Resources from 2018

June

Jun 21

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

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

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

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

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 20

Setting Up The Sanctuary by Joshua Jenkins

There are great opportunities for thought and care for the little things in how your sanctuary is set up.

Jun 19

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

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

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

The Joy of Discipleship by Jared C. Wilson

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

Jun 18

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

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

Help, Lord by Charles Spurgeon

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

Jun 15

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

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

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

Jun 15

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

Not Easily Triggered by David Appelt

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

Jun 14

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 14

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards? by Jeremy Kimble

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

Jun 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crazy Good News by Joshua Jenkins

God became a man to save mankind, a lowly vile creature stained with sin and marked by rebellion. 

Jun 8

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 8

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 7

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

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

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

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

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 6

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 5

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

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

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

Growing Old Graciously by Jared C. Wilson

I want to finish strong. Don't you?

Jun 4

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

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

The Humility of Jesus by Charles Spurgeon

Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart.

Jun 1

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

Noah Oldham on Difficult Things in Life by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 1

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

May

May 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 28

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 28

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 27

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

Sacrificing Fast and Easy by Bethany Mathis

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

May 25

Gospel People Stay Behind by Jared Musgrove

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

May 25

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

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

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

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

The Fearsome God, Our Friend by Allyson Todd

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

May 23

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

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

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

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

When Confession Goes Wrong

5 Ways We Confess Without Confessing

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

May 21

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

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

Marvelous Lovingkindness! by Charles Spurgeon

What golden sentences drop from his gracious lips!

May 18

No, Don’t Be Colorblind: Practical Suggestions for Multi-ethnic Families by Ryan Strother

Dream about the future together and celebrate your diversity as you do.

May 18

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

May 18

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 17

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using by Michael Kelley

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

May 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 11

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 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 7

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 6

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

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

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 4

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 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 30

Standing In The Pulpit by Joshua Jenkins

The pastor stands behind the Word as if he is simply a server delivering food. 

Apr 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 25

The Illusion of Control by Matt Sliger

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

Apr 25

Comparison . . . The Thief of Joy by Scott Sauls

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

Apr 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Close by Charles Spurgeon

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

Apr 20

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

Brokenness is our condition; wholeness is our goal. 

Apr 20

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

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

Apr 20

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

The church must always bear witness to the risen Christ. 

Apr 19

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

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

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

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

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 18

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 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 11

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

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 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Apr 6

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

Trevin Wax on Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 5

Can My Husband Also Be My Pastor? by Hannah Wright

For us to be able to respect our husbands as our pastors, we must first respect them as the spiritual leaders of our families. These two actions are irrefutably linked.

Apr 5

On Brokenness and Our Two-Speed Culture by Sam Parkison

God shows his love for us not by affirming our brokenness, but by receiving us while still in such a state, and then slapping an expiration date on it.

Apr 5

Real Knowledge in an Age of Facebook Friends by Cole Deike

Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.

Apr 4

Episode 028: Your Church Hospitality Checklist

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson helps you evaluate how welcoming your church really is for visitors.

Apr 4

Church Planting 101: Follow Up With Guests by Jonathon Woodyard

In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.

Apr 4

Good and Bad Excuses Not to Practice Church Discipline by Brad Wheeler

Discipline can be exercised in unloving ways, but Hebrews reminds us that discipline is, in fact, a mark of God’s love

Apr 3

Fighting, Taking Flight, and the Invitation to be Known by Scott Sauls

If your trust is anchored in Jesus, you never need to fear his frown. God has no anger left for you.

Apr 3

3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life by Michael Kelley

Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble. Nor does it mean that you look like a champion in the eyes of the world.

Apr 3

Keith Getty on His Favorite Worship Song

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

Apr 2

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.

Apr 2

Links For The Church (4/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the sacraments and art, sharing the gospel, the language of "calling," and spitfire women. 

Apr 2

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete by David Appelt

Singing at church should be passionate but never devoid of Biblical truth and teaching.

Apr 1

The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

An Easter Sermon from Charles Spurgeon

This proves the futility of all opposition to Christ

March

Mar 30

Why Did Christ Die?

