I deceived myself and thought I had the right to question God, to turn my back and scoff at Him, the Creator of everything.
God is not calling perfect people to be His ambassadors in this world.
The first thing to know is that your father isn’t like us.
FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "Why is contentment radical?"
It is not as if God looked through time, saw you would be an asset to the organization and so chose you.
Don't pit singing and the sermon against each other.
This week's links include resources on chronic pain, believing your own press, improving preaching, marriage, and Lent participation.
You may not like the way the bride of Christ looks. But be careful how you treat Christ’s bride.
What are some important components in training men for ministry?
It’s easy to be discouraged when you see a tiny trickle of people coming into your congregation. But if that trickle is good, solid growth, it’s much more likely to be growth that lasts.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "Why do you develop relationships with Muslim leaders in your city?"
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the problem of pastors plagiarizing the work of others in their sermons and writing.
Though freed from the penalty of sin by the blood of Christ, my struggle with and the remaining presence of even “canceled sin” was bigger and deeper than I knew.
He still loves to forgive, redeem, restore, and transform.
FTC.co asks Dr. Andreas Köstenberger, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at MBTS, "What is a vital ingredient for faithful longevity in scholarship or ministry?"
Within me is the longing for beauty, and the repulsion of non-beauty. I am convinced that I have the normal longings of all of us. We are made for beauty.
I want to persevere in ministry purely at the mercy of the sovereign God who is with me.
God’s purpose is always for your worry to be transformed into worship.
This week's links provide resources on worship as discipleship, the meaning of marriage, loneliness, following your heart, hobbies and idolatry, and fathers.
Jesus knew the Bible, and he used David's words to foretell the kind of battle he came to fight and the kind of victory he came to win.
What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?
When I am closer to Jesus, I am closer to my wife. I mean truly closer to Jesus, in my heart, not just thinking I am closer because I am doing the right things.
Fellow moms, if we think teaching our children about the Triune God and the universe he made is small or pitiable or unimportant, we don’t understand smallness.
Because God put Jesus away on the cross, he will never put us away.
Jude’s letter is emphatic that Jesus Christ is our only Savior, a teaching all the more pronounced through Jude’s litany of the sorrowfully condemned.
Self-sufficient living brings disastrous results.
Not every theological issue demands warfare. Not every doctrinal disagreement deserves the same outrage on social media.
Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.
This week's links include resources on salvation, language and the missionary, guarding your relationship with God, one-to-one Bible reading, and churches working together.
The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.
What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?
The people we encounter in the church may not necessarily be the people we would have chosen for ourselves. But they are the people we need.
The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.
FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the ERLC, "What does the gospel say about body image?"
If the gospel is the one thing that makes us unique, then the gospel needs to be the one thing that shapes how we do everything.
While we’re always experiencing death to some extent in the present age, we’re also at the very same time experiencing resurrected life.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson interviews artist and author Andrew Peterson about creativity, spirituality, and Andrew's new book Adorning the Dark.
If we can reframe how we think about touch and avoid fear of man, we can love our brothers and sisters by touching them in a holy, loving way.
Central to our gospel presentation is the solution to the problem of sin, and if this sin is central to our hearer’s identity, we haven’t actually presented the gospel until we’ve brought it to bear rigt there.
These are just three symptoms of my ailment. I have to stay aware of them, because when I am not consciously and intentionally directing my gaze to the glory of Christ, I can very easily get swept up in the winds of political discourse.
This week's links include resources on engaging those who disagree, complacency in salvation, grieving with hope, mothers who do 'nothing,' Jesus and the Old Testament, myths on studying the Bible, and empty nesters.
A leader who holds fast to the true source of life is utterly free to love others well.
What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?
Is Strachan right to claim that anthropology is the major issue of our time? He is. There is no more pressing issue for the Church of Jesus Christ.
Amazingly, even small, rural churches inherit the powerful kingdom of God through the blood of his Son.
FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "Why don't more Christians pray for their daily bread?"
Do you recognize that an inability to enjoy children is not representative of a defect in the children, but of a defect in us?
Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.
The road to apostasy is paved with indifference to the glory of Christ.
FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
You’re not responsible for understanding all the depths of theology today; you’re called to simply be intellectually faithful.
How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?
This week's links include resources on being pro-life and pro-woman, God's goodness tomorrow, recovering benedictions, talking to kids about ethnicity, and walking away from discipleship.
Not knowing your spouse, never doing anything together, reading Bavinck by candlelight while she cleans up the kitchen, and feeling like her roommate is bad.
Forget not what thy God has done for thee; turn over the book of thy remembrance, and consider the days of old.
A 10-point manifesto for a healthier Youth Ministry.
Envy is a feeling of bitterness that God has given something good to somebody else.
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?"
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.
These were ordinary women. Much like us, they probably didn’t feel like they had particularly extraordinary lives.
The way we lead them is vital to their success.
Even as I write this, the fires still burn. But one day soon, through the blackened earth, green shoots will spring up again.
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?"
A poem in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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.
O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!
What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?
We should see orthodoxy as beautiful because it is bigger than us. It came before us and will be there after we’re gone.
When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus.
FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "What is a surprising way to become a better writer?"
Tell me that God’s love doesn’t demand the willingness to lose everything and, in fact, does take quite a lot.
Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.
The testimony of the Bible from beginning to end says that laziness is wicked. But we don’t often look at it that way.
A new book from one of our profs called by Matt Smethurst 'one of the most thought-provoking writers in the Christian world today.'
Left without a challenger, pride makes us into self-exalters who forget that we are here to magnify God and not ourselves.
FTC.co asks Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College, "Why should pastors consider reading biographies?"
These were not token women. They were essential participants in the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David.
He doesn’t need our help. And he doesn’t need our permission.
Your marriage may always be a place of great trial, but you can change the way you react to it.
How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?
For those seeking to turn around a declining church, the challenge of paying the bills is often daunting.
May a new generation continue to follow Packer to make new discoveries like his of their own.
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.
All the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in a baby who couldn’t speak.
Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz kick off the new year of the FTC Podcast with another installment in the FTC Mailbag feature.
Show me a man or woman seeking the kingdom, and I will show you a man whom God supplies.
Here is the bottom line: when young people are passionate, bold, and relentless, things change.
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?"
There is a subtle kind of pride that has the appearance of celebrating grace. But its aim is self-oriented.
You cannot have a high view of Christ and a low view of the church at the same time.
Sin doesn’t make you more real. Sin makes you more dead.
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.
What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?
Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.
It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.
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?"