Resources from 2017

December

Dec 31, 2017

The Most Important Resolution by Charles Spurgeon

O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost.

Dec 29, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017 by Staff

Based on a year of unique page views, here are the ten most-read entries at FTC in 2017.

Dec 29, 2017

Identifying with Christ in Baptism by Kaitlyn Wright

The celebration for the individual is great, indeed, but the celebration is also meant for the church.

Dec 29, 2017

J.D. Greear on What Difficult Thing In Your Life Has Taught You The Most? by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Dec 28, 2017

The 2017 FTC Book Awards by Staff

Introducing the first annual FTC Book Awards!

Dec 28, 2017

What Expository Preaching Is Not by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Fifteen myths about expository preaching that should be exposed to help the preacher rightly understand and faithfully practice expository preaching.

Dec 28, 2017

Welcoming God Into the Worship Gathering by Mike Leake

Why in the world would we tell the One who owns the place that He’s welcome there?

Dec 27, 2017

Living as In-Between People by Emily Jensen

God has a perfect track record of caring for his in-between people and carrying them to the finish line.

Dec 27, 2017

Episode 021: Why You Should Under-Program Your Church

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson outlines numerous reasons a church should aim for simplicity in its programming, method, and mission.

Dec 26, 2017

Obsolete All Over Again by Jared Musgrove

When words no longer mean anything, can men and women who live by the Word long endure?

Dec 26, 2017

Daniel Darling on What Christians Should Do With the News by Daniel Darling

FTC.co asks Daniel Darling, VP for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What should Christians do with the news?"

Dec 25, 2017

The Government Upon His Baby-Fatted Shoulders by Jared C. Wilson

“The head of all rule and authority” had one of those wobbly baby heads.

Dec 25, 2017

Links For The Church (12/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on all things Christmas: Jesus' care for our bodies, Mary as a role model, Christmas ghosts, and what Mary really did know. 

Dec 24, 2017

A Christmas Eve Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord!

Dec 22, 2017

A Well Lived Life by Lianna Davis

Can you be content to mirror many other days after today’s strains?

Dec 21, 2017

What Scripture Can Do by Mike Brooks

Forty-two weeks? In one book of the Bible? For close to an entire year? Yes, yes, and yes. But why?

Dec 21, 2017

So Many Males, So Few Men

The #MeToo Moment and Manhood

The tragic reversal of manhood noted, there is still hope, great and surging hope. As long as there is a church, there is a place where men are remade.

Dec 20, 2017

Expect Hope by Allyson Todd

Hope came at an ugly price - the God-man slain for heinous crimes He did not commit. 

Dec 20, 2017

Building A Theological Library (Part 3) by Jeff Straub

Either way, whether you choose books or digital, make the acquisition and assimilation of a good library a part of your ministerial journey. 

Dec 19, 2017

Noah Oldham on The Importance of Preaching Within the Local Church by Noah Oldham

FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, Lead Pastor of August Gate Church in St. Louis, "How important is preaching in the local church?"

Dec 19, 2017

A Worship Leader's Real Hope by Dustin Rouse

As worship leaders, we don’t have to lead anyone into God’s presence. We’ve already been carried there by the finished work of Christ at Calvary.

Dec 18, 2017

The Bible and 'Le Mot Juste' by Jared C. Wilson

Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.

Dec 18, 2017

Links For The Church (12/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on caring for people with disabilities, missionaries and seminary, a letter to predators, and insight on the "wise men."

Dec 17, 2017

Lord, Paint Upon the Eyeballs of Our Soul by Charles Spurgeon

Let us chide ourselves for past forgetfulness, and pray for grace ever to bear him in fondest remembrance.

Dec 15, 2017

The Matter of Membership by Mallory Bierig

Formally belonging to a local body of believers is God’s idea and not just a tradition or practical organization tool. 

Dec 14, 2017

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders? by Erik Raymond

God does not command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders, but calls for an informed loyalty with eyes wide open to the persistent attacks levied against those in leadership.

Dec 14, 2017

What is Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

The preacher does not preach from the text or on the text, he preaches the text—thus limiting the sermon’s application to the point of the passage preached.

Dec 13, 2017

Building A Theological Library (Part 2) by Jeff Straub

Purpose to become a lifelong “collector” of theological and biblical books.

Dec 12, 2017

Jeff Medders on His Process for Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX), to describe his sermon-writing process.

Dec 11, 2017

Links For The Church (12/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Charlie Brown, God's promises, jerks, difficult roads, and depression in the pastorate.

Dec 8, 2017

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home on Sola Scriptura by Jessalyn Hutto

The warmth of his love is channeled through us, spilling out onto all who are welcomed under our roofs.

Dec 7, 2017

Seeing God's Hand by Adam Kareus

The Scriptures are filled to overflowing with the mind-boggling truth that God is here with us. His hand never leaves our life.

Dec 7, 2017

You Don't Even Have A Bucket, Jesus by Mike Leake

Maybe he’s not the fool; maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s my eyesight. Is it possible that I’m conversing with the One who can draw water without a bucket?

Dec 6, 2017

Church Discipline Brought Me Home by Andrea Burke

In 2006, I sat at the table with men and women at The Village Church and heard the words that I didn’t want to hear: church discipline.

Dec 6, 2017

Building A Theological Library (Part 1) by Jeff Straub

How then does a minister, especially a young minister, go about building a good theological library for a lifetime of ministry? 

Dec 5, 2017

What Should We Believe? by David McLemore

It’s not that God doesn’t want good things for us; he certainly does. But what God defines as good is himself. Everything else just gets in the way.

Dec 5, 2017

Matt Chandler on Leading a Growing Church Without Getting a Big Head by Matt Chandler

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor at The Village Church, "How do you lead a growing church without getting a big head?"

Dec 4, 2017

As God Lives by Jared C. Wilson

Boaz is one of those strange guys who does certain things because God exists.

Dec 4, 2017

Links For The Church (12/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Bible memorization, people who are hurting, fear of man, and Christology.

Dec 3, 2017

Greater is He by Charles Spurgeon

God is with us, and none shall stand before us.

Dec 1, 2017

Go Set a Watchman

Carl Lentz and the Demands of Christian Ethics

Show people that the Word of God is so precious that you will risk everything to defend it and declare it. 

Dec 1, 2017

Help for the Beat-Up Pastor by Erik Raymond

Serve with the knowledge not that your ministry is unseen but rather that it is closely monitored by heaven.

November

Nov 30, 2017

Reflections on Restoration by Adam McClendon

When believers understand the depth of their sin and the unbelievable forgiveness they have experienced from God, it changes their approach to sin.

Nov 30, 2017

When Community Isn't Gospel Community by Pat Aldridge

The reality is: transparency within gospel community brings about the best kind of freedom.

Nov 30, 2017

Forget Not the Lord's Benefits by Mike Brooks

More often than not, the ability to rightly frame our suffering is a matter of our forgetfulness over against our ability to remember the Lord and His goodness.

Nov 29, 2017

Episode 019: The 5 C's of Preaching

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 19: The 5 C's of Preaching

What is the irreducible complexity of Christian preaching? What distinguishes preaching from lecturing? In this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses 5 elements of Christian preaching that every pastor ought to embrace in reviewing if their sermon is pulpit-ready.

Nov 29, 2017

3 Ways to Love Women Without Children in Your Church by Allyson Todd

Remind women without children that they have everything they need for life and godliness in Christ.

Nov 29, 2017

Are You Praying the Right Thing When You Pray to Know God's Will? by Michael Kelley

His Word is full of commands that reveal the way in which we should live and how we should pray.

Nov 28, 2017

How to Become a Christian

A Letter to Teenagers in Good Churches

Deciding to get on board with Jesus is a simple decision, but it’s also a major one with some crazy implications.

Nov 28, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Revolutionize your Spiritual Life by Jason K. Allen

Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.

Nov 28, 2017

Dean Inserra on Cultivating a Healthy Marriage in the Midst of a Busy Ministry

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dean Inserra, Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, FL: "How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?"

Nov 27, 2017

Don't Put Your Seniors Out to Pasture by Jared C. Wilson

In our efforts to multiculturalize the church -- which is a great effort and a godly one -- let's not forget the need to multigenerationalize the church.

Nov 27, 2017

Our Relationship With God: Rebellion or Redemption by Kaylee Freeman

Christ lovingly and graciously pardoned us from our rebellion and will one day welcome us into His heavenly kingdom to live with Him forever as His son or daughter.

Nov 27, 2017

Links For The Church (11/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singleness, Western culture and theology, Stranger Things, and mental health in marriage. 

Nov 26, 2017

Where is the Might of a Christian? by Charles Spurgeon

What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect.

Nov 24, 2017

A Revival Of The Public Reading of Scripture by Steve Burchett

God’s word has been read publically, even at length, throughout salvation history.

Nov 22, 2017

A Call for Patient Evangelism by Caleb Greggsen

Do you find yourself chasing after silver-bullet plans to bring people into your doors? 

Nov 22, 2017

3 Challenges to Creating a Gospel Culture in your Family by Michael Kelley

Can we ingrain the gospel so much in the way that we talk, think, discipline our children, or converse around the dinner table, that it’s part of our very fabric of living, and not just an occasional topic of conversation?

Nov 21, 2017

God Who Provides by David Appelt

Our God sees ahead, and because of that, we can live in the present. Our God provides.

Nov 21, 2017

When Going Through the Motions is Not Enough by Mike Leake

The devil doesn’t care one bit about preventing us from doing works for the Lord; he cares about preventing belief and trust in our union with Christ. 

Nov 21, 2017

Russell Moore on Pastors Thinking About Culture

FTC.co asks Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What would you say to the pastor who says thinking about 'culture' is a waste of time?"

Nov 20, 2017

The 'Religious People' Boogeyman by Jared C. Wilson

"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."

Nov 20, 2017

God Can't Save My Child by Kole Farney

Confidence must never rest upon the situation, but upon the Savior Himself.

Nov 20, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on a heart for orphans, manna for mamas, giving to beggars, gospel distortions, and the danger of gossip. 

Nov 19, 2017

What to Do with Dumb Questions by Charles Spurgeon

Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether.

Nov 17, 2017

4 Reasons Every Pastor Should Exercise by Chad Ashby

When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.

Nov 17, 2017

Who Are the Evangelicals? by Jonathon Woodyard

The church, tangibly expressed in local congregations, seeks the joy of all peoples and the fame of the name through the proclamation of the gospel and in loving service to their neighbors.

Nov 16, 2017

A Praiseworthy Perspective by Adam McClendon

Rejoice in such a way that the world takes notice and stands in admiration of and experiences longing for the joy your possess.

Nov 16, 2017

The Pronouns Preach

Lessons on the Glory of the Church

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians assumes their great diversity, which comes to us in the form of his use of pronouns.

Nov 16, 2017

The Worst Vacation Ever

On Caring for Aging Parents

While there may be easier ways, we wouldn't have it any other way because we know this God's plan and we trust him.

Nov 15, 2017

Pre-Order 'Supernatural' for Free Resources

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

Thomas Nelson is offering some exclusive resources for all pre-orders of Jared Wilson's upcoming book Supernatural Power for Everyday People.

