Resources from 2018

December

Dec 31, 2018

Ending on a High Note by Jared C. Wilson

How great the light that casts the shadow!

Dec 31, 2018

Putting Numbers In Their Place by Adam Kareus

When the over-emphasis of numbers starts to creep in I have to run to the Word of God.

Dec 31, 2018

Links For The Church (12/31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on everyday work, skipping resolutions, welcoming those with eating disorders, and when our waiting will be over. 

Dec 28, 2018

The 10 Most-Read Posts of 2018 by Staff

These were the 10 most-read posts at FTC over the last year.

Dec 28, 2018

A Destructive Daily Problem by Rush Witt

Immeasurable hope and help await you as you learn to kill the diehard sins that plague you.

Dec 28, 2018

Don Whitney on Praying the Scriptures by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do I prevent praying the Scriptures from feeling formulaic?

Dec 27, 2018

The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree by Jason K. Allen

Ministry is increasingly complex. We live in a zany world. The culture is imploding, ethical quandaries abound, our church members need, and will need, more from their ministers, not less.

Dec 27, 2018

The Goal and Purpose of Ministry Within the Local Church by Casey Lewis

It’s a tall order, but our job as the church is to help one another become like Christ in our thoughts, actions, and knowledge.​

Dec 26, 2018

Episode 047: Should You Start a Ministry Residency at Your Church?

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses the benefits and challenges of establishing a program for ministry residents at your local church. Joining him is special guest, pastor Josh Hedger.

Dec 26, 2018

The Gospel and My Grandpa by Logan Bennett

To my grandpa, the gospel was the good news of rest. 

Dec 26, 2018

Giving Up Our Rights by Kole Farney

Are you slavishly protecting your Christian freedom to do everything that pleases you? 

Dec 25, 2018

Was Charles Spurgeon Grinchy?

5 Thoughts for Your Christmas Day

by Staff

Spurgeon: Santa or Scrooge?

Dec 24, 2018

Christmas Reminds Us That Jesus is God by Jared C. Wilson

Christians stand on this confession not because it is a sweet sentimentality at holiday time, but because we know that it is integral to Christ’s gospel.

Dec 24, 2018

Immanuel by Adam McClendon

We are in real danger of allowing the disappointments of life to discolor our understanding of God.

Dec 24, 2018

Links For The Church (12/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the mega-joy of Christmas, when you're weary at Christmas, kids and new phones, and a Christmas carol for the weak. 

Dec 23, 2018

Good Cheer for Christmas by Charles Spurgeon

Let all heaven say "Amen" to the praises of our hearts, and let the multitude of thy children here on earth, for whom this feast is spread, laud and magnify and bless thy name.

Dec 21, 2018

'The Grinch' And The Gospel by Grace Pike

Seasonal celebrations have become more about seeking peace, gaining a glimpse of beauty, upholding tradition, or experiencing some other common grace than celebrating God incarnate. 

Dec 21, 2018

On-Screen Sexual Nudity Should Make Us Weep by Ian Conrey

Art is a gift from God, and God hates sin. To mingle sin with this gift, or to even approve of it, is a mockery to God’s demand for our pursuit and love for holiness.

Dec 21, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Dec 20, 2018

The Only Way to Truly Rest by Wesley Lassiter

The God who finished creating the world for his people is the same God who finishes the work of redemption for them.​

Dec 20, 2018

How Churches Can Help Women Study God's Word by Kristen Wetherell

For many churches, a lack of equipping their women to love and study Scripture is a result of a lack of conviction about Scripture itself.​

Dec 20, 2018

When Your Sin Finds You Out by David McLemore

When we refuse to listen to all of God’s word and substitute other, more palatable messages in its place, we set ourselves on a path to sin big-time.

Dec 19, 2018

The Minister’s Journey in "Witch Wood" by Jared Musgrove

Even in his weaknesses, David fights to surrender himself to God and to persevere despite physical and spiritual opposition. 

Dec 19, 2018

The Resurrection: The Secret Ingredient of Theology by Sam Parkison

Could you imagine how hopeless of a doctrine union with Christ would be if he remained in the tomb?

Dec 19, 2018

Trillia Newbell on Disappointment in Marriage by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 18, 2018

Don't Reap to the Edge of Your Field by Michael Kelley

We can leave the edges of our lives unreaped because we are confident in the generous provision of God.

Dec 18, 2018

Raising the Cross

What Rembrandt Tells Us About the Gospel

Why would Rembrandt place himself at the feet of Jesus as he is being hoisted up and crucified?

Dec 18, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 17, 2018

A Baby, Yet Omnipresent

The Christmas Miracle of the Extra Calvinisticum

God cannot not be omnipresent. So for Jesus Christ to be God incarnate must not mean he was not also God omnipresent.

Dec 17, 2018

God Is Your Open Door by Kristin Spann

Even the best of friends and closest family need time to themselves, but not God. 

Dec 17, 2018

Links For The Church (12/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving your neighbor, hiring older church leaders, the effect of the curse, and misplaced compassion. 

Dec 16, 2018

Abide with Me by Charles Spurgeon

From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come unto me."

Dec 14, 2018

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age by Jim Essian

This culture of abusive authority makes the Advent season all the more a breath of fresh air.

Dec 14, 2018

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons by Sam Emadi

Some redemptive-historical preaching can fall into the trap of saying the same thing week after week. 

Dec 14, 2018

Won Kwak on Evangelism in NYC by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What does evangelism look like in New York City?

Dec 13, 2018

The 2018 FTC Book Awards by Staff

Announcing the winners of the 2nd annual FTC Book Awards.

Dec 13, 2018

Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift by Adam York

While there are areas where the digital can be helpful, the Gospel and the church will always point to its cornerstone and head, Jesus Christ, who took on flesh and dwelt among us.​

Dec 13, 2018

The Error of Prosperity Theology by Jared Sparks

Our resurrection is coming! Every physical blessing in the heavenly places belongs to us. It is coming for us, but not yet.​

Dec 12, 2018

Episode 046: Christine Hoover

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson speaks with author, podcaster, and pastor's wife Christine Hoover about pastors, their wives, and their friendships.

Dec 12, 2018

Christ’s Shocking Pleas for Mercy by Erik Raymond

Even amid the most heated and intense opposition, Jesus shows his heart of mercy and pleads for forgiveness.

Dec 12, 2018

Reading Scripture Rightly by Jim Elliff

I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.

Dec 11, 2018

Why We Shouldn't Change the Gospel by Casey Lewis

It might be tempting to change the message because we often think we have to do something in return for what we are given, but not so with the gospel.

Dec 11, 2018

Advent: Two Kinds of Waiting at Once by Jessica Snell

Jesus’ first arrival made way for his second. The incarnation and the second coming are wound together.

Dec 11, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 10, 2018

N.A. and the Power of Being Real by Catherine Parks

Having been enslaved to substances that threatened to destroy them, they had reached a desperation point and enlisted others to help them in the battle. 

Dec 10, 2018

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

Once apart from the church, now we have fellowship.

The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible. 

Dec 10, 2018

Links For The Church (12/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on boundaries in ministry, incarnation and work, routine Bible reading, and comforting suffering people.

Dec 7, 2018

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image by Russell L. Meek

That’s not just pixels on a screen. That’s God’s image bearer, whom he created for relationship with him.

Dec 7, 2018

Cherish, Heed, and Herald God's Word by Grace Pike

Whether our physical Bible is coming apart or not, we should store up the word in our hearts.

Dec 7, 2018

Mark Dever on Implementing Meaningful Membership by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 6, 2018

Sanctification Through Our Passive Friendships by Mike Ruel

The typical ways we view friendships, discipleship, and sanctification may be overlooking an important way God uses our relationships with others.

Dec 6, 2018

3 Lies the Church Believes About Singleness by Jordan Wilbanks

While singleness may, at times, be a function of cultural shifts and an extended adolescence among some adults, no single person remains single outside of the sovereignty—and goodness—of God.

Dec 6, 2018

Why Every Day is Thanksgiving by H.B. Charles, Jr.

For the humble spirit that knows where its help comes from, every day is a day of thanksgiving!

Dec 5, 2018

Reflections on the Death of John Allen Chau by Scott Dunford

Christ’s mandate to go does not give license to recklessness any more than our culture’s disapproval gives permission to disobedience.

Dec 5, 2018

We Need Someone to Help Us by David McLemore

He entered human flesh to show us that he is better in every situation, at every turning point, in every crisis.

Dec 5, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 4, 2018

The Lamentation of a Sinner

Confessions of Henry VIII's Sixth Wife

Though a relatively short work, Queen Katherine Parr's The Lamentation of a Sinner is a deeply personal and overwhelmingly theological confession of her unworthiness for the grace of God.

Dec 4, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Dec 4, 2018

Parents, Your Tiredness is an Opportunity by Kristen Wetherell

Parents, when you’re so tired you can barely function, consider this a chance to enjoy the privilege of friendship, family, and fellowship in the body of Christ.

Dec 3, 2018

Links For The Church (12/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on true beauty, Christianity without community, being alone during the holidays, and pastors visiting workplaces. 

Dec 3, 2018

Backsliding Is Easy by Adam Kareus

We are called to continue in the ways of God, to pursue godliness.

Dec 3, 2018

On Stuff and Stinginess by Jared C. Wilson

“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.” 

Dec 2, 2018

The Beautiful Church by Charles Spurgeon

The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing.

November

Nov 30, 2018

Surviving With Hope by Gail Emerson

For every brutal act, every time your voice fell on deaf ears, each betrayal and misplaced shame—all of this will be overcome in victory. 

Nov 30, 2018

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Nov 30, 2018

Dean Inserra on Misconceptions About The Unchurched by Dean Inserra

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

Nov 29, 2018

What It Means to Love Christ by Jim Elliff

You cannot love Christ as an attachment to life, either in an intentional part-time way or a part-hearted way.

Nov 29, 2018

3 Reasons the Bible Pays So Little Attention to Your Feelings by Michael Kelley

Friends, none of us feels exactly what we ought to feel. But thank God we have a Bible that tells us the truth even if we can’t do the same thing for ourselves.

Nov 29, 2018

Seeking the 'Real Face of Jesus' by Benjamin Hawkins

Since God became a man who lived in a particular time and place, we can be more confident that He cares about the particulars of our time.

Nov 28, 2018

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated by David Prince

We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.

Nov 28, 2018

Episode 045: Why You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses several reasons why it's so important and beneficial for pastors to systematically work through entire books of the Bible in their Sunday morning preaching.

Nov 28, 2018

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant by Jason K. Allen

Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.

