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.
The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.
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…
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?
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.”
When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”
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…
How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX): "What is the one thing you wish you’d done different as a church planter?"
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"
Why should pastors care about writing?
What is Pastoral PTSD and what can a pastor do if he has it?
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, "How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed over the last 10 years?"
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX), to describe his sermon-writing process.
What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?
How do you keep church discipline from being weird and mean?
How can a young pastor lead elderly church members well?
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?
What does Jesus mean when he says, "This is my body which is for you?"
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.
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…
Plurality is possible. God commands it. Let’s pursue it and protect it.
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…
We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.
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.
We are not our preaching. We are not our sermons. We are disciples before we are pastors.