Nov 15, 2017

Episode 018: Dean Inserra

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 18: Dean Inserra

“Lost people don't go to a church because the band is awesome."

Nov 15, 2017

Where are the Men in the Church? by Jonathan Hayashi

If we want a strong church, we cannot assume men magically show up.

Nov 15, 2017

There is No "Just" in the Body of Christ by Michael Kelley

I have a sneaking suspicion that people like this, the ones that serve quietly and without fanfare, but with great faithfulness, are the true heroes in the kingdom of heaven.

Nov 14, 2017

Why I Welcome Persecution by Jason Alligood

The church flourishing in spite of persecution is not the stuff of American church culture; it's the stuff of the New Testatment and we should not be surprised by it.

Nov 14, 2017

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

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

Nov 14, 2017

Barnabas Piper on What Pastors' Kids Wish Their Churches Knew About Them

FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper: "What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?"

Nov 13, 2017

On Getting Un-Dragoned by the Light of Christ by Jared C. Wilson

Walking in the light may sting a little, but it is far preferable to life in the dark. And on top of that, it is the only way to healing.

Nov 13, 2017

Made Perfect In Union With Christ by Margaret Bronson

The reason that the doctrine of glorification matters is that this doctrine forms the foundation of the comfort, peace, and hope that God gives us to continue living in this difficult place. 

Nov 13, 2017

Links For The Church (11/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on sleep, living forever, boring me, and pitfalls in pursuing racial unity. 

Nov 12, 2017

A Faith Untried is Little by Charles Spurgeon

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith.

Nov 10, 2017

Pastor: You Are Appreciated by K.V. Paxton

We know He gives the growth and thus gets the glory, but He does see you, and He will reward you.

Nov 10, 2017

A Generation Integration Invitation by Brandon Keel

If generational reconciliation is a manifestation of the gospel's power, church ministries should be built on a much firmer foundation than the convenience of age-segregation alone. 

Nov 9, 2017

Why I Celebrate Our $300 Advertising Budget

Thoughts on Kids and Youth Ministry

Promising kids the "best Wednesday they'll ever have" gets them thinking as consumers and, eventually, you're bound to disappoint a customer.

Nov 9, 2017

I Want My Kids to Be Good by David McLemore

I can’t reroute my kids' sins to me. I can’t undo the pain they’ve already felt. I can’t remove the stain with which they were born. But Jesus can.

Nov 8, 2017

Take in the Beauty by Mike Phay

God gives us these moments of beauty-noticing—slowing down and unplugging from a digital, deadline world—to wake us up to the mystery and the beauty inherent in all of life.

Nov 8, 2017

3 Obstacles to Weeping with Those Who Weep by Michael Kelley

If we are going to weep with those who weep, it means we have to make the intentional effort to involve ourselves deeply with those who weep.

Nov 8, 2017

Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence by Mark Dever

We should pray that God will lead us by his Spirit to know when it’s best to be quiet, to pray, and to live a life that commends the gospel, and when it’s best to add more of our own words.

Nov 7, 2017

Preaching the Psalms to Ourselves by Dave Jenkins

The book of Psalms shows us not only how to do to right theology, but also how good theology should lead us to worship and right living before the Lord.

Nov 7, 2017

The Trap of Young Adulthood by Cole Deike

Lord, have mercy if our churches are borrowing strategies from the cult of “the next thing.”

Nov 7, 2017

J.D. Greear on How Christians Can Share the Gospel More Fearlessly

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, "How can Christians share the Gospel more fearlessly?"

Nov 6, 2017

The Revisionist History of the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

Calling Peter a "rock" is like when we nickname a fat guy "Slim."

Nov 6, 2017

Links For The Church (11/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on friendship, prayers for church, welcoming women, the need for men to read stories, and fear.

Nov 5, 2017

Study Him in His Primeval Glory by Charles Spurgeon

High thoughts of Christ will enable us to act consistently with our relations towards him and increase our love.

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Message

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church's Message" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Future

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Rechab Gray's message on "The Church's Future" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Nov 3, 2017

The Church's Worship

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Dr. Jeff Dodges' message on "The Church's Worship" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Nov 3, 2017

The Church's Commission

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church's Commission" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Nov 3, 2017

Doctrine is for Joy by Owen Strachan

The truth of God is a gateway to paradise. 

Nov 3, 2017

Free to Love by Erik Raymond

The type of love we have in the gospel is total acceptance in light of full disclosure. 

Nov 3, 2017

How Can Christians Engage in Politics Without Becoming Engaged in Idolatry? by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

We asked Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "How can Christians engage in politics without becoming engaged in idolatry?"

Nov 2, 2017

Chasing Contentment by Jonathon Woodyard

The gospel is a message to every discontented heart that says the pathway to contentment is open to all who would come to Jesus in faith.

Nov 2, 2017

What is a Faithful Preacher? by Jason K. Allen

What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?

Nov 2, 2017

3 Keys to Listening to Sermons by Dave Jenkins

Listening well and taking good notes during the sermon is a means to an end. That end is our growth in Christ and understanding of the Bible.

Nov 1, 2017

Episode 017: The Fine Art of Pastoral Listening

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 17: The Fine Art of Pastoral Listening

When listening to others, consider how God listens to you.

Nov 1, 2017

Your Pastor Is Not An Afterthought by Katelyn Milligan

Why is it, though, that many church members don’t think their pastor amounts to much outside the church walls? 

Nov 1, 2017

3 Temptations of the Ministry of a False Prophet by Nick Strobel

If we aren’t extremely careful, we can forget that when we discard God’s definition of success, we endanger ourselves and our people.

October

Oct 31, 2017

The Lies of Romantic Sexual Morality by J. Alan Branch

Often, arguments against the biblical sexual ethic are based on a very poor grasp of Scripture and a shoddy handling of the texts in question.

Oct 31, 2017

Dean Inserra on How Churches Can Know They're On the Right Track by Dean Inserra

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

Oct 31, 2017

Why Me, Cruel World? by Adam McClendon

How dare we question the faithfulness, the grace, the mercy, and the love of God because he has not orchestrated circumstances to attend to our every desire?

Oct 30, 2017

8 Contrasting Signs of an Insecure Leader by Jared C. Wilson

What are the signs of an insecure leader? And how do we normalize our leadership away from extremes?

Oct 30, 2017

The Three Essentials For Every Pastor's Toolbox by Chad Ashby

Week after week, I dedicate my time and attention to a specific portion of God's Word to feed Jesus's flock on Sunday morning. 

Oct 30, 2017

Links For The Church (10/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on God's gift of zeros, rejoicing for the weak, why you should go to church, the will of God, and influencers on a child's health.

Oct 29, 2017

Better to Gaze Upon Him by Charles Spurgeon

To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.

Oct 27, 2017

The Pastoral Duty of Letting People Down by Brian Sauve

I want a pastor who will stop slathering fresh layers of bitumen on his egomaniacal Babel and believe instead that his hope isn’t in being well-liked.

Oct 27, 2017

Love People More Than Your Country by Joel Littlefield

In light of the bigger picture of the Gospel, whether someone stands, sits, or kneels is really no matter to a disciple of Jesus.

Oct 26, 2017

He Buried 200 Church Members by Erik Raymond

Pastors must believe and preach Jesus’s powerful death-defeating, wrath-guzzling triumph!

Oct 26, 2017

Weak Pastors Need a Strong Gospel by Travis Montgomery

What does it mean to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It is to behold the eternal, miraculous, courageous cross of Christ and, with unveiled face, be transformed.

Oct 26, 2017

Disciple a Worship Leader by David Bronson

Most worship leaders genuinely want to see the church grow in godliness. It's just that no one ever told them that they might be able to do something about that.

Oct 25, 2017

Preach Like Carl Sagan, Not Neil deGrasse Tyson by Luke Holmes

When we hold the good news of Jesus Christ in our hands, we should never bore someone with our words. 

Oct 25, 2017

Youth Pastor, Preach God’s Word by Ian Conrey

A shallow understanding of the gospel produces a shallow Christian.

Oct 25, 2017

The Unique Challenges of Being a Church Planting Wife by Christine Hoover

Our spiritual poverty teaches us to depend upon the true Grower and to wait on Him to do the growing in His time.

Oct 24, 2017

6 Reasons to Take Seminary Chapel Seriously by Brandon Freeman

Academic prowess and a devotional posture ought not be detached from one another. In chapel services, thinking and feeling meld together. 

Oct 24, 2017

4 Lies That Cause Pastors to Neglect Their Families by Jaime Owens

At the front door of pastoral ministry, we find that if a pastor isn’t a family man, he’s not a churchman.

Oct 24, 2017

Noah Oldham on Pastors Throwing in the Towel by Noah Oldham

FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, "When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?"

Oct 23, 2017

How Great the Light That Casts the Shadow

A Gospel Reflection on Jude's Doxology

Were it not for God, we would be falling from grace every waking second.

Oct 23, 2017

The Unique Gospel Power of a Spouse by Ronni Kurtz

There is a unique power behind the gospel when it comes from the lips of my love.

Oct 23, 2017

Links For The Church (10/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on adoption, political sins, sexual assault, short pastoral tenure, and mothering a rebellious heart. 

Oct 22, 2017

I Will Love Them Freely by Charles Spurgeon

Surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father's face.

Oct 20, 2017

Remembering the Reformation: Sola Scriptura by Jason K. Allen

He who lives in light of the five solas will experience a more fulfilled and fruitful Christian life. 

Oct 19, 2017

The Un-Millennial Church by Cole Deike

Maybe the best way to reach young adults, and by reach I really mean attract, transform, and equip, is to plant and lead un-millennial churches.

Oct 19, 2017

Pride Will Kill Me by Mathew Gilbert

A simple word from the Lord this morning has penetrated the depths of my heart: Pride will kill me.

Oct 19, 2017

Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves by Dave Jenkins

The whole Bible is for the entire Christian because the entire Bible has a unified message in the gospel of the Lord Jesus.

Oct 18, 2017

Episode 016: Jonathan Dodson

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 16: Jonathan Dodson

“I have this rare hope that Wall-E is not our future.”

Oct 18, 2017

3 Ways To Love Moms In Your Church by Allyson Todd

If you know women with children in your church, you’re called to love and serve them. 

Oct 18, 2017

Joy at the Table by Daryl Crouch

When we pick up the bread and the tiny cup with our weak and calloused hands, we remember the nails that pierced our Savior’s hands and feet wounded him, but did not defeat him.

Oct 17, 2017

Worship Already in Progress by Mike Brooks

What’s it like to hear the whole world sing your praise? Only God knows. But be awed by the fact that He does.

Oct 17, 2017

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations by Won S. Kwak

FTC.co asks Won Kawk, "How can a pastor effectively lead a multi-ethnic congregation?"

Oct 17, 2017

7 Ways Short-Term Mission Trips Are Helpful by Adam McClendon

Short-term mission trips remind us of the beauty and granduer of the kingdom that awaits all who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oct 16, 2017

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin by Jared C. Wilson

It is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.

