Resources by Theme: Practical

Oct 13, 2016

2 Words That Kill Effective Bible Study by Zach Barnhart

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.

Oct 10, 2016

Links For The Church (10/10) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on the local church, your mind, surviving, helping the hurting, and tent-making. 

Oct 6, 2016

3 Ways to Welcome Others as Christ Has Welcomed You by Kristen Wetherell

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.

Oct 6, 2016

9 Tips for Giving a Retreat Talk by Benjamin Vrbicek

Join the retreat; don’t just speak at it.

Oct 3, 2016

10 Books Every Christian Home Library Needs by Jared C. Wilson

Here's what I think every Christian home library should include . . .

Oct 3, 2016

Links For The Church (10/3) by Staff

This week's links include women's discipleship, race conversations, creeds, and conscience.

Sep 29, 2016

What If I Work, Too? by Hannah Wright

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.

Sep 27, 2016

Starting a Family Devotion Time by Michael Kelley

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.

Sep 27, 2016

What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?

We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"

Sep 26, 2016

Links For the Church (9/26) by Staff

This weeks links provide resources on long-term missions, suffering, man-boys, and rejoicing with others.

Sep 22, 2016

Repentance: Running to the Greatest of All Treasures by Jonathon Woodyard

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.

Sep 22, 2016

You Can Trust the Bible This I Know, for Jesus Told Us So by Rustin Umstattd

 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.

Sep 20, 2016

Introducing Our New FTC Editorial Assistants by Staff

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.

Sep 19, 2016

Links For the Church (9/19) by Staff

This week's links provide help to prevent adultery, teenager fears, redemption & forgiveness, and praying for others. 

Sep 13, 2016

Reading for the Rest of Us by Sam Bierig

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.

Sep 13, 2016

When Evangelism Gets Bogged Down by J.A. Medders

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.

Sep 12, 2016

4 Important Ways Single Men Can Protect Women by Cody Barnhart

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.

Sep 12, 2016

What To Do (and What Not To Do) When Your Pastor Resigns by Jared C. Wilson

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.

Sep 12, 2016

Links For the Church (9/12) by Staff

This week, we've got five links addressing the emptiness of technology, Bible study mistakes, seasons and waiting, lukewarm Christianity, and worry.

Sep 8, 2016

Introducing The Center for Public Theology

An Interview with Owen Strachan

by Staff

An interview with Owen Strachan, professor at Midwestern Seminary and Director of the Center for Public Theology.

Sep 6, 2016

Kids, Broccoli, and Jesus: Teaching the Gospel with Passion by Mathew Gilbert

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.

Sep 6, 2016

What does it mean to experience the Trinity?

We ask Joe Thorn, "What does it mean to experience the Trinity?"

Sep 5, 2016

Links For the Church (9/5) by Staff

This week's links include truth about Christ's love, correcting our unhelpfulness, cherishing the Bible, and fleeing from sin.

Sep 2, 2016

Be Careful How You Read Your Bible by Joel Littlefield

Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.

Aug 29, 2016

Links For the Church (8/29) by Staff

This week's links provide helpful resources for loving community, celibacy and the gospel, the truth about social missions, and church for Colelge students.

Aug 25, 2016

Beware of Cool-Shaming by Sam Parkison

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.”

Aug 22, 2016

Links For the Church (8/22) by Staff

This week, our favorite links include articles about non-leading leaders, "having it all," stories, and growing in love for God. 

Aug 16, 2016

5 Benefits of Loving My Small Church by Courtney Reissig

As members of small churches, let’s remember the value of being there, lest we forget the gift that God has given us.

Aug 15, 2016

5 Ways to Revitalize Your Worship Service by Cody Barnhart

Does your church's worship service look like Lord’s Day of the Living Dead?

Aug 15, 2016

Links For the Church (8/15) by Staff

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.

Aug 10, 2016

How To Deal with Accusers by Lianna Davis

 When we are reflecting God and His Word to the world, we are indiscriminate about sharing His holy goodness and righteous love with others.

Aug 10, 2016

3 Ways to Steward Your Own Failure by Michael Kelley

In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.

Aug 8, 2016

Links For the Church (8/8) by Staff

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.

Aug 5, 2016

Do I Really Have to Pray for Politicians I Oppose? by Darin Smith

 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.

Aug 1, 2016

Links For the Church (8/1) by Staff

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.

Jul 29, 2016

Should I Have Started My PhD Instead of Becoming a Pastor? by Danny Slavich

I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Jul 28, 2016

Sin is Out of the Question by Joel Littlefield

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. 

Jul 22, 2016

How Our Generation Can Learn From the Older by Casey Lewis

Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.

Jul 22, 2016

Men, Abortion is Your Problem Too by Sam Parkison

The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.

Jul 21, 2016

Majoring on Solutions by Zach Barnhart

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? 

Jul 20, 2016

What If We Fail? by Hannah Wright

If the pastor and his wife do not bind together to fight against sin in their lives and ministry, Satan will take hold. 

Jul 20, 2016

Spider Webs of Our Own Making

Pride and the Christian Life

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.

Jul 13, 2016

I'm Done With Seminary...Now What? by Lance Olimb

The most difficult aspect of seminary was the bold, vexing question of, “What’s next?”

Jul 8, 2016

The Frustration of Slowing Down by Mason King

Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.

Jul 8, 2016

Apologetics: A Reasonable Defense by Casey Lewis

While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.

Jul 7, 2016

Making the Most of Your Bible Reading by Godwin Sathianathan

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.

Jul 6, 2016

What Kind of Problem Is It? by Luke Holmes

We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems.  So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?

Jul 6, 2016

3 Types of Evangelism to Avoid by Tom Johnston

Christ calls us to share His death and resurrection with love and humility, as well as power and boldness.