Resources from 2016

December

Dec 30, 2016

How Long Should it Take Me to Prepare a Sermon? by Dave Harvey

It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”

Dec 30, 2016

If You Love Waiting, Raise Your Hand by Joel Littlefield

You may not love waiting. But if you love Jesus, you can learn to see that waiting, though in many ways part of the curse, can be redeemed for Him.

Dec 29, 2016

Spiritual Depression is Coming for You by Jared Musgrove

This is an important and vital issue most Christians face but never really understand or defeat because they are blinded to it.

Dec 28, 2016

Do You Make Life Decisions with Your Church in Mind? by Joshua Hedger

Do you ask yourself how your job change could affect your church? Do you consider how your moving would impact the work of God through your church in your community? Do you seek insight into how your decision to leave or stay at your local church would affect the advancement of the gospel?

Dec 28, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 2 by Adam McClendon

These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.

Dec 27, 2016

Single Women, Marriage is Not the Goal by Kristina Shiddell

To set the goal of marriage, to see it as the ultimate prize and pinnacle of life, is destructive to a woman’s heart.

Dec 27, 2016

3 Tips for a Strategic Ministry by Erik Raymond

My tips for a strategic ministry are old-fashioned, timeless, and proven.

Dec 26, 2016

Links For The Church (12/26) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on apologetics, Aleppo, the Word of the Year, and ministry kids. 

Dec 25, 2016

A Christmas Devotion from Charles Spurgeon by Charles Spurgeon

It was a thing unheard of before, and unparalleled since . . .

Dec 23, 2016

The Fullness of God Dwelled in a Womb by Jared C. Wilson

He emptied himself so that we would not see our own emptiness as a hopeless cause.

Dec 22, 2016

Do Something Awesome and Build a Family by Owen Strachan

The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.

Dec 22, 2016

Do You Need to Repent of Book Hoarding? by Jim Elliff

For some time most of these books have been of little use to me except to hold dust and to look good.

Dec 21, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 1 by Adam McClendon

Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas

Dec 21, 2016

Living a 'Green Olive Tree' Kind of Life by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We are not exactly sure all that David had in might with his “olive tree” simile.

Dec 20, 2016

Christmas for the Weary by Tish Hedger

As I passed by each store, I saw white teeth smiling at me in frozen cheer from every window advertisement and I felt tired. I felt like I didn’t have it in me.

Dec 20, 2016

Why Study the Doctrine of the Church? by Jason G. Duesing

Understanding ecclesiology’s rightful place among other doctrines and grasping how the Gospel-centered nature of the church positions that doctrine in service of the Great Commission is just the grand beginning of treasures.

Dec 19, 2016

Links For The Church (12/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Christmas giving, student missionaries, racial reconciliation, and hiring women. 

Dec 18, 2016

Take Your Heart to Calvary by Charles Spurgeon

Outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common.

Dec 15, 2016

Earn Seminary Credit at The Gospel Coalition Conference with 'The Pastor and The Gospel' by Staff

Enroll in Midwestern Seminary's TGC Conference course "The Pastor and The Gospel" today.

Dec 15, 2016

Should Christians Care About the Religious Liberty of Muslims? by David Prince

Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.

Dec 15, 2016

4 Cautions on Elder Training Programs by Jonathan Leeman

Don’t want to fool yourself into thinking you’re raising up leaders because you’re scraping the cream off the top. You want the whole cake to rise.

Dec 14, 2016

Battling Sin in the Heart by Casey Lewis

Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level.

Dec 14, 2016

Living in Light of Jesus' Return by Jason K. Allen

The church’s attention to Jesus’ return seems to be seasonal, with interest rising and falling based upon a host of issues, most especially current geo-political events. The need of the hour is not for more end-times speculation, but an impact upon how we live the Christian life every day.

Dec 13, 2016

We Can't Be Pro-Life if We're Not Anti-Poverty by Katie McCoy

If we’re going to speak up for the unborn, we have to speak up for the poor.

Dec 12, 2016

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnate, Omnipresent Word by Jared C. Wilson

In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.

Dec 12, 2016

Links For The Church (12/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on in-person relationships, advent, one-sided friendship, and Linus' blanket.

Dec 11, 2016

He Who Calls is Faithful by Charles Spurgeon

Look upon him, the great Surety of the covenant, as faithful and true.

Dec 9, 2016

Wondering if You're the Next Pastor to Fall by Dave Harvey

The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor.

Dec 8, 2016

Lord, Help Me Raise My Children With a Backbone by Michael Kelley

Their mettle will be tested. Their faith will be challenged. They will be pressured to succumb on any number of fronts.

Dec 8, 2016

Tis the Season to be Jolly? by Jim Elliff

Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.

Dec 7, 2016

14 Words of Advice for Guest Preachers by Sam Bierig

Filling someone else's pulpit can be quite a rewarding assignment if handled well, but it can also be nerve-wracking if you don’t follow proper decorum.

Dec 7, 2016

Be a Man and Preach! by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Little did I know that brief conversation would be the last time I get to talk to my father in this life.

Dec 6, 2016

The Identity Beneath Your Identities by Liz Wann

Life transitions remind me that identity is a complex topic and not something that can be reduced to one or two things, like being a wife and mother. There are many layers that make up who we are, but the one most important layer is the foundation.

Dec 5, 2016

21 Thoughts on Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

Don't preach as an employee of the church.

Dec 5, 2016

Links For The Church (12/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on declining church attendence, self-love, singing in church, and women in seminary. 

Dec 2, 2016

You Need to Explain What You Do on Sunday Mornings by Joe Thorn

With people coming from different Christian traditions, or no Christian background at all, we believe it's important to explain why we do what we do on the Lord's Day.

Dec 1, 2016

Yes, Go to Church on Christmas Day by Kaylee Freeman

Though gift-giving is special and can be done in a godly way, why would we want to miss this glorious time with our church family feasting on the joy of heaven in order to simply open earthly treasures?

Dec 1, 2016

Are Non-Staff Elders Biblical? by Jonathan Leeman

No, the term “lay elder” is not in the Bible, but why not get more hands for the harvest, especially if the men are qualified and doing the work?

November

Nov 30, 2016

Eyes to See by Greg Spires

Countless angels long to look into the gospel, and God provides them the opportunity through His church. 

Nov 30, 2016

The Gloriously Interruptable Jesus by Michael Kelley

Let us not think that we can inconvenience Jesus with our cares and needs.

Nov 29, 2016

Lane Harrison on Developing a Church's Passion for Planting

We ask Lane Harrison, "How do you develop a church’s passion for church planting?"

Nov 28, 2016

Let Us Repent of Our Nonchalance by Jared C. Wilson

Let's advance the gospel of the kingdom out into the perimeter of our hearts and lives with affectionate meekness and humble submission.

Nov 28, 2016

Links For The Church (11/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving the church, equal friendship, marriage and singleness, and evangelism.

Nov 27, 2016

Forgiveness According to His Riches by Charles Spurgeon

Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear?

Nov 25, 2016

Do You Get Nervous Before You Preach? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.

Nov 25, 2016

7 Common Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 3) by Dave Harvey

These mistakes are all common to emerging preachers and many gifted expositors have stumbled through them. 

Nov 24, 2016

7 Ways to Kill Thanksgiving in Your Heart by Jared C. Wilson

If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.

Nov 23, 2016

3 Motivations to Hate Sin by Erik Raymond

The grace of Calvary will train your spiritual nostrils to see sin as supremely repulsive.

Nov 23, 2016

Battling Discouragement by Tish Hedger

Do not allow discouragement to cause you to question your identity.

Nov 22, 2016

What Trump Hath Wrought: 6 Election Takeaways by Owen Strachan

As evangelicals seeking to engage the city of man, what are we to make of this year's Presidential election? Here are six brief thoughts.

Nov 22, 2016

JD Greear on Developing a Church's Heart for Mission

We ask JD Greear, "How do you develop a church’s heart for mission?"

Nov 21, 2016

Links For The Church (11/21) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on prayer, love, enemies, and community.

Nov 20, 2016

Oh, Lord, Plead My Cause! by Charles Spurgeon

O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.

Nov 18, 2016

Are You Married to the Law of Christ? by Jared Sparks

The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin. 

Nov 18, 2016

One Thing: Trevin Wax

Should pastors write?

by Staff

Should pastors write?

Nov 17, 2016

Christian Conversation by Jake Wright

Since we have been saved by and testify to the Gospel of Christ, we should speak in such as way as to represent Him well in our conversations.

Nov 17, 2016

Is Your Household in Order? by Jason K. Allen

As pastors, we don’t want our ministry pursuit to become a weighty expectation for our family where they are more actors than people, living in a legalistic bubble of religious decorum.

Nov 16, 2016

The Beauty of Telling Your Story by Allyson Todd

To tell my story is to tell of the faithfulness of God.

Nov 16, 2016

Power of the Gospel by Darin Smith

Where is the power of the church today?

Nov 15, 2016

God is Interested in the Details by Josh Owens

God my Father knows the things we need. So we are free to care about every stray thread and every little bird in life, not from some illusion of perfection, but for right fellowship with God.

Nov 15, 2016

Nathan Finn on Mistakes Churches Make When Pursuing Ethnic Diversity by Nathan Finn

We ask Nathan Finn, "What are some common mistakes churches make in trying to cultivate more ethnic diversity?"

Nov 14, 2016

What We Need is a Reclamation of Biblical Supernaturality by Jared C. Wilson

Too often our creativity and intelligence don’t adorn the gospel, but obscure it.

Nov 14, 2016

Links For The Church (11/14) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on critique, praying for president elect, union and suffering, and heaven. 

Nov 13, 2016

The Branch Can Bear Fruit of Itself by Charles Spurgeon

Oh! to trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.

Nov 11, 2016

1 Timothy is For The Church by Laura Kester

The church acts as a foundation for the truth by seeking to uphold right doctrine and live in light of that doctrine.

Nov 11, 2016

Walk in the Light by Jared C. Wilson

Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.

Nov 10, 2016

Is Anything Too Hard for God? by Casey Lewis

How do we know nothing is too hard for God? Think about who He is: our Creator, Sustainer, Healer, and Savior.

Nov 10, 2016

When Leaders Implode (Part One) by Dave Harvey

When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.

Nov 9, 2016

Pastors, Prepare for November 13th by Daniel Brueske

Pastors all over the country will learn a great deal about the health of their respective congregations on November 13th.

Nov 9, 2016

How God is Moving on Secular Campuses by Owen Strachan

Now is not a time for retreat; now is a time to go big, trust God, and reach out to sinners like us in truth and in love.

Nov 8, 2016

David Prince on Sermon Prep by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"

Nov 8, 2016

Sunday Isn't Enough by Joe Thorn

Sunday is a glorious day and marks not only our calendars but also our lives. Yet, Sunday is not enough. 

Nov 7, 2016

Links For The Church (11/7) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on limitedness, songwriting, praying for America, the problem of evil, and women's ministry health. 

Nov 7, 2016

The 5 C's of Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.

Nov 6, 2016

There is Power in the Blood by Charles Spurgeon

Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side.

Nov 3, 2016

In Pursuit of a Multi-Ethnic Church by Steve Bezner

Until the day every nation, tribe, and tongue confesses Jesus as Lord, we hope to strive to become more intentional in our pursuits of a multi-ethnic church. I hope you will join us.