Oct 16, 2017

Persistence Isn't Just For Wall Street by Whitney Putnam

Believers, persistence is not just for the secular leadership books, nor is it for the men and women with pressed suits and shiny shoes.

Oct 16, 2017

Links For The Church (10/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on fighting sin with love, sola fide, a manifesto on racial reconciliation, sharing the pulpit, and barrenness. 

Oct 15, 2017

Who May Abide the Day of His Coming? by Charles Spurgeon

But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it?

Oct 13, 2017

Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You? by Joel Littlefield

Placing your faith in Jesus, who saves, is to place your life in the hands of the One wants to use you as a witness for His glory.

Oct 13, 2017

Church as an Extended Family by John Wohlgemuth

To be truly known one must cultivate the immediate family within a local church

Oct 12, 2017

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership by Erik Raymond

Meaningful membership attends our gospel witness. Membership communicates the people and the message of the gospel to a watching world. 

Oct 12, 2017

God Is Bigger Than Our Immaturity by Adam Kareus

The gospel is greater than our inability. Grace covers our shortcomings. Jesus achieved for the underachievers.

Oct 11, 2017

He Remains Faithful by Joel Littlefield

In every area of life that faithfulness really matters to us Jesus is our greatest example. 

Oct 11, 2017

Sanctification: Shaped Into Something Wonderful by Mallory Bierig

Our work to grow in Christ-likeness is an overflow from salvation and serves as fruit of salvation.

Oct 10, 2017

Jesus Did Not Die So You Could Be Cool

In Praise of "Christian Culture"

Jesus did not die so you could be cool. Jesus died so you could escape the torments of hell and sing his praises in the new heavens and new earth for all eternity.

Oct 10, 2017

Seeing Beyond the Rubble of Ministry by H.B. Charles, Jr.

This is the remedy for discouragement in ministry. Looking beyond the rubble and remembering the Lord who is great and awesome!

Oct 9, 2017

Like When Dylan Went Electric

Why You Need Courage for the Attractional-to-Gospel Transition

How this Sunday at your church could be like the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Oct 9, 2017

8 Reasons to Love Sound Doctrine by Kevin Halloran

Sound doctrine originates with God Himself and is uncorrupted and life-giving.

Oct 9, 2017

Links For The Church (10/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on altar calls, hope for the future, racial reconciliation language, and how to talk to kids about the Las Vegas shooting.

Oct 6, 2017

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques by Andy Davis

The most significant force in the revitalization of any local church is the ongoing ministry of the Word of God Sunday after Sunday.

Oct 6, 2017

The Gospel According to Autumn by Lauren Hanssen

Jesus Christ turns back the timetable to bring life to the dying. 

Oct 5, 2017

Faithful Believers and the Religious Test for Public Office

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders from a Vermont Pastor

As a Vermont pastor, I ask my country for freedom to not only preach the gospel–but also for freedom for those I preach to–to hold their religious beliefs while also holding public office.

Oct 5, 2017

Ask Him For Joy by Mike Phay

Come to Him - especially if you don’t feel joyful - and ask for joy from the Healer, the Care-giver, and the only One who can turn your sorrow into joy.

Oct 5, 2017

The Problem With "Pan-Millennialism" by Steve Burchett

God has spoken in understandable ways about the end times to give us hope and joy.

Oct 4, 2017

Episode 015: The Prodigal Church

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 15: The Prodigal Church

"The gospel is the only power for transformation."

Oct 4, 2017

The Hard Road is Where You'll Find the Lord by Kole Farney

Although we know the destination and the way, the Lord often inserts trials that seemingly get us off track.

Oct 4, 2017

The Christian, the World, and the Authority of Christ in Our Lives by Ian Conrey

Are we embracing sins because we have established ourselves as having supreme authority over all?

Oct 3, 2017

Engaging Others with the Gospel by Adam McClendon

We tend to get frustrated because we want instantaneous results, yet God wants faithful laborers who will patiently sow seed.

Oct 3, 2017

2 Words That Do More Harm Than Good by Michael Kelley

When others need comfort, there are two words, easy to say and very well-intentioned, that can actually do more harm than good.

Oct 2, 2017

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

Oct 2, 2017

Less Lecture, More Learning: Ideas For A Better Sunday School Hour by Bryan Elliff

What if we all could get as much out of it as the teacher? What if we could all experience that process of learning together?

Oct 2, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on daughters and dating, walking in the lights, careful exegesis, depression and womanhood, small group confession, and one-woman men. 

Oct 1, 2017

He Will Give Grace and Glory by Charles Spurgeon

Grace in all its forms he freely renders to his people.

September

Sep 29, 2017

Making Beauty From Train Wrecks by Daniel Ross

Despite all the technical foibles, stuttering tongues, and holiday weekend lethargy, something powerful happened.

Sep 29, 2017

What Do Those Who Practice Legalism Fail to Recognize? by Casey Lewis

We are to see the good things we have not as hindrances to salvation or growth in Christ but as gifts God has given us.

Sep 28, 2017

Don Whitney on How Spiritual Disciplines "Work" in Our Sanctification

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality & Associate Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, "How Do Spiritual Disciplines ‘Work’ In Our Sanctification?"

Sep 28, 2017

I Was Wrong About The Church by Ronni Kurtz

When we are with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we get a small taste of what it is like to be home.

Sep 27, 2017

Are You Always the Hero of Your Stories? by Erik Raymond

Making yourself the hero all the time is like playing dress-up.

Sep 27, 2017

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness by Aaron Menikoff

For your works to be truly good, your heart has to be full of goodness.

Sep 27, 2017

What Is The Pastor To Be? by Jason K. Allen

The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still. 

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Gospel

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Matt Chandler's message on "The Minister's Gospel" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Legacy

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Minister's Legacy" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Mission

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Matt Carter's message on "The Minister's Mission" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Study

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Owen Strachan's message on "The Minister's Study" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26, 2017

Nathan Finn on Why Christians Should Care About Church History by Nathan Finn

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Professor of Historical Theology and Spiritual Formation at SEBTS, "Why Should Christians Care About Church History?"

Sep 25, 2017

The Minister's Marriage

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Ray Ortlund, Jr.'s message on "The Minister's Marriage" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25, 2017

The Minister's Prayer

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

H.B. Charles, Jr.'s message on "The Minister's Prayer" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25, 2017

The Minister's Preaching

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jason K. Allen's message on "The Minister's Preaching" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25, 2017

Like a Dream Come True by Jared C. Wilson

The most incredible thing you could ever see is just around the corner.

Sep 25, 2017

3 Ways Self-Condemnation Steals Your Joy by Kaylee Freeman

Lay down the luggage of condemnation and kneel in worship at the feet of Him who bore your sins.

Sep 25, 2017

Links For The Church (9/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on systematic theology, hurricane Harvey, bad reasons to leave a church, congregational singing, murdering your marriage, and online tribalism for women. 

Sep 24, 2017

A Wakened Heart by Charles Spurgeon

O that we may leave forever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom!

Sep 22, 2017

Institutional Humility by Jared Sparks

Churches are called to function with institutional and missional piety. 

Sep 22, 2017

The Church Commute: Why Where You Live Matters by Bryan Elliff

Is our body life suffering because all of its parts live so far away?

Sep 21, 2017

Career Idolators (And What to Do About Our Jealousy) by Sean Nolan

When we accept that God’s kingdom comes through hands other than our own, we’ve begun to relinquish control of our own kingdom as it’s eclipsed by his.

Sep 21, 2017

An Old Church Building and a Reminder of Grace by K.V. Paxton

 It does not matter if we think we’re worth it; He thinks we are. 

Sep 21, 2017

The Long Way Is Not The Wrong Way by Michael Kelley

There’s a funny thing that happens when God takes you on the long way – you actually become something, rather than just end up somewhere.

Sep 20, 2017

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing by Allyson Todd

Christ brought his own petition of a perfect life and signed it in his blood so that the Highest name of all could be given to the lowest of us. 

Sep 20, 2017

4 Things I Love About Jesus by Tim Counts

Just as Jesus is both all-powerful and all-compassionate, only Jesus can be all grace and all truth at the same time. 

Sep 19, 2017

Being Part of the Cuddle by Adam Kareus

Just stop for a moment and ponder this truth: we get to wiggle our way into the eternal embrace of the Father and the Son. 

Sep 19, 2017

Fervent for Grace by Steve Bezner

Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.

Sep 19, 2017

How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?

FTC.co asks Christian songwriter and author, Keith Getty, "How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?"

Sep 18, 2017

The 9th Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

On Getting Our Tongues Straightened Out

When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.

Sep 18, 2017

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches by Steve Burchett

It put too much emphasis on one man’s speaking, and too little emphasis on the “one anothers” of Scripture, membership accountability, and careful shepherding of the flock.

Sep 18, 2017

Links For The Church (9/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on groups every pastor needs, buying a car and prayer, winning one another, and camp for girls. 

Sep 17, 2017

The Necessity of Encouragement by Charles Spurgeon

God employs his people to encourage one another.

Sep 15, 2017

Becoming More Impressed With Christ by Erik Raymond

Jesus Christ has it all together as he goes to die for people who can’t ever seem to get it right.

Sep 15, 2017

From Where Does Bad Theology Come? by Casey Lewis

We can’t just accept something as true because it looks professional, comes out of a pastor’s mouth, is written in a book, or appears on TV. 

Sep 14, 2017

6 Marks of Gospel-Centered Unity by Darin Smith

Gospel-centered unity acknowledges that the church belongs to God, not men, and reflects the churches submission to God’s authority.

Sep 14, 2017

The Kidification of America

On the Goodness of Maturity

Contra our narcissistic culture, you find yourself when you find God.

Sep 14, 2017

A Pastoral Lesson from a Generous Widow by H.B. Charles, Jr.

These lessons have taught me to not put a price-tag on my ministry.

Sep 13, 2017

The Unspiritual Boldness of White Supremacy by C. J. Moore

But the shame is in the fact that they, in many ways, show more faith in their beliefs than I do.

Sep 13, 2017

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest? by David Murray

The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. 

Sep 13, 2017

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering by Kristen Wetherell

Suffering may destroy our bodies, but sin destroys the soul.

Sep 12, 2017

The Painful Paradox of Christian Friendship by Ronni Kurtz

If God is calling you to experience the painful paradox of Christian friendship, know this brothers and sisters, he is good.

Sep 12, 2017

J.D. Greear on Keys to Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What are some keys to sharing the gospel with Muslims?"

Sep 12, 2017

Keeping the Faith: Spurgeon and the Downgrade Controversy by Jason K. Allen

As Christians, we are called to share our faith, but we are also called to keep it.

Sep 11, 2017

3 Ways The Trinity Affects My Singleness by Jeanie Layne

When I am tempted to bemoan gifts I feel the Lord has withheld, the Godhood of each person of the Trinity helps me to see God’s gifts correctly. 

Sep 11, 2017

Links For The Church (9/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on religious liberty and creativity, anger at God's plan, teaching like Jesus, forgiving friends, and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. 

