Resources by Theme: Practical

Aug 10, 2016

3 Ways to Steward Your Own Failure by Michael Kelley

In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.

Aug 8, 2016

Links For the Church (8/8) by Staff

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.

Aug 5, 2016

Do I Really Have to Pray for Politicians I Oppose? by Darin Smith

 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.

Aug 1, 2016

Links For the Church (8/1) by Staff

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.

Jul 29, 2016

Should I Have Started My PhD Instead of Becoming a Pastor? by Danny Slavich

I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Jul 28, 2016

Sin is Out of the Question by Joel Littlefield

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. 

Jul 22, 2016

How Our Generation Can Learn From the Older by Casey Lewis

Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.

Jul 22, 2016

Men, Abortion is Your Problem Too by Sam Parkison

The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.

Jul 21, 2016

Majoring on Solutions by Zach Barnhart

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? 

Jul 20, 2016

What If We Fail? by Hannah Wright

If the pastor and his wife do not bind together to fight against sin in their lives and ministry, Satan will take hold. 

Jul 20, 2016

Spider Webs of Our Own Making

Pride and the Christian Life

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.

Jul 13, 2016

I'm Done With Seminary...Now What? by Lance Olimb

The most difficult aspect of seminary was the bold, vexing question of, “What’s next?”

Jul 8, 2016

The Frustration of Slowing Down by Mason King

Slowing down should frustrate our flesh, but in a different way; it brings quietness of heart amid the noise of life.

Jul 8, 2016

Apologetics: A Reasonable Defense by Casey Lewis

While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.

Jul 7, 2016

Making the Most of Your Bible Reading by Godwin Sathianathan

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.

Jul 6, 2016

What Kind of Problem Is It? by Luke Holmes

We would never seek spiritual solutions to physical problems.  So why do seek physical answers to spiritual problems?

Jul 6, 2016

3 Types of Evangelism to Avoid by Tom Johnston

Christ calls us to share His death and resurrection with love and humility, as well as power and boldness.

Jul 6, 2016

The 4 Biggest Mistakes I've Made in Marriage by Christine Hoover

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.

Jul 5, 2016

3 Reasons to Require Small Group Participation for Church Members by Joshua Hedger

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.

Jul 1, 2016

Do You See the Fatherless, or Are You Not Looking? by Joel Littlefield

Even just visiting the fatherless in their affliction is considered among the most holy and Christ-like of actions.

Jul 1, 2016

The Priority of Confirming Your Call by Dave Harvey

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.

Jun 30, 2016

Gather with All Ages by Ryan Higginbottom

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.

Jun 29, 2016

What Does It Mean to Give Grace to One Another? by Christine Hoover

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.

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

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.

Jun 22, 2016

Is It Anti-gospel to Teach Kids Self-control Before Conversion? by Owen Strachan

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.

Jun 22, 2016

Overcoming Anger by Joe Thorn

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.

Jun 15, 2016

Four Traps That Kill Mission by Aaron Morrow

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…

Jun 13, 2016

Clint Pressley on Training Young Men for Ministry by Staff

Series: Conversations

What are some vital components to training young men for ministry?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: J.T. English

What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What is one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Daniel Darling

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 9, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Four

The Preacher's Delivery

Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher

Jun 8, 2016

God's Plan for the Church by Doug Ponder

More than anything else, God’s glory is displayed in and through Christ-exalting, neighbor-loving, gospel-advancing churches.

Jun 8, 2016

Pastor, Should You Hire a Male Assistant? by Jim Elliff

An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.

Jun 7, 2016

Your Church Needs You To Sing by Stephen Miller

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.

Jun 1, 2016

5 Quick Thoughts on Manhood and Sports by Owen Strachan

Warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result.

May 31, 2016

J.T. English on Ministry Training in Large Churches by J.T. English

We ask Dr. J.T. English, "How can large churches provide effective ministry training?"

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

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.

May 25, 2016

Carl F. H. Henry and An Air Assault from a Persistent Widow by Jason G. Duesing

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.

May 24, 2016

Dr. Greg Belser on Difficult Ministry Milestones by Greg Belser

We ask Dr. Greg Belser, "What are some milestones in ministry that are difficult or impossible to prepare for?"

May 24, 2016

What Does God Have to Do With It? by Jim Elliff

We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.

May 20, 2016

6 Prayers of a Spiritual Fire-Caretaker by Darin Smith

You must become one of the fire-caretaker if you want to stay warm with God.

May 20, 2016

When Honor Becomes Toxic by Dave Harvey

We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?

May 18, 2016

Why is the Bible So Repetitive? by Chad Ashby

Praise the Lord that he is willing to repeat himself, because the best truths deserve repeating.

May 17, 2016

Sure Signs of Bad Leadership by Dayton Hartman

A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.

May 13, 2016

Should I Tell My Spouse about Struggles with Sexual Purity? by Garrett Kell

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.

May 11, 2016

Engagement and Mission in the Realm of Sport by Reid Monaghan

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.

May 10, 2016

The Church, A Battering Ram by Zach Barnhart

In response to modern culture, the Church often assumes a defensive position. Christ has called us to something more.

May 3, 2016

Looking for the Perfect Church? by Casey Lewis

We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.

Apr 28, 2016

What I Learned the First Two Years of Church Planting by Jason Davis

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 . . .