Resources by Theme: Practical

May 25

Links For The Church (5/25) by Staff

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. 

May 21

How to Avoid Anger Overload in the Digital Age by Brett McCracken

Are humans situated in specific contexts meant to bear the weight of a world’s worth of grief and outrage?

May 21

3 Ways Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Ought to Shape our Monday through Saturday by Sam Emadi

Three ways the Bible shows us how the ordinances should shape our relationships with one another, both on Sundays and throughout the week.

May 19

Todd Chipman on Theological and Civil Adoption by Todd Chipman

Series: Conversations asks Todd Chipman, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Midwestern Seminary, "Should theological adoption propel civil adoption?"

May 18

Links For The Church (5/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on goodness and God's Word, trusting God's hand, loneliness, feelings, and talking to kids about death.  

May 14

Caring For Students in the 2020s by John Mark Yeats

Students may not have changed much over the centuries, but the task of educating the next generation remains great.

May 12

It Takes Theology to Lament by Mark Vroegop

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.

May 11

Links For The Church (5/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on moving forward, daily friendship, flattery vs. encouragement, COVID weariness, Christian marriage, and church evangelism. 

May 7

Cultivating Church Planting During COVID19 by Corey O'Grady

While the days ahead may be uncertain to us, God’s power and mission are as sure and certain as ever.

May 5

Shepherding College Students Called to Ministry in the Midst of a Pandemic by Jason G. Duesing

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.

May 5

Should Elders Insist on Unanimity? by Jamie Dunlop

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?

May 4

Links For The Church (5/4) by Staff

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. 

Apr 28

Navigating Different COVID-19 Recovery Convictions by Costi Hinn

If there is one word to describe how we must navigate re-assimilation amid COVID-19, it’s this: grace. 

Apr 28

Three Reasons Church Unity is Important by Brett McCracken

A unified church is one of the strongest evidences of the truth of the gospel.

Apr 27

Links For The Church (4/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on desires, political theology, idolatry, and infertility. 

Apr 23

A Plea for Churches to Continue Live Streaming After COVID-19 by Jeremy Gardiner

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.

Apr 22

5 Years of For The Church by Ronni Kurtz and Staff

Series: Videos

Thank you to our readers and contributors for five wonderful years of For the Church. 

Apr 21

Glorify God in Your Habits

How Spiritual Disciplines Produce Real Joy

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.

Apr 21

Andrew King on How Amos Can Shape Our View of God and the World by Andrew King

Series: Conversations 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?"

Apr 20

Links For The Church (4/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on empathy, loving the church, the context of a verse, prolonged sabbath, and Proverbs during the pandemic. 

Apr 16

Don Whitney on Perseverance in Reading Scripture

Series: Conversations 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?"

Apr 14

Sam Bierig on the Most Important Ingredient in Student Ministry by Sam Bierig

Series: Conversations asks Sam Bierig, Dean and Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Spurgeon College, "What is the most important ingredient to student ministry?"

Apr 13

Links For The Church (4/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being children, celebrating what we've lost, suffering and witness, and fear and courage. 

Apr 9

A Strong Conscience or Immaturity? by Sam Parkison

What does it look like for thoughts about entertainment to be taken captive to obey Christ?

Apr 6

Links For The Church (4/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on college students, talking about death with children, Christ's pursuing love, and hospitality during COVID-19.

Apr 2

The Fear that Produces Fearlessness by Jeremy Kimble

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.

Apr 2

8 Practices That Divide

Lessons in Unity from Jeremiah Burroughs

Division within the body of Christ is ultimately a heart issue. But it’s also, in part, a culture issue.

Mar 31

Discipleship Is Not Consumer-Friendly by Brett McCracken

Churches that attempt to accommodate the moving-target needs of individual “spiritual quests” are not doing anyone a favor.

Mar 31

John Mark Yeats on How We Benefit From Knowing Our Past by John Mark Yeats

Series: Conversations 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?"

Mar 30

Links For The Church (3/30) by Staff

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. 

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.