Conversations from 2018

December

Dec 28, 2018

Don Whitney on Praying the Scriptures by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do I prevent praying the Scriptures from feeling formulaic?

Dec 21, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Dec 19, 2018

Trillia Newbell on Disappointment in Marriage by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What advice do you have for the wife who is disappointed with her husband?

Dec 18, 2018

Clint Pressley on the Non-Negotiables for Preaching by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"

Dec 14, 2018

Won Kwak on Evangelism in NYC by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What does evangelism look like in New York City?

Dec 11, 2018

Steve Bezner on Maintaining a Culture of Community Within a Growing Church by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"

Dec 7, 2018

Mark Dever on Implementing Meaningful Membership by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the pastor beginning the process of implementing meaningful membership in his church?

Dec 5, 2018

Jen Wilkin on Advice For Those Struggling With Bible Reading by Staff

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the Christian struggling with daily Bible reading?

Dec 4, 2018

Michael Kelley on Mistakes We Make When Thinking About Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What are some mistakes we make in thinking about discipleship?"

November

Nov 30, 2018

Dean Inserra on Misconceptions About The Unchurched by Dean Inserra

What are some misconceptions too many churches have about the unchurched?

Nov 27, 2018

Matt Capps on Why Expository Preaching is So Important by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Matt Capps, Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina, "Why is expositional preaching as important today as it’s ever been?"

Nov 23, 2018

Russell Moore on Christian Families Bearing Witness by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christian families bear witness for Christ in today’s culture?

Nov 21, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Discipleship and Church Growth by Staff

Series: Conversations

Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?

Nov 20, 2018

Trillia Newbell on How to Love Our Kids Without Making Them Idols by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, author and Director of Community Outreach for the ERLC, "How do we love our kids without making them into idols?"

Nov 16, 2018

Nathan Rose on Challenges in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What is the biggest challenge in church revitalization?

Nov 13, 2018

J.T. English on What's Encouraging About the Future of the Church by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.T. English, Pastor of The Village Church Institute at The Village Church in Denton, TX, "What encourages you about the future of the church?"

Nov 9, 2018

Don Whitney on The Gospel and Spiritual Disciplines by Staff

Series: Conversations

How is the gospel connected to the daily effort in the spiritual disciplines?

Nov 7, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Power of Story by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why should pastors think about the power of story?

Nov 6, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians Voting Pragmatically by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Research Fellow for the ERLC and Editorial Director of 9Marks Ministries, "Is there any problem with Christians voting pragmatically?"

October

Oct 30, 2018

Won Kwak on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Their Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"

Oct 26, 2018

Steve Bezner on Ministry In The Bible Belt by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed in the last 10 years?

Oct 24, 2018

Mark Dever on Shepherding the Elderly by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What should a young pastor know about shepherding elderly church members?

Oct 23, 2018

Jen Wilkin on the Difference Between Grace and Permissiveness

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jen Wilkin, author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, TX, "How is grace different from permissiveness?"

Oct 19, 2018

Michael Kelley On Taking Discipleship Seriously by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

Why don’t more churches take the process of discipleship seriously?

Oct 16, 2018

Christine Hoover on Hope for Discouraged Believers by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "What encouragement do you have for the believer who feels like they're at the end of their rope?"

Oct 12, 2018

Dean Inserra On What He Would Do Differently In Church Planting by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What would you do differently if you could plant your church all over again?

Oct 10, 2018

Russell Moore On Social Justice Without A Social Gospel by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christians adopt appropriate concerns for justice while rejecting a social gospel?

Oct 9, 2018

Jeff Dodge on Why Churches Should Think More Intentionally About College Campuses by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church (Ames, Iowa), "Why should local churches be thinking more intentionally about college campuses?

Oct 5, 2018

Matt Capps on Inter-Generational Discipleship by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

What are some ways to develop inter-generational discipleship in a church?

Oct 2, 2018

Robby Gallaty on How Some Churches Do Discipleship Poorly

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, "What are some ways churches today 'do discipleship' poorly?"

September

Sep 28, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians and Politics by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

How should a Christian think about the place of politics in their life?

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?

Sep 25, 2018

Nathan Rose on Keeping Accurate Church Membership Rolls by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "Why is important for churches to maintain an accurate membership roll?"

Sep 21, 2018

J.T. English on Avoiding Intellectualism by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?

Sep 18, 2018

Don Whitney on What to Do When You're Struggling With Prayer

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "How do you encourage someone who is struggling with prayer?"

Sep 14, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Stand For Traditional Marriage by Staff

Series: Conversations

What are some important considerations for evangelicals taking the stand for traditional marriage?

Sep 12, 2018

Trillia Newbell On The Christian And Food by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What encouragements and cautions would you give Christians in thinking about food?

Sep 11, 2018

Clint Pressley on What He Wishes He Would've Known as a New Pastor by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC), "What do you wish you'd known when you started as a pastor?"

Sep 7, 2018

Won Kwak on Kids in the Ministry Fishbowl by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

How should pastors think about parenting kids growing up in the ministry fishbowl?

Sep 4, 2018

Steve Bezner on What Difficult Thing in Life Has Taught Him the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s the most difficult thing in your life that has taught you the most?"

August

Aug 31, 2018

Mark Dever on Younger Generations by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the younger generation?

Aug 28, 2018

Jen Wilkin on Misconceptions Pastors Have About Women and Discipleship

FTC.co asks Jen Wilkin (author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas): "What are some misconceptions pastors often have about women and discipleship?"

Aug 24, 2018

Michael Kelley on Christians Not Being Discipled by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What should a new Christian who isn't being discipled do?

Aug 17, 2018

Dean Inserra On Ministry In The South by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

How is ministry in the South different than it was 10 years ago?