A Reflection on 'The Cross of Christ' by John Stott

by Staff

The cross is an exposure of human evil and at the same time a revelation of the divine purpose to overcome human evil.

Mar 30

Once Upon A Time by Adam McClendon

As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.

Mar 30

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

Series: Conversations

What are some key components to discipling young men?

Mar 29

Communion With Our Eyes Wide Open​ by Mike Brooks

In addition to giving us specific instructions, the biblical passages that mention the Lord's Supper are vivid reminders of the “togetherness” of it all.

Mar 29

Faith for What's Too Much by Bryan Elliff

There are a myriad of things the Lord is calling us to do as a body and a myriad more he is calling you to do as an individual. And most of them are uncomfortable.

Mar 29

The Ice Returns Every Morning by Erik Raymond

Living in a fallen world means living in perpetual winter, at least in the morning. With each frosty morning, we must grab our tools and get to work.

Mar 28

Kill Your Dogmatism by Allyson Todd

It isn’t wrong to have strong opinions. It is wrong to hold so tightly to these beliefs that we dismiss and destroy our neighbors.

Mar 28

It's Hard To Love My Foster Son by Russell L. Meek

 But this thing is far too hard without the Father’s love coursing through me. The truth is that I don’t love like he does. 

Mar 28

Pastor Fear by Dayton Hartman

When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear. 

Mar 27

The Battle for a Man's Mind by David Prince

The starting point of a redeemed worldview is knowing the greatest danger to any man exists inside of him, not outside.

Mar 27

Russell Moore on Wise Political Engagement for Christians

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

Mar 26

Laziness is Idolatry by Jared C. Wilson

When people are lazy (or restless), they do have a sin problem, but the sin problem is just a symptom of the deeper worship problem.

Mar 26

A World to Work and Watch by Rachel Rose

Since God created and cares for our natural world, His people should be marked by an appreciation for and care of that world. 

Mar 26

Links For The Church (3/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on celebrity power, the gospel in all seasons of life, grieving childlessness, and pastors teaching kids to love the church. 

Mar 25

Betrayed by Charles Spurgeon

Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss.

Mar 23

Clint Pressley on Leadership Qualities for Gospel Centrality by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

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

Mar 23

The Value of Commitment by Bethany Mathis

The commitments the Bible illustrates for us are for our good. They are not to shackle us to burdens or to place weight. 

Mar 23

Thoughts On The Rise And Fall Of Pastors by Scott Sauls

As pastors, we are vulnerable to paint ourselves as victims on the one hand or to become bullies or crooks or adulterers on the other.

Mar 22

Comfort Food Versus True Comfort by Adam Kareus

God is the only one that can truly give us comfort and this is a comfort that doesn’t just look to the past and the good ol’ days. It is a comfort that holds the future in its hands.

Mar 22

Chasing a Title or Carrying a Towel by Costi Hinn

It can be a monumental challenge to stomach the obscurity that comes from consistent “decrease,” but it’s part of every pastor’s journey.

Mar 22

When You've Broken What You Cannot Fix by Kole Farney

Jesus did not come for those who presume they are innocent before God, but for sinners who know they are guilty.

Mar 21

Guilt Confusion by Jared Sparks

The Enemy of our souls and our sinful flesh has a way of adding terrible fuel to the raging fires of shame.

Mar 21

The Depth of Mercy in the Pits of Sin by Joshua Jenkins

Jacob failed his daughter, his wives, his sons, himself, and God; but God did not fail Jacob

Mar 20

The Enduring Effects of a Parent's Daily Chatter by Steve Burchett

Three questions to help parents begin evaluating the way they talk to and around their kids in more relaxed settings.

Mar 20

4 Words That Will Change the Way You Lead by Michael Kelley

So confident is the Son of God. So self-assured. So much so that He holds Himself out so us, day after day, with the same invitation: "Come and you'll see."

Mar 20

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

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

Mar 19

How Not to Read the Parables by Jared C. Wilson

The parables Jesus tells in the four Gospels are peculiar kinds of stories that too many readers read very wrongly.

Mar 19

Links For The Church (3/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on advocating for others, unmarried Christians, parenting and pastoring, and staying long in a church. 

