Resources by Theme: Practical

Jan 18

The Lousy Preacher Was You by Matt Sliger

Preacher, be thankful: Jesus doesn’t love you to the degree you gain the nod of the masses.

Jan 16

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets by Steve Burchett

Teenage believers, you can contribute right away in significant and helpful ways when the church gathers.

Jan 15

Links For The Church (1/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leaving your church, diversity and God's kingdom, repentant pastors, discipling children, and waiting. 

Jan 12

Russell Moore on How to Engage Politics with a Kingdom Mindset by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian do wise political engagement while maintaining faithfulness first to God’s kingdom?

Jan 11

3 Spiritual Reasons to Do Something You're Not Good At by Michael Kelley

One active way we can remind ourselves of our comparative insignificance is to do something we’re probably going to be bad at.

Jan 9

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group? by Heath Miller

Student ministries can give students something the world cannot – a greater purpose for their soul, and guidance in how to live for that purpose.

Jan 9

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

Jan 8

Links For The Church (1/8) by Staff

This week's links include biblical womanhood and Genesis, reading more books, truth and love, and well-behaved women. 

Jan 5

Knowing and Engaging the Mission of the Church by Casey Lewis

Making disciples involves much more. It involves us teaching others what it means and how to follow Jesus.

Jan 4

Of Jerks and Seminarians by Sam Parkison

It’s entirely possible to be absolutely unwavering on convictional truth matters and still give people the expectation to receive love and compassion from you.

Jan 2

In Defense of Youth Ministry by Joshua Rowland

Today’s youth thirst for discipleship, not gimmicks. In eternity past, God ordained the local church as the chosen vessel to quench that thirst.

Jan 2

Nathan Finn on Why Christians Should Consider Theological Education by Nathan Finn asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "Why should Christians consider theological education?"

Jan 1

Making a Fresh Start with God

3 Shifts That Can Make All the Difference

Maybe we’re in the same boat when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe you've been wanting to start fresh with your relationship with God, but you keep putting it off for whatever reason. Might your apprehension have less to do with the right timing and more with the right approach?

Jan 1

Links For The Church (1/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on infertility, how to be generous, leading when you aren't the leader, and the gift of cancer. 

Dec 29, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017 by Staff

Based on a year of unique page views, here are the ten most-read entries at FTC in 2017.

Dec 28, 2017

The 2017 FTC Book Awards by Staff

Introducing the first annual FTC Book Awards!

Dec 26, 2017

Daniel Darling on What Christians Should Do With the News by Daniel Darling asks Daniel Darling, VP for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What should Christians do with the news?"

Dec 25, 2017

Links For The Church (12/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on all things Christmas: Jesus' care for our bodies, Mary as a role model, Christmas ghosts, and what Mary really did know. 

Dec 21, 2017

What Scripture Can Do by Mike Brooks

Forty-two weeks? In one book of the Bible? For close to an entire year? Yes, yes, and yes. But why?

Dec 21, 2017

So Many Males, So Few Men

The #MeToo Moment and Manhood

The tragic reversal of manhood noted, there is still hope, great and surging hope. As long as there is a church, there is a place where men are remade.

Dec 19, 2017

A Worship Leader's Real Hope by Dustin Rouse

As worship leaders, we don’t have to lead anyone into God’s presence. We’ve already been carried there by the finished work of Christ at Calvary.

Dec 19, 2017

Noah Oldham on The Importance of Preaching Within the Local Church by Noah Oldham asks Noah Oldham, Lead Pastor of August Gate Church in St. Louis, "How important is preaching in the local church?"

Dec 18, 2017

Links For The Church (12/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on caring for people with disabilities, missionaries and seminary, a letter to predators, and insight on the "wise men."

Dec 14, 2017

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders? by Erik Raymond

God does not command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders, but calls for an informed loyalty with eyes wide open to the persistent attacks levied against those in leadership.

Dec 14, 2017

What is Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

The preacher does not preach from the text or on the text, he preaches the text—thus limiting the sermon’s application to the point of the passage preached.