Nov 27, 2018

Becoming Your Grandchildren's Church

Four Prayers for the Church's Next Generation

When God’s people gather together for worship, the next generation’s eyes are wide open.

Nov 27, 2018

Learning to Preach from the Reformers by Joel Beeke

Just as the gospel of justification by faith in Christ alone was the central message of the Reformation, so the preaching of the Word was central to the work of the Reformers.

Nov 27, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 26, 2018

Sleep with Your Boots On by Jared C. Wilson

We must wear this armor constantly. We should never take it off.

Nov 26, 2018

When You’re Sick of Yourself by Kaitlyn Wright

How God views me is not based on my performance but based on Christ’s perfect performance and sacrifice on my behalf.

Nov 26, 2018

Links For The Church (11/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on homosexuality, Christian success, Jesus as a Baptist, listening to the hard of hearing, and church's handling accusations against elders.

Nov 25, 2018

Deliverance for the Captives by Charles Spurgeon

When Jesus sets free, the liberty is perpetually entailed; no chains can bind again. 

Nov 23, 2018

“Born Again” – First A Verb Before An Adjective by Jason G. Duesing

In the various expressions of contemporary evangelicalism it is often easy to forget that the phrase “born again” is a biblical phrase, employed a verb, not an adjective.

Nov 23, 2018

Faced With The Impossible by Adam Kareus

When faced with the impossible, trying, and hard situations of life we should be God-seekers.

Nov 23, 2018

Russell Moore on Christian Families Bearing Witness by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from FTC (and Charles Spurgeon) by Charles Spurgeon

We have here crowning mercies, suggesting special and crowning thanksgiving. 

Nov 21, 2018

Be Disciples that Make Disciples by Jonathon Woodyard

Eagerly introduce others to the one you love and treasure.

Nov 21, 2018

Encouragement in the Likeliest of Places by James Oaks

Who has God placed in your life so that you can be encouraged by their example? 

Nov 21, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Discipleship and Church Growth by Staff

Series: Conversations

Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?

Nov 20, 2018

3 Things to Be Cautious of in a Season of Suffering by Michael Kelley

Suffering creates an avenue for ministry as it makes us able to extend the comfort we receive from the Lord to others.

Nov 20, 2018

Mythbusting "Santa God" by Adam McClendon

God’s preeminent concern is the glory of His name, not the comfort of our lives.

Nov 20, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 19, 2018

When You Invite the Holy Spirit to Thanksgiving Dinner by Jared C. Wilson

Christians have the power to “do relationships” in an entirely unworldly way.

Nov 19, 2018

What Can You Do To Get In The Game? by Casey Lewis

We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless. 

Nov 19, 2018

Links For The Church (11/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a difficult marriage, if mission work is good, the early church, weeping for lost souls, Victoria's Secret, and going to church. 

Nov 18, 2018

A Secret Spring by Charles Spurgeon

Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer!

Nov 16, 2018

Don’t Apologize For The Bible by Jim Essian

Know the Scriptures and the power of God, and trust that God to reveal his beauty to those you are witnessing to.

Nov 16, 2018

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary by Jonathan Hayashi

Some seminarians think they can just convince others of truth, and they’ll obviously get on board with God.

Nov 16, 2018

Nathan Rose on Challenges in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What is the biggest challenge in church revitalization?

Nov 15, 2018

When It's Hard to Be a Patient Parent by Joel Littlefield

What if the bigger issue in having your kids obey isn't their obedience, but rather, is your patience with them?

Nov 15, 2018

When a Father Wound Defines You by Scott Sauls

When you’ve wrestled with God and prevailed with a blessing, it has a way of breaking the spell of insecurity and fear.

Nov 15, 2018

"All Gone" - A Worship Song Inspired by Charles Spurgeon by Eric Schumacher

The greatness of both our sin and our forgiveness should inspire us to sing the greatness of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nov 14, 2018

The Unfamiliar Beauty of a Familiar Sentence by Ronni Kurtz

We might intellectually know our union with God will never falter, but our communion with him sometimes can feel far and sporadic. 

Nov 14, 2018

Episode 044: Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger on God-Centered Parenting

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Drs. Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger about their new book Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring, and Struggling Parents and important topics related to raising word-wise kids in a wordly culture.

Nov 14, 2018

God Knows When You Don't by Kristen Wetherell

Though we don’t deserve to be heard, God chooses to hear and acknowledge repentant sinners who struggle with unfaithfulness and wander from him.

Nov 13, 2018

Attempt Great Things for God? by Darryl Dash

I wonder: am I content with being called and unknown? Am I willing to serve in obscurity but be known by Jesus?

Nov 13, 2018

Why Does Church Membership Matter? by David McLemore

We can have meaningful church membership because what Jesus died for, he will also give life to. Jesus died for the church. He will give life to it.

Nov 13, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 12, 2018

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

The Problem with Online Persona

We weren’t designed to be double-minded. We weren’t made to playact, to posture. So it’s impossible to keep The Persona from taking over.

Nov 12, 2018

Her Stillborn, Him Sovereign by Lianna Davis

Anguish and confidence met to form sonorous, singing agreement: our God in heaven is sovereign.

Nov 12, 2018

Links For The Church (11/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on church volunteers, love and marriage, hope in the sexual revolution, and resting in Jesus. 

Nov 11, 2018

Your Inheritance by Charles Spurgeon

Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. 

Nov 9, 2018

Why We Don’t Send More Missionaries by Alex Kocman

If we are talking about the gospel in such a way that doesn’t ever make people want to go, we’re doing it wrong.

Nov 9, 2018

Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline? by Brad Wheeler

Not only does a genuine Christian desire change, but their life gives evidence of change.

Nov 9, 2018

Don Whitney on The Gospel and Spiritual Disciplines by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 8, 2018

Salvation in the Car Seat (and Other Mundane Miracles) by Jared Musgrove

Parents, use the sacred space of car rides and other "as you go" moments to explore and deepen your family faith story with the people who matter most.

Nov 8, 2018

Reflecting on Love Incarnate by Adam McClendon

The uniquely begotten Son of God stepped out of the glory of heaven to bring the glory of the Father to us. Does his birth not demonstrate his love for us?

Nov 8, 2018

Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness by Erik Raymond

Choosing to hold a grudge is tremendously powerful, controlling others and you. Forgiving is even more powerful, liberating others and you.

Nov 7, 2018

Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks are Not Useless to Jesus by Tim Counts

Jesus never turned away a person who came to him broken, hurting, and deemed “useless” by society and religious people.

Nov 7, 2018

3 Big Questions For A Big Promise by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The Lord does withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.

Nov 7, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Power of Story by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why should pastors think about the power of story?

Nov 6, 2018

You're Dead, Start Acting Like It! by Chris Thomas

Your failure does not define you, nor do the echoes of your sin. Jesus speaks a better story, and the grave does not have the final word.

Nov 6, 2018

How the Church Does Good by David Bowden

How can we as pastors, preachers, lay leaders, and disciple makers help our people bear good fruit?

Nov 6, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians Voting Pragmatically by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

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

Nov 5, 2018

Preaching a Church Toward Mission by Jared C. Wilson

If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.

Nov 5, 2018

Grave to Groom by Andrea Burke

We grieve at bedsides and empty beds, asking hard questions that might go unanswered for our lifetimes.

Nov 5, 2018

Links For The Church (11/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on moms who need to slow down, trendiness and the Bible, women who struggle with pornography, and Paul's example in politics. 

Nov 4, 2018

In His Light, We See Light by Charles Spurgeon

Happy are those to whom our Lord manifests himself, for his promise to such is that he will make his abode with them. 

Nov 2, 2018

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media by Jason K. Allen

Through our social media, we can bless or curse, build up or tear down, honor or dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Nov 1, 2018

Won’t You Be My (Muslim) Neighbor?

A Review of Fries’ and Whitfield’s “Islam and North America”

Muslims in our country and abroad need the gospel of Christ. We need to preach it to them; we need to be their neighbors in the utmost way. This is exactly what Micah Fries and Keith Whitfield seek to show in their edited work, Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors.

Nov 1, 2018

Self-Hatred and Sanctification by Taylor Cain

Sometimes sanctification can feel frustrating, unfair, or useless. But God knows how to care for His children and to bring them to see Him as our superior satisfaction.

Nov 1, 2018

The Mission of Jesus in Homes by Jared Musgrove

Jesus’ ministry in homes was a ministry of love. Such love in the most private of places was a most potent apologetic to an unbelieving world. It still is.

October

Oct 31, 2018

Episode 043: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this first installment of For The Church Mailbag, a new occasional feature of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson answers listener submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Oct 31, 2018

3 Reasons To Ask For Help by Allyson Todd

God, in his forever patience, humbles me over and over again and reminds me of my need for help from Him. 

Oct 31, 2018

How Do You Respond to God's Word? by David McLemore

The Christian life, from beginning to end, is comprised of listening to God’s word and walking in obedience to it.

Oct 30, 2018

Stewards of Our Stories by Mike Brooks

I don’t know of a person on Earth who doesn’t need to know what it feels like to be loved by God. Consequently, each week, with the Spirit’s help, we’re going to take our best shot at it.

Oct 30, 2018

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful by Scott Sauls

What does Jesus think about those who have money and celebrity? Is there a place for them at his Table and in his circle of friends?

Oct 30, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 29, 2018

Jerks for Jesus

Why the Temple Cleansing (Etc.) Isn't Your Permission to Always Be Fighting

The Bible says at least as much -- if not more -- about speaking the truth in love, not tearing down, and letting our speech be gracious as it does "letting people have it."

Oct 29, 2018

How To Persevere When You Are Weary In Serving by Kristen Wetherell

Willing submission to God’s plan, even when it looks different than ours, actually produces the fruit of patience and peace within us.

Oct 29, 2018

Links For The Church (10/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on encouraging one another, women spreading the word, truths for grandparents, feeling God's love, loving your single friends, and pastors developing true friendships.

Oct 28, 2018

The Joy of Election by Charles Spurgeon

 Come, my soul, exult before the God of grace and leap for joy of heart.

Oct 26, 2018

From the Mundane to Martyrdom

The Unsung Missionary Story of Karen Watson

By and large, you’d be hard-pressed to find a missionary who used his last words to show regret. 

Oct 26, 2018

Steve Bezner on Ministry In The Bible Belt by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 25, 2018

‘The Articles Wherefore John Frith Died’ by Benjamin Hawkins

The Reformation was costly for many. For John Frith, a committment to one Reformation doctrine cost him everything.