Mar 19

Spiritual Help For People Who Lack Self-Awareness by Cole Deike

The human spirit, to be healthy as God intended it to be, cannot veg-out inside our bodies with its feet kicked up. 

Mar 18

You Are Loved Like Jesus by Charles Spurgeon

As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people.

Mar 16

Crafting Expository Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

True expository preaching strives to be faithful to the text and clear in the presentation. 

Mar 16

Blogging For God's Glory by Benjamin Vrbicek

There is a certain quality Christians should strive for as we represent God to the world.

Mar 15

Meditating on Scripture

The What, How, and Why

Meditation doesn't mean humming in a monotone tone in an effort to completely clear your mind so the universe can come rushing in. It means filling your mind with Scripture and turning it over in your mind again and again.

Mar 15

Trials, Our Blessed Chauffeurs by Erik Raymond

Trials can be surprising ministers, serving us by showing our insufficiency and escorting us to our all-sufficient God.

Mar 15

All Men Need a Band of Gospel Brothers by David Prince

Men today are often drowning is superficial relationships, but do not possesses any genuinely accountable gut-level friendships.

Mar 14

The Big Brother In Us by C. J. Moore

If you opt out of being vulnerable with your sin and prefer instead to convey a sense of perfection with your life, there’s likely a legalistic spirit that needs to be killed.

Mar 14

He Restores My Soul by Gabe Posey

No, the answer, if there is one, isn’t to heap another burden onto the weary. It is, instead, to look to Jesus for our rest. 

Mar 14

Tim Keller, Rachel Held Evans, and the Authority of the Whole Bible by Jonathon Woodyard

Principles of interpretation are what stand behind your approach to a text. 

Mar 13

Jesus’ Left-Wing and Right-Wing Disciples by Scott Sauls

We should feel “at home” with people who share our faith but not our politics even more than we do with people who share our politics but not our faith.

Mar 13

Favor With God by Joshua Jenkins

There is no price we can pay to remove the stain of our sin and guilt. Favor with God is something that is only given.

Mar 13

The Heir of All Things by David McLemore

Jesus doesn’t lord his inheritance over you. He serves you with it, giving you a portion along with him.

Mar 13

Nathan Finn on the Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

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

Mar 12

#WeAreForTheChurch by Staff

Join the hashtag. Join the movement.

Mar 12

Christ As Prophet by Stephanie Leatherbury

Jesus Christ is the eternal Word that perfectly communicates and reveals God to His people. 

Mar 12

Links For The Church (3/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on faith in dry seasons, grace to you, how to welcome people with disabilities, former atheists, and paying your pastor.

Mar 11

Thou Shalt Be Called 'Sought Out' by Charles Spurgeon

The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out.

Mar 9

Dan Darling on Influencing Culture by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

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

Mar 9

How Peace Is Protection by Kath Thomas

Our minds are complex, intricate, sometimes confusing, and always in need of guarding. 

Mar 9

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline by Bobby Jamieson

God disciplines his people so that they learn not to rely on themselves and run after other gods, but to seek all and find all in him.

Mar 8

Being a Control Freak by Adam Kareus

When we trust that God is in control, we are freed to take responsibility for our own actions.

Mar 8

Why do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Doctrine? by Jim Elliff

Pastor, give yourself to sound doctrine and make much of it from now on. If you cannot do this, resign.

Mar 8

Mourn With Those Who Mourn by Costi Hinn

Often, we are left wondering what it actually means to come alongside those who are experiencing great loss. But exactly how do we do it?

Mar 7

Episode 026: Issues with Video Venues

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson discusses the contemporary church methodology of "video preaching."

Mar 7

People are Watching by Whitney Putnam

Jesus has come and he is ushering in Eden day-by-day.

Mar 7

The Curious Case of the Adult 9 Year-Old by Owen Strachan

Our culture is not only opposed at present to the gospel. It is opposed to the very concept of reality itself.

Mar 6

Jesus Left Things Unfixed by Christine Hoover

We must be careful what we call beautiful. We must be careful not to attribute words to the Word that he never said.

