Resources by J.A. Medders

J.A. Medders, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas. He and Natalie have two kids, Ivy and Oliver. He also blogs at and tweets from @mrmedders. Jeff's first book, Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life, is now available.
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.

Oct 9, 2018

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church by J.A. Medders

The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.

Oct 31, 2014

The Five M's of a Gospel Life by J.A. Medders

What in the world does it mean to be gospel-centered? What does it look like to have a gospel life?

A Gospel Life will have these 5 M's as it's lens that it sees and does everything through. These become a way of thinking, living, responding and reacting to life. You'll find that there is a gospel wakefulness that oozes in everything. Gospel growth can occur by applying…

Apr 28, 2015

Shticky Church by J.A. Medders

The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?

Oct 28, 2015

Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Pastor Ted plops down in his chair, opens his Gmail, and reads a two-sentence email from a church member: “Hey, can we meet? I’d like to talk you about something.”

May 14, 2015

Keep Preaching the Gospel, Doofus by J.A. Medders

When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”

Sep 30, 2014

Jesus Buys Clunkers by J.A. Medders

We are all in repair. We forget that about ourselves and others far too much (at least I do). We are not allowed to wallow in the muck of guilt after we sin . Godly sorrow yes (Romans 7:21-8:1)! But we need to get over ourselves and our stupid thoughts of how “great of a Christian” we thought we were. And please don't be shocked when another Christian sins and…

Jun 5, 2019

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.

Apr 10, 2018

Jeff Medders on What He Would've Done Differently as a Church Planter by J.A. Medders asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX): "What is the one thing you wish you’d done different as a church planter?"

Jul 16, 2019

Jeff Medders on What a Pastor Should Do When His Church is Tired of Hearing the Gospel by J.A. Medders asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"

Feb 22, 2019

Jeff Medders on Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What is Pastoral PTSD and what can a pastor do if he has it?

Jan 8, 2019

Jeff Medders on How Ministry in the Bible Belt Has Changed in the Last 10 Years by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations asks Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, "How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed over the last 10 years?"​

Dec 12, 2017

Jeff Medders on His Process for Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX), to describe his sermon-writing process.

May 11, 2018

Jeff Medders on Difficult Things In Life by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Sep 26, 2018

Jeff Medders on Church Discipline by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you keep church discipline from being weird and mean?

Mar 15, 2019

J.A. Medders on Pastoring Elderly Church Members by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How can a young pastor lead elderly church members well?

Apr 22, 2015

I Preached a Dud. Now What? by J.A. Medders

You just stepped down from the stage and you know it. Your wife knows it too. You preached a dud. At least you think you did. And probably a number of people in the church thought so as well. What now?

Sep 7, 2015

His Body Is For You by J.A. Medders

What does Jesus mean when he says, "This is my body which is for you?"

Jun 24, 2015

Have We Lost Our Sense of Sacredness? by J.A. Medders

Our churches will experience a super-nova of the Spirit when we stop trading personal and meaningful holiness for what is safe in the world’s eyes.

Nov 30, 2014

Gospel Theology by J.A. Medders

There are millions of pages of truth, facts, opinions, epics, myths, fairy tales and short stories available to us. But there is a truth that can be summed up in a sentence or two and it has more value than everything thing.

Theology Springs from the Gospel

There are also stacks of wonderful theology books available. Some incredible and some terrible. But what is fundamental to…

Apr 13, 2017

Encouraging a Plurality of Elders by J.A. Medders

Plurality is possible. God commands it. Let’s pursue it and protect it.

Aug 31, 2014

Eldership Principles - Abilities and Actions by J.A. Medders

Eldership in the local church is a big deal. Every local church needs a plurality of elders/pastors who lead the church.

Being in the church planting world, eldership in a new church is huge. Church planter this needs to be on your radar. And what I have seen, some planters are not sure how to look for elders, define their roles and/or develop them. They are near paralyzed…

Jun 17, 2015

Confession Is A Cosmic Trust Fall by J.A. Medders

We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.

May 26, 2015

5 Jesus-Centered Truths For Evangelism by J.A. Medders

In evangelism, we’ll often talk about a variety of topics (suffering, faith, truth, etc.), but don’t forget that you are ultimately there to proclaim Christ. Always bring it back to Jesus. When I’m evangelizing, there are five truths I want to communicate about Jesus.

Nov 14, 2017

3 Reasons to Regularly Let Others Preach by J.A. Medders

We are not our preaching. We are not our sermons. We are disciples before we are pastors.