Resources by Theme: Practical

Sep 25

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize by Michael Kelley

Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.

Sep 25

The Place of Apologetics by Reid Monaghan

Apologetics and thoughtful witness effectively takes place where there is real and loving presence with others.

Sep 25

Nathan Rose on Keeping Accurate Church Membership Rolls by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "Why is important for churches to maintain an accurate membership roll?"

Sep 24

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-term community, living a diverse life, stronger small groups, and modeling forgiveness with children. 

Sep 20

Emotional Intimacy by Jim Essian

Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.

Sep 19

Episode 040: Darryl Dash on How to Grow

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

How does gospel-driven sanctification work? On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with pastor and author Darryl Dash about the ins and outs of practical spiritual growth. 

Sep 18

Don Whitney on What to Do When You're Struggling With Prayer

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "How do you encourage someone who is struggling with prayer?"

Sep 17

5 Better Ways to "Argue" About Social Justice

. . . Or Anything Else Online

I'm not convinced this thing can be settled online at all. But it's effecting real life relationships and it's effecting local churches, so the least we can do is start thinking and rethinking in terms of our online discourse.

Sep 17

Links For The Church (9/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on speaking with non-Christians, no excuses for bad sermons, parenting daughters, and fighting the good fight. 

Sep 13

Why Every Christian Should Read Mere Christianity by Jason G. Duesing

Every Christian should read this old book, at the very least, to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of the timeless One to whom it directs their thoughts.

Sep 11

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Church Worship Services by David Prince

We should always want and expect there to be unbelievers present and listening in our services. How does that affect our communciation?

Sep 10

Experience KC at FTC by Staff

A guide to the best barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do in Kansas City while you're here for FTC.

Sep 6

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes by Erik Raymond

It’s tempting to try to salute the contemporary zeitgeist while also standing firm on the Bible, but this is difficult pose for the faithful Christian to hold for long.

Sep 3

Links For The Church (9/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on covenant vows, the disabled and church, careful walking, and idol idolatry. 

Aug 30

3 Key Beliefs That Fuel Contentment by Michael Kelley

Contentment is not a feeling you drift in and out of. Rather, contentment is fueled by belief.

Aug 30

Interpreting the Bible as Christians—The Supernatural Word by David Prince

The inherent divine, organic unity of the Bible demands that faithful interpreters of the Scriptures recognize the theological coherence of the entire biblical canon.

Aug 30

4 Rules for the Shepherd’s Staff

Relating Well as a Staff Member to Your Pastor

Oh the untold wonders of things that may be accomplished from a unified gospel-front within the local church. Ask your pastor how you can help the church get there.

Aug 27

Links For The Church (8/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on deleting Instagram, humble prayers, miracles, and the aftermath of when an unbeliever departs. 

Aug 23

Reflections on Parenting as Gospel Ministry by Casey Lewis

As parents, we are to point our children to Jesus. But before we can point them to Jesus, they, like us, need to see their need for him.

Aug 21

Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer by Patrick Meador

Jesus Christ came to the utmost of sinners bearing the utmost hope. Do not expect marketing to bring them to you.

Aug 20

Links For The Church (8/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on hospitality in the church, 'God talk,' sacrifices made in preaching, healthy marriage, and reflections on Hurricane Harvey. 

Aug 16

Sin Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation by Jonathan Kroeker

A family vacation is a gift of God, but a family vacation is not God. A vacation must never become our ultimate “happy place.”

Aug 14

True Preaching is Indispensable! What is it? by David Prince

God uses most effectively preachers who are given over to the task of proclaiming the word of God with their whole person—holding nothing back.

Aug 13

Links For The Church (8/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on depression, Ecclesiastes, global missions and autonomy, scripture before phone, and non-epic church services. 

Aug 6

Links For The Church (8/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on mental illness, the visible church, discipleship and pastoral burnout, warning signs of a bad pastor, and the ministry hill to die on. 

Aug 2

I Don't Think It, I Feel It by Adam Kareus

God calls us to die to self. Often that means we will be doing things that don't feel great.

Jul 31

When I'm Not Productive, I'm Loved Anyway by David McLemore

When we don’t feel productive, the work we should look to and be comforted by is the work done by Jesus.

Jul 30

Links For The Church (7/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loneliness, the book of Acts, 15 reminders about hell, and pain knocking at your door. 

Jul 26

Are Students Really the Church of Tomorrow? by Kyle Hoffsmith

Youth ministry might not need a total makeover. Instead, we need to think strategically about how to incorporate students into the life of the church. 

Jul 23

Links For The Church (7/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on student ministry, making social media more Christian, Ecclesiastes and our secular age, and pausing in pressure. 

Jul 19

5 Marks of Effective Prayer by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The key to prayer is a heart of dependence. Pray with the holy urgency of one who has a need that only Jesus can meet.

Jul 18

A Puritan’s Advice on What to Watch on Netflix by Clayton Kraby

If you would hesitate to tell a fellow Christian that you are a fan of a certain show – or would hesitate to tell a fellow fan that you are a Christian – you need to rethink your entertainment choices.

Jul 18

9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away by Jason K. Allen

While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them. 

Jul 17

Don Whitney on Misconceptions About the Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What are some misconceptions people have about the spiritual disciplines?"

Jul 16

Links For The Church (7/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on aspiring theologians, grief, teaching kids theology, Instagram and the Christian, and genealogies. 

Jul 13

3 Reasons to Give Away Our Books by Taylor Cain

Christians who are building personal libraries should be utilizing these resources for the purpose of being conformed to the image of Christ and helping others to follow suit.

Jul 12

Pastor, Read Your (Paper) Bible by Michael Malanga

It is not nostalgia that prompts me to read the Bible on paper; it is the expectation of encountering on every page the God who wrote it. 

Jul 10

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jul 10

3 Spiritual Reasons You Should Take Control of Your Calendar by Michael Kelley

Perhaps, though, taking control of your calendar isn’t just an issue of time management. Maybe it is actually a spiritual discipline or even an act of discipleship.

Jul 10

The Big Thing Seminary Did Teach Me: I’ll Never Graduate from Learning by Jeff Robinson

My sinful heart might crave omniscience, but a good and loving God will never give it to me.

Jul 9

How to Affair-Proof Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

We may not be able to keep our pastor from falling, but we can invest in his personal, marital, and ministerial health in such a way that the temptations are lessened.

Jul 9

Links For The Church (7/09) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leading leaders, Bonhoeffer and spiritual disciplines, when God isn't there, and spiritual gifts. 

Jul 3

Mark Dever on the Problem with Unhitching the Old Testament From Our Theology

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, "What’s the problem with unhitching the Old Testament from our theology?"

Jul 3

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading by David McLemore

For many, “joy” and “reading plan” don’t jive. How many of us have set out January 1 with Genesis 1 only to fail somewhere around Leviticus 10?

Jul 2

Links For The Church (7/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on how to be a burden, planting seeds with kids, essentials for new team members, and fauxnerability in the church. 

Jun 26

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon by Timothy Raymond

My church won’t remember everything I say but they will remember what I repeatedly talk about.

Jun 26

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel by Jonathan Leeman

The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.

Jun 25

Links For The Church (6/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singles in the church, prayerful people, loving wisdom, and the brevity of life. 

Jun 21

4 Ways Men are Called to Be Spiritual Leaders by Mike Ruel

We read Ephesians 5:22-26 and there is no avoiding it: God has called men to be spiritual leaders in the home.

Jun 21

Fathers' Day and the Father's Delight by Owen Strachan

The church must spot the lie. The church must preach and teach the truth. The church must celebrate God-made order.