Sep 10, 2017

Evening Wolves by Charles Spurgeon

May not the furious creature represent our doubts and fears after a day of distraction of mind?

Sep 8, 2017

The First Step of Sermon Prep by Jonathon Woodyard

Preaching flows from the heart of a man who has seen great things in the Bible, has savored what he has seen, and stands before a people to tell them what he saw

Sep 8, 2017

Why Do We Continue to Struggle with Legalism? by Casey Lewis

We want a 12 step program that takes us from sinner to saint with black and white rules to get there.

Sep 7, 2017

Pastor, Be a Gospel Signpost by Travis Montgomery

If a pastor, as a signpost, points to the revealed theological realities of God, he must point supremely to the heart of that revelation: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sep 7, 2017

Love the Church (Your Sanctification Depends On It) by Micah Fries

We cannot be a Jesus-loving, Great Commission-obeying people and fail to love the church.

Sep 6, 2017

Episode 013: The Curing of Souls

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 13: The Curing of Souls

“Godly pastoral care is the overflow of love.”

Sep 6, 2017

Rethinking the Worship Team by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, glorifying God through our songs should be our highest priority.

Sep 6, 2017

How the Debtor’s Ethic Robs Gratitude of Joy by Mathew Gilbert

Gratitude toward another person or toward God is the result of a conscious awareness of the giver and his gift. 

Sep 5, 2017

The Walls That Law Built by Chris Thomas

Don’t despise the walls that law built, they serve a significant purpose. The prison was built in order for us to open our eyes and long for freedom.

Sep 5, 2017

New Release: Portraits of a Pastor

New Book from Jason K. Allen

Releasing today, Portraits of a Pastor -- edited by Jason K. Allen and featuring numerous great contributors -- is the latest entry in the FTC imprint with Moody Publishers.

Sep 5, 2017

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt by Michael Kelley

Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.

Sep 4, 2017

Labor to Stop Laboring by Jared C. Wilson

It takes conscious and concerted effort to orient our stubborn selves around the gospel.

Sep 4, 2017

Snapchat Wisdom on College Ministry Do’s and Don’ts by Eric Turner

Put away the games you played in youth group and start digging deep into Jesus.

Sep 4, 2017

Links For The Church (9/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on teaching kids about those different from them, pastor's and giving records, blue-collar workers, and a Biblical understanding of sexuality.

Sep 3, 2017

Why Do We Love Jesus? by Charles Spurgeon

No one ought to give any rest to his spirit till he feels quite sure about a matter of such vital importance.

Sep 1, 2017

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye? by Erik Raymond

We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ. 

Sep 1, 2017

3 Characteristics of the Church by Darin Smith

Are you helping your church grow in holiness, unity, and love by your cherishing of the entire Body, instead of your individual preferences?

August

Aug 31, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 3

Start at the Bottom and Work Your Way Lower

We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!

Aug 31, 2017

4 Ways My Preaching Has Evolved (And How Yours Should Too) by Jason K. Allen

If you can’t point to ways your preaching has evolved over the years, it could be you were exceptionally gifted from the start, or it may mean you’re still preaching junior varsity sermons.

Aug 31, 2017

Church Planting: A Shaping Matter by Joel Littlefield

Church planting reminds us that we are feeble, weak creatures, but we are banking on the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples and to us - "I am with you always."

Aug 30, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 2

The Kingdom Maker

The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.

Aug 30, 2017

On Hard Work, Prayer, and Grace by Jim Essian

Jesus’ sinlessness and corresponding righteousness mean he never wasted a second in disobedience outside of God’s decreed will. 

Aug 30, 2017

Shepherd the Room by Dustin Rouse

Sometimes shepherding the room is simply getting out of the way so that the real Shepherd can do His work.

Aug 29, 2017

It's OK to Be Sad by Mike Phay

When it comes to suffering, avoidance and escape are our defaults. But there is an invitation to consider the trials in our lives as sources of joy.

Aug 29, 2017

True Freedom by David McLemore

We need the Holy Spirit to awaken us to God and to real freedom—the freedom found in God himself.

Aug 28, 2017

Praying in the Middle of a Storm

3 Godward Petitions for the Hurricane Flooding

Praying these three prayers allows us to seek the activity of God in all this and yet to display deep trust in him to work as he chooses for his glory.

Aug 28, 2017

What We Talk Like When We Talk About God by Jared C. Wilson

"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth blog about how cool he is with, you know, whatever your deal is, man."

Aug 28, 2017

Cheerios, Transience, Sticky Fingers, and Righteousness by Lianna Davis

It’s easier to disengage altogether in the places we could engage well.

Aug 28, 2017

Links For The Church (8/28) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on fast food for singles, pastoring in small places, grief, loving the church, and parenting perfection. 

Aug 27, 2017

That Monster, Unbelief by Charles Spurgeon

Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief.

Aug 25, 2017

Matt Chandler on Sermon Prep by Staff

Series: Conversations

We asked Matt Chandler to describe his sermon prep process.

Aug 25, 2017

How Can I Forgive Myself? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

If I need to forgive myself, it suggests that I am the God that I have offended and need to appease. 

Aug 25, 2017

One Life, Two Worlds by Margaret Bronson

Even death, the great scourge, only serves to unite us to the One we long for. 

Aug 24, 2017

Putting God to the Test in Prayer by Zach Barnhart

Prayerlessness in the Christian life, especially in seasons of being tried and tested, is a fascinatingly sad phenomenon.

Aug 24, 2017

Sabotaging Satisfaction by Patrick Mitchell

Changing expectations is one of the most effective means for enjoying any experience, including the experience of pastoral ministry.

Aug 24, 2017

Pastor, How Will You Last? by Jeremy Rose

Pastor, don’t over-shepherd your church at the expense of under-shepherding your heart, the heart of your wife, and the hearts of your children.

Aug 23, 2017

Episode 012: Jen Wilkin

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 12 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and author and teacher Jen Wilkin discuss the dynamics of community groups, discerning a teaching gift, why the prosperity gospel sells, the differences between men's and women's "learning styles," and why women's ministries are often so cheesy.

Aug 23, 2017

Early Discoveries of a Young Pastor by Sam Parkison

We will be crushed under the weight of ministry if we forget that Christ's church is Christ's.

Aug 23, 2017

Intervention: What the Church Can Learn About Discipline from a TV Show by Rustin Umstattd

One difficulty in our churches in regards to discipline is that we often don’t have this type of authentic community with each other.

Aug 22, 2017

Why I Love the Rural Church by Brandon Pearce

When people ask me why I am a rural church planter or ask what good can come from Arma, my response is always the same: "Come and see."

Aug 22, 2017

The Right Kind of Shame by Mathew Gilbert

There is a kind of shame that is both redeeming and sanctifying and it may bring us to gospel heights otherwise unknown.

Aug 22, 2017

Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street by Nathan Loudin

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

Aug 21, 2017

Getting Bored With the Right Things by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is sweating blood while the disciples are sawing logs.

Aug 21, 2017

The Solar Eclipse and Repentance in Biblical Theology by Todd Chipman

The sad irony of August 21, 2017, is that what many will celebrate today, even with decadence, signals God’s wrath upon human idolatry. 

Aug 21, 2017

Showing and Growing: 10 Practical Steps for Community by Adam McClendon

If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.

Aug 21, 2017

Links For The Church (8/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on whole living, insecurity, Satan's two voices, and virtue signaling. 

Aug 20, 2017

The Broad Wall by Charles Spurgeon

We walk at liberty, because we keep his precepts.

Aug 18, 2017

Grow Your Own Leaders by Adam D. Swift

Pastors and ministerial leaders are shaped and fashioned only in the context of a local church, and nowhere else. 

Aug 18, 2017

When The Chariot of Guilt Rolls In To Town by Erik Raymond

It is deadly to wallow in guilt. It saps joy as it eclipses Christ.

Aug 17, 2017

3 Things I Know About Church Planting by Joel Littlefield

There’s so much that I do not know about planting a church. But those things I do, I will commit to with all the heart and passion which I can muster and which the Spirit so graciously supplies.

Aug 17, 2017

The Advantages of On-Campus Seminary by Mike Brooks

If left to make the decision again, you should know I’d be turning in my application and renting a moving truck before you finish reading this sentence.

Aug 16, 2017

A Beautiful Union For Broken Hearts by Allyson Todd

Even if we don’t feel like God hears us and struggle with doubt, we know that we belong to Jesus.

Aug 16, 2017

Sunday is End-Times Warfare by Peyton Hill

We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history. 

Aug 15, 2017

What Church Revitalization Really Means by Luke Holmes

When it comes to revitalization, it's more difficult to help people change than it is to change the curtains. But the hard work is worth it.

Aug 15, 2017

An Arranged Marriage by Jesse Benack

Three ways we can make the most of the journey through the wilderness to meet our Lord.

Aug 15, 2017

A Shack to Impress God by David McLemore

Only a fool would leave God’s house to build a shack to impress him.

Aug 14, 2017

Hijacked by the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

I have been laid hold of. I've been apprehended. I was writing my own life story, and it was a tragedy despite my own best efforts. But my life story got hijacked by the good news.

Aug 14, 2017

Who Are You, Lord? by Lucy Crabtree

When he does not heal us the way we want to be healed, it is not because our afflictions or convictions overwhelm him. 

Aug 14, 2017

Links For The Church (8/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on color-blindness, multiplying leaders, suicide and mental health, community, and same-sex attraction. 

Aug 13, 2017

I Will Remember My Covenant by Charles Spurgeon

It is not my remembering God, it is God's remembering me which is the ground of my safety.

Aug 11, 2017

Worship as a Feast by Dustin Rouse

We want to set a table that entices our people to sit down and dig in.

Aug 11, 2017

The Grace That Saves Also Sustains by Darrell Deer

Grace doesn’t just usher us into the presence of God to leave us on our own. 

Aug 11, 2017

The Canon of Scripture: Why It Is Trustworthy and True by Kaitlyn Wright

We don’t need new or flashy words from God when we have His Word solidified for us. 

Aug 10, 2017

The Weight of Pastoral Glory by Steve Bezner

The point of pastoring, I think, is to take people who think they can rescue the world, and remind them that the burden is too heavy for them to carry alone.

Aug 10, 2017

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

Had I chosen a different road, I could have another diploma and an impressive honorific on my name. Instead, I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Aug 10, 2017

Lessons Learned from Church Planting by Peaceable Division by Colin Clark

Our church planting strategy? Take our three-year-old church of 84 members and send half of them out.

Aug 9, 2017

Episode 011: Dave Harvey

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 11 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dave Harvey discuss vital ministry practices of preaching, counseling, applying the gospel to one's self, and the celebrity pastor problem.

Aug 9, 2017

I've Been Dancing With Her Ever Since by Jared Musgrove

In both intentional and unintentional moments, we pass on our stories to the people we love most because we know and understand their significance and power.

Aug 9, 2017

Seeing and Preaching the Gospel of Jesus in Jonah by Ian Conrey

The primary point of Jonah is not about how Jonah should have obeyed, it's about how God continued his redemptive plan despite Jonah's disobedience.

