Resources by Theme: Practical

Oct 16

In Spirit and in Truth

Bringing Balance to Christian Worship

Worship is not a condiment, meant merely to flavor the Christian life.

Oct 15

Links For The Church (10/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ordering our loves, what our liturgy celebrates, responding to pornography, and gratitude. 

Oct 11

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission by Jared Musgrove

The ministry of love outside of Sunday morning gatherings creates the credibility that not only arrests, but keeps the attention of those inside the church and outside it.

Oct 9

Stop Hijacking Jesus by Jason Alligood

We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.

Oct 9

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church by J.A. Medders

The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.

Oct 9

Jeff Dodge on Why Churches Should Think More Intentionally About College Campuses by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church (Ames, Iowa), "Why should local churches be thinking more intentionally about college campuses?

Oct 8

Links For The Church (10/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on collaborative creativity, Puritan women and the Bible, the Christian's role in #MeToo, and why we need rural churches. 

Oct 4

Are Kids Resilient?

A Review of Russell Moore’s "The Storm-Tossed Family"

The difficulty we face in our families takes time to process, and in The Storm-Tossed Family, Dr. Moore walks with the reader every step of the way.

Oct 4

The Pastor and His Words at Home by Jim Essian

I carefully study, edit, prepare, and pray over my sermon every week. What would it look like to prepare and pray about the words I speak at home?

Oct 2

Robby Gallaty on How Some Churches Do Discipleship Poorly

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, "What are some ways churches today 'do discipleship' poorly?"

Oct 1

Links For The Church (10/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on missions and wanderlust, the 9th commandment and social media, creativity in doing good, compassion burnout, an 6 lessons for mental health issues. 

Oct 1

For The Church 2018 Sessions

All FTC18 Plenary Sessions Now Available

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Watch all 6 sermons from FTC18. 

Sep 27

Are We Allergic to Insignificance? by Erik Raymond

True greatness, according to Jesus, is found in being rather unimpressive.

Sep 25

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize by Michael Kelley

Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.

Sep 25

The Place of Apologetics by Reid Monaghan

Apologetics and thoughtful witness effectively takes place where there is real and loving presence with others.

Sep 25

Nathan Rose on Keeping Accurate Church Membership Rolls by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "Why is important for churches to maintain an accurate membership roll?"

Sep 24

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-term community, living a diverse life, stronger small groups, and modeling forgiveness with children. 

Sep 20

Emotional Intimacy by Jim Essian

Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.

Sep 19

Episode 040: Darryl Dash on How to Grow

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

How does gospel-driven sanctification work? On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with pastor and author Darryl Dash about the ins and outs of practical spiritual growth. 

Sep 18

Don Whitney on What to Do When You're Struggling With Prayer

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "How do you encourage someone who is struggling with prayer?"

Sep 17

5 Better Ways to "Argue" About Social Justice

. . . Or Anything Else Online

I'm not convinced this thing can be settled online at all. But it's effecting real life relationships and it's effecting local churches, so the least we can do is start thinking and rethinking in terms of our online discourse.

Sep 17

Links For The Church (9/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on speaking with non-Christians, no excuses for bad sermons, parenting daughters, and fighting the good fight. 

Sep 13

Why Every Christian Should Read Mere Christianity by Jason G. Duesing

Every Christian should read this old book, at the very least, to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of the timeless One to whom it directs their thoughts.

Sep 11

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Church Worship Services by David Prince

We should always want and expect there to be unbelievers present and listening in our services. How does that affect our communciation?

Sep 10

Experience KC at FTC by Staff

A guide to the best barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do in Kansas City while you're here for FTC.

Sep 6

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes by Erik Raymond

It’s tempting to try to salute the contemporary zeitgeist while also standing firm on the Bible, but this is difficult pose for the faithful Christian to hold for long.

Sep 3

Links For The Church (9/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on covenant vows, the disabled and church, careful walking, and idol idolatry. 

Aug 30

3 Key Beliefs That Fuel Contentment by Michael Kelley

Contentment is not a feeling you drift in and out of. Rather, contentment is fueled by belief.

Aug 30

Interpreting the Bible as Christians—The Supernatural Word by David Prince

The inherent divine, organic unity of the Bible demands that faithful interpreters of the Scriptures recognize the theological coherence of the entire biblical canon.

Aug 30

4 Rules for the Shepherd’s Staff

Relating Well as a Staff Member to Your Pastor

Oh the untold wonders of things that may be accomplished from a unified gospel-front within the local church. Ask your pastor how you can help the church get there.

Aug 27

Links For The Church (8/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on deleting Instagram, humble prayers, miracles, and the aftermath of when an unbeliever departs. 

Aug 23

Reflections on Parenting as Gospel Ministry by Casey Lewis

As parents, we are to point our children to Jesus. But before we can point them to Jesus, they, like us, need to see their need for him.

Aug 21

Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer by Patrick Meador

Jesus Christ came to the utmost of sinners bearing the utmost hope. Do not expect marketing to bring them to you.

Aug 20

Links For The Church (8/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on hospitality in the church, 'God talk,' sacrifices made in preaching, healthy marriage, and reflections on Hurricane Harvey. 

Aug 16

Sin Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation by Jonathan Kroeker

A family vacation is a gift of God, but a family vacation is not God. A vacation must never become our ultimate “happy place.”

Aug 14

True Preaching is Indispensable! What is it? by David Prince

God uses most effectively preachers who are given over to the task of proclaiming the word of God with their whole person—holding nothing back.

Aug 13

Links For The Church (8/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on depression, Ecclesiastes, global missions and autonomy, scripture before phone, and non-epic church services. 

Aug 6

Links For The Church (8/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mental illness, the visible church, discipleship and pastoral burnout, warning signs of a bad pastor, and the ministry hill to die on. 

Aug 2

I Don't Think It, I Feel It by Adam Kareus

God calls us to die to self. Often that means we will be doing things that don't feel great.

Jul 31

When I'm Not Productive, I'm Loved Anyway by David McLemore

When we don’t feel productive, the work we should look to and be comforted by is the work done by Jesus.

Jul 30

Links For The Church (7/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loneliness, the book of Acts, 15 reminders about hell, and pain knocking at your door. 

Jul 26

Are Students Really the Church of Tomorrow? by Kyle Hoffsmith

Youth ministry might not need a total makeover. Instead, we need to think strategically about how to incorporate students into the life of the church. 

Jul 23

Links For The Church (7/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on student ministry, making social media more Christian, Ecclesiastes and our secular age, and pausing in pressure. 

Jul 19

5 Marks of Effective Prayer by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The key to prayer is a heart of dependence. Pray with the holy urgency of one who has a need that only Jesus can meet.

Jul 18

A Puritan’s Advice on What to Watch on Netflix by Clayton Kraby

If you would hesitate to tell a fellow Christian that you are a fan of a certain show – or would hesitate to tell a fellow fan that you are a Christian – you need to rethink your entertainment choices.

Jul 18

9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away by Jason K. Allen

While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them. 

Jul 17

Don Whitney on Misconceptions About the Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What are some misconceptions people have about the spiritual disciplines?"

Jul 16

Links For The Church (7/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on aspiring theologians, grief, teaching kids theology, Instagram and the Christian, and genealogies. 

Jul 13

3 Reasons to Give Away Our Books by Taylor Cain

Christians who are building personal libraries should be utilizing these resources for the purpose of being conformed to the image of Christ and helping others to follow suit.

Jul 12

Pastor, Read Your (Paper) Bible by Michael Malanga

It is not nostalgia that prompts me to read the Bible on paper; it is the expectation of encountering on every page the God who wrote it.