Resources from 2020

January

Jan 25

Do You Know the Lovingkindness of the Lord? by Charles Spurgeon

Forget not what thy God has done for thee; turn over the book of thy remembrance, and consider the days of old.

Jan 24

A Student Ministry Manifesto by Sam Bierig

A 10-point manifesto for a healthier Youth Ministry.

Jan 23

How Not to Envy Your Neighbor’s Competence by Tilly Dillehay

Envy is a feeling of bitterness that God has given something good to somebody else.

Jan 23

Don Whitney on the Preference for Bible Study Over Prayer

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "Why do many Christians seem more inclined to Bible Study than prayer?"

Jan 22

Episode 075: The Gospel According to Satan

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Ronni Kurtz interviews Jared Wilson about his new book The Gospel According to Satan: Eight Lies About God that Sound Like the Truth.

Jan 22

You Have More Influence Than You Realize by Katie McCoy

These were ordinary women. Much like us, they probably didn’t feel like they had particularly extraordinary lives.

Jan 21

When All That Remains Is Ash: Lessons of God in the Australian Fires by Chris Thomas

Even as I write this, the fires still burn. But one day soon, through the blackened earth, green shoots will spring up again.

Jan 21

Adam McClendon on Christian Culture and Masculinity by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Professor in the School of Divnity and Director of the DMin doctoral program at Liberty University, "What does Christian culture sometimes get wrong about masculinity?"

Jan 20

A Poem for MLK Day by Allyson Todd

A poem in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 20

4 Perils of Platform by Jared C. Wilson

There are so many other spiritual dangers that face the one in the spotlight. These four, I'm convinced, are some of the reasons why James says not many people should be teachers.

Jan 18

The Greatest Bible Lesson Ever Taught by Charles Spurgeon

O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!

Jan 17

Clint Pressley on Attractional Church Models by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?

Jan 16

Heresy Often Begins with Boredom by Brett McCracken

We should see orthodoxy as beautiful because it is bigger than us. It came before us and will be there after we’re gone.

Jan 16

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. 

Jan 16

Barnabas Piper on Becoming a Better Writer

FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "What is a surprising way to become a better writer?"

Jan 15

The Dog-Likeness of Christ by Josiah Cox

Tell me that God’s love doesn’t demand the willingness to lose everything and, in fact, does take quite a lot. 

Jan 15

Is There Forgiveness For A Seminary Student? by Grace Pike

Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.

Jan 14

'The Gospel According to Satan' Releases Today

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A new book from one of our profs called by Matt Smethurst 'one of the most thought-provoking writers in the Christian world today.'

Jan 14

Laziness, Our Respectable Sin by David Prince

The testimony of the Bible from beginning to end says that laziness is wicked. But we don’t often look at it that way.

Jan 14

Tolkien, Great Reversals, and Hobbit-like Humility by Justin Jackson

Left without a challenger, pride makes us into self-exalters who forget that we are here to magnify God and not ourselves.

Jan 14

Jason K. Allen on Why Pastors Should Read Biographies by Jason K. Allen

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College, "Why should pastors consider reading biographies?"

Jan 13

You Don't 'Let' God Do Anything by Jared C. Wilson

He doesn’t need our help. And he doesn’t need our permission. 

Jan 13

By Women, For Women

Jesus' Genealogy in Matthew

These were not token women. They were essential participants in the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David.

Jan 13

When Your Spouse Won't Change by Kasey Johnson

Your marriage may always be a place of great trial, but you can change the way you react to it. 

Jan 10

J.T. English on Church Theology and Doxology by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

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

Jan 10

Thriving or Surviving: Making the Most of your Wages by Rodney Harrison

For those seeking to turn around a declining church, the challenge of paying the bills is often daunting.

Jan 9

Packer’s Dusty Puritan Discovery Still Guides and Helps by Jason G. Duesing

May a new generation continue to follow Packer to make new discoveries like his of their own.

Jan 9

Ten Truths about a Liar by Sam Bierig

It is vital that you and I rightly discern and evaluate Satan. He is not to be trifled with nor buffooned, but in Christ, his back was utterly broken on Calvary’s hill.

Jan 8

The Wonder of the Word by Nick Harsh

All the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in a baby who couldn’t speak.

Jan 8

Episode 074: FTC Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz kick off the new year of the FTC Podcast with another installment in the FTC Mailbag feature.

Jan 7

What Greta Thunberg Teaches Us About Teenagers by Micah Hayes

Here is the bottom line: when young people are passionate, bold, and relentless, things change.

Jan 7

Commanding the Ravens: God’s Unexpected Provision by Kole Farney

Show me a man or woman seeking the kingdom, and I will show you a man whom God supplies.

Jan 7

Dan Darling on How to Know If You Are Virtue Signaling by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice-President of Communciations at the ERLC, "What is virtue signaling and how do you know if you are doing it?"

Jan 6

How to Fall . . . Again

How to Turn Your Comeback into Another Collapse

There is a subtle kind of pride that has the appearance of celebrating grace. But its aim is self-oriented. 

Jan 6

Why The Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You cannot have a high view of Christ and a low view of the church at the same time. 

Jan 6

What a Zombie Ant and Sin Have in Common by Andrea Burke

Sin doesn’t make you more real. Sin makes you more dead.

Jan 3

Who is the Holy Spirit?: A Book Review by Sam Parkison

Yarnell is able to paint a picture of the Holy Spirit with many shades and hues, with colors drawn from a spectrum of biblical genres located at various points within redemptive history. 

Jan 3

David Prince on Parental Discipline by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Jan 2

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

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

Jan 2

Three Ways to Safeguard Regenerate Church Membership by Allen Nelson

It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.

Jan 2

Clint Pressley on What to Do When a Church Team Disagrees

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "How do you build consensus on a church team that disagrees?"