Resources by Theme: Practical

Dec 12

Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music) by Brett McCracken

Putting aside preferences and embracing common, unified, God-centered worship is part of what it means to follow Jesus together.

Dec 12

Discerning Divine Providence by Luke Stamps

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.

Dec 10

Now that Camp, or the Retreat, or the Conference, is Over by Steve Burchett

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? 

Dec 9

Links For The Church (12/9) by Staff

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. 

Dec 5

Definitions: Gospel and Persuade by J. Mack Stiles

The gospel is the joyful message from God that leads us to salvation.

Dec 5

Nathan Rose on Transitioning a Church to a Plurality of Elders by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

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?"

Dec 3

What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper? by Erik Raymond

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?

Dec 3

The Bible is One Book by Matthew Emerson

In these three ways, Irenaeus helps us understand how the Bible is one book about one Person written by one Author.

Dec 2

Links For The Church (12/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on gratitude, C.S. Lewis and youth ministry, anxiety, and ministering to the homeless.

Nov 27

9 Things I've Learned in 9 Years Of Theological Education by Allyson Todd

All theological education exists to build up the church, equip the church, adorn the church, love the church - it is for the church.

Nov 26

Jared C. Wilson on Transitioning from an Attractional to a Gospel-Centered Ministry Model by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

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?"

Nov 25

Links For The Church (11/25) by Staff

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. 

Nov 21

Lordship is Not Legalism by Brett McCracken

What does countercultural Christianity look like in America today?

Nov 19

I Pray God Turns the Church Upside Down by Erik Raymond

We cannot say we are clear on doctrine when we are so often unclear on the application.

Nov 19

We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families by Ajith Fernando

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.

Nov 18

Links For The Church (11/18) by Staff

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. 

Nov 12

Reduce Your Social Media Friction by Thomas Kidd

Social media platforms have to be a tool for outreach and benefit, not stress and anxiety, or they're not worth it.

Nov 12

Michael Kelley on Why We Hate to Wait on God by Michael Kelley

FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "Why do we hate to wait on God?"

Nov 5

David Prince on the Importance of Application in Preaching by David Prince

Series: Conversations

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?"

Nov 4

3 Ways to Turn Against Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

These dangers are possible in every church, because every church is made up of sinners -- both pastors and laypeople alike.

Nov 4

Links For The Church (11/4) by Staff

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. 

Oct 29

Does Your Church Offer Weak Community? by Barry Cooper

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.

Oct 28

Links For The Church (10/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on disagreeing well, the Samaritan woman, joy, and those with special needs.

Oct 24

Biblical Theology in Discipleship by Nancy Guthrie

Here’s why I believe biblical theology should be woven into the fabric of discipleship in the local church.

Oct 23

10 Ways to Identify and Develop Missionaries from Your Student Ministry by Erik Odegard

While missions is more than evangelism, it is never less than that.

Oct 22

Learn to Love Your Uncomfortable Church by Brett McCracken

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?

Oct 22

All Men Need a Band of Gospel Brothers by David Prince

Men today are often drowning is superficial relationships, but do not possesses any genuinely accountable gut-level friendships.

Oct 22

Jonathan Leeman on Planting New Churches with Current Church Members by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

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?"

Oct 15

Christian, Feel Free to Love Politics by Doug Richey

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.

Oct 14

5 Ways to 'Feel' Scripture by Jared C. Wilson

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.

Oct 14

Links For The Church (10/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on sex, raising up leaders, proclaiming Christ at work, and the humanity of pastors. 

Oct 8

How to Study Theology: Eighteen Specifications by Brandon Freeman

Here are eighteen specifications on how we should study theology.

Oct 8

Nathan Rose on What Comes First in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "What comes first in church revitalization?"

Oct 7

Links For The Church (10/7) by Staff

This week's links include resources on domestic abuse, generations in the church, entertainment and our minds, and helping kids love the Bible. 

Oct 3

When Failure Leads to Worship by David McLemore

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.

Oct 3

Steve Bezner on Making Disciples Without Relying Solely on Programs by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

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?"

Oct 1

Christ and the Church

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Tony Merida's message on "Christ and the Church" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Oct 1

Christ and the World

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

J.D. Greear's message on "Christ and Mission" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Oct 1

Christ and Culture

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Owen Strachan's message on "Christ and Culture" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Oct 1

Christ and Discipleship

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "Christ and Discipleship" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Oct 1

Women and Vocational Ministry

An FTC19W Talk

Series: 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference

Christine Hoover's talk delivered at the 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference.

Oct 1

Engaging Culture When We Disagree

An FTC19W Talk

Series: 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference

Trillia Newbell's talk delivered at the 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference.

Oct 1

The Mission of Motherhood

An FTC19W Talk

Series: 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference

Karen Allen's talk delivered at the 2019 For The Church Women's Pre-Conference.

Sep 30

Links For The Church (9/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on singing in church, personal holiness, God's love, racial reconciliation, and hard conversations. 

Sep 25

Our Only Hope: A Review of the 2019 For the Church Annual Conference by Ronni Kurtz

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. 

Sep 24

8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’ by Brett McCracken

One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort. 

Sep 23

Links For The Church (9/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on retirement, hailing Jesus' name, marriage as ministry, reasonableness within outrage, and feasting on the Word of God. 

Sep 20

What To Know While You're In KC for FTC by Staff

Our best suggestions for barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do while you're in our wonderful city.