Mar 6

Matt Chandler on Cultivating a Healthy Marriage

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

Mar 6

4 Things to Tell Yourself When Anxiety is Overwhelming by Michael Kelley

Our anxiety is tempered by remembering that we have a Father who gives good gifts.

Mar 5

The Beautiful Monotony of the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

One fear we must put aside in our quest for greater gospel-centrality is that it will not preach week to week.

Mar 5

Links For The Church (3/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on assisted suicide, getting the most out of books, 9Marxism, friends pastors need, how to live a whole life, and rest. 

Mar 5

Academic Work as Spiritual Discipline by Russell L. Meek

Let your academic study and writing become a spiritual discipline through which you are able to behold the wonders of our God. 

Mar 4

Sufficient Forever by Charles Spurgeon

This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace.

Mar 2

From Pornography To Discipleship by Justin Huffman

While God’s Word does condemn all sexual sin, it also offers healing and forgiveness from all sexual sin. 

Mar 2

Michael Kelley on Books Christians Read by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

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

Mar 2

Christ Our Better and Eternal Priest by Kaitlyn Wright

One sin deserves God’s wrath for all eternity, but the shed blood of Christ, our Eternal Priest, removes the punishment for our sins forever.

Mar 1

A Revolutionary Prayer Life by Mike Brooks

Where does the wayward mind truly go when it comes time to pray? It’s hard to say.

Mar 1

The Gospel, The Christian, and The Past by Jason K. Allen

God's providence is always good, beyond improvement. Thus, he crafted your story, including your past, for his own, optimum glory.  

February

Feb 28

The Pastor's Calling by Jared Sparks

Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel. 

Feb 28

Preach Like Paul by Adam McClendon

His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.

Feb 28

Life In His Ways by Allyson Todd

Jesus kills our sin so that He can fill us up and give us life. 

Feb 27

Hide, Replenish, and Go by Wesley Lassiter

Scripture is not about you; it is about Jesus. Scripture is, however, for you through the work of Jesus.

Feb 27

Regarding No One According to the Flesh by Kole Farney

We live in a world relentlessly focused on keeping up appearances. But, there is a better way, one in which our sight can be resurrected.

Feb 27

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

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

Feb 26

Maybe You Need to Wave the White Flag by Jared C. Wilson

If you have experienced the Spirit’s conviction, you have been primed to experience the Spirit’s power.

Feb 26

Simple Preaching like Charles Spurgeon by Joshua Jenkins

There is something powerful about having the profound glories of almighty God brought to bear in a palpable way. 

Feb 26

Links For The Church (2/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on painful callings, conversion therapy, singles and gifts, meeting Christ, temptation, adoption, and quiet lives. 

Feb 25

Yield by Charles Spurgeon

You will find in the long run that it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to at once yield yourself to it.

Feb 23

When I Am Afraid In The Airport by Steve Burchett

Our brothers and sisters in Christ are God’s gifts to steady us, to laugh with us, to remind us of the mission we are on together for Christ’s fame.

Feb 23

Pastors and Politics – The Trump Card by Costi Hinn

What people need the most is a renewed perspective that hinges on a kingdom that is not of this world. 

Feb 23

Trevin Wax on Gospel-Centered Teaching

Series: Conversations

What does Gospel-Centered teaching sound like?

Feb 22

Do You Suffer from ‘Bible Anorexia’? by Keri Folmar

A banquet of Christ awaits us. Let’s not starve, but enjoy the feast!

Feb 22

Social Media as a Legitimate Ministry by Jared Laitgo

We have a message that needs to be spread and we have the largest communication platform the world has ever known.

Feb 22

When Bible Study Goes Wrong by David Prince

The Bible is preoccupied with the Messiah and we must be as well.

Feb 21

Episode 025: Jason K. Allen on 'Being a Christian'

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson interviews Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Seminary and College on his new book Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life

Feb 21

Do You Have A Camel In Your Throat? by Bryan Elliff

We take the things that are good for the Christian life, some of which God even requires of us, and give them unhealthy focus. 

Feb 21

Five Things to Consider Before Pursuing Theological Education by Taylor Cain

If you want to consider theological education, you must first consider if you are in Christ at all.

