This week's links include resources on high school seniors lamenting, not forgetting the elderly, ethnicity and God's excellence, social media and theological divides, and overinterpreting suffering.
Are humans situated in specific contexts meant to bear the weight of a world’s worth of grief and outrage?
Three ways the Bible shows us how the ordinances should shape our relationships with one another, both on Sundays and throughout the week.
FTC.co asks Todd Chipman, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Midwestern Seminary, "Should theological adoption propel civil adoption?"
This week's links include resources on goodness and God's Word, trusting God's hand, loneliness, feelings, and talking to kids about death.
Students may not have changed much over the centuries, but the task of educating the next generation remains great.
Considering lament through the lens of our theology is essential. It is important to know that pain is not the sole cause of our laments.
This week's links include resources on moving forward, daily friendship, flattery vs. encouragement, COVID weariness, Christian marriage, and church evangelism.
While the days ahead may be uncertain to us, God’s power and mission are as sure and certain as ever.
A few suggestions to help those thinking about a call to vocational gospel ministry, and especially those doing so during the uncertain days of a worldwide pandemic.
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful boost of confidence to your congregation to know that the elders only ever speak when they are of one mind?
This week's links include resources on your feelings during the lockdown, hope in the ICU, preparing for fellowship, truths from a simple song, and the cancer of racism.
If there is one word to describe how we must navigate re-assimilation amid COVID-19, it’s this: grace.
A unified church is one of the strongest evidences of the truth of the gospel.
This week's links include resources on desires, political theology, idolatry, and infertility.
Though we all are looking forward to a return to normal when we can gather again in person, let's not forget the good that live streaming does.
Thank you to our readers and contributors for five wonderful years of For the Church.
Don’t be afraid to pursue your joy — in God —as you come to his word, prayer, and church. In fact, seeking your joy in him is not optional. It’s essential.
FTC.co asks Andrew King, Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Spurgeon College, "How can the prophet Amos shape our view of God and the world?"
This week's links include resources on empathy, loving the church, the context of a verse, prolonged sabbath, and Proverbs during the pandemic.
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "I've been reading my Bible every day for a month and nothing has happened. What do I do?"
FTC.co asks Sam Bierig, Dean and Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Spurgeon College, "What is the most important ingredient to student ministry?"
This week's links include resources on being children, celebrating what we've lost, suffering and witness, and fear and courage.
What does it look like for thoughts about entertainment to be taken captive to obey Christ?
This week's links include resources on college students, talking about death with children, Christ's pursuing love, and hospitality during COVID-19.
As Christians, we are not immune to the reality of our present moment. However, our response must look different, and there is reason why it can.
Division within the body of Christ is ultimately a heart issue. But it’s also, in part, a culture issue.
Churches that attempt to accommodate the moving-target needs of individual “spiritual quests” are not doing anyone a favor.
FTC.co asks Dr. John Mark Yeats, Dean of Students and Professor of Church History at MBTS, "How would Christians benefit in the future from know our past?"
This week's links include resources on how to help the homeless, believing you're forgiven, "even ifs," why there were three crosses, church history and the chronically ill, and being quarantined alone.
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.
Some practical ways to help open the door to talking about the most glorious news that heaven itself sings about.
Many lay preachers feel unprepared for the task—I know I have. What should you do? Where do you start? Here a few tips.
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.
Here are three reasons why teachers of the Bible shouldn’t be boring—and four strategies to avoid boring teaching.
FTC.co 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?"
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.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO, "How do churches benefit from giving their pastors a sabbatical?"
Every semester I tell my students, “For the love of God, do not bring your Greek or Hebrew Bible to corporate worship on Sunday.”
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.
FTC.co 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?"
This week's links include resources on how God listens, Christian maturity, condemnation, pastoral friends, creeds, and witness to others.
Should college students join a local church by campus if they have a church membership “back home”?
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.
FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice-President of Communciations at the ERLC, "What tempts Christians to engage politically in undignified ways?"
FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "Why is contentment radical?"
This week's links include resources on chronic pain, believing your own press, improving preaching, marriage, and Lent participation.
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.
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?"
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.