Putting aside preferences and embracing common, unified, God-centered worship is part of what it means to follow Jesus together.
We can’t always see what God is up to, either on the global stage of world history or on the smaller stages of our lives and decisions.
It’s impossible to replicate, day after day, the camp/retreat/conference high. What can you do to make the most of your experience after it’s all over?
This week's links include resources on peace during Christmas, emotionally unhealthy leaders, why God would give kids a sick mom, the real meaning of Christmas, and singing Christmas carols.
Train your flock through your preaching to behold.
The gospel is the joyful message from God that leads us to salvation.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "How do you transition a church to a plurality of elders?"
How should you take communion? I’m not talking about the form of being served, but what should be going on in our hearts and minds as we partake?
In these three ways, Irenaeus helps us understand how the Bible is one book about one Person written by one Author.
This week's links include resources on gratitude, C.S. Lewis and youth ministry, anxiety, and ministering to the homeless.
All theological education exists to build up the church, equip the church, adorn the church, love the church - it is for the church.
FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author-in-Residence at Spurgeon College/MBTS, "What is the first step for a church in moving from the attractional paradigm to a gospel-centered model of ministry?"
This week's links provide resources on multiplication in the church, women and the Word, who delivered Jesus to death, a letter for "dones" and "nones," and faith as defiance.
What does countercultural Christianity look like in America today?
We cannot say we are clear on doctrine when we are so often unclear on the application.
In short, it’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.
This week's links include resources on speaking truth in your heart, hope and sexual past, hymns for youth groups, and mothering as a first-generation Christian.
Social media platforms have to be a tool for outreach and benefit, not stress and anxiety, or they're not worth it.
FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "Why do we hate to wait on God?"
FTC.co asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "How important is application in preaching?"
These dangers are possible in every church, because every church is made up of sinners -- both pastors and laypeople alike.
This week's links include resources on the Christan non-majority, pastoral encouragement, evangelicals and retrieval, disabled children in the womb, and God's Book.
Ensuring our Christian communities are “high group” isn’t just a question of growth. In a post-Christian America, it’s a question of survival.
This week's links include resources on disagreeing well, the Samaritan woman, joy, and those with special needs.
Here’s why I believe biblical theology should be woven into the fabric of discipleship in the local church.
While missions is more than evangelism, it is never less than that.
How do we stick with our uncomfortable church long enough to see this growth happen? How can we endure—no, learn to love—our uncomfortable church in spite of its frustrating imperfections?
Men today are often drowning is superficial relationships, but do not possesses any genuinely accountable gut-level friendships.
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "I want to plant a church and take current church members with me. What do I do?"
We can love politics without it replacing God. We can love politics without it eclipsing our evangelism. We can love politics without it devaluing the eternal. We can love politics and honor Jesus simultaneously.
We will not be mastered by Scripture if we don't occasionally allow it to overwhelm us, intimidate us, and force us to wrestle with it.
This week's links include resources on sex, raising up leaders, proclaiming Christ at work, and the humanity of pastors.
Here are eighteen specifications on how we should study theology.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "What comes first in church revitalization?"
This week's links include resources on domestic abuse, generations in the church, entertainment and our minds, and helping kids love the Bible.
Yes, we fail, but God is good and worthy to be worshiped. He accepts us by the blood of Christ. We can draw near to him right now.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "How do we make disciples without creating a one-size-fits-all program?"
This week's links include resources on singing in church, personal holiness, God's love, racial reconciliation, and hard conversations.
One rhythm rooted in the life of Midwestern Seminary is the annual For the Church National Conference. For two days in September, pastors and ministry leaders ascend upon Kansas City in hopes to feast on the goodness and grace of God in the form of conference sermons, breakouts, panels, and fellowship with one another.
One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort.
This week's links include resources on retirement, hailing Jesus' name, marriage as ministry, reasonableness within outrage, and feasting on the Word of God.
Our best suggestions for barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do while you're in our wonderful city.