Resources by Theme: Practical

Sep 21

Career Idolators (And What to Do About Our Jealousy) by Sean Nolan

When we accept that God’s kingdom comes through hands other than our own, we’ve begun to relinquish control of our own kingdom as it’s eclipsed by his.

Sep 19

Fervent for Grace by Steve Bezner

Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.

Sep 19

How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?

FTC.co asks Christian songwriter and author, Keith Getty, "How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?"

Sep 18

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches by Steve Burchett

It put too much emphasis on one man’s speaking, and too little emphasis on the “one anothers” of Scripture, membership accountability, and careful shepherding of the flock.

Sep 18

Links For The Church (9/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on groups every pastor needs, buying a car and prayer, winning one another, and camp for girls. 

Sep 14

6 Marks of Gospel-Centered Unity by Darin Smith

Gospel-centered unity acknowledges that the church belongs to God, not men, and reflects the churches submission to God’s authority.

Sep 12

J.D. Greear on Keys to Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What are some keys to sharing the gospel with Muslims?"

Sep 11

Links For The Church (9/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on religious liberty and creativity, anger at God's plan, teaching like Jesus, forgiving friends, and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. 

Sep 5

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt by Michael Kelley

Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.

Sep 4

Snapchat Wisdom on College Ministry Do’s and Don’ts by Eric Turner

Put away the games you played in youth group and start digging deep into Jesus.

Sep 4

Links For The Church (9/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on teaching kids about those different from them, pastor's and giving records, blue-collar workers, and a Biblical understanding of sexuality.

Aug 31

4 Ways My Preaching Has Evolved (And How Yours Should Too) by Jason K. Allen

If you can’t point to ways your preaching has evolved over the years, it could be you were exceptionally gifted from the start, or it may mean you’re still preaching junior varsity sermons.

Aug 31

Church Planting: A Shaping Matter by Joel Littlefield

Church planting reminds us that we are feeble, weak creatures, but we are banking on the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples and to us - "I am with you always."

Aug 28

Links For The Church (8/28) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on fast food for singles, pastoring in small places, grief, loving the church, and parenting perfection. 

Aug 25

Matt Chandler on Sermon Prep by Staff

Series: Conversations

We asked Matt Chandler to describe his sermon prep process.

Aug 22

Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street by Nathan Loudin

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

Aug 21

Links For The Church (8/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on whole living, insecurity, Satan's two voices, and virtue signaling. 

Aug 17

From Mumbling to Singing by Joshua Jenkins

What if our perceived problem in worship is not the congregation's problem after all? What if the problem lies within the music itself?

Aug 17

3 Things I Know About Church Planting by Joel Littlefield

There’s so much that I do not know about planting a church. But those things I do, I will commit to with all the heart and passion which I can muster and which the Spirit so graciously supplies.

Aug 17

The Advantages of On-Campus Seminary by Mike Brooks

If left to make the decision again, you should know I’d be turning in my application and renting a moving truck before you finish reading this sentence.

Aug 15

What Church Revitalization Really Means by Luke Holmes

When it comes to revitalization, it's more difficult to help people change than it is to change the curtains. But the hard work is worth it.

Aug 15

An Arranged Marriage by Jesse Benack

Three ways we can make the most of the journey through the wilderness to meet our Lord.

Aug 14

Links For The Church (8/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on color-blindness, multiplying leaders, suicide and mental health, community, and same-sex attraction. 

Aug 10

Lessons Learned from Church Planting by Peaceable Division by Colin Clark

Our church planting strategy? Take our three-year-old church of 84 members and send half of them out.

Aug 8

God's Plan for Marriage and How Culture Has Missed the Mark by Darin Smith

Husbands and wives, do you feel like failures in marriage? The Gospel is for failures like us - man and woman alike.

Aug 7

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on leadership and Nehemiah, mean Christians, ministry family and tragedy, and teens who need church history.

Aug 3

Confronting Gospel-Centered Confusion by Chris Thomas

What do we actually mean by the phrase "gospel centered"?

Aug 1

In God We Trust by Stephen Miller

Some trust in Presidents, some trust in kings, but we will trust in the name of the Lord, our God.

Jul 31

Links For The Church (July 31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on identity crisis, loving a prodigal, spectator worship, and remembering the gospel. 

Jul 24

Links For The Church (7/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting as narrating, real friendship, perpetual singleness, and suburban church planting.

Jul 19

Learning to Talk About Disability by Lucy Crabtree

My prayer is not for my disability to show you something lacking in yourself, but to demonstrate the wholeness of Christ. 

Jul 18

Misusing Your Spiritual Disciplines by Michael Kelley

Rather than backing God into a corner, the spiritual disciplines position us into a kneeling position.

Jul 17

5 Words of Advice for Young Seminarians by Jared C. Wilson

If you try to do theological education in your own strength, you fail, no matter how good your grades are.

Jul 17

Links For The Church (7/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on climate change, good intent with racism, strong women, and grief in a worship service.

Jul 13

A Church Where Everyone Can Grow by David McLemore

Learning about God isn't easy on our own; it works best inside the community of faith.

Jul 10

Links For The Church (7/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on parenting, going through the motions, loving the wrong things, and worry.

Jul 4

A Checkpoint for Your Ambition by Michael Kelley

The Bible tells us over and over again that the way we treat others is a reflection of what’s going on inside us.

Jul 3

Links For The Church (7/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mask-wearing, your smartphone friend, evil as a good thing, character in leadership, and judgment from friends.

Jun 29

2 Signs You're an Insecure Leader by Chad Williams

Leaders who regularly justify themselves are forgetting that God has already done that for us in Jesus.

Jun 29

How Do You Respond When Admonished? by Steve Burchett

We savor the times when a passage soothes our fears, but how do we respond when Scripture confronts our sinfulness?

Jun 27

How Generosity Can Grow Your Ministry by Art Rainer

When we live with open hands, we reflect the generosity of our God.

Jun 26

Links For The Church (6/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on joy in the morning, children and the Bible, lamenting for real people, same-sex attraction, and anxiety.

Jun 22

A Winning Vision

Reflections on 10 Years of Church Planting

Your church doesn't need to be preoccupied with vision; it needs to be serious about the Bible.

Jun 20

How Savings Can Save Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Guarding your ministry through sound stewardship can benefit both your home life and your ministry.

Jun 19

Links For The Church (6/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on race, anxiety and creatives, soulful living, and marks of humility. 

Jun 13

How Debt Can Destroy Your Ministry by Art Rainer

Give generously. Save wisely. Live appropriately. And avoid letting debt become a ministry killer.

Jun 13

The Difference Between Attractional and Attractive Ministry by Mike Leake

Attractional methods fail to work because they're simply a veneer for insecurity.

Jun 12

Links For The Church (6/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on husband leadership, missionaries and conflict, repentance, weary anti-racist workers, and selfie-centered worship. 

Jun 8

Elements of Effective Prayer by Adam McClendon

Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought

Jun 8

Proceed at Once to the Text by Joshua Jenkins

In our preaching, let us find ourselves winded by the pace at which we get to Christ.