Feb 20

How 'Sola Fide' Empowers Your Personal Evangelism by Michael Kelley

If salvation is by faith alone, then every person we come in contact with is within a single moment of faith of being made a child of God.

Feb 20

Looking Comes First by David McLemore

Whatever else we do as Christian leaders must stem from seeing Jesus first.

Feb 20

Jeff Medders on What a Pastor Should Do When His Church is Tired of Hearing the Gospel by J.A. Medders

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"

Feb 19

Why Every Christian Must be a Theologian by Jared C. Wilson

Laypeople have no biblical warrant to leave the duty of doctrine up to pastors and professors alone.

Feb 19

The Battle Against Sin and Self by Kaitlyn Wright

Death and dying are never easy, but both in physical death and spiritual death we have the hope of God’s promises to come. 

Feb 19

Links For The Church (2/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on boys respecting women, gathering seashells, celebrating women, Christians and death, and the phrase "I am enough."

Feb 18

When You've Sinned by Charles Spurgeon

We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.

Feb 16

Resurrection in Genesis 31 by Joshua Jenkins

He died to live, and to live so that other dead people could come alive.

Feb 16

Do You Search For Wisdom? by David Appelt

God himself is the true fountain from which we find all wisdom.

Feb 16

Won Kwak on Young Pastors by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

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

Feb 15

Praying For Our Children by Jonathon Woodyard

One thing I know I can do in the midst of the complexities and difficulties of the parenting task: I can pray.

Feb 15

God's Answer to a Ridiculous Question by Steven Thompson

Sometimes God answers age-old questions while engaging in magnificent acts, the purpose for which is anything but answering said questions.

Feb 15

Being a Young Pastor is Hard

But For Reasons You Might Not Expect

Writing about the difficulty of pastoral ministry probably won’t ease the difficulty of pastoral ministry, but it will remind us that God has matured us more than we have measured.

Feb 14

How Does a Man Know if He is Called to Pastoral Ministry? by Jonathan Hayashi

The call of pastoral ministry is completed only when the body of Christ affirm that call as a pastor. 

Feb 14

What's the True Source of Powerful Evangelism? by Casey Lewis

Instead of allowing our inadequacies to keep us from evangelism, we should allow them to propel us into it. 

Feb 14

5 Basics of Biblical Interpretation by Dave Jenkins

The basis for biblical interpretation begins with Jesus.

Feb 13

When Should a Pastor Address a Current Event? by Benjamin Vrbicek

When pastors major on the urgent, we can inadvertently lead people to forget that “the word of our God will stand forever.” 

Feb 13

White as Snow, Though My Sins Were as Scarlet! by Tim Counts

The reason your scarlet sins can be made white as snow is because Jesus' scarlet blood covers them.

Feb 12

The Danger of Gossip by Jared C. Wilson

Three tactical steps to do battle against this pernicious sin.

Feb 12

Pastor, Take Courage in the Historical Jesus! by Todd Chipman

Archaeology does not, has not and will never prove Christianity as a system of faith—nor can it disprove the textual evidence of the New Testament. 

Feb 12

Links For The Church (2/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on embryo adoption, gratitude, the gospel in a cold place, cynicism, and small-groups and singles.

Feb 11

Returning to Your First Love by Charles Spurgeon

O quicken us that we may return to our first love, and do our first works!

Feb 9

When Your New Year's Resolutions Have Flown Out the Window by Stacy Reaoch

When our plans go awry it can be easy to spiral into complaining and self-pity.

Feb 9

Doing the Work of the Lord by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Because the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we must not waste our lives.

Feb 9

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

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

Feb 8

Pastors and the Porn Problem by Adam McClendon

Confession isn’t solely so the confessor can feel better because someone else knows. No, it is confession for the sake of change and accountability.

Feb 8

Studying Scripture with Augustine

Three Principles for a Healthy Start

We may not follow all of Augustine’s interpretations of Scripture, but his humility before the word continues to teach us.

Feb 8

The Accuser or the Advocate? Our Daily Battle by David Prince

Your feeble efforts can add nothing to the finished work of Christ. When Jesus cried “It is finished!” he meant it.

