Resources from 2019

March

Mar 26

Don't Stumble Over the Simplicity of Jesus by Michael Kelley

There is a blessed kind of simplicity for the Christian who is convinced of the providential love of God in Christ.​

Mar 26

Christine Hoover on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks author and pastor's wife, Christine Hoover, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about the pastor?"​

Mar 25

Don’t Preach Microwaved Leftover Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

I know more than a few pastors—and overhear many more besides—who cite the busyness of their ministry lives as the reason sermon preparation gets crowded out week to week.

Mar 25

Life is Improv by Adam Kareus

We are living in a society that is becoming more isolated from each other.

Mar 25

Links For The Church (3/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on friendships with other ministry leaders, what God does while you wait, the idol of "workism," and SSA Christians and non-sexual relationships. 

Mar 24

Rejoice in Your King by Charles Spurgeon

Exiles though we be, we rejoice in our King; yea, in him we exceedingly rejoice, while in his name we set up our banners.

Mar 22

John Calvin as an Intellectual Model for Pastor-Theologians by Jonathon Woodyard

The intellectual discipline exhibited by Calvin in his early years of study, and consistently displayed in his years of ministry in Geneva, is worth emulating. 

Mar 22

The One Life Dream That Makes a Girl Blush by Andrea Burke

We’ve gone so far down the road of feminism that we’ve forgotten how to proudly be feminine.

Mar 22

Dean Inserra on Successful Outreach by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What’s been the most successful form of outreach your church has practiced?

Mar 21

Distracted by Serving Jesus by Matt Kendrick

If we’re honest, for most of us, it isn’t the Hollywood sins that choke out our faith; it’s all the worries of life. All the distractions and noise around us simply box the Spirit of God right out of our day.

Mar 21

Seasons of Waiting by David McAlpin

Usually waiting doesn’t seem to make much sense or have much purpose at the time, but that is a sheerly human perspective, bound and shackled by our mortal limitations.

Mar 21

What Was It Like to Pastor at 17? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

What was it like to pastor at seventeen? Ultimately, the short answer is credit to God. For that matter, the long answer is God. God did it all!

Mar 20

Hallmark Movies, Marriage, and Church by Whitney Putnam

In our highly educated and Biblical competent circles, we all know marriage is important, but as leaders in ministry, is caring for our marriage our utmost goal beyond abiding in Christ? 

Mar 20

Episode 053: Chris Thomas

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Chris Thomas, Lead Pastor of Raymond Terrace Community Church in New South Wales, Australia.

Mar 20

Your Church Needs Biblical Theology by Russell L. Meek

Biblical theology shows us that this covenant was superseded in a way we couldn’t imagine.

Mar 19

When Abstinence Is Wrong

The Silent Sin Subtly Sabotaging Marriages

A lack of physical intimacy in marriage boosts fleshly desires and opens us up to temptation in significant ways.​​ Here are some ways to guard against it.

Mar 19

Why Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Preaching is the pastor's indispensable task, his most paramount duty, and his most consequential and urgent job assignment. For the pastor, preaching is priority number one.​

Mar 19

Matt Capps on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Being a Pastor by Matt Capps

FTC.co asks Matt Capps, Senior Pastor of Fairvew Baptist Churchi in Apex, NC: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"​

Mar 18

Why Your Preaching Stinks by Jason Paredes

Maybe the main reason your preaching is subpar is because your expectations are subpar. 

Mar 18

Links For The Church (3/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a single ladies catechism, being related to a slave owner, poetry and evangelism, and SBC institutions. 

Mar 17

Remember the Poor by Charles Spurgeon

Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor?

Mar 15

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

To read the Old Testament is to encounter many new areas of knowledge that might appear tangential or skippable. 

Mar 15

Church Discipline: Done for the Self-Loving Lord by C. J. Moore

Though God surely loves you and me, there is someone He loves even more: Himself.

Mar 15

J.A. Medders on Pastoring Elderly Church Members by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How can a young pastor lead elderly church members well?

Mar 14

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church by Sam Emadi

Our relationships will ebb and flow, as will our affection for the church. But the solution is not always looking for a better fit.

Mar 14

When the Authoritative Jesus Shows Up by David McLemore

Jesus has the authority to fix everything in the deepest part of your being and no one can stop him.

Mar 14

Preacher, Give Them Bread by Mat Alexander

Discipline yourself not to feel the need to overwhelm in every sermon. It’s difficult to do, but we must get over the temptation to feed God’s people everything we have each week.

