In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.
For this week, we link you to helpful pieces on friendships with non-Christians, having discernment, turning up the volume on time with the Lord, and raising children on the frontlines.
If we want our prayers to do the most good for the largest number of people, we must include those in our prayers whose decisions create the circumstances in which the purposes of the Gospel prosper.
This week's links deal with how to take steps for racial reconciliation, bringing back beauty, thinking rightly about small groups, and what gospel-saturated self-control looks like.
I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.
Christ’s forgiveness should not relax the Christians attitude towards sin. On the contrary, Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and our forgiveness thereby should increase our hatred of sin and bolster our longing for its defeat in our daily lives.
Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.
The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.
It has become commonplace in the church for ills and problems to demand the majority of our attention and focus. In considering God's design for the body of Christ, what would it look like for pastors and laypeople to spend adequate time and energy seeking out solutions to these problems as well?
If the pastor and his wife do not bind together to fight against sin in their lives and ministry, Satan will take hold.
We Christians of all backgrounds and proclivities can trap ourselves in webs of pride that threaten to kill our spirituality and love for the Lord.
The most difficult aspect of seminary was the bold, vexing question of, “What’s next?”
Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.
While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.
When we approach the Bible with focus and care, our reading becomes more than just reading. We find ourselves in deep fellowship with God and able to persevere over the long haul.
We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems. So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?
Christ calls us to share His death and resurrection with love and humility, as well as power and boldness.
The choice of our wedding date may have been our first mistake in marriage, but there have been many more I've made that have been of much greater consequence than how we spend our anniversaries.
As believers, we seek to cultivate deeper relationships with one another, moving beyond surface-level interactions. Here are three reasons why community should be a non-negotiable for members of your church.
Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.
Ministry methods have changed over the decades, but the challenges and joys of ministry remain the same. Spurgeon’s lectures to his students are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.
Meeting with Christians of all ages is not a cure-all, and there is undeniable value in relationships with people of similar age and experience. But we must not despise the wisdom, experience, and friendship of all the people God places around us.
Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.
Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.
Your children will thank you after their conversion that you trained them in good habits, even as they will recognize that only the gospel truly sustains holy living.
I spent many years being angry—from my youth to well into adulthood. By the grace of God I have found freedom from its grip on me, but it took years of growing in grace.
Trap #1: Separating From Non-Christians Like a Pharisee
The Pharisees were a very conservative group that was extremely committed to being holy and uncorrupted by the world. They were also very critical and judgmental towards non-Christians3 because they didn’t think non- Christians were as committed to following God as they were. And they were convinced that one of the easiest ways to be polluted by the world was…
What are some vital components to training young men for ministry?
What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher
More than anything else, God’s glory is displayed in and through Christ-exalting, neighbor-loving, gospel-advancing churches.
An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.
Contrary to popular sentimentalism, we are not singing for “an audience of one.” While we do sing to worship our Savior, we also sing to rehearse the truth of the Gospel together and be sanctified by it.
Warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result.
We ask Dr. J.T. English, "How can large churches provide effective ministry training?"
Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.
Before Carl F.H. Henry became the premier evangelical theologian of the twentieth century, he first was a nominal Episcopalian in need of the mercy of God. Thankfully that mercy came through the air assault of a persistent widow.
We ask Dr. Greg Belser, "What are some milestones in ministry that are difficult or impossible to prepare for?"
We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.
You must become one of the fire-caretaker if you want to stay warm with God.
We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?
Praise the Lord that he is willing to repeat himself, because the best truths deserve repeating.
A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.
Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for husbands and wives to develop a plan to help each other fight sexual temptation.
The cultural world of sports in which some people live and move and have their being is a place that should be engaged by a robust Christian witness.
In response to modern culture, the Church often assumes a defensive position. Christ has called us to something more.
We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.
If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .
The Lord loves a straight shooter