Deciding what the Bible means "to us" seems like an innocent way to invite everyone’s voice to the table for discussion, but it’s a surefire way to kill effective Bible study.
Be a gospel-drenched seminary student.
This week's links provide resources on the local church, your mind, surviving, helping the hurting, and tent-making.
Through Christ, God has called every Christian to welcome other believers, whether through the doors of the church, in the pew, or while “doing life” during the week.
Join the retreat; don’t just speak at it.
Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .
This week's links include women's discipleship, race conversations, creeds, and conscience.
Not every pastor’s wife will be faced with the need to work outside the home. But if she is, it is important for her and her husband to weigh the consequences, both positive and negative.
Every family devotion time isn’t a home run. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice bunt that you believe God will somehow use in the story of their lives. So we choose, by faith, not to be discouraged, but instead to believe in a God who is drawing our kids’ hearts to Himself.
We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"
This weeks links provide resources on long-term missions, suffering, man-boys, and rejoicing with others.
To be sure, repentance is turning from something. But salvation doesn’t come to those who turn from sin towards nothing. Our struggles deman we turn and run to the One who can save and satisfy us completely.
We don’t have to base our faith on our emotions, a desire for it to be true, or any other subjective experience. The Word of God is completely trustworthy - Jesus says so himself.
We've been pleased to bring on board a couple of editorial assistants to help with the day-to-day publication of FTC resources and other Midwestern publishing needs, and it's my privilege to introduce them to you.
Love seeks understanding.
This week's links provide help to prevent adultery, teenager fears, redemption & forgiveness, and praying for others.
For most of us, our book list far outpaces the time we have to actually read. Here are six practical ways to help you read more and better.
Evangelism conversations tend to run in many directions. Don't get bogged down in red herrings and rigamarole; keep it about our Redeemer and the redemption he offers to us sinners in himself.
Here are four ways to protect women in your singleness that I think will help us churn out less self-centered boys and more biblically-minded men.
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.