Oct 25, 2018

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away” by Shai Linne

I knew it could be an awkward transition, but I figured that it’s better to be a happy church member than a joyless pastor.

Oct 25, 2018

For Other Churches, Baptists Assert a High View of a Low and Free Church by Jason G. Duesing

In short, Baptists have had much to contribute to the church catholic when they have sought to build local churches and defend the freedom of religion with the Gospel and for the Gospel.

Oct 24, 2018

Faithful Preaching According to 2 Chronicles by Cale Fauver

Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less. 

Oct 24, 2018

4 Keys To Living Faithfully in Exile by Kristen Wetherell

As we invest in seasons of exile by pursuing the Lord and his work, we can rest assured we’re living out his will.

Oct 24, 2018

Mark Dever on Shepherding the Elderly by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 23, 2018

Skeptics Don't Hum by Jim Essian

The wonders of God are inexhaustible and unsearchable, but are within our reach to enjoy.

Oct 23, 2018

Dying to Plant a Church by Bland Mason

Jesus likely won’t take you through a cardiac arrest or another near death experience, but I wonder what he might do in and through more dead pastors.

Oct 23, 2018

Jen Wilkin on the Difference Between Grace and Permissiveness

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 22, 2018

Links For The Church (10/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on age diversity in the church, lamenting, when work is hard, and renewed joy in ministry. 

Oct 22, 2018

Ditch the Kleenex and Let People Cry by Justin Buzzard

Next time someone opens up and cries in your presence, just sit there, listen, and watch what happens.

Oct 22, 2018

Life in the Spirit Isn't Just 'Doing' Differently, But 'Being' Different by Jared C. Wilson

“Do you think you could wash the dishes tonight?” she calls sweetly. “Um, sure,” he replies. “I’ll do it in the morning before I head out." Mom sighs.

Oct 21, 2018

Why Are You Troubled? by Charles Spurgeon

"Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."

Oct 19, 2018

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word by Erik Raymond

Instead of hiding the most important truths on the highest intellectual shelves, God makes them accessible to spiritual toddlers.

Oct 19, 2018

Michael Kelley On Taking Discipleship Seriously by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 19, 2018

What I'm Learning About Parenting Teenagers by Christine Hoover

Your consistency and persistence in the younger years will pay huge dividends in the teenage years.

Oct 18, 2018

Authenticating Glory in Scripture by Jim Elliff

Though the Scripture may be shown to be trustworthy by many historical and logical proofs, it is essentially received as true because of the revelation of God’s glory experienced through it.

Oct 18, 2018

3 Reasons We Should Pay Attention to What We Sing in Church by Michael Kelley

The fact that we are singing to and about God ought to make us pause and breathe a little deeply and at least consider the words coming out of our mouths.

Oct 18, 2018

Why Doctrine Still Matters by Scott Sauls

Culture will shift, our feelings will shift, and human opinion will shift. But truth will not.

Oct 17, 2018

Episode 042: Zack Eswine on The Busy Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with pastor, author, and professor Zack Eswine about the problem of busy-ness in ministry and the promise of hope for the pastor who feels overwhelmed.

Oct 17, 2018

How To Respond When You Get Punched In The Face by Mike Leake

The depth of our roots in Christ will be exposed by how we respond when we get punched in the face. 

Oct 17, 2018

Christ, The Wisdom And Righteousness Of God by Benjamin Hawkins

Christ is particularly called the wisdom of God because he took the form of a servant and was made in human likeness.

Oct 16, 2018

When an Average Joe Turns 40

A Few Thoughts on Ministry Thus Far

My 20-year-old self bought the lie that flash, position, popularity, power, and success was the way to live ministry life. It is far better to strive for faithfulness to Jesus.

Oct 16, 2018

In Spirit and in Truth

Bringing Balance to Christian Worship

Worship is not a condiment, meant merely to flavor the Christian life.

Oct 16, 2018

Christine Hoover on Hope for Discouraged Believers by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 15, 2018

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

How the Gospel Frees Us to Rub Our Noses in the Quiddity of Things

If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things.

Oct 15, 2018

Biblical Theology in Discipleship by Nancy Guthrie

Biblical theology corrects sentimental notions of the future God is preparing for us.

Oct 15, 2018

Links For The Church (10/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ordering our loves, what our liturgy celebrates, responding to pornography, and gratitude. 

Oct 14, 2018

Be Not Conformed to this World by Charles Spurgeon

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. 

Oct 12, 2018

Rejoice Always by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Yet we can take heart in the midst of it all because Christ has overcome the world.

Oct 12, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 12, 2018

Knowing The Lord Is God by Ashlyn Portero

A reading of the early chapters of Deuteronomy shows us that Moses' commandment to know that the Lord is God is not made in vain. 

Oct 11, 2018

The One Who Upholds All Things by David McLemore

Christ upholds all things such that not one molecule fails to do it’s appointed task. Not one ant goes off course. Not one leaf withers and falls out of place. He upholds all things well.

Oct 11, 2018

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

Thoughts on Race and the Evangelical Pulpit

George Cheever was right: God is against slavery and racism, as well as oppression and injustice of every kind, in every age.

Oct 11, 2018

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission by Jared Musgrove

The ministry of love outside of Sunday morning gatherings creates the credibility that not only arrests, but keeps the attention of those inside the church and outside it.

Oct 10, 2018

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

A Biblical Theology of Worship

God is too great and good and glorious to forego the right, fitting, and delightful adoration that is due him from his creatures. 

Oct 10, 2018

6 Characteristics of a Successful Pastorate by Allen Nelson

Pastors must be able to teach sound doctrine and all that accords with it. 

Oct 10, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 9, 2018

Stop Hijacking Jesus by Jason Alligood

We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.

Oct 9, 2018

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

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

Oct 9, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 8, 2018

Links For The Church (10/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on collaborative creativity, Puritan women and the Bible, the Christian's role in #MeToo, and why we need rural churches. 

Oct 8, 2018

The Honor of Suffering by Whitney Putnam

Jesus suffered well because saving mankind was enough for him. 

Oct 7, 2018

Who Do You Trust? by Charles Spurgeon

To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!

Oct 5, 2018

Don't Sing Noisy Songs by Allen Nelson

Your lips can go on autopilot singing some of the most beautiful and gospel-rich songs ever written all the while your heart is not truly on the same page.

Oct 5, 2018

14 Ideas To Make Your Bible Reading More Consistent by Kristen Wetherell

We may not recall every Scripture we’ve read, but God sustains our trust in him as we choose to consistently feed on his Word.

Oct 5, 2018

Matt Capps on Inter-Generational Discipleship by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 4, 2018

To the Self-Medicating Church Planter by Dayton Hartman

Your ministry is not about endless growth and it certainly isn’t about your fame; it’s about the difficult task of loving and caring for the sheep Jesus has sought and purchased.

Oct 4, 2018

Are Kids Resilient?

A Review of Russell Moore’s "The Storm-Tossed Family"

The difficulty we face in our families takes time to process, and in The Storm-Tossed Family, Dr. Moore walks with the reader every step of the way.

Oct 4, 2018

The Pastor and His Words at Home by Jim Essian

I carefully study, edit, prepare, and pray over my sermon every week. What would it look like to prepare and pray about the words I speak at home?

Oct 3, 2018

Episode 041: 5 Things the Seeker Churches Got Right

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Can we learn anything from the start of the attractional movement? On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson lists some positive steps the original seeker church movement made that were headed in the right direction, things we can still emulate and apply today.

Oct 3, 2018

How to Diagnose Your Discouragement by Christine Hoover

Because the Christian life is a fight against sin and flesh and all their wayward children, we may often find ourselves knocked down, weary, and needing to get back up again while feeling we lack the strength to do it.

Oct 3, 2018

We Can’t Mourn Like The World by Adam Kareus

We mourn the passing of loved ones and friends, but if they are in Christ we don’t mourn like the world.

Oct 2, 2018

Remember Death by Matthew McCullough

Death says you are less important than you’ve ever allowed yourself to believe. The gospel says you are far more loved than you’ve ever imagined.

Oct 2, 2018

The One Thing God Exalts by Justin Buzzard

God is in the business of opposing and exalting, of bringing down and lifting up.

Oct 2, 2018

Robby Gallaty on How Some Churches Do Discipleship Poorly

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 1, 2018

The Romans 8 Driven Life by Jared C. Wilson

How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?

Oct 1, 2018

Links For The Church (10/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on missions and wanderlust, the 9th commandment and social media, creativity in doing good, compassion burnout, an 6 lessons for mental health issues. 

Oct 1, 2018

For The Church 2018 Sessions

All FTC18 Plenary Sessions Now Available

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Watch all 6 sermons from FTC18. 

September

Sep 30, 2018

Better Anything Than Death by Charles Spurgeon

Better anything than death. The snarlings of the dog of hell will at least keep us awake, but dead faith and dead profession, what greater curses can a man have?

Sep 28, 2018

4 Encouragements To Live A Vulnerable Life by Allyson Todd

Trust that God is at work in your heart, and vulnerability is good because He makes it good.

Sep 28, 2018

The Only Way You Can Do God's Will by Kristen Wetherell

True purpose is found in communion with our Father who invites us to draw near to his throne of grace with confidence because of Christ’s righteousness.

Sep 28, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians and Politics by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 28, 2018

A Look Back: The Mission & Majesty of the Church

FTC18 Recap Video

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

The Mission & Majesty of the Church: FTC18 Recap Video

Sep 27, 2018

Are We Allergic to Insignificance? by Erik Raymond

True greatness, according to Jesus, is found in being rather unimpressive.

Sep 27, 2018

When the Spirit Comes Down by David McLemore

When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.

Sep 26, 2018

The Man Who Died for the Lord’s Supper by Benjamin Hawkins

Frith's call for Christian love doesn’t mean that he saw doctrinal debates about the Lord’s Supper as unimportant. 

Sep 26, 2018

Preach Less by Dayton Hartman

As a church plant begins to mature, the church planter should preach less by sharing the pulpit more. 

Sep 26, 2018

Jeff Medders on Church Discipline by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 25, 2018

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize by Michael Kelley

Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.

Sep 25, 2018

The Place of Apologetics by Reid Monaghan

Apologetics and thoughtful witness effectively takes place where there is real and loving presence with others.

Sep 25, 2018

Nathan Rose on Keeping Accurate Church Membership Rolls by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Prophetic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan's message on "The Church Prophetic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Confessional

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Charlie Dates' message on "The Church Confessional" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Majestic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church Majestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Missional

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

David Choi's message on "The Church Missional" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 24, 2018

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark by Jared C. Wilson

When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.

