Resources by Theme: Practical

Mar 26

5 Reasons Being Disappointed With Your Pastor Could Be a Good Thing by Justin Jackson

Disappointment with your pastor, with other believers, or with your church should send you to your knees in prayer, not out the door with a dramatic show of indignation.

Mar 26

Everyday Evangelism: The Importance of Faithful Laymen by Cale Fauver

Some practical ways to help open the door to talking about the most glorious news that heaven itself sings about.

Mar 24

Tips for Lay Preachers by Tony Merritt Jr.

Many lay preachers feel unprepared for the task—I know I have. What should you do? Where do you start? Here a few tips.

Mar 23

Links For The Church (3/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Jesus in the Proverbs, pastors and integrity, self-help, lessons from working with those who were abused, and successful evangelism. 

Mar 19

Content Isn’t Everything — Or, Some Help for the Boring Bible Teacher by Jamie Dunlop

Here are three reasons why teachers of the Bible shouldn’t be boring—and four strategies to avoid boring teaching.

Mar 19

Adam McClendon on "Re-creating" the Early Church by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations asks Adam McClendon, Professor in the School of Divinity and Director of the D.Min. program at Liberty Universtiy, "Can the church 're-create' the early church?"

Mar 10

Six Principles For Youth Ministry by Jonathan Leeman

The way of Christianity is the way of unity between old and young saints in the body, and if you want our youth to take this way, show them the road.

Mar 10

Nathan Rose on Pastors' Sabbaticals and the Benefit for Churches by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO, "How do churches benefit from giving their pastors a sabbatical?"

Mar 5

Don't Bring Your Greek or Hebrew Bible to Corporate Worship by Andrew King

Every semester I tell my students, “For the love of God, do not bring your Greek or Hebrew Bible to corporate worship on Sunday.”

Mar 3

Why Church Members Must Be Theologians by Colton Corter

Good theology, for the church member, is how we tell the truth about God and how we dwell together in a way that honors the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mar 3

Todd Chipman with Advice on Whether to Pursure Academic or Pastoral Ministry by Todd Chipman

Series: Conversations asks Dr. Todd Chipman, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at MBTS and pastor at the Master's Community Church in Kansas City, "What advice would you give someone deciding between academic theology and pastoral ministry?"

Mar 2

Links For The Church (3/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on how God listens, Christian maturity, condemnation, pastoral friends, creeds, and witness to others. 

Feb 27

College Students and Church Membership by Dave Russell

Should college students join a local church by campus if they have a church membership “back home”?

Feb 27

A Field Like No Other: On Theological Interactions by Laura Campbell

Theologians at every level: Employ your expertise with humility in every interaction for the good of your brother and the good of your neighbor to the glory of God.

Feb 27

Dan Darling on What Influences Christian Political Engagement by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations asks Dan Darling, Vice-President of Communciations at the ERLC, "What tempts Christians to engage politically in undignified ways?"

Feb 25

Adam McClendon on Why Contentment is Radical by Adam McClendon

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

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 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 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 18

Andreas Köstenberger on Longevity in Scholarship and Ministry

Series: Conversations 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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. 

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 28

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

Series: Conversations asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

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 23

Don Whitney on the Preference for Bible Study Over Prayer

Series: Conversations 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 21

Adam McClendon on Christian Culture and Masculinity by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations 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 16

Barnabas Piper on Becoming a Better Writer asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "What is a surprising way to become a better writer?"

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 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 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.

Dec 31, 2019

Preaching the Whole Counsel by Jason K. Allen

If one desires to preach the whole counsel of God, proper interpretation is of paramount importance. ​

Dec 30, 2019

Links For The Church (12/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on abandoning dreams, fighting materialism, gospel-driven theology, Lottie Moon, and how God uses suffering. 

Dec 30, 2019

Faithful Application of the Word of God

Reflections on James the Apostle's Portrait of Working Faith

How do we “do application” in a way that is faithful to the Scriptures and representative of the biblical portrait of obedience?

Dec 24, 2019

David Prince on Who Has Influnced His Preaching the Most by David Prince

Series: Conversations asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Dec 23, 2019

Links For The Church (12/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Joseph, our deliverer, the redemption of the curse, and giving God your pulpit. 

Dec 19, 2019

What is a Faithful Preacher? by Jason K. Allen

What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?

Dec 17, 2019

The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?

Dec 16, 2019

Links For The Church (12/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on desiring Jesus, the little drummer boy, mastering self, preventing kids from going as missionaries, and encouraging the ministry of single women. 

Dec 12, 2019

Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music) by Brett McCracken

Putting aside preferences and embracing common, unified, God-centered worship is part of what it means to follow Jesus together.

Dec 12, 2019

Discerning Divine Providence by Luke Stamps

We can’t always see what God is up to, either on the global stage of world history or on the smaller stages of our lives and decisions.

Dec 10, 2019

Now that Camp, or the Retreat, or the Conference, is Over by Steve Burchett

It’s impossible to replicate, day after day, the camp/retreat/conference high. What can you do to make the most of your experience after it’s all over? 

Dec 9, 2019

Links For The Church (12/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on peace during Christmas, emotionally unhealthy leaders, why God would give kids a sick mom, the real meaning of Christmas, and singing Christmas carols.