Mar 13

Leading Your Ministry Marriage Well by Mark Dance

It feels counterintuitive for ministers to talk about their own health, but self-care is strategic, not selfish.

Mar 13

The Dangers of Disconnected Discipleship by Brian Zunigha

Don’t view discipleship as a separate activity from your church engagement and involvement.

Mar 12

3 Things that Keep Christians from Living with a Sense of Urgency by Michael Kelley

Christians, proclaming the gospel is an urgent matter. Let us look at our lives to see what’s keeping us from allowing it to be so.

Mar 12

'The Gospel-Driven Church' Releases Today! by Staff

This new book from FTC managing editor Jared C. Wilson promises to help you introduce your dreams for church growth to the biblical metrics of grace.

Mar 12

The Harmonics of the Old Testament by Randall McKinion

The theology of the OT often rides on the harmonics created by the songs and poems breathed out by the Holy Spirit through the skillful pen of His prophets.

Mar 12

Won Kwak on How to Identify Leaders in a Smaller Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you identify potential leaders, especially in a smaller church?"

Mar 11

Steering from the Stage

Keys for Gospel-Driven Preaching

Who is church for? And what do they need? - An exclusive excerpt from the new book The Gospel-Driven Church

Mar 11

Links For The Church (3/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on struggling to obey God, worship essentials, advice on discussing gender roles, and rethinking unreached peoples. 

Mar 11

Are You Persuading or Are You Polarizing? by Katie McCoy

When we polarize, we miss an opportunity to draw someone into a meaningful conversation.

Mar 10

The Path of Trouble is the Way Home by Charles Spurgeon

Lord, make this thought a pillow for many a weary head!

Mar 8

Satan Isn't After the SBC, God Is by Rebekah Hannah

God will not let pastors flatter his people instead of taking responsibility for the many forms of abuse in his church.

Mar 8

David, Jonathan, and the Dangers of Reader-Centered Interpretation by J. Alan Branch

We should grieve when people think the deep friendship of David and Jonathan was sexual.

Mar 8

Steve Bezner on Older Members and Church Changes by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you prepare older or established members for significant change in a church?

Mar 7

Discipleship Simplified by Jeff Brown

If Christ is to be followed, He must be well-known, to the point that the disciple can discern His voice, predict His next move, and go His direction at all times.

Mar 7

10 Ways to Lead a Great Team Meeting by Mike Ayers

Activity does not always mean productivity and just because you meet doesn’t mean you're accomplishing anything of value​.

Mar 7

Don’t Domesticate God with Words by Matthew Barrett

If our God-talk doesn’t respect him who is incomprehensible, we risk worshiping a glorified version of our own likeness. But if our posture is one of humility—faith seeking understanding—then our stammering turns into worship.​

Mar 6

Episode 052: Jeff Medders

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas and author or co-author of several books, including the new release Humble Calvinism

Mar 6

The Department of Redundancy Department by Sean Nolan

As flawed humans, we don’t always reflect this patient willingness to repeat ourselves.

Mar 6

How to Make the Most of Your College Education by Matthew Emerson

The classroom environment for learning the content was invaluable, but without working it out in actual ministry it would have remained knowledge that merely puffs up.

Mar 5

Joyful Frustration

What It is Like to Minister in New England

The Enemy has held this ground for a long time, and he won’t give it up easily. Fortunately, he doesn’t get to decide who wins in the end.

Mar 5

Pastor, Your Congregation Plays Video Games (and That’s OK) by Matthew Millsap

What should the pastor’s response to video games be? Where do they fit within the lives of the congregation? 

Mar 5

Jen Wilkin on Facilitating Inter-Generational Discipleship Among Women

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks, Jen Wilkin, author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, TX: "How can we better facilitate inter-generational discipleship among women?"

Mar 4

Peter, Paul, and Race

What Does Galatians 2 Have to Do With Racial Justice?

Does Paul's confrontation of Peter as recounted in Galatians 2 really have no implications for racial reconciliation?

Mar 4

Set The Pattern by Adam Kareus

There is more to it than just the pattern, but the pattern sets us up and supports the truth. 

Mar 4

Links For The Church (3/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on prayer, sexual assault, short term mission trips, "arriving" in ministry, and healthy conversations about race. 

Mar 3

Blessed Spirit by Charles Spurgeon

The brooding of the Spirit of God upon the face of the deep, first produced order and life, and in our hearts, he causes and fosters new life and light.

Mar 1

5 Confessions of a Preacher by Noe Garcia

I quickly learned that an unguarded heart leads to unfiltered preaching.