Feb 7

Episode 024: Costi Hinn

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode, Jared C. Wilson visits with Costi Hinn, Executive Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, California, co-author of the book Defining Deception, and redeemed refugee from the world of faith healing.

Feb 7

I Am Eeyore by Adam Kareus

This is joy uplifts all that I do so that I can now find joy in the most mundane task or everyday circumstance. 

Feb 7

Comfort Is a Deadly Compass by Erik Raymond

What we need is a trust in God that can endure seasons of discomfort by denying ourselves.

Feb 6

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant by John Onwuchekwa

Matthew 18 is about winning your brother. That’s the goal. We want to see him turn and repent. We pursue the process to win our brother.

Feb 6

Jesus is Never Late by David McLemore

If Christ hasn’t experienced the bitter taste of sin, how does he know the sweetness he must apply?

Feb 6

J.D. Greear on the Sermon Prep Process

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

Feb 5

Recovering the Cure of Souls by Jared C. Wilson

Godly pastoral care is the overflow of love, an act of nurture, and an act of self-giving.

Feb 5

A Bid for the Throne and a Rightful Heir by Jeanie Layne

When I’m fearful of a broken and hostile world, the presence of a King who dwells among His people emboldens my faltering hopes.

Feb 5

Links For The Church (2/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on safety for the same-sex attracted, leaders and yes-men, children and the Bible, and Black History Month. 

Feb 2

Christ Turns The Tide of Guilt by Amy Mantravadi

We must realize that a proper appreciation of one’s guilt before God is a gift that can lead us to the truth, and without which we are lost. 

Feb 2

Pastors: Play the Long Game and Keep Your Chins Up by Erik Raymond

Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen.

Feb 1

When the Money Runs Out

Lessons from John Stam on God's Provision

Six lessons missionary John Stam learned while trusting God provide for all his needs.

Feb 1

Is God Pleased With You? by David Appelt

How can I know God is pleased with me? The crushing answer: be perfect. The good news: Jesus has given the answer for us.

Feb 1

John Piper Is a Very Bad Man: On Complementarity and Seminary Professors by Owen Strachan

Is complementarity–male leadership in the home and church, especially–a matter of gifting, or a matter of essence?

January

Jan 31

Sometimes It Takes A Party by Tyler Jordan

I can’t help but wonder how different this might be if we made it a point to treat everyone like they are invited to the party.

Jan 30

Joy at the Table

A Pastor’s Privilege in the Lord’s Supper

Whatever our station in life, the Lord’s Table announces the Good News that we must neither wait for our victory, nor wane in our defeats.

Jan 30

The Lord's Power in Kingdom Advance by Steve Burchett

Missionaries feel their inadequacies daily and need reminded that the Lord they serve is omnipotent.

Jan 29

Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life

The New Book from Jason K. Allen

by Staff

The new release from Jason K. Allen is a guide to living as a Christian every day.

Jan 29

Don't Be a Rich Fool by Jared C. Wilson

We must not become earth-rich and God-poor.

Jan 29

Confidence in the Fight for Holiness by Cody Wilbanks

You are undersized in the fight, but the Holy Spirit that indwells you is anything but. 

Jan 29

Links For The Church (1/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on old books for young Christians, busyness, social media, life purpose, and unknown false gospels. 

Jan 28

Perfect by Charles Spurgeon

In God's sight, you are "complete in him."

Jan 27

Am I His?

2018 Ready Conference

Series: 2018 Ready Conference

Rev. Jared C. Wilson speaks on the security of the believer and assurance of salvation at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.

Jan 27

Is Jesus Savior?

2018 Ready Conference

Series: 2018 Ready Conference

Rev. Brian Key speaks on the atoning work of Christ at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.

Jan 26

Is Jesus Lord?

2018 Ready Conference

Series: 2018 Ready Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan speaks on the Lordship of Christ at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.

Jan 26

Has God Spoken?

2018 Ready Conference

Series: 2018 Ready Conference

Dr. John Mark Yeats speaks on the truth of special revelation at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.

Jan 26

Why Church Discipline Goes Awry—And How to Avoid It by Jonathan Leeman

A person who fears God more than anything is less likely to abuse God’s subjects.