Sep 24, 2018

Discernment in Marriage by Liz Wann

This tension that we must keep in balance with God-given wisdom is really a call to be like Christ.

Sep 24, 2018

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-term community, living a diverse life, stronger small groups, and modeling forgiveness with children. 

Sep 24, 2018

The Church Invincible

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church Invincible" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 24, 2018

The Mission & Majesty of the Church

An Introduction to FTC18

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

The Mission & Majesty of the Church: An Introduction to the FTC18 Conference

Sep 24, 2018

The Church Domestic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Russell Moore's message on "The Church Domestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference

Sep 23, 2018

Accepted in the Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Know by full assurance thy glorious standing.

Sep 21, 2018

4 Important Lessons from Charles Spurgeon's Conversion by Allen Nelson

What if instead of making services about the altar, the priority of the gospel invitation was attached to the exhortation from Scripture?

Sep 21, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?

Sep 20, 2018

Say it in a Sentence by Justin Buzzard

Pastor, you aren't ready to preach until you can state what your sermon is about in one, clear sentence.

Sep 20, 2018

Emotional Intimacy by Jim Essian

Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.

Sep 20, 2018

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

A Lesson on Submission

The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.

Sep 19, 2018

Episode 040: Darryl Dash on How to Grow

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

How does gospel-driven sanctification work? On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with pastor and author Darryl Dash about the ins and outs of practical spiritual growth. 

Sep 19, 2018

5 Exercises in Theological Humility by Brandon D. Smith

What you do with that conviction is the difference between arrogance and humility, immaturity and maturity.

Sep 19, 2018

A Guide to Finding the Goodness of God by Christine Hoover

How good it is, however, that God has pointed out what we couldn't see and has made a way for our return to him. 

Sep 18, 2018

Subduing and Being Subdued by Cale Fauver

This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us. And, by God's grace, we will accomplish this task by his word and power.

Sep 18, 2018

You Need To Lead Your Home Before You Can Lead a Church by Dave Harvey

The home is a microcosm of the church. If a man can’t lead his home effectively, how will he lead a church?

Sep 18, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 17, 2018

5 Better Ways to "Argue" About Social Justice

. . . Or Anything Else Online

I'm not convinced this thing can be settled online at all. But it's effecting real life relationships and it's effecting local churches, so the least we can do is start thinking and rethinking in terms of our online discourse.

Sep 17, 2018

God Delights in the Gospel by Skylar Spradlin

The proof of God’s delight in saving sinners is the investment of His Son on the cross for our redemption even when we had nothing to offer Him.

Sep 17, 2018

Links For The Church (9/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on speaking with non-Christians, no excuses for bad sermons, parenting daughters, and fighting the good fight. 

Sep 16, 2018

Partakers of the Divine Nature by Charles Spurgeon

Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it?

Sep 14, 2018

It’s Not Enough to Have Your Sins Forgiven

Why the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness Is Essential

Justification is not only the non-imputation of sin but the imputation of righteousness. 

Sep 14, 2018

Reflections on Josiah's Life and Legacy by Adam McClendon

As I think of Josiah, I am challenged by his humility and sensitivity to God’s Word.

Sep 14, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Stand For Traditional Marriage by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 13, 2018

Why Every Christian Should Read Mere Christianity by Jason G. Duesing

Every Christian should read this old book, at the very least, to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of the timeless One to whom it directs their thoughts.

Sep 13, 2018

On the Road to Emmaus

A Fictional First-Person Retelling

A fictitious first-person narrative imagining what it was like for the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Sep 13, 2018

Pastor, Have You Been With Jesus? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Sure, you know how to handle to text. But can people tell that you have been with Jesus?

Sep 12, 2018

4 Ways to Become an Effective Role Player in Your Church by Joseph Dicks

The Christian life is a life of discipleship, from every angle.

Sep 12, 2018

Innocent As To What Is Evil by Adam Kareus

I know way too much of the ways of this dark world and the ways of depraved humanity to be innocent of evil.

Sep 12, 2018

Trillia Newbell On The Christian And Food by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 11, 2018

The Gospel Gets the Last Word by Mike Leake

I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.

Sep 11, 2018

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Church Worship Services by David Prince

We should always want and expect there to be unbelievers present and listening in our services. How does that affect our communciation?

Sep 11, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 10, 2018

Experience KC at FTC by Staff

A guide to the best barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do in Kansas City while you're here for FTC.

Sep 10, 2018

The Perils of Preaching an Implications-Free Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

The gospel is indeed the antidote to every sin and suffering. But "just preach the gospel" misses the mark as the solution to all manner of ills, because the good news has necessary implications that adorn and amplify it.

Sep 10, 2018

Why You Should Actually Go to Seminary by Taylor DiRoberto

Moving to campus and immersing yourself in a holistic experience shows you are serious about your training and that you have set apart this season for something special.

Sep 9, 2018

Prevailing Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy. 

Sep 7, 2018

The Gospel and Your Money by Jason K. Allen

The sparkling reality of the Christian life is that God not only meets our needs but often far surpasses them. 

Sep 7, 2018

Resolve to Live Wisely and Press On by Michael Malanga

Wise forgetfulness is the fruit of finding our identity in Jesus Christ. 

Sep 7, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 6, 2018

Your Church's Leadership Structure May Not Be the Problem by Mike Ayers

Since the mission of the Church universal is to make disciples of all nations, any church structure should lead to the life transformation of those for whom Christ died.

Sep 6, 2018

Pastor, Rest Even When Your Work's Not Finished by Luke Holmes

While we might feel like we have more to do, we must rest in knowing that Christ’s work is done. 

Sep 6, 2018

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes by Erik Raymond

It’s tempting to try to salute the contemporary zeitgeist while also standing firm on the Bible, but this is difficult pose for the faithful Christian to hold for long.

Sep 5, 2018

Episode 039: David McLemore on Church Planting in Church Saturated Areas

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with David McLemore about prevalent concerns for church planting in areas that already have lots of churches.

Sep 5, 2018

We Need All Creators Creating by Christine Hoover

The most beautiful beauty in this life is redemption, and redemption only comes through sacrifice. 

Sep 5, 2018

As It Is In All the World by Jim Elliff

Sometimes people have the mistaken idea that the gospel is something that is merely lived out before others, as in serving them.

Sep 4, 2018

Paul's Strange Reason for Why We Should Be Generous by John Beeson

If we experience giving and generosity as fundamentally an obligation and a duty, we will never unlock the joy that God has for us in it.

Sep 4, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 4, 2018

Being Aware of God's Presence in Worship by Dustin Rouse

As worship leaders, our primary job is to raise our church’s gaze to Christ - to take their eyes off the mundane things of life and set them on the majesty of their Savior.

Sep 3, 2018

Gay Girl, Good God

An Interview with Jackie Hill Perry

by Staff

An interview with Jackie Hill Perry, whose new book Gay Girl, Good God releases today from B&H.

Sep 3, 2018

Jesus is the Smartest Man Who Ever Lived by Jared C. Wilson

Greedy, lustful, predatory businessmen gain our support because "that's just the way the world works." "You've got to pick your poison." "The world isn't black and white." "What other choice do we have than picking the lesser of two evils?" Well, for starters, there is the way of Jesus.

Sep 3, 2018

Links For The Church (9/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on covenant vows, the disabled and church, careful walking, and idol idolatry. 

Sep 2, 2018

The Gospel is a Miracle by Charles Spurgeon

Why, dear reader, if such be your case, do you crave for signs and wonders?

August

Aug 31, 2018

Beauty Brings Rest by Allyson Todd

It is a holy endeavor to stop and smell the roses so long as the rose is not the ultimate object from whom we seek rest.

Aug 31, 2018

Checklist Christianity by Adam Kareus

A checklist without a heart change is giving a corpse a facelift.

Aug 31, 2018

Mark Dever on Younger Generations by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the younger generation?

Aug 30, 2018

3 Key Beliefs That Fuel Contentment by Michael Kelley

Contentment is not a feeling you drift in and out of. Rather, contentment is fueled by belief.

Aug 30, 2018

Interpreting the Bible as Christians—The Supernatural Word by David Prince

The inherent divine, organic unity of the Bible demands that faithful interpreters of the Scriptures recognize the theological coherence of the entire biblical canon.

Aug 30, 2018

4 Rules for the Shepherd’s Staff

Relating Well as a Staff Member to Your Pastor

Oh the untold wonders of things that may be accomplished from a unified gospel-front within the local church. Ask your pastor how you can help the church get there.

Aug 29, 2018

Making Wise Investments in Our Spiritual Life by Cassie Watson

While we can’t drum up genuine zeal by our own power, God has given us his word to know him and prayer to commune with him.

Aug 29, 2018

Praying Like Jesus by Adam McClendon

What if one of my primary concerns in every situation was my holiness instead of my comfort?  

Aug 29, 2018

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry by Dayton Hartman

We can’t look to the degrees on our wall or the title beside our name as evidence of qualification.

Aug 28, 2018

Saying Yes to Christ is Saying Yes to Joy by David McLemore

He came to serve, but he is not a butler; He’s the Lord God Almighty who is in the heavens and does whatever he pleases.

Aug 28, 2018

Jen Wilkin on Misconceptions Pastors Have About Women and Discipleship

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

Aug 27, 2018

5 Reasons Not to Plant a Church by Jared C. Wilson

Pastor, you are justified by your faith, not by your church plant.

Aug 27, 2018

Links For The Church (8/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on deleting Instagram, humble prayers, miracles, and the aftermath of when an unbeliever departs. 

Aug 27, 2018

Fellowship at the Lord’s Table by Alice Roberts

When the church pursues the Lord’s Supper with discipline and forms good habits around the table, the congregation is equipped to embrace unity wholeheartedly.

Aug 26, 2018

He Hath Commanded His Covenant Forever by Charles Spurgeon

More especially it is the pleasure of God's people to contemplate the graciousness of this covenant.

Aug 24, 2018

How Do I Live for God’s Glory Alone? by Jonathan Hayashi

When we experience even a fraction of the weight of who God is, the only response is utter surrender.

Aug 24, 2018

Pursue Growth Together: Our Call to Disciple Others by Darryl Dash

If we invest in others, even imperfectly, God will often multiply that investment more than we could imagine.

Aug 24, 2018

Michael Kelley on Christians Not Being Discipled by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

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

Aug 23, 2018

Christ, the Delight of God and the Godly by Erik Raymond

Not only was Jesus qualified to take the mantle of our suffering, he was willing. This drips with love from another land.