Nov 2, 2016

Don't Be Greedy With Your Pain by Michael Kelley

“I’m a private person,” we might argue. “It’s no one else’s business,” we might say. “It’s my cross to bear,” we might conclude. And yet, we cannot weep with each other if we never see or know that we are weeping.

Nov 2, 2016

Redemption in the Mourning by Tish Hedger

Mothering is not about fulfilling my dreams or satisfying any craving in my heart. It is about offering my heart to be wrung out on behalf of His redemptive plan, for his glory.

Nov 1, 2016

Mom as Unsung Disciple-Maker by Sam Bierig

If it’s true that the first shall be last and the last first, there are going to be a lot of moms who wind up first in the ultimate line.

October

Oct 31, 2016

The Pastor and 'Sola Fide' by Jared C. Wilson

On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."

Oct 31, 2016

Links For The Church (10/31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Halloween, assurance of salvation, dating, and dreaming. 

Oct 30, 2016

Gratitude Praises by Charles Spurgeon

To be silent over God's mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude.

Oct 28, 2016

Worthy of Honor by Adam McClendon

God is worthy and due our honor and glory.

Oct 27, 2016

When Sin Keeps You From Prayer by Erik Raymond

Recognizing the influence of sin compels us to keep praying - keeping short accounts with God while fighting through seasons of guilt.

Oct 27, 2016

The Bread Looks Different Today Than It Did Yesterday by Michael Kelley

We ask God for daily bread, always trusting that He knows what the bread for tomorrow will need to look like as well.

Oct 27, 2016

What Job's Friends Did Right by Zach Barnhart

Despite the harsh criticism often given of them, Job's friends show us how to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our listening.

Oct 26, 2016

Jesus' Comforts Are Not 'One Size Fits All' by Jared Sparks

We would do well to learn how to grieve with people. 

Oct 26, 2016

5 Building Blocks of Forgiveness

A Reflection on Philemon 1:1-7

Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.

Oct 25, 2016

How May We Glorify God? by Joe Thorn

In our vocation and recreation, in days of peace and days of persecution, in the valley of the shadow of death and in the pastures of comfort, we are created and called to glorify and enjoy God.

Oct 25, 2016

Imperfect Pens and Pastors by Andy Sabaka

Not once has God ever picked up a perfect church led by a perfect pastor to write his continuing story of redemption.

Oct 25, 2016

JT English on "Living Sent"

We ask JT English, "How can the average Christian remember that he or she is to live 'sent'?"

Oct 24, 2016

Women's Roles and The Great Commission by Allyson Todd

I have sadly heard it said to me, “Well it’s great that you’re learning a lot about God and want to share it, but be careful not to go outside of what God has commanded women to do!”

Oct 24, 2016

Is Your Gospel an Urban Legend? by Jared C. Wilson

If you talk a big game about the gospel, but don't live like it's true, the people in your life will begin to suspect you don't actually believe it. Worse yet, they may begin to disbelieve it themselves.

Oct 24, 2016

Links For The Church (10/24) by Staff

This week's links provide helpful resources on nurturing, pains of humanity, mental illness, a prayer for unity, and encouragement. 

Oct 23, 2016

To Whom Shall We Go? by Charles Spurgeon

 He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?

Oct 21, 2016

The Joy of Seeing Christ in the Old Testament by Ian Conrey

When we see the Old Testament in light of Jesus, we don't destroy its essence, we enrich it. 

Oct 21, 2016

Why So Few Christian Intellectuals?

A Response to Alan Jacobs

It is a very difficult thing indeed to be a boldly biblical Christian in elite culture today.

Oct 20, 2016

The Ashley Madison Scandal One Year Later by Jimmy Dodd

Hard-hitting consequences will produce profound sorrow in the hardest of hearts. But overpowering regret and Godly repentance are two very different things.

Oct 20, 2016

Writing Sermons in Community by Dayton Hartman

Inviting critique and feedback of your sermon from a group of trusted voices could help bring clarity to the way you communicate the gospel.

Oct 20, 2016

Preach Like A Painter by Chris Thomas

Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.

Oct 19, 2016

10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ by Jason K. Allen

If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these ten tips helpful.

Oct 19, 2016

Ministry Isn't an Individual Sport by Jared Bumpers

Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.

Oct 19, 2016

Laboring For Maturity by Luke Holmes

Although physical maturity happens without our planning, Paul told the church at Colossae that spiritual maturity does not work that way.

Oct 18, 2016

Men, There’s a Difference Between Being Brave and Being Courageous by Sean Nolan

 If bravery is to outwardly face what intimidates us, courage is being transparent enough to admit that inwardly we have many fears and wounds.

Oct 18, 2016

What is Your Vision for This Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.

Oct 18, 2016

Devin Maddox on Contextualization in Preaching and Teaching

We ask Devin Maddox, "How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?"

Oct 17, 2016

College Ministry Needs Biblical Theology by Nathan Williams

These two young Christian women were nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees. Neither had a job lined up after graduation or any expectation of a "ring by spring," which at their Christian college validates the whole school-debt-without-a-job situation. They had a look in their eyes that said "life is getting way too real."

Oct 17, 2016

Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?

Your 5-Step Visitor Hospitality Checklist

I hope you will work through this 5-step checklist with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.

Oct 17, 2016

Links For The Church (10/17) by Staff

This week's links cover the topics of cynicism, joy, singleness, and second glance logic. 

Oct 16, 2016

When People Let You Down by Charles Spurgeon

There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.

Oct 14, 2016

7 Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong. 

Oct 13, 2016

Making Decisions in Light of God's Sovereignty by Michael Kelley

Confidence in God's sovereignty doesn't always mean hesitancy in moving forward. We wait, we trust, and sometimes, we move.

Oct 13, 2016

God’s Purpose Isn’t Ruined by Unbelief: Don’t Be Discouraged by Jim Elliff

There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.

Oct 13, 2016

2 Words That Kill Effective Bible Study by Zach Barnhart

Deciding what the Bible means "to us" seems like an innocent way to invite everyone’s voice to the table for discussion, but it’s a surefire way to kill effective Bible study.

Oct 12, 2016

Driving from Duty to Delight by Erik Raymond

When the duties are ordained means by God, they are blessings filled with the seeds of your delight. 

Oct 12, 2016

How to Pastor When You're Away by Jason Alligood

The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality

Oct 11, 2016

Andrew Fuller’s Awful Place by Joe Garner III

Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.

Oct 11, 2016

Mark Dever on Sermon Preparation

We ask Mark Dever, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"

Oct 10, 2016

3 Gospelisms That Empower Repentance by Cody Barnhart

Repentance is not far away if you have been made new by the Spirit.

Oct 10, 2016

A Gospeled Church by Jared C. Wilson

You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.

Oct 10, 2016

Links For The Church (10/10) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on the local church, your mind, surviving, helping the hurting, and tent-making. 

Oct 9, 2016

He Will Keep You From Falling by Charles Spurgeon

Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes, who are seeking to destroy us.

Oct 7, 2016

Pastors, Stop Texting Your Church Members by Steve Bezner

I've come to recognize that while there are times to use digital communication, there are also plenty of times to move in a different direction. Here are a few principles I’ve discovered for my own pastoral ministry.

Oct 7, 2016

An Apology to Christian Millennials by Steve Doss

I am sorry we didn’t tell you the Christian life is about being connected to the right root, Jesus, before you can bear the right fruit.

Oct 6, 2016

3 Ways to Welcome Others as Christ Has Welcomed You by Kristen Wetherell

Through Christ, God has called every Christian to welcome other believers, whether through the doors of the church, in the pew, or while “doing life” during the week.

Oct 5, 2016

The Mysteries of Exodus Explained by Jared Musgrove

Wonder is necessary to survival, either in telling a story or living your own. No wonder we are a people starved of soul satisfaction.

Oct 5, 2016

Single Men, Consider the Single Mothers in Your Church by Sam Parkison

Many single Christian men in our churches bemoan the fact that they desire to be married, but can’t seem to find a wife. Perhaps the problem is that their “market” is too narrowly defined.

Oct 5, 2016

Fix My Eyes by Kristina Shiddell

What does it mean to fix our eyes?

Oct 4, 2016

Christ, Our Credential by Joshua Jenkins

For Paul, having Christ as his credential was something that could not be improved upon by any other accomplishment. For Paul and for us - Christ is enough.

Oct 4, 2016

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Pastors, personal holiness, spiritual growth, and ministerial faithfulness are rooted in what you're able to remember and in what you need to forget. 

Oct 4, 2016

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

We ask Lane Harrison, "What are some important components in training men for ministry?"

Oct 3, 2016

10 Books Every Christian Home Library Needs by Jared C. Wilson

Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .

Oct 3, 2016

Links For The Church (10/3) by Staff

This week's links include women's discipleship, race conversations, creeds, and conscience.

Oct 2, 2016

You Are Greatly Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?

September

Sep 30, 2016

You Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel When... by Dave Harvey

Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior. 

Sep 30, 2016

Eat, Drink, and Self-Control by Austin Burgard

We often assume that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between nutritious eating, exercise, and spiritual discipline.

Sep 29, 2016

What If I Work, Too? by Hannah Wright

Not every pastor’s wife will be faced with the need to work outside the home. But if she is, it is important for her and her husband to weigh the consequences, both positive and negative.

Sep 29, 2016

Why the Pastor Needs a Council of Historians by Luke Holmes

All pastors should study church history, but there is an ever-increasing need for pastors to study their church's own history and be shaped by the stories of faithful saints and the faithfulness of God.

Sep 29, 2016

Has God Called You to the Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

Most Christians have an undeveloped, insufficiently informed understanding of what it means to be called to the ministry. Consider these ten questions, which serve as indicators God has indeed called you to ministry.

Sep 28, 2016

If We Are So Burdened Then Why Aren't The Prayer Meetings Full? by Erik Raymond

Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others? 

Sep 28, 2016

4 Thoughts About Grace by Jake Wright

God shows grace to all of his creatures every day. 

Sep 27, 2016

Starting a Family Devotion Time by Michael Kelley

Every family devotion time isn’t a home run. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice bunt that you believe God will somehow use in the story of their lives. So we choose, by faith, not to be discouraged, but instead to believe in a God who is drawing our kids’ hearts to Himself.

Sep 27, 2016

What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?

We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"

Sep 26, 2016

Faith and Hope and Love Endure Forever by Jared C. Wilson

Our frail earthly faith and our tender heavenly hope will meet their match in the Love that strengthens them, and we will enjoy this Love forever.

Sep 26, 2016

Links For the Church (9/26) by Staff

This weeks links provide resources on long-term missions, suffering, man-boys, and rejoicing with others.

Sep 25, 2016

Conscience Accuses Us No Longer by Charles Spurgeon

Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him.

Sep 23, 2016

A Lesson from Martin Luther to Modern Day Reformers by Ian Conrey

For those of us who see this need, it is wise to pause and make sure we aren't doing the right thing in the wrong way. 

Sep 23, 2016

The Word Was In The World: Doing What? by Jim Elliff

There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.

Sep 22, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part Two by Chris Thomas

Part two of a two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 22, 2016

Repentance: Running to the Greatest of All Treasures by Jonathon Woodyard

To be sure, repentance is turning from something. But salvation doesn’t come to those who turn from sin towards nothing. Our struggles deman we turn and run to the One who can save and satisfy us completely.

Sep 22, 2016

You Can Trust the Bible This I Know, for Jesus Told Us So by Rustin J. Umstattd

 We don’t have to base our faith on our emotions, a desire for it to be true, or any other subjective experience. The Word of God is completely trustworthy - Jesus says so himself.