Jan 26

Why Should You Join A Local Church? by Casey Lewis

Since we are commanded to gather together for the purposes of helping one another grow in love and good works, we shouldn't neglect that activity.

Jan 26

Nathan Finn on Life's Difficulties by Nathan Finn

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

Jan 25

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit by Bryan Elliff

It is not enough just to be spiritually needy; we must recognize it, also.

Jan 25

5 Implications for Relationships Defined by the Gospel by Michael Kelley

The gospel redefines everything. No part of our lives is untouched by God’s redemptive power, including our relationships.

Jan 24

Episode 023: When Sermon Illustrations Go Wrong

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson discusses the importance -- and unimportance -- of preaching illustrations.

Jan 24

Living As Those Who Are Lacking by Allyson Todd

Marriage is not sufficient for life and godliness. Jesus is.

Jan 23

Supernatural Power for Everyday People

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

This new book shows readers how to rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in their lives.

Jan 23

Being Available for Gospel Ministry by Mike Brooks

The ones we stand in the midst of on a Sunday morning are the flesh and blood set around us as a perpetual help in remembering the flesh torn and the blood shed for us.

Jan 23

Noah Oldham on Sermon Preparation by Noah Oldham

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

Jan 22

Links For The Church (1/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on death, accountability, fostering, and what to say to the grieving. 

Jan 22

Disguised Destruction by Katelyn Milligan

Words, even truth, not carefully spoken can damage relationships and cause division among brothers and sisters. 

Jan 21

Thirsty and Ready to Die by Charles Spurgeon

You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph.

Jan 19

Ordinary Things by Luke Holmes

Ordinary things in the hands of an extraordinary God become the miraculous means by which He brings about His kingdom.

Jan 19

How to Be Both a Grace-Filled and Discerning Church Member by Lara d’Entremont

Teach people to be students of God’s Word, not students of your opinion.

Jan 19

Keith Getty on Mistakes Worship Leaders Make by Staff

What are some common mistakes worship leaders make?

Jan 18

The Lousy Preacher Was You by Matt Sliger

Preacher, be thankful: Jesus doesn’t love you to the degree you gain the nod of the masses.

Jan 18

4 Reasons for Pastors to Guard Their Hearts by Jason K. Allen

One can be a godly man without being a pastor, but one cannot be a faithful pastor without being a godly man.

Jan 18

That is Not the Way You Learned Christ by Kole Farney

You are not who you were and, therefore, you don’t belong where you used to. You are different, so walk that way.

Jan 17

The Pride of Holiness by Chad Williams

We are not running to Christ-likeness, we are running to Christ. 

Jan 17

Chick-fil-A in Samaria by Tyler Jordan

Following Jesus will often lead us directly toward what we do not understand.

Jan 17

Heaven’s Mariner Brings Us Home by Erik Raymond

The only way God could speak a word of welcoming mercy to sinners like me and you is to speak a word of judgment to Christ in our place.

Jan 16

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets by Steve Burchett

Teenage believers, you can contribute right away in significant and helpful ways when the church gathers.

Jan 16

Doorkeepers to the Kingdom by Jeff Higgins

We will experience Jesus for all eternity. Praise God! But even if we only experienced him for a day, we would be fully satisfied.

Jan 16

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

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

Jan 15

3 Things Heaven Changes by Jared C. Wilson

However great the trouble I’ve been through in the past, I know God will compensate me much more greatly in the future, which gives me tremendous joy in the present.

Jan 15

The Joy of the Old Testament by Patrick Meador

By reading what God has done, we gain insights into the character of God.

Jan 15

Links For The Church (1/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leaving your church, diversity and God's kingdom, repentant pastors, discipling children, and waiting. 

Jan 14

Salvation for the Sinking by Charles Spurgeon

Our extremities are the Lord's opportunities.

Jan 12

Sanctification and God’s Rambunctious Children by Margaret Bronson

We are, like my children, desperately needy and utterly dependent upon God, not only to meet our needs but to sustain our faith and grow us into spiritual adulthood. 

Jan 12

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints by Tim Counts

As pastors, we need to remind our elderly members that they’re not only loved by their Good Shepherd and Savior—they’re also loved and needed by his people.