Mar 1

Sexual Abuse in Student Ministry by Micah Hayes

Every leader needs accountability, including youth pastors. 

Mar 1

Michael Kelley on Passion Without Legalism by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

How do I become passionate about the things of God without becoming a legalist?

February

Feb 28

The Circular Mission of the Church by Mike Ruel

Reflecting on my life reminds me that God truly works in mysterious ways. But I'm reminded that God also works in another, more primary way, that is, through the local church. 

Feb 28

Rebooting Those New Year’s Resolutions by Kyle Golden

Recommit to and pursue your New Year’s resolutions looking through the lenses of God’s constant, abundant, tender, firm, and loving presence and strength.

Feb 28

The Father Himself Loves You by David McLemore

At the end of it all, he makes his final offer: all of your sin and unloveliness for all my kingdom of righteousness and unending, unyielding, unashamed, outrageously faithful love. Does that sound good?

Feb 27

Maturing in the Faith-One Decision at a Time by Rodney Harrison

Leaders who blindly accepting the lowest bid, hear just one side of a matter or fail to count the cost prior to making a decision fall into this trap of failing to get all of the facts.

Feb 27

7 Questions For Meaningful Conversation With Believers by Steve Burchett

Sometimes, all it takes is one good question to start a meaningful, God-honoring conversation.

Feb 27

Russell Moore on Encouragement for Parents by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How would you encourage Christian parents worried about the world their kids are growing up into?

Feb 26

Pitting the Mission Against Itself by Brandon McClure

Pastor, if you served the rest of your ministry and never saw another convert, would you be content with watching the spiritual growth of your congregation?​

Feb 26

5 Callings More Noble than that of Pastor by Jared Sparks

Oh yes, being a pastor and preaching the Bible is a high, great, and glorious call. But, it is not the highest, greatest, and glorious call of all. ​

Feb 26

Jonathan Leeman with Advice for Pastors Practicing Church Discipline for the First Time by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "What advice would you give a pastor who wants to practice church discipline in a church that never has?​"​

Feb 25

3 Principles for Christian Political Engagement by Jared C. Wilson

In light of the story God is telling with the world, how should the church engage politically?

Feb 25

Numbering Our Days by Andrea Burke

We must let time pass over us with the night and we must give in to letting God be the sovereign one.

Feb 25

Links For The Church (2/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on single pastors, praying for your parents, God and the workplace, discontentment, and Old Testament Violence. 

Feb 24

Approach Him by Charles Spurgeon

You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. 

Feb 22

The Gospel is Better Than Amnesty by Jonathon Woodyard

God has spoken the verdict of “not guilty” over law-breakers in his realm.

Feb 22

Hold Out The Story by Adam Kareus

We should all seek to know the story of the Bible, not as simple facts, but as a vivid living story that we find our place within.

Feb 22

Jeff Medders on Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What is Pastoral PTSD and what can a pastor do if he has it?

Feb 21

3 Reasons to Fight Self-Pity by Michael Kelley

You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.

Feb 21

Open-Door Discipleship by Kyle Rapinchuk

I don’t think we can accomplish the goal of discipleship in the 21st century without demonstrating that we are willing to invite others into our mess, to hopefully show them that our mess is a Christ-centered and redemptive mess.

Feb 21

10 Things to Know About Ministry Among the Poor by Mez McConnell

The poor in our cities are not going to be won by a group of timid men and women in a committee meeting; they will be won by those who dream big and trust in the absolute sovereignty of God to get things done.

Feb 20

Episode 051: Power-Hungry Pastors

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 root sin beneath some recent headlines, from the Houston Chronicle's report on sexual abuse in the SBC to the recent firings of pastor James MacDonald and others.

Feb 20

Three Reminders For Parents In The Trenches With Young Children by Kole Farney

Compassion remembers the frame of our children like God remembers that we are dust and prone to weakness. 

Feb 20

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money by Brian Davis

If you grumble in your lack, your heart posture may not be service for Jesus but an inordinate affection for money.

Feb 19

Get FREE Resources When You Pre-Order 'The Gospel-Driven Church' by Staff

Pre-order the new book from Jared Wilson and get free bonus resources!

Feb 19

Refuting the Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Matt Carter

If you’ll do these things, you’ll continue to grow as a leader in health and effectiveness, and your organization will grow right along with you.​

Feb 19

Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other by Ed Welch

This lay ministry is an extraordinary happening. No longer do people need a special—though temporary—anointing to offer a prophetic word of direction and wisdom.​

Feb 19

Nathan Rose on What Average Churchgoers May Not Realize About Their Pastor by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"

Feb 18

What the Popularity of 'NCIS' and 'Blue Bloods' Tells Us About Ministering to Senior Adults by Jared C. Wilson

Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?

