Resources by Theme: Practical

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. 

Nov 20, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on a heart for orphans, manna for mamas, giving to beggars, gospel distortions, and the danger of gossip. 

Nov 17, 2017

4 Reasons Every Pastor Should Exercise by Chad Ashby

When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.

Nov 16, 2017

The Worst Vacation Ever

On Caring for Aging Parents

While there may be easier ways, we wouldn't have it any other way because we know this God's plan and we trust him.

Nov 15, 2017

Pre-Order 'Supernatural' for Free Resources

The New Book from Jared C. Wilson

by Staff

Thomas Nelson is offering some exclusive resources for all pre-orders of Jared Wilson's upcoming book Supernatural Power for Everyday People.

Nov 13, 2017

Links For The Church (11/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on sleep, living forever, boring me, and pitfalls in pursuing racial unity. 

Nov 9, 2017

Why I Celebrate Our $300 Advertising Budget

Thoughts on Kids and Youth Ministry

Promising kids the "best Wednesday they'll ever have" gets them thinking as consumers and, eventually, you're bound to disappoint a customer.

Nov 9, 2017

I Want My Kids to Be Good by David McLemore

I can’t reroute my kids' sins to me. I can’t undo the pain they’ve already felt. I can’t remove the stain with which they were born. But Jesus can.

Nov 6, 2017

Links For The Church (11/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on friendship, prayers for church, welcoming women, the need for men to read stories, and fear.

Nov 2, 2017

3 Keys to Listening to Sermons by Dave Jenkins

Listening well and taking good notes during the sermon is a means to an end. That end is our growth in Christ and understanding of the Bible.

Oct 31, 2017

Dean Inserra on How Churches Can Know They're On the Right Track 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?"

Oct 30, 2017

Links For The Church (10/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on God's gift of zeros, rejoicing for the weak, why you should go to church, the will of God, and influencers on a child's health.

Oct 26, 2017

Disciple a Worship Leader by David Bronson

Most worship leaders genuinely want to see the church grow in godliness. It's just that no one ever told them that they might be able to do something about that.

Oct 24, 2017

6 Reasons to Take Seminary Chapel Seriously by Brandon Freeman

Academic prowess and a devotional posture ought not be detached from one another. In chapel services, thinking and feeling meld together. 

Oct 23, 2017

Links For The Church (10/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on adoption, political sins, sexual assault, short pastoral tenure, and mothering a rebellious heart. 

Oct 19, 2017

Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves by Dave Jenkins

The whole Bible is for the entire Christian because the entire Bible has a unified message in the gospel of the Lord Jesus.

Oct 18, 2017

3 Ways To Love Moms In Your Church by Allyson Todd

If you know women with children in your church, you’re called to love and serve them. 

Oct 17, 2017

7 Ways Short-Term Mission Trips Are Helpful by Adam McClendon

Short-term mission trips remind us of the beauty and granduer of the kingdom that awaits all who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oct 16, 2017

Links For The Church (10/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on fighting sin with love, sola fide, a manifesto on racial reconciliation, sharing the pulpit, and barrenness. 

Oct 12, 2017

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership by Erik Raymond

Meaningful membership attends our gospel witness. Membership communicates the people and the message of the gospel to a watching world. 

Oct 9, 2017

Links For The Church (10/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on altar calls, hope for the future, racial reconciliation language, and how to talk to kids about the Las Vegas shooting.

Oct 3, 2017

Engaging Others with the Gospel by Adam McClendon

We tend to get frustrated because we want instantaneous results, yet God wants faithful laborers who will patiently sow seed.

Oct 3, 2017

2 Words That Do More Harm Than Good by Michael Kelley

When others need comfort, there are two words, easy to say and very well-intentioned, that can actually do more harm than good.

Oct 2, 2017

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on daughters and dating, walking in the lights, careful exegesis, depression and womanhood, small group confession, and one-woman men. 