Dec 11, 2017

Links For The Church (12/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Charlie Brown, God's promises, jerks, difficult roads, and depression in the pastorate.

Dec 6, 2017

Building A Theological Library (Part 1) by Jeff Straub

How then does a minister, especially a young minister, go about building a good theological library for a lifetime of ministry? 

Dec 4, 2017

Links For The Church (12/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Bible memorization, people who are hurting, fear of man, and Christology.

Nov 30, 2017

Reflections on Restoration by Adam McClendon

When believers understand the depth of their sin and the unbelievable forgiveness they have experienced from God, it changes their approach to sin.

Nov 30, 2017

When Community Isn't Gospel Community by Pat Aldridge

The reality is: transparency within gospel community brings about the best kind of freedom.

Nov 29, 2017

3 Ways to Love Women Without Children in Your Church by Allyson Todd

Remind women without children that they have everything they need for life and godliness in Christ.

Nov 28, 2017

How to Become a Christian

A Letter to Teenagers in Good Churches

Deciding to get on board with Jesus is a simple decision, but it’s also a major one with some crazy implications.

Nov 28, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Revolutionize your Spiritual Life by Jason K. Allen

Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.

Nov 27, 2017

Links For The Church (11/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singleness, Western culture and theology, Stranger Things, and mental health in marriage. 

Nov 20, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on a heart for orphans, manna for mamas, giving to beggars, gospel distortions, and the danger of gossip. 

Nov 17, 2017

4 Reasons Every Pastor Should Exercise by Chad Ashby

When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.

Nov 16, 2017

The Worst Vacation Ever

On Caring for Aging Parents

While there may be easier ways, we wouldn't have it any other way because we know this God's plan and we trust him.

Nov 15, 2017

Pre-Order 'Supernatural' for Free Resources

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

Thomas Nelson is offering some exclusive resources for all pre-orders of Jared Wilson's upcoming book Supernatural Power for Everyday People.

Nov 13, 2017

Links For The Church (11/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on sleep, living forever, boring me, and pitfalls in pursuing racial unity. 

Nov 9, 2017

Why I Celebrate Our $300 Advertising Budget

Thoughts on Kids and Youth Ministry

Promising kids the "best Wednesday they'll ever have" gets them thinking as consumers and, eventually, you're bound to disappoint a customer.

Nov 9, 2017

I Want My Kids to Be Good by David McLemore

I can’t reroute my kids' sins to me. I can’t undo the pain they’ve already felt. I can’t remove the stain with which they were born. But Jesus can.

Nov 6, 2017

Links For The Church (11/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on friendship, prayers for church, welcoming women, the need for men to read stories, and fear.

Nov 2, 2017

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?

Nov 2, 2017

3 Keys to Listening to Sermons by Dave Jenkins

Listening well and taking good notes during the sermon is a means to an end. That end is our growth in Christ and understanding of the Bible.

Oct 31, 2017

Dean Inserra on How Churches Can Know They're On the Right Track by Dean Inserra asks Dean Inserra (Pastor of City Church, Tallahassee, FL): "How can a church know it’s on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Oct 30, 2017

Links For The Church (10/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on God's gift of zeros, rejoicing for the weak, why you should go to church, the will of God, and influencers on a child's health.

Oct 26, 2017

Disciple a Worship Leader by David Bronson

Most worship leaders genuinely want to see the church grow in godliness. It's just that no one ever told them that they might be able to do something about that.

Oct 24, 2017

6 Reasons to Take Seminary Chapel Seriously by Brandon Freeman

Academic prowess and a devotional posture ought not be detached from one another. In chapel services, thinking and feeling meld together. 

Oct 23, 2017

Links For The Church (10/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on adoption, political sins, sexual assault, short pastoral tenure, and mothering a rebellious heart. 

Oct 19, 2017

Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves by Dave Jenkins

The whole Bible is for the entire Christian because the entire Bible has a unified message in the gospel of the Lord Jesus.