Sep 21, 2016

Christ Our All: Image Maintenance in the Age of Emojis by Owen Strachan

In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management. 

Sep 21, 2016

The Antidote to Pride and Vanity by David McLemore

Humility comes between Pride and Vanity and breaks the bond between the two. 

Sep 21, 2016

Slaying the Sin of Pride in the Pulpit by Jared Bumpers

Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.

Sep 20, 2016

Introducing Our New FTC Editorial Assistants by Staff

We've been pleased to bring on board a couple of editorial assistants to help with the day-to-day publication of FTC resources and other Midwestern publishing needs, and it's my privilege to introduce them to you.

Sep 20, 2016

When God Feels Far Away by Kristen Wetherell

Truths about God far transcend our fleeting emotions and distressing circumstances. So we choose to rehearse these truths when God seems far away, to praise Him even when we cannot feel Him.

Sep 20, 2016

Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure from church history evangelicals should know more about?

We ask Nathan Finn, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure from church history evangelicals should know more about?"

Sep 19, 2016

Links For the Church (9/19) by Staff

This week's links provide help to prevent adultery, teenager fears, redemption & forgiveness, and praying for others. 

Sep 18, 2016

Like Light and Heat from the Same Sun by Charles Spurgeon

Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they will make our piety enduring.

Sep 16, 2016

The Remedy for All by Savannah Henson

It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.

Sep 15, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part One by Chris Thomas

A two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 15, 2016

Striking the Right Balance with the Biblical Languages by Todd Chipman

A plea for students and pastors to strike the right balance with the Biblical languages in hopes that they might be engaged and employed effectively for a lifetime of frutiful church ministry.

Sep 15, 2016

We Hold Precious Words Close by Erik Raymond

The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.

Sep 14, 2016

Eye-Rolling is Not Discipleship by Daniel Darling

We disciple, not by looking down on people, but by looking at them. 

Sep 14, 2016

Does Your Church Produce Leaves or Fruit? by Joel Lindsey

Jesus’ clearing of the temple served the same function as the cursing of the fig tree: it exposed hypocrisy and condemned fruitlessness.

Sep 14, 2016

We Are Not In Competition

Lessons of a Universal Scoreboard

 Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all. 

Sep 13, 2016

Reading for the Rest of Us by Sam Bierig

For most of us, our book list far outpaces the time we have to actually read. Here are six practical ways to help you read more and better.

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.

Sep 13, 2016

How do you help a church develop a passion for church-planting?

We ask Noah Oldham, "How do you help a church develop a passion for church-planting?"

Sep 12, 2016

4 Important Ways Single Men Can Protect Women by Cody Barnhart

Here are four ways to protect women in your singleness that I think will help us churn out less self-centered boys and more biblically-minded men.

Sep 12, 2016

What To Do (and What Not To Do) When Your Pastor Resigns by Jared C. Wilson

We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.

Sep 12, 2016

Links For the Church (9/12) by Staff

This week, we've got five links addressing the emptiness of technology, Bible study mistakes, seasons and waiting, lukewarm Christianity, and worry.

Sep 11, 2016

Because There Are Spies Everywhere by Charles Spurgeon

Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. The espionage is everywhere.

Sep 9, 2016

Zwingli and the Sufficiency of the Word in Preaching by Nathan Rose

What we need is to recover the Protestant belief in the sufficiency of Scripture and thus, commit ourselves to preaching expositionally. 

Sep 9, 2016

Give it All, Just Not For Your Kids by Emily Jensen

If you want to give really good, eternally significant gifts to your children, become poor in spirit, take up your cross, walk in freedom from sin, and be willing to do whatever Jesus asks of you in this life.

Sep 8, 2016

5 Distinctives of Biblical Leadership by Mike Ayers

More and more we find ourselves borrowing leadership concepts from an upside-down world. However, Biblical leadership is distinctly different from that described and defined by the world.

Sep 8, 2016

Introducing The Center for Public Theology

An Interview with Owen Strachan

by Staff

An interview with Owen Strachan, professor at Midwestern Seminary and Director of the Center for Public Theology.

Sep 8, 2016

Making the Most of Your Church Internship by Adam D. Swift

Being involved in a church internship is an opportunity to throw yourself at the mercy of seasoned pastors who know more than you, love you, and who want to see you do well for the sake of Christ’s Church. 

Sep 7, 2016

Respect Your Pastors by Jared Bumpers

Our exposure to great preachers and leaders inadvertently leads to us to fail to appreciate those in our own church who are over us and admonish us.

Sep 7, 2016

A Story of Faithfulness in the Middle East by Anonymous

The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.

Sep 7, 2016

Should A Preacher Use Humor From The Pulpit? by Kevin Halloran

God created us to enjoy humor and it is a powerful tool in a preacher’s arsenal when used responsibly.

Sep 6, 2016

Stricter Judgement for the Justified Pastor by Sam Parkison

The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.

Sep 6, 2016

Kids, Broccoli, and Jesus: Teaching the Gospel with Passion by Mathew Gilbert

The goal of the gospel is God himself. And the goal of all kids ministry should be to direct their gaze into the splendor of God's grace in the gospel of Christ.

Sep 6, 2016

What does it mean to experience the Trinity?

We ask Joe Thorn, "What does it mean to experience the Trinity?"

Sep 5, 2016

The Daily Manna in Unplanned Singleness by Lucy Crabtree

I will turn 33 soon. I was not planning on still being single at this age.

Sep 5, 2016

Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You by Jared C. Wilson

Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.

Sep 5, 2016

Links For the Church (9/5) by Staff

This week's links include truth about Christ's love, correcting our unhelpfulness, cherishing the Bible, and fleeing from sin.

Sep 2, 2016

Be Careful How You Read Your Bible by Joel Littlefield

Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.

Sep 2, 2016

Why I Wear Black Suits All The Time by H.B. Charles, Jr.

 I want my appearance, demeanor, and conduct to show I am on kingdom business.

Sep 1, 2016

The Complexity of Pain and the Plight of the Sojourn by Matt LaMaster

Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."

Sep 1, 2016

Why Should We Work to Learn Contentment? by Casey Lewis

For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.

Sep 1, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.

August

Aug 31, 2016

How Can Single Mothers Raise Godly Young Men? by Sharon Dickens

We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship. 

Aug 31, 2016

Turning Your Spectators Into Worshipers by Josh Starkey

Do everything out of love for the congregation that gathers as your local church, and enable them to sing and worship and see Christ clearly together. 

Aug 31, 2016

The Wall is Broken Down by Joel Littlefield

The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus. 

Aug 30, 2016

Better Than I Used To Be by Jeff Higgins

Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.

Aug 30, 2016

Ministry Demands Theology by Joe Thorn

To lead and serve God's people demands that we feed them the truths of God's word; that is applied theology!

Aug 30, 2016

Jonathan Leeman on "The Church and Politics"

We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"

Aug 29, 2016

You Could've Been Something by Andrea Burke

“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.

Aug 29, 2016

Success is Dangerous by Jared C. Wilson

You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.

Aug 29, 2016

Links For the Church (8/29) by Staff

This week's links provide helpful resources for loving community, celibacy and the gospel, the truth about social missions, and church for Colelge students.

Aug 28, 2016

Why You Must Sing Even When You Don't Feel Like It by Charles Spurgeon

There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?

Aug 26, 2016

The Waiting Game - Leading Those Who Stray by Dave Harvey

Waiting is not just a discipline we impose but a grace we experience. Our lean is into the promise of His blessing and provision.

Editors note: This article was originally published at Am I Called

Aug 26, 2016

Jesus Talks Behind Your Back by Cole Deike

Can you hear Jesus advocating for you before the throne? 

Aug 25, 2016

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible by Jim Elliff

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible

Aug 25, 2016

Beware of Cool-Shaming by Sam Parkison

Contextualization, at its best, is simply faithful communication. At its worst, contextualization is the Christian’s code word for “I can do whatever I want.”

Aug 25, 2016

The Sufficiency of Scripture & Practical Bible Doctrine by Darin Smith

What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.

Aug 24, 2016

'For the Church' as a Means to the End at the End by Jason G. Duesing

Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing. 
 

Aug 24, 2016

Quiet by Rachel Erin

Life's distracting and relentless sounds become idols when they prevent us from truly hearing the beautiful and transforming truth of the gospel. 

Aug 23, 2016

Does Your Pastor Love You? by Erik Raymond

How can you tell how much a pastor loves Christ and his people? It is by his preaching. Doctrinal preaching feeds and protects the sheep.

Aug 23, 2016

Screwtape’s Advanced Strategies against Gospel Growth by Kevin Halloran

Dear Wormwood: two years ago, your subject crossed the point of no return, embracing the Enemy’s Son. Luckily for us, he embraced as “gospel truth” some of the splendidly simple, yet profoundly effective lies that you whispered in his ear..."

Aug 23, 2016

Dean Inserra on "Protection from Moral Failure"

We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"

Aug 22, 2016

Our Blanket-Fort Kingdom of Weakness by Allyson Todd

No amount of building that I do in my blanket-fort kingdom will last.

Aug 22, 2016

The Bird with a Leaf in Her Mouth by Jared C. Wilson

When we go through something difficult, that is typically when we begin to question whether God is actually good, whether he's actually remembered us, whether he even cares, if we're even saved!

Aug 22, 2016

Links For the Church (8/22) by Staff

This week, our favorite links include articles about non-leading leaders, "having it all," stories, and growing in love for God. 

Aug 21, 2016

Like Two Men Trapped in the Snow by Charles Spurgeon

In order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.

Aug 19, 2016

Called (Part Two) by Dave Harvey

We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.

Aug 19, 2016

When Do You Practice Church Discipline? And How Do You Do It? by Jonathan Leeman

In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.

Aug 19, 2016

Pastor, Preach in High Definition by Ronjour Locke

Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview. 

Aug 18, 2016

The Merciful King: A Parable by Jeff Dodge

Our one, true King forever stands at the intersection of pure mercy and perfect justice.

Aug 18, 2016

God of Your Grief by Chris Thomas

No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him.

Aug 18, 2016

Do You Feel Like a Pastoral Fraud? by Jim Essian

Sometimes I wonder if the preacher/pastor me looks like a godly man breathing in the goodness of God. In reality, I feel more like a deflated balloon.

Aug 17, 2016

A Pastor Looks Forward at 50 by Derrick Lynch

We must remember that we are stewards of the life God has given us and that this stewardship is demanded for every day, every decade, and every stage.  

Aug 17, 2016

A More Decisive Power is at Work by Joel Littlefield

There’s a greater and more decisive power at work in this world and it’s not the American government, the EU, the Global peace initiative or the Islamic State.

Aug 17, 2016

Look to Jesus and Live by Savannah Henson

Maybe He leaves us in these nasty bodies so we will long to be made clean. I do not know, but I do know that God promises to sanctify us.

Aug 16, 2016

Gifts ≠ Fruit by Jesse Benack

We naturally assume the people who possess the greatest and most effective gifts are also the people who are walking most closely with God. We falsely equate giftedness with holiness and link ability with divine intimacy. The Bible tells us otherwise.

Aug 16, 2016

5 Benefits of Loving My Small Church by Courtney Reissig

As members of small churches, let’s remember the value of being there, lest we forget the gift that God has given us.

Aug 16, 2016

Daniel Darling on "Worshiping the True Jesus"

We ask Daniel Darling, "How would a Christian know if the Jesus he or she worships is the true Jesus?"

