Resources from 2019

January

Jan 22

Don't Just Meet Someone's Needs by Michael Kelley

This is the lesson for us who want to do good, but don’t want to get our hands dirty.

Jan 22

If God is Not In Control of Your Pain by Kris Sinclair

The truth that God is in control of our suffering is offensive to many, but it is a truth we should want to embrace when faced with the alternatives.

Jan 22

Christine Hoover on Why We Shouldn't Be Afraid to Be Real by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "In an age of Instagram and Photoshop, why should we not be afraid to be real?"

Jan 21

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on myths about complementarianism, practicing the doctrine of justification, engaging emotion in preaching, and liturgies for youth.

Jan 21

Engage Your Mind by Adam Kareus

The culture wants us to separate reason and faith. But the bible wants us to engage the mind that God gave us.

Jan 18

How the Lord Rewards His Laborers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

God gives generously in kindness to the least, last, lost, and left-out.

Jan 18

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 2)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with your Local Church

As a member of the body of Christ in a local church, you enjoy a mutual commitment with other believers that reflects your relationship with your spouse. 

Jan 18

Russell Moore on Appropriate Honor of Church History Figures by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How do we appropriately honor men and women in church history who’ve contributed much of value?

Jan 17

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 1)

The Promise of the Local Church

The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.

Jan 17

Inspiration From a Bible Translator Whose Work Was Offensive by Steve Burchett

We cannot make someone experience conviction—that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. But we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit not only by proclaiming the gospel, but also by simply reading the Bible.

Jan 17

You Don't Want What You Actually Deserve by Kristen Wetherell

To think rightly about what we deserve, we must start with God. Our flesh wants to make everything about us, as if the world revolves around humans, but creation tells a different tale.

Jan 16

Gospel Driven Sin Fighter by Michael Taylor

Sin was defeated in the past, is defeated in the present, and will be defeated in the future only by the cross of Christ and our participation in it.

Jan 16

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

As the preacher exegetes his text and his times, he sees how the two intersect, or do not intersect with his congregation.

Jan 16

Matt Capps on Racism in the 21st Century by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

Why do we still have a problem with racism in the 21st century church?

Jan 15

Sola Scriptura or Nuda Scriptura? by Gregory Feulner

We must be mindful to walk in humility, being open to learning what God has taught others, knowing that we are not the only saints who have traversed the path we are on.

Jan 15

The Debt We Owe to the Past

11 Lessons from a Legacy of Faithful Ministry

My dad often told me, “The debt we owe to the past is to leave the future indebted to us.” Here are 11 things I learned from my dad and grandfather that have sustained me for the last 65 years in ministry.

Jan 15

Robby Gallaty on Why Pastors Should Practice Text-Driven Preaching

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, "What is text-driven preaching and why should pastors practice it?"

Jan 14

3 Reasons We Don't Preach Gospel-Centered Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

Why, despite an abundance of helpful resources and exemplary models, do we still have a hard time turning the homiletical corner to preaching Christ?

Jan 14

Rest For Your Soul by Jennifer Starkey

My desire for rest is not wrong, it’s just often misplaced. 

Jan 14

Links For The Church (1/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving a prodigal child, on losing mom and the church, union with Christ, foster care, and men serving in kids ministry.

Jan 13

The Iron Did Swim by Charles Spurgeon

Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case? 

Jan 11

What Bible Stories Mean by Jared Musgrove

Let stories be as bold, brash, and audacious as they were meant to be.

Jan 11

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 1)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with your Spouse

Foster care or adoption will stretch your marriage in ways it has never been stretched before.

Jan 11

Jonathan Leeman on Meaningful Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

Why is it as crucial as ever these days for churches to practice meaningful membership?

Jan 10

How to Forge a Friendship by David McLemore

Real friends are candid and give counsel, but their love keeps it from being reckless. Real friends are careful with one another. They don’t want to push you away; they want to bring you nearer to themselves and to Jesus.

Jan 10

Cling to Christ by Chris Thomas

It is life and death. The wind is howling, the waves are building, and life is coming at me with all its fury. What have I to cling to? Hold fast to the gospel. Cling to Christ.

Jan 10

5 Ways to Last 20 Years in the Same Church by Mike Ayers

These things took time and a process in order to come full-circle - the pain of personal growth, the healing after the pain, and the perspective gained in hindsight beyond the healing. And the unnerving and exciting thing is this: God’s still got more to do.​

Jan 9

Episode 048: Jackie Hill Perry

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with artist and author Jackie Hill Perry about life, ministry, and her incredible testimony of the grace of Jesus.

Jan 9

The Power of Showing Up by Adam Kareus

Just by being there you increase your chances of making an impact and you give yourself the chance to use your gifts.

Jan 9

How to Counsel Couples Through Past Sexual Sin by Scott Croft

As pastors, we need to remind young couples not only that we are all sinners, but also that we are all sexual sinners.

Jan 8

Life Together Because We are Joined Together by Godwin Sathianathan

When we become Christians, we move from an “I” to a “We.” Therefore, the local church is a single, spiritual entity – an entity that ought to think and act corporately.

Jan 8

Why Pastors Should Engage Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Edward W. Klink III

The wise pastor will become familiar with New Testament hyperlinks to the Old Testament and learn to move between anchor texts and their targets so as to rightly divide the Word of truth.​

Jan 8

Jeff Medders on How Ministry in the Bible Belt Has Changed in the Last 10 Years by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, "How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed over the last 10 years?"​

Jan 7

Why Christian Movies Are So Terrible by Jared C. Wilson

Every now and again some well-meaning brother or sister will say to me, "This one's different. You gotta see it. It's not like the others." And then it is. It painfully, painfully is. 

Jan 7

Links For The Church (1/7) by Staff

This week's links include resources on protecting teens from pornography, living to die, disappointment in ministry, and how to live post-Advent. 

Jan 6

The Hand of the Lord by Charles Spurgeon

"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening."

Jan 4

Oh The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus As He Was Dying On The Cross by Steve Burchett

Against this dark backdrop of depravity beams the love of Christ. 

Jan 4

Body Image and a Better Understanding of Beauty by Grace Pike

When our hearts believe the lie that there is something more beautiful and more valuable than Jesus Christ, our lives will reflect our rejection of that truth.

Jan 3

Jesus, the First Missionary by Caleb Brasher

For most of us, "missions" isn’t at the forefront of Christmas considerations. Perhaps it should be.

Jan 3

5 Tools Every Rural Church Needs by Luke Holmes

Pastoring is a challenge no matter the size of the community, but having the right set of tools can make the job a little easier.  

Jan 3

The Fruit of Faithful Presence by Alex Kocman

Seeking the blessing of the city means knees will bow.

Jan 2

Tips for Lay Preachers by Tony Merritt Jr.

We lay preachers don’t get many preaching reps, and we certainly don’t want to do a bad job when one comes our way. 

Jan 2

Some Hope for Disciplining Children by Russell L. Meek

We love them, shepherd them, and pray for them, but we can’t make them follow the Lord. 

Jan 2

J.T. English on Heart Knowledge by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian know that their head knowledge has become heart knowledge?

Jan 1

Spurgeon's Top 4 New Year's Resolutions by Brandon Freeman

Charles Spurgeon preached at least 14 sermons about the New Year in his 38 years at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Though many themes arise in his comments, belief is as pervasive as any.