Sep 25, 2017

Links For The Church (9/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on systematic theology, hurricane Harvey, bad reasons to leave a church, congregational singing, murdering your marriage, and online tribalism for women. 

Sep 21, 2017

Career Idolators (And What to Do About Our Jealousy) by Sean Nolan

When we accept that God’s kingdom comes through hands other than our own, we’ve begun to relinquish control of our own kingdom as it’s eclipsed by his.

Sep 19, 2017

Fervent for Grace by Steve Bezner

Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.

Sep 19, 2017

How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?

FTC.co asks Christian songwriter and author, Keith Getty, "How Can Believers Cultivate A Culture Of Family Singing?"

Sep 18, 2017

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches by Steve Burchett

It put too much emphasis on one man’s speaking, and too little emphasis on the “one anothers” of Scripture, membership accountability, and careful shepherding of the flock.

Sep 18, 2017

Links For The Church (9/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on groups every pastor needs, buying a car and prayer, winning one another, and camp for girls. 

Sep 14, 2017

6 Marks of Gospel-Centered Unity by Darin Smith

Gospel-centered unity acknowledges that the church belongs to God, not men, and reflects the churches submission to God’s authority.

Sep 12, 2017

J.D. Greear on Keys to Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What are some keys to sharing the gospel with Muslims?"

Sep 11, 2017

Links For The Church (9/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on religious liberty and creativity, anger at God's plan, teaching like Jesus, forgiving friends, and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. 

Sep 5, 2017

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt by Michael Kelley

Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.

Sep 4, 2017

Snapchat Wisdom on College Ministry Do’s and Don’ts by Eric Turner

Put away the games you played in youth group and start digging deep into Jesus.

Sep 4, 2017

Links For The Church (9/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on teaching kids about those different from them, pastor's and giving records, blue-collar workers, and a Biblical understanding of sexuality.

Aug 31, 2017

4 Ways My Preaching Has Evolved (And How Yours Should Too) by Jason K. Allen

If you can’t point to ways your preaching has evolved over the years, it could be you were exceptionally gifted from the start, or it may mean you’re still preaching junior varsity sermons.

Aug 31, 2017

Church Planting: A Shaping Matter by Joel Littlefield

Church planting reminds us that we are feeble, weak creatures, but we are banking on the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples and to us - "I am with you always."

Aug 28, 2017

Links For The Church (8/28) by Staff

This week's links provide resources on fast food for singles, pastoring in small places, grief, loving the church, and parenting perfection. 

Aug 25, 2017

Matt Chandler on Sermon Prep by Staff

Series: Conversations

We asked Matt Chandler to describe his sermon prep process.

Aug 22, 2017

Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street by Nathan Loudin

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

Aug 21, 2017

Links For The Church (8/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on whole living, insecurity, Satan's two voices, and virtue signaling. 

Aug 17, 2017

3 Things I Know About Church Planting by Joel Littlefield

There’s so much that I do not know about planting a church. But those things I do, I will commit to with all the heart and passion which I can muster and which the Spirit so graciously supplies.

Aug 17, 2017

The Advantages of On-Campus Seminary by Mike Brooks

If left to make the decision again, you should know I’d be turning in my application and renting a moving truck before you finish reading this sentence.

Aug 15, 2017

What Church Revitalization Really Means by Luke Holmes

When it comes to revitalization, it's more difficult to help people change than it is to change the curtains. But the hard work is worth it.

Aug 15, 2017

An Arranged Marriage by Jesse Benack

Three ways we can make the most of the journey through the wilderness to meet our Lord.

Aug 14, 2017

Links For The Church (8/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on color-blindness, multiplying leaders, suicide and mental health, community, and same-sex attraction. 

Aug 10, 2017

Lessons Learned from Church Planting by Peaceable Division by Colin Clark

Our church planting strategy? Take our three-year-old church of 84 members and send half of them out.