Feb 18

The Tears of Success in Foster Parenting by John Beeson

There is a powerful beauty in beholding oneself in another.

Feb 18

Links For The Church (2/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources include being slow to speak, atypical women, misunderstanding the Trinity, materialism, compensating your pastor, and being a second wife. 

Feb 17

The Lord Was There by Charles Spurgeon

The saints are God's heritage, and he is in the midst of them, and will protect his own. 

Feb 15

How to Lead Women’s Ministry in a Complementarian Church by Andrea Burke

God created men and women to work in such a way that we both have the same goal and we need one another to get the job done. 

Feb 15

When Fighting Anxiety Seems Unbearable by Jonathan Hayashi

He may not change your circumstances, but he will give peace in the midst of hardship as he promised.

Feb 15

J.T. English On The Local Church and Theological Training by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

Why is the local church integral to theological training?

Feb 14

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 2) by Charles Campbell

When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside. ​​

Feb 14

Lessons Learned from a Leadership Nightmare by Steve Benninger

Stuff is going to happen. Things will break. People will hurt you. Leaders will disappoint you. But Jesus never fails. Never.  ​

Feb 14

So, Do You Write Your Own Sermons? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.

Feb 13

Do Not Regard God's Discipline Lightly by Kristen Wetherell

When circumstances are running smoothly and our own plans are being fulfilled, it is easy to forget the Lord and all he has done in the gospel.

Feb 13

He Came - We Go by Eric Hankins

I am a long way from having the character of our heavenly Father, but my daughter is helping me understand what it means to be drawn fully into the gospel story.

Feb 13

Don Whitney on Family Devotions by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?

Feb 12

Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract by J. Alan Branch

Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Marriage is intended to be commitment to which we maintain trust and fidelity until separated by death.

Feb 12

Community is a Costly Business by David McLemore

Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me?

Feb 12

Trevin Wax on What Keeps Many Christians From Studying The Bible

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What keeps so many Christians from regularly studying the Bible?"

Feb 11

Are Mormons Heretics? by Jared C. Wilson

“Oh good! It’s always great to meet a fellow Christian," said the young man on my doorstep when he discovered I was a pastor.

Feb 11

3 Ways to Squander Your Influence by Susie Hawkins

True and lasting influence is not automatically attained by a high-level job, but by being purposeful in how we relate to others.

Feb 11

Links For The Church (2/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being freed from pride, Lottie Moon and singleness, being brought close, and the recent Houston Chronicle report. 

Feb 10

How to Abound by Charles Spurgeon

It is a divine lesson to know how to be full

Feb 8

Preaching Hard Stories by Wendy Alsup

God spoke into these situations with temporary protections that pointed to the Savior coming who will correct all injustice.

Feb 8

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

Develop a Parenting Partnership with Local Schools they might attend

School is life for foster kids so develop a partnership with the local school your child will attend. 

Feb 7

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 1) by Charles Campbell

As a denomination, my tribe has a history that is a mixed bag when it comes to how churches get planted and the effectiveness of those plants. I believe we are turning a corner with our approach.

Feb 7

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Reading Biographies by Jason K. Allen

In the spirit of Hebrews 11, reading good biographies summons forth a veritable chorus of cheers, encouraging us to lay aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us and to run with endurance the race set before us.

Feb 7

Clint Pressley on Building Camaraderie Among Church Staff Members

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some ways to build camaraderie among church staff?"

Feb 6

Episode 050: Collin Hansen

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Collin Hansen about the state of evangelicalism, the past and future of the "young, restless, Reformed" tribe, and cultural issues the church must begin wrestling with today.

Feb 6

Fully Mature In Christ: Spiritual Formation & The College Campus by Matthew J. Hall

If your pursuit of Christian maturity does not have the person and work of Christ as its central focus, it’s a fool’s errand.

Feb 5

Join the New England Study Tour This May!

Deadline to Register is February 18th

by Staff

Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.

Feb 5

Womb, or Death Chamber? by Ben Gum

The womb should be more like a blossoming garden than a cold cell at Auschwitz. Those who use this law as occasion for murderous convenience will not go unnoticed by the Lord.

Feb 5

The God Who Doesn’t Take Risks

The Comforting Doctrine of Providence

Whatever Albert Einstein meant when he said “God does not play dice with the universe,” the believer can assert with even greater conviction (and gratitude) that his heavenly Father does not play dice with his people.