Aug 23, 2018

Reader, If You Seek A Monument, Look Around by Jason G. Duesing

Bunhill Fields has never attracted the crowds of St. Paul’s, but the kingdom influence of those buried in that field lives far beyond the crowds through the churches that carry forth the same Gospel they preached and shared.

Aug 23, 2018

Reflections on Parenting as Gospel Ministry by Casey Lewis

As parents, we are to point our children to Jesus. But before we can point them to Jesus, they, like us, need to see their need for him.

Aug 22, 2018

Episode 038: Russ Ramsey on Pastoring Like Jesus

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Russ Ramsey about what kind of pastor Jesus was and what pastors can learn from him about shepherding.

Aug 22, 2018

Pastor, Point Like John the Baptist by Cale Fauver

 John came to point, he came to bear witness about the light, Jesus Christ. 

Aug 22, 2018

A Common But Misguided Perception by Jim Elliff

Upon receiving this gift of life, God indwells us by his Spirit, changing our behavior and outlook for the eternal future.

Aug 21, 2018

Is Anyone Godly Enough To Be a Pastor? by Dave Harvey

God’s call upon man delivers the grace necessary for the godliness needed.

Aug 21, 2018

Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer by Patrick Meador

Jesus Christ came to the utmost of sinners bearing the utmost hope. Do not expect marketing to bring them to you.

Aug 21, 2018

Christine Hoover on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, pastor's wife and author of Searching for Spring and Messy Beautiful Friendship, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"

Aug 20, 2018

5 Reasons Every Pastor Should Be Involved in VBS or Camp Ministry by Tim Counts

Sometimes looking up from the grindstone and seeing what is happening around you in ministry through other believers is even more productive for Christ’s Kingdom.

Aug 20, 2018

Links For The Church (8/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on hospitality in the church, 'God talk,' sacrifices made in preaching, healthy marriage, and reflections on Hurricane Harvey. 

Aug 19, 2018

Thou Art My Strength by Charles Spurgeon

What an inexpressible sweetness is to be found in these few words!

Aug 17, 2018

Avoiding Complacency by Adam Kareus

We need to pay much closer attention to what we know to be true so we can live accordingly and not be in a complacent drift.

Aug 17, 2018

Pastoring Amid Depression by John Starke

Carrying the consistent emotional weight of the various pains, fears, criticisms, suffering, and transitions of a congregation is a challenging vocation.

Aug 17, 2018

Dean Inserra On Ministry In The South by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

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

Aug 16, 2018

Sin Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation by Jonathan Kroeker

A family vacation is a gift of God, but a family vacation is not God. A vacation must never become our ultimate “happy place.”

Aug 16, 2018

How to Love Visiting Church Members in the Hospital by Timothy Raymond

Chances are, your people will remember your hospital visit for the rest of their life, even though they may not remember last Sunday’s sermon.

Aug 15, 2018

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation by Jason K. Allen

Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.

Aug 15, 2018

Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary by Alex Hawke

This must humble us. In many parts of the world, believers have shed their blood for the cause of Christ or suffer for their faith in ways we never will.

Aug 15, 2018

How Does Praying For Others Help You? by Justin Huffman

Prayers for people we don't even know around the world to be brought to Christ engages us in the great purpose of the Christian life.

Aug 14, 2018

When Christ's Call is Urgent by David McLemore

The best news of all is that Christ fighting for us. In fact, he already fought for us. And he won.

Aug 14, 2018

True Preaching is Indispensable! What is it? by David Prince

God uses most effectively preachers who are given over to the task of proclaiming the word of God with their whole person—holding nothing back.

Aug 14, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Aug 13, 2018

He Has Done All Things Well by Jared C. Wilson

The healing of the deaf and the mute is just the beginning.

Aug 13, 2018

Links For The Church (8/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on depression, Ecclesiastes, global missions and autonomy, scripture before phone, and non-epic church services. 

Aug 13, 2018

Christ as Substitute by Destiny Martin

It was our iniquities and transgressions that He suffered for, shedding light on the fact that it was not His own sins that He was carrying.

Aug 12, 2018

The Lord Reigneth by Charles Spurgeon

May we soon reach the city of the great King!

Aug 10, 2018

Having Faith in Doubt: A Response to Steven Furtick by Owen Strachan

We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away. 

Aug 10, 2018

4 Ways Elders Should Seek Accountability by Dave Harvey

The standard of beauty is God—the interplay of his own unity, diversity, and harmony.

Aug 10, 2018

Matt Capps on Books Pastors Should Read by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

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

Aug 9, 2018

Beware of the Whisperer by James Williams

Don’t let the whisperer's harmless appearance, smooth talk, and flattering words fool you; he’s capable of much destruction.

Aug 9, 2018

When You Want to Put On a Mask by Scott Sauls

Jonah, David, and Paul saw the value of sometimes putting their worst foot forward as a way to show a watching world how long, high, wide and deep is the love of God.

Aug 8, 2018

Episode 037: What to Do When Your Pastor Quits

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks about about how a church should respond when a pastor, under normal circumstances, resigns from his ministry.

Aug 8, 2018

For The Love Of The Church by Skylar Spradlin

Sacrifice is the first act of true love for the church because this is how Christ loved the church.

Aug 7, 2018

It Isn’t About Me by Jim Elliff

The world is a barren wilderness without love. You really do need each other.

Aug 7, 2018

3 of the Serpent's Lies We Still Believe by Michael Kelley

God has not left us wondering about His character. He has not left us without the validation of who He is and what He is like.

Aug 7, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Aug 6, 2018

When We're Shocked to Find Sinners at Church by Jared C. Wilson

I know the reasons we don’t live transparently with each other.

Aug 6, 2018

Links For The Church (8/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mental illness, the visible church, discipleship and pastoral burnout, warning signs of a bad pastor, and the ministry hill to die on. 

Aug 6, 2018

When You’re Hurt by the Church by Gail Emerson

The body of Christ should be a refuge for the wounded.

Aug 5, 2018

All Things Work Together for Good by Charles Spurgeon

The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, "Send me what thou wilt, my God."

Aug 3, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Churches and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why don't more churches take discipleship seriously?

Aug 3, 2018

What the Bible Teaches about Hell by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The good news the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s response to the bad news of eternal punishment for personal sin.

Aug 3, 2018

Hope For Women In Ministry by Rebekah Hannah

Being more and more aware of my own depravity simply leads me more and more to the cross.

Aug 2, 2018

3 Ways to Help Revitalize a Church by Darin Smith

Three thoughts on leading gospel-enriched change in any local church.

Aug 2, 2018

I Don't Think It, I Feel It by Adam Kareus

God calls us to die to self. Often that means we will be doing things that don't feel great.

Aug 1, 2018

Theology and Devotion: Friends or Foes? by Sam Parkison

Theological study, communion with God, and godly living comprehend one another. 

Aug 1, 2018

Gazing on His Beauty by Fred Zaspel

Their souls also yearn for what is most glorious, and it is our privilege and solemn duty faithfully to display that glory as it is revealed in God’s Word. 

Aug 1, 2018

My First Year Of Pastoral Ministry Was Insane by Jared Sparks

I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.

July

Jul 31, 2018

The Joy of Being a Poor Evangelist by Jared Stacy

We are limited in our ability, but Jesus makes sure we know our limitations are not a liability to Him. 

Jul 31, 2018

When I'm Not Productive, I'm Loved Anyway by David McLemore

When we don’t feel productive, the work we should look to and be comforted by is the work done by Jesus.

Jul 31, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Why Everyone is So Angry by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 30, 2018

Links For The Church (7/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loneliness, the book of Acts, 15 reminders about hell, and pain knocking at your door. 

Jul 30, 2018

Danger: Doing 'Jesusy' Stuff Without Knowing Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

What's the difference between the moralist and the Christian?

Jul 29, 2018

Always With You by Charles Spurgeon

Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul.

Jul 27, 2018

The Tight Grip of Jesus by Allyson Todd

Once we were grafted in, there was not, is not, and can never be any possibility that we do anything but remain in Him.

Jul 27, 2018

Managing Expectations for a Sustainable Ministry by David Murray

In my experience of counseling pastors, the single greatest cause of pastoral burnout is not taking a full day off every week.

Jul 26, 2018

Are Students Really the Church of Tomorrow? by Kyle Hoffsmith

Youth ministry might not need a total makeover. Instead, we need to think strategically about how to incorporate students into the life of the church. 

Jul 26, 2018

Hope Deferred and the Pastor-in-Waiting by Dave Harvey

Real ministry doesn’t start with a title, a salary, or a blog. Real ministry begins the moment a man is born again

Jul 25, 2018

Episode 036: Noah Oldham on The Pastor's Health

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Noah Oldham about pastors pursuing physical fitness.

Jul 25, 2018

A Great Commission and a Modern Mission by Kayla Petty

The Lord has preserved the integrity of the Gospel over many years.

Jul 25, 2018

Dear Death by Nick Harsh

God revealed himself wonderfully in history through the ugly and violent picture of the cross.

Jul 24, 2018

The Pastor's Wounded Back by Gabe Posey

The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.

Jul 24, 2018

Nathan Rose on Traits of Pastors Leading Church Revitalization

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 24, 2018

You Can't Pick Up the Cross While Holding Your Nets by Michael Kelley

When they dropped their nets, the disciples broke with the past and fully embraced the future with Jesus.

Jul 23, 2018

Groanings Too Deep for Words by Jared C. Wilson

I’m not talking about having a bad day. I’m talking more about having a bad life.

Jul 23, 2018

Meditations on Dust by Lianna Davis

Only knowing I am nothing can I see that He upholds my spirit when I fall—preserving me to the end

Jul 23, 2018

Links For The Church (7/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on student ministry, making social media more Christian, Ecclesiastes and our secular age, and pausing in pressure. 

Jul 22, 2018

Christ and His Bride by Charles Spurgeon

Passing all human union is that mystical cleaving unto the Church, for which Christ left his Father, and became one flesh with her.

Jul 20, 2018

A Pastor’s Thoughts on Reading Augustine by Jonathon Woodyard

The progress I’ve made in Augustine is minimal, but I would like to offer my current thoughts on reading this intellectual giant.

Jul 20, 2018

How Beautiful Are The Adverbs When They Preach Good News by Jason G. Duesing

God’s love for the world and desire to provide salvation is why God became man.

Jul 19, 2018

The Beautiful Things We Miss by Bryan Stoudt

Scene by scene, God is crafting our lives into stories that reflect his beauty and bend it toward others.

Jul 19, 2018

What Can the Kindness of Jesus Do? by David McLemore

What if we all opened our heart to the kindness of Jesus Christ? Maybe he could transform your city into a modern-day Geneva.

