Resources by Theme: Practical

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. 

Jul 10

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jul 10

3 Spiritual Reasons You Should Take Control of Your Calendar by Michael Kelley

Perhaps, though, taking control of your calendar isn’t just an issue of time management. Maybe it is actually a spiritual discipline or even an act of discipleship.

Jul 10

The Big Thing Seminary Did Teach Me: I’ll Never Graduate from Learning by Jeff Robinson

My sinful heart might crave omniscience, but a good and loving God will never give it to me.

Jul 9

How to Affair-Proof Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

We may not be able to keep our pastor from falling, but we can invest in his personal, marital, and ministerial health in such a way that the temptations are lessened.

Jul 9

Links For The Church (7/09) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leading leaders, Bonhoeffer and spiritual disciplines, when God isn't there, and spiritual gifts. 

Jul 3

Mark Dever on the Problem with Unhitching the Old Testament From Our Theology

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, "What’s the problem with unhitching the Old Testament from our theology?"

Jul 3

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading by David McLemore

For many, “joy” and “reading plan” don’t jive. How many of us have set out January 1 with Genesis 1 only to fail somewhere around Leviticus 10?

Jul 2

Links For The Church (7/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on how to be a burden, planting seeds with kids, essentials for new team members, and fauxnerability in the church. 

Jun 26

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon by Timothy Raymond

My church won’t remember everything I say but they will remember what I repeatedly talk about.

Jun 26

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel by Jonathan Leeman

The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.

Jun 25

Links For The Church (6/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singles in the church, prayerful people, loving wisdom, and the brevity of life. 

Jun 21

4 Ways Men are Called to Be Spiritual Leaders by Mike Ruel

We read Ephesians 5:22-26 and there is no avoiding it: God has called men to be spiritual leaders in the home.

Jun 21

Fathers' Day and the Father's Delight by Owen Strachan

The church must spot the lie. The church must preach and teach the truth. The church must celebrate God-made order.

Jun 19

Spurgeon for Plumbers by Steve Bezner

There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.

Jun 18

Links For The Church (6/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-distance friendships, warning signs of moral failure, beauty in hard times, habits of great Bible teachers, and living intentional lives. 

Jun 14

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards? by Jeremy Kimble

While challenging, Edwards will greatly benefit those who persevere in reading his works.

Jun 14

Family Dynamics of a Church Planter by Won S. Kwak

Church planter, your calling is to dynamically love your family as you lead your church family.

Jun 12

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That's Not Cool Enough​ by Michael Kelley

Three reasons to do the very countercultural thing of actually staying in the church that’s simply not cool enough.

Jun 11

Link For The Church (6/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on youth groups, substitutionary atonement, leaving your first love, advice for new parents, and how to wait well. 

Jun 4

Links For The Church (6/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the gift of singleness, women in Scripture, special needs ministry in the church, when your boss isn't a Christian, and moms who have needs. 

May 31

Ministering to Coworkers by Nathan Johnson

Consider the fact that God is shaping you and growing you as a person through your occupation.

May 29

The Foolish Quest for a “Silver Bullet” in Global Missions by Steve Jennings

There is a madness in missions driven by one ultimate question: “Does it work?”

May 28

What to Do When You Meet a Beggar by Jared C. Wilson

When the way of Jesus clashes with "street smarts."

May 28

Links For The Church (5/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on detecting prosperity gospel churches, love according to the Puritans, seeking man's approval, and pastoring anxious people.

May 22

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ by Erik Raymond

We are hopeless in our Christian lives if we have not the charter of Christ held fast against our hearts.

May 21

When Confession Goes Wrong

5 Ways We Confess Without Confessing

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

May 21

Links For The Church (5/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on walking by faith, a pastor's schedule, corporate confession, foolish creativity, selfies, and how men can encourage women in ministry. 

May 17

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using by Michael Kelley

Christian leaders, consider this: you have been given stewardship, not ownership

May 17

The Gospel and Your Recreation by Jason K. Allen

May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.

May 14

Thou Shalt Not Put Your Friends to the Test

Personal Holiness as a Grace to Others

An upright life is a grace to others.

May 14

Links For The Church (5/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on gratitude and gratefulness, leadership, how to be nicer, God's gentleness and strength, and the god of busyness. 

May 10

What are "Sound Words"? by Coleman Ford

When key words are missing in our gospel vocabulary, the ministry of “sound words” is lacking.

May 8

3 Non-Negotiables in Kid's Ministry by Mathew Gilbert

Show the kids in your ministry the gospel in your actions. Show that it isn’t just a message of empty words, but a message of power from a holy and gracious God.

May 8

Matt Chandler on How a Church Can Know It's on the Right Track by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, "How can a church know its on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

May 7

Links For The Church (5/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being a dad, missionaries in a secular land, video games, kids and racial reconciliation, the church and natural disasters, and your dispensability.