Feb 5

Are You A Woman of Kindness…Or A Nice Woman? by Katie McCoy

When we pursue kindness, we direct our lives to reflect God and to live for what He expects of us.

Feb 4

Links For The Church (2/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ease as the new vice, attractive qualities in a leader, what Christ will never say to us, and congregational singing. 

Feb 4

What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit? by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus promised that we would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. What on earth can that mean?

Feb 3

We Are Debtors by Charles Spurgeon

Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given.

Feb 1

Why My Love for God His Word Is Connected to My Ability to Breathe by Jordan Clinkscales

God's good word gives us the ability to simply breathe, to live, every single day. 

Feb 1

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 4)

Develop a Parenting Partnership with your Parents

Whatever the circumstances, potential foster or adoptive couples should court their parents and patiently give them a vision for multigenerational influence. 

Feb 1

Won Kwak on What He Wish He'd Known as a Young Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What do you wish you’d known when you started as a pastor?

January

Jan 31

The Beautiful Question the Gospel Compels Us to Ask by Michael Kelley

When you get a little grace, you start asking, “Who else?” Because there must be someone.

Jan 31

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 3)

Metaphors, Commands, and Plural Pronouns

The idea of the professing Christian living in isolation from the local church is quite foreign to the New Testament.

Jan 30

Foster Care and Spiritual Formation by Russell L. Meek

The dark parts of our hearts have been exposed by learning to care for another human being who is not biologically related to us. 

Jan 30

The Irony of Holding a Grudge by K.V. Paxton

Holding a grudge never ever results in what we think it will. 

Jan 30

Michael Kelley on Adults and our Relationship to Jesus by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What are some patterns of adulthood that frustrate our relationship with Jesus?

Jan 29

Christ Puts a Comma Where the World Puts a Period by Luke Holmes

This is the good news of the gospel. Words that didn’t make sense together make sense now because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.​

Jan 29

Can We Trust the Gospels? Yes, We Can. by Peter J. Williams

Not only is it very intellectually satisfying to trust the Gospels, but it is more satisfying than any of the alternatives.​

Jan 29

The Picture of Hope in Suffering by Jason G. Duesing

Trials, of all kinds, test our faith in crucible-like ways—ways that will show the greatness and goodness of God and result in our greater praise to him. This is, in part, because he endures the trials with us.​

Jan 28

The Audacious Invincibility of Meekness by Jared C. Wilson

There is much good in young men rejecting passivity, taking responsibility, and seeking to better themselves. But the arteries of anger, victimhood, and aggressive machismo running through the new masculinity movement do not bode well.

Jan 28

Links For The Church (1/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on self-control and the leader, churches at a tipping point, pain and planting churches, and being in the margins. 

Jan 28

Walking When You Can’t Seem to Crawl by Nathan Clinkscales

There is no magical formula for you to faithfully walk with Jesus. 

Jan 27

The Fullness of Jesus by Charles Spurgeon

Oh, what a fulness must this be of which all receive!

Jan 25

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 3)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with the Children You Already Have

As they see you expanding your parenting to include the new kids in your home, while yet devoting yourself to them, they will be ready to expand their capacity to be a brother or sister to the new kids God has given you.

Jan 25

You Can’t Preach Christ Without Preaching Depravity by Bradley Larson

If we were merely flawed people, then the cross would have been an extreme overcorrection. 

Jan 24

Why We Suffer by David McLemore

In the Christian gospel, we have not only a God who answers our questions, but also a God who enters our pain. The fact that Jesus entered our world to live as a man of sorrows proves he’s trustworthy.​

Jan 24

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 2)

The Inseparability of the Local Church from the New Testament

There is no “being the church” apart from “going to church.” The two are intrinsically connected.  ​

Jan 24

Fellow Protestants, Don’t Forget Margaret Clitherow by Ian Conrey

When I look at the history of the Church, I am reminded that God often works wonders through deeply broken people, and through some of the darkest atrocities imaginable. My faith is not in Christians, but in Christ — a holy, good, and just God.​

Jan 23

Episode 049: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On the latest installment of the For The Church Mailbag feature, Jared Wilson is joined by Ronni Kurtz. Listen in as they answer submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Jan 23

From Complainers to Rejoicers by Christine Hoover

We are to handle our disagreements with humility, not with even an ounce of grumbling or quarreling.

Jan 23

Changing Churches: One Pastor’s Experience with Pastoral Transition by Jesse Benack

God’s Word was more than sufficient to guide us in our time of transition.

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

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 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 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.