Resources by Theme: Practical

Aug 31, 2015

How Do You Know If You're Discontent? by Erik Raymond

If we are grumbling then we can be sure that we are not content. We are essentially saying that God is getting it wrong.

Aug 29, 2015

5 Christian Lifehacks - Debunked by Adam McClendon

The desire for instant gratification has also crept into the church to combine with this self-gratifying approach to the spiritual life. As a result, we often want an instant spirituality that results in comfort.

Aug 24, 2015

Train, Part 2

Rusted Hammers and Grace for Immaturity

Training men means that you and I will spend much of our time wire brush grinders, chipping away at the rust of hammers left in the grass. Let’s do it with grace, using the opportunity to train men how to avoid mistakes as much as possible how to take responsibility for mistakes when they are made, and how to rest in the grace of our God through it all.

Aug 21, 2015

6 Ways To Raise Up Preachers In Your Church by Kevin Larson

Good intentions don’t produce good preachers.

Aug 16, 2015

The Three Generosities of a Local Church by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.

Aug 14, 2015

3 Tips for a Healthier Prayer Life by Joel Lindsey

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent . . .

Aug 12, 2015

Preparing Your Soul For Seminary

A Reading List

A small compendium of voices, saints of old and new, who will both challenge and grace you with the things necessary for “survival and thrival” in seminary.

Aug 10, 2015

5 Lessons I've Re-Learned About Prayer by Darin Smith

You and I can no more attempt to live this thing called the Christian life without prayer than we can live each second and day without breath. And yet the weakest prayers yield the most grace.

Aug 9, 2015

How to Almost Guarantee Your Children Will Run in the Opposite Direction from the Faith by Staff

Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions? All we have to do is sterilize our churches.

Aug 5, 2015

11 Ways Single Christians Enjoy Their Singleness Without Wasting It by David Qaoud

Singleness might be a waiting season, but it doesn’t need to be a wasted season.

Jul 29, 2015

Train, Part 1

6 Musts in Training Men

All men, whether they desire to be pastors or are simply husbands and fathers, need training in 6 key areas. Men who desire to be pastors must then learn to apply these 6 areas to a whole other section of life, a larger family -- their church.

Jul 25, 2015

Does The Bible Say Anything About Sleep Habits? by David Roach

Can a lack of sleep indicate a spiritual problem? Does the Bible say anything to guide us in our sleep patterns?

Jul 25, 2015

How To Have the Best Vacation Ever by Jim Fowler

A perfect vacation is not about the waves, fresh powder, or the length of stay.  It is found with your loved ones, by being alone, present, willing, and intentional.

Jul 24, 2015

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church by Sean Lillis

The bad reasons for leaving a church are many, but they all share one thing in common—they are born out of the error of thinking that the church exists primarily for me.

Jul 23, 2015

What to Do With 'Some People Are Saying . . .' by Jared C. Wilson

The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.

Jul 22, 2015

How We Teach and Admonish in Our Worship by Sam Parkison

God wants us to experience our messy community when we come together in worship. He is honored by it.

Jul 18, 2015

3 Surprising Ways to Boast in the Lord by Michael Kelley

What does it look like to boast in the Lord? There is, of course, the most straight forward meaning – that boasting in the Lord is not being proud of your own accomplishments, but instead sharing freely and loudly what Jesus has done on the cross. But is that the only way to boast in the Lord?

Jul 17, 2015

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Daily Devos by Chris Martin

Here are five easy ways that you can engage with the Bible in such a way that you may get a little more out of your daily devotions.

Jun 30, 2015

Prioritizing Replenishing Relationships by Jamaal Williams

My wife and I began to pray intentionally that the Lord would send replenishing relationships that would loosen me up and lighten my load. And he did. This experience has been life-giving.

Jun 29, 2015

The One Phrase That Will Help You Embrace The Cost of Relationships by Michael Kelley

Relationships are costly endeavors, and if you’re like me, it’s a battle many times to get passed that cost. But there is a phrase you can say to yourself that will help you embrace that cost, and it’s not as complicated as you might think.

Jun 27, 2015

Cleaning Up Relational Waste by Andy Love

If you’ve submitted your life to the call of church planting and church leadership, you cannot escape the fact that you’ve entered into a relational work. Your effectiveness in ministry, for better or worse, is going to be influenced by your ability to live out the call from Romans 12 to “as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all men.”

Jun 26, 2015

Finding The Right Church by Jim Elliff

What should you look for in a church?

Jun 26, 2015

9 Truths Nobody Told You About Small Groups by Ben Reed

I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up.

Jun 23, 2015

Building Relationships With Internationals by Joshua Hedger

According to the Mission Society, approximately 75% of internationals are never invited into an American home. Most internationals come from cultures that put great emphasis on hospitality and yet they find that in America there is little hospitality offered to them.

Jun 21, 2015

Training Up Leaders by Jeremy Writebol

I have learned that “growing a garden” is one of the most enjoyable and fruitful things that you can do in ministry. In fact, I might be so bold as to say that unless you are working to train up and develop leaders in your church plant you probably aren’t being faithful to the biblical calling you have as a pastor or church planter.