Aug 15, 2016

5 Ways to Revitalize Your Worship Service by Cody Barnhart

Does your church's worship service look like Lord’s Day of the Living Dead?

Aug 15, 2016

We Have Nothing to Offer the One Who Offers Us Everything by Jared C. Wilson

There is one great sign that you are loved more than you thought.

Aug 15, 2016

Links For the Church (8/15) by Staff

This week's links equip readers in the areas of singleness within the church, how to rightly orient our moods, helpful steps for fostering intimacy, how to love a new pastor, and an answer to a common question about race.

Aug 14, 2016

He Knows Your Sorrows by Charles Spurgeon

The child is cheered as he sings, "This my father knows;" and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?

Aug 12, 2016

How Should Leaders React When Attacked? by Casey Lewis

David provides both an example and counsel of how we should react when attacked.

Aug 12, 2016

Called (Part One) by Dave Harvey

Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.

Aug 11, 2016

Politics, Propaganda, and Practicing What We Preach by Adam McClendon

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.

Aug 11, 2016

Captive to Comparison by Lexy Sauve

More often than not, the burden of comparison leaves us shattered beneath its weight. In Christ, we have the opportunitiy to exchange false remedies for the healing balm of the gospel.

Aug 10, 2016

How To Deal with Accusers by Lianna Davis

 When we are reflecting God and His Word to the world, we are indiscriminate about sharing His holy goodness and righteous love with others.

Aug 10, 2016

3 Ways to Steward Your Own Failure by Michael Kelley

In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.

Aug 10, 2016

Killing Narcissism

How Focusing on Others Might Just Save Our Souls

Every Christian in every place could likely use a reminder that life is not about us, and thus we should not structure our lives as if it is.

Aug 9, 2016

Pastor, Don't Forget Jesus by Jared Sparks

For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.

Aug 9, 2016

3 Ingredients for Faithful Preaching by Jason K. Allen

It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.

Aug 8, 2016

Your Pastor's Wife Should Have Church Friends by Whitney Putnam

Countless times it’s been whispered to me, as if it is a sacred secret, “In order to survive as a pastor’s wife, you must not make any friends.”

Aug 8, 2016

Links For the Church (8/8) by Staff

For this week, we link you to helpful pieces on friendships with non-Christians, having discernment, turning up the volume on time with the Lord, and raising children on the frontlines.

Aug 8, 2016

Is Your Pastor Happy to See You? by Jared C. Wilson

How can we work toward our leaders’ joy and not their anxiety? It’s no advantage to us to be a nagging pain to our pastors.

Aug 7, 2016

They Would Sooner Lose Mother or Father Than Part With Christ by Charles Spurgeon

Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.

Aug 5, 2016

You Should Consider Replanting by Blake Deibel

As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.

Aug 5, 2016

Do I Really Have to Pray for Politicians I Oppose? by Darin Smith

 If we want our prayers to do the most good for the largest number of people, we must include those in our prayers whose decisions create the circumstances in which the purposes of the Gospel prosper.

Aug 4, 2016

Don’t Write It Off As Law by Chris Thomas

It's good to bask in the light of grace. Soak it up. Revel in it. But don't recoil from the commandments of God—they are meant to show us his faithfulness, and steadfast love.

Aug 4, 2016

On Consumeristic Worship by Dustin Rouse

Culture is relentless in leading us to believe that all of life exists with ourselves at the center. When it comes to worshiping God, preference gives way to His worth and we are to strive for unity within the Body.

Aug 4, 2016

How Expository Preaching is Therapeutic by Chad Ashby

Expository preaching frees us up to trust God as we deliver His Word to His people. We're given permission to relish His Word and we're unfettered from the urgent as we preach through the Bible verse by verse.

Aug 3, 2016

Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering by Bethany Murray

As I sit here quietly while my little boy naps, I remember that day one month ago so vividly. On that day I realized that I was miscarrying our second child. It was the child who we had been dreaming of and planning for after receiving news that I was expecting. This was the child who we could not wait to meet. This was the child to whom our little…

Aug 3, 2016

When the Wedding Interrupts the Funeral by Sean Nolan

When the funeral party is interrupted, it’s not by a power outage or someone pulling the fire alarm, but by the bridegroom calling us home to the eternal wedding celebration.

Aug 3, 2016

Don't Just Pray About It by Erik Raymond

May we have those childlike reflexes that so characterize the children of God. Let us pray, wait, and watch.

Aug 2, 2016

Don't Waste Your Hospital Visitation by Todd Chipman

We may not be able to make it to every hospital stay. But in most instances, presence at the hospital, surgery center or doctor’s office will provide a strategic Great Commission platform. Let’s not waste it.

Aug 2, 2016

Feminism and the Question of Female Identity by Courtney Reissig

Recovering from feminism and embracing God’s idea of womanhood is far more than a throwback to a 1950s television show. True freedom is knowing that God had a good design when he created us male and female.

Aug 2, 2016

Transitioning from an Attractional Mindset to a More Gospel-Centered Ministry

We ask Clint Pressley, "What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?"

Aug 1, 2016

Links For the Church (8/1) by Staff

This week's links deal with how to take steps for racial reconciliation, bringing back beauty, thinking rightly about small groups, and what gospel-saturated self-control looks like.

July

Jul 31, 2016

Don't Stop Singing by Charles Spurgeon

By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.

Jul 29, 2016

Should I Have Started My PhD Instead of Becoming a Pastor? by Danny Slavich

I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Jul 29, 2016

Planting Churches That Last by Dave Harvey

Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.

Jul 28, 2016

Illustrating the Truth by Adam McClendon

illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.

Jul 28, 2016

Sin is Out of the Question by Joel Littlefield

Christ’s forgiveness should not relax the Christians attitude towards sin. On the contrary, Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and our forgiveness thereby should increase our hatred of sin and bolster our longing for its defeat in our daily lives. 

Jul 27, 2016

God Doesn't Need to Be Convinced to Give You What You Need by Michael Kelley

We can freely come again and again to a Father who delights in being the best kind of giver.

Jul 27, 2016

Before You Preach by Joe Thorn

We need tools to help us, but we need the Holy Spirit to illumine, convict, and empower.

Jul 26, 2016

Do I Really Love Jesus? by Jason Alligood

Here’s the rub: We don’t always want to love Jesus. Living in light of truth is hard and living comfortable lives according to our flesh is easy. It’s hard to put Christ first when He calls us to love Him more than anyone or anything. And yet He promises the most joy when we seek Him alone as our greatest treasure.

Jul 26, 2016

How My Special-Needs Sister Teaches Me to Trust God’s Heart by Allyson Todd

One of the most formidable things that shaped who I am today is my sister, Amanda. She is now 21 years old, reads more books than I do, just graduated high-school, and has Down's Syndrome. And she is a means by which God has taught us to love him more.

Jul 26, 2016

Throwing Our Hats Over the Wall

Gospel Going When the World Says ‘Stay’

There is not shortage of challenges is answering the call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard it. Standing beside what seems an insurmountable wall of fear, financial challenges, real-life distractions, dangers, and, if we are honest, selfishness, we sit down. Or we turn around. Or we try to find some other wall that is easier to climb. And still, God has called us onward.

Jul 25, 2016

3 Things Sin Can't Do To the Christian by Cody Barnhart

These reminders help us eliminate the shame we feel after disobedience and push us to repent of our sin even when we're tempted to wallow in it. They are "gospelisms"—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me.

Jul 25, 2016

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 by Jared C. Wilson

Christian pastors aren't meant to be chaplains of the American Dream.

Jul 24, 2016

Stand Still by Charles Spurgeon

But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.

Jul 22, 2016

Should Your Church Build a Bigger Building? by Jonathan Leeman

Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.

Jul 22, 2016

How Our Generation Can Learn From the Older by Casey Lewis

Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.

Jul 22, 2016

Men, Abortion is Your Problem Too by Sam Parkison

The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.

Jul 21, 2016

Majoring on Solutions by Zach Barnhart

It has become commonplace in the church for ills and problems to demand the majority of our attention and focus. In considering God's design for the body of Christ, what would it look like for pastors and laypeople to spend adequate time and energy seeking out solutions to these problems as well? 

Jul 21, 2016

God, Creation, and Homosexual Desire by Adam McClendon

For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”

Jul 20, 2016

What If We Fail? by Hannah Wright

If the pastor and his wife do not bind together to fight against sin in their lives and ministry, Satan will take hold. 

Jul 20, 2016

Spider Webs of Our Own Making

Pride and the Christian Life

We Christians of all backgrounds and proclivities can trap ourselves in webs of pride that threaten to kill our spirituality and love for the Lord.

Jul 19, 2016

Ain’t No Bargainin' With God by Joshua Jenkins

While the way of bargains and compromises might very well be the way in which most humans relate to each other, it is not the way that God relates with humanity. God is not a bargainer; He reconciles. God does not offer deals; he offers sovereign grace.

Jul 19, 2016

Powerfully Kept by Jim Elliff

True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.

Jul 19, 2016

Pastor, This Isn't a Competition by K.V. Paxton

Pastor, this is not a competition. God loves you just as extravagantly in your failures as He does in your successes and He isn't comparing your ministry to the one across the street.

Jul 18, 2016

Are You A Complainer or A Fixer? by Margaret Bronson

I remember one time after church I came home all bent out of shape over how lonely I was. No one ever invited me to anything. I just really wanted adult interaction. My sweet husband just looked at me patiently and said, “Well, why don’t you invite some girls over?”

Jul 18, 2016

8 Reasons to Preach Through Books of the Bible by Jared C. Wilson

Every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why . . .

Jul 17, 2016

Our Darling Sin Must Die by Charles Spurgeon

Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying.

Jul 15, 2016

When Tears Don't Satiate the Sorrow by Sam Bierig

Until the New Heavens and the New Earth, wear your mourning like a badge of love from your Savior.

Jul 15, 2016

Demonically Good Theology by Jared Sparks

It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.

Jul 15, 2016

What to Do After You Preach by Dave Harvey

If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.

Jul 14, 2016

How Exaggeration Can Undermine Your Joy in the Gospel by Erik Raymond

In our over exagerrated world, the good news tends to not be that amazing. We autocorrect this by letting a couple of pounds of air out of the tires of the gospel. Though we are prone to diminishing the spectacular, the fact remains, God shows grace to unworthy people.

Jul 14, 2016

He's a Good Father, Even in Our Suffering by Garrett Kell

Few things are as isolating as pain. When we suffer, we feel like no one can really understand what we are experiencing. Yet, no matter how alone we feel, we are never ultimately alone. Our heavenly Father is there.

Jul 14, 2016

Searching for a Soul Mate by J. Alan Branch

To expect another fallen human to “make us whole” is to commit an idolatrous act, placing a created being before the Creator.  Only Jesus Christ can offer us genuine wholeness.

Jul 13, 2016

Pastors, Let Your Deacons Serve by Matt Capps

God forbid that my ambitious leadership rob others of their calling.

Jul 13, 2016

The Gospel for Teachers by Tabitha Rainwater

The gospel tells us that, yes, we are saved, but the Holy Spirit is continually teaching us and forming us to be more like Jesus, who is the Greatest Teacher.

Jul 13, 2016

I'm Done With Seminary...Now What? by Lance Olimb

The most difficult aspect of seminary was the bold, vexing question of, “What’s next?”

Jul 12, 2016

What is the Ideal Pastor’s Personality?

We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"

Jul 12, 2016

7 Theological Issues Confronting the Local Church by Jason K. Allen

There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church. 

Jul 12, 2016

Found Hope by Adam McClendon

God never leaves his child behind.  He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.

Jul 11, 2016

In Victory, Insufficiency by Cody Barnhart

I’m convinced of this glorious and liberating truth about the gospel: In our victory, we can embrace insufficiency.

Jul 11, 2016

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible by Kristen Wetherell

The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss.

Jul 10, 2016

Fellow Citizens with the Saints by Charles Spurgeon

The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us.

Jul 8, 2016

The Frustration of Slowing Down by Mason King

Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.

Jul 8, 2016

Apologetics: A Reasonable Defense by Casey Lewis

While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.

Jul 7, 2016

Making the Most of Your Bible Reading by Godwin Sathianathan

When we approach the Bible with focus and care, our reading becomes more than just reading. We find ourselves in deep fellowship with God and able to persevere over the long haul.

Jul 7, 2016

Every Sermon is the Opportunity of a Lifetime by Joel Littlefield

Preachers, learn to see every sermon as an opportunity of a lifetime - an opportunity to bring change where it matters most, change in the heart of people for whom Christ died and now lives.

Jul 7, 2016

The Linguistic Alchemy of the Gospel by Cole Deike

Grace, in part, is a linguistic category. It is not only works done for us; it’s also words spoken to us. 

Jul 6, 2016

What Kind of Problem Is It? by Luke Holmes

We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems.  So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?

Jul 6, 2016

3 Types of Evangelism to Avoid by Tom Johnston

Christ calls us to share His death and resurrection with love and humility, as well as power and boldness.

Jul 6, 2016

The 4 Biggest Mistakes I've Made in Marriage by Christine Hoover

The choice of our wedding date may have been our first mistake in marriage, but there have been many more I've made that have been of much greater consequence than how we spend our anniversaries.

Jul 5, 2016

3 Reasons to Require Small Group Participation for Church Members by Joshua Hedger

As believers, we seek to cultivate deeper relationships with one another, moving beyond surface-level interactions. Here are three reasons why community should be a non-negotiable for members of your church.

Jul 5, 2016

Thank God for Spiritual Grandfathers

Thoughts on Wayne Grudem

Lasting pastoral influence and legacies are marked by both humilty and service.

Jul 4, 2016

Don't Waste Your Vacation by Sam Bierig

You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would we stop attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation?

Jul 4, 2016

Freedom From the Tyranny of Hyper-Spirituality by Jared C. Wilson

The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross.

Jul 3, 2016

Do You Suffer With Christ, For Christ? by Charles Spurgeon

If we do thus suffer, what is our "light affliction" compared with reigning with him?

Jul 1, 2016

Do You See the Fatherless, or Are You Not Looking? by Joel Littlefield

Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.

Jul 1, 2016

The Priority of Confirming Your Call by Dave Harvey

Ministry methods have changed over the decades, but the challenges and joys of ministry remain the same. Spurgeon’s lectures to his students are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.

June

Jun 30, 2016

Gather with All Ages by Ryan Higginbottom

Meeting with Christians of all ages is not a cure-all, and there is undeniable value in relationships with people of similar age and experience. But we must not despise the wisdom, experience, and friendship of all the people God places around us.

Jun 30, 2016

The Worth of Waiting: A Word to Aspiring Elders by Johnny Antle

In waiting for noble things in this life, we should be reminded that we wait for One whose nobility far exceeds everything on earth in every respect.

Jun 29, 2016

When Sorrows Like Sea Billows Roll by Ian Conrey

One day, we will be with God in his Kingdom, along with the rest of the broken who turned to Christ.

Jun 29, 2016

What Does It Mean to Give Grace to One Another? by Christine Hoover

Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.

Jun 28, 2016

Spencer Plumlee on Non-negotiables for Preaching

We ask Dr. Spencer Plumlee, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

Jun 28, 2016

Expecting God for More Than a Feeling by Stephen Miller

Corporate worship is not about getting some feeling. It’s about getting God.

Jun 27, 2016

How to Handle Difficult People by Mike Ayers

Dealing with difficult people in ministry can certainly be difficult and disappionting. But here are some things I've learned over 20+ years of pastoring . . .

Jun 27, 2016

The Attitude and Latitude of Christ's Kingdom by Jared C. Wilson

The ferment of the gospel needs the wineskin of the church.

Jun 26, 2016

Mind the Back Way to Hell by Charles Spurgeon

No greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than in that day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to perdition.

Jun 24, 2016

God is Great, God is Good by Doug Ponder

God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food… and for everything.

Jun 24, 2016

An Unimaginative Tool for Church Growth by Erik Raymond

Sometimes as evangelicals we can be our own worst enemy.

Jun 23, 2016

Identity Theft: Losing Our Christian Self-Consciousness by Jim Elliff

We are nothing on our own. But in Christ, we are something beyond imagination.

Jun 23, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Six

The Preacher's Humility

Part six of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

Jun 22, 2016

Is It Anti-gospel to Teach Kids Self-control Before Conversion? by Owen Strachan

Your children will thank you after their conversion that you trained them in good habits, even as they will recognize that only the gospel truly sustains holy living.

Jun 22, 2016

Overcoming Anger by Joe Thorn

I spent many years being angry—from my youth to well into adulthood. By the grace of God I have found freedom from its grip on me, but it took years of growing in grace.

Jun 21, 2016

Greatly Beloved in the Midst of Anxiety by Melissa Affolter

The only perfect love is the love of Christ - it's where we tether ourselves in the midst of temptation and trial.

Jun 21, 2016

Why must preaching be expositional? by Andrew Hebert

Series: Conversations

We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "Why must preaching be expositional?"

Jun 21, 2016

Balancing Ministry and Family Time by Jason K. Allen

In ministry, we must protect our families, but we need not sequester them. Balance is hard to find, but perhaps these five principles will help.

Jun 20, 2016

Russell Moore on Abstaining from Votes

Is it a sin to abstain from certain votes?

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, "Is it a sin to abstain from certain votes?"

Jun 20, 2016

One Thing: Noah Oldham

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

We asked Noah Oldham, pastor of August Gate Church near St. Louis, "What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?"

Jun 20, 2016

Your Christian Family Bears Witness by Jim Richards

Model before a dying culture a living example of Christ and the church through your husband and wife relationship.

Jun 20, 2016

Be Strengthened by Grace by Kristen Wetherell

How can I continue to trust him if my faith is so weak in the first place?

Jun 20, 2016

There is No Faith So Little That It Is Not Saving by Jared C. Wilson

It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.

Jun 19, 2016

The Holy Ghost Who Fills by Charles Spurgeon

Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.

Jun 17, 2016

Moving Toward a Merciful Ministry by Dave Harvey

Ministry is a call to be merciful. But it’s not because we’re pastors or called to be pastors.

Jun 16, 2016

Love the Church More than Its Health by Jonathan Leeman

This is an implicit danger for all of us who have learned much about “healthy churches" - we start loving the idea of a healthy church more than the church God has placed us in.

Jun 16, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Five

The Preacher's Life

Preacher, give fervent and persistent attention to your life outside of preaching. It is not enough to simply preach good doctrine - your people need to see consistent demonstration, not just hear good explanation.

Jun 15, 2016

Four Traps That Kill Mission by Aaron Morrow

Trap #1: Separating From Non-Christians Like a Pharisee

The Pharisees were a very conservative group that was extremely committed to being holy and uncorrupted by the world. They were also very critical and judgmental towards non-Christians3 because they didn’t think non- Christians were as committed to following God as they were. And they were convinced that one of the easiest ways to be polluted by the world was…

Jun 15, 2016

The Gift of Being Limited by Christine Hoover

Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.

Jun 15, 2016

One Thing: Russell Moore

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

FTC.CO asks Dr. Russell Moore, "What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?"

Jun 14, 2016

The SBC and The 21st Century

Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment

by Staff

The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address these issues.
 

Jun 14, 2016

Who Pastors the Pastor? by Brent Prentice

Every pastor needs to be pastored, because every pastor will become weary in the work, even if they are not weary of it.

Jun 14, 2016

Keeping Your Balance in Prayer by Zach Barnhart

A renewed focus on attentive, undistracted and reverent prayer will greatly help us keep our balance and stay in the saddle.

Jun 14, 2016

J.D. Greear on Making Growing Churches Feel Small

Series: Conversations

We asked J.D. Greear, "How do you make sure a church feels small as it grows larger?"

Jun 13, 2016

Clint Pressley on Training Young Men for Ministry by Staff

Series: Conversations

What are some vital components to training young men for ministry?

Jun 13, 2016

Michael Kelley on Marriage as Sanctification

Why is marriage such a vital crucible for discipleship?

Series: Conversations

Why is marriage such a vital crucible for discipleship?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Nathan Finn

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

Daniel Darling on America's False Jesuses

What are some of Americans' favorite false Jesuses?

What are some of American's favorite false Jesuses?

Jun 13, 2016

J.T. English on Worshipful Theology

How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?

Series: Conversations

How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?

Jun 13, 2016

Devin Maddox on The Importance of Bonhoeffer to the American Church

What can the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer teach the American church today?

by Staff

What can the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer teach the American church today?

Jun 13, 2016

Mark Dever on Contextualization in Preaching

How important is contextualization?

Series: Conversations

How important is contextualization in preaching?

Jun 13, 2016

Dean Inserra on Contextualization Without Compromise

What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?

Series: Conversations

"What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?"

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Mark Dever

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: J.D. Greear

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Dean Inserra

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Lane Harrison

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

J.D. Greear on The Power of The Spirit

Why is the Holy Spirit inside us better than the Jesus beside us?

by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why is the Holy Spirit inside us better than the Jesus beside us?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: David Prince

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Joe Thorn

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: JT English

What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Daniel Darling

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Michael Kelley

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: H.B. Charles Jr.

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Clint Pressley

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

Russell Moore on How Political A Pastor Should Get With His Flock by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

Russell Moore answers the question: How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Trevin Wax

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

Trevin Wax answers the question: What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

Announcing the New FTC Imprint with Moody Publishers by Staff

A new For The Church specialty imprint with Moody Publishers focuses on resourcing pastors and ministry leaders.

Jun 13, 2016

When Mommy Loves Jesus More

How the Gospel Changes a Mom's Heart and Actions

As awkward and abrasive as it might sound to my son’s little ears, I will continue to tell him that I love Jesus more.

Jun 13, 2016

But Do You Adore Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Has Jesus become our mascot, our projection? When you look at him, what do you see?

Jun 12, 2016

Let Me No Longer Be Found Wanting by Charles Spurgeon

You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt?"

Jun 10, 2016

Planting Through Shepherding by Jared Sparks

Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.

Jun 9, 2016

Lessons Learned in the Waiting by Sandee Hedger

Though our redemption is instant, our sanctification is a slow and steady process over our entire lifetime. There is no express lane available on this road.

Jun 9, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Four

The Preacher's Delivery

Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher

Jun 8, 2016

God's Plan for the Church by Doug Ponder

More than anything else, God’s glory is displayed in and through Christ-exalting, neighbor-loving, gospel-advancing churches.

Jun 8, 2016

Jesus is Enough by Casey Lewis

When we add something to the gospel, we are really subtracting from it.

Jun 8, 2016

Pastor, Should You Hire a Male Assistant? by Jim Elliff

An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.

Jun 7, 2016

A Jealous God

Devotional Thoughts from Exodus 34:14

God’s pronouncement that He will not share his affections with false gods stands the test of time, bridging the gap between the Israelites and present-day believers. 

Jun 7, 2016

Dr. Frank Page on Non-Negotiable Leadership Qualities

We ask Dr. Frank Page, "What qualities are non-negotiable for biblical leadership?"

Jun 7, 2016

Your Church Needs You To Sing by Stephen Miller

Contrary to popular sentimentalism, we are not singing for “an audience of one.” While we do sing to worship our Savior, we also sing to rehearse the truth of the Gospel together and be sanctified by it.

Jun 6, 2016

5 Distinguishing Marks of a Fruitful Church by Jared C. Wilson

If a church appears to exist only for the sake of its own survival, only for the sake of its own enterprise, only for the sake of its own internal experiences, no matter how big it gets, it is not likely fruitful but more likely swollen.

Jun 5, 2016

Lord, Shut Me In! by Charles Spurgeon

Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love.

Jun 3, 2016

Embarrassing Christianity by Ronni Kurtz

Jesus' torn flesh and spilt blood was for the embarrassing—those like you and me.

Jun 3, 2016

How to Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel by Dave Harvey

When we’re really preaching the gospel, both to ourselves and to others, it sets us free.

Jun 2, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Three

The Preacher's Preparation

Part three of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

Jun 2, 2016

Raise Your Hand by Christine Hoover

We all, at some point, are overwhelmed with burdens that are too heavy for us each to carry alone. Sometimes God acts in our lives without using others to meet our needs, but His normal mode of operation is to use wise believers in the Body of Christ—His church— to help us understand, grow, and grieve.

Jun 1, 2016

What is the Ambition of Your Life? by Jason Alligood

When the drive to achieve becomes the reason for existence in the life of a Christian, the ambition to which Scripture calls us is lost, but not unrecoverable.

Jun 1, 2016

5 Quick Thoughts on Manhood and Sports by Owen Strachan

Warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result.

May

May 31, 2016

Repenting of the Desire to Be Clever by Sean Nolan

At its best, my desire to be clever is a blessing given by a creator God who made me in his image. We long to create as a reflection of the image of God that was put in us. But at its worst, my longings for originality show a heart that says, “Did God really say?”

May 31, 2016

Our Aim in a Worship Service | Part One by Daniel Renstrom

In the midst of planning songs, prayers, and moment of exhortation - what are we really trying to accomplish in a worship service? 

May 31, 2016

J.T. English on Ministry Training in Large Churches by JT English

We ask Dr. J.T. English, "How can large churches provide effective ministry training?"

May 30, 2016

Rethinking the Role of the Pastor by Nathan Rose

Instead of thinking a pastor is like a chaplain, CEO, or contractor, I want to suggest three alternatives . . .

May 30, 2016

Division Begins with The Departure from the Truth by Jared C. Wilson

It isn't those who believe the Bible when it says sin is sin that are being divisive; it is those who are introducing the idea that some sins aren't.

May 29, 2016

He Hates Wickedness So Much, He Died to Kill It by Charles Spurgeon

He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might forever trample it beneath his feet.

May 28, 2016

The Why Behind 'Unparalleled'

Jared Wilson Shares The Vision Behind His New Book

by Staff

FTC managing editor Jared C. Wilson shares the vision behind his new book Unparalleled: How Christianity's Uniqueness Makes it Compelling

May 27, 2016

Partying With Jesus by Doug Ponder

We should be more like the Father who responds to problems with parties.

May 27, 2016

Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship by Jonathan Leeman

Complementarianism is crucial for Christian discipleship because pastors and churches need to hold up different pictures of Christian maturity for the man and for the woman.

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.

May 26, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Two

The Preacher's Subject Matter

Part two of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

May 25, 2016

Carl F. H. Henry and An Air Assault from a Persistent Widow by Jason G. Duesing

Before Carl F.H. Henry became the premier evangelical theologian of the twentieth century, he first was a nominal Episcopalian in need of the mercy of God. Thankfully that mercy came through the air assault of a persistent widow.

May 25, 2016

An Elder's Example of Work and Giving by Joel Littlefield

Paul was not a rich man, probably not even well-to-do, but he certainly knew what it was to work.

May 24, 2016

Dr. Greg Belser on Difficult Ministry Milestones by Greg Belser

We ask Dr. Greg Belser, "What are some milestones in ministry that are difficult or impossible to prepare for?"

May 24, 2016

Jesus, the True and Better Joshua by Peyton Hill

Throughout history, God has been at work in and through those He chooses to use greatly. In the book of Joshua, the mighty works God performs are but a shadow of a greater Reality yet to come.

May 24, 2016

What Does God Have to Do With It? by Jim Elliff

We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.

May 23, 2016

The Stewardship of Power by Mike Ayers

Power is a stewardship on loan from God to be used for his glory and for the good of others.

May 23, 2016

The Everythingness of Grace by Jared C. Wilson

The grace of God in Jesus Christ meets all of our needs and satisfies our deepest desires.

May 22, 2016

All Will Be Well by Charles Spurgeon

Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of God's plan; they are necessary parts of it.

May 20, 2016

6 Prayers of a Spiritual Fire-Caretaker by Darin Smith

You must become one of the fire-caretaker if you want to stay warm with God.

May 20, 2016

When Honor Becomes Toxic by Dave Harvey

We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?

May 19, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part One

Introduction and Warnings

Part one of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?

May 19, 2016

Don't Be Embarrassed by Your Ordinary Church by Erik Raymond

Here is the bottom-line reality: the church is the most important organization on the planet. Its importance and inherent value is not dependent upon size but substance.

May 18, 2016

Why is the Bible So Repetitive? by Chad Ashby

Praise the Lord that he is willing to repeat himself, because the best truths deserve repeating.

May 18, 2016

5 Keys to Cultivating Biblical Manhood in Your Church by Jason K. Allen

Where there is a lack of men—mature, godly men—the church will invariably suffer.

May 17, 2016

10 Reasons Why the Church Gathers by Casey Lewis

The significance of gathering regularly with God's people cannot be overstated. Here are 10 biblical reasons why gathering with the church is so important.

May 17, 2016

Sure Signs of Bad Leadership by Dayton Hartman

A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.

May 16, 2016

Why Legalistic Preaching Doesn't Work by David Prince

Legalistic, moralistic preaching exacerbates sin rather than killing it.

May 15, 2016

Everyone Who Believes is Justified by Charles Spurgeon

Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now.

May 13, 2016

Should I Tell My Spouse about Struggles with Sexual Purity? by Garrett Kell

Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for husbands and wives to develop a plan to help each other fight sexual temptation.

May 13, 2016

The Lonely Pastor by Jared Sparks

Multiple pastors have confessed to me that they have few or no real friends. This is unacceptable. There is a better way.

May 12, 2016

Thoughts From a Mother on Miscarriage

"Some of Us Live Here, Some Live There"

A mother's thoughts on miscarriage, God's grace, and a tribute to tiny lives.

May 12, 2016

The Means of Grace by Joe Thorn

Lean into the means of grace that you may lean on Jesus himself.

May 11, 2016

Christ is Our Only Righteousness by Jason Alligood

I am nothing without Christ’s righteousness.

May 11, 2016

Engagement and Mission in the Realm of Sport by Reid Monaghan

The cultural world of sports in which some people live and move and have their being is a place that should be engaged by a robust Christian witness.

May 10, 2016

The Church, A Battering Ram by Zach Barnhart

In response to modern culture, the Church often assumes a defensive position. Christ has called us to something more.

May 10, 2016

The Freedom to Be Happy (For Someone Else) by Michael Kelley

Comparison makes it difficult to truly rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. The gospel renews our minds and frees us up to truly love one another.

May 9, 2016

Celebrating Gospel Change by Peyton Hill

What if CNN or Fox News broke a story with the headline, “ISIS Leaders Becomes a Follower of Jesus and Ends Terrorist Activity”? Would we be shocked? Would we doubt the headline?

May 9, 2016

Is Your Worship Service Upside Down? by Jared C. Wilson

If your church orients its weekend gathering around reaching seekers, it's quite possible you've adopted some working assumptions and programmatic arrangements that actually turn the biblical shape of evangelism and mission upside down.

May 8, 2016

Whole After 38 Years of Disease by Charles Spurgeon

Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man.

May 6, 2016

Jesus Died For Your Depression Too by Cody Barnhart

There is no spot that the blood of Christ is unable to cover.

May 6, 2016

What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self About Pastoring by Dave Harvey

Unless a flux capacitor becomes a reality in the near future, I won’t have the opportunity to talk to my younger self. But I can talk to you . . .

May 5, 2016

Don't Provoke Your Kids by Jim Essian

How do we work for our child in the midst of their selfish desires?

May 5, 2016

The Idea That Changed the World by Steve Bezner

Have Christians oversold the position of “taking a stand?"

May 4, 2016

The Eternal Importance of Exercising Self-Control by Kristen Wetherell

Hello, my name is Kristen, and I am a habitual nail-picker.

May 4, 2016

A Gentle Political Recalibration by Erik Raymond

Without minimizing the importance of the election or impugning anyone who is a political junkie, I want to offer a gentile reminder for Christians who might be getting a little too wrapped up in the election.

May 3, 2016

Unparalleled

How Christianity's Uniqueness Makes it Compelling

by Staff

The greatest strength of Jared Wilson's new book Unparalleled is how it helps Christians to not simply win arguments, but to “win the man.”

May 3, 2016

Looking for the Perfect Church? by Casey Lewis

We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.

May 3, 2016

Managing Things or Leading People by Mike Ayers

The subtlest and most detrimental leadership distraction in our day is the drift away from leadership itself.

May 2, 2016

Preaching for the 'Home Run' by Mike McKinley

If I’m being honest, I feel that I have to hit a home run or I have wasted everyone’s time that week. Does the pastor prepare his sermon so that it’s a base hit or do you swing for the fences every week?

May 2, 2016

Your Sin Will Find You Out (But So Will His Righteousness) by Jared C. Wilson

I suppose this is essentially a modern fulfillment of the biblical principle “your sins will find you out . . ."

May 1, 2016

Go To Thy Rest Rejoicing by Charles Spurgeon

Dost thou think, O Christian, that thou canst measure the love of Christ?

April

Apr 29, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

In short, these idols are just another version of my worst self.

Apr 29, 2016

The Key to a Strong Marriage by Owen Strachan

Don’t say you’re a sinner but then act, practically, as if you’re not.

Apr 28, 2016

What I Learned the First Two Years of Church Planting by Jason Davis

If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .

Apr 28, 2016

Is it Biblical for Churches to Require a Tithe? by Jonathan Leeman

With the commitment to regular tithing included in so many church membership covenants, should pastors/elders hold members accountable to giving?

Apr 27, 2016

Creativity as Worship by Kelly Wolfe

What things might you engage in to actively acknowledge God as your Creator and yourself as made in his image? What creative things stir your affections for Christ?

Apr 27, 2016

Reformation or Revival? by Jim Elliff

Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.

Apr 26, 2016

Preaching a Real Gospel by Joshua Jenkins

We aren't preaching abstract thoughts.

Apr 26, 2016

Love is a Risk Worth Taking by Garrett Kell

“I saw everyone staring at him, but I couldn’t just watch him struggling like that. I was afraid he might hit me, but I thought it would be better for me to risk being hurt than for me to just let him hurt alone.”

Apr 25, 2016

The Father Himself Loves You by David McLemore

Believe this and you will have the key to what upholds the universe.

Apr 24, 2016

I Know That My Redeemer Lives by Charles Spurgeon

The marrow of Job's comfort lies in that little word "My."

Apr 22, 2016

Strengthened by Affliction by Joel Littlefield

In affliction you have the opportunity to draw closer to Christ, to His pain, to His cross and thus to His comfort, all by the hand of the loving Father.

Apr 22, 2016

If We Survive the Night

A Passover Meditation

Today, April 22, is this year's official start to the traditional Jewish feast of Passover. Here is a sweet devotional reflection on the Passover from The Village Church's Mason King.

Apr 21, 2016

Why We Do Membership Interviews by Adam McClendon

Here are three reasons to conduct membership interviews with everyone seeking to join your church.

Apr 21, 2016

3 Tips for Leading a Volunteer-Led Church by Joshua Hedger

Your volunteer leaders are your greatest resource at your church.

Apr 20, 2016

'What Do People Want?' is The Wrong Question by Greg Spires

Trying to figure out what people want will always lead to ministry that is opposed to gospel centered ministry

Apr 20, 2016

A Pastor Looks Forward at 50 by Derrick Lynch

We must remember that we are stewards of the life God has given us and that this stewardship is demanded for every day, every decade, and every stage.

Apr 19, 2016

The Lure of The Wild by Zach Crook

Why would a college graduate give up his $25,000 in savings, abandon his car, and change his name to “Alex Supertramp?”

Apr 18, 2016

Making Evangelism a Habit by Tom Johnston

Developing godly habits is extremely important. And one of these healthy habits is to share the gospel with those we encounter.

Apr 18, 2016

The Marriage Vows Exist for Sin by Jared C. Wilson

The truth is, you’ve never met a wronged spouse like Jesus.

Apr 17, 2016

It's A Delightful Thing That God Should Make a Tree by Charles Spurgeon

One of the purest and most innocent of joys, apart from spiritual things, in which a man can indulge, is a joy in the works of God.

Apr 15, 2016

How To Be Yourself in Prayer by Stephen Miller

Prayer is naturally one of the most spiritual things we can do as believers, so we don’t need to add anything extra to over-spiritualize it.

Apr 15, 2016

3 Ways to Get Involved in Church Planting by Joe Thorn

We need more partnerships between churches, and we need more churches. Working together to plant churches is a biblical way to fulfill the cooperative commission to make disciples.

Apr 14, 2016

2 Reasons To Draw Near God in Suffering (Rather Than Reject Him) by Kristen Wetherell

Even the gravest of our earthly sufferings, which may lead to death, result in eternal life with Christ.

Apr 14, 2016

3 Reasons You Absolutely, Positively MUST Go to Church This Weekend by Michael Kelley

There are those Sundays when you wake up with the resurrection on your mind. These are the days that you know – you know – that Jesus is alive, and because He lives, everything is different. There are those Sundays. And then there are the other ones.

Apr 13, 2016

Implementing Membership in a Church Plant by Mike McKinley

Church membership may not seem very important at the outset of a church plant. But at some point in the process, the congregation will need to know who “they” are, so that they can fulfill the biblical commands for the church.

Apr 13, 2016

The One Passion Every Pastor Must Have by Jason K. Allen

 To pursue ministry but not having a passion for the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission is like pursuing medicine, but not liking patients.

Apr 12, 2016

How Negativity Refines Us by Zach Barnhart

I think according to Scripture, we have many reasons why we should be willing, even grateful, to step into relationships in which we are met with differences, criticisms, and even opposition and negativity.

Apr 12, 2016

I Will Boast In My Weakness

How Chronic Illness Shows Christ's Glory

My immune system rips ragged holes in my intestines the way a tailor tears broadcloth. You can imagine the results: I wake up, eat, drink, read, work, drive, and play with my kids while in constant pain. All this bodily chaos disrupts every part of my life. By the time I reach the end of a day, I too often feel like a useless, paralyzed limb on Christ’s body.

Apr 11, 2016

John Powell on Advice to a First-time Pastor

What advice would you give to a first-time pastor?

Advice for a first-time pastor.

Apr 11, 2016

How Can We Continue to Walk in Jesus? by Casey Lewis

Remembering our profession of faith and what we thought about Jesus should motivate us to continue walking with Him, so that He is the One who is establishing our values, guiding our thinking, and directing our conduct.

Apr 11, 2016

Belief, Work, and Resurrection by Jenna Fleming

The empty tomb is not only for faith for eternal life, though.  The empty tomb is also for the work and business of this life.

Apr 11, 2016

3 Ways The Gospel Can Divide A Church by Jared C. Wilson

There's actually  nothing more prone to stirring up mess than the grace of God that has arrived to create order.

Apr 10, 2016

To Glory in The Cross Alone by Charles Spurgeon

Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.

Apr 8, 2016

Should We Tell Our Little Girls That They're Princesses? by Owen Strachan

If virtuous conduct is what we mean by telling our little girls they’re “princesses,” then cool. I wonder, though, if “princess” culture can, perhaps unintentionally, encourage girls to construe their self-identity narcissistically and aesthetically.

Apr 7, 2016

A Praying Church by Adam McClendon

God has called his church to live in a constant conversation seeking him in the midst of all things at all times.

Apr 7, 2016

The When of Family Worship by Reid Monaghan

When my kids were young we set certain rhythms of life that allowed the gospel to flourish in our home through the practice of family worship. And we knew that if we could not answer the question of when, the how of family worship would become irrelevant.

Apr 7, 2016

Fighting Lust With Lust

A Framework for Purity

How do we fight lust? We fight lust with lust.

Apr 6, 2016

Followed By The God of Grace by Garrett Kell

It was early in my junior year at Virginia Tech—and I felt like everywhere I turned, God was following me around . . .

Apr 6, 2016

When Ball Becomes Baal

Is Your Kid's Sports Involvement A Family Idol?

Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?

Apr 5, 2016

Ministry's Incompatibility With the World by Chris Thomas

Power that comes through position is incompatible with God's agenda on earth.

Apr 5, 2016

Dear Future Pastor . . . by Joshua Hedger

You will not be a perfect pastor and your church will not be a perfect church.

Apr 4, 2016

When There is No Good News by David McLemore

The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.

Apr 4, 2016

How Do You Know When You Are Ready to Shepherd? by Jared C. Wilson

We need pastors who have had the swagger gospeled out of them.

Apr 4, 2016

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

What do most Christians not know about church discipline?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"

Apr 3, 2016

What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? by Charles Spurgeon

In order to preach the gospel fully, there must be a very clear description of the person of Christ.

Apr 1, 2016

Don't Miss FTC '16: Portraits of a Pastor

September 26-27

by Staff

Don't miss this year's For The Church Conference (Sep. 26-27), featuring Jason Allen, Darrin Patrick, Jared Wilson, and more, hosted by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri.

Apr 1, 2016

What if the Good Samaritan Drove a Car? by Kelly Wolfe

There is one thought about the conveniences of modern life that keeps eating at me. What if we are forfeiting opportunities to engage with people, particularly in the ways the Jesus did?

Apr 1, 2016

3 Reasons to Keep Praying About the Same Thing by Michael Kelley

Pray the same thing you did yesterday. Here's why . . .

March

Mar 31, 2016

My Side, Your Side, or Neither

Thinking Rightly About Church Conflict

Church conflict is an ugly, Spirit-quenching, gospel-obscuring tragedy.

Mar 31, 2016

3 Ways the Spirit Works in Us by Darrin Patrick

As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .

Mar 30, 2016

To Know and Be Known by Jason Alligood

We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.

Mar 30, 2016

Why Posture Matters in Worship by Stephen Miller

Our body naturally acts the way our hearts feel.

Mar 29, 2016

The Surety of Acceptance by Joshua Jenkins

We are accepted by God upon being found in Christ, with no exceptions, no strings attached, and no catch.

Mar 28, 2016

Paul Dismantles the Prosperity Gospel in 3 Verses by Daniel Ritchie

Is there a more misinterpreted verse in the Bible than Philippians 4:13? 

Mar 28, 2016

10 Common Ways Churches Get Off Mission by Jared C. Wilson

Here are some common ways churches engage in “mission drift.”

Mar 27, 2016

Christ's Resurrection Guarantees Our Own by Charles Spurgeon

The regeneration which has taken place in those who believe has changed our spirit, and given to it eternal life.

Mar 25, 2016

The Friday That is Good by Jared C. Wilson

Many things can and will make us happy.
There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.

Mar 25, 2016

Good Shepherds Always Point Their Flocks to the Great Shepherd by Ian Conrey

Odd as it may sound, our aim is not to look primarily toward Christ-like character. Our aim is to look toward Christ.

Mar 25, 2016

The Elderly Mr. Phipp

How Affection Toward God is Inseparable from Authentic Worship

When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.

Mar 24, 2016

Abiding Beats Busywork by Eric Turner

Is it possible for you, pastor, to be pulled farther away from Jesus even in the midst of great service for him?

Mar 24, 2016

A Simple Exercise to Determine What You Value by Michael Kelley

We know that we should value God more and above anything else, but we also know that we don’t always tell ourselves the truth. So how can we know what we truly value? I’d propose a simple exercise to find out . . .

Mar 23, 2016

Hello, My Name is Mike, and I'm an Achievement Addict by Mike Ayers

I know I am not unlike many other leaders in ministry. When we relax, if we are able to relax, we feel guilty. Our math looks like this: doing more = more done. Some will read this will say— “Of course!” The assumption here is that “more” is best.

Mar 22, 2016

Follow the Leader by Brent Dyer

I believe leading worship is a lot like having someone follow you home.

Mar 22, 2016

From Divine Kings to Doctor Who

General Revelations of an Alien Savior

Our twenty-first-century culture is quite taken with a literal “alien savior”—Doctor Who. Like ancient kings of old, the Doctor spans the gap between humanity and that which lies outside our grasp. But there is one significant difference . . .

Mar 21, 2016

Theology is Meant to Help Us Love by Liz Wann

Knowing who God is and how he interacts with us and his world will give us assurance in the wilderness of the soul.

Mar 21, 2016

Pastor, Mind Your RBM or Risk Burnout by Jared C. Wilson

So how can a pastor work to protect himself from crashing and burning? Incorporate the necessary ministry rhythm of RBM.

Mar 18, 2016

Having Trouble in Ministry? Just Face It. Literally. by Erik Raymond

Let us learn from Moses while we cling to and follow Christ our righteousness, knowing that it is his glory, not our own that we pursue and love. It is in this pursuit that we’ll find ourselves getting more face time on the ground rather than counting our wounds in the mirror.

Mar 17, 2016

Advice for Keyboard Crusaders by Chris Thomas

Yet both my personal experience and anecdotal observations, tell me that the vast majority of 'robust dialogue' or 'authentic conversation' is a poor front for what the Bible calls 'meddling in controversies'.

Mar 16, 2016

Your Meaningless Ministry by Stephen Miller

We tell ourselves it's all for the glory of God, but our true motivations are revealed by our disappointments.

Mar 16, 2016

What Only God Can Do by David McLemore

The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.

Mar 15, 2016

The One Gift Every Pastor Must Have by Jason K. Allen

When you stand before God’s people with Bible in hand, "the tide goes out." It is in those moments, when you attempt to speak on behalf of God, that all will see the veracity of your calling.

