Christians, of all people in the world, should be the best apologizers.
Apologetics and thoughtful witness effectively takes place where there is real and loving presence with others.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "Why is important for churches to maintain an accurate membership roll?"
This week's links include resources on long-term community, living a diverse life, stronger small groups, and modeling forgiveness with children.
Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.
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.
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?"
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.
This week's links include resources on speaking with non-Christians, no excuses for bad sermons, parenting daughters, and fighting the good fight.
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.
We should always want and expect there to be unbelievers present and listening in our services. How does that affect our communciation?
A guide to the best barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do in Kansas City while you're here for FTC.
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.
This week's links include resources on covenant vows, the disabled and church, careful walking, and idol idolatry.
Contentment is not a feeling you drift in and out of. Rather, contentment is fueled by belief.
The inherent divine, organic unity of the Bible demands that faithful interpreters of the Scriptures recognize the theological coherence of the entire biblical canon.
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.
This week's links include resources on deleting Instagram, humble prayers, miracles, and the aftermath of when an unbeliever departs.
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.
Jesus Christ came to the utmost of sinners bearing the utmost hope. Do not expect marketing to bring them to you.
This week's links include resources on hospitality in the church, 'God talk,' sacrifices made in preaching, healthy marriage, and reflections on Hurricane Harvey.
A family vacation is a gift of God, but a family vacation is not God. A vacation must never become our ultimate “happy place.”
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.
This week's links include resources on depression, Ecclesiastes, global missions and autonomy, scripture before phone, and non-epic church services.
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.
God calls us to die to self. Often that means we will be doing things that don't feel great.
When we don’t feel productive, the work we should look to and be comforted by is the work done by Jesus.
This week's links include resources on loneliness, the book of Acts, 15 reminders about hell, and pain knocking at your door.
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.
This week's links include resources on student ministry, making social media more Christian, Ecclesiastes and our secular age, and pausing in pressure.
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.
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.
While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them.
FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What are some misconceptions people have about the spiritual disciplines?"
This week's links include resources on aspiring theologians, grief, teaching kids theology, Instagram and the Christian, and genealogies.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
My sinful heart might crave omniscience, but a good and loving God will never give it to me.
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.
This week's links include resources on leading leaders, Bonhoeffer and spiritual disciplines, when God isn't there, and spiritual gifts.
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?"
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?
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.
My church won’t remember everything I say but they will remember what I repeatedly talk about.
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.
This week's links include resources on singles in the church, prayerful people, loving wisdom, and the brevity of life.
We read Ephesians 5:22-26 and there is no avoiding it: God has called men to be spiritual leaders in the home.
The church must spot the lie. The church must preach and teach the truth. The church must celebrate God-made order.