Aug 8, 2017

The Pulpit Call by Zach Barnhart

My question is, even though we may be gospel-centered, are we still asking people to come to Christ?

Aug 8, 2017

God's Plan for Marriage and How Culture Has Missed the Mark by Darin Smith

Husbands and wives, do you feel like failures in marriage? The Gospel is for failures like us - man and woman alike.

Aug 8, 2017

Brothers, We Are Not Amateurs

A Plea for Ministry Preparation

God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?

Aug 7, 2017

Jesus Never Ends by Jared C. Wilson

He is the embodiment of love, and love never ends.

Aug 7, 2017

70 Prompts for Praising God by Lianna Davis

When we delight in You and want You, You never fail to give us what we want. 

Aug 7, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on leadership and Nehemiah, mean Christians, ministry family and tragedy, and teens who need church history.

Aug 6, 2017

Watchman, What of the Night? by Charles Spurgeon

O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.

Aug 4, 2017

How To Stop Missing The Omnipresence of God by Whitney Putnam

We begin to dwell in rich proximity with God when we take the intangible truth and give it arms and legs in our lives.

Aug 4, 2017

Preaching Under Pressure by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.

Aug 4, 2017

Pursuing Peace by Samuel Stephens

While Jesus did spend much of His time binding the wounds of the broken, healing the sick, and even raising the dead, his ultimate concern was for the souls of men.

Aug 3, 2017

Confronting Gospel-Centered Confusion by Chris Thomas

What do we actually mean by the phrase "gospel centered"?

Aug 3, 2017

The Gospel is the Entire Meal by David McLemore

What God has filled up in the gospel, let no man empty with the law.

Aug 3, 2017

Faith That Affects Our Children by Joel Littlefield

I want my children to understand that the gospel of Jesus and the spread of that message is the most important thing on earth.

Aug 2, 2017

Plowing Through Addiction: The ABC's of Victory by Adam McClendon

These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world. 

Aug 2, 2017

Discerning Your Child's Spiritual State by Mike Phay

Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.

Aug 2, 2017

Bill Nye and the Goodness of Children by Owen Strachan

We cannot miss that what Bill Nye and his panel see as a cancer the Scripture sees as a blessing.

Aug 1, 2017

In God We Trust by Stephen Miller

Some trust in Presidents, some trust in kings, but we will trust in the name of the Lord, our God.

Aug 1, 2017

Just Say No!

A Key To Learning Contentment

Most people say they'd be happy if they could just have more. But God often makes us content not by giving us more stuff or relationships, but by giving us more humility and trust.

Aug 1, 2017

A Fruitful Life by Leslie Shuler

As John Piper says, “Don’t waste your life!” Oh my, what if I accidentally do?

July

Jul 31, 2017

Assurance and God's Un-Crossed Fingers by Ronni Kurtz

Doubting and insecure Christian, one day you’ll believe God.

Jul 31, 2017

3 Ways the Gospel Might Divide a Church by Jared C. Wilson

A curious thing happens when a church and its shepherds are committed to this radical notion of gospel-centrality.

Jul 31, 2017

Links For The Church (July 31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on identity crisis, loving a prodigal, spectator worship, and remembering the gospel. 

Jul 30, 2017

May We Never Take a Dry-Eyed Look at Sin by Charles Spurgeon

Can we, when we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain stolid and stubborn?

Jul 28, 2017

Shadows of Hell: Fear and Emptiness Before Death by Jim Elliff

How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?

Jul 28, 2017

The Pulpit and the Cliff by Luke Holmes

If you are privileged enough to proclaim God’s word in front of the church and don’t feel the weight of it, then you don’t understand what God has called you to do. 

Jul 27, 2017

The Pastor as a Church Member by Jared Sparks

Pastor, I want to invite you into this kind of existence. Jesus is the savior of the sheep, not you. Shepherd your people well by letting them shepherd you.

Jul 26, 2017

Episode 010: Why Discipleship Matters

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 10: Why Discipleship Matters

"Maybe our failure to disciple the converts we make is why we’re making fewer converts."

Jul 26, 2017

Like Those Who Dream: An Imagination of the New Creation by Bryan Elliff

Isaiah and the book of Revelation help us to connect the exile and restoration of Jerusalem with the brokenness and restoration of the world. 

Jul 25, 2017

Two Views a Pastor Must Have by Casey Lewis

The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.

Jul 25, 2017

The Importance of Kingdom-Focused Student Ministry by Mike Leake

I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.

Jul 24, 2017

When Serving The Local Church Isn't Fun by Bethany Mathis

No matter where you serve within in your church, it will require sacrifice. 

Jul 24, 2017

The Gospel is Like an Old Hymn by Jared C. Wilson

I very often treat the gospel like something I've moved on from, but every time I bring it back to mind, it transports me to a more beautiful, more powerful, more helpful place than any of these newfangled messages I flirt with every day ever could.

Jul 24, 2017

Links For The Church (7/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting as narrating, real friendship, perpetual singleness, and suburban church planting.

Jul 23, 2017

Don't Side with the World by Charles Spurgeon

Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.

Jul 21, 2017

5 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor While Pursuing Ministry by Steven Leatherbury

The more we encourage our pastor through prayer the more we will realize our own need in the ministry God would have for us.  

Jul 21, 2017

Why We Sing With The Lights On by Ronni Kurtz

I fear that in our attempt to eliminate distractions we’ve also eliminated the corporate reality of worship.

Jul 20, 2017

A Pastor's Character Over His Competence by Chris Thomas

Give me a godly man with an average gift over the orator of the ages, whose character hasn’t been shaped by the gospel.

Jul 19, 2017

Learning to Talk About Disability by Lucy Crabtree

My prayer is not for my disability to show you something lacking in yourself, but to demonstrate the wholeness of Christ. 

Jul 19, 2017

How Do You Respond When Corrected? by Steve Burchett

Scripture isn’t always meant to comfort us. Sometimes it addresses us in our pride, when we think incorrectly, or when we behave sinfully.

Jul 18, 2017

Pray for Forgetfulness by Brandon Freeman

To be free from self-reflection and consumed with the glory of the preaching moment is a gift of God.

Jul 18, 2017

Misusing Your Spiritual Disciplines by Michael Kelley

Rather than backing God into a corner, the spiritual disciplines position us into a kneeling position.

Jul 17, 2017

5 Words of Advice for Young Seminarians by Jared C. Wilson

If you try to do theological education in your own strength, you fail, no matter how good your grades are.

Jul 17, 2017

The Bible is Better Than Google by Margaret Bronson

Because of His perfection, we know that what He says is reliably true. 

Jul 17, 2017

Links For The Church (7/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on climate change, good intent with racism, strong women, and grief in a worship service.

Jul 16, 2017

Try This When You Are Sad by Charles Spurgeon

A large-hearted Christian has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within.

Jul 14, 2017

Dignity over Despair by Grace Pike

When distress comes, do not succumb to the pride-filled response of the world.

Jul 14, 2017

How Can Pastors Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry? by Owen Strachan

For the glory of God, the pastor labors to make the message of Christ’s finished work known to needy, hell-bound sinners.

Jul 13, 2017

A Church Where Everyone Can Grow by David McLemore

Learning about God isn't easy on our own; it works best inside the community of faith.

Jul 13, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 4 by Mike Ayers

The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.

Jul 12, 2017

Episode 009: John Onwuchekwa

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 9 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and John Onwuchekwa discuss ministry and mission in urban environments, the declining numbers in the SBC, and what it's like for stutterers to make a living doing public speaking.

Jul 11, 2017

A Faithful Steward of My Other Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I am tempted to erect a false dichotomy, where I recognize that the pulpit at my church is the Lord’s, but the “pulpit” on my smartphone is mine to use at my discretion.

Jul 11, 2017

Why Ministers Should Learn to Write Well by Steven Thompson

Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.

Jul 10, 2017

The Mysterious Trinity and Why It Matters by Jeanie Layne

It matters that we get the Trinity correct because it pertains to the God we love and worship, and we want to worship Him rightly. 

Jul 10, 2017

Links For The Church (7/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting, going through the motions, loving the wrong things, and worry.

Jul 9, 2017

Light and Darkness by Charles Spurgeon

A believer has two principles at work within him.

Jul 7, 2017

FTC Phoenix Videos by T. Patrick Hudson

Watch all the videos from the recent FTC: Phoenix event at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, including talks from Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Thom Rainer, and Jared C. Wilson.

Jul 7, 2017

5 Reasons Sermons Fail by Jason K. Allen

Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.

Jul 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 3 by Mike Ayers

Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.

Jul 6, 2017

Pastor, Don't Forsake the Goodness of Deep Friendships by Steve Bezner

When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.

Jul 5, 2017

Don't Just Tweet Your Proverbs by Jim Elliff

We should never think that just because God has blessed us, we are free to allow our heart to be turned from God. 

Jul 5, 2017

The Good News of Penal Substitution by Jonathon Woodyard

If God’s wrath has not fallen on Jesus at Calvary, then his justice is not satisfied. 

Jul 4, 2017

Lemuel Haynes's Patriotic Poem

'The Battle of Lexington'

by Staff

For Liberty, each Freeman Strives
As it's a Gift of God
And for it willing yield their Lives
And Seal it with their Blood

Jul 4, 2017

A Checkpoint for Your Ambition by Michael Kelley

The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.

Jul 3, 2017

VBS Is Worth The Cost by Ryan Higginbottom

We trust God to use his word as he sends it forth, and we pray for fruit.

Jul 3, 2017

Worshiping a Golden Calf on Sunday Morning is Deceptively Easy by Jared C. Wilson

The move is subtle. The switch from ordinary human achievement to blasphemy requires no explanation. It just flatout happens.

Jul 3, 2017

Links For The Church (7/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mask-wearing, your smartphone friend, evil as a good thing, character in leadership, and judgment from friends.

June

Jun 30, 2017

The Order Matters by Luke Holmes

Their works cannot take them out of God's favor because their works didn't put them into God's favor. 

Jun 30, 2017

Church Planting Across Ethnic Lines by Joel Kurz

When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.

Jun 29, 2017

2 Signs You're an Insecure Leader by Chad Williams

Leaders who regularly justify themselves are forgetting that God has already done that for us in Jesus.

Jun 29, 2017

How Do You Respond When Admonished? by Steve Burchett

We savor the times when a passage soothes our fears, but how do we respond when Scripture confronts our sinfulness?

Jun 29, 2017

Distracted Living Isn't So Bad by Adam McClendon

While distracted driving is bad, distracted living can be great. In fact, it can be liberating.

Jun 28, 2017

Episode 008: The Danger of Skipping Church

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Is it really that big a deal to skip church?

Jun 28, 2017

Complete Not in Ourselves, But in Christ by Ian Conrey

God allows us to continue to struggle with our sins so that we are complete not in ourselves, but in Christ.

Jun 28, 2017

Stop Trying to Preach a Home Run by Chad Lengyel

Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.

Jun 27, 2017

Waves of Doubt by Kole Farney

Faith that always looks at self and surroundings, rather than Jesus, has no power over the tsunamis of your life.

