We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.
This week, we've got five links addressing the emptiness of technology, Bible study mistakes, seasons and waiting, lukewarm Christianity, and worry.
An interview with Owen Strachan, professor at Midwestern Seminary and Director of the Center for Public Theology.
The goal of the gospel is God himself. And the goal of all kids ministry should be to direct their gaze into the splendor of God's grace in the gospel of Christ.
We ask Joe Thorn, "What does it mean to experience the Trinity?"
This week's links include truth about Christ's love, correcting our unhelpfulness, cherishing the Bible, and fleeing from sin.
Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.
This week's links provide helpful resources for loving community, celibacy and the gospel, the truth about social missions, and church for Colelge students.
Contextualization, at its best, is simply faithful communication. At its worst, contextualization is the Christian’s code word for “I can do whatever I want.”
This week, our favorite links include articles about non-leading leaders, "having it all," stories, and growing in love for God.
As members of small churches, let’s remember the value of being there, lest we forget the gift that God has given us.
Does your church's worship service look like Lord’s Day of the Living Dead?
This week's links equip readers in the areas of singleness within the church, how to rightly orient our moods, helpful steps for fostering intimacy, how to love a new pastor, and an answer to a common question about race.
When we are reflecting God and His Word to the world, we are indiscriminate about sharing His holy goodness and righteous love with others.
In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.
For this week, we link you to helpful pieces on friendships with non-Christians, having discernment, turning up the volume on time with the Lord, and raising children on the frontlines.
If we want our prayers to do the most good for the largest number of people, we must include those in our prayers whose decisions create the circumstances in which the purposes of the Gospel prosper.
This week's links deal with how to take steps for racial reconciliation, bringing back beauty, thinking rightly about small groups, and what gospel-saturated self-control looks like.
I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
Christ’s forgiveness should not relax the Christians attitude towards sin. On the contrary, Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and our forgiveness thereby should increase our hatred of sin and bolster our longing for its defeat in our daily lives.
Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.
The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.
It has become commonplace in the church for ills and problems to demand the majority of our attention and focus. In considering God's design for the body of Christ, what would it look like for pastors and laypeople to spend adequate time and energy seeking out solutions to these problems as well?
If the pastor and his wife do not bind together to fight against sin in their lives and ministry, Satan will take hold.
We Christians of all backgrounds and proclivities can trap ourselves in webs of pride that threaten to kill our spirituality and love for the Lord.
The most difficult aspect of seminary was the bold, vexing question of, “What’s next?”
Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.
While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.
When we approach the Bible with focus and care, our reading becomes more than just reading. We find ourselves in deep fellowship with God and able to persevere over the long haul.
We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems. So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?
Christ calls us to share His death and resurrection with love and humility, as well as power and boldness.
The choice of our wedding date may have been our first mistake in marriage, but there have been many more I've made that have been of much greater consequence than how we spend our anniversaries.
As believers, we seek to cultivate deeper relationships with one another, moving beyond surface-level interactions. Here are three reasons why community should be a non-negotiable for members of your church.
Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.
Ministry methods have changed over the decades, but the challenges and joys of ministry remain the same. Spurgeon’s lectures to his students are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.
Meeting with Christians of all ages is not a cure-all, and there is undeniable value in relationships with people of similar age and experience. But we must not despise the wisdom, experience, and friendship of all the people God places around us.
Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.
Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.
Your children will thank you after their conversion that you trained them in good habits, even as they will recognize that only the gospel truly sustains holy living.
I spent many years being angry—from my youth to well into adulthood. By the grace of God I have found freedom from its grip on me, but it took years of growing in grace.
Trap #1: Separating From Non-Christians Like a Pharisee
The Pharisees were a very conservative group that was extremely committed to being holy and uncorrupted by the world. They were also very critical and judgmental towards non-Christians3 because they didn’t think non- Christians were as committed to following God as they were. And they were convinced that one of the easiest ways to be polluted by the world was…
What are some vital components to training young men for ministry?
What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher
More than anything else, God’s glory is displayed in and through Christ-exalting, neighbor-loving, gospel-advancing churches.
An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.
Contrary to popular sentimentalism, we are not singing for “an audience of one.” While we do sing to worship our Savior, we also sing to rehearse the truth of the Gospel together and be sanctified by it.
Warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result.
We ask Dr. J.T. English, "How can large churches provide effective ministry training?"