Aug 14, 2018

Jeff Dodge on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"

Aug 10, 2018

Matt Capps on Books Pastors Should Read by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

What kind of books should pastors read that they normally don’t?

Aug 7, 2018

Russell Moore on What is Encouraging About the Future of the Church

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "What encourages you about the future of the church?"

Aug 3, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Churches and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why don't more churches take discipleship seriously?

July

Jul 31, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Why Everyone is So Angry by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "Why is everyone so angry today?"

Jul 24, 2018

Nathan Rose on Traits of Pastors Leading Church Revitalization

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"

Jul 17, 2018

Don Whitney on Misconceptions About the Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What are some misconceptions people have about the spiritual disciplines?"

Jul 6, 2018

Clint Pressley On The Pastorate And The Average Churchgoer by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?

Jul 3, 2018

Mark Dever on the Problem with Unhitching the Old Testament From Our Theology

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, "What’s the problem with unhitching the Old Testament from our theology?"

June

Jun 22, 2018

Michael Kelley on Difficult Things In Life by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?

Jun 12, 2018

Russell Moore on What Difficult Thing in Life Has Taught Him the Most by Russell Moore

FTC.co asks Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What difficult thing in life has taught you the most?"

Jun 8, 2018

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 5, 2018

Trevin Wax on Other Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What kind of books should pastors read that they may not normally be drawn to?"

Jun 1, 2018

Noah Oldham on Difficult Things in Life by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

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

May

May 29, 2018

Clint Pressley on Disagreement Between a Staff Member and a Pastor by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC): "If a staff member disagrees with the pastor on an important issue, what should they do?"

May 25, 2018

Won Kwak on Difficult Things in Life by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

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

May 18, 2018

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

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?

May 8, 2018

Matt Chandler on How a Church Can Know It's on the Right Track by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, "How can a church know its on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

May 4, 2018

H.B. Charles on Difficult Things In Life by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

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

May 1, 2018

Russell Moore on His Process for Sermon Prep

FTC.co asks Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preperation process."

April

Apr 27, 2018

Clint Pressley on Difficult Things in Life by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 20, 2018

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?

Apr 17, 2018

Dan Darling on Why Pastors Should Write by Daniel Darling

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "Should pastors write? Why or why not?"

Apr 13, 2018

Noah Oldham on How To Know if a Church is On Track by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?

Apr 10, 2018

Jeff Medders on What He Would've Done Differently as a Church Planter by J.A. Medders

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?"

Apr 6, 2018

Trevin Wax on Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 3, 2018

Keith Getty on His Favorite Worship Song

FTC.co asks Keith Getty, Christian songwriter and author, "What is your favorite worship song, and why?"

March

Mar 30, 2018

H.B. Charles on Discipling Young Men by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are some key components to discipling young men?

Mar 27, 2018

Russell Moore on Wise Political Engagement for Christians

FTC.co asks Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "How can a Christian do wise political engagement while maintaining faithfulness first to God’s kingdom?"

Mar 23, 2018

Clint Pressley on Leadership Qualities for Gospel Centrality by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What leadership qualities are needed in transitioning a church to greater gospel-centrality?

Mar 20, 2018

Don Whitney on What a Christian's Devotional Time Should Look Like

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What should the average Christian's devotional time look like?"

Mar 13, 2018

Nathan Finn on the Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "What kind of books should pastors read?"

Mar 9, 2018

Dan Darling on Influencing Culture by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

What are some key things churches can do to influence the culture for Christ?

Mar 6, 2018

Matt Chandler on Cultivating a Healthy Marriage

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Pastor at The Village Church, "How do you cultivate a healthy marriage?"

Mar 2, 2018

Michael Kelley on Books Christians Read by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

Why do the books Christians buy the most tend to not be the best for them?

February

Feb 27, 2018

Dean Inserra on Signs of Faithfulness in a Local Church by Dean Inserra

FTC.co asks Dean Inserra, Pastor of City Church - Tallahassee, FL: "How can a church know it’s on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Feb 23, 2018

Trevin Wax on Gospel-Centered Teaching

Series: Conversations

What does Gospel-Centered teaching sound like?

Feb 16, 2018

Won Kwak on Young Pastors by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What can a young pastor do to start cultivating a healthy legacy?

Feb 9, 2018

Barnabas Piper on What Pastors Should Know About Raising Pastors' Kids by Staff

We asked Barnabas Piper: "What should pastors and their wives know about raising pastors’ kids?

Feb 6, 2018

J.D. Greear on the Sermon Prep Process

We asked J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, to describe his process for preparing sermons.

January

Jan 26, 2018

Nathan Finn on Life's Difficulties by Nathan Finn

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

Jan 23, 2018

Noah Oldham on Sermon Preparation by Noah Oldham

FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, Lead Pastor of August Gate Church in St. Louis, to describe his sermon-writing process.

Jan 19, 2018

Keith Getty on Mistakes Worship Leaders Make by Staff

What are some common mistakes worship leaders make?

Jan 16, 2018

H.B. Charles Jr. on the Importance of Preaching in the Local Church by H.B. Charles, Jr.

FTC.co asks H.B. Charles Jr., Lead Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, "How important is preaching to a local church?"

Jan 12, 2018

Russell Moore on How to Engage Politics with a Kingdom Mindset by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian do wise political engagement while maintaining faithfulness first to God’s kingdom?

Jan 5, 2018

Don Whitney on What The Average Christian's Devotional Time Should Look Like by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What should the average Christian's devotional time look like?"

Jan 2, 2018

Nathan Finn on Why Christians Should Consider Theological Education by Nathan Finn

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "Why should Christians consider theological education?"