Jan 12

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

Series: Conversations

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

Jan 11

Jesus Died a Hero? by Bryan Elliff

In his self-sacrifice, Jesus shows us the greatest expression of great love by laying down not only his life, but his reputation also.

Jan 11

3 Spiritual Reasons to Do Something You're Not Good At by Michael Kelley

One active way we can remind ourselves of our comparative insignificance is to do something we’re probably going to be bad at.

Jan 11

A Giant Has Fallen Among Us: MBTS Remembers R.C. Sproul by Owen Strachan

This is the reality about all who are in Christ: from the mightiest to the weakest, all who love the holiness of God rise, redeemed and renewed, in heaven.

Jan 10

Episode 022: Jason Allen

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson interviews Dr. Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, about his first five years in leadership at the school and the dramatic resurgence resulting.

Jan 10

Be Amazed This Sunday by Danny D'Acquisto

The church is not simply a man-made tool that we use to advance the cause of Christ; the church itself is central to the cause.

Jan 10

Beware of the Self-Elevating Gospel by Bethany Mathis

The more I dig into the Word, the more I see with glaring clarity that the Bible is like a collection of big neon signs pointing to the cross.

Jan 9

Staying Humble When Your Promotion Doesn't Come by Mike Leake

The truly humble person will take the low position and will not be shocked, dismayed, or depressed if he stays there.

Jan 9

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

Jan 9

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group? by Heath Miller

Student ministries can give students something the world cannot – a greater purpose for their soul, and guidance in how to live for that purpose.

Jan 8

Building and Destroying, Transforming and Terrifying - All with a Word by Jared C. Wilson

"Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war?" Yes. We do.

Jan 8

Apologies Ad Nauseam: Parents and Repentance by Abigail Dodds

Where we may run amok is forgetting that our confession and receiving of forgiveness should be effecting something significant in us. 

Jan 8

Links For The Church (1/8) by Staff

This week's links include biblical womanhood and Genesis, reading more books, truth and love, and well-behaved women. 

Jan 7

To Live is Christ by Charles Spurgeon

He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery?

Jan 5

Knowing and Engaging the Mission of the Church by Casey Lewis

Making disciples involves much more. It involves us teaching others what it means and how to follow Jesus.

Jan 5

I Need You To Watch Over Me by Adam Kareus

The irony of growing on our faith is that we have to be childlike to mature. 

Jan 5

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

Series: Conversations

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

Jan 4

Covenant Security by Joshua Jenkins

To be in the covenant of grace is to be secure in the love of God; it is to be tied to Christ - unchanging, unfading, never failing.

Jan 4

Leaving Christianity

How an Old Man Helped Saved My Faith

I was the kid who always kept his nose clean, had his act together, and tried to do the right thing. Why wasn’t I prospering?

Jan 4

Of Jerks and Seminarians by Sam Parkison

It’s entirely possible to be absolutely unwavering on convictional truth matters and still give people the expectation to receive love and compassion from you.

Jan 3

Plant Partners, Not Competitors by Jonathon Woodyard

Historically, great things happen when churches link arms.

Jan 3

The Preacher’s Proclamation by Costi Hinn

When the pulpit isn’t held in high regard, sheep become malnourished by fast-food style preaching that contains little nutritional value. 

Jan 3

Big Data and the Holy Spirit by Luke Holmes

I have a God who cares about me, and who loves me enough to orchestrate everything so that my soul is fed the right thing for the day I need it.

Jan 2

In Defense of Youth Ministry by Joshua Rowland

Today’s youth thirst for discipleship, not gimmicks. In eternity past, God ordained the local church as the chosen vessel to quench that thirst.

Jan 2

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

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

Jan 1

Making a Fresh Start with God

3 Shifts That Can Make All the Difference

Maybe we’re in the same boat when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe you've been wanting to start fresh with your relationship with God, but you keep putting it off for whatever reason. Might your apprehension have less to do with the right timing and more with the right approach?

Jan 1

Links For The Church (1/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on infertility, how to be generous, leading when you aren't the leader, and the gift of cancer.