Resources from 2020

February

Feb 26

When I Don't Like God's Answer by Allyson Todd

I deceived myself and thought I had the right to question God, to turn my back and scoff at Him, the Creator of everything.

Feb 26

Repentance as Discipleship by David McLemore

God is not calling perfect people to be His ambassadors in this world. 

Feb 26

When They Call In The Night by Chris Thomas

The first thing to know is that your father isn’t like us.

Feb 25

Adam McClendon on Why Contentment is Radical by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "Why is contentment radical?"

Feb 24

He Loved You Before There Was a You by Jared C. Wilson

It is not as if God looked through time, saw you would be an asset to the organization and so chose you.

Feb 24

Church Song Is Corporate Preaching by Eric Schumacher

Don't pit singing and the sermon against each other.

Feb 24

Links For The Church (4/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on chronic pain, believing your own press, improving preaching, marriage, and Lent participation. 

Feb 21

Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You may not like the way the bride of Christ looks. But be careful how you treat Christ’s bride. 

Feb 21

Clint Pressley on Training Men for Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Feb 20

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth by Aaron Menikoff

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.

Feb 20

Steve Bezner on Developing Relationships with Muslim Leaders in Our Cities by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

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?"

Feb 19

Episode 077: Pastors and Plagiarism

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Feb 19

The Most Important Discipline I Learned in Seminary by Jason G. Duesing

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.

Feb 19

Our Identity In Christ Looks A Lot Like This… by Katie McCoy

He still loves to forgive, redeem, restore, and transform.

Feb 18

Andreas Köstenberger on Longevity in Scholarship and Ministry

Series: Conversations

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?"

Feb 18

The Love of Beauty by Jim Elliff

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.

Feb 17

The Passage that Called Me to Ministry

3 Enduring Lessons from Exodus 3

I want to persevere in ministry purely at the mercy of the sovereign God who is with me.

Feb 17

I Am A Pastor, Therefore I Fear by Ronnie Martin

God’s purpose is always for your worry to be transformed into worship. 

Feb 17

Links For The Church (2/17) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on worship as discipleship, the meaning of marriage, loneliness, following your heart, hobbies and idolatry, and fathers. 

Feb 14

What Jesus Meant About the Lost Sheep by David McLemore

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.

Feb 14

Don Whitney On The Christian's Devotional Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?

Feb 13

Three Ways a Pastor and His Wife Can Stay in Love by Tim Counts

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.

Feb 13

The Apologetic of Being Mom

Why Mothers Must Be Theologians

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.

Feb 12

When Intimacy With God Is Absent by Scott Sauls

Because God put Jesus away on the cross, he will never put us away.

Feb 12

Keeping Our Confidence in Christ by Lianna Davis

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.

Feb 11

Not Every Thing is as Important as the Next Thing: John Calvin on Theological Triage by Jonathon Woodyard

Not every theological issue demands warfare. Not every doctrinal disagreement deserves the same outrage on social media.

Feb 10

Looking For a Church? Here’s What to Look For by Jim Elliff

Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.

Feb 10

Links For The Church (2/10) by Staff

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. 

Feb 10

Why Knowing Your Flock is Critical to Meaningful Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

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.

Feb 7

Won Kwak on New Christians and Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?

Feb 6

A Love for God Leads to Joy in His Church

How Theology Affects Church Membership

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.

Feb 6

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.

Feb 6

Trillia Newbell on the Gospel and Body Image by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the ERLC, "What does the gospel say about body image?"

Feb 5

Does Your Youth Group Look Like the Muslim's Next Door? by Micah Hayes

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.

Feb 5

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out by Winston Smith

While we’re always experiencing death to some extent in the present age, we’re also at the very same time experiencing resurrected life. 

Feb 5

Episode 076: Andrew Peterson on Adorning the Dark

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Feb 4

Handle With Care: A Book Review by Allyson Todd

Series: Book Reviews

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. 

Feb 4

Should I Use My Trans Neighbor’s Preferred Pronoun? by Sam Parkison

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.

Feb 3

Confessions of a Recovering Political Idolater by Jared C. Wilson

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.

Feb 3

Links For The Church (2/3) by Staff

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. 

Feb 3

3 Words of Counsel I’ve Received from Seasoned Leaders by Tyler Greene

A leader who holds fast to the true source of life is utterly free to love others well.

January

Jan 31

Adam McClendon on Pastoring Those Who Struggle With Porn Use by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?

Jan 30

10 Reasons to Read Strachan’s Reenchanting Humanity by Sam Bierig

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.

Jan 30

Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry by Cheston Pickard

Amazingly, even small, rural churches inherit the powerful kingdom of God through the blood of his Son.

Jan 30

Michael Kelley on Why Christians Don't Pray for Daily Bread by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "Why don't more Christians pray for their daily bread?"

Jan 29

The Most Honest People In The World, And Why We Need Them by Scott Sauls

Do you recognize that an inability to enjoy children is not representative of a defect in the children, but of a defect in us?

Jan 29

Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers by Jason K. Allen

Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.

Jan 28

What Apostates Don't Say by Erik Raymond

The road to apostasy is paved with indifference to the glory of Christ. 

Jan 28

Clint Pressley on Who Has Influenced His Preaching the Most by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Jan 28

An Encouragement for Your Theological Journey from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations by Ronni Kurtz

You’re not responsible for understanding all the depths of theology today; you’re called to simply be intellectually faithful.

Jan 27

The Romans 8 Driven Life by Jared C. Wilson

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

Jan 27

Links For The Church (1/27) by Staff

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. 

Jan 27

Netflix and Chips: An Argument for Snacks and Television in 2020 by Ted Kluck

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. 

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

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

'The Gospel According to Satan' Releases Today

Get the New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?"