Resources by Theme: Practical

Jan 23

Don Whitney on the Preference for Bible Study Over Prayer

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "Why do many Christians seem more inclined to Bible Study than prayer?"

Jan 21

Adam McClendon on Christian Culture and Masculinity by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Professor in the School of Divnity and Director of the DMin doctoral program at Liberty University, "What does Christian culture sometimes get wrong about masculinity?"

Jan 16

Barnabas Piper on Becoming a Better Writer

FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "What is a surprising way to become a better writer?"

Jan 7

What Greta Thunberg Teaches Us About Teenagers by Micah Hayes

Here is the bottom line: when young people are passionate, bold, and relentless, things change.

Jan 7

Dan Darling on How to Know If You Are Virtue Signaling by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice-President of Communciations at the ERLC, "What is virtue signaling and how do you know if you are doing it?"

Jan 6

How to Fall . . . Again

How to Turn Your Comeback into Another Collapse

There is a subtle kind of pride that has the appearance of celebrating grace. But its aim is self-oriented. 

Jan 2

Three Ways to Safeguard Regenerate Church Membership by Allen Nelson

It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.

Dec 31, 2019

Preaching the Whole Counsel by Jason K. Allen

If one desires to preach the whole counsel of God, proper interpretation is of paramount importance. ​

Dec 30, 2019

Links For The Church (12/30) by Staff

This week's links include resources on abandoning dreams, fighting materialism, gospel-driven theology, Lottie Moon, and how God uses suffering. 

Dec 30, 2019

Faithful Application of the Word of God

Reflections on James the Apostle's Portrait of Working Faith

How do we “do application” in a way that is faithful to the Scriptures and representative of the biblical portrait of obedience?

Dec 24, 2019

David Prince on Who Has Influnced His Preaching the Most 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, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Dec 23, 2019

Links For The Church (12/23) by Staff

This week's links include resources on Joseph, our deliverer, the redemption of the curse, and giving God your pulpit. 

Dec 19, 2019

What is a Faithful Preacher? by Jason K. Allen

What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?

Dec 17, 2019

The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?

Dec 16, 2019

Links For The Church (12/16) by Staff

This week's links include resources on desiring Jesus, the little drummer boy, mastering self, preventing kids from going as missionaries, and encouraging the ministry of single women. 

Dec 12, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

Definitions: Gospel and Persuade by J. Mack Stiles

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

Dec 5, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

Lordship is Not Legalism by Brett McCracken

What does countercultural Christianity look like in America today?

Nov 19, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

How to Study Theology: Eighteen Specifications by Brandon Freeman

Here are eighteen specifications on how we should study theology.

Oct 8, 2019

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, 2019

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.