Jun 27, 2017

How Generosity Can Grow Your Ministry by Art Rainer

When we live with open hands, we reflect the generosity of our God.

Jun 27, 2017

Why Isaiah 6 Isn't Isaiah 1 by Mike Leake

Unless we have a vision of God’s holiness, we’ll be great at pronouncing woes against sinners, but woefully inadequate at proclaiming God’s grace.

Jun 26, 2017

Loving the People You Love to Hate by Jared C. Wilson

Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.

Jun 26, 2017

How We're Like God & How We're Not by Kaitlyn Wright

God has given us all we need to know about Him in His Word, and He has much grace and patience for those who seek to know Him. 

Jun 26, 2017

Links For The Church (6/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on joy in the morning, children and the Bible, lamenting for real people, same-sex attraction, and anxiety.

Jun 25, 2017

The Ark of Jesus Christ by Charles Spurgeon

If thou art still crying after and craving after something better, Christ has not forgotten thee, for thou hast not quite forgotten him.

Jun 23, 2017

The Power of Company by Adam Kareus

The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.

Jun 22, 2017

A Winning Vision

Reflections on 10 Years of Church Planting

Your church doesn't need to be preoccupied with vision; it needs to be serious about the Bible.

Jun 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Narnia by Chris Thomas

Tribulation is real—we should not be surprised by it—but it is not our defining reality. We have a living hope, an imperishable inheritance, and a secure salvation.

Jun 22, 2017

A Letter to My Children by Adam McClendon

To my daughters: I pray that you will be a light for Jesus, that you will live for him, and tell others about him.

Jun 21, 2017

10 Signs You Are Burning Out by Jim Essian

We are holistic beings who need holistic rest.

Jun 21, 2017

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife by Gloria Furman

Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.

Jun 21, 2017

How to Encourage Your Pastor by David McLemore

Trust that your pastor is following Jesus closely enough that you can trust him. 

Jun 20, 2017

How Savings Can Save Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Guarding your ministry through sound stewardship can benefit both your home life and your ministry.

Jun 20, 2017

3 Reasons Why Discipline is Harder Than Punishment by Michael Kelley

God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming. 

Jun 20, 2017

Running to the Pantry of Good Works by Erik Raymond

The tendency we have to rely on ourselves for our own justification is gospel-muting. It’s Jesus-eclipsing. It’s legalism.

Jun 19, 2017

How Ecclesiology is the Doctrine That Integrates All Others by Rick Holland

Considering the multiple dimensions of church life is like walking through one of those warehouse hardware stores. The complexities are countless.

Jun 19, 2017

A Revival Without Christ at the Center is Not Revival by Jared C. Wilson

Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.

Jun 19, 2017

Links For The Church (6/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on race, anxiety and creatives, soulful living, and marks of humility. 

Jun 18, 2017

Your Heart, Christ's Garden by Charles Spurgeon

The Lord grant the sweet showers of his grace to water his garden this day.

Jun 16, 2017

God is Eternally Faithful by Mallory Bierig

Remembering that the faithful Savior’s blood covers sin and is the means of sanctification helps guard us against self-condemnation.

Jun 16, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 5) by Sam Bierig

When the reality that your true address is on high in heaven with Christ, then you will think, live and talk as such here on earth.

Jun 16, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments. 

Jun 15, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 4) by Sam Bierig

For the Christian, Christ’s honor and name are at stake with each and every word that piles out of our mouth.

Jun 15, 2017

More than a Messenger

The Pastor as Farm-Steward and Soldier

For a pastor, the stewardship of the gospel message is best understood in light of the broader stewardship of the household of God.

Jun 15, 2017

A Few Words to Aspiring Pastors by Mike Brooks

Oh, that ministers-to-be might give themselves to the time and to the process of becoming the man God will use to shepherd his people.

Jun 14, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 3) by Sam Bierig

Until the heart is transformed, we are no more than broken people breaking people—the wounded inflicting more wounds on the already wounded.

Jun 14, 2017

Episode 007: Barnabas Piper

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 7 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Barnabas Piper discuss curiosity, platform, pastors' kids, and what it's like growing up the son of John Piper.

Jun 14, 2017

No Lesser Women by Allyson Todd

Since we all bear God’s image, we should affirm and celebrate every kind of personality He has designed. 

Jun 13, 2017

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Jun 13, 2017

Why Discipleship Matters by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Jared C. Wilson, director of Content Strategy and managing editor of For The Church.

Jun 13, 2017

Why Baptism Matters by Mark Dever

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC.

Jun 13, 2017

Why Biblical Manhood Matters by Owen Strachan

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Public Theology

Jun 13, 2017

Why Prayer Matters by Steve Gaines

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Dr. Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis TN. President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Jun 13, 2017

Why Inerrancy Matters by Albert Mohler

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Jun 13, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 2) by Sam Bierig

Jesus is saying that on judgment day, your words will be like a traceable cookie crumb trail leading to an unarguable conclusion - you’re either dead in sin or alive in Christ.

Jun 13, 2017

How Debt Can Destroy Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Give generously. Save wisely. Live appropriately. And avoid letting debt become a ministry killer.

Jun 13, 2017

The Difference Between Attractional and Attractive Ministry by Mike Leake

Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.

Jun 12, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 1) by Sam Bierig

God has entrusted each of us with an almost immeasurable quantity of words, a gargantuan gift to be stewarded and wielded for His glory. 

Jun 12, 2017

When You've Got a Bramble for a King by Jared C. Wilson

“Come, get under my shade,” the bramble calls. “I will take care of you.”

Jun 12, 2017

Links For The Church (6/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on husband leadership, missionaries and conflict, repentance, weary anti-racist workers, and selfie-centered worship. 

Jun 9, 2017

He is Rightly Wrathful by Rachel Rose

His wrath leads us to far greater comprehension of the mercy and love shown to us in His Son.

Jun 9, 2017

Yawning at the Glory of God by David McLemore

 If I fail to behold the glory of the dawn, how much more have do I fail to behold the glory of the Son?

Jun 9, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.

Jun 8, 2017

Elements of Effective Prayer by Adam McClendon

Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought

Jun 8, 2017

Confidence in God When You Don't Understand by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Job's story is one of trusting God’s heart, even when he could not trace God’s hand.

Jun 7, 2017

Update to Pilgrim's Progress by Luke Holmes

I'm afraid if I go further down the path, the next spot won't be as comfortable.

Jun 7, 2017

Offering Comfort and Hope to Those Who Hurt by Sarah Walton

I have a moment-by-moment choice to press on through the trenches or give way to the crushing burden of my circumstances.

Jun 6, 2017

The Devil and the Dunk Tank by Joel Littlefield

The Word tells us to be sober - to have a clear mind going in - so that when the taunting from the enemy comes, we will be ready.

Jun 6, 2017

Leading Kids Beyond 'Praying the Prayer' by Mike Phay

When it comes to our children's salvation, we must be careful that our eagerness does not overcome their readiness.

Jun 5, 2017

Bring the Books!

In Defense of More 'Gospely' Writing

The idea that a book could impact a soul, that it could awaken something fresh in a weary spirit, give a reader a new sense of Christ's grace that changes everything -- that's worth writing for.

Jun 5, 2017

When Discipleship Stalls by Adam Kareus

When we continue to uphold the gospel and what Christ has done, then they will see the purpose of discipleship.

Jun 5, 2017

Links For The Church (6/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on apologetics, social media, a pastor's personal life, sabbath, and missionary confusions. 

Jun 4, 2017

How Sweet is the Savior! by Charles Spurgeon

How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with his own beloved people!

Jun 2, 2017

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations by Jason K. Allen

Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.

Jun 2, 2017

Bed Sheets, Calendars and Prayer by Whitney Putnam

When our churches recall the duty of prayer, they also step into the exact footsteps Christ taught his disciples to live. 

Jun 2, 2017

Embracing the Quiet Life by Chris Thomas

To embrace solitude and quietness is to reflect on an image of our own self.

Jun 1, 2017

And the Survey Says... by Adam McClendon

Six things I was reminded of when I sought the congregation's feedback on my preaching.

Jun 1, 2017

The Orphan, the Church, and the Pastor

The Logic of William Carey and the Orphan-Care Crisis

In aiming to exemplify hospitality to orphans, pastors are given the unique opportunity of leveraging their influence to fulfill James's biblical ideal of pure and undefiled religion.

May

May 31, 2017

Stop Using Your Personality Test as a Crutch by Michael Kelley

If you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game.

May 31, 2017

Episode 006: Lessons Learned from the Fall of Mars Hill Church

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Miles Rohde, lead pastor of Redemption Spokane, which began as the Mars Hill Spokane campus prior to the collapse of that ministry empire, about what we can learn from Mars Hill's fall.

May 31, 2017

Learning Contentment Through Repetition by Erik Raymond

Often adversity is a tool of the Lord to remove the things that impede our contentment. 

May 30, 2017

A Living Sacrifice by David McLemore

Living a Christian life means putting to death the right to live life on your own terms.

May 30, 2017

Does God Want Mere Obedience? by Mike Leake

God doesn’t just want begrudging obedience. He desires us to have hearts which reflect His.

May 30, 2017

Alistair Begg on Life in the Spirit

Alistair Begg on the work of the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in the life of a Christian.

May 29, 2017

Discipleship for the Rest of Us by Jared C. Wilson

What do you think of when you hear the word "discipleship?"

May 29, 2017

Links For The Church (5/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on delayed adulthood, purity with young women, women's discipleship, a theology of home, and the struggle of reading the Bible. 

May 29, 2017

The Redeeming Christ by Margaret Bronson

In the greatest act of love, Jesus Christ, the eternal, pre-existing Prince of heaven, left His throne and came to earth to redeem His people from their sin so that they may live eternally with Him.

May 28, 2017

Hoping in Memories by Charles Spurgeon

Thus memory may be, as Coleridge calls it, "the bosom-spring of joy."

May 26, 2017

The Abundance of Christ by Travis Montgomery

The barren land of human brokenness, which has only ever yielded enough fruit for us to fight over, has been trumped completely by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the True Vine.

May 26, 2017

5 Things to Look For In a Church by Justin Huffman

Don’t just look for a church that is like the churches you have already been acquainted with.

May 26, 2017

If Everyone's a Visionary, Why Do We All Sound So Alike? by Owen Strachan

The truly aberrant among us are those submit themselves to the Lord.

May 25, 2017

The Benefits of Our Justification by David McLemore

Four things we enjoy as receipients of God's grace to us through Christ.

May 25, 2017

Gluttons for Good News by Mike Brooks

It doesn’t get better than the gospel. There isn’t a higher up, further down, deeper, wider experience to be had in the Christian life.

May 25, 2017

The Spurgeon Lectures with Alistair Begg

Part 2

Part 2 of the fourth annual C. H. Spurgeon Lectures, delivered by Alistair Begg at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this lecture, Begg offers two lessons gleaned from Spurgeon's Letter to My Students.

May 24, 2017

What's the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary? by Dave Harvey

God rarely invites men into ministry roles where some kind of financial faith is not required to accept the role.