Jun 20, 2015

3 Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church by Chris Martin

Your church is broken because it’s made up of broken people, including yourself. Abandoning the local church is only acceptable under a few extreme circumstances. Other than in certain circumstances, the people of God have the responsibility to sacrificially love their local churches as Jesus has.

Jun 19, 2015

Fighting Legalism In Your Heart by Joel Lindsey

It is helpful for us to examine our own hearts for signs of legalism, signs of places where we are trusting in or protecting our moral self-sufficiency for our identity.

Jun 16, 2015

Why did you author “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo”? by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2015 For The Church Columbus Micro-Conference

Jared Wilson, director of content strategy at Midwestern Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, shares why he authored “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo” at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

Why is recovering regenerate church membership one of the SBC's greatest needs? by Paige Patterson

Series: 2015 For The Church Columbus Micro-Conference

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, answers the question, why is recovering regenerate church membership one of the SBC’s greatest needs at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

Is Capitol Hill Baptist Church a replicable model of church life? by Mark Dever

Series: 2015 For The Church Columbus Micro-Conference

Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., answers the question, is Capitol Hill Baptist Church a replicable model of church life at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

How do you pastor in a sex-saturated culture? by Matt Carter

Series: 2015 For The Church Columbus Micro-Conference

Matt Carter, pastor of preaching at the Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, shares biblical insights on how to pastor in a sex-saturated culture at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

Why are you committed to expository preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2015 For The Church Columbus Micro-Conference

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, shares why he is committed to expository preaching at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

An Acquired Taste by Michael Kelley

Developing new tastes take time. Instead of being frustrated by the time it takes to grow and love spiritual disciplines, think of time as your ally.

Jun 15, 2015

Kevin Peck on Discipleship and Growth by Kevin Peck

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. Kevin Peck, "Does discipleship have to change as a church grows?"

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on the State of Preaching by David Prince

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. David Prince, "How would you characterize the state of preaching in evangelicalism today?"

Jun 15, 2015

H.B. Charles on Sermon Prep by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We asked H.B. Charles, Jr. what his sermon preparation looks like.

Jun 15, 2015

4 Barriers to Community by Darrin Patrick

If you want to be known, served, and celebrated in community, you’ll need to be challenged by that community. And that community will help you live the life you’ve always wanted.

Jun 14, 2015

Questions to Ask Yourself About Eternal Security by Staff

Because eternal life is integral to the gospel's promise, eternal security is an integral blessing of the gospel.

Jun 14, 2015

Troubleshooting Division in the Church by Casey Lewis

I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.

Jun 11, 2015

5 Ways to Keep Church Discipline from Seeming Weird by Jared C. Wilson

To mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and naive Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. So how do we work at keeping the biblical admonition to church discipline from seeming weird?

Jun 8, 2015

Church Planter, Act Your Age by Jeff Lawrence

We miss out when we fail to act our age. So, take a long range perspective of your church’s journey, and fight for the joy of this particular season in the life of your church.

Jun 6, 2015

How To Pace Yourself

The Art of Rest

Since rest is part of God’s good plan for us, I want to be obedient in an overflow of my love for Him. After all, he’s already lived the life I can’t live and paid the price I couldn’t pay for my sin. The culture around us says, “Go work, gain merit, and prove yourself worthy.” The gospel, though, says, “Rest in Christ.”

Jun 5, 2015

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel by Christine Hoover

For many of my formative years, the overarching and consistent message I received at church was, “Be good." I attempted with everything in me to be good, but my efforts only reinforced what I knew deep inside: I wasn’t good enough and could never be.

Jun 5, 2015

How Do I Know When I Should Plant A Church?

5 Components for Chasing Your Vision

Discerning a call to plant a church presents a great challenge. I have been blessed to network with church planters and coach them through discerning their call. The conversation inevitably arrives at a question very similar to this: “I've got this vision that I know God has given me, but I keep asking ‘How do I know when it is time to go?’"

Jun 4, 2015

7 Words of Advice For The First-Time Pastor by John Powell

When a minister assumes his first pastorate, it can be an exciting time for everyone. There is so much hope and anticipation. But there is also so much that is mysterious and fraught with difficulty. The following are some bits of advice from some lessons I've learned over the years, some of them the hard way.

Jun 2, 2015

Confronting The Sins We Tolerate by Casey Lewis

We overlook “respectable sins” not only because they are pervasive, but also because they don't seem as bad as others that get more press. But when we turn a blind eye to these "ordinary" sins, they begin to fester. 

Jun 1, 2015

Evangelical Engagement In Evil Times by Drew Griffin

Above all, preach unceasingly the glory of the Kingdom that is here and is to come; it is the only hope we have in these “last days.” We must all “do the work of an evangelist.”

May 30, 2015

Organization To The Glory of God by Jason Kees

We have been given a set, predetermined number of days to walk this earth. We should, by God’s grace, make every one of them count.