Jul 19, 2018

5 Marks of Effective Prayer by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The key to prayer is a heart of dependence. Pray with the holy urgency of one who has a need that only Jesus can meet.

Jul 18, 2018

A Puritan’s Advice on What to Watch on Netflix by Clayton Kraby

If you would hesitate to tell a fellow Christian that you are a fan of a certain show – or would hesitate to tell a fellow fan that you are a Christian – you need to rethink your entertainment choices.

Jul 18, 2018

They Never Saw This Coming by Erik Raymond

Each and every person who names the name of Christ has, by necessity, come to a place when they have seen their sin.

Jul 18, 2018

9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away by Jason K. Allen

While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them. 

Jul 17, 2018

Don Whitney on Misconceptions About the Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 17, 2018

What God Says is Better by Cale Fauver

Beloved, you have a Wonderful Counselor. Heed his instruction about what is better.

Jul 17, 2018

Work, For I am With You by Mathew Gilbert

 The Lord provides the strength needed for the obedience he requires.

Jul 16, 2018

Jesus More Than Likes You by Jared C. Wilson

The idea that the holy God of the universe, the only one who has the absolute right to condemn us and dismiss us, declares his approval over us because of Jesus’ taking our sin and shame is so wonderful, so hope-giving, so steadying.

Jul 16, 2018

Doormat Christians? by Mike Ruel

We think that we are standing up for the truth, but maybe we are just meeting someone’s sin with more sin of our own. 

Jul 16, 2018

Links For The Church (7/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on aspiring theologians, grief, teaching kids theology, Instagram and the Christian, and genealogies. 

Jul 15, 2018

Keep the Altar of Private Prayer Burning by Charles Spurgeon

God loves to see the hearts of his people glowing towards himself.

Jul 13, 2018

3 Reasons to Give Away Our Books by Taylor Cain

Christians who are building personal libraries should be utilizing these resources for the purpose of being conformed to the image of Christ and helping others to follow suit.

Jul 12, 2018

Pastor, Read Your (Paper) Bible by Michael Malanga

It is not nostalgia that prompts me to read the Bible on paper; it is the expectation of encountering on every page the God who wrote it. 

Jul 12, 2018

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate by Ron Pracht

Ron Prach, who served for over 45 years in the same church, reflects on the things learned in a long-term pastorate.

Jul 12, 2018

Pain to Gain for Others by Jim Elliff

Let’s face it: being nominal is a breeze, but standing strong as a true believer can be very costly. 

Jul 11, 2018

Episode 035: Wrong Ways to be Seeker Sensitive

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."

Jul 11, 2018

How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers by Dave Harvey

How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love? 

Jul 10, 2018

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jul 10, 2018

3 Spiritual Reasons You Should Take Control of Your Calendar by Michael Kelley

Perhaps, though, taking control of your calendar isn’t just an issue of time management. Maybe it is actually a spiritual discipline or even an act of discipleship.

Jul 10, 2018

The Big Thing Seminary Did Teach Me: I’ll Never Graduate from Learning by Jeff Robinson

My sinful heart might crave omniscience, but a good and loving God will never give it to me.

Jul 9, 2018

How to Affair-Proof Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

We may not be able to keep our pastor from falling, but we can invest in his personal, marital, and ministerial health in such a way that the temptations are lessened.

Jul 9, 2018

When A Preacher is Not Feeling It by Adam Kareus

If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?

Jul 9, 2018

Links For The Church (7/09) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leading leaders, Bonhoeffer and spiritual disciplines, when God isn't there, and spiritual gifts. 

Jul 8, 2018

Lead Me in Thy Truth by Charles Spurgeon

Our faith will be tried faith, and if it be of the true kind, it will bear continued trial without yielding.

Jul 6, 2018

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 1) by Whitney Putnam

Pray to bravely and boldly expose the lies in your own church body and step confidently into the truth.

Jul 6, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 6, 2018

How Can We Find Meaning in Life? by Casey Lewis

When we live in the way in which we have been made to live, we will find satisfaction, meaning, and joy. 

Jul 5, 2018

The 'No' Heard Through the Ages by Thor Madsen

Sometimes, the ‘No’ we hear as an answer to prayer tells us more than any ‘Yes’ could have.

Jul 5, 2018

The Most Comfortable Place on Earth by C. J. Moore

One day, Christian, “getting out of your comfort zone” will no longer be required. It won’t even be a possibility!

Jul 5, 2018

Jumping the Shark and the Trajectory of Sin by Benjamin Vrbicek

Over time, our increasing conformity to the image of Christ makes us more human in all the ways we are meant to be human, not less.

Jul 4, 2018

True Liberty by Charles Spurgeon

Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege.

Jul 4, 2018

How Should a Pastor or Church Leader View Parachurch Ministries? by Dave Harvey

Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.

Jul 4, 2018

Celebrity Delivers by Gabe Posey

If Jesus truly is the best thing in this world, we are free to be nobodies. 

Jul 3, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 3, 2018

Leading Through Change by Jim Essian

You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.

Jul 3, 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading by David McLemore

For many, “joy” and “reading plan” don’t jive. How many of us have set out January 1 with Genesis 1 only to fail somewhere around Leviticus 10?

Jul 2, 2018

Christ as Sole Mediator by Rachel Rose

We need no other mediator between God and Man; Jesus is enough.

Jul 2, 2018

Links For The Church (7/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on how to be a burden, planting seeds with kids, essentials for new team members, and fauxnerability in the church. 

Jul 1, 2018

Friendship with Jesus by Charles Spurgeon

I am only asking what he delights to give.

June

Jun 29, 2018

Dear Beloved Christian Men by Allyson Todd

I want to tell you what God sees when he looks at you, why I love you, and how I hope to encourage you in the midst of our cynical culture.

Jun 29, 2018

Him We Proclaim: Heeding Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Jesus from the Entire Bible by Jason K. Allen

This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves. 

Jun 29, 2018

The Gospel vs. Moral Autonomy by Scott Sauls

For elder and younger brother types alike, the Father in heaven extends a generous and affectionate ‘welcome home.’

Jun 28, 2018

Pastors, Hold Fast Until Relieved by Jared Stacy

 Sometimes for all of our learnedness, experience, and ministry strategizing— we forget that the battle is Jesus’ to win.

Jun 28, 2018

Christian, Rethink Your Public Speech by Jim Elliff

 We are in desperate need of Christian wisdom, but not barbaric untamed and undignified rhetoric. It's doing us no good.

Jun 28, 2018

Feed the Sheep – No Matter How Many Are In the Pasture by Tim Counts

The supremacy of Christ over all things is what makes preaching him valuable, whether it is to 30 or 3,000.

Jun 27, 2018

Episode 034: Won Kwak

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey, about growing up a pastor's kid, raising up leaders in the church, and the challenges and opportunities of doing ministry in New York City metro.

Jun 27, 2018

Awaiting The Reveal by Adam Kareus

He is working all things for our good while we are being conformed to the image of his Son.

Jun 27, 2018

Pastor, Preach Hypocritical Sermons by Kris Sinclair

We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.

Jun 26, 2018

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon by Timothy Raymond

My church won’t remember everything I say but they will remember what I repeatedly talk about.

Jun 26, 2018

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel by Jonathan Leeman

The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.

Jun 25, 2018

When Obedience is Scary by Christy Britton

Having my fears become my reality hasn’t changed my belief in this truth. Now, more than ever, I affirm that, despite our fears, we can trust and obey God. 

Jun 25, 2018

Links For The Church (6/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singles in the church, prayerful people, loving wisdom, and the brevity of life. 

Jun 24, 2018

Favor Beyond Riches by Charles Spurgeon

An ounce of heart's-ease is worth a ton of gold.

Jun 22, 2018

Advice for Preaching Funeral Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.

Jun 22, 2018

Remember the Gospel by Cale Fauver

This is what you preach, seek to understand, adore, and center your life on – the gospel.

Jun 22, 2018

Michael Kelley on Difficult Things In Life by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?

Jun 21, 2018

4 Ways Men are Called to Be Spiritual Leaders by Mike Ruel

We read Ephesians 5:22-26 and there is no avoiding it: God has called men to be spiritual leaders in the home.

Jun 21, 2018

Revisit God’s Promises by Erik Raymond

No matter what you are going through you have to know that you can keep going because God keeps his word.

Jun 21, 2018

Fathers' Day and the Father's Delight by Owen Strachan

The church must spot the lie. The church must preach and teach the truth. The church must celebrate God-made order.

Jun 20, 2018

Who Are The 'Nations'? by Jason G. Duesing

Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.

Jun 20, 2018

Preventing Pastoral Car Wrecks by Dave Harvey

There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.

Jun 19, 2018

How Far Does God's Grace Go? by David McLemore

Is there a certain test - designed by you, administered by you, and graded by you - that one must pass to be included in God’s kingdom?

Jun 19, 2018

Spurgeon for Plumbers by Steve Bezner

There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.

Jun 19, 2018

The Wrath of God and the Gospel by Fred Zaspel

We insist we have “good news” for the world. But not for a moment can we think the news is good because it has somehow done away with notions of an angry, wrathful God.

Jun 18, 2018

The Joy of Discipleship by Jared C. Wilson

Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.

Jun 18, 2018

The Local Church and Its Role in Missions by Kaylee Freeman

We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go. 

Jun 18, 2018

Links For The Church (6/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-distance friendships, warning signs of moral failure, beauty in hard times, habits of great Bible teachers, and living intentional lives. 

Jun 17, 2018

Help, Lord by Charles Spurgeon

The Lord's character assures us that he will not leave his people.

Jun 15, 2018

I Wouldn’t Have Chosen Me by Adam Kareus

Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.

Jun 15, 2018

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.

Jun 15, 2018

The Personal Magnificence of Jesus by Brad Andrews

Is it more comfortable to stay in a tent of doctrinal ease at basecamp or to trek up the mountain to a summit where I can experience the very person of Jesus?

Jun 14, 2018

Not Easily Triggered by David Appelt

Our personality type never gives us license to continue to disobey God's clear direction.

Jun 14, 2018

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards? by Jeremy Kimble

While challenging, Edwards will greatly benefit those who persevere in reading his works.

Jun 14, 2018

Family Dynamics of a Church Planter by Won S. Kwak

Church planter, your calling is to dynamically love your family as you lead your church family.

Jun 13, 2018

Episode 033: The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses how the good news of the finished work of Jesus Christ applies to the ongoing work of the pastor -- his life, heart, and shepherding.