Mar 14, 2016

7 Lies You've Been Telling Yourself About Church by Kristen Wetherell

Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .

Mar 11, 2016

What Should You Look for in a Church? by Jim Elliff

It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.

Mar 10, 2016

Freedom From Getting Defensive by Michael Kelley

You know the feeling as well as I do. There is someone who brings something to us – it’s an accusation, it’s a criticism, it’s a rebuke – it’s a whatever. We. Must. Respond. Curious, though, that Jesus did not feel the same need.

Mar 9, 2016

How To Trust God by Josh Reich

Even in our moments of failure, doubt, and fear, he is still strong and sure.

Mar 9, 2016

Jesus' Discipleship Program For Your Church by Jonathan Leeman

When Jesus and the apostles talked about church government, it wasn’t just a discussion of bureaucratic decision-making. It was most fundamentally and importantly a matter of discipleship!

Mar 8, 2016

The One Ring and Pornography by Samuel James

Those who worship idols eventually become like the idols they worship.

Mar 8, 2016

Flee Youthful Passions by Jim Essian

Blowing on the Gospel embers of young Timothy’s heart, the Apostle Paul fans into flame the grace-producing calling on the Ephesus disciple-maker.

Mar 7, 2016

A Gospel Word to the Divorced by Lee Callicutt

It is difficult, walking around as if you have a “scarlet D” on your chest. The pain is real, the hurt is still there, and the emotional scars may forever remain. You wonder if the pain of the divorce will ever go away.

Mar 7, 2016

What Does It Really Mean to Train Up a Child? by Chris Borah

To show and teach our kids what a renewed mind thinks requires us to renew our minds.

Mar 7, 2016

Jesus, The Antidote to Blame Transference Syndrome by Jared C. Wilson

While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.

Mar 6, 2016

Christ's Glory is the Pearl of Great Price by Staff

"But when the believer discovers this pearl of great price itself, then his soul cleaves to it with joy.”

Mar 6, 2016

The Danger of Being 'Almost Persuaded' by Charles Spurgeon

You have often trembled while I have told you of your sins and of the wrath to come, but you have met your bad companion at the door, or you have gone home and attended parties of gaiety, and every godly thought has been quenched.

Mar 5, 2016

A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance by Garrett Kell

One church's example statement to help their community think biblically about regular church attendance.

Mar 4, 2016

Wrath, Western Lit, and The Cross by Jesse Payne

The "leadoff hitter" of Western lit carries the responsibility of setting the tone for all future literature. And does it ever.

Mar 4, 2016

Your Neo-Pagan Neighbor and The Gospel by Owen Strachan

It’s right as a believer to be alarmed, saddened, and discomfited by the modern trajectory of the American soul. In all seriousness, feeling these things does not make you geriatric. It signals that you have a conscience, and that it is active. But I do not come to bury our culture.

Mar 3, 2016

Unforced Delight by Jonathan Evans

No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.

Mar 3, 2016

Can Non-Christians Comfortably Sing Your Songs? by Adam D. Swift

I once had an interesting conversation with an agnostic about a Christian worship song they enjoyed because it reminded them “God loves them so much.” Interestingly enough, the worship song did not specifically mention Jesus’ name or his Gospel work on the cross.

Mar 3, 2016

Make Friends, Not Just Converts by Darrin Patrick

Here’s some good news: You don’t have to share the gospel the way I did. You don’t have to dread doing evangelism. And you don't have to treat it like a salespitch. Jesus certaily didn't.

Mar 2, 2016

The Gospel for the Inglorious by Chris Thomas

A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.

Mar 2, 2016

A Mighty Fortress by David McLemore

When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .

Mar 2, 2016

Worship Leader, Get Over Yourself by Stephen Miller

“I worship God best when I’m singing on the stage.”

Mar 1, 2016

Our Endurance and Christ's by Jason Alligood

My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.

Mar 1, 2016

5 Prayers to Pray For Your Husband by Tish Hedger

The best help for your husband is prayer. Here are 5 ways to pray for him . . .

February

Feb 29, 2016

Limitless Grace for Limited Leaders

How Accepting Our Boundaries Frees us to Flourish as Pastors

How accepting our boundaries frees us to flourish as pastors.

Feb 29, 2016

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That's Not Cool Enough by Michael Kelley

Before you make that visit, before you give up and cash it in, think about it. Think about staying.

Feb 29, 2016

An Astonishing Revelation from Another World by Jared C. Wilson

That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.

Feb 28, 2016

God is the Way Back to Himself by Staff

If salvation is to be had at all it must be of divine origin.

Feb 28, 2016

The God Who Acknowledges You by Charles Spurgeon

Oh, wondrous grace of God, that he owns his son when that son is still an Egyptian slave.

Feb 27, 2016

Keeping Justification and Adoption Together by Jared Sparks

Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.

Feb 26, 2016

Should We Have Black Churches or White Churches (or Cowboy Churches)?

Multicultural Glory in the Church

A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.

Feb 25, 2016

Leverage Your Life for the Nations by Michael Abraham

We cannot sit idly by in our churches while 6,000 people groups making up over 2.9 billion people have never even heard the gospel.

Feb 25, 2016

How to Give Your Pastor Sermon Feedback (and How Not To) by Erik Raymond

We spend hours each week reading, meditating on, and praying through our text. We have a few days to become intimately acquainted with it. We strive to learn all of its nuances, textures, hues, and beauty. And then after we preach, we usually don't hear much from anybody about any of it.

Feb 25, 2016

Put Your Whole Person into Your Sermon Prep by David Prince

Preachers should engage in sermon preparation as whole persons, engaging every aspect of their being.

Feb 24, 2016

Color: Outside the Lines by Brent Dyer

The picture God wants to paint in your church is full of different colors.  There is no crayon, paintbrush, marker, or watercolor He doesn’t want to use. The picture might not look like it was originally drawn, but I promise this – the new artwork will be a masterpiece.

Feb 24, 2016

What I Want My Daughters to Know About Food by Jenna Fleming

Not too long ago, my five-year old daughter asked me why I exercise, and I hesitated. The language we use regarding food is vitally important.

Feb 24, 2016

When Believers Divorce on Unbiblical Grounds by Jonathan Leeman

You know they have no biblical grounds for divorce. How should a pastor respond?

Feb 23, 2016

The Thing About Old People by Steve Bezner

If there is one common question I receive from young or new pastors, it is this: How do I lead the senior adults in my church?

Feb 22, 2016

Walking Among Giants by Chris Thomas

The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.

Feb 22, 2016

Man Does Not Live on Podcasts Alone

Thoughts on the Leader's Prayer Life

The healthy leader feasts from the source and communes with his God.

Feb 22, 2016

Jesus Did Not Say 'Teach the Sheep to Self-Feed' by Jared C. Wilson

If we simply want more people or better people, a set of programs and events might accomplish that. But if we want Christ-exalting, Christ-loving, Christ-following people, we have to get more personal and go deeper.

Feb 21, 2016

You Can Put a Sword to Someone's Throat and Make Them a Muslim, but You Can't Make Them a Christian by Staff

I said to my friend, “Look, I could put a sword to a person’s throat and make him at least a sufficiently good Muslim.” He agreed that that was true.

Feb 21, 2016

When Faith Produces Fear by Charles Spurgeon

Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.

Feb 20, 2016

Jesus the Judge by Joshua Jenkins

The book of Judges sounds off about the gospel more loudly than the trumpets of all Gideon’s men.

Feb 19, 2016

The Gospel for Cynics and Scoffers by Allyson Todd

Far too many of our conversations are about why one church is the best in polity, or how a specific kind of music, preaching style, discipleship model, major, leadership training program, or missions agency is superior to all others.

Feb 19, 2016

Should Pastors Be Scholars? by Owen Strachan

It is possible to be a pastor-theologian who not only feeds the sheep a rich theistic diet (which is the essence of the office per Christ’s words to Peter in John 21), but makes contributions beyond the pulpit.

Feb 18, 2016

3 Perks of Bivocational Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

We are a little over one year into this journey of being bi-vocational. Here are 3 perks that I have found come from bi-vocational church planting . . .

Feb 18, 2016

Were They A Believer?

Rethinking Inquiries About Departed Loved One's Eternal State

It’s usually best to avoid one question as we attempt to encourage the hurting.

Feb 18, 2016

Men Without Chests by Darrin Patrick

Men especially don’t know what to do with their passions and desires. We either give in to them recklessly, or try to suppress them, which is equally dangerous. We’ve now had several generations of “men without chests,” as C.S. Lewis suggests, who lack deep wells of emotional energy.

Feb 17, 2016

When They Say 'Jesus Never Said . . .'

A Pastoral Perspective on the Inspiration of the Scriptures

When critics say, "Jesus never mentioned" such-and-such, remember that the word of God is not divided against itself.

Feb 17, 2016

When Tough Texts Bury Us by Rachel Black

Here are some of the things that I have done to better understand difficult Bible verses . . .

Feb 17, 2016

Worship in a Selfie World by Stephen Miller

"One of the most intense times of worship I have ever experienced.” This caption came across my Instagram notifications a few weeks back. I never would have expected a picture of a young man standing in front of a mirror in his bathroom with a bewildered smirk on his face.

Feb 16, 2016

You Can't Relocate Away from Sin by Jared Bumpers

One of the most frustrating aspects of counseling students is the response of many parents. As I try to dig down to the heart issues, many parents want to rush to "relocate" their kids. The parents often think the solution is relocation: a new school, a "ranch" for extended counseling, or an extended trip to stay with family.

Feb 16, 2016

Past Faithfulness Fills the Reservoir of the Soul by Michael Kelley

Our worry isn’t about our circumstances; it’s about our hearts.

Feb 15, 2016

Pastor, Love Your Wife (Better!) by Dayton Hartman

Simple, gospel-reflecting habits, along with some robustly masculine intentionality, are at the core of loving your wife well.

Feb 15, 2016

And Now, Little Children . . . by Derrick Lynch

There are times when I’m most likely to wonder about greener pastures, to entertain the idea that somewhere in Christendom exists a perfectly behaved church that is easy to “parent.”  But that “Leave it to Beaver” church does not exist.

Feb 15, 2016

Play Hard by Jared C. Wilson

In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.

Feb 14, 2016

Love Like A Dam Break by Jared C. Wilson

The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.

Feb 14, 2016

Take God Into Your Daily Calculations by Charles Spurgeon

A great many persons go about their supposed lifework without thinking about God.

Feb 13, 2016

Sugar Crash(tianity) by Cole Deike

The sugar crash after eating too much candy is strikingly analogous to some experiences with Christianity.

Feb 12, 2016

The Sheep Aren't Stupid by Joe Thorn

Pastors sometimes say stupid things. Sometimes those stupid things are catchy and wind up being repeated by many other pastors. One of the more preposterous pithy statements I have heard many preachers say is, “Sheep are dumb.”

Feb 12, 2016

Comfort for Parents of Unconverted Children by Jim Elliff

Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.

Feb 11, 2016

Shaping Your Child's Discipline with Doctrine by Joel Littlefield

Let the Gospel of the cross be your proof to them that Jesus loves imperfect people.

Feb 11, 2016

Thanking God for Denominational Arguments by Peyton Hill

Boy was I shocked when a classmate ran into a man from his church and told me, “Hey, I want to introduce you to an elder at my church.” Dumbfounded and ignorant I said, “Wait, I thought you were Baptist?!”

Feb 11, 2016

We Were Made to Marvel by Erik Raymond

We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.