ll want to write these recommendations down. On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss what ought to be included on every Christian family bookshelf.
Finding Rest on the Road
Where Are We Going? They say that when you have young kids, you don’t take vacations. Instead, you take trips. I don’t want to fight over the semantics of these two words, but I understand the sentiment. When you have young children on vacation, the experience is rarely two beach chairs, toes in the water, […]
To the Soon-To-Be Pastor
As I packed up my office and prepared to enter into my first full-time ministry opportunity, my boss came in with a book as a parting gift. “The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins. The premise of the book is simple: “The actions you take during your first few months in a new role […]