Jun 13, 2018

We Are Not Meant To Be Awesome by Scott Sauls

But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?

Jun 13, 2018

Give Us Our Daily Bread by Andrea Burke

The wallets that remain empty force us to find our joy in things that cannot be valued by Wall Street and Instagram. 

Jun 12, 2018

The Key to Eternal Life by Mathew Gilbert

What is the key to unlock the deep mysteries of eternal life? A humble recognition that we don’t have it all together.

Jun 12, 2018

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

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

Jun 12, 2018

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

Three reasons to do the very countercultural thing of actually staying in the church that’s simply not cool enough.

Jun 12, 2018

Contemporary Challenges Facing the SBC

FTC Dallas Micro-Conference at SBC18

Series: 2018 For The Church Dallas Micro-Conference

A panel discussion on contemporary challenges facing the SBC with Jason Allen, H.B.Charles, Mark Dever, Micah Fries, Noe Garcia, J.D. Greear, Vance Pitman, and Thom Rainer.

Jun 11, 2018

Supernatural Power for Those Who Don't Fit In by Jared C. Wilson

Christians want to be channels of the Holy Spirit at work in the world. We can’t do that, however, if we’re constantly worried about having others meet our needs.

Jun 11, 2018

Link For The Church (6/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on youth groups, substitutionary atonement, leaving your first love, advice for new parents, and how to wait well. 

Jun 11, 2018

Love Your Refugee Neighbor by Taylor DiRoberto

A Story

The water tastes different in Oak Ridge. The sounds outside are harsh. Shouting matches and profanities are common. These are daily realities in urban, government-subsidized housing developments like Oak Ridge. On most nights, however, a different tune resounds amid the discord. Two men, with large chests and thick mustaches, cheerfully discuss the latest Premier League soccer match...in Arabic. One used to be a police officer in…

Jun 10, 2018

We Live Unto the Lord by Charles Spurgeon

We are here as the "salt of the earth," to be a blessing to the world.

Jun 8, 2018

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 8, 2018

Seeking Christ While Facing Debt by Grace Pike

In the midst of trying to decrease debt, do not allow the Enemy to make you indifferent, scared, or stagnant.

Jun 7, 2018

Be a Small Town Pastor by Steve Bezner

There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.

Jun 7, 2018

God is Not a Time-Hacking God by Cole Deike

As modern life runs ever faster on fiber optics and high-speed internet, redemptive history continues to load thoughtfully, pensively, and slowly.

Jun 7, 2018

Culture is the Backdrop for the Real Story by Jim Elliff

The priority of the church should be seen in the things we do and say.

Jun 6, 2018

A Welcomed Eucatastrophe by Jason G. Duesing

More than merely what we can know, the hope that dwells within us is grounded in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. 

Jun 6, 2018

Pastor, Who Do You Represent? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health. 

Jun 6, 2018

Cut Again by the Blades of Mercy by Erik Raymond

I don’t deserve mercy; I deserve judgment. I deserve quick, exacting, unrelenting, justice. 

Jun 5, 2018

When Your Son Needs Fatherly Approval by David McLemore

Approval flows from heaven and floods this earth in Christ. Let’s advance the tide in our day.

Jun 5, 2018

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful by Kyle Gregory

The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.

Jun 5, 2018

Trevin Wax on Other Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 4, 2018

Links For The Church (6/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the gift of singleness, women in Scripture, special needs ministry in the church, when your boss isn't a Christian, and moms who have needs. 

Jun 4, 2018

Made In His Likeness by Jeanie Layne

Man’s supreme function through all eternity is to reflect God’s highest glory…that God might look into the mirror called man and see His own glory shining there.

Jun 3, 2018

The Humility of Jesus by Charles Spurgeon

Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart.

Jun 1, 2018

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior by Brian Davis

In disregarding the total authority of the Word of God, people seek to take the throne of authority themselves

Jun 1, 2018

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness” by Owen Strachan

Our pursuit of unity in the body does not relax our love of theology, and our desire to handle the Word with care.

Jun 1, 2018

Noah Oldham on Difficult Things in Life by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

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

May

May 31, 2018

Ministering to Coworkers by Nathan Johnson

Consider the fact that God is shaping you and growing you as a person through your occupation.

May 31, 2018

Why is Loneliness a Thing? by Scott Sauls

According to the Bible, we experience loneliness not because there is something wrong with us, but because there is something right with us.

May 30, 2018

Do the Work of an Evangelist by Jason K. Allen

The fact that God calls and gifts some in extra measure does not absolve every Christian, and especially every minister, from doing the work of an evangelist.

May 30, 2018

The Doubt Within by Adam Kareus

When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.

May 30, 2018

Episode 032: Charles Smith on Gospel-Centered Leadership

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Charles Smith, Vice President for Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary, about the ins and outs of gospel-centered leadership.

May 29, 2018

4 Great "Therefore's" in the Bible by Michael Kelley

Praise the Lord that our eternity hinges not on our ability to live out a “therefore,” but on Jesus’ righteous life on our behalf.

May 29, 2018

The Foolish Quest for a “Silver Bullet” in Global Missions by Steve Jennings

There is a madness in missions driven by one ultimate question: “Does it work?”

May 29, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

May 28, 2018

What to Do When You Meet a Beggar by Jared C. Wilson

When the way of Jesus clashes with "street smarts."

May 28, 2018

What Proverbs Teaches about Being Teachable by Kevin Halloran

The diligent pursuit of wisdom will train us to act wisely and prepare us for difficulties in life.

May 28, 2018

Links For The Church (5/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on detecting prosperity gospel churches, love according to the Puritans, seeking man's approval, and pastoring anxious people.

May 27, 2018

Feeling Like a Dead Dog by Charles Spurgeon

Dust and ashes though we be, we must and will "magnify the exceeding greatness of his grace."

May 25, 2018

Sacrificing Fast and Easy by Bethany Mathis

Being spoon fed the truth doesn’t result always result in an abiding faith. 

May 25, 2018

Gospel People Stay Behind by Jared Musgrove

Has God called you to stay behind? Be faithful in the so-called mundane

May 25, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

May 24, 2018

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

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

May 24, 2018

When Preaching is Big and God is Small by Dave Harvey

My fears are real. They can’t be ignored, denied, or spiritualized into something they’re not. But for me, they can camouflage a deeper reality.

May 24, 2018

The Kind of Balance Only God Can Give by Mike Brooks

Our lives are meant to be utterly and unapologetically gospel-centered. This is true balance.

May 23, 2018

The Fearsome God, Our Friend by Allyson Todd

Jesus was trampled by the wrath of God on our behalf. 

May 23, 2018

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction by Adam McClendon

The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.

May 23, 2018

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

May 22, 2018

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ by Erik Raymond

We are hopeless in our Christian lives if we have not the charter of Christ held fast against our hearts.

May 22, 2018

A Better Way to Boast by Nick Harsh

When you and I encounter trials, we need the ability to see what God is doing, to see that our trials are not wasted.

May 21, 2018

When Confession Goes Wrong

5 Ways We Confess Without Confessing

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

May 21, 2018

The Eight ‘D’s’ of Personal Discipleship by Jonathan Hayashi

We should compare our calendars to God’s commands and see where our lives are out of alignment, then make adjustments where necessary.

May 21, 2018

Links For The Church (5/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on walking by faith, a pastor's schedule, corporate confession, foolish creativity, selfies, and how men can encourage women in ministry. 

May 20, 2018

Marvelous Lovingkindness! by Charles Spurgeon

What golden sentences drop from his gracious lips!

May 18, 2018

Don’t Leave Your Convictions Behind To Get Ahead by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I would not have been called to my current church if I had abandoned the convictions that caused that first church to reject me. 

May 18, 2018

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

May 17, 2018

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using by Michael Kelley

Christian leaders, consider this: you have been given stewardship, not ownership

May 17, 2018

The Seeds of the Worst Deeds Are In Your Heart by David McLemore

David’s sin didn’t start with Bathsheba in his bed; it started with Bathsheba in his mind. 

May 17, 2018

The Gospel and Your Recreation by Jason K. Allen

May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.

May 16, 2018

Episode 031: J.D. Greear

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Dr. J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and author of the new book Not God Enough.

May 16, 2018

Believe God's Word! by Travis Hood

As ashamed as I am for doubting, I am so grateful to the Lord for this gracious reminder and confirmation. 

May 16, 2018

What Church Discipline Taught Me About Our Church by Skylar Spradlin

We needed to hold up the honor of Christ and the standard of repentant holiness while also showing love and patience to the wayward members.

May 15, 2018

The Gospel in 2 Cups by Adam Kareus

How amazing it is that Jesus takes the cup of wrath once and for all!

May 15, 2018

Biblical Theology Will Help You See Jesus in All the Scriptures by Nick Roark

Jesus Christ is the fountain from whom all blessings flow, and biblical theology is the scriptural map that helps guide us to this ever-flowing fountain.

May 14, 2018

Thou Shalt Not Put Your Friends to the Test

Personal Holiness as a Grace to Others

An upright life is a grace to others.

May 14, 2018

Teach Them How To Study by Laura Campbell

Church members are told to read their Bibles but are seldom instructed how to do so. 

May 14, 2018

Links For The Church (5/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on gratitude and gratefulness, leadership, how to be nicer, God's gentleness and strength, and the god of busyness. 

May 13, 2018

Are You Crying Today? by Charles Spurgeon

It may be all dark now, but it will soon be light; it may be all trial now, but it will soon be all happiness.

May 11, 2018

The Pastor’s Burden by Jason Dees

The fact that people are willing to open up their lives to you in their most vulnerable and intimate moments is the true gift of pastoral ministry, and it is also the true burden.

May 11, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

May 11, 2018

Humility Before God by Mike Ayers

Because of who He is, in light of who we are, and because we are received by Him, we worship this infinitely other God with hearts full of gratitude and praise!

May 10, 2018

What are "Sound Words"? by Coleman Ford

When key words are missing in our gospel vocabulary, the ministry of “sound words” is lacking.

May 10, 2018

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church by Mike Leake

Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

May 10, 2018

Time to Cut the Emotional Umbilical Cord by Scott Sauls

God have mercy on us if we consider any possession to be so precious that we would prefer it over Him.

May 9, 2018

Christian, Don't Follow Your Heart by Cale Fauver

True happiness is obedience to the word of God and our dependency on it.

May 9, 2018

Did the Atonement Break the Trinity? by Owen Strachan

The fact that “Christ came to get us out of hell” isn’t a small thing, but is a truth so wondrous we’ll proclaim it for all eternity.

