Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's 2017 For The Church National Conference kicks off today at 3 p.m. CST in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri.
Churches are called to function with institutional and missional piety.
Is our body life suffering because all of its parts live so far away?
When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.
These lessons have taught me to not put a price-tag on my ministry.
The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God.
When I am tempted to bemoan gifts I feel the Lord has withheld, the Godhood of each person of the Trinity helps me to see God’s gifts correctly.
Preaching flows from the heart of a man who has seen great things in the Bible, has savored what he has seen, and stands before a people to tell them what he saw
If a pastor, as a signpost, points to the revealed theological realities of God, he must point supremely to the heart of that revelation: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ultimately, glorifying God through our songs should be our highest priority.
Releasing today, Portraits of a Pastor -- edited by Jason K. Allen and featuring numerous great contributors -- is the latest entry in the FTC imprint with Moody Publishers.
We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!
The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.
Jesus’ sinlessness and corresponding righteousness mean he never wasted a second in disobedience outside of God’s decreed will.
Sometimes shepherding the room is simply getting out of the way so that the real Shepherd can do His work.
Each king must have a prophet.
"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth blog about how cool he is with, you know, whatever your deal is, man."
If I need to forgive myself, it suggests that I am the God that I have offended and need to appease.
Pastor, don’t over-shepherd your church at the expense of under-shepherding your heart, the heart of your wife, and the hearts of your children.
Is it important to pay attention to cultural narratives?
We will be crushed under the weight of ministry if we forget that Christ's church is Christ's.
One difficulty in our churches in regards to discipline is that we often don’t have this type of authentic community with each other.
The sad irony of August 21, 2017, is that what many will celebrate today, even with decadence, signals God’s wrath upon human idolatry.
If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.
Pastors and ministerial leaders are shaped and fashioned only in the context of a local church, and nowhere else.
We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history.
We want to set a table that entices our people to sit down and dig in.
We don’t need new or flashy words from God when we have His Word solidified for us.
The point of pastoring, I think, is to take people who think they can rescue the world, and remind them that the burden is too heavy for them to carry alone.
Had I chosen a different road, I could have another diploma and an impressive honorific on my name. Instead, I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
My question is, even though we may be gospel-centered, are we still asking people to come to Christ?
God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?
Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.
These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world.
Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.
We cannot miss that what Bill Nye and his panel see as a cancer the Scripture sees as a blessing.
A curious thing happens when a church and its shepherds are committed to this radical notion of gospel-centrality.
How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?
If you are privileged enough to proclaim God’s word in front of the church and don’t feel the weight of it, then you don’t understand what God has called you to do.
Pastor, I want to invite you into this kind of existence. Jesus is the savior of the sheep, not you. Shepherd your people well by letting them shepherd you.
The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.
I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.
No matter where you serve within in your church, it will require sacrifice.
The more we encourage our pastor through prayer the more we will realize our own need in the ministry God would have for us.
I fear that in our attempt to eliminate distractions we’ve also eliminated the corporate reality of worship.
Give me a godly man with an average gift over the orator of the ages, whose character hasn’t been shaped by the gospel.
Scripture isn’t always meant to comfort us. Sometimes it addresses us in our pride, when we think incorrectly, or when we behave sinfully.