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.
FTC.co asks Dr. Andreas Köstenberger, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at MBTS, "What is a vital ingredient for faithful longevity in scholarship or ministry?"
This week's links provide resources on worship as discipleship, the meaning of marriage, loneliness, following your heart, hobbies and idolatry, and fathers.
Fellow moms, if we think teaching our children about the Triune God and the universe he made is small or pitiable or unimportant, we don’t understand smallness.
Not every theological issue demands warfare. Not every doctrinal disagreement deserves the same outrage on social media.
This week's links include resources on salvation, language and the missionary, guarding your relationship with God, one-to-one Bible reading, and churches working together.
The people we encounter in the church may not necessarily be the people we would have chosen for ourselves. But they are the people we need.
Central to our gospel presentation is the solution to the problem of sin, and if this sin is central to our hearer’s identity, we haven’t actually presented the gospel until we’ve brought it to bear rigt there.
This week's links include resources on engaging those who disagree, complacency in salvation, grieving with hope, mothers who do 'nothing,' Jesus and the Old Testament, myths on studying the Bible, and empty nesters.
Amazingly, even small, rural churches inherit the powerful kingdom of God through the blood of his Son.
FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
This week's links include resources on being pro-life and pro-woman, God's goodness tomorrow, recovering benedictions, talking to kids about ethnicity, and walking away from discipleship.
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "Why do many Christians seem more inclined to Bible Study than prayer?"
FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Professor in the School of Divnity and Director of the DMin doctoral program at Liberty University, "What does Christian culture sometimes get wrong about masculinity?"
FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "What is a surprising way to become a better writer?"
Here is the bottom line: when young people are passionate, bold, and relentless, things change.
FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice-President of Communciations at the ERLC, "What is virtue signaling and how do you know if you are doing it?"
There is a subtle kind of pride that has the appearance of celebrating grace. But its aim is self-oriented.
It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.
If one desires to preach the whole counsel of God, proper interpretation is of paramount importance.
This week's links include resources on abandoning dreams, fighting materialism, gospel-driven theology, Lottie Moon, and how God uses suffering.
How do we “do application” in a way that is faithful to the Scriptures and representative of the biblical portrait of obedience?
FTC.co asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
This week's links include resources on Joseph, our deliverer, the redemption of the curse, and giving God your pulpit.
What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?
How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?