May 8, 2018

3 Non-Negotiables in Kid's Ministry by Mathew Gilbert

Show the kids in your ministry the gospel in your actions. Show that it isn’t just a message of empty words, but a message of power from a holy and gracious God.

May 8, 2018

How to Prepare for Pastoral Transitions by Daniel Bray

Transitions in ministry are never going to be easy. Therefore, we have a responsibility to minister even more diligently today.

May 8, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

May 7, 2018

What the Word of God Says About the Word of God, Book by Book by Jared C. Wilson

Take a look, book by book, at the many things God's word says about God's words.

May 7, 2018

Links For The Church (5/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being a dad, missionaries in a secular land, video games, kids and racial reconciliation, the church and natural disasters, and your dispensability. 

May 7, 2018

Line, Please: Why I Read the Psalms Aloud by Travis Montgomery

We need a script, a revelatory rehearsal for the crushing inevitability of life and death. 

May 6, 2018

We Dwell in Him by Charles Spurgeon

Will you take my Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving him forever?

May 4, 2018

7 Ways to Increase Intimacy in Your Marriage by Casey Lewis

While the world has distorted the purpose of sex, the Bible, and specifically the Song of Solomon teaches us that sex serves a greater purpose. 

May 4, 2018

Gospel People Say Goodbye by Jared Musgrove

Godly people who are about the gospel say goodbye often, confident in our union together as the family of God and confident that we will celebrate again. 

May 4, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

May 3, 2018

Enjoy the Work, Not Just the Results by Cole Deike

Jesus' work on the cross was empirically a failure, but invisibly, it was redemption's greatest success.

May 3, 2018

Saved by Grace Through Faith by David McLemore

Your sin can’t kick you out of God’s love because your righteousness never put you in it.

May 3, 2018

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering by Dave Furman

Pastor, as you seek to shepherd your congregation, don’t wait until suffering comes. Don’t start preparing people for death in the ICU.

May 2, 2018

Episode 030: Preaching for Missional Engagement

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson offers some practical ways to craft sermons that inspire and empower congregations live on mission in their communities.

May 2, 2018

Women Wonderfully Different and So Very Similar by Lianna Davis

The beauty of each one’s service flowed from a humble love for the truth.

May 2, 2018

Rebuilding Our Churches with Bible Reading by Bryan Elliff

Ask for God’s wisdom and strength and do your part in the lives of those you might influence.

May 1, 2018

The Power of Saying Sorry by Adam Kareus

Precisely because saying "sorry" is a counter to the sin of pride, we need to be able to do it when necessary.

May 1, 2018

Cruciform Warriors Needed by David Prince

 If we are not willing to suffer for our convictions, then they are not convictions at all, they are conveniences. 

May 1, 2018

Russell Moore on His Process for Sermon Prep

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

April

Apr 30, 2018

The Gospel Kind of Christ-Centeredness by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is our moral example, of course, but the power for enduring, joyful obedience comes not from trying to be like him, but in first believing that he has become like us . . .

Apr 30, 2018

Links For The Church (4/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pastors getting things done, spiritual gifts, teaching kids to love God, Christian hospitality, and racial reconciliation in the SBC. 

Apr 29, 2018

Thou Art My Hope in the Day of Evil by Charles Spurgeon

The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.

Apr 27, 2018

Death is a Vapor by Brian Sauve

We need a better reckoning of what is inevitable and what is fleeting, of what is emerging and what is retreating.

Apr 27, 2018

Clint Pressley on Difficult Things in Life by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 27, 2018

He Hears Our Every Whisper by Allyson Todd

The listening, loving, inclined ear of God is a gift that flows from the gospel.

Apr 26, 2018

By Grace, Finish Well by Derrick Lynch

The key to finishing well for anyone is to fix our gaze on Christ and relentlessly pursue a vital relationship with Him.

Apr 26, 2018

The Problem of Superstitious Christianity by Cody Wilbanks

The goal for all pastors, and all Christians really, is the pursuit of knowing and worshiping God as He really is and not as we have merely imagined Him to be.

Apr 26, 2018

The Other Side of the Promises of God by Mike Leake

The promises of God are not just promises to visit us with favor and blessings.

Apr 25, 2018

Comparison . . . The Thief of Joy by Scott Sauls

Our souls are glory-vacuums, fearfully and wonderfully made for an Esteem greater than self. 

Apr 25, 2018

The Illusion of Control by Matt Sliger

What if the autonomy you seemingly operate under really casts something of an illusion?

Apr 25, 2018

Good News For The Easily Bruised Conscience by Greg Mathis

We’ve placed extra-Gospel demands on ourselves, and as such, have sought extra-Gospel means of reconciling ourselves to God.

Apr 24, 2018

A Simple Definition of Leadership by Michael Kelley

Leadership is about embracing responsibility. It’s about understanding our role as stewards and being content with where He has placed us.

Apr 24, 2018

Man's Praise and the Divine Accolade by Mike Brooks

The good news in all this is that we are gloriously whole and are being made to feel that way also. But God is not content that we fill up on vainglory.

Apr 24, 2018

J.D. Greear on Signs of a Church's Faithfulness

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC), "How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Apr 23, 2018

20 Quotes from 'The Imperfect Disciple' by Jared C. Wilson

“Do you know why there are a thousand fresh self-help books every year? It’s because they don’t work.”

Apr 23, 2018

Better Together by Margaret Bronson

It is clear that men and women need each other if they are to accomplish the task God gave humanity to fill and subdue the earth, bringing glory to God in the process.

Apr 23, 2018

Links For The Church (4/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on disciple-making shift, single women in the church, lessons from a bad sermon, how to lose a pastor, sin's allure, and church planting pipelines. 

Apr 22, 2018

How Close by Charles Spurgeon

It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ's union with his people.

Apr 20, 2018

Pastors & Churches: Don’t Celebrate Brokenness  by Erik Reed

Brokenness is our condition; wholeness is our goal. 

Apr 20, 2018

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much by Matthew Arbo

The church must always bear witness to the risen Christ. 

Apr 20, 2018

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

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

Apr 19, 2018

The Leader and Abuse of Power by Mike Ayers

In his temptation, Jesus understood that not even a legitimate need should be met in illegitimate ways.

Apr 19, 2018

Navigating Through Difficult Seasons by Darrell Deer

We may not understand what God is doing or even agree with it, but we know that while things are hopelessly beyond our control, they are not beyond His.

Apr 19, 2018

Rob Bell, Fundamentalist: 5 Ironies from the New Bell Film by Owen Strachan

It’s the strangest thing: the heretic is actually the fundamentalist.

Apr 18, 2018

Episode 029: Nathan Rose on Church Revitalization

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson talks with Nathan Rose, lead pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri about the ins and outs of church revitalization, as well as the difficulty with altar calls and public invitations.

Apr 18, 2018

God’s Shepherding Ability by Adam McClendon

While God’s will in particular circumstances may seem very unclear, God has already stated clearly in his word his desire to use us to glorify his name and spread his gospel to the nations.

Apr 18, 2018

Living By The Prophet's Words by Jim Elliff

It has been revealed to God’s prophets already, they have written it for you, and that is enough.

Apr 17, 2018

Be Countercultural and Enjoy Your Work by Russell L. Meek

The work-life God set forth is a life of purposeful work of imaging God in our shepherding of his creation.

Apr 17, 2018

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.

Apr 17, 2018

Dan Darling on Why Pastors Should Write by Daniel Darling

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

Apr 16, 2018

My Left Knee

A Heartwarming Story of Creeping Death

My left knee sends out a regular signal in Morse code that death is creeping up on me.

Apr 16, 2018

Links For The Church (4/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the purpose of marriage, worry, when Christianity doesn't work, caricatured biblical womanhood, and habits of false teachers. 

Apr 16, 2018

Drawing Near To God Through Sanctification by Bethany Mathis

The truth of God’s love is weaved through the Scriptures and culminated at the cross and it is unignorable.

Apr 13, 2018

The Beatitudes for Today by Gabe Posey

If I want to soothe that deep, empty ache in my heart, am I ready to chase down the right things, even when it costs me dearly? 

Apr 13, 2018

The Quiet Faithful Life of Ruth Lee by Andrea Burke

The amazing and good news about this upside-down kingdom of our God is that you can be the most effective, the most faithful, and leave the greatest legacy simply by being faithful in your quiet life. 

Apr 13, 2018

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

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 12, 2018

Preachers, Let's Stop Stepping on Toes by Lee Callicutt

Only when the heart is addressed do people find Christ more glorious, satisfying, and beautiful than whatever else they are grasping onto.

Apr 12, 2018

How Far Should We Go in Defending Our Gospel-Centered Ministry? by Mike Leake

One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.

Apr 12, 2018

Men, God’s Control, and Self-Control by David Prince

A man with self-control is not governed by his emotions, but is governed by God and his gospel.

Apr 11, 2018

The Gospel and Your Time by Jason K. Allen

The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.

Apr 11, 2018

9 Spurgeon Quotes on Fear and Faith by Lianna Davis

A Christian’s confidence in fear is that God does exist as One who, of his own incomprehensible decision and grace, rewards those who seek him

Apr 11, 2018

How We Ought To Speak by Mitch Bedzyk

Preaching the gospel with creativity and novelty is nothing to celebrate when it comes at the expense of the truth.

Apr 10, 2018

Grocery Store Theology by Adam Kareus

From one point of view, the natural result of being a new creation, regenerated by the Spirit, is that we have the fruit of that new life being produced in our lives.

Apr 10, 2018

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor? by Erik Raymond

The pastor doesn’t take a poll to see what people want to hear. He reads the Word and gives people what they need to hear.

Apr 10, 2018

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

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX): "What is the one thing you wish you’d done different as a church planter?"

Apr 9, 2018

When the Real You Suddenly Shows Up

Biblical Thoughts on Moral Failure

The problem and the promise for those who fail morally is that Jesus will only deal with us on the playing field of reality.

Apr 9, 2018

Humanity’s Fall and God’s Redemption by Samantha Sykora

Why do we seek contentment in things that will never satisfy, long to make much of ourselves, and compare our lives with others? 

Apr 9, 2018

Links For The Church (4/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a balanced gospel, hype church services, Christian hospitality, and prayer in 1 Timothy 2. 

Apr 8, 2018

Fear No Evil by Charles Spurgeon

Fear not; the divine Spirit can give you, in your want, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance.

Apr 6, 2018

Vanity of Vanities by Adam McClendon

If you live in pursuit of the things of this world in an attempt to satisfy the longing of your soul, then you will die empty.

Apr 6, 2018

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel by Nathan Rose

When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus.