Resources by Theme: Practical

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.

Jun 19

Spurgeon for Plumbers by Steve Bezner

There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.

Jun 18

Links For The Church (6/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on long-distance friendships, warning signs of moral failure, beauty in hard times, habits of great Bible teachers, and living intentional lives. 

Jun 14

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards? by Jeremy Kimble

While challenging, Edwards will greatly benefit those who persevere in reading his works.

Jun 14

Family Dynamics of a Church Planter by Won S. Kwak

Church planter, your calling is to dynamically love your family as you lead your church family.

Jun 12

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That's Not Cool Enough​ by Michael Kelley

Three reasons to do the very countercultural thing of actually staying in the church that’s simply not cool enough.

Jun 11

Link For The Church (6/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on youth groups, substitutionary atonement, leaving your first love, advice for new parents, and how to wait well. 

Jun 4

Links For The Church (6/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the gift of singleness, women in Scripture, special needs ministry in the church, when your boss isn't a Christian, and moms who have needs. 

May 31

Ministering to Coworkers by Nathan Johnson

Consider the fact that God is shaping you and growing you as a person through your occupation.

May 29

The Foolish Quest for a “Silver Bullet” in Global Missions by Steve Jennings

There is a madness in missions driven by one ultimate question: “Does it work?”

May 28

What to Do When You Meet a Beggar by Jared C. Wilson

When the way of Jesus clashes with "street smarts."

May 28

Links For The Church (5/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on detecting prosperity gospel churches, love according to the Puritans, seeking man's approval, and pastoring anxious people.

May 22

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ by Erik Raymond

We are hopeless in our Christian lives if we have not the charter of Christ held fast against our hearts.

May 21

When Confession Goes Wrong

5 Ways We Confess Without Confessing

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

May 21

Links For The Church (5/21) by Staff

This week's links include resources on walking by faith, a pastor's schedule, corporate confession, foolish creativity, selfies, and how men can encourage women in ministry. 

May 17

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using by Michael Kelley

Christian leaders, consider this: you have been given stewardship, not ownership

May 17

The Gospel and Your Recreation by Jason K. Allen

May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.

May 14

Thou Shalt Not Put Your Friends to the Test

Personal Holiness as a Grace to Others

An upright life is a grace to others.

May 14

Links For The Church (5/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on gratitude and gratefulness, leadership, how to be nicer, God's gentleness and strength, and the god of busyness. 

May 10

What are "Sound Words"? by Coleman Ford

When key words are missing in our gospel vocabulary, the ministry of “sound words” is lacking.

May 8

3 Non-Negotiables in Kid's Ministry by Mathew Gilbert

Show the kids in your ministry the gospel in your actions. Show that it isn’t just a message of empty words, but a message of power from a holy and gracious God.

May 8

Matt Chandler on How a Church Can Know It's on the Right Track by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, "How can a church know its on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

May 7

Links For The Church (5/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being a dad, missionaries in a secular land, video games, kids and racial reconciliation, the church and natural disasters, and your dispensability. 

May 1

The Power of Saying Sorry by Adam Kareus

Precisely because saying "sorry" is a counter to the sin of pride, we need to be able to do it when necessary.

Apr 30

Links For The Church (4/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pastors getting things done, spiritual gifts, teaching kids to love God, Christian hospitality, and racial reconciliation in the SBC. 

Apr 26

The Problem of Superstitious Christianity by Cody Wilbanks

The goal for all pastors, and all Christians really, is the pursuit of knowing and worshiping God as He really is and not as we have merely imagined Him to be.

Apr 24

A Simple Definition of Leadership by Michael Kelley

Leadership is about embracing responsibility. It’s about understanding our role as stewards and being content with where He has placed us.

Apr 23

Links For The Church (4/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on disciple-making shift, single women in the church, lessons from a bad sermon, how to lose a pastor, sin's allure, and church planting pipelines. 

Apr 16

Links For The Church (4/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the purpose of marriage, worry, when Christianity doesn't work, caricatured biblical womanhood, and habits of false teachers. 

Apr 12

Preachers, Let's Stop Stepping on Toes by Lee Callicutt

Only when the heart is addressed do people find Christ more glorious, satisfying, and beautiful than whatever else they are grasping onto.

Apr 10

Jeff Medders on What He Would've Done Differently as a Church Planter by J.A. Medders

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church (Tomball, TX): "What is the one thing you wish you’d done different as a church planter?"

Apr 9

Links For The Church (4/9) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a balanced gospel, hype church services, Christian hospitality, and prayer in 1 Timothy 2. 

Apr 5

Can My Husband Also Be My Pastor? by Hannah Wright

For us to be able to respect our husbands as our pastors, we must first respect them as the spiritual leaders of our families. These two actions are irrefutably linked.

Apr 3

Keith Getty on His Favorite Worship Song

FTC.co asks Keith Getty, Christian songwriter and author, "What is your favorite worship song, and why?"

Apr 2

Links For The Church (4/2) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the sacraments and art, sharing the gospel, the language of "calling," and spitfire women. 

Mar 29

Communion With Our Eyes Wide Open​ by Mike Brooks

In addition to giving us specific instructions, the biblical passages that mention the Lord's Supper are vivid reminders of the “togetherness” of it all.