May 24, 2017

Four Reasons to Bring Your Bible to Church by Mike Phay

Touching and handling a Bible anchors us physically to God’s gracious gift of the Bible itself.

May 24, 2017

Jealous for His Time: The Wife of a Seminarian by Kaylee Freeman

I was bitter because theological education was stealing time I thought was due me. 

May 23, 2017

God's Multi-Faceted Sovereignty by Jared Sparks

When we embrace the multi-faceted reality of the sovereignty of God, we are equipped to help others in their time of need.

May 23, 2017

5 Characteristics of a Godly Leader by Adam McClendon

The church doesn't just need more leaders; it needs more leaders who are pursuing godliness.

May 23, 2017

The Spurgeon Lectures with Alistair Begg

Part 1

Alistair Begg delivering the fourth annual C.H. Spurgeon Lectures at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In Part 1, Begg reflects on Spurgeon's life as he discusses the "measure of the man."

May 22, 2017

The One Who Treads the Waves by Allyson Todd

I can rest assured that my powerlessness to determine my future makes room for me to trust God who is most powerful.

May 22, 2017

Finally, An Older Brother Worthy of the Honor by Jared C. Wilson

Ever notice how Jude identifies himself not as Jesus' kid brother, but as Jesus' servant?

May 22, 2017

Links For The Church (5/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving your church, Proverbs 31, service, and word-centered discipleship. 

May 21, 2017

Corn in Egypt by Charles Spurgeon

Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf.

May 19, 2017

Why We Need Theology by Jeanie Layne

Without proper study of God, we cannot know what will please Him or how to best worship him.

May 19, 2017

How God Uses Questions in the Bible by Michael Kelley

God uses questions to force us to confront our own hearts.

May 18, 2017

The Beauty of Being Broken Down by Stephen Altrogge

My weaknesses show me just how great and powerful God is, because only he could bring something good out of the mess that is me.

May 18, 2017

The 4 Biblical Marks of Corporate Worship by Jason K. Allen

Our attempts to improve Christian worship may, in fact, distract from it. Often, less actually is more. There can be a beauty in simplicity.

May 17, 2017

Episode 005: Owen Strachan on The Benedict Option

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

In Episode 5 of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dr. Owen Strachan discuss Rod Dreher's  book The Benedict Option and ask the important question, "What would it look like if Satan took over a city?"

May 17, 2017

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.

May 17, 2017

On Your Knees: Missions Work Thousands of Miles Away by Steve Burchett

Powerful preaching and fruitful ministry on the mission field depend on the prayers of God’s people.

May 16, 2017

Aren’t There Already Enough Churches? by Joel Littlefield

Some ask, "Do we really need another church?" The better question is, "Are there still lost people in our communities?"

May 16, 2017

I'm Listening, Sam

Why Millennials Leave the Church

Hang in there, Sam. The church has been through some pretty dark times, but she’s beautiful.

May 16, 2017

MBTS Chapel with Dr. Owen Strachan by Owen Strachan

Dr. Owen Strachan preaching Revelation 12:10-12 at MBTS Chapel.

May 15, 2017

Prayer Isn't Magic by Jared C. Wilson

The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.

May 15, 2017

Links For The Church (5/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the law, single working women, culture and counseling, and Christians at work. 

May 14, 2017

The Precious Blood of Christ by Charles Spurgeon

Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood.

May 12, 2017

You Are Not The Story by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We do not have editorial authority over the message.

May 12, 2017

Men, Lead Out in Prayer by Casey Lewis

Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.

May 11, 2017

Hugh Latimer and the Heart of Reformation by Ian Conrey

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we should be reminded that the Gospel is not something we merely study or talk about.

May 11, 2017

Laying Aside a Crushing Weight by Mike Phay

Christ invites us to freely approach the throne, but not to usurp it. He invites us to come as children, not as rebels.

May 11, 2017

The Particular Importance of Not Being Particularly Important by Bryan Elliff

Give it up. Allow yourself to be nobody. Have a seat at the end of the table and you might just find Jesus sitting there too.

May 10, 2017

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents by Erik Raymond

We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God. 

May 10, 2017

Love After Valentine's Day by Jordan Sparks

We get to engage in a selfless, other-exalting relationship that frees us from our focus on ourselves. 

May 10, 2017

Temptation's Face by Josiah Cox

With whatever differences temptations present themselves, their effect is the same.

May 9, 2017

Let Us Not Grow Weary

Pastoral Reflections on Patience

Pastors, find fuel for patience in the power of the gospel.

May 9, 2017

Stirring One Another Up by David McLemore

We need strong words from one another because the glory of Jesus is too wonderful to miss out on.

May 9, 2017

The Pastor and The Gospel

FTC Micro-Conference at TGC 2017

Matt Carter, H.B. Charles, Russell Moore, Owen Strachan, Trevin Wax, and Jared Wilson present short talks on the theme "The Pastor and The Gospel."

May 8, 2017

Make Room for Different Kinds of Discipleship by Stacy Reaoch

In our efforts to encourage discipleship in the local church, be open to different ways God might choose to influence you.

May 8, 2017

Links For The Church (5/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting, hospitality, the pastor as steward and soldier, corporate confession, and Jesus and our grammar. 

May 7, 2017

Take Up Thy Bed and Walk by Charles Spurgeon

It is a very sad reflection that tens of thousands are now waiting in the use of means, and ordinances, and vows, and resolutions, and have so waited time out of mind, in vain, utterly in vain.

May 5, 2017

Theology 101 From My 2-Year-Old by Joshua Hedger

He cared for the one who was lost and that is what Jesus does.

May 5, 2017

The Danger of Gospel Osmosis by Brad Andrews

In our time, there is a great temptation to be gospel-centered in name but not in deed.

May 4, 2017

In Their Steps

Learning from Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Learn from the past, while running to Jesus.

May 4, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 2 by Mike Ayers

When we “sabbath,” we do as God did. This is the essence of godliness.

May 4, 2017

For Those Who Are "Over" Church by Jeremy Wilson

If you’re thinking about giving up on church, reconsider. Don't be fooled by the idea that you're better off with the body.

May 3, 2017

Episode 004: Jonathan Leeman

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 4: Jonathan Leeman

“Churches seem to have lost track of what the Bible says about organizing our lives together.”

May 3, 2017

How are Children a Blessing? by Rebekah Hannah

I need to be reminded that even though my little children will one day be grown, joy in Jesus is possible now, will be possible then, and will be fully complete in heaven forever.

May 2, 2017

The Imperfect Disciple

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

Read the book Matt Chandler says "demystifies discipleship."

May 2, 2017

What To Do With Unbiblical Expectations by Mike Leake

Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”

May 1, 2017

Grace and The Non-Instagrammable Church by Jared C. Wilson

The church with the snot-nosed kids and the cantankerous old folks and the arrogant hipsters and the out-of-touch Baby Boomers and the overweight “praise team” and the pastor with his short-sleeved button-up shirt tucked into his high-waisted Dockers? Well, that’s the kind of place where grace can really show off.

May 1, 2017

Links For The Church (5/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on quick-fix phrases, the infertile couple, distraction in prayer, and children's personalities. 

April

Apr 30, 2017

How Precious Are Thy Thoughts, O God by Charles Spurgeon

Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation.

Apr 28, 2017

Why A "Paper" Bible is Better Than A Bible App At Church Meetings by Steve Burchett

Your paper Bible could be precious and useful to you in ways that a digital Bible never could. 

Apr 28, 2017

Ordinary is Big Enough in God’s Eyes by Courtney Reissig

We are living in a time when being ordinary is the worst thing that can happen to a person, and nothing screams ordinary like at-home work.

Apr 27, 2017

Ask Good Questions on Sunday Morning by Ryan Higginbottom

Pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt others to take a risk and answer your inquiries honestly, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Apr 27, 2017

Is Singleness a Problem - or an Opportunity? by Owen Strachan

Singleness on its own terms is not a problem. In Scripture, it’s an opportunity.

Apr 27, 2017

Jesus and the Broken-Hearted by Adam McClendon

Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.

Apr 26, 2017

You Can't Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church by Caleb Greggsen

Imagine what could happen if your church started sending overseas those members who love and serve the church best.

Apr 26, 2017

Sister, You Can Do Hard Things by Amy Gannett

Others can do the work to study and reframe the truths of God’s Word for you, but you’ll then miss the riches and rewards that come from hard work and study of the Word for yourself.

Apr 26, 2017

Bearing with the Failings of the Weak by Kole Farney

You are encouraged to love one another as Christ has loved you, and a key way that happens is through the extension of merciful strength and aid in the face of failure. 

Apr 25, 2017

The True and Better Prophet, Priest, and King​ by Casey Lewis

Jesus is the true and better Prophet, Priest, and King, who is able to do what those who came before could not do.

Apr 25, 2017

If the Church Won't Change by Mike Brooks

Often, in lieu of your local church becoming the best contextualized version of itself, God is fashioning its parts into a whole that looks more like Him.

Apr 24, 2017

Creating a Culture of Hospitality by Bryan Elliff

 It is not about your house or your meal; it is about the Christ-centered fellowship that takes place at your house over your meal.

Apr 24, 2017

Links For The Church (4/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on marriage, smart women, expository teaching, and frienship. 

Apr 24, 2017

8 Departure Dangers from Gospel-Centrality by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .

Apr 23, 2017

More Than Conquerors by Charles Spurgeon

This is the only way to give it a death-blow.

Apr 21, 2017

Our Minds Are Like Baking Stone by Erik Raymond

Throughout our days, we are to retain the flavor of who God is, what he has done, and what he has promised.

Apr 21, 2017

Reject by Jim Elliff

They looked the stone over and marked it unusable, not valuable, replaceable and inadequate.

Apr 20, 2017

Introducing: The For The Church Podcast by Staff

Hosted by Jared Wilson, this new podcast from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary features reflections and conversations aimed at encouraging leaders in gospel ministry.

Apr 20, 2017

Present Darkness by Jeremy Wilson

The church should not be afraid to acknowlege the depth and range of human suffering even as we place our hope in God.

Apr 20, 2017

The Original Jesus Juke by Russell L. Meek

Our righteouness goes beyond legalism when we obey the true intent of the law.

Apr 20, 2017

Preachers with Presence by Chris Thomas

Only an "in-person" preacher can bear the burdens of the congregation, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Apr 19, 2017

God Does Not Answer "Selfie" Prayers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

God does not answer prayers that are motivated by selfish ambition, misplaced priorities, or worldly passions.

Apr 19, 2017

Episode 003: Preventing Ministry Burnout

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 3: Preventing Ministry Burnout

"You might say your season of life does not allow for much rest, but you are setting yourself up for a disastrous next season."

Apr 19, 2017

Episode 002: Matt Boswell

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 2 with Matt Boswell

Matt is the pastor of ministries and worship and an elder at Providence Church. A native Texan, he grew up the son of a pastor. He has been leading worship and involved in church planting since 1995. His passion is to see our congregation engaged in gospel-centered ministry, and in this environment live out the great commission. He writes songs for congregational worship…

Apr 19, 2017

The Former is Not The Forever by Allyson Todd

Why, O Father, must I endure this cycle of repentance in hard-heartedness forever? 

Apr 19, 2017

Episode 001: Matt Chandler

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 1: Matt Chandler

"If you can teach the Bible in a compelling way to 1st through 5th graders, you've got all the raw tools you need."

Apr 18, 2017

Checking Our Compassion Gauges by Adam McClendon

Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.

Apr 17, 2017

Redeemed to Perpetuate the Name by Jared C. Wilson

Do you know the name of the kinsman redeemer who was first in line to marry Ruth? Exactly.

Apr 17, 2017

The Mission Field Under My Roof by Ashley Smith

The home is where stories are taught, faith is worked out, neighbors are heard, plates are filled, and where sojourners can find rest. 

Apr 17, 2017

Links For The Church (4/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pain, union with Christ, dying, students and missions, and historical evidence of Jesus.

Apr 16, 2017

Rise, for the Lord is Risen! by Charles Spurgeon

The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity.

Apr 14, 2017

The Most Important People In The Body Of Christ Are Probably Not On Twitter by Daniel Darling

Simple math tells us that it is faithful, ordinary, anonymous lay people who make up the vast majority of the churches around the world.

Apr 13, 2017

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty by Caleb Greggsen

Defend your people’s freedom in Christ with your life if necessary. But do not impinge on their freedom, even if you think it’s for their own good.

Apr 13, 2017

Encouraging a Plurality of Elders by J.A. Medders

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

Apr 13, 2017

The Freedom of Love by Jesse Benack

True love makes obedience a joy-filled pleasure.

Apr 12, 2017

The Exclusion of Christ by Jason Kees

The Lord knocks at their door in order to remind them of who they forgot.

Apr 12, 2017

Provided We Suffer With Him by Ian Conrey

Suffering does and should cause us to ask deeper questions about life and the nature of God.

Apr 12, 2017

Man-Made Coverings by Liz Wann

God's goal for us as his children is not to conform us to Christian culture, but to his Son.

Apr 11, 2017

The Messy Blessing of Multi-Gen Groups by Jeremy Wilson

Blending age-groups in our ministries helps us accurately represent the diverse spiritual family that God has given us.

Apr 11, 2017

Why Do We Read the Bible? by Casey Lewis

As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.

Apr 11, 2017

Michael Kelley on What Many Churches Get Wrong About Discipleship by Michael Kelley

We ask Michael Kelley, "What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?"

Apr 10, 2017

Advice on Hosting and/or Accepting Speaking Engagements by Jared C. Wilson

If you’re interested in hosting a conference or otherwise hosting a speaking engagement, or if your ministry platform is allowing you to begin pursuing God’s call into that option, I hope this advice will serve you well.

Apr 10, 2017

Raising Expectations for Young Believers by Erik Odegard

These young believers possessed a demonstrable commitment to personal and corporate growth in their walks with Christ.

Apr 10, 2017

Links For The Church (4/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on believer's baptism, perfectionism, loving your neighbor, and gray hair.

Apr 9, 2017

Greatness by Goodness by Charles Spurgeon

How marvellous has been our experience of God's gentleness!

Apr 7, 2017

Why I Admire Pastors and You Should Too by Jason K. Allen

Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support. 

Apr 7, 2017

5 Discipleship Don'ts by Rebekah Hannah

Discipleship is about helping a disciple faithfully relate to Jesus, not to you.

Apr 6, 2017

Brother, I Wish I Would Have Known by Russell L. Meek

Be that friend. Love the addict. Remind them of the gospel - that there's another way that is better.

Apr 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 1 by Mike Ayers

Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.

Apr 6, 2017

God Loves Us Enough to Disappoint Us by Zach Barnhart

The very worst thing God could do for us is give us the life we want in our flesh.

Apr 5, 2017

Sex: The Cathedral of Our Culture by Sam Bierig

Sex simply cannot sustain the weight of our culture's expectations.

Apr 5, 2017

Do You Invite Critique of Your Sermons? by Erik Raymond

As pastors, should care more about getting the Bible right than simply feeling like we’re right. 

Apr 5, 2017

The Unlikely Saint by Jared Sparks

One enters into eternal peace and joy. The other? “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

Apr 4, 2017

Soli Deo Gloria by Travis Montgomery

For all His love for humanity, God did not ultimately preserve a nation for the sake of sheer benevolence. He did so for His glory.

Apr 4, 2017

Principles for Transitioning to Multiple Elders by Nathan Rose

Moving to a plurality of pastors is a good goal that is worth pursuing, but it’s important to not get in a rush.

Apr 4, 2017

Dan Darling on the Church's Support of Parachurch Ministries by Daniel Darling

We asked Dan Darling, "How should a church decide which, if any, parachurch ministries to support?"

Apr 3, 2017

The Gospel's Compelling Uniqueness by Jared C. Wilson

The safe Jesus of modern evangelicalism is not offensive, but neither is He very compelling.

Apr 3, 2017

There Once Was A Farmer by Chris Thomas

His pleasure was rooted in the harvest he hoped for.

Apr 3, 2017

Links For The Church (4/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on redefining ministry, protecting your children, folding singles into the family, anxiety, and leadership credibility. 

Apr 2, 2017

Pray for God's Glory, Not Your Own by Charles Spurgeon

Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions.

March

Mar 31, 2017

What Is The Bible And What Does It Tell Us? by Casey Lewis

If we want to learn more about who we are, we don’t look within, instead, we look outside ourselves to God’s Word 

Mar 31, 2017

Sharing the Gospel at Work by David McLemore

You are not at your workplace by accident but by divine providence. 

Mar 30, 2017

3 Reasons Young People Leave the Church by Jason K. Allen

70 percent of 18–22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year, and a majority of 20 year-olds leave church, often never to return.

Mar 30, 2017

The Pronouns of the Gospel by Mike McKinley

If we’re the people who are reconciled to God, that reconciliation must reveal itself through our relationships within the church.

Mar 30, 2017

4 Reasons Your Work Matters Today by Michael Kelley

All of us, when the work slips into tedium and routine, are prone to ask the question of whether or not what we are doing really matters.

Mar 29, 2017

Why Artists Need Theology by Owen Strachan

The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology. 

Mar 29, 2017

No Spin on Sin by Erik Raymond

The Holy Spirit progressively conforms Christians into the image of Christ. 

Mar 29, 2017

The Right Side of the Line by Darrell Deer

The line between noble intentions and prideful purposes is so difficult to see that it's easy for us to cross.

Mar 28, 2017

How to Grow Your Church Numerically by Steve Burchett

Whenever true disciples are added to the church, the gospel has been proclaimed.

Mar 28, 2017

The Gospel in 140 Characters by Benjamin Vrbicek

The gospel is bigger than the universe, but can it be tweeted in 140 characters or less?

Mar 28, 2017

H.B. Charles on the Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We ask H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

Mar 27, 2017

Jesus Is Better Than Our Dreams by Whitney Putnam

The Church should cradle the richest, most outlandish dreams.

Mar 27, 2017

When You Feel Forgotten, Abandoned, and Unloved by Jared C. Wilson

This does not make pain painless, of course, but it doesn’t make it purposeless either.

Mar 27, 2017

Links For The Church (3/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on lamenting, singing at a new church, flirting, and sour desires. 

Mar 26, 2017

Freedom is Coming by Charles Spurgeon

The Surety is bound, and justice demands that those for whom he stands a substitute should go their way. In the midst of Egypt's bondage, that voice rings as a word of power, "Let these go their way."

Mar 24, 2017

Production or Virtue? by Bryan Elliff

If I prioritize production, I end up frustrated, and I actually abandon virtue and toy with anger or bitterness.

Mar 24, 2017

Keep Going Out and Keep Sowing by Joel Littlefield

It’s not the tears that produce fruit, or even the faithfulness of the sower.

Mar 23, 2017

Scripture in Songwriting by Daniel Ross

Writing music for your people is a challenge - it is a heavy responsibility to put words and thoughts about God into people’s hearts and minds.

Mar 23, 2017

To PhD or Not to PhD by Todd Chipman

A few reflections on whether or not pursuing a PhD is a right fit.

Mar 23, 2017

One Problem With Being an Insecure Minister by Mike Leake

The more we trust in the sand of our own efforts, the less secure we’ll actually be.

Mar 22, 2017

When God Gives You "X" But You Asked For "Y" by Sean Nolan

God exposed my misplaced allegiance by closing doors that, if opened, would’ve led down a path of continual self-destruction and false worship.

Mar 22, 2017

Making A Pastoral Apology by Chuck Fuller

If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead. 

Mar 22, 2017

Counsel For The Counselor by Matt Capps

In prayer we are able to find comfort in the arms of our Father, trusting that he is working all things for the good of those who he loves, especially those he has entrusted to our pastoral care.

Mar 21, 2017

Oddly Fashioned Heroes by Mike Brooks

More than likely, you and I are the products of the quiet faithfulness of a generation of men and women whose names the world will never know.

Mar 21, 2017

Adam McClendon on How Churches Can Appeal to Both Young and Old

We asked Adam McClendon, "How can a church stay attractive to younger people without alienating older people?"

Mar 20, 2017

Links For The Church (3/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on conviction, congregational singing, preaching race, and weary moms. 

Mar 20, 2017

Thoughts on Note-Taking During Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.

Mar 20, 2017

Tale As Old As Time by Allyson Todd

The gospel is the ultimate "tale as old as time" because we get God.

Mar 19, 2017

Faith Engages the Omnipotence of God by Charles Spurgeon

If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith.

Mar 17, 2017

Learning From Lifetimes of Experience by Andy Sabaka

God’s Word is able to comfort and counsel without lecturing because it flows from people’s real life experience, not their bare philosophical reflections. 

Mar 17, 2017

What Preachers Can Learn From George Whitefield's First Sermon by Thomas Kidd

Abundant religious activity cannot mask a rebellious heart at the last day.

Mar 16, 2017

2 Good Reasons to Say "Amen" Today by Michael Kelley

There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.

Mar 16, 2017

How Have I Loved You? by Russell L. Meek

Let us embrace the love we don't deserve and love our Father because He first loved us.

Mar 16, 2017

Living to Honor, Not to Earn by Adam McClendon

My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace. 

Mar 15, 2017

Adoption is Commitment by Joel Littlefield

I want the Father’s adopting-love ingrained into the very fabric of my thinking

Mar 15, 2017

Feminism and the Fall by Kristina Shiddell

While we must fight against the oppression and violence that women experience around the world, we must be careful not to venture beyond that into a realm of self-exalting and unbiblical femininity.

Mar 15, 2017

Do You Desire The Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.

Mar 14, 2017

Reclaiming Your Eyes from Pornography by Kole Farney

Let the unveiled image of Christ burn into the eyes of your heart. This is the hope of transformation.

Mar 14, 2017

Praying to Walk Right by H.B. Charles, Jr.

This is the believer’s confidence in the Lord. God alone is my help and my hope.

Mar 14, 2017

David Prince on the Church and High Impact Sports by David Prince

We asked David Prince, "What should the Christian think about high-impact sports?"