Resources by Theme: Practical

Feb 27

Dean Inserra on Signs of Faithfulness in a Local Church by Dean Inserra

FTC.co asks Dean Inserra, Pastor of City Church - Tallahassee, FL: "How can a church know it’s on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Feb 26

Links For The Church (2/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on painful callings, conversion therapy, singles and gifts, meeting Christ, temptation, adoption, and quiet lives. 

Feb 22

Social Media as a Legitimate Ministry by Jared Laitgo

We have a message that needs to be spread and we have the largest communication platform the world has ever known.

Feb 19

Links For The Church (2/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on boys respecting women, gathering seashells, celebrating women, Christians and death, and the phrase "I am enough."

Feb 15

Praying For Our Children by Jonathon Woodyard

One thing I know I can do in the midst of the complexities and difficulties of the parenting task: I can pray.

Feb 12

Links For The Church (2/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on embryo adoption, gratitude, the gospel in a cold place, cynicism, and small-groups and singles.

Feb 8

Pastors and the Porn Problem by Adam McClendon

Confession isn’t solely so the confessor can feel better because someone else knows. No, it is confession for the sake of change and accountability.

Feb 8

Studying Scripture with Augustine

Three Principles for a Healthy Start

We may not follow all of Augustine’s interpretations of Scripture, but his humility before the word continues to teach us.

Feb 6

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant by John Onwuchekwa

Matthew 18 is about winning your brother. That’s the goal. We want to see him turn and repent. We pursue the process to win our brother.

Feb 6

J.D. Greear on the Sermon Prep Process

We asked J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, to describe his process for preparing sermons.

Feb 5

Links For The Church (2/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on safety for the same-sex attracted, leaders and yes-men, children and the Bible, and Black History Month. 

Jan 29

Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life

The New Book from Jason K. Allen

by Staff

The new release from Jason K. Allen is a guide to living as a Christian every day.

Jan 29

Links For The Church (1/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on old books for young Christians, busyness, social media, life purpose, and unknown false gospels. 

Jan 25

5 Implications for Relationships Defined by the Gospel by Michael Kelley

The gospel redefines everything. No part of our lives is untouched by God’s redemptive power, including our relationships.

Jan 23

Supernatural Power for Everyday People

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

This new book shows readers how to rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in their lives.

Jan 22

Links For The Church (1/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on death, accountability, fostering, and what to say to the grieving. 

Jan 18

The Lousy Preacher Was You by Matt Sliger

Preacher, be thankful: Jesus doesn’t love you to the degree you gain the nod of the masses.

Jan 16

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets by Steve Burchett

Teenage believers, you can contribute right away in significant and helpful ways when the church gathers.

Jan 15

Links For The Church (1/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leaving your church, diversity and God's kingdom, repentant pastors, discipling children, and waiting. 

Jan 12

Russell Moore on How to Engage Politics with a Kingdom Mindset by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian do wise political engagement while maintaining faithfulness first to God’s kingdom?

Jan 11

3 Spiritual Reasons to Do Something You're Not Good At by Michael Kelley

One active way we can remind ourselves of our comparative insignificance is to do something we’re probably going to be bad at.

Jan 9

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group? by Heath Miller

Student ministries can give students something the world cannot – a greater purpose for their soul, and guidance in how to live for that purpose.

Jan 9

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

Jan 8

Links For The Church (1/8) by Staff

This week's links include biblical womanhood and Genesis, reading more books, truth and love, and well-behaved women. 

Jan 5

Knowing and Engaging the Mission of the Church by Casey Lewis

Making disciples involves much more. It involves us teaching others what it means and how to follow Jesus.

Jan 4

Of Jerks and Seminarians by Sam Parkison

It’s entirely possible to be absolutely unwavering on convictional truth matters and still give people the expectation to receive love and compassion from you.

Jan 2

In Defense of Youth Ministry by Joshua Rowland

Today’s youth thirst for discipleship, not gimmicks. In eternity past, God ordained the local church as the chosen vessel to quench that thirst.

Jan 2

Nathan Finn on Why Christians Should Consider Theological Education by Nathan Finn

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "Why should Christians consider theological education?"

Jan 1

Making a Fresh Start with God

3 Shifts That Can Make All the Difference

Maybe we’re in the same boat when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe you've been wanting to start fresh with your relationship with God, but you keep putting it off for whatever reason. Might your apprehension have less to do with the right timing and more with the right approach?

Jan 1

Links For The Church (1/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on infertility, how to be generous, leading when you aren't the leader, and the gift of cancer. 

Dec 29, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017 by Staff

Based on a year of unique page views, here are the ten most-read entries at FTC in 2017.

Dec 28, 2017

The 2017 FTC Book Awards by Staff

Introducing the first annual FTC Book Awards!

Dec 26, 2017

Daniel Darling on What Christians Should Do With the News by Daniel Darling

FTC.co asks Daniel Darling, VP for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What should Christians do with the news?"

Dec 25, 2017

Links For The Church (12/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on all things Christmas: Jesus' care for our bodies, Mary as a role model, Christmas ghosts, and what Mary really did know. 

Dec 21, 2017

What Scripture Can Do by Mike Brooks

Forty-two weeks? In one book of the Bible? For close to an entire year? Yes, yes, and yes. But why?

Dec 21, 2017

So Many Males, So Few Men

The #MeToo Moment and Manhood

The tragic reversal of manhood noted, there is still hope, great and surging hope. As long as there is a church, there is a place where men are remade.

Dec 19, 2017

A Worship Leader's Real Hope by Dustin Rouse

As worship leaders, we don’t have to lead anyone into God’s presence. We’ve already been carried there by the finished work of Christ at Calvary.

Dec 19, 2017

Noah Oldham on The Importance of Preaching Within the Local Church by Noah Oldham

FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, Lead Pastor of August Gate Church in St. Louis, "How important is preaching in the local church?"

Dec 18, 2017

Links For The Church (12/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on caring for people with disabilities, missionaries and seminary, a letter to predators, and insight on the "wise men."

Dec 14, 2017

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders? by Erik Raymond

God does not command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders, but calls for an informed loyalty with eyes wide open to the persistent attacks levied against those in leadership.

Dec 14, 2017

What is Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

The preacher does not preach from the text or on the text, he preaches the text—thus limiting the sermon’s application to the point of the passage preached.

Dec 11, 2017

Links For The Church (12/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Charlie Brown, God's promises, jerks, difficult roads, and depression in the pastorate.

Dec 6, 2017

Building A Theological Library (Part 1) by Jeff Straub

How then does a minister, especially a young minister, go about building a good theological library for a lifetime of ministry? 

Dec 4, 2017

Links For The Church (12/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Bible memorization, people who are hurting, fear of man, and Christology.

Nov 30, 2017

Reflections on Restoration by Adam McClendon

When believers understand the depth of their sin and the unbelievable forgiveness they have experienced from God, it changes their approach to sin.

Nov 30, 2017

When Community Isn't Gospel Community by Pat Aldridge

The reality is: transparency within gospel community brings about the best kind of freedom.

Nov 29, 2017

3 Ways to Love Women Without Children in Your Church by Allyson Todd

Remind women without children that they have everything they need for life and godliness in Christ.

Nov 28, 2017

How to Become a Christian

A Letter to Teenagers in Good Churches

Deciding to get on board with Jesus is a simple decision, but it’s also a major one with some crazy implications.

Nov 28, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Revolutionize your Spiritual Life by Jason K. Allen

Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.

Nov 27, 2017

Links For The Church (11/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singleness, Western culture and theology, Stranger Things, and mental health in marriage.